Gift from Osho World- 6500 USD worth of Osho discourses for Free.
Apart from the few people who were unceremoniously kicked out from the Pune Ashram years ago, I really don’t know most of the people behind Osho World headquartered in New Delhi. I think these people have also played a very active role in the formation of Osho friends International, who fought a lengthy and expansive battle in the US courts for the trademark issues of Osho´s work and won the case.
The innovation in information technology has really brought to their knees those entrepreneurs and organisations who were building their foundation on voice distribution system. It is not long ago that while leaving Pune, sannyasins will go into the book shop to order discourse cassettes – and then to think how many one can carry in one lot. So bulky and heavy were they, but most of the time reliable Sony quality.
What to say about Ashram management, even big music companies get a jerk reaction to see their stuff is available on the streets in MP3 format, at peanuts price. During the last few visits to Pune , I was buying a few of the discourse series at the rate of 35 rupees per CD. It almost looks like a story of a bygone era.
However it is all together another experience to have a feeling that every thing that one wants to hear or read is available on the net, whether free or at reasonable cost. Just a few weeks ago, I wanted to listen to Osho´s talks on Buddha. To get the series, as an experiment, I went to the main Osho site(osho.com) controlled by Osho Foundation International and the rival site of Osho world. It was a nice surprise. Osho.com is offering discourses at the cost of 3.50 US dollars each, where as at Oshoworld, just thirst and willingness to listen is enough, the same discourse one can download for free! As there are around 2000 Osho talks available in Hindi and English, theoretically it is a clear gift of 6500 USD to each and every seeker who is interested in Osho.
However on 04.08.2010 at Osho.com I downloaded the 14th discourse of Budhha´s sayings. I was checking to see if there is some button to send some contribution through pay pal, but there was none.
Who is the benevolent person or the team of persons behind this?, they simply win the goodwill of heart.
May be this article is my way of saying thank you, and may be a little motivation for sannyasnews readers to enjoy again the vastness of Osho discourses, they are healthy and juicy for the inner fitness. Fitness for the witness!