Did Osho knew Bodhidharma personally?

Osho knew Bodhidharma
Osho knew Bodhidharma

In one of the discourse while talking about his past lives, Osho told the gathering that he knew Bodhidharma personally and had met him in his past life, fourteen centuries ago. Osho knew Bodhidharma… really?? For the people, who do not know WHO THE BODHIDHARMA IS, here is a bit of introduction.

A native of India, Bodhidharma was the person who laid and spread the foundation of Buddhism in China. Bodhidharma is also known as the one who brought and taught Martial Arts to the Chinese. He is said to have founded the popular Shaolin “Kung Fu” temple.

So the question arises that did Osho knew Bodhidharma personally? Osho said that he had not only met him but had travelled with him for around three months and then parted on their own ways. His saying this is full of confidence like any other of his talks.

Here is the exact excerpt from Osho’s talks:

I knew Bodhidharma personally. I traveled with the man for at least three months. He loved me just as I loved him. You will be curious to know why he loved me. He loved me because I never asked him any question. He said to me, “You are the first person I have met who does not ask a question—and I only get bored with all the questions. You are the only person who does not bore me.”

I said, “There is a reason.”

He said, “What is that?”

I said, “I only answer. I never question. If you have any question you can ask me. If you don’t have a question then keep your mouth shut.”

We both laughed, because we both belonged to the same category of insanity. He asked me to continue the journey with him, but I said, “Excuse me, I have to go my own way, and from this point it separates from yours.”

He could not believe it. He had never invited anyone before. This was the man who had even refused Emperor Wu—the greatest emperor of those days, with the greatest empire—as if he was a beggar. Bodhidharma could not believe his eyes, that I could refuse him.

I said, “Now you know how it feels to be refused. I wanted to give you a taste of it. Goodbye.” But that was fourteen centuries ago.


Some people, who believes every bit of Osho, will believes it too but some people may find it as just another fictional piece with a bit of entertainment value and nothing else.

Is there any practical extract which can be utilized in our own life? Nothing. ‘Assuming the correctedness of his this saying’ that he met Bodhidharma, we can only know that he knew his past lives. For some it can be a blow to their whole belief system because certain religions do not believe in rebirths.

For them there is only single life given. For others, there is an idea of possibility to know his or her past lives.

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