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Osho’s Meditation Techniques

In 1999 OIF attempted to register trademarks in the US for the names of Osho’s meditation techniques: Dynamic, Kundalini, Nadabrahma, Nataraj, Gourishankar, and for the phrase “active meditations.” The trademark office refused to register any of these because they were merely descriptive and didn’t indicate OIF, Zurich as the source of a product or service. The trademark office went on to point out that OIF, Zurich could not own meditation techniques that have been in widespread, uncontrolled use for many years. OIF, Zurich dropped the attempt to register the names of the mediations and came up with what it thought was a way to get sannyasins to help OIF, Zurich gain control of the meditation techniques. OIF, Zurich began telling sannyasins, often through its agent Global Connections in Pune, that people could help keep Osho’s meditations “24-karat” by adding...

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