While Nietzsche’s declaration that “God is dead, therefore man is free” was an incredible step in understanding, Osho argues, it is in itself a negative solution and does not bring freedom. Removing God is not enough. In The God Conspiracy, Osho offers a solution beyond Nietzsche — a direct connection with existence itself. He shows how Zen and meditation allow us to find meaning, creativity, receptivity and a path to freedom. Zen has no God, but a tremendous power to transform our consciousness. Transformation cannot be imposed, but must come from one’s innermost being and understanding.
The God Conspiracy exposes the age-old alliance of the politician and the priest against human freedom, joy, pleasure, comfort and luxury. The politician pays homage to the priest in order to legitimize his power, and the priest enforces the rules of individual behavior all in the name of God. Books like The God Delusion by British biologist Richard Dawkins and God is Not Great by Christopher Hitchens all demonstrate a growing understanding that the fictitious father figure of God might not be the most intelligent arrangement to determine the course of human affairs.