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Fast Facts
Other Names and Nicknames: 
Bhagwan Shree Rajneesh, Rajneesh Chandra Mohan Jain, Acharya Rajneesh, Beloved Bhagwan
Zen, Tao, Buddhism, Advaita
Main Countries of Activity: 
India, USA
Date of Birth: 
December 11, 1931
Place of Birth: 
Kuchwada, Narsinghpur District, Madhya Pradesh, India
In His/Her Body ("alive"): 
Date Left His/Her Body: 
January 19, 1990
Ancestor Gurus: 
Other Related Gurus: 
Magga Baba, Pagal Baba, Masto


Osho was born Chandra Mohan Jain (चन्द्र मोहन जैन) in Kuchwada, a small village in the Narsinghpur District of Madhya Pradesh state in India, as the eldest of eleven children of a cloth merchant. At the time, an astrologer predicted that he might die before he was seven years old according to the birth chart.[16] His parents, who were Taranpanthi Jains, sent him to live with his maternal grandparents until he was seven years old.

Osho said this was a major influence on his growth because his grandmother gave him the utmost freedom and respect, leaving him carefree; without an imposed education or restrictions.

At seven years old he went back to his parents. He explained that he received a similar kind of respect from his paternal grandfather who was staying with them. He was able to be very open with his grandfather. His grandfather used to tell him, "I know you are doing the right thing. Everyone may tell you that you are wrong. But nobody knows which situation you are in. Only you can decide in your situation. Do whatsoever you feel is right. I will support you. I love you and respect you as well." He resisted his parents' pressure to get married.

He was a rebellious, but gifted student, winning the title of All-India Debating Champion.

He started his public speaking at the annual Sarva Dharma Sammelan held at Jabalpur since 1939, organised by the Taranpanthi Jain community into which he was born. He participated there from 1951 to 1968. Eventually the Jain community stopped inviting him because of his radical ideas.

Osho said he became spiritually enlightened on 21 March 1953, when he was 21 years old. He said he dropped all effort and hope. After an intense seven-day process he went out at night to a garden, where he sat under a tree:

The moment I entered the garden everything became luminous, it was all over the place – the benediction, the blessedness. I could see the trees for the first time – their green, their life, their very sap running. The whole garden was asleep, the trees were asleep. But I could see the whole garden alive, even the small grass leaves were so beautiful. I looked around. One tree was tremendously luminous – the maulshree tree. It attracted me, it pulled me towards itself. I had not chosen it, god himself has chosen it. I went to the tree, I sat under the tree. As I sat there things started settling. The whole universe became a benediction.

He finished his studies at D. N. Jain College and the University of Sagar, receiving a B.A. (1955) and an M.A. (1957, with distinction) in philosophy. He then taught philosophy, first at Raipur Sanskrit College, and then, until 1966, as a Professor at Jabalpur University. At the same time, he travelled throughout India, giving lectures critical of socialism and Gandhi, under the name Acharya Rajneesh (Acharya means "teacher"; Rajneesh was a nickname he had been given by his family). In 1962, he began to lead 3- to 10-day meditation camps, and the first meditation centres (Jivan Jagruti Kendras) started to emerge around his teaching, then known as the Life Awakening Movement (Jivan Jagruti Andolan). He resigned from his teaching post in 1966.

In 1968, he scandalised Hindu leaders by calling for freer acceptance of sex; at the Second World Hindu Conference in 1969, he enraged Hindus by criticising all organised religion and the very institution of priesthood.

In 1969 a group of Osho's friends established a foundation to support his work. They settled in an apartment in Mumbai where he gave daily discourses and received visitors. The number and frequency of visitors soon became too much for the place, overflowing the apartment and bothering the neighbours. A much larger apartment was found on the ground floor (so the visitors would not need to use the elevator, a matter of conflict with the former neighbours).

On September 26, 1970 he initiated his first disciple or sannyasin at an outdoor meditation camp, one of the large gatherings where he lectured and guided group meditations. His concept of neo-sannyas entailed wearing the traditional orange dress of ascetic Hindu holy men. However, his sannyasins were not expected to follow an ascetic lifestyle.


