Letter To Global connections OSHO Resort, Pune, from South African centre leader Prasado
OSHO.co.za was started as a project of love and information in 2005 to serve as a web point for OSHOs work in south Africa as shared by
his friends and traveling teachers, to keep the ball rolling and make it grow in this part of the world. I asked Global connections to put our web link on their OSHO.com site , and a lady called Vatayana responded that I, in my personal capacity, have to sign a agreement to do that.
I said OK and she sent the doc, and by the way she mentioned that I will have to also register the OSHO school for creative touch which I was running in Europe and Africa since 1990, I asked for a web link and got a whole process down my throat…
I found it odd – all this paper work and since I had heard that a final Ruling in the USA has finally declared OSHO is not a trade mark in Jan 2009 I found it even more of a strange quote agreement she sent to me on March 2009.
“The name OSHO Center/ Institute …. Includes the mark OSHO and others specified on our web site www.osho.com/trademark.This is your permission to use these marks in relation to your OSHO Center/ Institute …. and related activities. These permissions are not transferable and may be withdrawn at any time. “
in contrast the actual ruling
In an unanimous verdict by the Trademark Trial and Appeal Board (TTAB) of the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office on 13 January 2009, it has established that Osho and His works cannot be trademarked.
I hereby revoke my agreement with global connections as they bluntly misguided me and many others and I call on them to recall and void all the bogus agreements in their files, and I call on all those who have signed these agreements to cancel them as well.
This feels good, 30 years with Osho I and many others don’t need this central control emanating from the resort, the fear of banning me from the resort does not apply, it has become so stiff and a meeting place for yea Sayers not for friends, from his thousands of old friends that used to gather there, the circumstances were created by the managers to keep them far and away, the air has fear control in it and the longest I can stay is 4 days go to the Samadhi and pay my respects, drink his spirit and move on before the politics hit me. And they have the whip to threaten anyone not allied with them with a big fat BAN.
This has to end, ban lunatics criminals and gurus but not just any sanyassin who does not happen to agree with you or your line.
After my 4 day pilgrimage to the Pune resort in Sept 2010 I went to visit OSHO Dharm in Delhi, the “enemies” of resort management. Besides the huge farm with the same beautiful black buildings and lush gardens as in the Pune resort – with a massive marbled floor Buddha hall , there is love there and devotion to OSHO, maybe a bit much for my western taste but it was heart opening and even though most are Indians and the discourses are much in Hindi , it’s the atmosphere there which has gone missing in the Pune resort.
There is need for some kind of change of heart in the Pune resort, but I cant see it happen with the team who made what happens now, and who will stay till death do us part.
In the mean time leave us alone to do it in the rest world.
in Cape Town