Monday, February 11, 2008

Business of bliss

Whatever else the world may throw at him, there is no doubt that along with Osho (1931-90), Mahesh Yogi brought the second wave of Indian Spirituality to the US, which in turn offered both gurus the opportunity to re-export it to the rest of the world. Sitting on the crest of the first wave --- created by Swami Vivekananda (1863-1902) in 1893 with his speech at Parliament of Religions in Chicago and Paramahansa Yogananda (1893-1952) with his life changing 1946 work, Autobiography of a Yogi --- Mahesh Yogi and Osho discarded the simplicity of the first wave and embedded their spiritual messages with matter. If Osho’s outer signatures were his 93 Rolls Royce cars and sex (remember From Sex to Superconsciousness?), Yogi had the Beatles as his students, trademarked transcendental meditation (TM) and levitating techniques.

Opinion in The Indian Express, February 11, 2008

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