From 1971, he was known as Bhagwan Shree Rajneesh. Shree means Sir or Mister; the Sanskrit word Bhagwan means "blessed one". It is commonly used in India as a respectful form of address for spiritual teachers.

The new apartment also proved insufficient, and the climate of Mumbai was deemed very bad for his delicate health. So, in 1974, on the 21st anniversary of his enlightenment, he and his group moved from the Mumbai apartment to a newly purchased property in Koregaon Park, in the city of Pune, a four-hour trip from Mumbai. Pune had been the secondary residence of many wealthy families from Mumbai because of the cooler climate (Mumbai lies in a coastal wetland, hot and damp, Pune is inland and much higher, so it is drier and cooler).

The two adjoining houses and six acres of land became the nucleus of an Ashram, and those two buildings are still at the heart of the present-day Osho International Meditation Resort. This space allowed for the regular audio and video recording of his discourses and, later, printing for worldwide distribution, which enabled him to reach far larger audiences internationally.
During one of his discourses in 1980, an attempt on his life was made by a Hindu fundamentalist.
Osho taught at the Pune Ashram from 1974 to 1981.


On 1 May 1981, having discoursed daily for nearly 15 years, Osho entered a three-and-a-half-year period of self-imposed public silence, and satsangs (silent sitting, with some readings from his works and music) took the place of his discourses.

In mid-1981, Osho went to the United States in search of better medical care (he suffered from asthma, diabetes and severe back problems). After a brief spell in Montclair, New Jersey, his followers bought (for US$6 million) a 64,000 acre (260 km²) ranch in Wasco County, Oregon, previously known as "The Big Muddy", where they settled for the next four years and legally incorporated a city named Rajneeshpuram.

Osho stayed in Rajneeshpuram as the commune's guest, living in a modest home with an indoor swimming pool. Over the coming years, he acquired fame for the large number of Rolls-Royces his followers bought for his use.

Osho ended his period of silence in October 1984. In July 1985, he resumed his daily public discourses in the commune's purpose-built, two-acre meditation hall. According to statements he made to the press, he did so against the wishes of Ma Anand Sheela, his secretary and the commune’s top manager.

Increasing conflicts with neighbours and the state of Oregon, as well as serious and criminal misconduct by the commune's management (including conspiracy to murder public officials, wiretapping within the commune, the attempted murder of Osho's personal physician, and a bioterrorism attack on the citizens of The Dalles, Oregon, using salmonella), made the position of the Oregon commune untenable. When the commune's management team who were guilty of these crimes left the U.S. in September 1985, fleeing for Europe, Osho convened a press conference and called on the authorities to undertake an investigation. This eventually led to the conviction of Sheela and several of her lieutenants. Although Osho himself was not implicated in these crimes, his reputation suffered tremendously, especially in the West.

In late October 1985, Osho himself was arrested in North Carolina as he was allegedly fleeing the U.S. Accused of minor immigration violations, Osho, on advice of his lawyers, entered an "Alford plea" – through which a suspect does not admit guilt, but does concede there is enough evidence to convict him – and was given a suspended sentence on condition that he leave the country.

Osho then began a world tour, speaking in Nepal, Greece and Uruguay, among others. Being refused entry visas by more than twenty different countries, he returned to India in July 1986, and in January 1987, to his old Ashram in Pune, India. He resumed discoursing there.

In late December 1988, he said he no longer wished to be referred to as Bhagwan Shree Rajneesh, and shortly afterwards took the name Osho.

On January 19, 1990, four years after his arrest, Osho died, aged 58, with heart failure being the publicly reported cause. Prior to his death, Osho had expressed his belief that his rapid health decline was caused by some form of poison administered to him by the U.S. authorities during the twelve days he was held without bail in various U.S. prisons. In a public discourse on 6 November 1987, he said that a number of doctors that were consulted had variously suspected thallium, radioactive exposure, and other poisons to account for his failing health:

It does not matter which poison has been given to me, but it is certain that I have been poisoned by Ronald Reagan's American government.

His ashes were placed in his newly built bedroom in one of the main buildings (LaoTsu House) at his last place of residence, his Ashram in Pune, India. The epitaph reads, "OSHO. Never Born, Never Died. Only Visited this Planet Earth between Dec 11 1931 – Jan 19 1990."


