I recently went through these excerpts about Osho Rajneesh (link obsolete now), which claim to cover a wide range of opinions about him. Although none of the controversies, Osho was known for, has been listed there, the Indian born guru was a controversial figure in the eyes of many without any doubt. I would say though as a keen listener and a reader of his discourses, that the controversies only made him sound more colorful and easier to comprehend.
Wasn’t Osho Himself The Face Behind Mulla Nasruddin?!
There is a gentleman called Christopher Calder, who claims to have witnessed – to what he terms as – Osho’s fall from grace (original website obsolete now). Those visiting his site should remember, he is among the strongest of Osho’s critics, and therefore should not be taken seriously by the beginners. The best way to know about Osho Rajneesh would be to listen him and follow up with some Dhyan (meditation), before reexamining what Calder suggests to start picking up the missing links about the master.
It is but obvious that Osho’s followers were not among the next door usual human beings. How could they be? Why would any normal human being be eager to visit him, anyway? Only those with major issues in life would have consulted him. I say this based on my own experience – the circumstances in which I started experimenting with Osho, as well as the general observations I’ve made about his Sanyasins.
So, what do you think Osho was like to have been able to manage this circus? He couldn’t afford being a simpleton contrary to what many of us might believe of him. He could have been amazingly good and enlightened on one hand, and highly dubious and controversial on the other. While Calder and the hardcore Oshoites might completely differ about him, many like this author do not see it either way, thus allowing a more colorful and rational opinion to emerge about him.
And if you ever wondered whose fallacies were being portrayed by the Mulla Nasruddin tales that he always spoke of, then who else could that gentleman be but himself alone? A more actual depiction of his persona could be seen emerging the moment you brought the two characters together. It is much easier to comprehend about his persona the moment you bring the Mulla and the Osho the Mystique parts together as a single entity.
Btw, I have had a brief conversation with Calder in the recent past, and the image I developed of him is that of a bitter ex-Oshoite. He said, “call me whatever, but there is a no better manner to describe Osho.” Calder could be seen arguing with other Oshoites here, just for the record. In the end, the anti-Osho brigade has not been doing anything revolutionary by debating the master. They too have been spending time brainstorming about him just like his other disciples!
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