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Who Is Osho?

Who Is Osho?

Who Is Osho?

Never Born - Never Died - Only visited this planet Earth between December 11, 1931 and January 19, 1990.
 

With these literally immortal words, Osho both dictates his epitaph and dispenses with his biography. Having previously removed his name from everything, he finally agrees to accept "Osho," explaining that the word is derived from William James' "oceanic." He initially said, “It is not my name, it is a healing sound."

Later he also gave “Osho” a meaning, adding, “Oceanic describes the experience, but what about the experiencer?  For that we use the word ‘Osho.’”

 
His thousands of hours of extemporaneous talks, spoken to people around the world over a twenty-year period, are all recorded, often on video - that can be listened to anywhere by anyone, when, Osho says, "that same silence will be there."
 
The transcriptions of these talks are now published in hundreds of titles in dozens of languages.
 
In these talks, the human mind is put under the microscope as never before, analyzed to the smallest wrinkle. Mind as psychology, mind as emotion, mind as mind/body; mind as moralist, mind as belief; mind as religion, mind as history, mind as politics and social evolution - all examined, studied, and integrated. Then graciously left behind in the essential quest for transcendence.
 
In the process Osho exposes hypocrisy and humbug wherever he sees it. As the author, Tom Robbins so eloquently puts it: "I recognize the emerald breeze when it rattles my shutters. And Osho is like a hard, sweet wind, circling the planet, blowing the beanies off of rabbis and popes, scattering the lies on the desks of the bureaucrats, stampeding the jackasses in the stables of the powerful, lifting the skirts of the pathologically prudish and tickling the spiritually dead back to life."
"Jesus had his parables, Buddha his sutras, Mohammed his fantasies of the Arabian night. Osho has something more appropriate for a species crippled by greed, fear, ignorance and superstition: he has cosmic comedy."
"What Osho is out to do, it seems to me, is pierce our disguises, shatter our illusions, cure our addictions and demonstrate the self-limiting and often tragic folly of taking ourselves too seriously."
 
So what to say of Osho? The ultimate deconstructionist? A visionary who becomes the vision? Certainly a proposal to existence - that it is everyone's birthright to enjoy that same oceanic experience of true individuality. For that, Osho says, "There is only one path, which goes inwards, where you will not find a single human being, where you will only find silence, peace."
 
A conclusion? There are no full stops in the Osho vision, but a helping hand towards understanding ourselves:
 
"I would like to say to you: Science is the ultimate value. And there are only two kinds of sciences: one, objective science, that decides about the outside world; and two, subjective science, which up to now has been called religion. But it is better not to call it religion. It is better to call it the science of the inner, and to divide science into a science of the outer, and a science of the inner - objective science and subjective science. But make it one solid whole, and science remains the ultimate value - nothing is higher than that." - Osho
 

 

 
 
What famous people say about Osho:
 
"Enlightened people like Osho are ahead of their times. It is good that more and more young people are now reading his works."
K R Narayanan, former president of India
 
"Osho is an enlightened master who is working with all possibilities to help humanity overcome a difficult phase in developing consciousness."
The Dalai Lama
 
"I've been charmed from reading his books."
Federico Fellini
 
"I really got into Osho's books. I have always loved his books. They were top notch."
Marianne Williamson, author
 
"These brilliant insights will benefit all those who yearn for experiential knowledge of the field of pure potentiality inherent in every human being. This book belongs on the shelf of every library and in the home of all those who seek knowledge of the higher self."
Dr Deepak Chopra, Author of: Ageless Body, Timeless Mind; Quantum Healing and Unconditional Life
 
"I found No Water, No Moon one of the most refreshing, cleansing and delightful books I could imagine. It is a book which will never cease to be a comforting companion."
Yehudi Menuhin
 
"I read all his books."
Shirley MacLaine
 
"I have read most of [Osho's] books and listened to tapes of his talks, and I am convinced that in the spiritual tradition, here is a mind of intellectual brilliance and persuasive ability as an author."
James Broughton, poet, and author
 
"He is the rarest and most talented religionist to appear this century."
Kazuyoshi Kino, Professor of Buddhist Studies, Hosen Gakuen College, Tokyo, Japan
 
"Osho makes you free from the existing mind set...he is inclusive, not exclusive."
The High Commissioner for India to Singapore
 
"I have never heard anyone so beautifully and playfully integrate and then dissolve the psychological problems which, for generations, have sapped our human energies."
Rev. Cain, Chaplain, Churchill College Cambridge
 
"Osho is the most dangerous man since Jesus Christ... He's obviously a very effective man, otherwise he wouldn't be such a threat. He's saying the same things that nobody else has the courage to say. A man who has all kinds of ideas, they're not only inflammatory-they also have a resonance of truth that scares the pants off the control freaks."
Tom Robbins, author of Even Cowgirls Get the Blues, Still Life with Woodpecker and Jitterbug Perfume
 
"As a result of reading The Golden Future (and many other works by Osho) I would like to let you know that I completely and heartily support the vision of Osho. As a writer I hope that his words will reach the hearts of those who need them most. I have every faith in this result, because the words of Osho are loaded with the power of love."
Douwe de Groot, writer
 
"These books are really what people are looking for...they are even more relevant now than when they were spoken."
Michael Mann, Chairman of Element Books
 
"He Osho is the greatest incarnation after Buddha in India. He is a living Buddha."
Lama Karmapa, late head of the Kargyupta, (or Red Hat) Sect of Tibetan Buddhism
 
