Osho's Biography.pdf - OSHOs BIOGRAPHY NOTE The extracts in this anthology are taken from Osho's books They comprise parts of Oshos books in which he

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Unformatted text preview: OSHO’s BIOGRAPHY NOTE- The extracts in this anthology are taken from Osho's books. They comprise parts of Osho’s books in which he refers to himself, his family and friends, and his vision. Osho’s books were not written, but are verbatim transcripts of Osho’s discourses; darshans, interviews with disciples, visitors, and journalists; letters written by Osho; and personal talks which Osho gave. CONTENTS Introduction I Osho’s Past Lives II Kuchwada 1931 – 1939 III Gadarwara 1939 – 1951 IV University Student V Teaching and Traveling VI Bombay VII Poona 1974 – 1981 VIII United States of America IX World Tour 1985 – 1986 X Poona-Two 1987 – 1990 XI Epilogue 1951 - 1957 1957 – 1970 1970 – 1974 Further Reading Glossary Sources of Extracts 1981 – 1985 PART I Osho's Past Lives PART II 1931-1939 1. 2. 3. 4. 5. 6. 7. Kuchwada Osho’s parents’ marriage Unusual events while Osho is in his mother’s womb 1931 Osho is born in the village of Kuchwada Osho’s grandparents, Nani and Nana The family servant, Bhoora Osho argues with Nana's guru 1939 Death of Osho’s grandfather, Nana PART III 1939-1951 Gadarwara 8. 1939 Osho settles in Gadarwara with Nani, and his parents 9. Osho’s paternal grandfather, Baba 10. Osho and his father 11. Swimming in the river, and early spiritual experiences 12. Osho’s first day at school, and Shambhu Dube 13. Osho’s early love of Books 14. Osho’s early experiences with orthodox religions 15. Village entertainment 16. Other villagers 17. Osho meets Mahatma Gandhi 18. Influence of the mystic, Magga Baba 19. Influence of mystics, Pagal Baba and Masto 20. Osho's interest in death 21. 1947 Indian Independence 22. 1948 Assassination of Mahatma Gandhi 23. Osho’s early experiences as story-teller and public speaker 24. Osho’s growing library 25. 1948 High School 26. 1951 Osho leaves school, and decides to study philosophy PART IV 1951-1957 University Student 27. 1951 Osho moves to Jabalpur 28. Osho confronts his professors 29. Osho’s experiences as a Journalist 30. Osho meets Poets and Musicians 31. Influence of the mystic, Masto, continues 32. Osho’sExperiences Leading to Enlightenment 33. 1953 Osho’s enlightenment 34. Osho describes Enlightenment 35. Osho after his enlightenment 36. Osho’s library grows 37. Osho bluffs his way into D.N. Jain College 38. Osho is invited to Sagar University for his MA, and is aided by vice chancellor, Dr Tripathi 39. Osho excels in Public speaking 40. Dr. Harisingh Gaur, the founder of Sagar University 41. Osho’s professor, Dr. S.S. Roy 42. Osho’s professor, Dr. S.K. Saxena 43. Other professors 44. Fellow Students 45. 1957 Osho’s final examinations, and the gold medal PART V 1957-1970 Teaching and Travelling 46. Osho is appointed Professor at Sanskrit College, Raipur 47. Osho visits his Family, his father wants him to marry 48. Osho’s observations on Children 49. Osho’s experiences in Raipur 50. Osho as Professor of Philosophy, at Jabalpur University 51. Colleagues and academics 52. Osho’s experiences travelling in India 53. Osho's Garden 54. Osho writes many letters to friends, Examples of letters Osho wrote Letters to Mrs Parekh Rekhchand Parekh 55. Osho’s experiences with: Medicine and 'Miracles'; Hypnosis; Remembering Past Lives Suicide; Madness. 56. Osho explains Meditation 57. Osho teaches friends meditation 58. 1962 Osho opens his first Meditation Centres 59. Osho holds Meditation Camps 60. 1964 Ranakpur Meditation Camp 61. Development of Osho's Teaching 62. Osho’s interaction with: Jainas 63. Hindus and gurus 64. Sikhs and Punjabis 65. Buddhists 66. Mohammedans 67. Christians 68. Atheists 69. Mystics and Disciples 70. Aboriginals 71. Gandhians and Politicians 72. The Rich and The Royal 73. The Poor and The Law 74. 1966 Osho Resigns from the University 75. Osho’s impressions on Love and marriage 76. 