Osho's teachings can not be categorized or summarized.

He has sucked from virtually any spiritual tradition while in the same time has condemned any spiritual tradition and mainly organized religions and those who head them.

Osho's discourses were interspersed with jokes and delivered with an oratory that many found captivating.

His teachings changed in emphasis over time, employing paradoxes and contradiction which added to the difficulty of summarizing his work. Conversant with all the Eastern religious traditions, he also drew on a wide and eclectic range of Western influences in his teaching.

In the course of his life, Osho spoke on all the major spiritual traditions, including Hinduism, Hassidism, Tantrism, Taoism, Christianity, Buddhism, the teachings of a variety of Eastern and Western mystics, and on sacred scriptures such as the Upanishads and the Guru Granth Sahib. But the topic that predominated, and on which he came to focus exclusively towards the end of his life, was Zen.

You are truth. You are love. You are bliss. You are freedom.

Main messages

  • All reality is of a single divine essence.
  • Human experiences of separateness, duality and temporality are illusions produced by the mind.
  • The dualistic and transient phenomena of the world are likened to a dance.
  • Every happening is thought to be sacred and is considered to have absolute worth.
  • Humanity is threatened with extinction due to over-population, impending nuclear holocaust, and diseases such as AIDS.
  • No reason to take anything seriously.
  • Sexual, emotional, spiritual, and institutional liberation.
  • Man is a machine that is limited to acting out of unconscious, neurotic patterns unless he awakens.
  • Every human being is a potential Buddha, with the capacity for enlightenment.
  • Everyone is capable of experiencing unconditional love; and in so doing, responding rather than reacting to life.
  • It is possible to experience innate divinity and to be conscious of one's true identity, even though the ego usually prevents this from happening: "When the ego is gone, the whole individuality arises in its crystal purity.".

Meditation according to Osho

Osho put a special emphasis on meditation. According to him, meditation is not just a practice, but a state of awareness that can be maintained in every moment.

He taught that this total awareness awakens an individual from sleep and mechanical responses to stimuli, conditioned by beliefs and expectations. Osho employed Western psychotherapy as a means of preparing for meditation, and also introduced his own meditation techniques, which he referred to as "Active Meditations". These meditation techniques are characterized by alternating stages of physical activity and silence. In all, he suggested over a hundred meditation techniques.

The most famous of these is his first, referred to as OSHO Dynamic Meditation. It comprises five stages that are accompanied by music (except for stage 4). In the first, the person engages in ten minutes of rapid breathing through the nose. The second ten minutes are for catharsis: "Let whatever is happening happen. ... Laugh, shout, scream, jump, shake – whatever you feel to do, do it!". For the next ten minutes, the person jumps up and down with their arms raised, shouting Hoo! each time they land on the flats of their feet. In the fourth, silent stage, the person freezes, remaining completely motionless for fifteen minutes, and witnessing everything that is happening to them. The last stage of the meditation consists of fifteen minutes of dancing and celebration.

There are other "active meditation" techniques, like "OSHO Kundalini Meditation" and "OSHO Nadabrahma Meditation", which are less animated, although they also include physical activity. His final formal technique is called "OSHO Mystic Rose", comprising three hours of laughing every day for the first week, three hours of weeping each day for the second, with the third week for silent meditation. The result of these processes is said to be the experience of "witnessing", enabling the "jump into awareness". Osho believed such cathartic methods were necessary, since it was very difficult for people of today to just sit and be in meditation.



Osho International Meditation Resort

This is more of a resort than the ashram it used to be. Very luxurious (not only in terms of India), orgenized and costly. There is activity all day: sessions, Osho guided meditations, dancing etc and an evening session. You can also go to swim in the pool or play Zennis (Zen Tennis), eat and drink in one of the 3 restaurants, buy books at the bookshop and more. There is a dressing code of maroon robe for the day and white robe for the evening session. Too strict and funny rules govern this place.

