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Hare Krishna Atul ji,
Osho is indeed a great personality but definitely at a material platform just like there may be millions of followers of Barrack Obama. He might have read more than 1,80,000 books but Bhakti does not come by knowledge. It is Love and purity which attracts God and not your knowledge.
One has to clear his heart from pride then only Krishna (God) stays there. I would regard him as most unfortunate person who even after reading so many books could not understand what is pure bhakti. His philosophy was centered around pacifying the senses (which actually can never be done) rather than satisfying the Supreme Lord.
It is good to know about people like Osho also but it is not good to follow them... It is just like spiritual suicide.. and suicide is not recommended in our Shastras... Please be enlightened and think rationally that what is better ... satisfying ones own senses or serving Lord without any desire... you will get answer yourself that Why Srila Prabhupada was so against Osho.
As quoted by you : It is Love and purity which attracts God and not your knowledge.If this is the case , then why did Srila Prabhupada also wrote so many books . Kabir was totally against books , Sufis also don't have any literature(read about Jammaludin Rumi ).Now the paradox , Osho was also against books . He was of the view :- All the written stuff can be tempered with . His focus was on living life because we have earned this life and human body ; enjoy but under certain parameters . I wonder you people only quote Osho with regard to sense gratification . He was a learned being who also talked about sex or he didn't shy away from sex .See, it is very difficult to read osho . He is the only person you cannot measure his intellect . He was the person who told his disciples to through away the books authored by him . You have to experience the truth first hand , it is of no use whatever is written in books about truth . Example ;- morning sunshine experience it , it is of no use whatever is written in books about sun shine . Fall in love , it is of no use whatever is written in books about love . Books are just like maps , but the journey one must walk . The moment truth is transformed into words , the message is lost now it is mere speculation .Real message is wordless , speechless between a master and his disciple . All the books are a kind of fingers pointing to the moon ; focus on moon . The mistake committed by all the religions is that they only focus on the fingers ; the fingers that are pointing to the moon . Some fools even chew and eat that fingers !!!!. All in all , the top most priority is earning a chapati for a poor boy like me !!! ARGUMENTS AND COUNTER-ARGUMENTS WILL CONTINUE TILL ETERNITY , IT IS OF NOT MUCH RELEVANCE!!!!!
Sri guru gauranga jayatah
I shall try to discuss the differences btw osho and prabhu pad using references from gita, bhagavatam and one of the lectures of osho.
I'm not interested in making judgement or passing comments, but just to inform. It may be lengthy but please do go through fully.
1)the first section says religion of past is outdated and illogical, an example of Bullock cart and spaceship he gives. While involved with spaceship we must forget the Bullock cart, it's of no use. So why not be similarly be rational about religion. Y are v sentimental and superstitious he says.
He gives another comparison btw Newton and Einstein. Although Newton contributed something, still with the contribution of Einstein,newton was finished. He is only in pages of history.
The first section says that v should not follow wat was previously followed in past And practice the new thing in present.
2) from 3rd section,
~god is nothing but the creation of their fear
~its their imagination,their projection
~"God created man in His own image" absolutely wrong he says "man made God in his own image"
~u are praying to ur own invention, so prayer is an absurd thing.i ts like kneeling before own reflection in mirror and asking for favours.
In essence here he says there z no such person as God , God is just some concoction. (This sounds similar to mayavadis calling God as Maya,illusion).
~ I don't see any God created the world.
~u are never going to meet God and say hello to Him ,how are you? I've been looking fr u fr 1000s of years ,where are u hiding?
## this appears to be sahajiya mentality ,reducing God to an ordinary being. He seems to rely on sense perception to contact God. He thinks God is a cheap slave whu will show up when called for at our will.
**Throughout we can see how he has made statements without any references to authentic source of knowledge. It's juSt his opinion, and anyone can similarly make statements. I can say I'm the PM of country, doesn't it sound illogical. But with reference the govt laws we can enquire and know who actually is the PM isnit.
