I did this for a drawing class in community college way back when. Let me do that math.
Bad Osho Quotes
Osho was a corrupt and astute businessman who made himself fabulously wealthy by preying on the naive flood of Westerners seeking spirituality. He had a Master’s with a distinction in Philosophy, and taught Philosophy, therefore was perfectly capable of expounding classic Eastern and Western philosophy. The key was to use this knowledge to make a fortune off all of the gullible young Westerners flocking to India, after the example of the Beatles, in search of spirituality and an alternative to what they saw as a stultifying Western fixation on money and security. Who is easier to rip off than people trying to be trusting and better people themselves? Osho (at that time “Bhagwan Rajneesh”) came up with the brilliant formula of releasing them of the bonds of money by having them give it to him.
He declared himself “enlightened” at the tender age of 21, which was a necessary condition he needed to have attained in order to secure naive customers from the West, who wouldn’t know that his ideas were largely borrowed from classic Hindu texts, and he only tweaked them out to make them more palatable or attractive to young seekers. He gave them what they wanted to hear so they’d give him what he wanted to put in the bank. It worked spectacularly for him and dreadfully for them.
Defenders of Osho point to the things he said that ring true for them, or inspired them, and ignore his fondling of his female students nether “chakra” or his claim to have slept with hundreds of his female followers. They somehow excuse his 90 Rolls Royces – purchased largely with the life savings of his followers – as something different from Saddam Hussein’s palaces, even though they are the obvious accumulations of a megalomaniac. They ignore that when he was trying to start a city in Antelope, Oregon (after moving to the U.S. to evade over 4 million in taxes owed to the Indian government), his top people orchestrated a poisoning campaign that resulted in over 700 cases of acute food poisoning. They put liquid salmonella on salads in salad bars in order to keep people from voting! They also plotted to assassinate key local politicians who got in the way of their establishing a city in Oregon. And what of his armed guards with automatic weapons?
Osho, not surprisingly, went off his nut. Ostensibly because of dental and back pain he took maximal doses of Valium and had spigots installed around his bed for the convenient inhalation of nitrous oxide (laughing gas), which he customarily did in 2-3 sessions a day.
Osho is now a big business, even though he’s dead, and many people still worship him as a living Buddha without bothering to find out anything about him, or look at some of the ridiculous things he said.
Never mind for the moment the good things he said. Anyone who can read philosophy can do the same. Look at the following beautiful Osho quote:
“You are a leaf on a tree trembling in perpetual fear of turning brown and falling to the ground. This is what you think. But your thinking this is the only problem. You are not the leaf that can be separated from the tree. You are the tree. But you cannot be cut down because you are the ground, the forest, and the sky. It is all one indivisible whole. Your dread is that when the leaf crumbles the light will go out, even though you have only known the light. You are the light. But you are also the leaf. Play your role as the leaf as best you can, but don’t forget that you are the light that animates all. Nothing can harm the light.”
Wow! I think he totally got it! He can’t be a bad person and see that simple truth. Yes he could because I just wrote that myself off the top of my head, and I’m not enlightened. The point is that any educated person who could pass a philosophy class, and is familiar with Eastern philosophy, can write this sort of thing.
Let’s make a graphic for it!
But worse, Osho wrote a lot of garbage that could be rationally dismantled. People accept it as truth because it came from him. But his statements are mere assertions and not arguments. They rely for their authority on his status as a famous, superhuman, holy man, but there is nothing in his actions or any outward sign that he is actually enlightened and not just lying. His actions clearly show he is a clever and immoral manipulator of people for his own personal profit, even if he sometimes says the right thing beautifully. That is the skill of lying.
Here I’ve compiled some of his offensive, stupid, or embarrassing quotes. Feel absolutely free to share them. I think if people were more aware of his actual actions and his more atrocious thinking, they’d stop praising him and see him for the fraud he really was. I changed the format a little while improving it, but they basically all use the same template. Yes, I did make him look evil, and some of the quotes lack sufficient context to be understood completely accurately, but the same is true of most of his quotes shared by his admirers, including the ones that make hm look like a glowing saint.
I may add more quotes later. I don’t know how much Osho I can take reading. There are much better sources for Eastern Philosophy, and without the lunacy.Bad Osho Quotes Bad Osho Quotes Osho was a corrupt and astute businessman who made himself fabulously wealthy by preying on the naive flood of Westerners seeking spirituality.
