Some of the best known Zen stories are used here to illustrate the nature of enlightenment, meditation, love, knowledge and knowing, man′s misplaced identification with his ego, and other issues very relevant today.
Using traditional Zen stories and responding to seekers′ questions, Osho shows how man must first be grounded in himself before he can fly into the sky of consciousness. Osho takes the reader from subjects as diverse as food, jealousy, businessmen and enlightenment, to how to know if one needs a master, the barriers we create through fear, and gratitude. Good for newcomers to Zen.
A unique compilation of intimate letters written by Osho to his disciples and friends in the beautiful poetry of a mystic: "Man goes on dreaming and desiring but basically remains where he is; and in the end nothing but ashes of his dreams and desires are in his hands - and, of course, tears in his eyes."
Some of the best known Zen stories are used here to illustrate the nature of enlightenment, meditation, love, knowledge and knowing, man′s misplaced identification with his ego, and other issues very relevant today.
Osho says that laughter is "the very essence of Zen." And though the theme of this series is meditation - watching, remaining alert and aware - as the only way to truth, Osho encourages us to, "be happy and meditation will follow." There is a wonderful chapter on laughter, Hotei the Laughing Buddha, and enlightenment. As Osho says, "This is the whole effort of all the masters: to create a sudden clash of thunder so those who are fast asleep can be awakened."
Of the ultimate realization of Zen, Osho says, "Suddenly you become aware of a music that has always surrounded you... Your heart throbs in the same rhythm as the heart of the whole." This essential Zen reader also dips into a number of other themes - cowardice, boredom and restlessness, recognition and rejection, maturity, and moving from the non-essential to the essential.
In this question-and-answer series Osho talks on a diversity of subjects from science and meditation, personality and essence, to homosexuality, witnessing, salvation and silence. During these discourses, Osho′s father and disciple dies, and Osho speaks on what this means for him. The book also includes a lavish color photo section on the death celebration.
What makes Osho different from Gautam Buddha and other enlightened masters and mystics throughout history? The answer is here, in his own provocative words: "To go beyond enlightenment is to go beyond individuality and become universal." Osho responds to questions on topics ranging from religion to philosophy, from present-day politics to his own childhood experiences, from enlightenment to what lies beyond. These talks also provide a glimpse into the mysterious communion that occurs between an enlightened master and his disciples.
Osho talks in depth on a variety of esoteric subjects. He describes many techniques of self-discovery, pointing out that psychological answers to man′s self-made miseries will no longer work. These discourses, are rare jewels of wisdom.
Having read thousands of the world′s greatest books on every conceivable subject, Osho shares the fragrance of some of his favorites in these spontaneous and intimate talks. From the very first book, Hsin Hsin Ming by Sosan, to the last entry, The Book, by Alan Watts, he takes us on a journey of discovery, sampling gifts from authors we have known along with some surprises from mystics and poets never heard of before. Not only are we offered a tantalizing reading list, but an insight into the dimension of enlightened consciousness.
Osho makes a clear distinction between the rebel called Jesus Christ and the religion that followed after him - Christianity. Through the gospels of Matthew, Luke and John he reintroduces Jesus as a man, a mystic and an uncompromising master filled with love, fire and compassion. A treat for those in love with Jesus′ words.
Dang Dang Doko Dang represents the sound of the drum beaten by a Zen master in an existential lesson for a disciple. As well as symbolizing the poetic quality of Zen, the title represents the special flavor of this collection of Osho′s commentaries on well-known Zen stories. "Zen is a way of dissolving philosophical problems, not of solving them," he explains. "It is a way of getting rid of philosophy, because philosophy is a sort of neurosis." The volume also includes Osho′s answers to questions about the meditation technique of Zazen.
Osho speaks on the exuberant poems of Kabir, as translated by India′s Nobel Prize-winning poet, Rabindranath Tagore. He also responds to questions as diverse as the difference between relationship and aloneness, mind and society, self and enlightenment, and explains the difference between a crystallized self and a strong ego.
A deeply moving account of a rare and provocative experiment in human growth, these are Osho′s last discourses given in the US. While most of his disciples are experiencing the fruition of their efforts to manifest a living community based on Osho′s vision, the attempt of a small, power-motivated group′s secret attempts to take control of the commune, and to poison Osho and his doctor is revealed as they flee the country. Through it all, Osho answers the questions of disciples and friends devastated and confused by the wanton disregard of his teachings by these few corrupted people. His answers expose the truth with uncompromising compassion as he talks on fascism, power games and individual responsibility. As always Osho indicates how absolutely everything can be used by the seeker to wake up and be more aware.
Education, according to Osho, is drawing out the hidden potential of the individual, to help each person bring his own uniqueness from the darkness into the light. In these talks he examines ways in which the institutions of society have systematically done the opposite in their attempts to impose socially acceptable norms of behaviour on everyone - from the cradle to the grave both in public and private life.
