How Has The “Osho Cult” Survived… And Thrived?

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Wild Wild Country is a hit! One of the most successful series on Netflix’s history. Netflix Team must be patting each other shoulders. My sincere congratulations! And the marketing Team behind the documentary is doing an amazing job in keeping the interest going. Social media are on fire and no day passes by without some media coverage. To such an extent that even established papers like The Guardian could not resist but turning their eyes on Osho. At the end of the day, media are driven by people’s interest.

Unfortunately, most of the reviews are engineered to tell the exact story the average mind wants to hear. Sex, money, manipulation, violence, plotting and murder. How boring! Low level gossip, which keeps people’s consciousness at bay. But nobody is asking a simple question: How is it possible for such a “cult” to survive and thrive? How Osho can be so popular today? In fact, more than ever before. Millions of people across the world practise his meditation techniques, read his books, watch his video discourses, attend festivals and meditation retreats. Hundreds of meditation centres offer his teachings and promote his vision. Young people and new generations are attracted to Osho in big numbers. And he is not here to “manipulate” anyone. Rajeenshpuram was destroyed, but Osho’s legacy is alive and kicking. Can some of those shrewd pseudo-journalists explain this please?

Normally, once a cult is exposed, that’s the end of it. Why? Because the cult (being a cult) is based on coercion, manipulation and violence. So how the “Osho cult” not only did not die, but it’s thriving? Clearly there must be something in Osho that talks to people’s hearts. Something so powerful, true and deep which goes beyond the mediocre mind. The same mediocre mind which is so interested in the media gossip dominating the debate about Wild Wild Country.

I have never met Osho in his physical form. I was not there in Oregon at the time, and I am perfectly aware of the events which unfolded between 1981 and 1985. I am not an Einstein but certainly not a complete fool. How do you explain my dedication and profound love for Osho? 

Thanks to Osho, I have experienced a totally positive transformation in my life. And I have met hundreds of people who are blown away by Osho, and whose life has changed for the better. In addition, I am so fortunate to have come across some wonderful human beings who have spent their whole life with Osho. Those are supposed to be the “victims of the cult”. Well, these are the flowers who have blossomed by imbibing Osho’s energy. These are the most beautiful people I have ever come across in my life. People who inspired me and keep inspiring me. People who are giggling, dancing, painting, writing, celebrating life and death in their old age.

If you want to know how a person has lived his/her life, look at how they are ageing. Are they smiling or moaning all the time? Are they loving individuals or spreading anger and frustration? Are they contented being peacefully by themselves or need constant company because they suffer from melancholy and depression? To me, these are the real benchmarks to assess how Osho can positively impact your life. To me, these are the miracles of life. Spiritual enlightenment is something a bit too far for me to grasp, but to witness real people in flesh and bones, who in their 80s have hearts throbbing love… that’s real. That’s what I aspire to achieve in my old age.

I hope Wild Wild Country is just the beginning of a journey to open a discussion about Osho’s contribution to the development of human consciousness. Osho is certainly not for everyone. You need to be intelligent, mature and sensitive to get Osho. And he loved controversies, so I am not worried about the “bad press”. But one thing is certain: Osho’s message is spreading and I am here to play my part in this game.