Frank makes the case for open communication between rigidly polarised groups.
I don`t think anyone would deny that the world has become torn apart with every kind of polarity: left v right / religion v rationality / vaxx v anti-vaxx / “sheeple” v “covidiots” / climate campaigners v climate change deniers etc. etc. The Oshosphere is not exempt: .devotional v therapy / old-time religious v religionless religion, and maybe even 70s sensibilities v ‘MeToo’ and so on.
Many commentators these days suggest that some kind of dialogue is the only way through. This is in notoriously short supply as a brief browse online shows how much folks are locked into their echo-chambers and filter-bubbles.
In the Sannyas scene, dialogue has never been given much credence per se. It has always been a bit ‘top-down’. Even those who moved on from Osho and got into other gurus tend to go more for the idea of truth being revealed by those who know, ie the gurus. Thus, the discussion between Guru and disciple is never dialogic as such, for the guru disseminates from an essentially higher state. It`s not difficult to see how this slides into authoritarianism and fascism , as Sannyas history tends to illustrate.
The authoritarian approach is scarily more common politically on every continent than it was when Osho was alive. It`s no surprise then, that the cross-over between religion and extreme right-wing/authoritarian thinking, and that includes “Newage spirituality”, is so extensive.
The fact that SN is the only public discussion area and has been for years is quite amazing really. Yes, there`s Facebook. Yet many of the sannyasin Facebook sites are members-only, which reflect the elitism and insiderism usually associated with typically authoritarian structures, not to mention cults.
Most open Osho sites are essentially consumerist/propagandist in nature. Flogging their and their friends` products. No chance of a conversation there.
At the risk of entering into Swami Bhorat territory and in the absence of better solutions, I will even venture to say that a good chinwag is the only hope for humanity.
Aye or nay?
(MOD: Apologies for lay-out flaws)