Sensing the storm about to descend on his American commune, Osho responds to residents′ and visitors′ questions. The topics cover the whole spectrum of human concern - poverty, AIDS, education, politics, creativity, existentialism, psychology, nuclear war, power, relationships, money... Osho answers each with respect and compassion, always going beyond the surface of the rational mind to the deeper waters, the very source.
Of this question-and-answer series, a journalist from Club Degi Editori, Italy writes: "With complete clarity, and using examples, anecdotes and quotations which amaze the reader with their range, Osho expresses his way of thinking: to destroy every religion and to create Man all over again out of his own depth of being. The Rajneesh Bible provokes energy, optimism and enthusiasm for life and its gifts. It is not a holy book, nor is it a confession of faith. It is a lively and readable account which allows a deep understanding of the vast scope of his teaching, which is directed towards helping us understand who we are, and which is widely debated and widely practiced."
Richly embroidered with hilarious personal reminiscences, this volume uncovers the family, the place of mysticism in Osho′s religion and the function of his commune. He talks about the similarities of madness and enlightenment, and the essential difference between the two. He tells us his opinion of Krishnamurti, and the infallibility of the pope. And he gives an intimate and gently funny account of his own daily routines. These discourses make it clear why Osho became the nemesis of established religious and political hierarchies all over the world.
Discourses to make the White House and the Vatican tremble. Powerful, convincing and exposingly hilarious, Osho confronts the religious leaders and government officials who eventually destroyed the commune in America.
Osho′s first words spoken after a period of three and a half years of silence herald a completely new dimension to his work. It is as if he has drawn a sword and slices through the deceit of history. Man, his politics and so-called religions all come under the scalpel of Osho′s master surgery. Responding to questions solely from his disciples, Osho exposes the psychology of all creeds based on the idea of "following" and takes apart the whole question of belief in God. He also answers questions such as whether he considers himself to be a messiah, and lambastes the attitude of traditional holy men towards women. He lets us in on his understanding of the political mind-set; how he feels about communism, why his sannyasins lead such a rich life and whether they are brainwashed or hypnotized, and much, much more.
In what may be the juiciest, most intimate tapestry of talks ever given by an enlightened master, Osho paints the stories of his delightful, inquisitive and mischievous childhood. He began his explorations into truth with an incredible innocence and courage. With his spirited nature, he questioned every orthodox belief and everyone who blindly espoused any such belief rather than by their own authentic reason. Here are stories about Osho′s childhood encounters with death, his adventures in school and his confrontations with the so- called authorities. The book is full of hilarious incidents and stories about sex, smoking, and religion, along with moving and wondrous dialogues with the local enlightened man in his village.
"Go quietly amid the noise and the haste..." The Desiderata is one of the smallest and most potent verses of western mysticism. Osho places it on a par with Nietzsche′s Thus Spoke Zarathustra, Omar Khayyam′s Rubaiyat and Kahlil Gibran′s The Prophet, and sees it a significant companion for those on the path. In sixteen discourses Osho speaks on these timeless verses and answers a wide range of questions.
Responding to a wide variety of questions, Osho gives straight talk on touchy subjects, including a full coverage of the global crisis. This series takes a no-nonsense look at the controversial implications of homosexuality and the future of artificial intelligence. Osho is as compassionate, lyrical and funny as ever about relationships, our need to be "special," and the newcomer′s bewilderment over the apparent contradiction between freedom and having a master. All of Osho is here - from heart to hammer.
Five chapters on ancient secrets man has been pondering over for centuries. Osho unveils new truths about pyramids, the third eye, ancient temples, mantras, sacred places of pilgrimage and their esoteric rituals and significance. This small volume also contains two fascinating chapters on astrology.
An unpublished darshan diary.
"This Upanishad...is the smallest - it can be written on a postcard - and yet it is the greatest document in existence," Osho declares. "There is no document of such luminosity, of such profoundness anywhere in the whole history of humanity." These sutras are amongst the most ancient wisdom available to mankind - transmitted from masters to their disciples twenty-five centuries before even Buddha. With clear metaphors, stories and jokes, we are introduced to the perspective of an enlightened master - a world view so total that it embraces the cosmic, a rebirth of the spirit of the Upanishads.
This book is a timeless classic that has long served as an introduction for many people to Osho′s vision. Eight discourses to push the reader over the edge of the intellect into the mysterious, the esoteric and the transcendental. Osho talks on the meaning of initiation, disciplehood and meditation - a loving invitation to begin the journey toward the ultimate truth: "A sannyasin to me is a person who decides to live to the utmost, to the optimum, to the maximum; it is just like a flame burning from both the poles." A helpful reader for those new to the world of Osho.
