What do you get when you take a damaged bodily ego, irresponsible use of Connection Supplements (Osho liked his nitrous oxide), and spiritually naive Western white folks? You get Osho, a man whose 96 Rolls Royce automobiles, militarized “spiritual” complex, and bizarre attempts to colonize a spot of land by poisoning the locals, speaks volumes to the problems with spirituality on this planet. Despite numerous red flags, people threw money at this man and, to this day, some still follow this charlatan and his teachings. Strong words? Don’t defend a monster, and don’t ignore the red flags! Having nice things is not bad, but as pointed out in Rocket Scientists Guide to Authentic Spirituality, but no authentic teacher would ever show such an attachment to the material world as he, nor would they ever harm innocent people.
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