One common general theory (met in numerous commentators about the Ranch period), of what happened, was that Osho was switched off for several years, and “allowed” Sheela/Savita and their gang to “Take over”. I always had my doubts about this, it does not meet with my intuition.
There is a wonderful (if small) example of how Osho continued to be switched on, and where he knew the facts, actually cut up rough with Sheela and Savita. It’s all about this hooded cloak and hood.!
At one point late in Poona one, Osho had been reading a “National Geographic” magazine about the Induit people, and appeared fascinated by a Chief or Shaman wearing a hood as in this photo. The sewing dept was summoned, given the magazine, and asked to produce such a cloak and hood for Osho. A little later Osho ordered a special photo shoot session of him wearing this hood and cloak. However it was never used in Poona one.
But whatever the way of these things, it had a use, by Osho, or by existence, or by Source, or what you will.
Veena who made this cloak and hood considers what followed puzzling, though I would not use that word.
At one point during the Ranch period he summoned Sheela and said that he wanted to chose a picture of himself, which would be special, and that it should then be sent to every Osho centre on the planet and displayed prominently.
He asked for the huge file in which every picture of himself was stored to be brought to him. Within 24 hours he had nominated the picture he wanted used, a version of the picture above, except that Osho was looking straight into the camera. Sheela and crew did not like it and proceeded to chose another one. The centres, and what went in them, was after all their hegemony, or so they felt and on the whole acted.
Sheela must have had an intuition of what might follow, because the next evening business session with Osho, she sent Savita instead, and also to show their choice, arguing that she herself was ill!
Veena who happened to be in Jesus Grove (Sheela’s domicile on the Ranch) when Savita returned on that evening, reports she found Savita shattered. Apparently she had told Osho the gang did not approve of his choice, but Osho went into a full blown zen rage about it. His approximate words were ” Whenever I do something I do it for a purpose. I have chosen this photo for a special secret reason. You don’t know what levels I am working on when I choose to do or say something. Go back and tell everybody to never again dare to question anything I do or say!”
To those who doubt it, the picture was indeed then sent to every Osho centre in the world.
Anyone want to have a crack at Osho’s special secret reason? Was it a device to irritate the donkeys of Jesus Grove ? ? or maybe something else?