Osho and his Disciples’ Enlightenments!
Except for one famous occasion Osho never “authorised” – like some other teachers (for example Papaji) chosen disciples to go off and teach in their own name.
Peeple like Somendra (Micheal Barnett) were always “fishing”, in his questions to the ‘Master’, to somehow verify his enlightenment. Osho never did, and when Somendra left the commune, he commented later that Somendra still needed “Healing”.
However there was one major exception to that, in 1984. Maybe Osho was bored with all those days not talking! An announcement was made in Rajneeshpuram of three categories of advanced sannyasins: Siddhas, Arihantas and Acharyas.. A meeting was called with Osho of these people, (I don’t have a list does anyone have one?), and the definiens pronounced by Osho. Briefly three categories, first category were enlightened, second category who would make it in this life quickly, and finally those who would likely make it in this life but somewhat later.
I was around at that time, and remember people like Santosh wandering around like some kind of newly named Jesus after his encounter with John the Baptist. And not only that, loads of presumably inferior sannyaisns following in his wake, and him encamping on the Ranch roadside and spouting forth!
There were only two Indians in the groups, one was Anand Maitreya. To my lasting memory only what he said seemed apposite at the time. As he was leaving the meeting he said to an acquaintance “Osho is really a rascal”! He clearly saw through it all, and saw it as a joke. But as far as I know no one else did at the time, INCLUDING the sangha!
Of course the game or device was the joke itself. Not though as I recall fully disclosed until 1985, when Osho said in a press conference re the subject:
“This was just a joke. We enjoy everything, even we can make a joke of enlightenment. It was nothing but once in a while the commune needs some entertainment. (Osho – Press Conferences, interview with Don Lattin, San Francisco Examiner, 16 September 1985)
However it was a joke at the expense of the ‘spiritual leadership’ of the commune. As far as I could see only Maitreya came out of it with any real credit. Others like Santosh were prepared to trade on it, and oddly enough as soon as Osho declared they were NOT enlightened, they quickly undeclared themselves enlightened!
A month after that Press Conference a sannyasin asked Osho what were the chances of those who were not in the lists.
“More chances! If you are nobody you have more chance of becoming enlightened. The moment you become somebody, the doors close.”
(Osho – From Bondage to Freedom, #37, Doubt is absolutely okay, 21 October 1985)
If enlightenment exists it sure is “nothing serious”!