"I celebrate myself, and I want you also to celebrate yourself," says Osho, echoing the American poet Walt Whitman. In this powerful series Osho destroys all misconceptions of a divided universe; creator and created, believer and belief, theist and atheist: "The idea of God is an imprisonment, and only when one is free from this prison can one know what it is to live in a celebrative way."
Guiding the reader through the seven bodies and their corresponding chakras, Osho talks on psychic phenomena, dreams, telepathy, hypnosis, color therapy, Dynamic Meditation, Kundalini, mediums, gurus, and the Tantric dimension of sex. "I am talking about very scientific things," he says, "not something belonging to religious superstitions."
This special selection of discourses reveals the amazing details behind the demise of Osho′s commune in America and his persecution by the US government. Here is a city under siege, innocent people not being tolerated because of the success of a lifestyle that threatens the status quo, and a plot to destroy a living enlightened master. Substantiated with chapters by attorneys, doctors, and law enforcement officers, this book is a passionate indictment of the hypocrisy of American "democracy."
The Indian mystic Krishna lived many centuries ago, yet in him Osho sees a man far ahead of his time, whose time, even now, is still to come. Where most orthodox religions are anti life, Krishna′s revolutionary insight is that a really religious life is one that is enjoyed and embraced fully. This series of discourses is devoted entirely to questions from seekers, and in his responses Osho gives glimpses of the vast joy to be found when life is embraced fully.
These first talks after Osho′s departure from the US provide a rare glimpse, during his movement′s most uncertain times, of his efforts to create a New Man. From his suite in a hotel in Kathmandu, Nepal, Osho speaks extensively on the connection between gnosticism and anarchy, the significance of a "buddhafield," and the future of his communes worldwide. He revisits old questions in light of new times, as well, including the function of a spiritual master, the work of his sannyasin therapists, and the "psychology of the buddhas" as applied to inner growth.
A practical handbook in simple and clear language which is ideal for everyone from complete beginners to experienced meditators. The book contains a scientific explanation of Meditation, a humorous discussion of obstacles to watch out for, answers to questions from meditators and 60 step-by-step descriptions of Meditation techniques. Some techniques have been drawn from ancient traditions such as Zen, Sufi, Tantra, Tao, and the Upanishads, others include the revolutionary techniques created by Osho especially for the modern man who finds it difficult to quieten his mind. There is even a Meditation for smokers.
In this book Osho speaks on themes such as the nature of enlightenment, the seeking of spiritual powers, the relationship between Meditation and love; on love and marriage, marriage and sex, sex as a Meditation and Tantra. In explaining a Meditation technique called "tratak," Osho says it is "an experiment in just looking. It can be done under the open sky, in nature - looking without mentally processing the images on the eye. In a short while you will find that the outside sky has entered you; that the sky outside and the sky within you have merged to become the great sky - all boundaries have disappeared."
This series of talks based on Osho′s responses to seekers revolves around the theme of division - man′s separation from his environment, his fellow-man and from himself. Having pinpointed the problem, Osho offers his solution - the whole man, an individual in whom East and West, the material and the spiritual, the male and the female, meet and harmonize.
The mantra that begins and ends all Eastern scriptures, Om, represents the universal heartbeat. And Shantih, the peace or silence that envelops those who fall in tune with that heartbeat. In this volume Osho opens a new windows on timeless topics: the origins of compassion, freedom as the ultimate value, surrendering to love and not to the object of one′s love, and transcending transcendence itself.
Osho declares that if the Greek mathematician and mystic Pythagoras had been listened to and understood, humanity′s history would have been totally different. Pythagoras is a man close to Osho′s heart, with his understanding that materialism and spiritualism - East and West, body and soul - exist together, are not opposing forces but complementary facets of a harmonious whole. In this series of talks Osho discusses the verses of Pythagoras and responds to seekers′ questions.
These discourses contain what to Osho is the most significant statement made anywhere on the earth at any time, the whole secret of the mystic approach towards life. And the sutra that begins this series of discourses contains the very essence of the entire Upanishadic vision - that the universe is an indivisible totality, an organic whole. Osho manages to illumine these ancient texts with such clarity that their significance seems stunningly obvious. A wealth of jokes and amusing anecdotes are magically interwoven through his commentaries.
This mantra is the expression of the ultimate for mystics like Buddha, Socrates and Lao Tzu, and for all those who are contemplative rather than poetic by nature. Explaining that Meditation is the master key, Osho emphasizes the treasures of the inner world, and the urgent need for the quantum leap from mind to being.
