Vinod Khanna got disillusioned with spirituality
I don't exactly recall the year, an article by Vinod Khanna The Asian Age first carried in. It was perhaps 1986/87. The article was first published in the 1980s and I got to read it in the London edition of The Asian Age in 1999. I wonder, how the emotionally charged people of India are now saying that the debonair actor was very spiritual.
Spiritual he indeed was initially but got disillusioned after a few years when he personally interacted with Rajnish, Jiddu Krishnmurthy and Mahrishi Mahesh Yogi of Jabalpur, who built a 'spiritual empire' in the US out of his dubious transcendental meditation.
I still remember, one striking line from Khanna's article in The Asian Age in which he wrote and quoted Urdu/Persian adages (Vinod Khanna could write impeccable Urdu, which he learnt from his father). He said in the context of these three 'spiritual masters': 'Aawaaz-e-duhul az door khush mee numayad' (The sounds of trumpets appear pleasant from a distance. English equivalent: Blue are the hills that are far from us).
He left Bollywood at the zenith of his film career and joined Osho's commune in Poona, where he was ostensibly a gardener/seeker but actually a playboy, whose days began and ended with gamboling in bed with ivory white women and highly-sexed Indian socialites.
Khanna admitted that because at that age, he was fascinated more by Rajnish's 'Sambhog se samadhi tak' (from copulation to contemplation). He later realised that it was just sex and spirituality was a façade, a front for all nefarious activities.
Khanna couldn't accept Osho's exclusiveness and his condescending remark that he was a Guru for obscenely rich people. He (Vinod Khanna) found him (Rajnish) to be very phony. So was Jiddu, whom he met in Bombay and then in California. Khanna felt that Jiddu couldn't come out of his Hindu Brahaminical shell and Rajnish was a Hindu-Jain who talked superficially about enlightenment.
He left that spurious spiritual sphere and went back to Bombay; acted and had a stint with politics. He wrote in The Asian Age: 'I realised that spirituality was meant for rich people who loved to indulge in things and phenomena that are absolutely impractical.'
So very true. One must doff his/her hat to the honesty of the departed soul. Adieu, Vinod Khanna.