Osho was born in Kuchwada, Madhya Pradesh, on 11 December 1931. Rebellious and independent from childhood, he insisted on experiencing the truth for himself rather than acquiring knowledge and beliefs given by others. He attained ‘enlightenment’ at 21 and went on to complete his academic studies. He spent several years teaching philosophy at the University of Jabalpur. Meanwhile, he travelled throughout India delivering talks and meeting people from all walks of life. By the 1960s, Osho had begun to develop his unique dynamic meditation techniques. He felt that modern man is so burdened with the archaic traditions of the past as well as the anxieties of modern-day living that he must go through a deep cleansing process before he can hope to discover the thought-less, relaxed state of meditation. In the early 1970s, the West first began to hear of Osho. By 1974, a commune had been established around him in Pune, and the trickle of visitors from the West soon became a flood. Osho spoke of every aspect of life and on the development of human consciousness. Based on his own existential experience rather than on intellectual understanding, he distilled the essence of what is significant to the spiritual quest of contemporary man. Osho left his body on 19 January 1990. His commune in India continues to attract thousands of international visitors who come to participate in its meditation, therapy and creative programmes or to simply experience being in a ‘Buddhafield’. Osho’s talks have been published in more than 600 volumes and translated into over thirty languages.
1. Man is a Becoming
2. It is Always Today
3. Transcending the Transcendental
4. Just Joking Around
5. This Moment is all
6. I Really Mean Business
7. I have Heard
8. We Can Share
9. Mind is the Only Problem
10. Religion : The Ultimate Luxury
Every few thousand years an individual appears who irrevocably changes the world around them in ways that are never immediately apparent, except to the most perceptive.
Osho is one such individual : his spoken words will resonate for centuries to come.
All those words have been recorded and transcribed into books like this one, written words that can carry a transforming message to the reader.
For Osho, all change is individual. There is no "society" to change-it can only happen to each one of us, one at a time.
So, no matter what the subject matter of the book, the thread that runs through all Osho's words is like a love song that we can suddenly, mysteriously, hear at just the right moment. And strangely, no matter what the words seem to be referring to, they are really only referring to us.
And this is no ordinary love song, more an invitation to open our hearts to hear something beyond the words, beyond the heart ... a silence beyond all understanding.
“To be able to celebrate life is religion - in that very celebration you come close to God. If one is able to celebrate, God is not far away; if one is not able to celebrate life, then God does not exist for him. God appears only in deep celebration, when you are so full of joy, that all misery has left you.” - Osho