A must for those new to Meditation and to Osho′s vision, this series of discourses addresses a variety of subjects, in response to questions such as: Why is it so difficult to be in a state of let-go? Are men responsible for women feeling fed up? How can I love better? What is it to give and what is it to receive? Why do enlightened masters criticize each other? Are there real differences in races? Why am I scared to accept myself as I am? And many more.
In 1960 Osho meets Mrs. Madan Kunwar Parekh (Ma Anandmayee), whom he recognizes as his mother in a past-life. Mrs. Parekh is 40 years old at the time, and recognizes that Osho is enlightened. Osho writes hundreds of letters to her. This one of a kind volume comprises extracts from 120 of these letters and anecdotes Osho wrote to her during his travels around India in his earlier days. Through vignettes of scenes he witnesses - children playing on a river with paper boats, the movement of a bullock cart, an earthen lamp being extinguished, a storm striking a village, sunrise and sunset, the life and death of a flower - Osho brings out the parallels in the psychological world of every individual.
Osho explores the theme of the individual′s responsibility in creating the world we live in during these discourses given in Bombay just before his return to Poona. Also included is his point-by-point critique of the United Nations Declaration of Human Rights and his own formulation of human rights for a new humanity.
As the bishop of Crete′s Greek Orthodox Church urges the local citizenry to forcibly drive him out of the villa where he is staying, Osho revives the spirit of Zorba in a series of lively talks to his disciples and to visiting journalists. Eventually Osho, like Socrates, was accused of "corrupting the youth" - and his heavy-handed deportation is documented in an eight- page color section at the end of this volume. But in the meantime the "corruption" was recorded on audio and video tapes, and now in print. A banquet of timely topics, from politics and religion to teenagers and sex, it sparkles like the Mediterranean setting in which it happened.
Jokes...paradox...parables...wisdom....absurdity...all to shake the reader out of his intellect and into the innocence of the mystic. Osho distills the essence of Sufism for the contemporary man, not to inform the reader about the state of mysticism but to create the situation in which we discover the mystic within ourselves.
In these discourses Osho covers
vast territory - from the state of no-mind before birth, to man′s obsession with
greed; from the difference between mind and consciousness, to the ultimate
failure of love-affairs; from "scientific mysticism," to the psychology of
politicians and the importance of dreams.
Through his commentaries on Zen master Ikkyu′s verses, Osho shatters many of the cherished beliefs of man, and the meditator too. Togetherness, aloneness, the illusoriness of love and of Meditation; the difficulty of understanding the simple; the difference between information and experience... There is something here for every intelligent reader!
The Book of Lieh Tzu is attributed to a 5th-century Chinese mystic. It is not known if Lieh Tzu ever existed, or if the parables attributed to him were written by one person or many. More significant than their origin are the parables themselves, and the way in which Osho takes them in hand and opens the door to the mysteries they contain. In the course of his commentary and his answers to questions, Osho speaks of Beckett and Buddha, Gurdjieff and Hitler, Einstein and Confucius. He also talks about psychotherapy and Taoism, and wehther Taoism is a form of escapism.
Osho′s commentary on the timeless verses of Lao Tzu is set in poetic format, as are his Responses to Questions from disciples and other seekers. Questions include: Isn′t the search for enlightenment selfish? How much patience is needed? Is there really nothing we can do? Do all beings eventually find their way to enlightenment? What is the difference between innocence and ignorance?
In this volume Osho comments on stories compiled by the Jewish philosopher Martin Buber. Osho helps the reader to face the reality of his own death without fear, and thereby be able to live life to the optimum. Originating in Poland around 1750, Hassidism sought a direct, spontaneous experience of religious life, and created a great tradition of laughing saints and wonderful stories.
Osho introduces the wild, dancing world of the Bauls, the mystics of Bengal. And in the first verse of their song, "Only a connoisseur of the flavors of love can comprehend the language of a lover′s heart" is revealed the essence of their religion. Osho explains the Bauls′ view of sex, their concept of the body as a temple and their secret of surrender to God, to the Beloved, to "the essential man" who lives within us all.
Osho’s contemporary interpretation of the secret teachings of the 4000-year-old Vigyan Bhairav Tantra is now collected all in one impressive volume. Osho goes line by line through each of the mysterious teachings that were first made known in the West by Paul Reps in the last chapter of his book, Zen Flesh, Zen Bones. In the process, we learn that these verses are, in fact, highly condensed, telegraphic instructions for 112 different Meditation techniques.
The complete series of talks that Osho gave on the early Buddhist mystic Atisha. "Meditate on Atisha, listen to his advice. This is not a philosophy, it is a manual to discipline yourself, it is a manual for inner transformation. It is a book that can help you grow into wisdom." An extraordinarily straightforward journey into the world of Buddhism as seen by this little-known mystic.
