page is a part of a multi-page exercise in deconstructing a document, "What is an Osho?" (WiaO),
that was an important benchmark in the progression of trends in
Osho's sannyas after he left his body. These pages come in no
particular order except for an Introduction
and a central hub / Main Page. If
you have got here somehow without reading these three linked pages, it
will be best to
visit them first.
1. He speaks on 112 methods of meditation of The Book of Secrets / Vigyan Bhairav Tantra and says this splendid variety is for all the types of people who are and ever will be. He says there are no more methods to be found, and then for good measure invents a few more.If the Pune / Zürich org were adopting their limited pov by honestly admitting their limitations and encouraging others to promote Osho in their own ways, who could find fault with that? They have had to deal with circumstances that have changed in a number of ways since Osho left his body which have made it difficult to continue to offer all the range of opportunities previously available. Still they might, as the practical executives, set up a quality system for Osho's texts, audios and videos, so that everyone could use and distribute them. The quality would be guaranteed, but more people energy could be harnessed and solidarity encouraged rather than conflict.
2. He explores enthusiastically the depth and breadth of religious experience in wide-ranging talks on Buddha, Mahavira, Jesus, Krishna, Tibetan masters, Sufi masters, Zen masters, Pythagoras, Mabel Collins, Patanjali, Kabir, Lao Tzu and many others to whom whole books are dedicated, and hundreds more worthies who appear in anecdotes, parables, jokes and the like.
3. He regularly speaks disparagingly of organized (= collectivized, hierarchical and dogmatized) religions and their tendency to stifle and poison whole cultures via their inevitable tendencies of enforced conformity and intrusion into all areas of life.
4. He reads tens of thousands of books to get a cultural understanding of the different folks that will be coming from everywhere.
5. He contradicts himself constantly and consistently in order that no one need feel oppressed by belief systems either internal or external1.
6. In answer to someone who feels himself a misfit in the commune, he declares, "I am so much in favour of the misfit people that rather than dropping the misfits I have dropped the idea of the commune itself. Now there are only misfit people here"2.
7. He speaks explicitly on the need for diversity and openness in connection with the "work" of expanding his reach to touch as many people as possible in A Gathering of Friends, the opening chapter and must-read theme-setter for a whole book on his "work", "Work Is Love Made Visible".
8. He creates an Inner Circle to manage the material affairs of the commune after he is physically gone, designing it to be as diverse a group as possible and requiring it to decide matters not by majority votes but by unanimity / consensus3 and explicitly limiting its purview to mundane affairs, so that they do not interfere with spiritual matters.