The Execution of Gurupurnima by Osho International
The day of full moon in the month of July has been celebrated for centuries In India as GuruPurnima; Master´s full moon!
Basically, the word Master does not do enough justice to the word GURU. With Master one always gets the notion of control of someone over the others. Slave fits more with Master than Disciple. The literal meaning of GURU is someone who leads the human being from darkness to light. The occult meaning is someone who reveals the secret of that which is hidden and sacred. In ordinary parlance in India, people also use this word sometimes for their school teacher or college professor too, because the knowledge or wisdom is shared.
July is one of the Monsoon months. Cloudy sky, rain for the rice fields, and longing in the heart. In such an atmosphere; the Master is remembered as a sign of gratitude. One can say, Gurupurnima is a Valentine day between disciple/student and his mentor/guide/teacher.
Because of its very nature this Festival is beyond the grip of the ‘religious’. In all the traditions where the emphasis is not on prophets but on learning, Gurupurnima is celebrated through their personal style and flavour. As it is a non religious Festival, Osho when alive incorporated it too in His scheme of Festival days.
For more than two decades this festival was celebrated internationally by his sannyasins. Even today hundreds of Osho centres in Indian cities organise meditation camps on this day. In Pune, just 500 metres away from 17, Koregaon Park, a three day festivity has kicked off in a public auditorium.
Why doesn’t the resort management allow such festivals, they have never shared any logicial reason to support their strange behaviour. Psychologically speaking, maybe as it is ruled by ex Christians, The Shadow of Christian festivals and the dislike of them may overpower their psyche and result in this Head Stand. In this way, they want to prove Osho is a different kind of Guru and they are the unique disciples.
But again…why not celebrate Gurupurnima as a symbol of gratitude of being with such an extra ordinary Master – especially when it was the Master’s wish.