17 Koregaon Park,
Pune, Maharashtra 411 001, India
+91 20 6601 9999
+91 20 6601 9990

Ask riksha/taxi drivers to take you to the Osho Ashram / Koregaon Park. They will know. You can stop first at the popular German Bakery nearby and have a coffee and a sandwich first.

maroon robe during the day, white robe during the evening gathering.
Services in Location: 

You will find whatever you need within the resort and also outside (for less expensive prices). There is a good Osho books store within the resort.


There is a guest house inside the center but it is outrageously expensive. The popular and cost-effective accommodation option is renting studios and apartments in the area of Koregaon Park. Many options are available.

Prices and Fees: 
Very expensive (at least in Indian terms) - there are registration fees and per-day entrance fees. Participation in any of the courses in the Multiversity is for extra charge. Prices are frequently updated.
Maps and Pictures of Location: 
Osho Center USA

Information Center

80 Fifth Avenue, apt# 1403
New York, 10011, USA
+1.212.475 5833
+1.212.475 1822

Fifth Ave. is the easiest place to go to in Manhatten


No accommodation in the center. The center is located in Manhattan where a lot of expensive hostels are available

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Books & Media

Recommended Books: 
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Meditation: The First and Last Freedom

by Osho


The first upgrade to meditation since Buddha\'s time

In this essential meditation handbook for the 21st century, Osho turns the traditional notion of meditation practice on its head. Meditation: The First and Last Freedom shows that meditation is not a spiritual discipline separate from everyday life in the real world. In essence, it is simply the art of being aware of what is going on inside and around us. As we acquire the knack, meditation can be our companion wherever we are-at work, at play, at rest.

Meditation contains practical, step-by-step guides to a wide variety of meditation techniques selected by and/or created by Osho, including the unique OSHO Active Meditations which deal with the special tensions of contemporary life. Recognizing that it\'s almost impossible for most people these days just to stop and sit silently, these meditations - including the Osho Dynamic Meditation and Osho Kundalini Meditation - begin with one or more stages of vigorous physical activity. This brings our physical and mental energies to a peak, so that the following silence is easy -- leaving us alert, refreshed, and newly energized.

Newly revised and resized into a handy portable format, Meditation is the perfect text to begin or continue exploring the joys of meditation.

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Awareness: The Key to Living in Balance (Insights for a New Way of Living)

by Osho


Underlying all meditation techniques, including martial arts-and in fact underlying all great athletic performances-is a quality of being awake and present to the moment, a quality that Osho calls awareness. Once we can identify and understand what this quality of awareness is, we have the key to self-mastery in virtually every area of our lives.

According to great masters like Lao Tzu or Buddha, most of us move through our lives like sleepwalkers. Never really present in what we are doing, never fully alert to our environment, and not even aware of what motivates us to do and say the things we do.

At the same time, all of us have experienced moments of awareness-or awakening, to use another-in extraordinary circumstances. On the road, in a sudden and unexpected accident, time seems to stop and one is suddenly aware of every movement, every sound, every thought. Or in moments that touch us deeply-welcoming a new baby into the world for the first time, or being with someone at the moment of death.

Awareness, says Osho, is the key to being self-directed, centered, and free in every aspect of our lives. In this book, Osho teaches how to live life more attentively, mindfully, and meditatively, with love, caring and consciousness.

OSHO challenges readers to examine and break free of the conditioned belief systems and prejudices that limit their capacity to life in all its richness. He has been described by the Sunday Times of London as one of the \"1000 Makers of the 20th Century\" and by Sunday Mid-Day (India) as one of the ten people-along with Gandhi, Nehru, and Buddha-who have changed the destiny of India. More than a decade after his death in 1990, the influence of his teachings continues to expand, reaching seekers of all ages in virtually every country of the world.

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Love, Freedom, Aloneness: The Koan of Relationships

by Osho


In today\'s world, freedom is our basic condition, and until we learn to live with that freedom, and learn to live by ourselves and with ourselves, we are denying ourselves the possibility of finding love and happiness with someone else.

Love can only happen through freedom and in conjunction with a deep respect for ourselves and the other. Is it possible to be alone and not lonely? Where are the boundaries that define \"lust\" versus \"love\"...and can lust ever grow into love? In Love, Freedom, Aloneness you will find unique, radical, and intelligent perspectives on these and other essential questions. In our post-ideological world, where old moralities are out of date, we have a golden opportunity to redefine and revitalize the very foundations of our lives. We have the chance to start afresh with ourselves, our relationships to others, and to find fulfillment and success for the individual and for society as a whole.