1968 Osho’s controversial discourse series: From Sex to Superconsciousness 77. Traditional attitude to sex 78. Spiritual Sex and Meditation 79. Morality 80. Controversy about Sex 81. Best-selling Book 82. Osho’impressions on Hippies 83. 1969 First Talk in English to Westerners 84. Death 85. Dwarka Meditation Camp Osho’s Teachings on Death 86. 1970 Osho’s controversial discourse series: Beware of Socialism 87. Osho’s New Chaotic Meditation Technique 88. Osho attracts Controversy 89. Osho stops travelling PART VI 1970-1974 Bombay 90. 1970 Osho moves to CCI Chambers, Bombay 91. Osho begins Sannyas Initiations 92. Osho’s Neo-Sannyas International Movement 93. Death of Nani, Osho’s grandmother 94. Osho’s discourse series: Geeta Darshan 95. Osho moves to Woodlands Apartment 96. Osho initiates Vivek, his long time attendant 97. Old and new friends 98. Osho's writing and Mulla Nasruddin 99. Osho's Library 100. 1971 Osho takes the controversial name Bhagwan 101. Kirtan Mandali 102. Early search for a New Commune 103. Osho continues to lead Meditation Camps 104. Dynamic Meditation 105. Kirtan: devotional dance and song 106. Laughing Meditation 107. Tratak Meditation 108. Gibberish Meditation 109. Response to Meditations 110. Osho’s Discourses 111. Osho’s Shaktipat Experiments 112. 1972 Osho’s discourse series: Vigyan Bhairava Tantra 113. 1973 Yoga: The Alpha and the Omega 114. Osho answers Questions: 115. Questions about Meditation and Enlightenment 116. Questions about Religion 117. Questions about Esoterica 118. People's problems 119. Westerners 120. Osho makes Predictions 121. 1974 Osho Leaves Bombay for Poona PART VII 1974-1981 Poona 122. 123. 124. 125. 126. 127. 128. 129. 130. 131. 132. 133. 134. 135. 136. 137. 138. 139. 140. 141. 142. 143. 144. 145. 146. 147. 148. 149. 150. 151. 152. 153. 154. 155. 156. 157. 158. 159. 160. 161. 162. Osho goes into seclusion Osho’s garden Osho’s Discourses: My Way: The Way of the White Clouds Whirling Meditation The New Phase of Osho's Work Discourse Series on Many Masters Osho creates New Meditations: Kundalini Meditation Nataraj Meditation Nadabrahma Meditation Gourishankar Meditation Vipassana Meditation Devavani Meditation Mandala Meditation Music for Meditation Darshans: intimate talks between Osho and his disciples About Sannyas Personal Meditations About Meditation About Astral Projection About Problems Relationship and Sex About Babies About Children Conflict with Family Osho checks energy Leaving Darshans Sharing Osho's Vision Development of the Ashram Discourses: Hsin Hsin Ming, Nasruddin, Heraclitus, Tilopa 1975 Therapy and the Psychology of the Buddhas Osho guides group leaders Osho advises group participants Controversy about Sex & Violence in Therapy Osho initiates His Father into Sannyas Osho's Reading Hassids and Jews Group Activities in the ashram Music Group Dance Celebrations 163. 164. 165. 166. 167. 168. 169. 170. 171. 172. 173. 174. 175. 176. 177. 178. 179. 180. 181. 182. 183. 184. 185. 186. 187. 188. 189. 190. 191. 192. 193. 194. 195. 196. 197. 198. 199. 200. 201. 202. 203. 204. 205. 206. 207. 208. 1976 New Death Celebration Discourses: Zen Glimpses of Osho's Personal Life Vivek, Osho’s attendant Old and New Friends 1976 Ashram Expansion Reactions to Osho and his ashram Discourses bauls, Ashtevakra, Kabir, Saraha 1977 Osho develops the New Phase of His Work Discourses: Sufis The New Commune in Kutch, Gujarat Education in the New Commune Gautam Buddha's Prophesy and the Buddhafield 1978 Zorba the Buddha The New Man Discourses: The Secret of the Golden Flower Persecution by Morarji Desai Osho in the World Press Rich Man's Guru Accusation Osho comments on the Jonestown Massacre Discourses: Hakim Sanai, Pythagoras 1979 New Phase in Osho’s work: Energy Darshans Silence and the Dhammapada New Phase: Osho Criticizes the Masters Public Relations New Phase of Osho’s work: Mystery School Sannyasins are Friends not Followers Death of Osho's Father, and his Mahaparanirvana Discourses: Bodhidharma Osho’s First Rolls Royce Osho blesses Indira Gandhi Osho’s Jokes Ethnic Jokes People are shocked at Osho's Jokes 1980 Attempted Assassination of Osho by Hindu fanatic Ashram Security Increases Local Violence against Sannyasins Persecution of Osho Discourses: The Classic of Purity, About Enlightenment, Desiderata New Phase: Osho Speaks His Own Truth Osho exposes Mother Teresa Religious Hostility Osho advises sannyasins on responding to negativity Osho's Books 1981 Death of Vimalkirti (Prince Welf), and his Mahaparanirvana World Expansion of Osho’s work 209. 