Once in a while it’s in order to laugh very hard, even more so when you’re caught off guard as I was. Spiritually experienced, I’m interested in the way different masters are leading meditations. By chance I came across an Osho meditation video, portraying the founder of the Baghwan movement. At that moment my focus wasn’t on funny jokes for adults at all. But after watching it, the song “Who the fuck is Alice?” began ringing in my ear.
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Controversial Performance Artists
At any rate, Osho (1931 – 1990), formerly known as Bhagwan Shree Rajneesh, is one of the most famous Gurus, who brought Indian spirituality to the west. Because he realized to what extent our culture and religion along with it was being transformed by the medium of media, he played with this platform and thus reduced all reproduction to absurdity. Under these circumstances Osho marks the vanguard among controversial performance artists, part of which was the legendary fleet of Rolls Royces he accumulated over the years.
Much more on this topic is portrayed in the movie “Guru Baghwan, His Secretary & His Bodyguard“. I recommend it as a brilliant and instructive approach to this dazzling character. In addition to that, in my book review I refer to a great collection of his meditations.
If You See Buddha Kill Him
As for myself, for a long time I struggled with the question, how can one take such a figure seriously? Only when I came to realize all the absurdities and contradictions in my own life, I was ready to understand, Osho doesn’t want to be taken seriously! It’s me, my inner voice, I have to follow. So the intrinsic part of Osho’s teaching is reflected in the radical Buddhist motto: If you see Buddha kill him! Why? Unless you kill any Guru, any authoritative figure in your life, you haven’t even begun to walk your own way.
In my opinion, Osho himself incarnated this truth in a prominent way. All those who followed him as disciples uncritically and without reserve, deserved to be ripped off and led astray. They played an active part in a fatal pact manifesting the abyss of ultimate slavery. This way, the whole world could watch where the quest for a messianic figure would lead.
Having said that, we can break on through to the other side, where all our concepts and methods are dissolved and where we encounter and see the present reality as it is. Meditation can begin now and we can even look for Osho as an inspiration. 😉
Here’s one of Osho’s many addresses to his followers I was referring to:
WTF – I’ve never gone through such a hilarious meditation! No matter what religious conviction you have or don’t have, this master of its own doesn’t leave you cold. With his provocative and surprising manner, he pierces right through all the protection walls, be they political correct, bourgeois, repressed aggression or just convenience.
The Joke Is Over
More than ever, his words are so funny because of the contradictions he operates with, beginning with his Japanese like name Osho. Its meaning – the joke is over – of course cannot be taken at face value, not when you look attentively. As a performer he takes himself deadly serious, so serious that all the projections coming from his listeners are exposed as futile and are dissolved in a minute.
Osho may remind you of challenging experiences you had with religious groups or beliefs. You may even be stressed out because of that. In all the graveness I hope you can take a new approach towards a life that is centered and at the same time free of old baggage.
Following the drift of this post I want to end literally on a light and uplifting note with Smokie’s number one hit Living Next Door to Alice. In a similar way like Osho, this song turns lovesickness into vitality.
I’ll be happy to read some of your funny jokes or reflections in the comment section below!