left biblioblography: WHEN THE SHOE FITS - A BOOK REVIEW

Tuesday, May 30, 2006

WHEN THE SHOE FITS - A BOOK REVIEW

And here I am, doing a book review on a religious (sort of) book, authored by (of all people) Bhagwan Shree Rajneesh.

Here's the inside poop (the U.S chapter) on Rajneesh - http://www.answers.com/topic/rajneesh?method=22:

"In 1981, Rajneesh was taken to the United States in search of better medical care (he suffered from diabetes and severe back problems) and also, reportedly, to escape tax evasion charges in India. His followers, at his request, bought (for US$6 million) a ranch in Wasco County, Oregon, previously known as "The Big Muddy", but later renamed Rajneeshpuram where they settled for the next several years.

Disagreements over zoning rules and building codes in the beginning continued to escalate between not only his followers and the inhabitants of Wasco County, but eventually with the rest of the state. His followers, known as Rajneeshees, settled en bloc in Antelope, Oregon, and were able to elect a majority of the town council. Comments by his public spokeswoman, Ma Anand Sheela, only increased tensions. Matters were not helped by Rajneesh's vow of silence, or the 93 Rolls-Royces his followers bought him as gifts - they said that he wanted 365cars so that he had a new one for each day of the year (technically, he did not have income or own any property). One of his followers explains this in what is called "Face to Faith Parable of the Rolls Royces." When the Rajneeshees subsequently recruited homeless people from across the United States to settle at Rajneeshpuram, it was widely seen as an attempt to use the ballot box to seize control of Wasco County.

At the same time the commune offered an international refuge for his followers to live Osho's teaching; the ideal of meditating, celebrating, and trusting in love. At its largest, Rajneeshpuram consisted of some 7,000 members on a 100-square-mile ranch in Antelope. It included homes, meditation centers, its own road system, power grid, bus service, schools for children, and even a small airport.

In 1984, a bioterrorist attack involving salmonella typhimurium contamination in the salad bars of the 10 restaurants at The Dalles, Oregon, was traced to the Rajneeshee group. The attack sickened about 750 people; none died. It was the first known bioterrorist attack of the 20th century in the United States. Eventually Sheela and Ma Anand Puja, another of Osho's close advisors, confessed to the salmonella attack and to attempted poisonings on county officials. About this time, Sheela was removed from her post in the Rajneesh's service, and shortly afterwards left for Germany.

While these controversial events brought much negative publicity to the commune, it is worth noting that Osho himself spoke very strongly against these acts, and that it was only a handful of people who were responsible out of the thousands of people who were living in the communce either permanently or temporarily. Osho never apologized to any of the victims of the germ attack, which was orchestrated by his own hand picked disciples. Some of the victims were women and small children.

In May 1985, Sheela called a meeting of Rajneesh's inner circle to plot the assassination of Charles Turner, the U.S. Attorney for Oregon, after the attorney was appointed to head a grand jury investigation into the commune. Catherine Jane Stubbs, known as Ma Shanti Bhadra, volunteered to be the killer. She later bought weapons and scouted Turner's property.

In 1985, Rajneesh was arrested in North Carolina as he was allegedly fleeing the U.S. On October 23, 1985, a federal grand jury in Portland, Oregon had secretly indicted Rajneesh, Sheela, and six others of his followers for alleged immigration crimes. Two days later, a Wasco County grand jury returned indictments against Sheela and two others, charging them with the attempted murder of Swami Devaraj, Bhagwan's personal doctor. Rajneesh on advice of his lawyers entered an "Alford plea," also called a no-contest plea, and was given a suspended sentence on condition that he leave the country."

Now, I am not, nor ever have been, a follower of this fellow. I've owned the book since the early nineties (it was recommended to me by a Tai Chi teacher). The title of the book is When The Shoe Fits - Talks on the stories of Chuang Tzu.

I find it a very...calming read.

It's basically an extended commentary on many of the stories of Chuang Tzu. For those of you unfamiliar with this gentleman, read here:

Chuang-tzu or Chuang-tze (both: jwäng-dzu() , c.369–c.286 B.C., Chinese Taoist writer. Little is known about his life. He was a native of the state of Meng, on the border of present-day Shandong and Henan provinces, and is said to have lived as a hermit. The collection of essays attributed to him, called the Chuang-tzu, is distinguished by its brilliant and original style, with abundant use of satire, paradox, and seemingly nonsensical stories. Chuang-tzu emphasizes the relativity of all ideas and conventions that are the basis of judgments and distinctions; he puts forward as the solution to the problems of the human condition freedom in identification with the universal Tao, or principle of Nature. He is less political in his orientation than the earlier Taoist Lao Tzu. He is also called Chuang Chou.


