Sw Anand Arun’s article – Osho: The epoch of spiritual philosophy in Republica daily

Sw Anand Arun’s article – Osho: The epoch of spiritual philosophy in Republica daily


Humanity presently needs a new kind of religious thinking and spiritual vision. The narrow, unscientific, and dogmatic religious beliefs and values of the ancient past have failed in today’s fast-growing world of modern science and technology, especially among social groups of logical, rational, and intellectual people. The new spirituality must be established upon scientific facts, not superstition.

In spite of the great number of established religions and their prevalence in society, many wars have occurred in the world, including the most fatal and destructive World War I and World War II. Instead of playing a role to reduce or end war and violence, organized religions have become the major causes of war. Unscientific, conservative, and very illogical religious disputes have caused various wars in human history between conflicting factions such as Israel-Arab, Ireland-England, Hindustan-Pakistan, Bosnia-Herzegovina, Afghanistan-Iraq, and others.

All religions have an impoverished record when it comes to accepting scientific truths. The very narrow thinking of the Catholic Church was demonstrated when, during the Inquisition, it tried to give death sentence to Galileo for his validation of the heliocentric theory. Bible fanatics who believed that God said the Earth is flat and the Sun revolves around it tried to sentence Galileo for discovering that the Earth is round and revolves around the Sun. Centuries later, when the train was first invented, the English churches created illusions about it to dissuade the masses, claiming “The train is the vehicle of the devil leading to the hell; and no one should ride it.” Due to religious proliferation of such stupid beliefs, rational people have lost faith in religion. The fact that 40 percent of American and Western European population does not want to be involved with any organized religion confirms the decreasing popularity of religions.

Undeveloped as cultures that acknowledge scientific facts, religions of the East have also consisted of conservative superstitious dogmas. Superstition has given rise to fatalism and is helping feudalist exploitation. Racial discrimination, untouchability, child marriage, Devdasi, the Sati system, and sacrificial practices all work under religious principles. Religions sacrifice the present moment of an individual and rather emphasize future-oriented living, a life besieged by greed for heaven and fear of hell.

Almost all religions of the world have advocated sexual repression, which has caused sexual perversion and unnatural sexual activities in society, and has created sex-obsessed societies. Even in the twenty-first century, fundamental facts about psychology and physiology are not accepted by religious leaders. Opposing the natural needs and joys of life, organized and systematized religions have created tendencies in people to become pessimistic, sadistic, and masochistic.

A great number of prominent geniuses of the last century could not adjust themselves to organized religion’s illogical and unscientific norms and values. Expansive intelligence and ever-widening scientific thinking are suffocated by the restrictions of religion. There is a long list of extraordinary geniuses who could not fit into the very narrow confines of religion’s domestic walls. Internationally known thinkers include Karl Marx, Jean Paul Sartre, Albert Camus, Bertrand Russell, Soren Kierkegaard, and Albert Einstein; and from Nepal’s neighboring country India—Ram Manohar Lohia, Rahul Sankrityayan, J. Krishnamurti; and at the national level in Nepal—B.P. Koirala, Pushpa Lal, Madan Bhandari, Dr. Baburam Bhattarai, Mohan Bikram Singh, Pradeep Giri, and others.

Humanity is on a quest for the boundless sky of religion, a sky that can assemble the psychological findings of great minds such as Sigmund Freud, Carl Jung, Alfred Adler, Wilhelm Reich, Erich Fromm, the economic facts and political philosophies of Karl Marx, Mahatma Gandhi, Deng Xiaoping, Lee Kwan Yew, and E.F Schumacher, and the scientific discoveries and inventions of Albert Einstein, Stephen Hawking, and others. Both theists and atheists would be included in such a new religious perspective, where the existence of all would be equally respected in spite of differences in personal faith, diversity of ideologies, or conflicting sentiments. The new humanity should be free from all destructive tendencies of the mind and develop into a peacefully co-existential culture. Osho’s philosophy portrays the same idea and has arrived on Earth to fulfill this spiritual need.
Most religions are wary of accepting scientific truth, and as a result, rational people have lost faith in religion.

Osho gives equal importance to spiritual growth and material prosperity. As he emphasizes the experience of soul and God, in the same proportion, he places value on matter and physical development. He does not see a difference between material and spiritual life, and according to him, all kinds of escapism and denial of physical reality are an insult to the divine. For the first time in history, an Enlightened Master, Osho, has offered a completely life-affirming, holistic, and balanced spiritual vision of right living for the New Man.

To showcase this vision of life, Osho created 700 beautiful books, one of which is From Sex to Superconsciousness. Just the title of this book made him a very disputed and most controversial Guru of our time, because our so-called scholars and intelligentsia did not have time or patience to sincerely read this insightful book. Reading only political magazines, newspapers and watching television, they rely on headlines and media summaries to superficially comment, criticize, and dispute issues among themselves. I would humbly like to request such intellectuals and scholars to study the book From Sex to Super Consciousness, or any other book of Osho they prefer. If they read it patiently with sincere effort to understand him without any pre-conceived notion, they will surely be impressed and will end up admiring Osho for his scientific and authentically life-affirming message.

Osho advocates a religion that is fully scientific, and science that is spiritually compassionate. The more science has tried to make human life easier, the more of humanity is being lost. While there is an increase in physical affluence, inner poverty is setting deeper and deeper into the human soul. Osho’s vision is a rebellion against this misbalance and a dream of a balanced humanity. In Osho’s view, both the inner as well as the outer have to be rich. He supports the development of science and technology for outer affluence and the practice of spirituality and meditation for inner spiritual growth. Osho’s vision is rooted in scientific reality and its branches are spread across the open sky of freedom.

The author is the coordinator of Osho Tapoban and the author of several books
Published on 2013-03-23 01:10:40

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