page is part
of the historical background relating to "What Is an
Osho?", a slick, sannyas-paradigm-shifting policy paper written by
and circulated in 1998. A deconstruction of Amrito's paper is presented
on this site, introduced here.
Some of the material in the letter below is recycled from talks Neelam gave to the press some three weeks previously, just before she was refused entry to Osho Commune Resort, and about a year after she left the Inner Circle. After all the reactions, including press articles covering those from Sarjano and Sahajanand, Neelam gathered her thoughts and wrote this widely circulated open letter to Jayesh, Amrito and Anando, on Jul 11, 2000. "Pay one million Rupees to publish your so-called facts" refers to full-page ads taken in all the major Indian dailies to challenge Neelam's statements and attack her personally. The ad apparently included personal slags from Anando and Shunyo, among others.
This open letter is the only known word to have emerged documenting anything about the workings of the manangement team responsible for Osho's legacy.
Osho has talked hundreds of hours on the
path of love and
devotion. Now the argument is given that "devotion is outmoded and
cultish. The newcomers will feel uncomfortable. It does not fit in
meditation resort." In this wave, Osho's beautiful picture at the
gate, in Buddha hall during meditations, on the cover of Osho
been removed except around Osho Full Moon Celebration time, Osho
Times Asia Edition cover page has the photo, so that the
assembled participants don't protest. His chair during W.R.B. is
removed. Wearing of maroon and white robes during meditation camps
India is prohibited. To bow down in gratitude after the
front of the podium or His picture is looked down upon. In the
the third quantum leap, all these small devices which are a help
in meditation have been taken away. Please, let this place remain
juicy by respecting the uniqueness of the different paths. If you
read Osho's book "The Hidden Mysteries" carefully, an
will arise and you will not use 'His Samadhi' for throwing out the
garbage of the mind, doing 'No Mind' groups. You will treat 'His
Samadhi' with reverence and sensitivity and a place to touch the
of silence. The Samadhi is the magnetic field of the commune.
Please friends, we are sincere sannyasins who are concerned. Don't start arguing like lawyers. We are fellow travelers. We have already lost 15 members of inner circle who could have enriched the place with different dimensions of his vast vision. We have already lost most of his therapists who under His guidance made the multiversity the most successful growth process center in the world. The money was flowing in. I heard last year the attendance in the multiversity was so low that we could not even pay the bills. Please do not behave in an arrogant and disrespectful manner towards his people. It is absolutely contrary to his teachings. Osho has repeatedly given this message "make room for my people to contribute", "make my people happy". Anando should remember, how many times Osho used to ask us "Are my people happy?" And now, anybody expressing his unhappiness is labeled 'negative, is out to destroy the commune'. Disagreeing with the administrators does not mean disagreeing with Osho and the commune.
There is a fear in sannyasins. They are
afraid in expressing the
discontentment. They will be labeled as against Osho and his
Please respect their freedom of speech. I trust, Osho and his work is strong enough to allow the airing of some disputes and the work will definitely go on flourishing.
Osho himself chose you as a chairman,
vice chairman and the
secretary to inner circle. He spent lot of time giving you the
guidance on his work. You have put a lot of energy, time and money to
expand the body of the commune so beautifully and aesthetically. A
wonderful job has been done to reach the youth through internet. The
visitors feel happy to enjoy the meditation resort facilities. Do you
remember the ranch? Sheela was visiting Osho everyday for couple
hours. She was doing the work exactly under Osho's guidance,
what she repeatedly said. Within three years she made the desert
an oasis, a beautiful city of Rajneeshpuram. In the last year,
times, many of us felt intuitively, that something somewhere
into wrong direction. Some of us raised our voices. They
as 'negative' and were thrown out. Mistrusting Sheela
Osho. Many of us did not say anything looking at the light side of
The commune was becoming more and more beautiful and comfortable.
