KATHMANDU: Distinguished Indian journalist and author Abhay Vaidya gave a talk on his investigative book Who Killed Osho? at Dabali The Space in Shilpee Theatre, Battisputali on June 7.
As the talk session commenced, Vaidya gave intricate details of Osho’s early life, rise of the Rajneesh movement, and ultimately Osho’s death in 1990 and the suspicious circumstances surrounding it.
Vaidya, who had extensively reported about the Rajneesh movement for more than three decades said, “When Rajneesh died, I covered the story for The Times of India, and there were several suspicious incidents surrounding his death.”
He added, “I developed a strong suspicion regarding the event and felt that there is a story that needs to be told.
After the issues regarding his fake will surfaced in 2013 and the twists and turns that followed, I wanted to establish what the truth was behind his death which is the reason I decided to write this book.”
To amass information for the book, which also contains a number of official documents, testimonies and press reports, Vaidya travelled to many places and interviewed close followers and relatives of Osho.
According to Vaidya, the book is based on facts and there are many unanswered questions about Osho and his soul mate Nirvano’s death which have been discussed in the book.
As per Vaidya, Osho who was rebellious throughout his life was a veracious spiritual leader and orator — the main reason for his wide popularity and following across the world.
At the event, Vaidya also discussed the suspicious controversies surrounding Osho’s closest followers Jayesh, key figure in Rajneesh’s commune, and Amrito, Osho’s personal physician.
Following the talk, Vaidya read an extract from Chapter Eight of his book and also answered audience queries.
When quipped about Osho’s reputation as the ‘sex guru’, Vaidya said that it was the media that addressed him as ‘sex guru’ and created the term.
“The Rajneesh movement is not just about sex. Things like these are nice for headlines but when you go deep into his movement, one realises that sex is just part of the picture and not the picture,” he expressed.
“I feel that Nepal is my second home and the work that Osho Tapoban is doing here is commendable.
I see a positive energy especially among the youth of the country who are ambitious and I see that the country is going to change in a good way in the future,” Vaidya observed.
Swami Anand Arun, founder of Osho Tapoban, also spoke at the event. “There was an explosion of consciousness in Osho. Geniuses are always misunderstood in their time because they can see the future and the people who live in the present cannot understand them. Osho was the messiah of the future.”
He added, “Vaidya is a journalist devoted to truth and I applaud him for that. There is a huge controversy behind Osho’s death and his book has redeemed that.”
A version of this article appears in print on June 09, 2019 of The Himalayan Times.