I would not have brought in a comparison between Rajneesh @Osho and Asaram Bapu had TIMES OF INDIA not carried an article defending Asaram Bapu on the grounds that Asaram was a married man and had never ever recommended sexual abstention or celibacy; that the sense of guilt was propounded by the Christian theologians; that Asaram is merely alleged by a girl to have been molested sexually and that if at all what Asaram is alleged to have committed was an offence, it would be for the courts of law to determine and that there was no MORAL ISSUE involved in the allegations against him!
I have never found such a fallacious argument ever advanced in support of any Godman.
Let us first be frank to admit that he was in peddling his branch of SPIRITUALITY. Do we have any Godman in this country who has propagated SPIRITUALITY through sex? Yes, the shining example was RAJNEESH @ Osho. His method was, as i understood him, that one cannot reach the ultimate by having unresolved issues merely based on feelings of GUILT. One has to overcome, rather go beyond Guilt and if sexuality stood in the way, one ought to take a deep dive into what one fears as inducing GUILT and overcome through SURFEIT of the same! But sex was never prescribed by him as a remedy. He wanted to show that sex was beautiful, let human beings not make it ugly through GUILT.
If not for anything else, Osho was not a hypocrite, he might have been fundamentally wrong, but in no case did he practice something which he did not preach. To put in simple terms he was HONEST with himself.
I would consider it an insult to compare an honest man with a hypocrite- especially when he assumes a garb of spirituality and pontificates on spiritualism, whereas he does not have the minimum moral standard to have the parents of the female child around when he administered whatever he wanted to administer. It is the law of the land prescribed to police officers that NO WOMAN SHALL BE FRISKED OR PERSONALLY SEARCHED BY ANYONE EXCEPT ANOTHER FEMALE. Further, it is an acknowledged rule that most of the male doctors while examining a female patient always have another female nurse around so that he does not become a victim of any allegations raised by the female patient later.
When such is the practice, should it not have been that Asaram Bapu should have had another female or male relative of the girl around when he was launching on his spiritual “cornucopia”?
To defend a Godman who is accused of molesting a young girl on inane grounds of GUILTLESS HINDUISM is perverting the very basis of Hinduism. Even the HINDU MARRIAGE laws do not permit bigamy (at least after 1955) except for people who can show that it is their religious practice to marry more than one. When such is the case defending a so called spiritual guru, who is alleged to have exploited the innocence of a teenaged girl, is not only premature but untenable to any civilized society!