210. 211. 212. 213. 214. Osho will go into Silence Osho's Last Words before going into Silence The Ultimate Stage: Silence Silent Satsangs with Osho Osho flies to America for Medical Treatment Rumours about Osho PART VIII 1981-1985 United States of America 215. 216. 217. 218. 219. 220. 221. 222. 223. 224. 225. 226. 227. 228. 229. 230. 231. 232. 233. 234. 235. 236. 237. 238. 239. 240. 241. 242. 243. 244. 245. 246. 247. 248. 249. 250. 251. 252. 1981 Osho visits New Jersey and the Commune in Oregon Osho enjoys Driving again Dental Sessions and three new books Osho’s personal daily life 1982 Osho gives darshan on the four Celebration Days Osho is interviewed by INS (Immigration and Naturalization Service) Rajneeshism 1984 Osho advises AIDS precautions Osho declares twenty-one people enlightened Armed Guards Osho's deposition for a local court case Osho gives Discourses again after three years’ silence How Osho speaks: Topics on which Osho speaks Osho invites scientists to set up a World Academy Osho gives his definition of a rebel Osho gives daily Press Interviews Osho’s interaction with reporters Osho's Personal Life Osho’s Rolls Royces About the Communes around the world Conspiracy to destroy Rajneeshpuram Security at the ranch increases International reaction to Osho and the Communes Osho’s secretary, Sheela leaves, and information about crimes Further information about crimes Osho exposes travesty of FBI and police agencies’ investigation Reaction in the Commune and the end of Rajneeshism, orange and malas Government and State conspiracies escalate Osho gives Guidelines for sannyasins Osho is kidnapped, tortured and ransomed by the US Government First Bail Hearing Osho is transported to Oklahoma Country Jail Help from the media Osho tortured, his experiences in jails Osho is transported to Portland via six airports Bail Hearing in Portland and bomb threat Portland court, Alford Plea. Ransom and order to leave the USA PART IX 1985-1986 World Tour 253. 254. 255. 256. 257. 258. 259. 260. 261. 262. 263. 264. 265. 266. 267. 268. 269. 270. 271. 272. 273. Cyprus overnight Kulu Manali, India Litigation against Osho Osho flies to Kathmandu, Nepal Osho announces his World Tour Osho and the Pope Threats to arrest Osho, who leaves Nepal Osho visits Crete Death of the mystic J. Krishnamurti, Osho’s tribute Development of Osho's work Osho is arrested and deported Osho is forced to leave, in Geneva, Sweden, London, Ireland, Spain American and German governments pressure Spain to refuse Osho’s visa Osho visits Uruguay, and creates a Mystery School Experiments in meditation with Hypnosis A few therapists betray Osho Osho is arrested and deported Osho returns to Bombay, and answers questions about his Sannyas Movement Osho announces his Upanishad Osho’s Interaction with sannyasins Persecution continues; Osho leaves Bombay 1. PART X 1987-1990 Poona-Two 274. 275. 276. 277. 278. 279. 280. 281. 282. 283. 284. 285. 286. 287. 288. 289. 290. 291. Policemen serve an Order to Leave The Police Commissioner's conditions Support from the Mayor of Poona American and Indian government persecution against Osho and sannyasins Osho's Garden The miracle of Osho#146;s discourses Discourses: The silences Discourses: intimate and personal Osho is ill Growth of Osho#146;s new commune Osho advises sannyasins on living in the world Russian Sannyasins, and Osho#146;s prediction on Gorbachov Osho#146;s Books; bad and good publicity Memorable discourses Death of Swami Maitreya, and his Mahaparanirvana Osho is ill again, and nearly dies Was Osho poisoned by the US government? Investigation of American persecution 292. 