Now, even though I'm an atheist, I confess a bit of a soft spot for Taoism:

"Philosophical Taoism

The philosophical system stems largely from the Tao-te-ching, a text traditionally ascribed to Lao Tzu but probably written in the mid-3d cent. B.C. The Tao, in the broadest sense, is the way the universe functions, the path [Chin. tao=path] taken by natural events. It is characterized by spontaneous creativity and by regular alternations of phenomena (such as day following night) that proceed without effort. Effortless action may be illustrated by the conduct of water, which unresistingly accepts the lowest level and yet wears away the hardest substance. Human beings, following the Tao, must abjure all striving. The ideal state of being, fully attainable only by mystical contemplation, is simplicity and freedom from desire, comparable to that of an infant or an “uncarved block.”

Truth be told, I favor it mostly because it's so quiet in expression. No Sturm und drang, no kick school mentality, no force enacted on another.

On to the book now: I shall try not to digress (and it's tough, when you get to my age, trust you me).

Rajneesh, I gotta hand this much to the fellow, was a fairly sharp fellow (During the 1960s he served as philosophy professor at the University of Jabalpur while touring India lecturing on his philosophy). Maybe not in judging human nature (it was, if memory serves, his inner circle that screwed up big time: he also got greedy, as shown here in Face to Faith - Parable of the Rolls-Royces), but his writings (this book at least, I've not read anything else by him) are filled with wit and insight. He salts his discussion on Taoism by liberally borrowing from Buddhism, Hinduism, and our all-time favorite, xtianity, not to mention funny anecdotes about some fellow named Mulla Nasrudin (who is his literary straight man, so to speak).

The title comes from this:
So, when the shoe fits, the foot is forgotten:
when the belt fits, the belly is forgotten: and when the heart is right,
'for' and 'against' are forgotten
.

Excerpt:

"You must have heard the story of the centipede? A centipede walks with a hundred legs.
A frog, a philosopher, saw the centipede, he looked and watched and he became very troubled;
iti so difficult to walk even with four legs, but this centipede was walking with 100 legs.
This was a miracle! How did the centipede decide which leg to move first
and then which one next and then which one after that? And 100 legs!
So the frog stopped the centipede and asked a question: I am a philosopher and I am puzzled by you.
A problem has arisen which I cannot solve. How do you walk? How do you manage it at all? It seems impossible!
The centipede said: I have been walking all my life, but I have not thought about it. Now that you ask, I will think about it and then I will tell you.

"For the 1st time thought entered the centipede's consciousness. Really, the frog was right - which leg should be moved 1st?
The centipede stood there for a few minutes, couldn't move, wobbled, and fell down. And he said this to the frog:
Please don't ask another centipede this question. I have been walking throughout my life and it was never a problem,
and now you have killed me completely! I cannot move. And a 100 legs to move! How can I manage?

"Life moves in a perfect circle, life moves perfectly, there is no problem.
Chuang Tzu says of Chu'i that he could draw more perfect circles freehand than with a compass.
You need a compass because you are not confident of life; you need moralities, precepts, principles,
Bibles, Korans, Gitas to direct you because you are not confident of the inner force.
That is your life. And these Bibles, Korans, and Gitas,
they have created the same situation for you that the frog created for the centipede."

I don't know about anyone else, but I find that an amusing metaphor of modernity.

Interspersed throughout this book are constant salvos against the fragile construct of the ego: how it is unnatural, a superficial extension of modern man (what really cracks me up is each chapter is headed up by pictures of Rajneesh. Sheesh!).

There are so many bits and pieces that I'd dearly love to quote at you, however, I'm consciously trying to keep the post smaller. This book's not bad, but you'd be much better off reading Chuang Tzu.
The story of the prince and the monkey, the tale of the fighting cock (this is ancient China, you hedonists, so no funky innuendoes, please!).

My favorite (Chuang Tzu here) is this one:

"Chuang Tzu with his bamboo pole was fishing in the Pu river.
The prince of Chu sent two vice-chancellors with a formal document: We hereby appoint you Prime Minister.
Chuang Tzu held his bamboo pole. Still watching Pu river, he said:
'I am told there is a sacred tortoise offered and canonised three thousand years ago, venerated by the prince, wrapped in silk, in a precious shrine on an altar in the Temple.
What do you think? Is it better to give up one's life and leave a sacred shell as an object of cult in a cloud of incense for 3000 years, or better to live as a plan turtle dragging its tail in the mud?'
'For the turtle' said the vice-chancellor, 'better to live and drag its tail in the mud!'
'Go home!' said Chuang Tzu. 'Leave me here to drag my tail in the mud
.'"

A good Mulla Nasrudin story:

'It happened that Mulla Nasrudin entered a hospital. The surgeon who was going to operate said to him:
Here we believe in speed, and we don't waste any time. After the operation, on the very first day, you have to walk for 5 minutes in the room; the next day, for 1/2 an hour, outside the hospital; the third day, a long walk of 1 hour. Here we don't waste time. Life is short and time is money. It has to be saved.
Mulla Nasrudin said: Just 1 question---do you mind if I lie down for the operation?"

