Osho Life Story Overview
Osho, born by the name Rajneesh, was a charismatic spiritual movement leader. He was the founder of an ashram in his country of origin, India, before he left for America. When he reached the U.S., his reputation followed him and attracted numerous followers and amassed significant wealth with several Rolls Royce cars.
Early Career and Life Of Osho
Osho was born in India in 1931. He was a gifted and charismatic leader and speaker who started a global spiritual movement. He attained Samadhi or enlightenment when he was only 21 years old. At the time he was at Saugar University studying philosophy.
After he had received his master’s degree, he started teaching at Jabalpur University where he stayed for nine years. He began attracting many followers who resonated with his ideology. He decided to pursue his career as a spiritual master in 1966. In 1974, he decided to move to India with his followers.
Some people disagreed with his unusual position on spirituality and religion, and for this reason, Hindu fundamentalists attacked him in 1980 in his farm. He moved again to the United States because his health was failing and settled in Oregon. The influx of his many devotees and disciples led to a conflict with the local people and authorities.
Some of his followers were accused and convicted of murder. His movement was also accused of spreading salmonella in restaurants. He relocated to South Carolina where he had numerous conflicts with the law enforcement. He was charged with violating immigration law and accepted a plea bargain which allowed him to return to India. He died in 1990 of heart failure, though there were allegations that he was poisoned.
Osho Beliefs and Philosophy
Many believed that Osho was a cult leader. He combined doctrines and teachings from different religions including Christianity, Hinduism, and Buddhism. He also added a few of his thoughts and meditation practices to his philosophy.
His belief was that God was in all things, a type of Monism. As it follows, he taught that all people were divine; it was just that different people showed different kinds of divinity. His meditation process included letting go of all future and past attachments and ego.
Although some of the events of his life have great controversy, he was a beloved spiritual teacher to many. His teachings are the foundation for spiritual awakening of hundreds of thousands of people across the globe.