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Whirlpool: In & Out of a Spiritual Washing Machine Kindle Edition

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Length: 319 pages Word Wise: Enabled Enhanced Typesetting: Enabled
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  • ASIN ‏ : ‎ B07ZJ73BNX
  • Language ‏ : ‎ English
  • File size ‏ : ‎ 9132 KB
  • Simultaneous device usage ‏ : ‎ Unlimited
  • Text-to-Speech ‏ : ‎ Enabled
  • Screen Reader ‏ : ‎ Supported
  • Enhanced typesetting ‏ : ‎ Enabled
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  • Word Wise ‏ : ‎ Enabled
  • Print length ‏ : ‎ 319 pages
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Reviewed in Australia on 28 October 2019
Reviewed in Australia on 17 December 2019
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4.0 out of 5 stars Osho and Lessons for Spiritual Leadership - one man's honest appraisal
By Max Lewington on 17 December 2019
This is an engrossing account of the life of Bruce Menzies who transformed himself from a regular Australian male footie loving public servant and lawyer in the late 1960s / early 1970s into a long haired, bearded, bead-wearing Sannyasin. As becomes apparent, he was not a consistently devout follower of the spiritual guru Osho (previously known as Bhagwan Shree Rajneesh). The book is a dialogue between his love affair with the guru and the commune around him and his skeptical, Western educated analytical, questioning self.

The first few chapters are devoted to Bruce’s traditional education and upbringing, his fairly broad early travels and his difficult relationship with his parents and family as he ‘outed’ himself as one of the ‘Orange People’. Bruce sets out succinctly and clearly the context in which he found himself questioning the purpose of his life and wanting to participate fully in the sexual liberation of the time. Bruce’s own personal sexual journey is explored through his ‘awakening’ from the apparent limitations and obstacles of a regular marriage into a range of experimental relationships and group encounter work and back through a kind of slower, second ‘awakening’ into the value of a committed, honest, long term monogamous relationship with all the deeper challenges this brings.

The second part of the book deals with his abandonment of his life in Perth, Western Australia and his immersion in the commune at Poona in India and then in the second incarnation of Osho’s dream for a new global spiritual community at the ‘Ranch’ in Oregon in the USA. The latter (establishment, decline and fall) has been well documented in the Netflix series ‘Wild, Wild Country’ which has more of a focus on the impact of the community on local communities and government and appears to give substantial airtime to the very leaders whom Bruce so consistently questions through his book.

Some parts of the second half of the book will be of more interest to ex-Sannyasins or those who have experienced similar spiritual communities, however the whole of the second half and particularly of his chapters entitled ‘Masters and Disciples’ and ‘To Wake and to Grow’ are revelatory in terms of the most up-to-date lessons for spiritual and personal integrity. The emotional and spiritual wisdom embedded in these investigations will be of benefit to anyone in a leadership position or to all who are wrestling with the conundrum of the gap between words and behavior of so many leaders.

Throughout his book, most importantly, Bruce is exploring the mystery, attractions and challenges of his central love affair through this period: the one between he as disciple and Osho as spiritual master.

What held my interest throughout this book was the honest and open way that the writer has used some 30 years of reflection on his past spiritual experiences to enquire deeply into both the strengths and failures of the spiritual experiment initiated by Baghwan. Bruce develops his enquiries and everything he has learned through his own life to propose wider practical lessons about leadership and spiritual integrity.

The writer ruthlessly and with some humility acknowledges his own naivety and lack of personal integrity and questioning at times in regard to the behavior of the guru and the leadership which built up around him. Bruce reflects deeply on the paradox of the challenge of surrender and endeavouring to be a loyal disciple of Osho while at the same time maintaining personal integrity. At the same his story opens us to the positives that can be learned personally from a courageous abandonment of a previously safe life for uncharted waters.

The book contains many apposite and insightful references to a very wide range of authors and commentators from Victor Frankl, Eric Fromm, Aldous Huxley, Clive James through to more overtly spiritual explorers including Ken Wilber, Robert Masters, Andrew Cohen and Culadasa (John Yates).

His analysis of the shortcomings of leadership, the workings of the ‘inner circle’ and the inevitability of ‘us and them’ thinking is applicable to every organisation. This aspect of the book will resonate both with those who have some inclination to explore the spiritual purpose of life and with those who merely are trying to understand how to function more effectively and safely in the world with the organisations we find ourselves in from time to time.
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