And one for our xtian friends:

"Duke Hwan of Khi, 1st in his dynasty, sat under his canpopy reading his philosophy. And Phien the wheelwright was out in the yard making a wheel.
Phien laid aside hammer and chisel, climbed the steps, and said to Duke Hwan:
'May I ask you, Lord, what is this you're reading?'
The Duke said: 'The experts, the authorities.' And Phien asked: 'Alive or Dead?' The Duke said: 'Dead a long time.'
'Then,' said the wheelwright, 'you are reading only the dirt they left behind.'
The Duke replied: 'What do you know about it? You are only a wheelwright. You had better give me a good explanation or else you must die.'
The wheelwright said: 'Let us look at the affair from my point of view. When I make wheels, if I go easy they fall apart, and if I am too rough they do not fit.
'But if I am neither too easy nor too violent they come out right. The work is what I want it to be. You cannot put this into words, you just have to know how it is.
'I cannot even tell my own son exactly how it is done, and my own son cannot learn it from me. So here I am, 70 years old, still making wheels!
'The men of old took all they really knew with them to the grave. And so, Lord what you are reading there is only the dirt they left behind them.'


So, in short, an easy read, and if you filter out the more religious references (according to Rajneesh, Tao=God, which I don't think is correct), it's a little bit of all right.

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7 comments:

udonman said...

Ra sorry if this is to long you can delete it if you want to save space it is after all only my interpataion of your post. and I appolgize in advance for any typos.


"In 1981, Rajneesh was taken to the United States in search of better medical care (he suffered from diabetes and severe back problems) and also, reportedly, to escape tax evasion charges in India. His followers, at his request, bought (for US$6 million) a ranch in Wasco County, Oregon, previously known as "The Big Muddy", but later renamed Rajneeshpuram where they settled for the next several years.

Well not surprised they settled in oregon that one state has had more cults then any other due to a certain tax law I don’t remember it off the top of my head sorry.

Disagreements over zoning rules and building codes in the beginning continued to escalate between not only his followers and the inhabitants of Wasco County, but eventually with the rest of the state. His followers, known as Rajneeshees, settled en bloc in Antelope, Oregon, and were able to elect a majority of the town council. Comments by his public spokeswoman, Ma Anand Sheela, only increased tensions. Matters were not helped by Rajneesh's vow of silence, or the 93 Rolls-Royces his followers bought him as gifts - they said that he wanted 365cars so that he had a new one for each day of the year (technically, he did not have income or own any property). One of his followers explains this in what is called "Face to Faith Parable of the Rolls Royces." When the Rajneeshees subsequently recruited homeless people from across the United States to settle at Rajneeshpuram, it was widely seen as an attempt to use the ballot box to seize control of Wasco County.

93 roll’s Hey Ive got a religion for yah udonism yeah we are all like a noodle stiff until the boiling water of enlightenment is poured upon us. Part of this religion will be I have to have 99 Ferrarri 430’s.

At the same time the commune offered an international refuge for his followers to live Osho's teaching; the ideal of meditating, celebrating, and trusting in love. At its largest, Rajneeshpuram consisted of some 7,000 members on a 100-square-mile ranch in Antelope. It included homes, meditation centers, its own road system, power grid, bus service, schools for children, and even a small airport.
Hey I know of some property in arizona that happens to fit a similair description hmm maybe udonism could literaly take off yeah I know on a wing and a prayer right.

In 1984, a bioterrorist attack involving salmonella typhimurium contamination in the salad bars of the 10 restaurants at The Dalles, Oregon, was traced to the Rajneeshee group. The attack sickened about 750 people; none died. It was the first known bioterrorist attack of the 20th century in the United States. Eventually Sheela and Ma Anand Puja, another of Osho's close advisors, confessed to the salmonella attack and to attempted poisonings on county officials. About this time, Sheela was removed from her post in the Rajneesh's service, and shortly afterwards left for Germany.

If your not with us your against us the terriost will not win.
Well lets see religiuos nuts doing bio terroism and people are afraid of osama in afgahnastan arent there xtian nuts here that are capable of such acts give me five minutes on google and ill find you dozens of groups like them hell go to http://www.tkb.org/Home.jsp look at all of the home grown networks.


While these controversial events brought much negative publicity to the commune, it is worth noting that Osho himself spoke very strongly against these acts, and that it was only a handful of people who were responsible out of the thousands of people who were living in the communce either permanently or temporarily. Osho never apologized to any of the victims of the germ attack, which was orchestrated by his own hand picked disciples. Some of the victims were women and small children.

Of course he spoke against it would you come out and say yeah I did it I was responsible no you’ve got a bunch of brainwashed minions who will do your bidding let them take the blame and spin the story do the other followers will still blindly follow you. Its what I would do

In May 1985, Sheela called a meeting of Rajneesh's inner circle to plot the assassination of Charles Turner, the U.S. Attorney for Oregon, after the attorney was appointed to head a grand jury investigation into the commune. Catherine Jane Stubbs, known as Ma Shanti Bhadra, volunteered to be the killer. She later bought weapons and scouted Turner's property.

She voluteered I really wonder did she really or was she coearsed into it.