In this particularly potent dose of Zen, Osho challenges the reader to know the "empty heart," the door to eternity that exists within everyone. Using stories and haikus from past Zen masters, Osho reveals the relevance of Zen for the contemporary world. He separates Zen from all the other religions in the world, stating that they are obsolete whereas the Zen he is presenting is an alive phenomenon.
Osho calls the incomparable Dhammapada sutras of Buddha, "the book of books." He explains that these sutras are concerned with every aspect of man′s unawareness, and that Buddha′s whole message is devoted to the raising of our consciousness. To enter into the Dhammapada with Osho is to witness a deep friendship of enlightened masters. These sutras were compiled by Buddha′s disciples to contain the essence of all his teachings. This was the last turning of the Wheel of Dharma, 2,500 years ago. Osho′s commentaries on these sutras set the Wheel of Dharma in motion again. Osho also answers questions from disciples and other seekers in alternate discourses all generously sprinkled with stories, personal anecdotes and, of course, a multitude of jokes. Visually this boxed set is stunning, without doubt a collector′s set, and twelve volumes to dive into for years to come.
The Sanskrit title of The Diamond Sutra translates as "the perfection of wisdom which cuts like a thunderbolt." It is a record of the sayings of Gautam the Buddha as recalled by his chief disciple, Ananda. Osho credits Buddha with having contributed a non-repressive and non-ideological religiousness, rather than a religion. And in these discourses he gently prises the essence of Buddha′s message from the confines of the formal words.
Two thousand five hundred years have passed since Buddha delivered the sutras on which this series is based. Using modern idiom, Osho extracts the kernel of Buddha′s profound insight and understanding and presents his everlasting message to the contemporary reader in a manner that is lucid, straightforward and humorous. In these discourses he discusses the need for doubt and argument in the spiritual search, the nature of desire and the discipline of nonattachment, and much more.
In this series of ten discourses Osho discusses some of the most beautiful songs of Kabir. In one particularly fascinating discourse Osho speaks on the seven chakras, the seven stages through which each individual must pass. Another discourse examines love as "the only miracle there is" and relationships. In addition, Osho answers questions on subjects as diverse as homosexuality, prayer, being oneself, the distinction between ego and individuality, trust, the male and female within each individual, and humanity′s addiction to misery.
Religiousness is the last luxury, says Osho. Western psychotherapy helps us adjust so we can live in "normal insanity," but once all our material needs are fulfilled, something in us still aches for more - for freedom, expansion, bliss. The 120 questions and responses in The Eternal Quest are about this search, with all its peaks and pitfalls. Osho emphasizes how vital it is for us to ask genuine, basic questions if we want real answers, and has a mercilessly compassionate way of dealing with those who have not understood the point. Inspiring, profound and playful, this book covers everything from the science behind OSHO Dynamic Meditation to why we suffer in love and life.
The most comprehensive and explicit collection of discourses available on Osho′s vision of the future. He explains what he means by the new man, and describes his international society of communes. For anyone concerned about mankind′s future this book is not to be overlooked.
The Zen koan, "The goose is out!" captures the whole absurdity of the human condition - how, throughout our lives, we remain voluntarily ignorant of our true nature. In this book, his last responses to disciples′ questions before going into silence for three and a half years, Osho penetrates the prejudices and beliefs we have gathered as our protection against the truth.
Osho discusses how Zen came into being and describes the remarkable people who spread it across the vastness of the Asian continent. This book contains great stories about Lao Tzu, Bodhidharma, Confucius, Bokuju and others. Osho′s humor and insight give the reader a feeling of timelessness, as though the reader has come to Lao to ask about "the way," is being shocked by Bodhidharma′s spontaneous totality or is being awakened by Seddyo′s koan. And of course, Osho himself...a mystic′s mystic!
The great challenge of Osho is not just a challenge, it is also an invitation to delve into the inner world. Within this series of discourses is the wisdom of a 20th-century buddha, made available through his response to questions from people who sense there is more to life than meets the eye. Osho covers it all - from God and faith to existence and consciousness, from the miracles of Jesus to the materializations of Sai Baba, from intellect and intelligence to the significance of the master- disciple connection. This introduction to Osho′s work includes the secret aspects of spiritual traditions as well as talks on death, reincarnation and the scientific foundation of his revolutionary technique, Dynamic Meditation.
As the title indicates, there is, in reality, nowhere to go! In this often hilarious and always profound collection of answers to questions, Osho talks especially to the baby boomers as they confront the onset of middle age. Questions relate to conditioning, sex, middle age, music, women′s rights and psychology. But no matter what the subject, the questioner is always the subject under discussion.
Aflame in the medium of Kabir′s exquisite and timeless love poems, Osho speaks on the inner lover, and the art of becoming a host, receptive and available, to the Guest who resides within. He also talks on a wide range of subjects - from greed, unworthiness, jealousy, sex in old age, children and intelligence, children and the facts of life, the fear of exposing oneself, God, and being a loner.
