On the Tendency of some of Osho's Sannyasins,
especially the male Therapists named Anand,
to get Delusions of Grandeur:

To try to understand the "system," if any, behind the names that Osho gives his people has been a popular game among sannyasins for decades. For the commoner "prefix" names he has given – Prem, Anand, Deva, and to a lesser extent, Yoga, Dhyan, Satyam and Shantam – there have been all manner of theories, chakra associations and so on. Of course Osho will occasionally throw us a curve to derail this kind of systematizing but the game goes on.

I have been known to play the game, not very seriously, but even in "anti-knowledge" mode it is hard not to notice among the victims of "premature enlightenment syndrome" the preponderance of males with the prefix Anand(a) who work(ed) as therapists. Somendra was not the first of Osho's sannyasins to fall victim to this pernicious syndrome but may have been the first "Anand therapist" (AT), as early as the late 70's. By 1980-81 Somendra was in and out of his discipleship with Osho, as Osho continued to bash him with comments on his unconscious ambitions, and his competition with Teertha, the well-ensconced "head monk." Somendra was the first of this lot to leave Osho, a few years before Teertha himself and Rajen (Alan Lowen). These three ATs had constituted the "big three," status-wise, of the already considerably pedestalized class of therapists. Of the three, only Rajen has since recanted his enlightenment, apologizing and acknowledging his ego trip, to resume the role of ordinary seeker/therapist, although not under Osho's aegis.

Osho said later (but before Rajen recanted), "There are many sannyasins who have left, thinking they have attained something. Somendra thinks he has attained something. Rajen thinks he has attained something. And there are many Somendras and many Rajens."

About Teertha he said, "Teertha has become a mini-guru. He knows nothing about enlightenment. He has never meditated. Here he was involved with his [therapy] groups, which have nothing to do with meditation. And I have told these therapists, 'You should meditate,' but it was against their egos, because they were therapists. Thirty or forty people were joining their groups, and they were the leaders. To meditate with the same people was against their egos, so they never meditated."

The big three established a pattern that continues to this day. Later AT's include Anamo (Mikaire), Purno (Umi), Santosh (Jeru Kabbal), and Bhaskar (Maitreya Ishwara). And more are on the way; they just don't have web pages yet. (Prem) Tyohar is the only one of Osho's low-rated disciples who definitively doesn't fit this pattern. Maybe that means i am wrong about him. Who knows? Stay tuned! Actually there's (Satyam) Nadeen as well, but who cares? A larger list of Osho's people in the guru trade is at OshoLineage.

The other common factor in the group under consideration is maleness. Not much can be said about this with any degree of certainty, since men have been dominating all forms of social hierarchy since       (insert your favourite metaphor)       In other words, so what else is new? Among sannyasins this tendency has not flourished, with the the flagrant exception of the guru-claimers. Osho spent years creating structures in which women were given the chance to run things, to even let their egos run amok, culminating in the glorious Oregon Ranch. He spoke endlessly on the travesty of humanity that was created by the patriarchal structures of organised religion, and worked hard in many ways to demolish our internalized patriarchy.

About women as masters he seems to have said not very much, and what he did say fits into basically two mutually cancelling patterns. One, that the lack of women masters is part of the overall pattern of male chauvinism that would change as women came into their power; and two, that women's energy is not suited to mastership, that mastership is an outgoing function and women's energy is receptive, ingoing. He is clear that there have always been exceptions, and that in any case, women's energy has never been a barrier to becoming enlightened, and in fact can be a great help.

So there we have it. Among all the things Osho has commented on, this has perhaps the highest potential for further development. A master speaks in the language of the times, to communicate with those who are with him. As our collective understanding and intelligence get higher, masters to come can speak to more subtle concerns and put out truths that previous masters' audiences were just not ready for. Just such a thing may already be happening in the women as masters field, in the Papaji stream.

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