Mohan Jain (December 11, 1931 - January 19, 1990), better known during
the 1970s and 1980s as Bhagwan Shree Rajneesh and later taking the name
Osho, was an Indian spiritual teacher. He lived in India and in other
countries including, for a period, the United States, and inspired the
Osho movement, a controversial spiritual and philosophical movement.
Osho claimed that the greatest values in life are (in no specific order)
awareness, love, meditation and laughter. He said that enlightenment
is everyone's natural state, but that one is distracted from realizing
it – particularly by the human activity of thought, as well as
by emotional ties to societal expectations, and consequent fears and
He was a prolific
speaker (both in Hindi and English) on various spiritual traditions
including those of Buddha, Krishna, Guru Nanak, Jesus, Socrates, Zen
masters, Gurdjieff, Sufism, Hassidism and many others. He attempted
to ensure that no "system of thought" would define him, since
he believed that no philosophy can fully express the truth.
An experienced orator,
he said he spoke to convey his message, but that his only reason was
to convince his listeners to start on a path of meditation, glimpses
of which, according to him, could be experienced in the gaps between
I am making you
aware of silences without any effort on your part. My speaking is being
used for the first time as a strategy to create silence in you.
This is not a teaching,
a doctrine, a creed. That’s why I can say anything. I am the most
free person who has ever existed as far as saying anything is concerned.
I can contradict myself in the same evening a hundred times. Because
it is not a speech, it has not to be consistent. It is a totally different
thing, and it will take time for the world to recognize that a tremendously
different experiment was going on.
Just a moment …
when I become silent, you become silent. What remains is just a pure
awaiting. You are not making any effort; neither am I making any effort.
I enjoy talking; it is not an effort.
I love to see you
silent. I love to see you laugh, I love to see you dance. But in all
these activities, the fundamental remains meditation.
He was often called
the "sex guru" after some speeches in the late 1960s on sexuality.
These were later compiled under the title From Sex to Superconsciousness.
According to him, "For Tantra everything is holy, nothing is unholy",
and all repressive sexual morality was self-defeating, since one could
not transcend sex without experiencing it thoroughly and consciously.
In 1985, he told the Bombay Illustrated Weekly,
“ I have never
been a celibate. If people believe so, that is their foolishness. I
have always loved women – and perhaps more women than anybody
else. You can see my beard: it has become gray so quickly because I
have lived so intensely that I have compressed almost two hundred years
into fifty. ”
Osho said he loved
to disturb people – only by disturbing them could he make them
think. Accordingly, his discourses were peppered with offensive jokes
and outrageous statements lampooning key figures of established religions
such as Hinduism, Jainism or Christianity. Concerning the virgin birth,
for example, he said that Jesus was clearly a bastard, since he was
not Joseph's biological son, and that the Holy Ghost was a rapist –
or God's genitalia." An attempt on his life was made by a Hindu
fundamentalist in 1980. Osho, however, said that the only thing he was
serious about in his discourses were the jokes – they were the
main thing, and everything else was spiritual gossip.
Osho on meditation
According to Osho, meditation is a state of watchfulness that has no
ego fulfillment in it, something that
... happens when
you are in a state of not-doing. And that is the question: how to do
that non-doing? If you ask how, you have missed the point, because "how"
means doing. ... You will have to understand that no doing is going
to help. In that very understanding, non-doing happens.
He said it is very
difficult for modern man to just sit and be in meditation, so he devised
so-called Active Meditation techniques to prepare the ground. Some of
these preparatory exercises can also be found in western psychological
therapies (i.e. gestalt therapy), such as altered breathing, gibberish,
laughing or crying. His most significant meditation techniques are known
as "Dynamic Meditation", "Kundalini Meditation",
"Nadabrahma", "Nataraj". They have a strong physical
element. He said Dynamic Meditation was –
... absolutely necessary
for the modern man ... If people are innocent there is no need for Dynamic
Meditation. But if people are repressed, psychologically are carrying
a lot of burden, then they need catharsis. So Dynamic Meditation is
just to help them clean the place. And then they can use any method
... It will not be difficult. If they, right now, directly try, they
He also reintroduced
minimal parts of several traditional meditation techniques, stripped
of what he saw as ritual and tradition, and retaining what he considered
to be the most therapeutic parts. He believed that, given sufficient
practice, the meditative state can be achieved and maintained while
performing everyday tasks and that enlightenment is nothing but being
continuously in a meditative state:
Nature has come
to a point where now, unless you take individual responsibility, you
cannot grow. More than this nature cannot do. It has done enough. It
has given you life, it has given you opportunity; now how to use it,
it has left up to you.
