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Booknotes: The Rajneesh Bible

June 29th, 2011 · 6 Comments

http://www.amazon.com/s/ref=nb_sb_noss?url=search-alias%3Dstripbooks&field-keywords=rajneesh+bible

The Amazon situation with Rajneesh’s The Rajneesh Bible is confusing, with some copies going for over $700!
They should be reissued, for crying out loud, in the original inexpensive format. I have noted many times the way the ‘new atheists’ are mimicking Rajneesh’s attack on Christianity.

I recall the successive volumes as cheap paperbacks in the mid eighties, and I read all of them. The moment here was classic, and very dramatic. Rajneesh emerged from several years of silence and produced these books as discourses given at the soon to collapse Oregon ashram.
They must be just about the most caustic and savage attack on Christianity ever uttered, and from an enlightened buddha they are an eyeopener indeed.
Note that the various establishments in America, politico-CIA and Bible Belt closed in the kill almost immediately, and Rajneesh was deported and probably poisoned (with thalium) for his monumental hutzpah in exposing Xtianity.
So, you forgive me if I wince (and puke behind the scenes) when the Dalai Lama ascends the podicum of political whoredom in his phony baloney on Christianity.

Having said all this, I think that Christianity could easily be transformed into a more sensible form. Kant, after all, did just that. We don’t have to live in a world of the Nietzsche fan club, and the Bertie Russell atheists.
I think a real Christianity would teach people how to be real atheists, and liberate them form the thumbsucking infantile syndrome of stupid prayer and evangelical black magic that currrently makes churches a toxic zone. To force people into such a remnant of religion is totally a failed policy at this point. Small wonders aggressive atheism is emerging. But the latter is actually worse than religious belief. We need something that takes both and makes sense of them, with something like Buddhism in the background as a reminder that religions have to produce. They can’t be ‘just have faith’ kindergartens throwing everyone into a sausage machine of conformity to non-religion.

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6 responses so far ↓

  • 1 Paul // Jun 29, 2011 at 8:11 pm

    Hmm, must try and get a copy…I remember that M.A. on Rajneesh that I assessed had some interesting things to say about the ranch. The author interviewed some people who were there (I knew a couple). One of the big problems was precisely R. going silent and letting the whole thing go ‘toxic’.

  • 2 Paul // Jun 29, 2011 at 10:53 pm

    btw, there are 2nd hand copies of some volumes on abebooks for $12-20…but no-one seems to have all of them

  • 3 nemo // Jun 30, 2011 at 1:09 pm

    Thanks for info. The Osho establishment is doing something strange with the old texts: we see remised books that are novelties using old material. The slant is different. I think the old editions should be reissued, with accurate histories of their composition.

  • 4 Paul // Jun 30, 2011 at 4:06 pm

    I wonder what happened to his closest followers – the one’s who ended up on the final plane trip looking for a new home?

    At one point they considered a place south of perth (western australia – where I lived for a while). Of course the local newspaper got onto it – ‘weird cult coming’.

    There’s a story about the final trip/years that will not get told? I guess some stayed in Poona with R when they finally got back there…..
    Also, unless the contraception was perfect there must be a few middle aged oshos around ??!!(smile). Gurdjieff didn’t bother with the contraception…hmm

  • 5 nemo // Jul 1, 2011 at 10:29 am

    Osho’s ashram in India is now thriving as never before, a huge new cultural zone.

  • 6 nemo // Oct 13, 2011 at 1:25 pm

    This nitrous oxide usage has been challenged completely, and the propaganda here has confused a lot of people.

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