De-Oshoization is in the full swing at Osho Resorts, claim few disciples

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Management denies the allegations


A group of Osho’s disciples distributed a leaflet to the participants of the Monsoon festival in which they allegedly exposed the mismanagement happening in the resort. The management has denied the allegations and said that it is being done to malign their organisation’s image.

The Osho International Mediation Resort in Pune had organised the Monsoon festival between August 13 and 15, this year.

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Swami Chetan Arup, an Osho’s disciple said,” Without the freedom of spirit, mere physical independence has not much value. We wish to draw the attention of the Government of Maharashtra that article 25 to article 28 of our Constitution allows us the freedom of religion which means we have the right to freely practice and propagate our religion. Unfortunately, we are being denied these very rights.”

OIF (Osho International Foundation) has been denying the existence of Osho’s Samadhi and insisting on calling it Chuang-tzu Hall. In its affidavit before the charity commissioner, Mumbai in 2012, it denied the existence of Osho’s Samadhi. Many disciples allege that OIF is trying to create a narrative that the disciples who are debunking its claim belong to a group of superstitious people who are out of sync with Osho’s vision and that this debasing of a sacred place into a mere real estate is being systematically done to remove the legal hurdles in selling it off.

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Swami Chaitanya Keerti, an ex-trustee of Osho Ashram added ”Last month Osho lovers from different parts of India gathered in Pune to celebrate Guru Purnima and be in Osho’s samadhi. The management of OIF in its characteristic high-handedness initially denied entry to many ‘banned’ disciples but later, after the intervention of the police, allowed them in for 10 minutes. A month later, the ashram management decided to celebrate the Monsoon Festival from 11 August to 15 August. While Osho Centres across the world celebrate Osho’s birthday and Gurupurnima, they are not celebrated at Osho’s Ashram, Pune where Osho lived for more than ten years and left his body. It is a sad irony that all the festivals related to Osho have been ostracized by OIF but New Year and Monsoon festivals are celebrated with fanfare. The standard line maintained by the OIF is that Osho was opposed to customs and traditions. This is a classic case of how a devil can cite scripture for his purpose! The New York Times in its edition of 10 December 10 2002 had called such developments, de-Oshoization.”

Speaking to Pune Pulse Ma Amrit Sadhana, who is a part of the management team of the meditation resort flatly denied the allegations and said, “More than thousands of people’s were part of this event. Everyone enjoyed and the feedback was positive. As people are still gearing up from covid crises and this festive theme was based on music with mediation and preaching of Osho which focusses on patience, forgiveness, spreading fraternity, compassion, peace and others.”

Chaitraly Deshmukh-Tajane