This we can see in the classes and books of prabhu pad. What he says, he gives reference to it from the sastra quoting from gita, SB,upanisad,padma our an etc.. if u have read his books or heard him u will observe this. He doesn't make up his own philosophy, he just repeats the words of authorities namely the knowledge descending from krsna through parampara( evam parampara praptam ....BG).
All our acharyas have been studied under the expertise of their guru and trained , practised and realised. And all have followed same way.
3)~there is creativity but no creator
~division btw creativity and creator must be dissolved.
~worshipping images in temple and church are childish patterns of past , followed by many foolish people.
## this is utterly silly. Can v conceive anything coming into existence by chance. Wen v see any object in this world, we can say that someone made it. Something should come from something. Something can't come from nothing. We have no experience of such a thing at present or in the past. So making such statements without strong evidence is unacceptable.
There can be many more things discussed further,but not wanting to make this voluminous I stop here from his wOrds.
Now I shall refer some simple verses from kc philosophy.
Krsna says in gita,
$ sarva dharman parityajya.... Abanden all other religious pursuits and surrender to Me ALONE, I shall deliver u from all miseries and award u eternal happy life.
I will end here, if u want more thing to be said I can do so by ur indication. Hare krsna
Hare Krishna Atul Kamboj Prabhuji!!!!
Dandvat!!!!!!Please Accept My Humble Obesiances!!!!!!!! All Glories to Srila Prabhupad!!!!!!!!!! Radhey! Radhey! Gaurango Jai Jai! Hari Hari!
Prabhuji i would like to tell you in very short that Osho is a great rascal who is defaming our vedic culture from his atheist lecture and video and swiping away the poor generation from actual truth. I came to know about this when i watched one of his video about our demigods.
Where he was raising a question mark on Lord Ganesha, saying how can there be a God with elephant face. So directly he was denying our demigods and our Vedic Culture.
You can not compare to His Divine Grace A.C. Bhakti Vedant Swami Srila Prabhupad along with Osho.
Your Humble Servant
Just in case you had any sentiments towards Osho, please read this and reconsider. I prefer not to post this, but I feel it's important to defend Srila Prabhupada against such charlatan 'gurus' ....
"In another report Anando has showed me, he has called me a charlatan. In this report he calls me a scoundrel. But one thing is certain, that he is more interested in me than in his own great idiot who created the Hare Krishna movement, Prabhupada. He should talk about him, not about me.
They will talk about me and they will say that I am not worth considering. And they can’t see the contradiction - so clear, in the same statement, that I am following them wherever they are, disturbing their sleep, cutting their roots, and they have nothing to defend.
I have criticized Krishna. That’s why they are angry. Prabhupada was very angry, because I had called him a dodo. But he was a dodo. He was teaching those people celibacy which necessarily brings sexual perversion. He was teaching these people begging. He was teaching these people that you need not do anything except repeat continuously “Hare Krishna, Hare Rama.” This is a sure way of destroying anybody’s intelligence. These are the methods of programming. Now if somebody thinks that this is enough to transform your consciousness, that whatever you are doing you go on chanting inside, loudly or silently, “Hare Krishna, Hare Rama,” dancing in the street, “Hare Krishna, Hare Rama” - because only these two words will be continuously hammered. All your subtle cells, your whole system of mind, will be spoiled. It is not made only for two words. It will not be used, and unused those delicate cells start dying. So first the idiots get attracted, and if by chance somebody has some little intelligence, then these methods will destroy it. These people are continuously chanting - not knowing that repetition of a single word or a single mantra is going to kill your intelligence. Intelligence needs to be sharpened in new areas, new dimensions. It has to move into the unknown. “Hare Krishna, Hare Rama” - it becomes stuck there. Prabhupada was angry because he could not answer my criticism of Krishna. If he was honest, and if these people are honest - this Goswami - then they will call Shri Krishna the greatest scoundrel ever. He forcibly collected sixteen thousand women as his wives, without marrying them - and they were all married, they had children, they had husbands.but he was powerful, fascist. Any woman he liked was immediately taken to his palace, without any consideration of what will happen to the children. Sixteen thousand women! No other man in the whole of history has been so ugly."