Osho warned the planet about AIDS, right back in Osho Times International 1984. The disease would, he cautioned, reach epidemic proportions unless we took prophylactic measures — such as using condoms for lovemaking and avoiding oral/anal sex. Of course if one could drop sex altogether, without repression, that was the best prevention. Otherwise, it was good to remain with same partner. Later, he was to add that sweat and saliva could also carry the disease, so “French kissing” was not smart.
Just a few months before he made this announcement, in the US there were 750 cases of AIDS. Osho was considered an alarmist and was laughed out of town.
Today, according to a recent report from the BBC: “The Aids pandemic is growing despite years of prevention work. UNAIDS, the United Nations’ program on Aids, says it manages to bring down HIV rates in some countries only to find them rising in others. Aids has now become the leading cause of death in Africa, overtaking malaria.”
“When you are in tune with the whole you are healthy. The music flows between you and the whole; there is no obstruction. You feel a well being. There is no noise, everything is in harmony. When the individual is in tune with the universal, health exists. When you fall out of tune then so many wrongs arise. There is no limit to them, they are endless. And you can invent new wrongs.
“Humanity has invented many new diseases which were not prevalent before. In the old scriptures, ayurvedic scriptures, many diseases are not mentioned. People think they are not mentioned because ayurveda was not yet enough of a science, so they could not diagnose those diseases. That is not true; ayurveda became a perfect science. But those diseases were not in existence, so how can you diagnose a disease which doesn’t exist? They were non-existential. There were a few diseases that existed only for rich people, very rich people. They were called royal diseases. Tuberculosis was called ‘royal’. It was not an ordinary disease. Now the whole world has become royal; now the whole world suffers from richness, affluence. Leisure has made many things available, many new diseases available.
“Cancer is a very new disease. It can exist only when the mind is very worried, when worry becomes like a wound. And around that subtle wound in the psyche arises a disease in the body corresponding to it. That’s what cancer is: That’s why cancer seems to be incurable. There is no way to cure it from the body side. It can be cured only from the mind side because basically it arises there.
“Each age has its own diseases.”
The Discipline of Transcendence