"Within a few years from now his Osho's message will be heard all over the world. He was the most original thinker that India has produced: the most erudite, the most clear-headed and the most innovative. And in addition he had an inborn gift of words, spoken and written. The like of him we will not see for decades to come...He has to be judged as a thinker, and as a thinker he will rank amongst the giants."
Khushwant Singh, Former editor of The Times of India; author and historian
 
"No one is more qualified to introduce the mystics than Osho, a man who stands out even in their exalted company. He speaks from his own experience, bringing his mystic predecessors to life, making them his contemporaries."
John Lilly
 
"Never before or after have I encountered anybody having such a harmonious and immensely creative view encompassing art, science, human psychology and religiousness. Certainly we would lack substantially without his vision of the new man."
Dr. A. Schleger, Ph.D., Institute of Technology, Switzerland
 
"Osho is the rarest and most talented religionist to appear in this century. His interpretations are saturated with the truth of Buddhism."
Kazuyoshi Kino Professor of Buddhist Studies, Tokyo
 
"His incredible taped discourse lectures and books have inspired me, and millions of others, on the path of self-evolution... He is like a great bell tolling, Awaken, Awaken, Awaken!"
James Coburn, actor
 
"With Osho, words flow endlessly. Provocatively. Challengingly. In a hundred years more copies of Osho's works will have been printed than the Bible itself, till now the outstanding best-seller."
M. V. Kamath, Former Editor of The Illustrated Weekly, India
 
"As you savor the chapters, you'll discover that Osho is like a Zen archer. Almost poetically he circles his target, surveying it over and over again from many positions before he draws back his bow and lets the arrow fly."
Robert Rimmer, USA. Author of The Harrad Experiment and Proposition 31
 
"Indian mystic Osho has been one of the most successful mixers of Eastern philosophies with Western therapeutic techniques."
Russel Chandler, Understanding the New Age
 
"The Upanishads talk about ultimate wisdom, Osho tells you how to live it"
R.E. Gussner, Dept of Religion, University of Vermont, USA
 
"It is a religion for the irreligious, for the agnostic, for the unbeliever, for the rationalist."
Khushwant Singh, Former editor of The Times of India; author and historian
 
"Osho is a mystical giant, a flowering of a unique intelligence and one of those rare humans ex-pressing himself with joy."
Paul Reps, author of Zen Flesh, Zen Bones
 
"The teachings of Osho, in fact, encompass many religions, but he is not defined by any of them. He is an illuminating speaker on Zen, Taoism, Tibetan Buddhism, Christianity and ancient Greek philosophy...and also a prolific author."
Nevill Drury, Dictionary of Mysticism and the Occult, USA
 
"He discourses with eloquent familiarity on virtually all the world's great mystics - Zen masters, Hassids, Sufis, Bauls, Buddha, Lao-Tzu, Jesus.… Though he "knocks the mind," Osho is an intellectual's guru, and his message is aimed not at spiritual sheep but at rebels and risk takers - people who consider themselves intelligent, adventurous, and independent, and want to be more so."
Annie Gottlieb, Author of Do You Believe in Magic?
 
"He had provided us a rare insight into our lives and times. He has ridiculed us, pushed us...hurt us, and thereby, made richer human beings out of us. He made us think for ourselves; forced us to reject him, and by that act of rejection, brought us closer to him -and in a strange kind of way, closer to ourselves."
Pritish Nandy, JAIN TV presenter; former Editor, Publisher of The Illustrated Weekly, India
 
"Osho has a unique identity of his own. Our worldly life can become more fruitful through meditation and people can evolve towards a better society with the help of Osho's wisdom."
Rt. Hon'ble Shri Girija Prasad Koirala, Prime Minister of Nepal, 17th of May, 1998
 
"Treatises on Buddhism are often dry and reverential, if not tediously scholastic, and if Osho's treatment is not canonical, it compensates by throbbing with life, humor, penetrating insight and the continual provocation to think for oneself."
Guy Claxton, Author of Noises from the Darkroom
 
"Osho speaks the language of today's Yug Bhasha. His message is for the whole world."
Vice-President of India, Krishnakant
 
"Osho is one of the most important educators and philosophical and religious leaders in the late 20th century...I firmly believe that hundreds and thousands ...would be thrilled, delighted and gain a new perspective on life by reading his books."
Robert Rimmer, author The Harvard Experiment and Proposition 31
 
"A great mystic, a great philosopher.... In his own way Osho captured the essence of ancient wisdom, related it to contemporary needs, tempered it with the modern times and became a powerful messenger of eternal Indian thought and Indian wisdom."
Dr. Manmohan Singh, former finance minister of India,
 
"Osho is certainly a religious man, an intelligent human, and one of those rare humans expressing himself with joy."
Paul reps, author of Zen Flesh, Zen Bones
 
"Here is somebody who fuses everything and makes it understandable to people, and it makes sense. And he also challenges very fixed beliefs, challenges religions which have tradition and ritual and so forth."
Aroon Purie, Editor of India Today
 
"Wit and playfulness are a tremendously serious transcendence of evil, and this is one thing that Osho understood better than any contemporary teacher that I can think of. Gurdjieff had an element of that in his teachings, but certainly in the past fifty years there has not existed a teacher in the world who understood the value of playfulness and wit quite so well as Osho."
Tom Robbins, author of Even Cowgirls Get the Blues, Still Life with Woodpecker and Jitterbug Perfume and others.
 
"Osho is such a vision that stands for the welfare of the whole of humanity, transcending the narrow boundaries of religions. Though today's man is so caught up in his myriad problems, all of Osho's books and discourses suggest simple and easy ways for man's liberation."
Lokendra Bahadur Chand, the former premier, of Nepal
 

 

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