RAPE CONSENT ALERT

Indian sex guru, Osho has written over 600 books some of which advocate rape. An undercover feminist investigates on REEK’s behalf.

You know when you can’t believe what you’ve just clicked on? I couldn’t believe it when I stumbled on this either – a respected sex guru advocating rape. Surely not. Don’t take my word for it: Type “osho rape” into a search bar and go over the results. Most of them won’t be blogs, but the writings of Osho (real name Chandra Mohan Jain, 1931 – 1990) an Indian spiritual icon and leader of the Rajneesh movement. He advocated a more open attitude towards human sexuality, earning him the tag line of “sex guru” in the media. In 1991, an influential Indian newspaper counted him, Gautama Buddha and Mahatma Gandhi among the ten people who had most changed India’s destiny. Osho’s entire works have been placed in the Library of India’s National Parliament in New Delhi – over 650 books are credited to him, in more than 60 languages, which makes him, by any standard, a major international writer. There are more than 600 Osho books on Amazon.

When you google Osho, the 2nd highest results points to his book, “The Secret of Secrets”, which retails at over £220 in hardcover. Here’s a quote from it:

As far as rape is concerned, look into your unconscious, look into your dreams. It is very rare to find a woman who has not dreamed of being raped . . . There is a certain attraction in it. The attraction is that you are so irresistible that a person is ready to go to jail for 10 years, or if it is a Mohammedan country, is ready to die.”  

The “Secret of Secrets” is available in full online and also for sale on sites like Amazon and GoodReads where it’s rated highly by dozens of readers. Osho’s pro-rape philosophy is also quoted on websites including the fan site http://oshosearch.net, which states: “The information on this site is of religious nature. It represents a mankind’s heritage, just as recognized by the government of India pronouncing the books of Osho (Bhagwan Shree Rajneesh or Chandra Mohan Jain) as heritage of India and placing all his books into the governmental library.

One of the most damning quotes used on this site reads:

“It is not certain that raping the woman is certainly bad. Perhaps she was also waiting for it. Perhaps she was getting frustrated that nobody is raping her. There is a deep desire in every woman to be longed for, and the more drastically you long for her the more satisfied she feels. And rape is the ultimate in longing for a woman. You are ready to commit a crime just to have her. You may be imprisoned for years in a jail, you don’t care.”

It reads on:

For example, the rape of a woman is certainly ugly. But who is responsible for it? The society, the culture, the religion – they have been trying to keep men and women apart. Your biology knows nothing of it, and when you see a beautiful woman on a dark night, alone, your biology takes over your so-called morality and religion. . . . In most of the cases you and the woman are both brought up by the same idiotic society. They have told the woman to remain away from men, they have given her a certain psychology to avoid men. Even if somebody is attractive to her, she has to say no.

All psychologists agree that a woman is raped because deep down she desires it. It gives her a great ego, that she is so beautiful, so lovable, that people are ready even to commit suicide – there are countries where for rape you will be sentenced for your whole life or you may be crucified; still the man wanted her. There is a great satisfaction – he risked his whole life!

Two major themes dominate Osho’s rape stance: The willingness, even complicity of the woman and the lack of any individual responsibility. The blame, it seems, belongs to a vague, un-punishable perpetrator.

“A man commits rape. A man commits robbery. A man commits murder. Certainly something has to be done. But not punishment. Because the man who commits rape simply means he is sexually unsatisfied. And your society has not given him a chance to be sexually satisfied. Mohammedans are allowed to marry four wives. In the world there is an equal proportion of men and women. Now if men are going to marry four wives, then what about those three men who will remain without wives? And if they start committing rape, is it a crime?” (From here)

Osho remains without a doubt, one of the world’s most popular spiritual leaders on a global scale. Just one of many Osho Facebook communities has 2.5 million people liking the page and 2.4 million following its posts. Dozens of others have hundreds of thousands of followers in search for enlightenment.

During the past few weeks, in the wake of the Harvey Weinstein scandal, the #metoo hashtag has highlighted numerous heart-breaking and infuriating personal stories of abuse against women (and men) – at the hands (quite literally) of powerful directors, actors, politicians, teachers and many others. At the moment of writing, there are over 93 million results on Google for something that barely existed a couple of months ago. To all the above-mentioned categories of powerful sex predators, it’s all the more exasperating to add yet another: Spiritual leaders, gurus offering guidance and comfort to people all over the world going through vulnerable times.

Who of us hasn’t wondered about enlightenment? Or meditation, or mindfulness, and how many people doing so must stumble over an Osho book or walk into one of the many mediation centres promoting his teachings? It takes a particularly cynical type of guru to use a genuine interest in self-betterment to advocate rape.

If you know any Osho followers in your circle of friends, publishers, meditation centre and Osho community leaders – share this with them. We have to take the power away from rape gurus, and strip them of their status, all-knowing aura and huge international followings, in order to stop them advocating for (and excusing) rape. If you’d like to do something act now.

Want to report an Osho site

to Google:

  1. Go to drive.google.com.
  2. To open the file, double-click.
  3. At the top, click More .
  4. Click Report abuse.
  5. Choose the type of abuse found in the file. Each abuse type has a description to help you determine if the file has violated our policies.
  6. Click Submit Abuse Report.

Or to Amazon on https://www.amazon.co.uk/gp/help/reports/infringement