Ramatheerta Updates on his Two Legal Disputes with Osho International

An update on the present court cases regarding firstly the European Trade Mark case, and secondly, the Swiss Government’s Provisional Ruling on Osho International Foundation, Zurich.

There was a meeting  for all German Osho centres at Osho Parimal on July 25 and 26, 2014.

As requested by the participants, Ramateertha was asked to give an update on the situation in the Osho Trademark Case – specifically the recent court ruling on the matter in Spain.

Ramateertha said that the dismissal by the Spanish Court of his request to cancel the Trademark had come as a great shock, and that the grounds for the Court’s decision were,  in his view bizarre.  (The case had gone against Ramateertha and his associates).

In the grounds for its ruling, the Court had claimed that the evidence submitted was so complex that it was not possible to properly assess its relevance. Seeing that the court itself had initiated a full four rounds of discovery in the case – the normal number would be no more than two – this conclusion seems to be nothing less than a mockery. With this as the starting-point, the court then ruled that the Trademark should be permitted to continue to exist, based on the simple prima facie fact that it has already existed for fourteen years.

In its substantiation the Court also argued that Osho was not a man of the calibre of a Buddha or Jesus, but that he rather belonged to the same category as individuals with trademarked names like Moshé Feldenkrais or Ron Hubbard (Scientology), and that his methods could thus very well be afforded the protection of a trademark.

In the reasons laid out for their decision, the Judges did not even mention the actual subject of the dispute, which was that the name Osho stands for a person and his vision and not for a commercial good. Ramateertha said that there would be an Appeal.

Regarding the situation in Berne,  Ramateertha claimed that Osho International is over-indebted by more than nine million Swiss francs, and that the Foundation’s status as a charity was revoked by the Swiss tax authorities in 2012.  Ramateertha further claimed,  there is concrete evidence indicating that money that was actually due to the Foundation has been redirected into other channels – possibly into private companies of which former Foundation board members are beneficiaries. This had indeed led to the provisional suspension of the Board Members and the freezing of OIF’s accounts by the Swiss authorities. A Government administrator was appointed to take care of the most immediate necessities of the Foundation. The suspended Board has now been given the opportunity  by the Swiss authorities to respond to the accusations, and everyone involved is eagerly awaiting their response.

 

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10 Responses to Ramatheerta Updates on his Two Legal Disputes with Osho International

  1. prem martyn says:

    What meditation technique are the litigants using?
    Have they considered doing some therapy? Apparently, one of them might be a victim or will be when they finally lose.
    If someone suggested them to laugh a bit more would it not be taken seriously?
    Does the future of the ice caps depend on the result of the court case?
    Are most or all of the litigants vegetarian and against endless suffering of fellow creatures?
    Are any of the litigants anally retentive or fully unrepressed?
    Have they considered going for a drink at SN’s favourite pub – ‘The Inn in the Air’?

  2. Shantam Prem says:

    When two professionally successful meditators start fighting, it is an impossible task to mediate between them.
    I sometimes wonder, why spiritual masters have condemned so-called sleeping humanity.
    Sleepy people or animals don´t fight, they don´t piss to mark their territories.

    The family feud between two main cults around Osho is a living testimony, “All that glitters is not gold.”

    PS: I can offer my loving service to bring giants on the discussion table, but I know they won´t accept this offer. I am not a qualified therapist!

    • lokesh says:

      El Chudo declares, “I sometimes wonder, why spiritual masters have condemned so-called sleeping humanity.”

      This is doubtless a result of him being fast asleep. He would not wonder about such a thing were he the slightest bit awake.

      Why masters wish to awaken people is that it releases them from the power of the unconscious. Conscious people do not begin wars or exploit their fellow man; they are much too busy being awake to bother with such negative activity, the kind of activity that rules the world today.

      • Shantam Prem says:

        I hope Lokesh won´t go this far to say, “If war clouds have disappeared from the sky of European Union countries, it is because of the vibes of Punja-ji and similar.”

        Evolution of human consciousness does not depend upon some class of people, but countless nitty-gritty.

        • lokesh says:

          Chudo, as I see it, there is no evolution of human consciousness taking place. In general, people today are no more aware about themselves than they were five thousand years ago. In some instances, say in comparison to ancient Greek culture, I would go so far as to say human consciousness has degenerated.

          There exists potential for development of consciousness on an individual level and that is about the extent of it.

          • Shantam Prem says:

            Are you not one of those, Lokesh, “who are no more aware about themselves than they were five thousand years ago?”

            Life is such ‘grass looks greener on the other side of the fence’ but inner evolution looks more on one´s own side of the fence.

  3. madhu dagmar frantzen says:

    “Conscious people do not begin wars or exploit their fellow man; they are much too busy being awake to bother with such negative activity, the kind of activity that rules the world today….”

    YES, Lokesh, that’s including – us!
    Moment to moment anew…
    And how quick that goes when that which we called a ‘button’ is pushed, doesn’t it?

    Madhu

    • lokesh says:

      Observing thoughts is relatively easy in relation to the movement of emotions, because they move very quickly…a flash of anger. One can imagine oneself to be so cool and then someone cuts you off in traffic and you turn into an angry monster etc.

      Yes, Madhu, how easily a person can have their buttons pushed; a clear indication of one’s mechanical nature. Some have big invisible keys inserted in their backs. Wind ‘em up and let ‘em go, babe.