An Appeal from Swami Narendra Bodhisatva for the Resurrection of the worldwide Osho-Movement
At the foothills of the eternal Himalayas from Sept.26 to Oct.5, 1970 Osho held a Meditation Camp in Kulu-Manali (Himachal Pradesh). On September 26, He initiated His first group of disciples, which he calls “neo-sannyas.” His version of this ancient Hindu institution is radically different from the tradition, where the seeker renounces all possessions, is celibate, and lives on what he or she is given by those who remain engaged in society. As Osho begins to define “neo-sannyas”, His challenge to the historical tradition becomes increasingly clear.
1970: A New Definition of Sannyas
Osho’s sannyasins were asked to wear shades of red and orange. They also receive a necklace from Osho, known as a mala, which consists of one hundred and eight beads plus a locket with Osho’s picture. In addition, Osho gives each sannyasin a new name. The new name includes a prefix, common to all—“swami” for men and “ma” for women.
“When I give you a name, I give a name for certain reasons, for certain qualities that I see in you, for certain possibilities that I see in you, for certain characteristics that are already there – and all these become associated.”
Osho has given us a new identity, individuality and freedom through wearing red or orange dresses/robes. But we have lost it in due course by the wrong propaganda of our own priests and politicians. We could regain our lost identity, individuality and freedom by wearing maroon dresses and robes. We could make a conscious decision to devote at least one hour each day for an Osho meditation (whichever technique you like most) or you could sit silently for one hour, if you feel so. You must be remembering how friendly and homely we felt whenever and wherever we met in those years.
To save the city of Rajneeshpuram (Oregon, USA) in certain unavoidable circumstances Our Beloved Master Osho said:
“And that is, from today, you are free to use any colour of clothes. If you feel like using red clothes that is up to you.”
“The second thing: you return your malas – unless you wish otherwise.
October 8th, 1985
Osho said in discourse:
“… You have been clapping because I have dropped red clothes, malas. And when you clap, you don’t know how it hurts me. That means you have been a hypocrite!
Why have you been wearing red clothes if dropping them brings you so much joy? Why have you wearing the mala? The moment I say, you rejoice. And people rushed to the boutique to change their clothes, they have dropped their malas.
“But you don’t know how much you have wounded me by your clapping and by your changing.
“Now, I have to say one thing more, and I would like to see whether you have guts to clap or not: that is, now there is no Buddhafield. So if you want enlightenment, you have to work for it individually, the Buddhafield exists no more. You cannot depend on the energy of the Buddhafield to become enlightened.
“Now clap as loudly as you can, CLAP! …
“Now you are completely free: even for enlightenment only you are responsible. And I am completely free from you.
“You have been behaving like idiots!…
“And this has given a good chance to see how many people are really with me…
Before leaving His body Osho suggests that maroon robes help us in meditations. It is the search of ten thousand years of Tibetans that the Maroon color is immensely helpful in meditation.
It is a rare phenomenon in the whole history of consciousness that Master of Masters Osho gave us a simplest device/way to contact Him exactly at 7.00 p.m. by wearing white robe wherever we are through “Osho White Robe Brotherhood.” Even if the Osho-sannyasin is alone then too it is possible to contact Osho exactly at 7 p.m. through Osho White Robe Brotherhood.”
On 10th April 1989, Osho gives His last discourse: “This moment you are the most blessed people on the earth. Remembering yourself as a Buddha is the most precious experience, because it is your eternity, it is your immortality.
It is not you; it is your very existence. You are one with the stars and the trees and the sky and the ocean. You are no longer separate.
The last word of Buddha was Sammasati. “Remember that you are a Buddha – Sammasati.”
Our Beloved Master Osho Left His body on 19th Jan.1990 but He did not leave any instructions regarding Maroon robe/dresses or White Robe. But some powerful section of so-called Osho-sannyasins have completely changed His Sannyas Movement by saying that wearing mala and maroon dresses are not necessary now at any time.
Ninety-nine percent of so-called neo-sannyasins have dropped completely malas and sannyas names. In the West so-called sannyasins and group-leaders have dropped malas and sannyas-names! Group leaders still conducting the same groups and therapies without taking the name of our Beloved Master Osho!
