The Rolls Royce Story
One of the main issues of controversy while Osho lived in the US was his apparent ownership of 93 Rolls Royces. All those American dudes and commentators took the chance to appear horribly shocked by that. (Actually Osho never owned those vehicles, they were owned by a consortium of leading disciples.)
But very few commentators, then or since, have thought the whole thing through. Isn´t it a genuine and deliberate paradox that someone who is clearly a spiritual teacher, chooses to have 93 Rolls Royces and much more so, be open and public about that?
Indian teachers in particular often flirt with asceticism and gather admirers through fasting and some such. But Osho was clearly “taking on” that type of ascetic conditioning of the Indian mind whenever he came across it.
Further Osho had not Indian, but the American mind in focus when he said he wanted a Rolls Royce for every day of the year..;… he was determined to hold up the joke to the poverty of American consumerism.
Tom Robbins (the famous American novelist) got Osho wrong a lot of the time, especially the business about him being a gentle vegetarian!. But could well have got the Rolls Royce stuff right. See his interview in http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Gq7IUM4lCrs, calling this business of Osho’s Rolls Royces “the greatest spoof on American consumerism ever made”.
For me it was just a very creative publicity trick. Osho himself said “no one was listening to me in USA before the Rolls Royces came along. While their mouths are dropping open perhaps I can pour some truth in.”
For me the same thinking was about his watches, which by the way – most of them were made of quartz not diamonds…but the idea was that they would look like diamonds.
Such considerations never made a jot of difference to me as his disciple, and have never done so. They only made me smile.