Osho in his early years

In my previous post about Osho, I gave a brief introduction into the life of Osho and the occurrences regarding his followers, the controversies, and his end. In this post, I will be talking about Osho’s early years, his origins, his life before his public life, and how he turned into today’s known controversial Guru.

Osho’s real name was Chandra Mohan Jain, he was born in December 1931, Madhya Pradesh India. Osho grew up in a small Indian village, being the eldest brother of 11 children, while his father was a merchant.

madhya-pradesh-monuments
Photo: Madhya Pradesh

At the time he was born, his place of birth was scarcely developed. Being a humble place but one that shaped the first nine years of his life, where he lived with his grandparents. In those initial years, he did not receive any type of schooling, which he says that even after having completed his advanced education, he has remained uneducated all the time, up until his death, claiming that any fool can achieve high grades at university. Osho remembers his village as a world unto itself and recalls the day of his birth as the first time he saw God. In his autobiography, he attributes this period as crucial to his upbringing and shaping of his character.

People that knew him during his childhood remember him to be a mischievous and intelligent young man with a sense of adventure.

In his teenage years, he was known to be the black sheep of the family as he questioned the family’s religious beliefs and the general philosophical beliefs of society. Later in university, he was kicked out of his course for questioning his teacher, as a result of that incident, he had to change university to D.N Jain University where he completed his B.A Majoring in philosophy.

Possible “Death” every seven years

Osho
Edited image of Osho and his parents

During his birth, his parents had requested to see an astrologer that would read his astrological chart. Apparently, the astrologer said that he would die at the age of 7, therefore, it was futile to read his chart, and that if he did live that long he would most likely die at 21, therefore every 7 years he would be in imminent danger of dying. Osho recounted that at 14 he meditated waiting for death but it never came. His parents were always concerned about it, but Osho was never disturbed by the possibility of dying, he concluded: ” Why worry about dying, then, in fact, it is like the root of all worries.” It is said that at 21 he had achieved a “self-realization”.

His University years

Download (16)
Photo: Dr. Harisingh Gour University, Sagar University

In 1956 he graduated from Sagar University completing his master’s degree with honors, being also a debating champion at university. Where he gave lectures on philosophy in religious forums. He was a teacher at the Sanskrit College and from 1958 until 1966 he was a professor of philosophy at the University of Jabalpur. During his period as a teacher, he had quite the following of students, his ideas were radical and interesting for his students. During this period he began to travel around India debating with scholars about philosophy and religion, later during that period he had the beginning of his academic career and the beginning of his path into becoming a spiritual “teacher” as he has built a following outside the academic circles.

So far it can be noted that Osho led a placid life, a tranquil life as a child, and later a life devoted to academic pursuits in philosophy. It is his life after his academic career that takes a different turn as he becomes more and more popular as a speaker of philosophy and spiritual ideas.


Note by Truthrises:

There are always some similarities which we can find in these self-proclaimed “Gurus”. One being, that they most likely had some past events that marked their lives, where their reaction to it became their perspective about the way they see things today. Events such as a toxic parent-/Partner- relationship, rejection, persuasion, physical/psychological abuse…etc.

In Osho’s case, it might have been difficult to cope with being seen by his own parents and society as merely futile, while growing up. Perhaps feeling rejected might be why he sought for worship and approval.

In my opinion, this could be why he, later on, wanted places where people could “express themselves”, “set themselves free of repressed feelings”.
“Gurus” who persuade others to address their frustrations/traumas, could be, that they themselves haven’t fully addressed their own. They might say they have and actually believe they have. Until their unsolved problems, fears, traumas reappear in a different form.


Thank you for reading.

Julian Ochoa