So lately I have become interested in mythology, and I’ve started with the American professor of literature Joseph Campbell. Pretty much the first stop of my journey was the television documentary series ‘Joseph Campbell and the Power of Myth’, which is now freely available on YouTube in its entirety. I’ll just link the first part of the six part series here, for your convenience:
Now it struck me that Osho as an enlightened master is also a mythological figure. He fits the archetype of the spiritual teacher who goes forth, attains to enlightenment and is transformed thereby, and sets out to teach the world, bringing new light and a relief from ignorance. Even the happenings at Rajneeshpuram fit this mould.
It is a form of the hero’s journey, where the hero sets out to retrieve an elixir from the underworld, and through various tribulations eventually succeeds to share it with the world. Without the tribulations it wouldn’t be as powerful a myth. Prometheus retrieving fire is another such myth, ‘Star Wars’ is famously based on the hero’s journey, there are many.
It is very similar to the Buddha, who goes forth with the goal of ending suffering, learns to meditate, is tested and attains enlightenment under the Bodhi tree, and in the end brings enlightenment back to share with the world.
I doubt wether Hollywood will make a movie about the myth in this century, but perhaps at some point when America comes to embrace its counterculture it will happen.