Dumbing Osho Down,
or the Way of the Head

What has happened to Osho's legacy? Where are sannyasins going collectively? We who were with Osho in the body are getting older and dying off. Soon we will be all gone as individuals, leaving only corporate entities such as OIF to speak for our master. Is this what we want? If not, can we talk? What do we understand about what our master teaches us?

It is now twenty-five years since Osho left his body, and his legacy has grown and evolved in many ways. He spoke of an expansion of his work and it has indeed taken place but it has come at a cost, even as we might celebrate how much more accessible he is in some important ways:

His books are everywhere in India, widely published and distributed by mainstream publishers, with old titles being reprinted and new titles and translations ongoing. Around the world, the proportion is less but his books are still widespread, with titles in over fifty-eight languages. The internet has made it possible to distribute his words freely and easily.

That's the good news. And
the cost? The mainstreaming of Osho has come with dumbing him down, by "simplifying" his message and narrowing his vision, in effect creating a selective ideology enforced with trademark and copyright. This narrowing of vision includes a drastic reduction in the diversity of seeking modes deemed appropriate for sannyasins.

A blueprint for these changes was
circulated in 1998 in a policy tract called "What is an Osho?" (WiaO), perhaps the only public doc to reveal so much of where Osho's "management team" were heading.

The pages linked below will dig deep into WiaO and show that OIF's choices have been unnecessarily divisive and
have distorted both factual truth and Osho's whole vision. I believe that seeing the distortions and divisive language for what they are can help to restore a diverse and whole sangha.

All of us are carriers of Osho's truth, his vision and his love. We all have a part to play.

What is an Osho?
WiaO Deconstruction Main Page
Other links (to secondary pages, historical source documents and relevant external sites)