Osho in His last discourses on Zen (Aug.-Sept. 1988) says repeatedly:
1. Can we celebrate ten thousand buddhas?
2. Can we celebrate the gathering of ten thousand buddhas?
3. Can we celebrate the meeting of the buddhas?
4. Can we celebrate the assembly of the buddhas?
5. Can we celebrate the gathering of the buddhas?
6. Can we celebrate the ten thousand Buddhas’ resurrection?
Similar statements are given by Osho in different series on Zen in 1988. Please think over this again and again as osho-sannyasins that can we celebrate the resurrection of ten thousand buddhas? Moreover could we wear mala over maroon dresses (pants & shirts, jeans & shirts, salwar & kameez, sari or whatsoever you like to wear in maroon shades as we were using earlier red or orange to become friendly and homely anywhere and everywhere. We understand that it is courageous and challenging as it was in early days of neo-sannyas movement, but we are sure it will help us in our inner growth and meditation. We feel it is not impossible to wear mala and maroon dresses but we are certain that it will be immensely helpful to create buddhafield/ energyfields all over the world.
Our Beloved Master Osho has said in 1984 “Man is now living in his most critical moment and it is a crisis of immense dimensions, either he will die or a new man will be born. We could accept the challenge and could make worldwide effort to transform human consciousness so that present man can die and a new man could be born out of his ashes. It is going to be a death and a resurrection. Unless human consciousness changes totally man cannot survive. As he is right now he is already outdated.
The crisis has already begun in the form of chemical and biological war, terrorism throughout the world with deadly weapons and now terrorists are in a position to acquire atomic bombs and other atomic arsenals. There will be every kind of destruction on earth including natural catastrophes and man manufactured auto- suicidal efforts. In other words there will be floods which have never been known since the time of Noah, along with earthquakes, volcanic eruptions, droughts, food shortages, epidemics and everything that is possible through nature. The earth cannot tolerate this kind of mankind any longer. There will be wars which are bound to end in nuclear explosions, hence no ordinary Noah’s arks are going to save humanity.
Osho’s sannyasins could create a Noah’s ark of consciousness remaining centered exactly in the middle of the cyclone.
“I say to you that except this there is no other way. Tokyo, New York, San Francisco, Los Angles, Mumbai etc. – all these cities are going to disappear. And the holocaust is not going to be confined to certain places. It is going to be global so no escape will be possible. Moreover Osho has said one enlightened Osho sannyasin cannot avoid the global natural catastrophes and man manufactured auto suicidal efforts (biological, chemical, atomic war), at least 200 enlightened Osho sannyasins are needed. Our Beloved master Osho left behind him ten thousand buddhas although at the moment they are not alert, aware, awake. And also there is an equal possibility of a chain reaction of buddhahood, if at least 200 Osho sannyasins are enlightened.
I would like my people at least, not to waste time in postponing their own growth–OSHO
We request all Osho-sannyasins and Osho-lovers to devote at least one hour in meditation (whichever technique they like) or to sit for Osho White Robe Brotherhood or to sit silently doing nothing. We could connect ourselves daily with Osho either by reading his books or listening His audio or video discourses and the last and the best is to meditate.
“My sannyasins have to become burning torches moving around in the world, to share their fire with anyone who is ready.” – Osho
Beloved sannyasins, it is our humble request, but you are absolutely free to agree/ disagree/ criticize/ protest or whatsoever you feel…
Swami Narendra Bodhisatva & Osho- sannyasins from different cities of India.
Osho Om Bodhisatva Commune
108, Post Office Road, Clement Town
DEHRADUN—248002 Uttarakhand (India)
Websites: www.oshocommune.org, www.oshobodhisatva.com
Our two websites are already on the internet but soon we are going to launch a new website www.oshopilgrimage.com which will cover Kuchwada (Osho’s birthplace), Gadarwara (where Osho stayed almost ten years and completed His primary, middle and higher secondary education), Jabalpur (where Osho became enlightened under the Maulshree tree on 21st March 1953 ) did His graduation, became professor. The world famous waterfall flowing through 500 feet high marble rocks on both sides of river Narmada is here. Osho loved this place very much.