That Which Took Us to Rajneeshpuram

Rajneesh Mandir

I am sure that whatever I say will not make one iota of difference to anyone, but still it has to be said.

It seems appropriate to ask ourselves what it was that took us to Rajneeshpuram.

If we were attracted by the idea of creating a utopian community and that is the only reason we went then it is natural that we are disappointed that the experiment did not deliver the goods. And I suppose then there is some benefit in reviewing the history and events that took place so as to do better next time.

Perhaps we were attracted by the idea of being with a “godman”, some saintly character that would conform to our own ideas of “enlightenment”. Just the idea elevated our own status. We were one of the chosen few. Is this anything more than an ego trip? And of course we were headed for disappointment. Masters do not conform to anyone’s ideas of enlightenment, Gurdjieff did not, J. Krishnamurti did not, and certainly U.G. Krishnamurti did not, just to name a few more recent examples. And it is natural that our egos would be bruised when we realized that life did not live up to our expectations.

And then there were some that were lured by the prospect of opening ourselves to the unknown, of diving deep into our own inner depths, of examining every aspect of ourselves, both the dark and the light. There are not many in this group who were disappointed, Rajneeshpuram delivered on all accounts for many.

Whatever it was that took us to Rajneeshpuram, what we can take away, even if only beginning at this moment, is meditation.

We can forget all about Osho, but if we forget about meditation, the whole journey was for naught.

If we persist in meditation (and by meditation I mean observing the contents of the mind without pushing them away or without jumping into the fray) then we rediscover that space, that magical space of silence and love. From here it is hard to be anything but so overwhelmingly grateful for the one who spent his entire life pointing towards this door to no-mind. And, in fact, it is THIS no-mind, this oceanic space of silence and love that is Osho, this very moment.

-purushottama

This was originally posted on the Facebook group page Rajneeshpuram Residents and was part of an ongoing conversation. I thought perhaps it might be interesting to some who are not part of that group.

10 thoughts on “That Which Took Us to Rajneeshpuram”

  1. Purushottama,
    I truly appreciate your post on this subject…I had to drop out of the FB page called “Residents of Rajneeshpuram” because I got so tired of hearing the experience of one person who thought it should be that of all of us. Breathing in and out…
    Big Hug,
    Sadhvi

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  2. In short without OSHO’s words, meditations,methods any kind of meditation etc, is not going to work for the modern man &” to forget all about OSHO ?” My god , people who was with him writing such things ? Cannot believe. In my case found the very first OSHO book only year 2000 Jan 4th & my love,trust gratitude . . . helped to transcend all personnel neurosis, sexual desires, perversions etc,etc,etc, Yes, many people cannot understand OSHO’s words & for that what OSHO can do about it ? Very sad post. My writing is bad , so can not write anymore.

    On Wed, Nov 29, 2017 at 11:51 PM, Sat Sangha Salon wrote:

    > purushottama posted: ” I am sure that whatever I say will not make one > iota of difference to anyone, but still it has to be said. It seems > appropriate to ask ourselves what it was that took us to Rajneeshpuram. If > we were attracted by the idea of creating a utopian co” >

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    1. I think perhaps you have misunderstood. I did not even mention Osho’s words. I have spent the past 10 years posting his words on this blog at least once a week. When I said “you can forget all about Osho”, I was referring to the person we have in our mind. It is like the Zen saying “If you meet the Buddha on the road, kill him.” I hope you did notice that the post ended with “From here it is hard to be anything but so overwhelmingly grateful for the one who spent his entire life pointing towards this door to no-mind. And, in fact, it is THIS no-mind, this oceanic space of silence and love that is Osho, this very moment.” Cheers!

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  3. Thanks for sharing insights.
    Yes, even Osho has mentioned in one of his books, that if on the path, even if a Buddha comes in the way, kill him… for then the Buddha becomes the hindrance.
    Simply loved the last statement of your’s.

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  4. What took me to Rajneeshpuram was the love for Osho-plus for his people-and I was not disappointed-Rajneeshpuram was such an amazing place to be-such an experience-year after year-meditation just happened-with no effort-the wish to stay in the moment and experience everything was strong-and that was just the beginning of my journey-Poona years were yet to come-I feel so tremendously grateful to Osho and Existence for this whole adventure-which just goes on and on-we are indeed the Blessed Ones-Thank you Purushottama for this lovely insight into why we went there in the first place…….I had never given it a thought before…..just felt the gratitude……..

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