In 1985, Rajneesh was arrested in North Carolina as he was allegedly fleeing the U.S. On October 23, 1985, a federal grand jury in Portland, Oregon had secretly indicted Rajneesh, Sheela, and six others of his followers for alleged immigration crimes. Two days later, a Wasco County grand jury returned indictments against Sheela and two others, charging them with the attempted murder of Swami Devaraj, Bhagwan's personal doctor. Rajneesh on advice of his lawyers entered an "Alford plea," also called a no-contest plea, and was given a suspended sentence on condition that he leave the country."

So in other words the mastermind got off almost scott free still out in the world yeah just great a life sentence probably would ve been better well then again that might have provoked his followers even more.

Now, I am not, nor ever have been, a follower of this fellow. I've owned the book since the early nineties (it was recommended to me by a Tai Chi teacher). The title of the book is When The Shoe Fits - Talks on the stories of Chuang Tzu.

I find it a very...calming read.

It's basically an extended commentary on many of the stories of Chuang Tzu. For those of you unfamiliar with this gentleman, read here:

Chuang-tzu or Chuang-tze (both: jw√§ng-dzu() , c.369–c.286 B.C., Chinese Taoist writer. Little is known about his life. He was a native of the state of Meng, on the border of present-day Shandong and Henan provinces, and is said to have lived as a hermit. The collection of essays attributed to him, called the Chuang-tzu, is distinguished by its brilliant and original style, with abundant use of satire, paradox, and seemingly nonsensical stories. Chuang-tzu emphasizes the relativity of all ideas and conventions that are the basis of judgments and distinctions; he puts forward as the solution to the problems of the human condition freedom in identification with the universal Tao, or principle of Nature. He is less political in his orientation than the earlier Taoist Lao Tzu. He is also called Chuang Chou.


So even a whackjob can write a good book I bet if I would to actually apply my self I could to.
Now, even though I'm an atheist, I confess a bit of a soft spot for Taoism:

"Philosophical Taoism


I have some problems with taoism so Ill just cut out the rest of it here and leave it for another time.


Truth be told, I favor it mostly because it's so quiet in expression. No Sturm und drang, no kick school mentality, no force enacted on another. Okay so it has one or things that are kinda cool but still you have to ask your self which would ypu rather have the next genertion grow up with reason and critical thinking or the supernatural.

On to the book now: I shall try not to digress (and it's tough, when you get to my age, trust you me).

Rajneesh, I gotta hand this much to the fellow, was a fairly sharp fellow (During the 1960s he served as philosophy professor at the University of Jabalpur while touring India lecturing on his philosophy). Maybe not in judging human nature (it was, if memory serves, his inner circle that screwed up big time: he also got greedy, as shown here in Face to Faith - Parable of the Rolls-Royces), but his writings (this book at least, I've not read anything else by him) are filled with wit and insight. He salts his discussion on Taoism by liberally borrowing from Buddhism, Hinduism, and our all-time favorite, xtianity, not to mention funny anecdotes about some fellow named Mulla Nasrudin (who is his literary straight man, so to speak).

The title comes from this:
So, when the shoe fits, the foot is forgotten:
when the belt fits, the belly is forgotten: and when the heart is right,
'for' and 'against' are forgotten.
so he couldn’t even come up with any thing origanal surprise surprise look at all the major religions in the world look at how they have either flat out stole from other religions or creativly borrowed from other religons.


Excerpt:

"You must have heard the story of the centipede? A centipede walks with a hundred legs.
A frog, a philosopher, saw the centipede, he looked and watched and he became very troubled;
iti so difficult to walk even with four legs, but this centipede was walking with 100 legs.
This was a miracle! How did the centipede decide which leg to move first
and then which one next and then which one after that? And 100 legs!
So the frog stopped the centipede and asked a question: I am a philosopher and I am puzzled by you.
A problem has arisen which I cannot solve. How do you walk? How do you manage it at all? It seems impossible!
The centipede said: I have been walking all my life, but I have not thought about it. Now that you ask, I will think about it and then I will tell you.

"For the 1st time thought entered the centipede's consciousness. Really, the frog was right - which leg should be moved 1st?
The centipede stood there for a few minutes, couldn't move, wobbled, and fell down. And he said this to the frog:
Please don't ask another centipede this question. I have been walking throughout my life and it was never a problem,
and now you have killed me completely! I cannot move. And a 100 legs to move! How can I manage?

"Life moves in a perfect circle, life moves perfectly, there is no problem.
Chuang Tzu says of Chu'i that he could draw more perfect circles freehand than with a compass.
You need a compass because you are not confident of life; you need moralities, precepts, principles,
Bibles, Korans, Gitas to direct you because you are not confident of the inner force.
That is your life. And these Bibles, Korans, and Gitas,
they have created the same situation for you that the frog created for the centipede."

I don't know about anyone else, but I find that an amusing metaphor of modernity.


yuppers I kinda thinking on the same line speacially the last sentence there.

Interspersed throughout this book are constant salvos against the fragile construct of the ego: how it is unnatural, a superficial extension of modern man (what really cracks me up is each chapter is headed up by pictures of Rajneesh. Sheesh!).

Well you’ve gotta stroke that fragile construct don’t yah.