Last month was a contradiction of the prior month. In January I did experimental pieces on the computer and talked about not making one-of-a-kind objects that could be invested in. This month I somehow ended up making a dozen physical pieces: drawings, mixed media, and even an acrylic painting (which I don’t think I’ve done in over 20 years). This was a break from the work I normally do in Photoshop, as eclectic as it is. Most of the pieces were humorous or experimental, but there are a couple serious ones in there, namely the drawing “Game Over” and the painting, “Robot Versus Monster”. Here they all are in a gallery:
If you looked carefully at my graph you might have guessed I went over budged last month. I think it was all the art supplies I bought, even if they were very cheap. But I also splurged a bit here and there. I know I thought that now that I made some physical art that can be bought as an investment, the chances of me making some money off of art are higher. However, when you double 0.02% you only come up with 0.04%. It may not be that dire, but, nothing has happened yet in terms of response for me to get at all excited about.
This month I’m hoping to hunker down and make 5 more “Robot Versus Monster” paintings. I think I’m onto something with that subject and the way I’m doing it, but I don’t think many others will appreciate it until I do a few more of them. So far, everything I’ve planned to do and written in my monthly updates my imagination rebelled against the following day. This time maybe it won’t. I want to see if I can pull it off, and of course I know that it’s very difficult to get any exposure if one doesn’t produce a body of work that can be recognized as belonging to one style.
I’ve got to really, really dig what I’m doing to stick with one style, because I particularly like to experiment, and most everything I’ve done started as an experiment. I also like to flip extremes, and frequently don’t want to even do two pieces in a row in the same style.
Lastly, while I was working on art last month I became enthusiastic about some philosophy lectures, and listened to nearly 50 of them by now. Most of them are from a particular teacher, who makes philosophy extremely interesting. I started with the 25 lectures on “Existentialism and the Meaning of Life”, and then just finished 16 on “Power Over People: Classical and Modern Political Theory”. I’ve gone through philosophy phases before, including a rather prolonged stint with Eastern Philosophy, so this isn’t exactly new material, but it’s been really refreshing just to think about philosophy. On the down side it’s making me even more of an analytical SOB than I was before, though in a good way. I do believe that the best argument should win, and if we pooled our minds together as a species and made the most rational decisions we could raise ourselves out of the suicidal torrent we’ve sunk ourselves in.
Check in to see how my Robots Versus Monsters are coming along. Also feel free to comment (unless you think that you are enlightened, which is a level of arrogance I don’t have much tolerance for).
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Monthly roundup – month 5 Last month was a contradiction of the prior month. In January I did experimental pieces on the computer and talked about not making one-of-a-kind objects that could be invested in.
Robot Versus Monster. Acrylic and ink on A4 watercolor paper, by Eric Wayne. 2/2014
Robot and monster battling it out to destruction.This started as a brushed India ink drawing, which I executed on the spot in one go. This was difficult because I had to invent simultaneously with drawing. Next time I think I’ll sketch it in pencil first. I added color with watercolor pencils, but eventually moved…
Why, that’s MY chicken being used to perpetuate a hoax.
A hoax has gone viral about KFC using mutant chickens. One of the photos they are using is something I created in Photoshop. Naturally they didn’t ask my permission or credit me. However, I think this will backfire because I have the evidence that I made it, and I like to dismantle hoaxes. In the gallery above you can see some of the stages I used to create my original mutant chicken.
Let me show you some of the sites using my image for their hoax, which they are doing merely to gain hits and make money off of advertising.
Here it is on Alex Jones’ site.
Uh, Jones doesn’t believe in “anthropomorphic climate change”, but I guess he believes my chicken is real! It’s all just about making $$.
I commented on their Facebook page that I made the graphic, but mmmmm, that was ignored.
These guys had the good sense to decry the story as a hoax, but never bothered to find out where the image they featured came from, which would substantiate that it is a hoax.
So, as this story makes it’s rounds all over the world, the gallery I included here, showing several stages of my process of making the mutant chicken, proves that I am the source of that image, and it is a HOAX.
For the record, I created it as a lesson on how to identify hoaxes, which I taught to my English students in China. I wrote a post about that here: Mutant chickens raised from stolen KFC “chicken factory” eggs?!
I also wrote a post about that post being my most popular one here: Is this mutant chicken my claim to fame?!This hoax has gone viral, and they are using my Photoshop work! Info-Wars Why, that’s MY chicken being used to perpetuate a hoax. A hoax has gone viral about KFC using mutant chickens.
I know, we’re all sick of graphics with one-liners, but I was listening to a philosophy lecture…
When I had philosophy 101, way back when, I remember being struck by the fact that Socrates and his student, Plato, lived in BC. I’d sorta’ just thought B.C. looked more like, well, a movie starring Rachel Welch.
One millions years B.C. the first bikini was invented! Unfortunately, it attracted dinosaurs.
There is a difference between what the rational mind concludes, and what the rest of the…
Something I rattled off in one unplanned, unrehearsed take.
Die Antwoord FBB, by Eric Wayne. 2/19/2014
I know. This one’s a bit out there for me. You will either instantly recognize what this is about or be completely in the dark. If you are in the dark, then I’d like you to take a moment and register what impression you get from this. What feel or quality does it have about it?
3 Ink Drawings