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ispeakdatruf77 karma

I can buy a f'in cantaloupe in the farmers' market for $3.50 using my credit card and Stripe; but the train can't be bothered to enter the 21st century and install payment machines in the trains?

I once missed a Caltrain because I didn't have time to buy the tickets, and had to wait an hour in Mountain View (thank god for Red Rock coffeehouse). It just bothers me that these agencies see no desire to improve things; they're just happy to sit by and wait till retirement comes along, without lifting a finger.

ispeakdatruf22 karma

Do you know what "Sannyasin" and "Sanyasa" mean in Sanskrit? Someone who has renounced worldly possessions.

So while this guy was telling his followers to choose a path of simplicity and austerity, he was riding around in Rolls, wearing expensive wristwatches and designer fur coats. This is the definition of a con man.

ispeakdatruf16 karma

I'm originally from India. It is filled with such con men. The only difference here was, Rajneesh spent some time reading Western philosophy so he could talk the talk that the Westerners were used to.

In the end, he was just that: a con man.

ispeakdatruf13 karma

For people who think he's evil, he must have been pretty damn smart just to fool that many people :-)

It's been done many, many times. See Jim Jones, for instance.

ispeakdatruf5 karma

Thank you for responding positively and not getting upset and defensive. My language wasn't the best, but I feel a little strongly about conmen and let that come through unintentionally.

In the end who are we to say he was a con man, if thousands of people found and still find value in his philosophies

To be honest, you could say the same thing about Hitler or Jim Jones or Scientology. I'd define a "con man" as someone who does not live the life he preaches.

Here's a trivial example: the whole "wear red" thing. Why didn't he wear simple red clothes himself? And why all this pomp and show, with his throne on the stage and no one else? I looked at it, and it all seemed like a fake act to me.

There are people who still believe the earth is flat. I'm not against them doing so, but I wish they didn't.