293. 294. 295. 296. 297. 298. 299. 300. 301. 302. 303. 304. 305. 306. 307. 308. 309. 310. 311. 312. 313. 314. 315. 316. 317. 318. 319. 320. 321. 322. 323. 324. 325. 326. 327. 328. 329. 330. 331. 332. 333. 334. 335. 336. 337. Discourses: the Mantra Series Buddha Hall roof and mosquito net Osho#146;s personal life, and friends Osho is ill; he receives and comments on therapeutic bodywork Osho undergoes extensive dental work 1988 World Academy of Science for Creativity AIDS-Negative certificates required to enter the ashram Osho talks about Music The Mystic Rose Osho and a Hitler salute Let-go Meditation at the end of discourse and the Yaa-Hoo! Mantra salute Disturbances cause Osho to leave discourse The revolutionary new Mystic Rose Meditation Live Zen and drumbeat Gibberish and Meditation at the end of discourse Discourses on Zen Osho teases Niskriya stonehead This. This. A Thousand Times This Silence, bamboos, and cuckoos Haikus Meditation at end of discourse Sunglasses and the US presidential elections Osho's teases: Sardarji Vimal Avirbhava Osho inaugurates a Museum of Toy Gods Ma Tzu, and the great matter about Anando and Maneesha#146;s jealousy Osho brings gifts: Zen sticks, Buddha statues, and swans Coleman Barks and sufism The Book of 300 Mystics Osho is ill Osho is recognised as Maitreya Buddha, and changes his name Long discourses: Osho emphasises urgency; he has not long to live Osho mentions his private life Controversy with: Buddhists Hindus Jainas Christians Communism Mohammedans Positive response to Osho around the world Osho's Artwork 1989 Osho#146;s discourses: God is Dead: Now Zen is the Only Living Truth I Celebrate myself: God is No where, Life is Now Here The Zen Manifesto: Freedom from Oneself Name change to Osho Rajneesh 338. 339. 340. 341. 342. 343. 344. Osho#146;s last discourse series: The Zen Manifesto About reincarnation Osho gives advice about the Commune Osho emphasizes Zen and meditation Last discourse Last meditation at the end of discourse Notes about Osho until he leaves his body 19 Jan 1990 PART XI Epilogue 345. 346. 347. 348. Osho talks about when he leaves the body Osho talks about the continuation of his work Osho talks about his vision and books Advice to sannyasins who will miss him END PIECES 349. 350. 351. Further Reading Glossary Sources of Text-extracts Notes to Reader1. The extracts in this compilation are taken from Osho's books. These books were not written by Osho, but are verbatim transcripts of his discourses; darshans (intimate talks with disciples), interviews with disciples, visitors, and journalists; letters written by Osho; and personal talks which Osho gave. The books are published over a period of thirty years, and many are translations from Hindi books. 2. Because of their diversity of origin, the style of consecutive extracts may vary. 3. Since Osho's words are recorded only since the early 1960's, the earlier part of his life is told in retrospect. After 1960, extracts are more immediate: what Osho says at the time of certain events; his teachings as he develops them; his guidance on meditation as it is given. 4. Osho tells thousands of stories about himself. The selection in this compilation is based on those stories which he most often repeats. 5. Osho's stories were told, not just to entertain, but to illustrate a point, which is also included where possible. 6. Osho requested that his words not be edited, so there is some unavoidable repetition in extracts; especially where Osho talks in one discourse about several periods in his life. 7. Osho explains that he uses very simple everyday language that everyone can understand. And wherever he uses terminology which may be unfamiliar, he explains it. A glossary is given for words which are not self-evident from the first context in which they appear. 