Meditation is your
freedom, not a biological necessity. You can learn in a certain period
of time every day to strengthen meditation, to make it stronger -- but
carry the flavor of it the whole day.
First, while you
are awake -- the moment you wake up, immediately catch hold of the thread
of remaining alert and conscious, because that is the most precious
moment to catch the thread of consciousness. Many times in the day you
will forget -- but the moment you remember, immediately start being
alert. Never repent, because that is a sheer wastage of time. Never
repent, "My God, I forgot again!"
In my teachings
there is no place for any repentance. Whatever has happened is gone,
now there is no need to waste time on it. Catch hold again of the thread
of awareness. Slowly, slowly you will be able to be alert the whole
day -- an undercurrent of awareness in every act, in every movement,
in everything that you are doing, or not doing. Something underneath
will be continuously flowing.
Even when you go
to sleep, leave the thread only at the last moment when you cannot do
anything because you are falling asleep. Whatever is the last thing
before you fall asleep will be the first thing when you wake up. Try
it. Any small experiment will be enough to prove it. Just repeat your
own name while you are falling asleep: half awake, half asleep, go on
repeating ... Slowly, slowly you will forget repeating, because the
sleep will grow more and more and the thread will be lost. It is lost
only because you are asleep, but underneath your sleep it continues.
That's why in the morning when you wake up and just look around, the
first thing you will remember will be [the sound of your name]. You
will be surprised: Why? What happened? You slept eight hours, but there
has been an undercurrent.
And as things become
deeper and clearer, even in sleep you can remember that you are asleep.
Sleep becomes almost a physiological thing and your spirit, your being,
becomes a flame of awareness, separate from it. It does not disturb
your sleep; it simply makes your sleep very light. It is no more the
sleep of the old days, when your house was on fire and you went on sleeping
-- that was almost like a coma, you were so unconscious.
Your sleep will
become thin, a very light layer, and your inside will remain alert.
Just as it has been alert in the day, it will be even more alert in
the night, finally, because you are so silent, so relaxed. The whole
nuisance world becomes completely silent.
Patanjali, the first
man in the world to write about meditation, says that meditation is
almost like dreamless sleep, but with only one difference. In dreamless
sleep you are not aware; in samadhi, in the ultimate state of meditation,
there is just a little difference -- you are aware.
Osho was born Chandra Mohan Jain in Kuchwara, a small village in the
Narsinghpur District of Madhya Pradesh state in India. At the time,
an astrologer predicted that he might die before he was seven years
old according to the birth chart. His parents, who were Jains, sent
him to be with his maternal grandparents until he was seven years old.
Osho said this was
a major influence on his growth because his grandmother gave him the
utmost freedom and respect, leaving him carefree; without an imposed
education or restrictions.
At seven years old
he went back to his parents. He explained that he received a similar
kind of respect from his paternal grandfather who was staying with them.
He was able to be very open with his grandfather. His grandfather used
to tell him, "I know you are doing the right thing. Everyone may
tell you that you are wrong. But nobody knows which situation you are
in. Only you can decide in your situation. Do whatsoever you feel is
right. I will support you. I love you and respect you as well."
He was a rebellious,
but gifted student, winning the title of All-India Debating Champion.
Osho said he became
spiritually enlightened on 21 March 1953, when he was 21 years old.
He said he dropped all effort and hope and after an intense seven-day
process went out at night to a garden, where he sat under a tree:
The moment I entered
the garden everything became luminous, it was all over the place –
the benediction, the blessedness. I could see the trees for the first
time – their green, their life, their very sap running. The whole
garden was asleep, the trees were asleep. But I could see the whole
garden alive, even the small grass leaves were so beautiful.
I looked around.
One tree was tremendously luminous – the maulshree tree. It attracted
me, it pulled me towards itself. I had not chosen it, god himself has
chosen it. I went to the tree, I sat under the tree. As I sat there
things started settling. The whole universe became a benediction.
He finished his
studies at D. N. Jain College and Saugar University, receiving a B.A.
(1955) and an M.A. (1957) in Philosophy. He then taught philosophy,
first at Raipur Sanskrit College, and then, until 1966, as a Professor
at Jabalpur University. At the same time, he traveled throughout India,
giving lectures critical of socialism and Gandhi, under the name Acharya
(literally "teacher") Rajneesh. In 1964, he led his first
meditation camp. He resigned from his teaching post in 1966.
