The Bottom Line
In the aftermath of the trademark decision against OIF, I see much confusion and misunderstanding in the sannyas world, and I would like to share with anyone interested how I see things.
When Osho left His body, the Inner Circle took over the running of the Osho Commune, and I guess most of us hoped and expected the world of Osho to continue the same as when Osho was alive. Osho had clearly limited the function of the Inner Circle to the day-to-day, practical management of the Commune, and no one was given the right to alter His message.
After a while, more and more of the original Inner Circle members left, and many changes started happening, including the disappearance of Osho’s photos around the Commune and a new name, the Resort. The people who resisted the changes were pushed out.
I have heard Osho say that He was not interested in the mainstream, as the masses would not understand His message. I heard Him speak against altering or changing His work and that He wanted His message to be unedited, exactly as we all heard, saw, and experienced Him.
The management team, however, developed a new strategy to work with international publishers and manipulated Osho’s words into compilation books, with popular, catchy titles that would be salable to the mainstream. As I see it, they have created MacOsho, and they have sold and continue to sell millions of books and have received millions of dollars in royalty payments. These amounts of money are controlled and known only to them. Now MacOsho is known and popular in edited form throughout the world.
Of course, pure, vegetarian Osho is available, but the management team is mainly interested in MacOsho and the huge royalty payments they are receiving. Following the money trail would make a best-selling thriller, if anyone can find out the truth.
From this angle, it is easy to understand many of the actions the management team has taken, for example when they ban people and send their lawyers against anyone and everyone who challenges their authority to own and control Osho. I think it is simply a matter of money.