There are so many bits and pieces that I'd dearly love to quote at you, however, I'm consciously trying to keep the post smaller. This book's not bad, but you'd be much better off reading Chuang Tzu.
The story of the prince and the monkey, the tale of the fighting cock (this is ancient China, you hedonists, so no funky innuendoes, please!).


I will add this book to my reading list . But the list is so lnog as of now its hard to say if I will ever get around to reading it.

My favorite (Chuang Tzu here) is this one:

"Chuang Tzu with his bamboo pole was fishing in the Pu river.
The prince of Chu sent two vice-chancellors with a formal document: We hereby appoint you Prime Minister.
Chuang Tzu held his bamboo pole. Still watching Pu river, he said:
'I am told there is a sacred tortoise offered and canonised three thousand years ago, venerated by the prince, wrapped in silk, in a precious shrine on an altar in the Temple.
What do you think? Is it better to give up one's life and leave a sacred shell as an object of cult in a cloud of incense for 3000 years, or better to live as a plan turtle dragging its tail in the mud?'
'For the turtle' said the vice-chancellor, 'better to live and drag its tail in the mud!'
'Go home!' said Chuang Tzu. 'Leave me here to drag my tail in the mud.'"
Just let me be I like this one think I will copy it a print it out to keep but I really like the narrative I think this would work better for the xtians though just let me drag my tail in mud that’s all I want is to be left alone in my own I don’t want your religion in my life just like you don’t want my absence of religion in yours.

A good Mulla Nasrudin story:

'It happened that Mulla Nasrudin entered a hospital. The surgeon who was going to operate said to him:
Here we believe in speed, and we don't waste any time. After the operation, on the very first day, you have to walk for 5 minutes in the room; the next day, for 1/2 an hour, outside the hospital; the third day, a long walk of 1 hour. Here we don't waste time. Life is short and time is money. It has to be saved.
Mulla Nasrudin said: Just 1 question---do you mind if I lie down for the operation?"

whats the saying haste makes waste some things in life are better slow then fast the hedonist here know what I mean.

And there you go Ra my 7 cents worth I know its not worth much but spend if you can.


Tony

Krystalline Apostate said...

udonman:
Wow.
You were certainly feeling vocal, weren't ya?

Just a few things:
I have some problems with taoism so Ill just cut out the rest of it here and leave it for another time.
Color me curious & turn the page - what problems exactly?
Okay so it has one or things that are kinda cool but still you have to ask your self which would ypu rather have the next genertion grow up with reason and critical thinking or the supernatural.
Let me clarify a bit: I like the philosophy (which came 1st), not the animist religion (which is a horse of a different color.)

udonman said...
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udonman said...

Ra thanks for clarifying that a bit. I guess looking back on taoism the philososphy isnt my main problem.

It comes down to like you stated above the animist part the whole supernatural spirit chi what have you. Thats what throws me off on it maybe I just dont have the full understanding of the religion call me ignorant in that respect but I have researched it a little bit and from what I have found its just not some thing I would get into my self .
Its like xianty it may have been based off of a sound philsosphy but its been changend and manpilated to a point beyond reconightion at this point. Still I could careless if you want to base your life off of it. I diddnt mean my comment to sound like I was disrespecting you.

any way I could keep going on but I have to actually do some work tonight not blog all night (end of month hotel night audithow fun)

Tony

TheJollyNihilist said...

Interesting post! I intend to learn more about Taoism, if only to broaden my base of knowledge.

While I was in Florida, I stopped by the local bookstore and purchased two titles that should be very good: Why People Believe Weird Things by Michael Shermer, and Breaking the Spell: Religion as a Natural Phenomenon by Daniel Dennett.

I can't wait to get started. I might post reviews of my own.

Krystalline Apostate said...

FTM:
I intend to learn more about Taoism
Hey, if you're big on self-ownership, you'll probably like it a lot.

Jon Fargo said...