In 1968, he offended
Hindu leaders with his non-traditional views on sex; at the Second World
Hindu Conference in 1969, he enraged Hindus by criticizing all organized
religion and the very institution of priesthood.
In 1969 a group
of Osho's disciples established a foundation to support his work. They
settled in an apartment in Mumbai where he gave daily discourses and
received visitors. The number and frequency of visitors soon became
too much for the place, overflowing the apartment and bothering the
neighbours. A much larger apartment was found on the ground floor (so
the visitors would not need to use the elevator, a matter of conflict
with the former neighbours).
On September 26,
1970 he initiated his first disciple or sannyasin at an outdoor meditation
camp, one of the large gatherings where he lectured and guided group
meditations. His concept of neo-sannyas entailed wearing the traditional
orange dress of ascetic Hindu holy men. However, his neo-sannyasins
were not expected to follow an ascetic lifestyle.
From 1971, he was
known as Bhagwan Shree Rajneesh. Shree means Sir; the Sanskrit word
Bhagwan, which can also be used to refer to an aspect of the supreme
being, means "blessed one". It is commonly used in India
as a respectful form of address for spiritual teachers
The new apartment
also proved insufficient and the climate of Mumbai was deemed very bad
for his delicate health. So, in 1974, on the 21st anniversary of his
enlightenment, a caravan of cars departed from the Mumbai apartment
to the newly purchased property in Koregaon Park, in the city of Pune,
a four hour trip from Mumbai. Pune had been the secondary residence
of many wealthy families from Mumbai because of the cooler climate (Mumbai
lies in a coastal wetland, hot and damp, Pune is inland and much higher,
so it is drier and cooler).
The two adjoining
houses and 6 acres of land became the nucleus of an Ashram and those
two buildings are still at the heart of the present-day Osho International
Meditation Resort. This space allowed for the regular audio and video
recording of his discourses and, later, printing for worldwide distribution,
which allowed him to reach far larger audiences internationally.
During one of his
discourses in 1980, an attempt on his life was made by a Hindu fundamentalist.
Osho taught at the
Pune Ashram from 1974 to 1981.
On 1 May 1981, having
discoursed daily for nearly 15 years, Osho entered a three-and-a-half-year
period of self-imposed public silence, and satsangs (silent sitting,
with some readings from his works and music) took the place of his discourses.
In mid-1981, Osho
went to the United States in search of better medical care (he suffered
from asthma, diabetes and severe back problems). His followers bought
(for US$6 million) a ranch in Wasco County, Oregon, previously known
as "The Big Muddy", but later renamed Rajneeshpuram where
they settled for the next several years.
Osho stayed in Rajneeshpuram
as the commune's guest, living in a trailer. Over the coming
years, he acquired fame for the large number of Rolls-Royces his followers
bought for his use (in the end, they numbered more than 90).
Osho ended his period
of silence in October 1984. In July 1985, he resumed his daily public
discourses in the commune's purpose-built, two-acre meditation hall.
According to statements he made to the press, he did so against the
wishes of Ma Anand Sheela, his secretary and the commune’s top
with neighbours and the state of Oregon, as well as serious and criminal
misconduct by the commune's management (including conspiracy to murder
public officials, wiretapping within the commune, the attempted murder
of Osho's personal physician, and a bioterrorism attack on the citizens
of The Dalles, Oregon, using salmonella), made the position of the Oregon
commune untenable. When the commune's management team guilty of these
crimes left the US in September 1985, fleeing for Europe, Osho convened
a press conference and called on the authorities to undertake an investigation.
In late October
1985, Osho himself was arrested in North Carolina as he was allegedly
fleeing the U.S. Accused of minor immigration violations, Osho, on advice
of his lawyers, entered an "Alford plea" – through which
a suspect does not admit guilt, but does concede there is enough evidence
to convict him – and was given a suspended sentence on condition
that he leave the country.
Osho then began
a world tour, speaking in Nepal, Greece and Uruguay, among others. Being
refused visas by several dozen countries, he returned to India in July
1986, and in January 1987, to his old Ashram in Pune, India. He resumed
In 1989, he said
he no longer wished to be referred to as Bhagwan Shree Rajneesh, and
took the name Osho.