Discourses on the Heart Sutra, the Prajnaparamita Hridayam Sutra of Gautam the Buddha reveal his essential teachings: the merging of negative and positive, the insubstantiality of the ego, and the buddha-nature of all of existence. In his inimitable way Osho brings these archaic yet invaluable insights right to the doorstep of the contemporary inquirer. He also speaks on the seven chakras and the corresponding facets in man - the physical, psychosomatic, psychological, psycho- spiritual, spiritual, spiritual-transcendental and transcendental.
Here, Osho unfolds the basic search for childlike innocence in all its joy, playfulness, and fearlessness...a state of being which Osho describes as our "hidden splendor." In underlininf the reality of a world heading toward self-destruction he calls on the reader to work to change its course before it is too late.
An invitation and introduction to Osho′s vision. Lacing his talks with jokes and personal anecdotes, Osho shows how the problems of everyday life can be used as tools for transformation. He also speaks on the connection between the master and his disciples, describing the role of the master as simply an invitation to return home - to ourselves.
At the commune in America, for the first time ever Osho grants interviews to the world media. Included are questions from Good Morning America, Der Spiegel, 60 Minutes (Australia), The Guardian (England), Panorama (Italy), Portland TV, the Seattle Post Intelligencer and others. In dynamic, often humorous and always intimate exchanges, Osho talks with reporters about why he chose to break his years of silence, his views on the Pope, how the world can save itself from global suicide, and his own reputation as the "free sex guru."
Containing talks from two early Meditation camps, this volume features Osho speaking on the theosophist Mabel Collins. He speaks of the intensity and totality needed by meditators, the relationship between sex and death, the role of the master, and pain caused by active Meditations. He also answers basic questions such as, Why meditate? Why seek? What is the difference between mind and consciousness... between surrender and blind faith? How can I be wholehearted in Meditation? He answers many specific questions about his different techniques. The appendix, Catharsis and Meditation: Steps on the Path, presents Osho′s reasons for cathartic techniques.
A many-faceted series of discourses in which Osho dismantles a variety of questions from disciples. One asks: With the imminent possibility of global suicide isn′t it a paradox that all we can do is to sit silently? Another worries about the misuse of genetic science, and a third isn′t sure how to cope with the stress of living in the world. There are also many questions straight from the heart: about feelings of unworthiness; how to transform feelings of loneliness to a joy in aloneness, and what we can learn from love. Osho′s responses are applicable to everyone, everywhere, who is seeking to understand and to evolve.
Osho says of these letters by Dionysius, first bishop of Athens, to his disciple Timothy: "His whole book is written with a disguise, as if it is a treatise on theology; mysticism is just somewhere by the side, secondary, not primary. Hence the name Theologica Mystica - as if mysticism is only a consequence of getting deep into the world of theology. Just the reverse is the case."
This book opens with the question: Could you please explain the work of a mystery school? And Osho answers: ′My beloved ones...′ and goes on to describe the workings of the timeless mystery schools the world over and the support they give to the seekers of truth. What is mysticism? What is fear? What is freedom? These questions and more are answered with the clarity of an enlightened mystic. From Buddha to Rinzai, from Krishnamurti to Marx, from Gandhi to Bodhidharma, Nietzsche, Jesus, Gurdjieff and Zarathustra... all become grist to Osho′s mill, bringing the reader to the point of awareness where all questions begin to disappear.
Osho unlocks the gate to the path of love through these discourses on the songs of Kabir′s enlightenment and his life-affirmative approach to religion. An immensely readable book of profound significance.
Osho comments on Sufi anecdotes
and responds to questions from seekers: How to recognize "the perfect master"?
Osho suggests that rather than being concerned about who the "perfect master"
is, become the perfect disciple and the right master will appear!
You may ask: "What is the need for any master, perfect or otherwise?"
This volume, comprised of Osho′s commentary on Sufi stories and responses to questions, is a must for everyone in search of their own inner master.
A beautiful introduction to Osho′s unique vision, and a personal invitation to Meditation. In his inimitably poetic style, Osho invites the reader to wake up from the spiritual sleep in which most of humanity is immersed. These talks are from his first Meditation camp at Ranakpur in the hills of Rajasthan, and a subsequet camp in Ajol, Gujurat, India. Here are guided Meditation techniques suitable for those new to Meditation and seasoned seekers alike, as well as Responses to Questions.
This book has been published in 20 languages, and is a best-seller in many countries. It takes the reader beyond Western psychology, beyond Freud, Jung and the Human Potential Movement, to the psychology of enlightenment, of the buddhas. In detailed talks on the occult and the esoteric psychology of man, Osho explains man′s seven energy levels, how to experience and transcend them, and how different dimensions of dreaming come from the different levels. He also talks on Kundalini and the three stages of sexual energy - sex, love and prayer.
