Book Reviews — 25 September 2013

Open letter by Satya Vedant.

Moral, Immoral, AmoralWe have been alerted to a book review published in Metapsychology on September 24, 2013,  penned by a Professor Marko Zlomislić, Ph.D., who went on a rather dire rampage trying to tear Osho’s vision and teachings to shreds.

Interestingly, he did not review a book of any of Osho’s discourse series, but a compilation entitled ‘Moral, Immoral, Amoral’ subtitled ‘What Is Right and What Is Wrong?’, published by St. Martin’s Griffin in 2013.

Satya Vedant responded with an open letter:


Marko Zlomislić, Ph.D.
Professor of Philosophy
Conestoga College
Kitchener, Ontario
Canada

Dear Professor,

It is interesting to visualize how much thrill you must have had writing about Osho sitting in your comfortable home or office without having an iota of knowledge, understanding, or insight about who Osho is and what his contribution is all about. I can imagine you would have felt the same thrill passing your biased, judgmental expressions against Jesus had you been alive then.

You are a professor of philosophy, and I wonder how much you know or have experienced Indian/Eastern vision or philosophy. Because, you are all so focused on maligning Osho without having perhaps any clue where he comes from. Indeed, I assume, before making such rash, virulent statements, you have read Osho’s 650 volumes, yes Sir, six hundred and fifty volumes, in English and Hindi covering a whole variety of subjects in addition to the Teachings from the Upanishads, the Bhagavad Geeta, Buddha’s Dhammapada, Sufi vision, the Zen vision and so many other visionaries from the Indian/Eastern sources as well as his commentaries on the Western mystics including Pythagoras and Heraclitus. Many of his books have been translated into about one hundred languages and published around the world, and a good many have been bestsellers.

Please understand, for a person such as myself who has been with Osho for the last forty years, this is not the first time that I have come across a piece such as what and how you have written. While reading it though, I wondered, if this was really written by a responsible person from an academic/educational field and not by someone who would just want to add one more “publication” to his portfolio and also enjoy demeaning someone he has never read thoroughly nor has perhaps experienced any one of the hundreds of meditation techniques designed by Osho, or has ever met the very person he is writing about with such disdain.

Nevertheless, please accept my gratitude for allowing me to see how a mind can spread disinformation instead of making an objective, intelligent, and reasonable contribution in the contemporary world already so beleaguered with contempt for truth.

With best regards,

Dr.Vasant Joshi
(Swami Satya Vedant)
Ph.D., University of Michigan, Ann Arbor, Michigan, USA
M.A., Ph.D., M.S. University of Baroda, Baroda, India
Formerly:
On the Faculty of University of California, Berkeley
Professor and Academic Dean, California Institute of Integral Studies, San Francisco
Visiting Professor/India Scholar, Cleveland State University, Cleveland, Ohio

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