Shantam shares his need for a resolution around the issue of the “Inner Circle”
In an earlier Osho Times, it was mentioned as to how many times from 1985 to 89 Osho mentioned the phrase, not to miss His presence – and not to take it for granted either. Something like, I am holding on to this shore only for you, my people, otherwise my boat would have gone long before to the other shore.
In this atmosphere it was sometimes a common discussion among sannyasins at that time, ‘what will happen after Him?’
When Osho did leave his body, and during the Osho white robe brotherhood on 20th January 1990 a packed Buddha Hall heard from Amrito about an INNER CIRCLE of 21 people to continue the temporal work.
These people were hand picked By Osho and they were assigned to look after the expansion of the work. It seems Osho was hundred percent sure that these 21 people will feel honoured to do this work as part of their meditation and any question as to their resignation or any other reason to drop out was not contemplated. In the case of death, remaining members will fill the vacancy with a unanimous choice.
I hope before we reach the day of the 20th leaving the body anniversary of Osho, someone will come forward, preferably a member of the Inner Circle to tell this short history. Some say that 15 of the original members are still alive (though i dont know that for a fact) and a few remain active in the sannyas world, though may not have visited the Resort during the last 10-15 years.
I would like to know why? Was it too heavy a responsibility for you to carry, or was it hindering your journey towards lightness of being, or were you forced to drop this responsibility because it became impossible to perform your share of the work – because some other members were trying to hinder your thoughts and actions?
I think it would be the right time to give Osho’s people a fair history of the inner circle, and why it was found too difficult presumably to forward Osho’s work in the way he had suggested before his death. It will be good to clear the air for those who left, and particularly good for the future of Osho’s work from now on.
Osho did not leave behind, as far as I know any code of silence such that it forbids those concerned talking about this. Or if those concerned feel it is an act of betrayal somehow to those who continue the work, then even saying that would be helpful.
Osho in His whole life spoke about the toughest esoteric questions in most simplified language and always spoke in favour of truth, honesty and integrity. Surely the temporal side of his work also requires such frankness.
It is a very vital question that the Master who spoke just a few months before His death about His charter of Basic human rights; who was in a way lecturing the UNO, the Inner circle of world civilisation, why His own Inner circle seemed to disappear like smoke in just a few years.
Where were intentions, interests and interpretations colliding, if they were? Why could you not adjust, presumably Osho in choosing you had considered this? What were the rocks on the way? Had Osho not taught the method to remove these rocks – the earth mover of meditation?
I want to stop the sort of verbal abuse that occurs when people use the phrase the, ” 21 baboons of the inner circle.” You all seem to have “served” Osho well and for many years when he was alive. Did you feel the temporal arrangement he left in place for after his death were so unworkable? And if so why?
It would be good to hear from someone directly concerned about this.