This book tells a true story. A story of great love and immense trust between disciples and their master as they move together along a golden path which is both dangerous and ecstatic. This path is the razor′s edge.
A handbook for the man of the future, The Rebel is a comprehensive guide to Osho as a planetary visionary. In his responses to seekers′ questions he dissects virtually every institution and traditional belief of society, and proposes a truly radical approach to overthrowing the past in order to make way for the future. A fiery exploration of the essential characteristics found in the authentic seeker - the rebel.
Central to Osho′s vision of the new man is what he calls "the rebellious spirit". These discourses offer a glimpse into what he means by this way of life, and how he is working with his disciples to bring it about. This book is the very expression of the rebellious spirit - vibrant, urgent and courageous.
"Up to man there has been evolution," Osho says. "From fish to man there has been evolution. But from man to a Buddha, from man to a Christ, from man to a Kabir, it is not evolution, it is revolution - the revolution I call it, the only revolution." Osho rekindles these ten fiery songs of Kabir, verses which shocked 15th-century seekers. In Osho′s hands, Kabir′s vision is equally if not more mind-shattering.
The ten paintings that tell the famous Zen story of a farmer in search of his lost bull provide an allegorical expression of the search for enlightenment. Originally Taoist, The Ten Bulls were repainted by the 12th-century Chinese Zen master, Kakuan, and first appeared in the West in American author, Paul Reps′ book, Zen Flesh, Zen Bones. These discourses are Osho′s commentaries on the paintings, and on the poetry and prose which accompany them in Paul Reps′ book. In The Search Osho dismantles probably every "why" the mind can contrive, and you may well find that you learn more about yourself in one chapter than in dozens of other books.
Osho uses a delightful selection of Sufi tales to impart the essence of the path of love. And "the secret"? The goal itself is the source, the seeker is the sought.
In this beautiful volume, Osho speaks on the sutras of Master Lu-tsu and answers related questions from an international audience of seekers, covering subjects as diverse as the difference between male and female energies, sex, fear, aloneness; the differences and similarities between Tao, Yoga and Tantra.
This volume captures the fast pace of Osho′s six-week stay in Nepal, the birthplace of Buddha. He answers questions from his sannyasins in his hotel suite in the mornings, from representatives of the press every evening in the hotel conference room: What is your message to the modern Nepalese Buddhists? What is your message for the Pope who is in India now? What do you think about the New Age movement? You teach us to be thankful to existence, but how can I be thankful to those who speak against you and try to destroy your work? With no white lies, no beating around the bush, no platitudes and no mincing of words, Osho′s truth cuts clean with the skill of a master swordsman, and with the compassion symbolized in the lotus.
An absorbing book about the relationship between Saraha, an affluent young Brahmin, and a lower-cast arrowsmith woman - he as disciple, and she as his Tantric master. In Osho′s understanding Tantra is one of the greatest of man′s visions, a religion which respects rather than destroys individuality. Alternately speaking on the sutras of Saraha and answering seekers′ questions, Osho describes what he calls the "Tantra map of inner consciousness", including the "four seals" or locks that open as couples move higher in Meditation.
In this third book which covers much of the esoteric side of the spiritual search, Osho responds to questions from the small group of sannyasins with him on tour. He explains ′witnessing′ or ′watching′ as a 24-hour technique that can be done anytime, anywhere; and talks on astral projection, past lives, and the origins of depression.
Discourses on Japuji-Saheb of Guru Nanak Dev.
Osho observes that this
Upanishad is one of the most beautiful and also one of the most neglected. He
also points out that commentators usually are either on the path of love or the
path of knowledge. But the commentator on this particular Upanishad is unique in
being neither. Osho is perhaps the first person to discuss these sutras in such
a way that the reader can feel a sense of oneness beyond the apparent
contradictions. He talks on philosophy as a bridge between science and religion,
different dimensions of listening, the role of doubt, the way to know whether
one has transcended sex, the difference between projections and authentic
feelings, and much more. He also explains how his words are a response to, not a
commentary on these sutras.
Contained in this volume are many alchemical secrets - secrets of "the ultimate alchemy," the alchemy of purifying man′s gross nature into the pure gold of cosmic consciousness. Many Meditation techniques are shown along the way, many efforts to make us aware of our unconscious condition, the source of all our dis-ease.
Tao-Teh-King or The Way of Tao as it is called here, is a small book in 81 brief chapters by Lao-Tse (571 BC) comprising the cream of the experience of the sage.