On January 19, 1990,
four years after his arrest, Osho died, aged 58, with heart failure
being the publicly reported cause. Prior to his death, Osho had expressed
his belief that his rapid health decline was caused by some form of
poison administered to him by the U.S. authorities during the twelve
days he was held without bail in various U.S. prisons. In a public discourse
on 6 November 1987, he said that a number of doctors that were consulted
had variously suspected thallium, radioactive exposure, and other poisons
to account for his failing health:
does not matter which poison has been given to me, but it is certain
that I have been poisoned by Ronald Reagan's American government"
His ashes were placed
in his newly built bedroom in one of the main buildings (LaoTsu House)
at his last place of residence, his Ashram in Pune, India. The epitaph
reads, "OSHO. Never Born, Never Died. Only Visited this Planet
Earth between Dec 11 1931 – Jan 19 1990."
and quotes from Osho's works appear regularly in the Times of India
newspaper.  His Ashram in Pune has become the Osho International
Meditation Resort, a popular tourist destination.
Osho is one of only
two authors whose entire works have been placed in the Library of India's
National Parliament in New Delhi. The other is Mahatma Gandhi.
Osho had a penchant for courting controversy.
views on sex, and the resulting unrestrained behaviour of sannyasins
in his Poona ashram, at times caused considerable consternation,
dismay and panic among people holding different views on these matters,
both in India and the U.S. A number of Western daily papers routinely,
and falsely, claimed that Bhagwan, a traditional title for spiritual
teachers in India, meant "Master of the Vagina", and focused
their reporting on sexual topics.
Osho claimed that
he was a rich man's guru, and that material poverty was not a spiritual
value. He was photographed wearing sumptuous clothing and hand-made
watches. He drove a different Rolls Royce each day – his
followers wanted to buy him 365 of them, one for each day of the year.
Publicity shots of the Rolls-Royces (more than 90 in the end) appeared
in the press. Yet Osho himself said about the Rolls Royce collection:
And do you think
a certain simple law of diminishing returns...? If you get one Rolls
Royce, you are immensely happy. I have ninety. What difference does
it make to me that in the garage there are ninety-one? The number of
that one will come in three months time only for one day for ninety
minutes. What does it matter to me? For that I will commit suicide?
I have never gone
to the garage. I have never looked into the garage, how many cars are
there, what kind of cars are there. And that too belongs to a trust.
I had declared that
all those cars should be given to the commune. They are basically commune
property. I don't own anything. For thirty years I have not owned a
In his discourses,
Osho consistently attacked organizational principles embraced by societies
around the world – the family, nationhood, religion. He condemned
priests and politicians with equal venom, and was in turn condemned
In a 1998 preface
to Osho's book Books I Have Loved, his personal dentist, Swami Devageet,
stated that Osho dictated three books while undergoing dental treatment
under the influence of nitrous oxide (laughing gas): Glimpses of a Golden
Childhood, Notes of a Madman, and Books I Have Loved. This led to widespread
allegations that Osho was addicted to nitrous oxide gas. In addition,
on the American CBS television show 60 Minutes, his former secretary,
Ma Anand Sheela, claimed that Osho took sixty milligrams of Valium every
by journalists about the allegations of daily Valium and nitrous oxide
use, Osho categorically denied both, describing the allegations as "absolute
1931 - 1953 Early
Osho is born in Kuchwada, a small village in the state of Madhya Pradesh,
He is the eldest
of eleven children of a Jaina cloth merchant. Stories of His early years
describe Him as independent and rebellious as a child, questioning all
social, religious and philosophical beliefs. As a youth He experiments
with meditation techniques.
March 21, 1953:
\o becomes enlightened at the age of twenty-one, while majoring in philosophy
at D.N. Jain college in Jabalpur.
1953 - 1956 Education
1956: Osho receives
His M.A. from the University of Sagar with First Class Honors in Philosophy.
He is the All-India
Debating Champion and Gold Medal winner in His graduating class.
Professor and Public Speaker
1957: Osho is appointed
as a professor at the Sanskrit College in Raipur.
1958: He is appointed
Professor of Philosophy at the University of Jabalpur, where He taught
A powerful and passionate
debater, He also travels widely in India, speaking to large audiences
and challenging orthodox religious leaders in public debates.
1966: After nine
years of teaching, He leaves the university to devote Himself entirely
to the raising of human consciousness. On a regular basis, He begins
to address gatherings 20,000 to 50,000 in the open-air maidans of India’s
major cities. Four times a year He conducts intense ten-day meditation
In 1970, the 14th
of April, He introduces His revolutionary meditation technique, dynamic
Meditation, which begins with a period of uninhibited movement and catharsis,
followed by a period of silence and stillness. Since then this meditation
technique has been used by psychotherapists, medical doctors, teachers
and other professionals around the world .
