Oshoism, the first world religion as tantric whoreshouse open only to the rich…do you really want to replace xtianity with this?
Since I have given a little support to the critic(s) of Osho at the link I should caution that a far better critique is needed. I have read these critiques years ago about when I started this blog when I was critical of Osho, next to Gurdjieff. I then moved toward an attempt to be fair to Osho, and rejected the Calder stuff. Now I am moving toward a new form of critique. And the ones we have are too flawed to serve the purpose.
And it is not easy to get Osho straight:
My distinct impression, based on all the evidence I have examined both pro and con (and there is always the possibility that i and other critics could be wrong on certain things!), is that Rajneesh was another shooting star in the spiritual firmament, one of those strange fallen yogis who attain periods of a certain kind of “enlightened freedom.” Such persons become a source or maybe a “channel” for unusual and palpable energies, which lead mesmerized disciples to think they are in the presence of Divinity. But then sooner or later the supposed “Divine energy” diminishes, goes away or turns sour, and such figures become imbalanced and egocentrically full of themselves—narcissistic, proud megalomaniacs, and/or disturbed by one or more other mental-emotional-psychic pathologies about which the Sacred Traditions have always cautioned. Numerous such “fallen” figures abound in the annals of literature.
Psychiatric efforts to expose Osho have all failed, starting with an ancient one now, Feet of Clay, by….?
The psychological exposes of Osho are beside the point. THE REAL BAD GUYS are/were esoteric (?) ‘buddhists’ hidden from public scrutiny and who have never been caught. Osho’s fascist ‘Hitler feint’ isone of his ‘dialectical’ gyrations. It allowed him penny ante at the table of the hidden nazis in the guru field, and a decade or so of a free hand for his other shennanigans. It is pointless to crucify Osho is this way. He was enlightened and didn’t suffer these types of neuroses. His behavior suggests something harder to understand. Which doesn’t forgive it. I think he is sending a message as if he were well aware of the criticisms: who cares, dismantle this movement…
What can be done is to try and arrive at a set of facts that express a correct critique.
In any case, I am in a way far more critical myself, but in a different way. I think Osho’s gambit is finished, but his multimillion dollar Club Med whorehouse in Poona isn’t finished and is a prime disciple/meat Big Mac zone that will endure in perpetuity as things stand now.
Christianity was disliked by Osho but it did not allow occult types to use ‘schools’ for spiritual cannibalism. Osho Commune is a pig feast by comparison, and should be phased out. Won’t happen, obviously. Obviously the result is going to be worse than Christianity…
The Osho entity is very active, next to the Gurdjieff entity, on the astral plane, and the new age movement with its leadership of pious dupes doing Advaita, yoga, and Gurdjieffianity has led us into a criminal world of dangerously demonic entities (mostly deadly gurus and their zombie armies of former disciples).
Christianity ended up in a totalitarian mess trying to clean up the version in antiquity, and now we are back to square one. I am not a Christian or one of its defenders, but Osho’s contamination, next to that of many worse, is a swindle.
So while I reject the critique we have looked at, it is more or less correct in his expose. But we need something much better.
Again, there is something I can’t get right with Osho. He is not some kind of narcissist going through a reality TV neurosis playing guru. He was a sad figure who realized the nazi past of buddhism would rise to destroy the whole new age world…