Some internet search brought me here. I feel the views expressed by udonman are prejudiced for Bhagwaa SHre Rajnessh. He is the most courageous person ever walked on Earth. He is a true enlightened master. He exposed all bogus religions and cunning politicians . No wonder all the propoganda has been done against him.
I have a interesting article read recently which opened my eyes and want to share with you:-
"Rest I want to talk a bit more in details about Osho in this letter so that we can see some new facts which are mostly untold so that now things can be settled properly.A really awakened person will always be behaved like a criminal by Ruler and Governments at his time.It is very essential symptom of a Budha.All the world political system is anti-God.It will be misunderstanding to say that there is democracy anywhere in the world yet.There are subtle dictatorships everywhere which change after every 4-5 years and democracy is just a name used for mobcracy. Exploit the sentiments of masses and rule.This is the rule of all the politicians. All justice systems are political influenced. Our approach towards Osho is not un-prejudiced. Will you contact Office of the Attorney General of that time if you want to know about the Budhas,Awakened ones,Gurus who were crucified by administrations at the time of Jahangir or Aurangzeb in India. Will you contact Office of the Attorney General of Athenes to know why Socrates was poisoned.
If you really go and see the files at that time you will see that those people were behaved like criminals and full list of crimes were prepared against them to make an impressive case to justify the punishment. In case of Osho our approach is totally biased .There was a list of 35 crimes prepared against Osho.No cases could be proved and only 2 cases based upon which Osho was deported were related to immigration.I came across a news story sometime back when in US a newspaper published a story attaching bioterrorism and murder cases with Osho name.The newspaper was sued by Osho Foudation New York and case was won by the Foundation as no such case was ever proved again him in any court in US. I never believe or say anything until I explore the facts first hand myself with unprejudiced and clean eyes.I read and experimented with Dances of Gurjieff .I read almost all what Krishnamurthy ever spoke.He is great but too serious and dry.I read and listened almost all what Osho spoke.To know more about the incidents which are projected in news media , I talked to Sw.Chetnya Keerti ,Editor of Osho Times Internation New Delhi who spent almost all his life with Osho, Sw.Dhanyam who is editor of monthly magazine Viha Connection from Mill Valley,California he was with Osho in Rajneeshpuram at Oregon from 1981-1985,Ma Yoga Neelam secretary of India for Osho Foundation.I myself flew to Pune in 1994 and spent 2 months continuously experimenting with all the meditations and therapy groups available at that time.Below are some facts which you should not ignore.Mind works in negative approach and it is very receptive of negative propaganda from any source without raising a single doubt.This is the mind strategy to keep its ego alive.Mind never wants to believe that somebody else can be awakened one.The same mind will raise thousands doubts and ask questions for validity to accept anything positive.Pundits never accepted that Budha is awakened one.They presented Budha as a villain in the eyes of the people in India using negative propaganda.That is why whole of Asia is leaned towards Budha except India.When Pundits lost all the arguments against Budha,they changed their strategy. They started saying that Budha is just copying from Gita as he is very much influenced by it.Now it is very easy to convince the mind and prove that Budha is copying from Gita because when Truth is one ,how can be the essential words about truth be so many. It is not the words which matter, the thing which matter the most is whether the person experienced it or Not. Whether the silent explosion happened in the man or not, Whether the person is awakened one or sleeping. Any good parrot can repeat the word about truth from any scripture beautifully. Never comment about anybody saying that he is influenced by anybody else.This is a subtle cunningness to attack on the dignity and individuality of a person.Always respect everybody as an independent individual.
Most of the incidents at Rajneeshpuram which are said below are included in full details in the book ‘Jesus Crucified Again, This Time in Ronald Reagan's America” by D.Sarito which is available from any Barnes & Noble book store all over America.These are the words of Osho himself and the people who witnessed it.

