Some considerations of mine...
So what are my first considerations on all this Osho rigmarole?
I seem to find similarities with:
- Jesus: Jesus & Osho were equally mistreated, imprisoned, misunderstood, spoke in parables/dicta, got upset and violent with hypocrites and tax collectors (in the Temples!), never wrote anything but only spoke via their discourses, wanted to create a new world/existential vision... Had some not-quite-fully understood friendships with Mary of Magdla, young John "the Evangelist", Judas (a male version of Ma Sheela, eh?) Vivek, Neelam, etc. Jesus ended up on a cross, Osho was cremated on a wooden ghat.
Can you find more parallels? Need help.
- I can only draw conclusions and comments from my Westernised culture and historical background -- I won't even mention any Eastern connections, as I'm not suitably equipped to ponder on matters outside my current knowledge...
- Well, Osho had deep radiant eyes and a big smile... Useful tools.
- Every now and then he said essential wisdom... But then, it's easy if you got the cultural depth. And he did, he did - believe you me.
- Had sharp sense of humour (I don't think JC had much of it, did he? Not recorded anyway), and liked dancing... he also liked...er...money, yep, money alright - and sex. Not so JC.
Now, whether Osho used money as a vehicle/tool to trascendence, well, that's another story - and a difficult one at that. Same with sex. He was indeed called the "guru of the rich" and the "sex guru" - and he did say that money & sex are good for the spirit, make you more secure and ready to go onto better things. Whereas the poor has other worries to think about (like eating, for instance), and would not concentrate properly in relaxing meditation. Hmmm, seems a bit egotistical and discriminatory to say the least, but... money does give security, right? And sex is self-fulfilling.
- His life, from the late 70s on was a real mess -- I think he must've lost control of what was happening around him and because of him. Later he was completely submerged by his immediate collaborators, almost dominated by them... He took refuge in silence, for a while. But was he really so dominated? Subsequently distancing himself from those who fell, he demonstrated prior knowledge and consent, perhaps even a major leading role.
The his mind went bonkers.
JC didn't age well either.
- Funny (if not tragic) was his so-called "World Tour": he was seeking a sort of asylum after deportation from the U.S., a resting place (R & R), and no country would have him. So, back to the origins: India and Pune. Still, I believe he had to settle a cumbersome tax bill...
....uhmmm, go and figure it out.... can't think straight...
.....so much controversy, crap, brainwashing, promiscuity, chaos...
hard to find the pearl in the pigstay --- Osho had a pearl somewhere, a shiny one at that... but got lost in the mindfucking orgy...
hey, just a minute, let me paste here Osho's wisdom on FUCK (it'll help me think)....::::
~ Question: BELOVED MASTER, I FEEL SHOCKED WHEN YOU USE THE WORD 'FUCK'. WHAT TO DO?
~ Osho: Sargamo, it is one of the most beautiful words.
The English language should be proud of it.
I don't think any other language has such a beautiful word.
One Tom from California has done some great research on it.
I think he must be the famous Tom of Tom, Dick and Harry fame.
He says: One of the most interesting words in the English language today is the word 'fuck'.
It is one magical word: just by its sound it can describe pain, pleasure, hate and love.
In language it falls into many grammatical categories.
It can be used as a verb, both transitive (John fucked Mary) and intransitive (Mary was fucked by John), and as a noun (Mary is a fine fuck).
It can be used as an adjective (Mary is fucking beautiful).
As you can see there are not many words with the versatility of 'fuck'.
Besides the sexual meaning, there are also the following uses:
Fraud: I got fucked at the used car lot.
Ignorance: Fucked if I know.
Trouble: I guess I am fucked now!
Aggression: Fuck you!
Displeasure: What the fuck is going on here?
Difficulty: I can't understand this fucking job.
Incompetence: He is a fuck-off.
Suspicion: What the fuck are you doing?
Enjoyment: I had a fucking good time.
Request: Get the fuck out of here!
Hostility: I am going to knock your fucking head off!
Greeting: How the fuck are you?
Apathy: Who gives a fuck?
Innovation: Get a bigger fucking hammer.
Surprise: Fuck! You scared the shit out of me!
Anxiety: Today is really fucked.
And it is very healthy too.
If every morning you do it as a Transcendental Meditation -- just when you get up, the first thing, repeat the mantra "Fuck you!" five times -- it clears the throat.
That's how I keep my throat clear!
Enough for today.
[under construction - needs further input & contributions]
~ On navigating the 'Net to search for relevant material on gurus and fancy religious quests, I found this very interesting book:
The author, Geoffrey D. Falk, seems to be out to unmask frauds and maniacs in the guru zone, but doesn't leave out some sharp comments on the Catholic Church et al.
I think he did an extremely good job, although no specific attention is given to the deeper religious backgrounds. Not the aim of the book anyway. Falk isn't out to do exegesis, but to investigate the human miseries of those involved (and many the miseries are, unfortunately -- mainly befalling followers a.k.a. victims. I would've liked him to have given us a definition of "gullible" when applied to conversion and proselytes. At what point does reason become obnubilated in the follower's mind?).
Below are some extra comments -- appended to the book itself, which you can download free (how good of him: thanks!)
Armed with wit, insight, and truly astonishing research, Geoffrey Falk utterly demolishes the notion of the enlightened guru who can lead devotees to nirvana. This entertaining and yet deadly serious book should be read by everyone pursuing or thinking of pursuing the path of guru devotion.
—John Horgan, author of Rational Mysticism
Stripping the Gurus is superb—one of the best books of its kind I have ever read. The research is meticulous, the writing engaging, and the overall thesis: devastatingly true. A stellar book.
—Dr. David C. Lane, California State University
This gripping and disturbing book should be read by anyone who finds themself revering a spiritual teacher.
—Susan Blackmore, author of The Meme Machine
Geoffrey Falk's delightful but disturbing unmasking of religious prophets and preachers who command a vast following is a welcome contribution to the literature on the gurus and god-men of all religions.
—Dr. Narasingha P. Sil, Western Oregon University
No one involved in contemporary spirituality can afford to ignore this book. It exposes the darker side of modern spiritual movements, those embarrassing—sometime vicious or criminal—reports which the leaders of these movements prefer to hide. With wit and humility, and without abandoning the verities of religion, Falk has provided a corrective critique of groups that peddle enlightenment and transcendence. A must!
—Len Oakes, author of Prophetic Charisma