Sannyas News cannot but note that the tradition of celebrating the brithdays, etc of gurus in India goes back a long way. Every day should be a celebration, as the enlightened say, and to magnify just one day, or one hour, can act against continuous celebration consciousness.
However we are happy to publish here a view with a different perspective from Shantam.
Osho: Birthday Blues
Since Osho came back to India and even before in Pune one, December became the peak month for sannyasins to fill the streets of Koregaon Park, Pune.
Winter in Europe, Xmas fever and the birthday celebrations of a Sagittarius Master, it was a tailor made opportunity to be in Pune. Some kind of enigmatic energy used to fill the atmosphere.
Once the Osho birthday celebrations were taken away from the main system, Vibes in the atmosphere of Pune have become lethargic. What is the psychology of this change?
As far my understanding is, the present spiritual scene in the world is influenced by the two great, yet very different beings of our time, J Krishnamurti and Osho. The influence of these two gentlemen is like the influence of Microsoft and apple on the information technology at the present day.
JK did not create any kind of master disciple bonding, neither any solid organisation as it was clear that these two institutions breed Mosquitoes of control and power. So he was sharing his vision in a loose format. Teaching was thought to be complete, and any Foundation under his name could go on reproducing and distributing his books. Any kind of rituals were not encouraged, neither were his ashes preserved. In a lay man´s term, it is like a man who goes on making love till his last, but always with proper contraceptives.
Osho had the opportunity not only to watch other spiritual organisations But also JK´s working too.
So He created His own kind of operating software, loaded with traditional terminology and ways, yet quite fitting with the needs of modern man. His was quite a daring experiment.
What has happened after Osho´s death is quite an anti-climax, at least I feel like it is. It seems the Late J Krishnamurti has replaced the soul of Osho´s work.
As if that is not too difficult to tolerate, two gentlemen who imposed the birthday and other changes are behaving more like a Vatican, but in a non Vatican form.
It seems they are so afraid not to allow any kind of rituals and tradition to take roots because they are afraid another Christianity could take place. In their brain Xmas and the Osho birthday celebration ring the same bells; truth is left aside and dead men are revered.
But they have forgotten one fact. Xmas was created by the priests and not by Jesus Himself. Is there somewhere any reference when Jesus was celebrating his birthday with his people? Whereas a Week long festivity around His birthday was Osho’s Idea and by deleting this, the priest’s mind is entering in reverse mode.
If it becomes possible to bring forward Jesus and Buddha’s time and teachings through photos and videos, I am sure people will follow that rather than the imposed versions. In Osho’s case, all is well documented in its original form, so my idea is that once the powerful lobby leaves the stage, the scene should revert back to its original format. The future should recreate the vibes of Osho’s time, rather than the present imposed changes. Changes are good when they add more features. Cutting the wings of free birds are not natural changes, but the sheer brutality and aggression of stronger species.
Let Celebration be in the air. It is the 11th December….