the people were becoming more and more unhappy and dissatisfied with
the administration. What happened to the ranch, we all know. Let's not
repeat that. In January 1987, once again Osho made the Pune
the world headquarters of his work. After the ranch experience he
insisted every work to be done according to Indian law. Jayesh, you
know it because you were fully involved with all the aspects of
work and you spent a lot of money and energy to legalize all the
of the commune. But one thing you seem to have forgotten is that
being an Indian citizen, could not have given or transferred the
copyrights of his work to a European trust. It was illegal,
had already given to a trust in India. Sheela must have managed
this transfer illegally. That's precisely the reason he asked us
everything transferred back to his headquarters in India. But it is a
shock to know that instead of transferring the rights back to India,
you started the whole process of getting everything secretly registered
and copyrighted in Zurich, 18 months after Osho left his
body. We came to know about it much later that in 1997 you had
successfully copyrighted and trademarked his works in U.S.A. It became
known to us through the internet and when some members of our
publishing team would pronounce in our meetings - "about this we have
check with Pramod in New York".
Gradually this was being made clear to us
that the New York was our
publishing headquarters and most of our publication decisions were
being taken there. We could not do anything without first checking with
our New York office. This office gradually became more and more
powerful, bypassing the process of decision making in Pune. During the
same time our sannyasin publishers were also getting harsh letters of
demanding royalties, or legal notices were being served to them if
they did not fulfill your demands. Earlier Osho showered love on those
who made Him available around the world because they did this work when
no regular publisher would touch Osho, as he had become so
controversial and had been deported from 22 countries. The same
sannyasins who did this out of joy (even though they may have sold
their properties etc) to get him published were horribly treated by you
ten years later. This was the most shameful attitude. Instead of
appreciation of their contribution you used the American arm-twisting
methods with Osho lovers.
Now the present situation of the world headquarter of his work, the commune in Pune is:
Out of 880 signature paintings of Osho, only 40 are in his Lao Tzu library, rest 840 are in the warehouse in London. Out of thousands and thousands of his photographs (Osho is one of the most photographed man in the world) less than one thousand photographs are available in Pune, the rest are in London. The work departments in the commune are shrinking to the minimum. People are coming from India and around the world just for a week or two. The joy, the love, the laughter, the warm welcome and hugs, the depth of the meditative quality is becoming less and less.
What is totally objectionable is the applying of the trademark of Osho meditations in USA, when the master himself ridiculed it in a public discourse attended by 5000 people. He ridicules Mahesh Yogi for doing such a thing. Now, by doing the same thing, we are bringing tremendous amount of ridicule to our master. Anando, you may remember that in your presence Osho said that if you want to protect the purity of meditation, then the best way is to make them available in every nook and corner of the world. Osho is an enlightened mystic, a Buddha, not a mere author. His message is for the upliftment of whole humanity and expansion of consciousness. How dare his chosen disciples shackle him with the fetters of rigid copyright laws of U.S.A. about which you are proud of, proclaiming that the US laws are very strong. Osho says: "Law is needed only when love is missing".
You have gone to the cruel track of law, forgetting the healing power of love, which Osho showered on all his sannyasins. You may be doing this only to please and serve some people of corporate world. You want to turn this commune into a corporation of your imagination. Well, in that case, you will have a body without soul, a painted and decorated corpse, as they do in America before burying the corpse.
I have been raising serious concerns about Osho's work. They are coming out of my deep love for Him and His place. Don't just brush them aside by giving silly reasons - "because of my anger with Osho", "political campaign against Osho's work". We are all in love with the same master. We are all seekers working on ourselves through participating in his work. Let's look at these issues intelligently.
I have been talking to you for the last three years. I walked out in protest last year. I had no alternative than to respond to the press. The letter written by the management team to Keerti, to all the meditation centers in India and few friends had leaked out to the press. My "no comments" were provoking them to write their own stories based on your letter. Then I got a call from a friend in the commune that there is a message for you on the sticker desk "not to give Neelam a sticker to come in. Tell her to meet the management team first". It became clear that I am no more welcome to come in to meditate. Then I decided to respond to the press to discuss the real issues. Though I came to the commune two days later to be officially banned.
I personally don't like all our internal affairs talked in the press and public. But I feel that you are primarily responsible in creating this situation, as much as I am responsible in responding this way. Osho has showered so much love on us. I trust positive solutions will come out of this chaos. This too shall pass and soon one day we will laugh, dance, celebrate our togetherness.
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