This below is by no means a complete account of his life nor people's reactions to the person. I was on Crete when this guy came there after being kicked out of the USA. He tried to start some new commune there but once the Cretans got wind of what he was up to, he was run out of town, literally. It was more along the lines of "leave today, now, or tomorrow we...."
He was often called the "sex guru" after some speeches in the late 1960s on sexuality. These were later compiled under the title From Sex to Superconsciousness. According to him, "For Tantra everything is holy, nothing is unholy", and all repressive sexual morality was self-defeating, since one could not transcend sex without experiencing it thoroughly and consciously. In 1985, he told the Bombay Illustrated Weekly,
? I have never been a celibate. If people believe so, that is their foolishness. I have always loved women ? and perhaps more women than anybody else. You can see my beard: it has become grey so quickly because I have lived so intensely that I have compressed almost two hundred years into fifty. ?
Osho said he loved to disturb people ? only by disturbing them could he make them think. Accordingly, his discourses were peppered with offensive jokes and outrageous statements lampooning key figures of established religions such as Hinduism, Jainism or Christianity. Concerning the virgin birth, for example, he said that Jesus was clearly a *******, since he was not Joseph's biological son. Osho said that the only thing he was serious about in his discourses were the jokes ? they were the main thing, and everything else was spiritual gossip...(much more at page)