The Osho Festival in Roccione, Italy
this year gave us another stark example of “difficult to understand” behaviour by the official Osho organisation. Three of the therapists who had been invited to partake have been removed from the attendance list for future Festivals…. not on grounds of therapeutic competence but on their allegiances in the European “Osho Trademark” case. They had all submitted “affidavits ” in European legal proceedings seeking the cancellation of the Osho trademark in Europe. (The official Osho organisations consider that if there were uncontrolled use of the name Osho as a trademark, then the quintessence of what is really Osho could easily be lost by freeloaders, etc.)
There may or may not be some sense in this argument, but in the Italian case it makes no sense as the organisers of the Festival can “control” those they invite, and hithertoo their choices have met with “official” approval. In addition the message seems to have gone out that if the therapists were to withdraw their affidavits then they could be re-invited! This seems to be also a deterrent type of thinking, that is to stop others going down this line.
This decision was not in fact the Festival organisers. It has emerged that they were directed to do this by someone on the board of Osho International Foundation in Zurich! Of course those who get these type of things together do not have to “submit” their decisions to Zurich, and it will be interesting to see who submits and who does not as Zurich tries to take out those European centres who do not tow the party line.
One dislikes to be cynical, but Trademarks are in a way more potent than copyrights. They are without time limits, unlike copyright which lasts simply for 70 years. If granted, Trademarks can have infinite financial value.
As things turned out some of the Festival organisers did apologise later for this decision to the therapists – only to find that they themselves are now no longer invited to work and meditate in Pune for part of the year, as they had done for the last 25 years !
One tells this story like it is, but also because it could be argued that whatever the apparent rights and wrongs of the case, the “Master” is still stirring the pot, making disciples uncomfortable, disturbing their egos, which is his main function, and all the players are just scripts in his “play” to move us all on, including those who issue the edicts, and those who resist them.
The information, but not the take on this story appeared first in Viha Connection and was written by Ramateertha.