Just the other day I received four
letters from four different American prisons.
All the four prisoners are asking
One American prisoner has been reading my books.
Since I was in
that prison for one day, the authorities became interested, the prisoners
became interested, so they must have ordered my books.
The prisoner has been
reading those books.
Although he is an American, he writes that "Osho,
reading your books, listening to you on the television, and when you were in
the prison for one day, I was also here" -- he has been there for almost
five years. "It was a blissful experience for me and I will never forget
the day we were together in the same cell; it has been the most important day
of my life. And I have been carrying something in me which I want to express to
you. "You have not committed any sin -- of that I was absolutely certain
the moment I saw you -- but to be innocent seems to be a greater crime than any
other. And because you were talked about on the radio, on the television, your
books were read all over the country, there came a moment when you were more
important a figure than the president of America.
That's what triggered the
whole process of destroying your commune, imprisoning you -- just to humiliate
I was surprised that a prisoner would have such a deep insight.
is saying that "people like you are bound to be condemned, because even
the greatest, most powerful people look like pygmies before your consciousness
and your height.
It is your fault," he is saying to me. "If you were
not so successful, you would have been ignored. If your commune was not so
successful, nobody would have bothered about you."