Bodhidharma, a disciple of Buddha, was the first patriarch of Zen. The notes collected by his disciples from Bodhidharma′s discourses, contain the essential core of Buddha′s message. Buddha and Bodhidharma are vastly different in their expression of truth. Osho sees Buddha as the silence of a breeze, Bodhidharma he likens to a storm. This discourse series alternates the eminently readable interchanges between Bodhidharma and his disciples, and Osho′s response to questions from his own disciples and other seekers. In the words of one journalist: "Just by reading these discourses there is a risk you may be pulverized by their inspiration."
What is the wisdom of the sands? "Allow yourself to be absorbed in the wind," says Osho. He clarifies the Sufi approach to religiousness, which is to become part of the mystery of existence by living meditatively, being total, and transcending experience itself. Osho describes one of the stories within this collection (Mojud) as belonging to the "very foundation of religious consciousness." Deceptively simple, these Sufi tales have a deeper, underlying significance, and Osho makes it manifest for all to see. These stories are not for those who want entertainment, he shows us, but for those who seek illumination.
"Zen has nothing to do with the mind... It is the lion′s roar. And the greatest thing that Zen has brought into the world is freedom from oneself." The Zen Manifesto is a collection of the last discourses of Osho with his last publicly spoken words. In this culmination of his insights into Zen he makes it clear that the West′s comprehension of Zen is still confined to intellectual appreciation. To prove it, Osho takes on such respected members of the Western Zen establishment as D.T. Suzuki, Thomas Merton, Paul Reps, Alan Watts and Nancy Wilson-Ross.
Through his commentaries on anecdotes about Zen masters Osho reiterates that Zen is not for the mass-mind but only for the individual who is unconcerned with the dictates of the status quo. Further, Zen is for those intelligent enough to understand the limitations of the intellect and ready to recognize the significance of intuition in the world of mysticism. Throughout, Osho keeps bringing the reader back to the moment, to "This" as the only reality.
Of the "song" of the 17th-century mystic, Hakuin, Osho comments, "It is a very small song, but a great gift. This is a song of Meditation. If Meditation is without a song, it is dull and dead. You will find this song and its meaning only when you are singing and dancing, when the music of life has overtaken you."
On Hakim Sanai′s Hadiqa: The Walled Garden of Truth. In a garden in India, a Guest has come to stay for a while: the shining presence of a Sufi graces this oasis where the trees grow wild and high. Osho has chosen Hakim Sanai as the excellent expression of the path of lovers, and Sosan (who wrote Hsin Hsin Ming, The Book of Nothing) for Zen.
Lighthearted talks on the Zen master, Yoka, which explain why Meditation is not just a daily discipline but a lifetime love affair. Along the way there are discussions on chaos, sex, spiritual awakening, compassion, the mind, philosophy, being British, and witnessing.
Osho dissects the causes of misery - our clinging to life and fear of death, egoism, attraction and repulsion...our lack of awareness. At the outset he puts the situation straight, that the austerity Patanjali is talking about has nothing to do with torturing the body: "Life is more if you are sensitive; life is less if you are less sensitive." Osho as always has the vision and understanding to bring everything, even the seemingly most complex to its simplest essence: "To me life in its totality is good. And when you understand life in its totality, only then can you celebrate... Celebration is my attitude, unconditional to what life brings."
In the world′s first line-by-line commentary on Friedrich Nietzsche′s Thus Spoke Zarathustra, Osho unravels the mystery of man′s three metamorphoses: from camel to lion to child. He sets the record straight about the meaning of Nietzsche′s concept of superman and shows how we ourselves can become that man.
In these commentaries on Zen anecdotes and stories, Osho leads the reader step by step through the mystery of the words into a deeper understanding of this unique approach to life. Introducing the book, Osho says: "Zen lives in the present. The whole teaching is how to be in the present - how to get out of the past, which is no more, and how not to get involved in the future which is not yet. And just to be rooted, centered, in that which is."
Osho describes the era of Zen as a time when simplicity of life was a cultural reality. Today, humanity is caught up in the mad complexity of the mind, and, as never before, there is an urgent need to rediscover simplicity and innocence. He brings to life the inherent and timeless wisdom of traditional Zen stories. In alternate discourses anything goes in a question-and- response game between Osho and seekers as they pose questions such as: Can a woman really drive a man crazy? Why are you called ′the sex guru′? I don′t see any purpose in Meditation...?
Osho devotes this series of discourses entirely to responding to seekers′ questions on a whole range of topics - innocence, freedom, love, sex, compassion and women. He also expounds on his vision of India, and his personal "philosia" - life, love and laughter. While these discourses were being delivered, one of Osho′s disciples died, Swami Anand Vimalkirti, formerly Prince Welf of Hanover, who attained enlightenment at the moment of his death. Osho speaks on Vimalkirti′s life and death, and the book includes many magnificent color photographs of Vimalkirti′s death celebration.