Bad Osho Quotes
Why do I detest India’s one time best-selling author with over 2,000 publications translated into 44 languages? Because he was an imposter, in a long list of imposters, pretending to be an enlightened guru. Many are reluctant to denounce him because if they do, they lose faith, hope, and may become despondent. If he is a sham, than so may be their cherished beliefs. In order to preserve their beliefs from being tarnished by yet another fake guru, they exonerate him for his crimes and corruption.
Osho was a corrupt and astute businessman who made himself fabulously wealthy by preying on the naive flood of Westerners seeking spirituality. He had a Master’s with a distinction in Philosophy, and taught Philosophy, therefore was perfectly capable of expounding classic Eastern and Western philosophy. The key was to use this knowledge to make a fortune off all of the gullible young Westerners flocking to India, after the example of the Beatles, in search of spirituality and an alternative to what they saw as a stultifying Western fixation on money and security. And who is easier to rip off than people investing everything in being trusting in an effort to become better and more evolved people? Osho (at that time “Bhagwan Rajneesh”) came up with the brilliant formula of releasing them of the bonds of money by having them give it to him.
He declared himself “enlightened” at the tender age of 21, which was a necessary condition he needed to have attained in order to secure naive customers from the West, who wouldn’t know that his better ideas were largely borrowed from classic Hindu texts, and he only tweaked them out to make them more palatable or attractive to young seekers. To timeless Hindu concepts he added an appealing mix of sex, psychotherapy, and materialism. He gave them what they wanted to hear so they’d give him what he wanted to put in the bank. It worked spectacularly for him and dreadfully for them.
There is a lot of apparently sorely needed information out there about how to identify a fake enlightened being, or even a real one. The latter is a much harder job, but for the former we CAN trust some of our fundamental understanding of what it means to be human and participate among our fellow humans. When it comes to moral questions, the defenses for corruption are complex and convoluted, but it’s pretty easy to determine if something is probably wrong. We can apply the simplest test, which is the “golden rule”, “Do onto others as you would have others do unto you.” This gets succinctly translated by parents, when they instruct their children, as, “How would you like it if someone did that to you?” I’ve always believed this and still do. Osho took advantage of the best intentions of people innocently seeking to improve themselves through embracing the good by pretending to be pure goodness himself. He harmed them, and treated them in ways he would not want to have been treated himself. He was an obvious scoundrel and parasite, who has sullied anything good we might find in Eastern philosophy, and helped cast serious doubt on the whole tradition.
Defenders of Osho point to the things he said that ring true for them, or inspired them, and ignore his fondling of his female students’ breasts and nether “chakras”, or his claim to have slept with hundreds of his female followers. They somehow excuse his 93 Rolls Royces – purchased largely with the life savings of his followers – as something different from Saddam Hussein’s palaces, even though they are the obvious accumulations of a megalomaniac. They ignore that when he was trying to start a city in Antelope, Oregon (after moving to the U.S. to evade over 4 million in taxes owed to the Indian government), his top people orchestrated a poisoning campaign that resulted in over 700 cases of acute food poisoning. They put liquid salmonella on salads in salad bars in order to keep people from voting! They also plotted to assassinate key local politicians who got in the way of their establishing a city in Oregon. And what of his armed guards with automatic weapons? If you think I’m making this information up, at least have a look at the Wikipedia page on Osho. It’s all there.
Osho, not surprisingly, went off his nut. Ostensibly because of dental and back pain he took maximal doses of Valium and had spigots installed around his bed for the convenient inhalation of nitrous oxide (laughing gas), which he customarily did in 2-3 sessions a day.
Osho is now a big business, even though he’s dead, and many people still worship him as a living Buddha without bothering to find out anything about him, or look at some of the ridiculous things he said.
Never mind for the moment the good things he said. Anyone who can understand philosophy can do the same. Look at the following beautiful Osho quote:
“You are a leaf on a tree trembling in perpetual fear of turning brown and falling to the ground. This is what you think. But your thinking this is the only problem. You are not the leaf that can be separated from the tree. You are the tree. But you cannot be cut down because you are the ground, the forest, and the sky. It is all one indivisible whole. Your dread is that when the leaf crumbles the light will go out, even though you have only known the light. You are the light. But you are also the leaf. Play your role as the leaf as best you can, but don’t forget that you are the light that animates all. Nothing can harm the light.”
Wow! I think he totally got it! He can’t be a bad person and see that simple truth. Yes he could because I just wrote that myself off the top of my head. The point is that any educated person who could pass a philosophy class, and is familiar with Eastern philosophy, can write this sort of thing.
Let’s make a graphic for it!
But worse, Osho wrote a lot of garbage that could be rationally dismantled. People accept it as truth because it came from him. But his statements are mere assertions and not arguments. They rely for their authority on his status as a famous, superhuman, holy man, but there is nothing in his actions or any outward sign that he is actually enlightened and not just lying. His actions clearly show he is a clever and immoral manipulator of people for his own personal profit, even if he sometimes says the right thing beautifully. That is the skill of lying.
If you look up information on how to identify a fake guru, Osho deserves every red flag. The False Guru Test is a particularly good guide, though I probably think that because I agree with all 26 of it’s criteria. Just some of the signs Osho is a false guru include:
- States his or her own enlightenment
- Takes the credit for a particular meditative or healing technique
- Lives in total opulence
- Presents himself or herself overly fashionably and glamorously
- Takes sexual advantage of his or her followers
- Gives him or herself outrageous titles
- Makes false claims of lineage
- Collects a large band of angry ex-followers
Below I’ve compiled some of his offensive, stupid, or embarrassing quotes. Feel absolutely free to share them. I think if people were more aware of his actual actions and his more atrocious thinking, they’d stop praising him and see him for the fraud he really was. I changed the format of the quotes a little while improving it, but they basically all use the same template. Yes, I did make him look evil, and some of the quotes lack sufficient context to be understood completely accurately, but the same is true of most of his quotes shared by his admirers or those making money off of his name, including the ones that use flowers and pastel colors to make him look like a radiant being.
I may add more quotes later. I don’t know how much Osho I can take reading. There are much better sources for Eastern Philosophy, and without the lunacy.
~ Guest post by J. Sri Bhagovwid