Courage: The Joy of Living Dangerously

by Osho


Courage is not the absence of fear, says Osho. It is, rather, the total presence of fear, with the courage to face it. This book provides a bird\'s-eye view of the whole terrain-where fears originate, how to understand them, and how to find the courage to face them. In the process, Osho proposes that whenever we are faced with uncertainty and change in our lives, it is actually a cause for celebration. Instead of trying to hang on to the familiar and the known, we can learn to enjoy these situations as opportunities for adventure and for deepening our understanding of ourselves and the world around us.

The book begins with an in-depth exploration of the meaning of courage and how it is expressed in the everyday life of the individual. Unlike books that focus on heroic acts of courage in exceptional circumstances, the focus here is on developing the inner courage that enables us to lead authentic and fulfilling lives on a day-to-day basis. This is the courage to change when change is needed, the courage to stand up for our own truth, even against the opinions of others, and the courage to embrace the unknown in spite of our fears-in our relationships, in our careers, or in the ongoing journey of understanding who we are and why we are here.

Courage also features a number of meditation techniques specifically designed by Osho to help people deal with their fears.

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Osho Zen Tarot: The Transcendental Game Of Zen

by Osho


When life seems to be full of doubt and uncertainty we tend to look for a source of inspiration: what will happen in the future? What about my health, the children? What will happen if I make this decision and not that one? This is how the traditional tarot is often used, to satisfy a longing to know about the past and future. This Osho Zen Tarot focuses instead on gaining an understanding of the here and now. It is a system based on the wisdom of Zen, a wisdom that says events in the outer world simply reflect in the outer world simply reflect our own thoughts and feelings, even though we ourselves might be unclear about what those thoughts and feelings are. So it helps us to turn our attention away from outside events so we can find a new clarity of understanding in our innermost hearts. The conditions and states of mind portrayed by the contemporary images on the cards are all shown as being essentially transitional and transformative. The text in the accompanying book helps to interpret and understand the images in the simple, straightforward and down to earth language of Zen.

Recommended Audio: 
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Osho - Ten Thousand Buddhas

(Audio CD)

Ten Thousand Buddhascreates spacious vibrant music for meditation and deep relaxation. Instrumental compositions open the heart and reflect the atmosphere of meditation and celebration in which they were played. Live recordings from the Osho Meditation Resort. If we can create ten thousand buddhas, that is enough to save humanity, then thousand buddhas reaching to every nook and corner of the world, simply spreading love, compassion, awareness. ~Osho

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The Heart Sutra: Osho Talks on Buddha [MP3 AUDIOBOOK]

(Audio CD)

In these talks, Osho introduces his audience to Gautama the Buddha and his great contribution to the development of human consciousness and the science of meditation. Each talk examines an excerpt from the classic Buddhist text known as the \"Heart Sutra.\"

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Ah This: Osho Talks on Zen [MP3 AUDIOBOOK]

(Audio CD)

In these talks, Osho introduces his audience to Zen, with its emphasis on being alert and attentive to the simplest acts of ordinary life as a way to experience meditation. Zen stories serve as a starting point for several talks in the series, illuminating the nature of that rare human capacity to transcend the limits of the rational mind.

Pro Opinions

Osho is great

Luz76's picture

I was introduced to spirituality by Osho, he knows how to talk to westerners and I am very thankful to him for this!



1.What is this introduction to spirituality?
2.Accordingly what is spirituality?
3.How did he talk to westerners in view of which others could not; whether Swami Vivekananda, Yogananda Paramahansa, Swami Chidamayananda, Sri Sri Ravi Shankar, Swami Dayananda, Swami Shivananda Etc.?

NIDHI PARKASH | Sun, 11/29/2009 - 12:46

Osho my love

divine intervention's picture

Osho saved my life!


