Radha Swami Temple Agre - India
Osho on Radha Swami Sect of India
Osho -The priests have been praying in their hearts that man should never get out of his sickness, unhealthiness, insanity, because these are the people who come to the temple, to the mosque, to the synagogue, to the church. You will rarely find young people in the churches, but you will always find old men, old women, because now death is approaching, and only the priest knows how to help them. And the priests go on pretending that they know.
I was visiting a very beautiful place in Agra. Agra is famous all over the world because of the Taj Mahal. But in Agra and the surrounding area there is a small sect of Hindus called radhaswami. For almost one hundred years, their priests had been making something which should be better than the Taj Mahal. It is difficult, but they have made the ground floor; and the ground floor shows that, if they go on exploiting people, perhaps they will defeat the Taj Mahal one day. It is only half-built, but you can see even the half-built has more art, more beauty than the Taj Mahal.
They invited me to their temple, which is going to be the samadhi of
their guru, who founded the religion, and they showed me, in beautiful
marble, a map of stages of spiritual evolution; they said, "There are
fifteen stages of evolution." Mohammed and Moses are just in the fourth
stage; Jesus, a little better, in the fifth stage. Mahavira, a little
better -- sixth stage. Kabir and Nanak, a little better still, were in
the seventh stage, and Gautam Buddha is also in the seventh stage. And
then there is a gap. In the fifteenth stage -- the last -- is their own
I said, "It is absolutely right. Just one thing is missing in it -- but
it is bound to be missing."
I said, "It is written, because your guru has reached only fifteen
stages. I am living in the sixteenth! Your guru tries to enter, but I
don't allow him -- he goes on trying to climb to the sixteenth and I go
on pushing him back to the fifteenth."
I said, "It won't work. Your guru could enter in the sixteenth because I
have moved to the seventeenth! You cannot keep pace with me; your guru
has to be one stage behind."
I said, "Don't be foolish. Remove this stone. Your temple is coming beautifully, but this stone is ugly and shows your intrinsic desire -- why you want to make it better than the Taj Mahal.
A spirit of competition is not the way of religion. Religion does not compete, because everyone is coming from the same source and going to the same source. A few people go slowly, a few people run, a few people have speed -- that does not matter! There is no inferiority, no superiority. Religion has nothing to do with your so-called ordinary world; it has something to do with your psyche, with your spirit. You should be one organic unity. Out of that organic unity arises the music which is celestial.
Source - Osho Book "The Messiah, Vol2"
Osho - You can start calling bullshit "fantastic," but it makes no difference. You can learn religious, spiritual garbage.... There are many people here too who are very expert in so-called esoteric jargon. They always talk of so many planes, so many bodies, so many centers...and they talk so seriously that it seems they know what they are talking about. Avoid esoteric garbage! Avoid esoteric knowledge! It is not knowledge, it is just to befool people. If you are interested in such things you should read the great literature that has been created by theosophists.
Anything goes, you just have to talk in such a way that it seems otherworldly. It can neither be proved nor disproved. Now how can you prove how many planes there are? Seven or thirteen?
So I asked him, "What about the other thirteen?"
He had come to ask me what my opinion is about the fourteen planes. I
said, "I have reached the fifteenth. And just as you are asking about
the planes, your Radhaswami guru asks me again and again how to enter
into the fifteenth."
Just nonsense! But it can be presented in such a way that it looks very spiritual. Avoid!
Source - Osho Book "Dhammapada, Vol 1"