Historical Who is Who
1931 - 1990
India United States
One of the more controversial of modern gurus, Shree Bhagwan Rajneesh resigned his university teaching position in philosophy in 1966 to become a spiritual teacher – of undoubted charismatic power. This led to his creation of an ashram in Poona, referred to as the Orange People, designed for healing therapies, meditation and ‘shocking’ experiences. The shocks were intended to release energies and create more direct awareness, and included physical outbursts and sexual activities. These last contributed to increasing criticism of both him and the movement as a whole; drug abuse and financial scandal was a further challenge to credibility. His creation of a replacement base in the USA 1981 – 5 was a repeat of all these features; following expulsion, he returned to Poona now calling himself Osho with another set of followers. His life is an outstanding example of the need for clarity about the criteria by which any leader or exemplar figure is evaluated.
'There is no tomorrow' (5 mins) https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Tf8PUAG2aYU