Dumbing Osho Down,
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?
or the Way of the Head
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
His books are everywhere in India, widely published and distributed
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
The internet has made it possible to distribute his words freely and
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
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)