UK throws out the Truth – Osho deported from Heathrow
In March, 1986 I organised a petition for English people (not just sannyasins) to sign here in London that was sent to the then British Home Secretary, Douglas Hurd to try and get him to re-admit Osho (then called Bhagwan) to the UK. He seemed to be flying in a Lear Jet from airport to airport around the world, and being refused entry virtually everywhere.
Osho actually spent a night at Heathrow airport, but was refused admission.
I wrote a letter to accompany the petition, and this letter and Home Office reply was used by Maneesha (p 437/8 in her book “One man against the whole ugly past of humanity”).
I put these on paper again and say again that this was a very great chance for the British Buddhafield and for the UK to experience an enlightened presence, and like other governments the UK was under pressure from the Americans to make life as difficult as possible for Osho.
It has always been strange for me to see that those of a mystical focus are readily persecuted by political or religious authorities, or the sheer weight of conventional wisdom through newspapers, etc. Jesus, Mansoor, Rumi, Gurdjieff, to name but a few have suffered, in the first two cases with their lives, and the circus to which Osho was subjected around the world in trying to find a place to re-settle his commune certainly did not do his health any good, and may well have contributed, amongst other factors, to his relatively early death. Here is the correspondence, please feel free to comment.
Letter from Parmartha to Douglas Hurd, British Home Secretary (March,86)
Dear Mr Hurd,
These signatures on the accompanying petition speak for themselves. Many ordinary citizens who are not followers of Bhagwan Shree Rajneesh have chosen to stand up and be counted and ask that this man, who has touched the lives of many in profound and beautiful ways should be given the chance to give of his wisdom and love to the English people.
Whatever may seem to have, and continues to happen around him is part of the mystery of how he functions, but for the many thousands who have had the privilege to taste this man at close quarters I can only underline that he speaks to the highest qualities in human beings. Your department’s decision has in fact left England immeasurably poorer.
I hope that you will weigh these comments, and those from others you have received, very carefully, if this man’s visa comes up for reconsideration. I would also welcome your comments on the whole issue, as for me it speaks against all religious tolerance.
The Home Office replied, but took 3 months to do so. Here is their reply.
Dear Mr Parmartha,
Thank you for your letter and petitions of March 25th and 26th April to the Home Secretary about Bhagwan Shree Rajneesh.
The Bhagwan arrived at Heathrow on March 6th but was refused leave to enter the UK on the grounds that his exclusion was conducive to the public good. As required by the Immigration Rules this decision was taken in the light of what was known about the Bhagwan’s character, conduct and associations. We understand that the Bhagwan recently had to leave the united States after being convicted of immigation offences for which he was given a ten year suspended sentence of imprisonment and a substantial fine was imposed. We understand that he maty also have convictions in India. His activities have been investigated by the Indian police, and the police in the uSA would like to interview several of his followers in connection with embezzlement. In the light of this the immigration officer decided to refuse leave to enter the UK. If the Bhagwan is unhappy about the refusal he may, of course, appeal to the independent appellate authorities.
(UK Home Office)