1969 - 1974 Mumbai
His Hindi talks become available in English translations.
1970: In July, 1970,
He moves to Mumbai, where He lives until 1974.
1970: Osho - at
this time called Bhagwan Shree Rajneesh - begins to initiate seekers
into Neo-Sannyas or discipleship, a path of commitment to self-exploration
and meditation which does not involve renouncing the world or anything
else. Osho’s understanding of ‘Sannyas’ is a radical
departure from the traditional Eastern viewpoint. For Him it is not
the material world that needs to be renounced but our past and the conditionings
and belief systems that each generation imposes on the next. He continues
to conduct meditation camps at Mount Abu in Rajasthan but stops accepting
invitations to speak throughout the country. He devotes his energies
entirely to the rapidly expanding group of sannyasins around Him.
At this time, the
first Westerners begin to arrive and to be initiated into Neo-Sannyas.
Among them are leading psychotherapists from the human potential movement
in Europe and America, seeking the next step in their own inner growth.
With Osho they experience new, original meditation techniques for contemporary
man, synthesizing the wisdom of the East with the science of the West.
1974 - 1981 Poona
During these seven
years He gives a 90 minutes discourse nearly every morning, alternating
every month between Hindi and English. His discourses offer insights
into all the major spiritual paths, including Yoga, Zen, Taoism, Tantra
and Sufism. He also speaks on Gautam Buddha, Jesus, Lao Tzu, and other
mystics. These discourses have been collected into over 600 volumes
and translated into 50 languages.
In the evenings,
during these years, He answers questions on personal matters such as
love, jealousy, meditation. These ‘darshans’ are compiled
in 64 darshan diaries of which 40 are published.
The commune that
arose around Osho at this time offers a wide variety of therapy groups
which combine Eastern meditation techniques with Western psychotherapy.
Therapists from all over the world are attracted and by 1980 the international
community gained a reputation as ‘ the world’s finest growth
and therapy center.’ One hundred thousand people pass through
its gates each year.
1981: He develops
a degenerative back condition. In March 1981, after giving daily discourses
for nearly 15 years, Osho begins a three-year period of self-imposed
public silence. In view of the possible need for emergency surgery,
and on the recommendation of His personal doctors, He travels to the
U.S. This same year, His American disciples purchase a 64,000-acre ranch
in Oregon and invite Him to visit. He eventually agrees to stay in the
U.S. and allows an application for permanent residence to be filed on
1981 - 1985 Rajneeshpuram
A model agricultural
commune rises from the ruins of the central Oregonian high desert. Thousands
of overgrazed and economically unviable acres are reclaimed. The city
of Rajneeshpuram is incorporated and eventually provides services to
5,000 residents. Annual summer festivals are held which draw 15,000
visitors from all over the world. Very quickly, Rajneeshpuram becomes
the largest spiritual community ever pioneered in America.
Opposition to the
commune and new city keeps pace with its success. Responding to the
anti-cult fervor which pervades all levels of American society during
the Reagan years, local, state and federal politicians make inflammatory
speeches against the Rajneeshees. The Immigration and Naturalization
Service (INS), the Federal Bureau of Investigations (FBI), the Treasury
Department, and the Alcohol, Tobacco and Firearms Agency (ATF) are only
a few of the agencies spending millions of dollars in taxpayers’
money while harassing the commune with unwarranted and fruitless investigations.
Similar costly campaigns are conducted in Oregon.
October 1984: Osho
ends three and one half years of self-imposed silence.
July 1985: He resumes
His public discourses each morning to thousands of seekers gathered
in a two-acre meditation hall.
Sept. - Oct. 1985:
The Oregon Commune is Destroyed
September 14: Osho’s
personal secretary Ma Anand Sheela and several members of the commune’s
management suddenly leave, and a whole pattern of illegal acts they
have committed - including poisoning, arson, wiretapping, and attempted
murder - are exposed. Osho invites law enforcement officials to investigate
Sheela’s crimes. The authorities, however, see the investigation
as a golden opportunity to destroy the commune entirely.
October 23: A U.S.
federal grand jury in Portland secretly indicts Osho and 7 others on
relatively minor charges of immigration fraud.