Osho is the most misunderstood person in this world today as it should be the case with a man of truth.He told truth as it is.This is for the first time that religion has reached from East to the West. This is for the first time that truth has been expressed in English as purely as 24 Karat Gold.Upto now all religions in the west were just work of translations and 2nd hand.Words of truth can never be translated because the spirit of truth is left behind in the original language and only words are carried forward. Words without the spirit are just dead. When Jesus’s words were translated from Aramaic to Hebrew much spirit was lost. When from Hebrew it went to Greek, more loss. And when ultimately it went to English, it became far difficult to taste the original spirit of Jesus. Same happened with all other translations. It is very difficult to express truth in English as it is originally a language of science and mind. Osho developed ‘Osho English’ which is very close to English. Osho shook whole of the world. He was one man Versus whole of the world governments. When he was in India, whole of the Indian government was against him .He exposed MurarJi Desai of his cunningness. He was banned from purchasing any land in India so that he can not set up any commune there and invite more people around him. Persons around him were tasting of something which was beyond any expression. His energy field was so strong that just sitting in his presence was more than enough to experience divine.He talked on almost all the awakened persons on the earth ever happened.His talks on Japuji are unparalleled. Through these world Nanak addressed again to whole of the humanity. People already sensed of something from another world through these words.His words in the book ‘Ik Omkar’ has become almost an essential part of every library of all over the Gurdwaras in the world.These words are so authentic and full of juice of truth which never happened before.Osho was the most silent person in all over the world and mostly sitting with closed eyes in his room.He used to come out only for morning or evening discourse for about an hour.But still his presence disturbed whole of the world.All religious philosophies created by Pundits ,scholars,educationists lost any base in front of him.Exploitation of the humanity by Priests and Politicians were exposed like a day light.So naturally Politicians and Priests of all over the world were scared of his presence in their territory.People were singing,dancing and living a joyous life in his presence without any reason.This haunted the ego of all the political leaders.No Politial leader or Priest want anybody living a joyous life without their own blessing.These people want humanity to be miserable.It is only misery which drive people to the priests otherwise nobody will care about them.Osho reminded every person on earth that each person has his Kingdom beneath his own feet and very easy to seek it.He gave the persons around him the taste of this Kingdom.The person who loved Osho saw Budha,Krishna,Nanak,Jesus looking at them from his eyes.Osho traveled to almost all over India .He spent most of his life in train traveling to every remote place of India.His body was almost exhausted and was caught by Asthma during this travel of 30 years continuously. Polluted environment of India was not going to help him to remain in body for much long and the seekers of America and Other western countries started urging him to move to America for a short time in a suitable climate. A 64000 acre of desert Muddy Ranch in Oregon which was on sale for years and nobody was ready to purchase was considered a suitable place by the people who invited him.But this was a desert with no greenery, no birds, no lakes ,no road and nearby place was 21 miles away of a very small population.But within 2 years this land was converted to an oasis by celebrating,singing,dancing and meditating people.It was converted to an unique city named ‘Rajneeshpuram’ with its own buses and its own airport and a self dependent city from every respect.This was the only city in west which was totally vegetarian. There was a common kitchen for each 5000 people.Vegetarian dishes from all over the world were part of the kitchen and new vegetarian recipes were being developed continuously for a taste transition of non-vegetarian to vegetarian. There were meditation menus prepared for every day and season. New meditations techniques were discovered according to the new people’s mind lever. Soon this became a capital of spiritual world and people from all over the world started coming. All educated cream of the world gathered there. His own physician was member of Royal society of Physics and all the best musicians, singers, dancers, pets, artists, painters, craftmen, scientists from all over the world were attracted towards this place.Average education level of that city became double of any other place of the world. During all the period Osho was in silence as he stopped speaking some years before traveling to America.His message was silence and up to that time people gathered around him became capable enough to listen to him in silence and be nourished by his mere presence. He completely destroyed the Prophet or belief system in religion. He clearly described that each human being is fully responsible for himself and no Guru or Prophet can do anything for anybody if the person is merely following a religious belief system or rituals. The person should have real thirst and should start exploring religion as an inner science. He exposed fundamental strategies of the Govt Administration at that time. Books of Darwin were being burnt from the libraries as it was against Bible. Schools were going to be targeted by fundamentalists in the administration under the name of Religious Funds. Within a short period of 1981-1985 Rajneeshpuram invoked the attention of the whole world and became a second home of World Press. This happy, joyful and celebrating city became the comparison factor for whole of the miserable world. Priests and Politicians started facing a big Question Mark about themselves and became jealous and their sleep got disturbed forever. Then started the strategy to spread negative propaganda about the commune.Rajneespuram was not disturbed by the world but World was disturbed by this one small city.Now it is world famous saying that you see what you want to see.If a botanist, a poet,a shopkeeper and a thief go to a garden then a botanist will see the plants and think about their life system,a poet will see the beauty of the garden and start fantasying his poem, a shopkeeper will start thinking about the fruits and market values and a thief will start thinking about the best thing to steal and best route and time to steal.Same way different people of different psychological background spread different rumors.A materialistic person saw just Rolls Royaces in the Rajneespuram.A sexually repressed person saw only women and attached the rumors of sexual orgies and so on.It is not surprising that Osho is mostly known as Rolls Royace man in America and as a Sex Guru in India.There are about 600 books in 54 languages in Osho’s name.His only one book on sex ‘From Sex to Super Conciousness’ attracted the world attention more than any other book.But he spoke courageously almost on every aspect of life directly without any hesitation. But wherever there are flowers there are thorns.Wherever there are Budhas or awakened ones ,there are ‘Nindaks’,’Manmukhs’ always created around them.Sheela’s husband was dying with cancer in a short period of months. That is why he turned to a seeker and reached Pune in India.He was a sincere seeker but his wife Sheela was an outwardly person and no interest in seeking.So when his husband was meditating ,she was more oriented towards administrative works.So accordingly she raised herself to a secretary of administrative affairs of the commune in Rajneeshuram.A Budha is never suspicious and never rejects anybody from anywhere.His compassion and love and innocence is always unconditional.Withing 5 years in commune at Rajneespuram as secretary ,about billions of Dollars flew through the Sheela’s hands and she just started behaving like a queen. Greed of money and power made her blind.She started behaving like a dictator.As Osho was in silence and only 3 others persons (His Personal physician,dentist and a caretaker) was having physical access to Osho. Sheels tried to poison all of them so that her activities can never be exposed. She created hostility with neighbors to remain in power.When somehow news reached to Osho ,He broke his silence and started speaking and Sheels alongwith her gang of 20 ran away to other countries with huge money.All these activies of Sheela were exposed by Osho himself to the Presss for the first time which are alrealy documented in his books.But this was a great excuse for Politicians and Priests.Horrible words of ‘bioterrorism’,’murderer’,’sex’ etc were associated with his name and propaganda done all over the world.Sheela’a crimes were made Osho’s crimes. List of 35 crimes was prepared under his names.He was arrested without any warrant and was forced from one prison to another for 12 days.He was made to sign under the false name of ‘David Washington’ and was made to enter the prison from back door.When he wrote his name in Hindi along with his world famous signature, this conspiracy to eliminate him was failed.Osho’s body was exposed to radioactive and slow poison ‘thallium’ was given in his bread in jails in such doses so that no trace of proof can be left in his body. When none of the crimes could be proved, His attorney was blackmailed to accept two easy crimes, which were just immigration issues. Even his attorney was made to complete the statement ‘I am Guilty’ in the court which never happened in the history of court before .Explosive materials were found from the chair where he was made to sit after court proceedings and whole of that floor was vacated in advance.Osho was made to sit on the chair as a conspiracy to eliminate him forever if he got bail on that day. As Osho was deported and quickly came out of the court,this plan was cancelled in a hurry.A fine of 400K was imposed for these minor charges to delay the Osho’s release from Jail so that such amount can not be arranged quickly.All these incidents are documented well in detail in the above mentioned book.

