Rajneesh/Osho Movement

The Rajneesh movement started in 1966, and since the 1990s, it has been known as the Osho movement. At its peak in the mid-1970s, the movement included close to 25,000 members, but in the 21st century, there are fewer than 5,000 core members, although thousands more practice the founder’s meditations or read his books.

The movement began when a philosophy professor Mohan Chandra Rajneesh resigned from the University of Jabalpur in India to become a full-time spiritual teacher in Mumbai and started to use the name Acharya (teacher), Rajneesh. A circle of wealthy Indian devotees formed the nucleus of his movement, but he also offered lectures and meditation camps to wider audiences. In 1971, the guru adopted the more expansive title Bhagwan Shree Rajneesh, meaning ...

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