Every time yoga and meditation comes up, Indians jump up and down saying that that belongs to us, but when it comes to supporting them, they don’t care. Bhagawan Shri Rajneesh (Osho) was in India and because the Indians were against him he moved his headquarters to Oregon, USA. Even the US Christians kicked him out and poisoned him and he died. One time I was giving a lecture
and I made a comment about Bhagawan Rajneesh and his meditation techniques and two or three Indians told me that he was no good. So I asked them if they had read any of his books, they said, “no.”
So I said your knowledge is coming from what American and Indian negative press has told you. I said, “First read his books and then let’s talk.” When Maharishi Mahesh Yogi, one of the saints of India was
in India, they also kicked him out and he made his headquarters in Europe.
Let’s forget about them, I’d like to tell you that when I opened my Shivananda Yoga Center in Delaware I also received zero support from our Indian people. I was running my center without any financial gain for myself. I ran that center for 35 years, I taught yoga poses, gave meditation workshops and had satsang. In those 35 years only 3 Indians came during that time and only 2 came to study yoga. Only Westerners pay for yoga and meditation, Indians want it free. Recently I wrote a book on Yoga entitled, “Yoga practices for Health, Happiness and Liberation,” and gave the book to all the Indian Newspapers and the yoga newspapers, nobody did a book review, mentioned the book or said, “Thank you for the free book.”
The only book reviews that were given were by 2 American organizations. One was the News Journal of Wilmington, DE and the other was Yoga Living Magazine of Pennsylvania. I don’t like to see Indians jump up and down and complain that someone else is gaining from our yog unless they themselves are doing something to support it.