Now actions of Judas are not actions of Jesus.Actions of Devdatta are not actions of Budha.Actions of Mahavir’s son in law are not of Mahavir’s.Actions of Sheela are not actions of Osho.This distinction has to be clearly understood.But Sheela’s acts were projected to condem all the Osho and millions of people who loved him.Ruling Party can use any act for its own motivations. To make it more clear remember when a man with Hindu faith kills an Indian Leader it becomes just a matter of ‘One mad guy Nathu Ram” but when a man of Sikh faith kills an Indian leader ,whole of Sikh community is projected as villain and negative propaganda is done to spread anger against all the people of the community.See the difference.Act is same but it is projected with different motivations. Sheela is responsible for her acts.Osho was not even a resident of Ranjeeshpuram.He was living as a guest in a far away guest house in a silent place. Just concentrating on Sheela’s activities ignoring all the positive sides of Rajneespuram is not a balanced approach.There were far more positive things in Rajneeshpuram than just a Sheela.There are also hostile activities done by people who were living near the commune which should not be ignored.

Moreover a person of truth is already condemned in his time and worshipped later on.That is what is happening in the case of Osho.A charlatan person is always worshipped in his time and condemned later on.That is what is happening to Mohan Dass Gandhi who was projected as Mahatma Gandhi by greedy people as a political deal to remain themselves in office.It is truth which prevails ultimately.Now words of Osho has become best selling all over the world.He books became best selling even in unexpected countries like Iran,Russia and China.The countries who deported him are fighting for copyrights of his books .There are no copyrights in India for Osho’s books.NewYork has all the copyrights of Osho’s works.Today no book store is complete anywhere the world without a separate section just for Osho Books/music/Video/Audio.
His books have over shadowed Indian Parliament where upto now only Mahatma Gandhi’s third class books were placed.Mahatam Gandhi started losing Mahatmahood in the eyes of India and falling back to Mr Mohan Dass Gandhi rapidly.He is being exposed more and more every day.Osho’s psychological analysis of Gandhi opened the eyes of the people for the first time and people became aware of his excesses done to his own wife and eldest son.Such facts were never brought forward before.I would like to request the editor of this site to publish Osho’s words in every issue which will be eyes opening.
Only those communities remain progressive which change with time and don’t remain clinging with past.We should keep our vision worldwide and appreciate good persons wherever they happen and condemn the devils wherever they happen.Wherever a person is awakened we should open our windows to let the light of awakening come to our home.There is no loss in it but gain and gain only.
Negative propaganda and cunning actions of politicians can never silence a Budha.Actually these help to spread the truth.No Ruler or Government could stop the voice which was once raised from Anandpur.All oppositions only created Fathegarh Sahib,ChamKaur Sahib,DamDama Sahib and lot more.Truth can never be stopped by any Government but more it is stopped,more sharp it becomes.Ram is standing upon Ravan.If there were no Ravan,nobody would have remembered Ram.Without Ravan,there can be no Ramyan.Truth itself is silent.but actions of idiots make it a news.Destruction of Rajneespuram could not do any harm.It paved the way for Osho’s World Tour.He exposed almost each country and was deported from all over the world.He went to the Greece which was called land of Socrates. He was stoned there as well by bishops. He reminded whole of the world that civilization is still a dream .After Rajneespuram was destroyed,The people who were living at RajneesPuram spread to all over the world and seed of truth went to whole of the earth.Now Osho communes are spreading all over the world.Communes bigger than Rajneespuram are already existing in Brazil and Europe.Osho meditation camps are happening all over the world including in India.New generation is already angry with old generation.What has old generations given?.This ugly world of nations,armies,thousands wars,two world wars and now the preparation of third and final war.We are sitting on nuclear explosives.Now the world has accumulated the nuclear weapons which can destroy this tiny and beautiful earth 700 times.And still the piles of nuclear weapons is increasing. Any stupid politician can trigger this ugly war any time. And politicians are most retarded class of humanity. These politicians are continuously creating hostility with other nations so that humanity can remain divided and their chairs,requirement and work remain alive. Future is golden.A new age,new humanity and a new man is born with Osho.Age of nations,armies,small families is finished .In the Golden future individuals will be living together seeking,meditating,singing,dancing and celebrating in communes.Children will be brought up together.The way child marriage is crime,so child initiation to any belief should be the crime. It is crime to impose a belief system and a religion until the child is matured.It destroys the real urge to seek forever.Readymade answers from Pundits are furnished before the question is even raised.This is ugly.Future will of real religiousness Not bogus religions.
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