October 28: Without
warrants, federal and local officials arrest at gun point Osho and others
in Charlotte, North Carolina. While the others are released, He is held
without bail for twelve days. A five-hour return plane trip to Oregon
takes four days. En route, Osho is held incommunicado and forced to
register under the pseudonym, David Washington, in the Oklahoma County
jail. Subsequent events indicate that it is probable that He was poisoned
with the heavy metal thallium while in that jail and the El Reno Federal
and publicity swell around Osho’s immigration case. Fearing for
His life and the well-being of sannyasins in volatile Oregon, attorneys
agree to an Alford Plea on two out of 35 of the original charges against
Him. According to the rules of the plea, the defendant maintains innocence
while saying that the prosecution could have convicted him. Osho and
His attorneys maintain His innocence in the court. He is fined $400,000
and is deported from America.
Among others, U.S.
Attorney in Portland, Charles Turner, publicly concedes that the government
was intent on destroying Rajneeshpuram.
1985 - 1986 World Tour
He travels to Kathmandu, Nepal and speaks twice daily for the next two
months. In February, the Nepalese government refuses visas for His visitors
and closest attendants. He leaves Nepal and embarks on a world tour.
At His first stop, Greece, he is granted a 30-day tourist visa. But
after only 18 days, on March 5, Greek police forcibly break into the
house where He is staying, arrest Him at gun point, and deport him.
Greek media reports indicate government and church pressure provoked
the police intervention.
During the following
two weeks He visits or asks permission to visit 17 countries in Europe
and the Americas. All of these countries either refuse to grant Him
a visitor’s visa or revoke His visa upon His arrival, and force
Him to leave. Some refuse even landing permission for His plane.
March-June: On March
19 He travels to Uruguay. On May 14th the government has scheduled a
press conference to announce that He will be granted permanent residence
in Uruguay. Uruguay’s President Sanguinetti later admits that
he received a telephone call from Washington, D.C. the night before
the press conference. He is told that if Osho is allowed to stay in
Uruguay, the six billion dollar debt Uruguay owes to the U.S. will be
due immediately and no further loans will be granted. Osho is ordered
to leave Uruguay on June 18th.
the next month He is deported from both Jamaica and Portugal. In all,
21 countries had denied Him entry or deported Him after arrival. On
July 29,1986, He returns to Mumbai, India.
1987 - 1989 Osho Commune International
January 1987: He
returns to the ashram in Pune, India, which is renamed Rajneeshdham.
July 1988: Osho
begins, for the first time in 14 years, to personally lead the meditation
at the end of each evening’s discourse. He also introduces a revolutionary
new meditation technique called The Mystic Rose.
1989: He stops using the name "Bhagwan," retaining only the
name Rajneesh. However, His disciples ask to call Him ‘Osho’
and He accepts this form of address. Osho explains that His name is
derived from William James’ word ‘oceanic’ which means
dissolving into the ocean. Oceanic describes the experience, He says,
but what about the experiencer? For that we use the word ‘Osho.’
At the same time, He came to find out that ‘Osho’ has also
been used historically in the Far East, meaning "The Blessed One,
on Whom the Sky Showers Flowers."
Osho is resting to recover from the effects of the poisoning, which
by now are strongly influencing His health.
July 1989: His health
is getting better and He makes two appearances for silent darshans during
the Festival, now renamed Osho Full Moon Celebration.
August 1989: Osho
begins to make daily appearances in Gautama the Buddha Auditorium for
evening darshan. He inaugurates a special group of white-robed sannyasins
called the "Osho White Robe Brotherhood." All sannyasins and
non-sannyasins attending the evening darshans are asked to wear white
Osho drops the name "Rajneesh," signifying His complete discontinuity
from the past. He is known simply as "Osho," and the ashram
is renamed "Osho Commune International."
1990 Osho leaves His body
January 1990: During the second week in January, Osho’s body becomes
noticeably weaker. On January 18, He is so physically weak that He is
unable to come to Gautama the Buddha Auditorium. On January 19, His
pulse becomes irregular. When His doctor inquires whether they should
prepare for cardiac resuscitation, Osho says, "No, just let me
go. Existence decides its timing." He leaves His body at 5 p.m.
At 7 p.m. His body is brought to Gautama the Buddha Auditorium for a
celebration, and is then carried to the burning ghats for cremation.
Two days later, His ashes are brought to Osho Commune International
and placed in His samadhi in Chuang Tzu Auditorium with the inscription:
Only Visited This Planet Earth Between
11 December 1931 - 19 January 1990