“Osho” Leela ?

Congratulations are in order from the people who run the UK commune called  Leela in reaching the pages of the Guardian, etc, and the stickability they have shown in creating a commune. However there are some widely held doubts about the designation “Osho” .

 

As one undrestands it, but one can be corrected, Leela were told some years ago by Pune HQ to drop the Osho bit, but declined, and have continued using it. Maybe somewhere along the line they got a reprieve? SN bloggers can tell us?

Someone we respect has said that Leela has next to nothing to do with Osho but was inspired by Veeresh.  Veeresh was certainly a lover of Osho and so are Tarisha and Devaraj the leading residents there,  but as a condition of using Osho as a prefix to a centre’s name one is usually required to offer daily Dynamic, Kundalini and White Robe – an idea that is looked upon by Leela inmates as quaint and only for people who live in the past !

Arguably meditation has never been more than a inconsequential side show for the Veeresh inspired Humaniversity commune which inspires Leela,  but it needs to be the main plank in all its forms, including the work that goes on there for the designation of an “Osho” commune?

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10 Responses to “Osho” Leela ?

  1. swamishanti says:

    Leela was involved with and inspired by Veeresh, and the Inner Circle always held Veeresh in high regard.

    So perhaps Veeresh pulled some strings somewhere and helped to get the ‘Osho’ back.

    Also, I heard Shyam Singha visited the Resort in 2000 with Veeresh, although he had been banned from the place since the early ’70s. So one assumes it was Veeresh who made some moves under the table there to get Shyam Singha allowed through the gate.

  2. shantam prem says:

    It is simply childish to think what kind of facilities can use the prefix ‘Osho’. One should be thankful some disciples are using it.

    If I am part of the management team at Pune, every such building will be purchased which is connected with master´s memory and name of the flagship property will be also rechristened, ‘Osho Commune’.

    If I create an ashram out of my own, one room will have the name ‘Osho’. That is it.

    One must look at things in their proper context.

    • Parmartha says:

      The motives of a place like Leela in using the name Osho are self- interested.

      They still want to attract those who feel the pull of the Osho inspiration, without being particularly inspired by Osho themselves, especially around the primary place that meditation should demand. Apparently, they think that formal meditation is old hat!

      I would see the title Osho International Meditation Resort (in Pune)
      a correct description of what goes on in Pune. .

      I am not sure about Osho Leela, though it has my support as Leela.

      • madhu dagmar frantzen says:

        Seconded, Parmartha.

        It´s very good, I guess, to practise the art of discernment too, before dropping it all – or better, before it drops by itself.

        The latter is not bound to happen. Yet.

        With Love to your sincerity,

        Madhu

    • Lokesh says:

      It is simply childish to think, if I am part of the management team at Pune, every such building will be purchased which is connected with master´s memory and name of the flagship property will be also rechristened, ‘Osho Commune’.

      One must look at things in their proper context.

      • madhu dagmar frantzen says:

        Proper context, Lokesh, true.

        The stuff Parmartha confided, especially in his 2nd chapter of sharing, I know by my own experience for decades, when I visited places with a very ´Humaniversity-style´.

        So once again, I´d second what he has to say there.

        Madhu

        • shantam prem says:

          When devoted Osho disciples visit this or that place, let us say ´Humaniversity-style´, one thing is for sure clear, something is missing. Their hunger is not fully satisfied by the home-cooked food.

          Is it not a wonder, people connected with Osho have been to lot more other places and people compared to any other new age group?

          It means when heart is ready to mix and match, entrepreneurs too will mix and match their product range.

          • satyadeva says:

            “Is it not a wonder, people connected with Osho have been to lot more other places and people compared to any other new age group?

            It means when heart is ready to mix and match, entrepreneurs too will mix and match their products.”

            No, Shantam, it’s not “a wonder” at all, firstly because very many people have or have had a connection with Osho, second because Osho attracted a large number of different types of people, with
            differing needs and tendencies (I just couldn’t bring myself to say ‘levels of consciousness’…*).

            As for the connection between these people and “entrepreneurs” and their “products”, I think you may well be mixing up a ‘chicken’ and ‘egg’ situation here.

            *See J.P. Sears: How to be Ultra Spiritual (youtube.com) 0-55seconds (etc.)

            • shantam prem says:

              Around a year ago, I have watched another spiritually hilarious video of this guy.

              It feels he knows many sannyasins from close quarters.