8. Notes are given to help the reader. These are kept to a minimum and are of three kinds: Notes in the text introduce dates and events; footnotes at the bottom of page explain part of the text; notes at the end of the book are additional information. These are mostly in the present tense, as Osho requested. 9. During his life, Osho was known by several names: Raja, as a child; then Rajneesh; Acharya Rajneesh in the 1960's; Bhagwan Shree Rajneesh from 1971; from December 1988 there are four name changes; and from September 1989, he is known simply as 'Osho'. He requested that his name be changed to Osho in all new editions of his books. In this compilation the name Osho is given throughout, except for specific public references to earlier names. Brief Biography 1931 - 1953 Early Years December 11,1931: Osho is born in Kuchwada, a small village in the state of Madhya Pradesh, central India. He is the eldest of eleven children of a Jaina cloth merchant. Stories of His early years describe Him as independent and rebellious as a child, questioning all social, religious and philosophical beliefs. As a youth He experiments with meditation techniques. March 21, 1953: \o becomes enlightened at the age of twenty-one, while majoring in philosophy at D.N. Jain college in Jabalpur. 1953 - 1956 Education 1956: Osho receives His M.A. from the University of Sagar with First Class Honors in Philosophy. He is the All-India Debating Champion and Gold Medal winner in His graduating class. 1957-1966 University Professor and Public Speaker 1957: Osho is appointed as a professor at the Sanskrit College in Raipur. 1958: He is appointed Professor of Philosophy at the University of Jabalpur, where He taught until 1966. A powerful and passionate debater, He also travels widely in India, speaking to large audiences and challenging orthodox religious leaders in public debates. 1966: After nine years of teaching, He leaves the university to devote Himself entirely to the raising of human consciousness. On a regular basis, He begins to address gatherings 20,000 to 50,000 in the open-air maidans of India’s major cities. Four times a year He conducts intense ten-day meditation camps. In 1970, the 14th of April, He introduces His revolutionary meditation technique, dynamic Meditation, which begins with a period of uninhibited movement and catharsis, followed by a period of silence and stillness. Since then this meditation technique has been used by psychotherapists, medical doctors, teachers and other professionals around the world. 1969 - 1974 Mumbai Years Late 1960’s: His Hindi talks become available in English translations. 1970: In July, 1970, He moves to Mumbai, where He lives until 1974. 1970: Osho - at this time called Bhagwan Shree Rajneesh - begins to initiate seekers into Neo-Sannyas or discipleship, a path of commitment to selfexploration and meditation which does not involve renouncing the world or anything else. Osho’s understanding of ‘Sannyas’ is a radical departure from the traditional Eastern viewpoint. For Him it is not the material world that needs to be renounced but our past and the conditionings and belief systems that each generation imposes on the next. He continues to conduct meditation camps at Mount Abu in Rajasthan but stops accepting invitations to speak throughout the country. He devotes his energies entirely to the rapidly expanding group of sannyasins around Him. At this time, the first Westerners begin to arrive and to be initiated into NeoSannyas. Among them are leading psychotherapists from the human potential movement in Europe and America, seeking the next step in their own inner growth. With Osho they experience new, original meditation techniques for contemporary man, synthesizing the wisdom of the East with the science of the West. 1974 - 1981 Poona Ashram During these seven years He gives a 90 minutes discourse nearly every morning, alternating every month between Hindi and English. His discourses offer insights into all the major spiritual paths, including Yoga, Zen, Taoism, Tantra and Sufism. He also speaks on Gautam Buddha, Jesus, Lao Tzu, and other mystics. Thes...
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