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swamiatmo's picture


The greatest Master of 20th century

santthosh kumaar's picture

Osho is great master of 20th century. His contribution through his writing to spiritual world, is greatest assets to the seekers of truth.

joshoda's picture

thank u for loving osho

HI,Thank u for understanding osho................He is a man who have turned into a superman............

joshoda | Sat, 06/20/2009 - 18:10

Good guru

Omkaradatta's picture

A good guru, and -- if taking into account time, dates and locations -- I think a great one. The best attempt yet at teaching young people the truth.

Zorba the buddha

joshoda's picture

My beautiful osho.................master of all masters.............Thank you so much ............I am blessed that i have come across you.............You are so vast and i am so litlle to talk about

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osho is the master of the

osho is the master of the masters ...........he change my life totallyyyyyyyyyyyy ....i always found him around me to take me to higher level of consciousness...........

yinmasto | Wed, 09/30/2009 - 19:34

Fearless Revolutionary: Truth, Love and Freedom Incarnate

Gilana's picture

Freedom personified, uncompromising authenticity. And, a great sense of humor! Open-eyed, straightforward honesty delivered with innocence and love.

What have we made out of his words?

Giordano Bruno's picture

Osho himself predicted, that when he will have died, the ego of his disciples will take his spoken words for their own narrow-minded purpose- only to justify their egoistic desires.

The Book of Secrets

shishmanidov35's picture

The "Book of Secrets" is indeed a book of secrets, the book of secrets.

My first Guru

nikita garg's picture

I found myself when i read about OSHO at the age of 15.That has been the turning point of my life.I feel blessed to have known BHAGWAN RAJNEESH through his preachings as i was unable to meet him in pe

Salutations... Master...

mrkotians's picture

My Master... Beloved Master...

The Most Inspired Master in my life...

Salutations... Master...

I surrender myself to you...

Con Opinions

He served no Guru

Nathyogi's picture

I don't want to hurt his followers who are innocent and are better than him for they carried not their ego but his ego. The blind following and superstitions have no value in real spirituality.

Puna Ashram is awful

Luna's picture

I was deeply dissapointed by the Osho ashram in Puna. As much as I adore Osho, the place nowadays is not spiritual anymore.

Upendra Yadav's picture

Find yourself.

No matter. Find your own way and go ahead.
Finally, our whole achivement reach to dead.
So do, what you think right with whole responsibility.
Nothin to gain & nothing to loss.
This is my view to life which I follows.

Upendra Yadav | Sat, 09/06/2008 - 09:58
Luna's picture

Beautiful. I adopt it!

Thanks :-)

Luna | Sat, 09/06/2008 - 11:15
mayasurfer's picture

Osho resort

Have you actually been at the Pune resort? Nobody calls it an ashram any more. It is a stunningly beautiful resort for people who want to deepen their "awakening". Unfortunately there are some young indian men who have nothing else in mind than chasing young western girls. They give that place a bad name. But it is not a big problem. The only problem I found for myself was all the fuss they make of Osho. But otherwise I loved the place and it did change my life in many ways. It is a holiday resort with parties, cappucino, lovely food, huge swimming pool, tennis courts....Like Osho himself the resort attracts many people from around the world who would otherwise never come near a "spiritual" place. Yet in a subtle way it changes many people's lives.
You can stay within the resort or you can find a room with a family. Just ask at the german bakery. What you get out of this experience is as usual up to you.

mayasurfer | Tue, 11/25/2008 - 17:36
Luna's picture

you are right about the place attracting non-spiritual people

you are right about the place attracting non-spiritual people and this is indeed a big advantage of the resort but unfortunately I have noticed that non of them become spiritual. I suspect that it is all the way around, that this is the reason why the place is so non spiritual.

I didn't find the Indian people as the problem there but the westerners who are managing the place and deciding the rules. They ban entrance to veterans who dare to claim that they have underwent any realizations (e.g. Tyuar), the so stupid prohibition on coughing during the night session that causes everybody to think only about the coughing, and the prices.

And above all, there is zero spirit there. People there are not spiritual, they are completely secular, they do not believe in anything supernatural, paranormal, god, call it whatever you like. It is just meditation gymnastic done there if you can call these dynamic exercises meditations. A place of concentration sport.

Luna | Tue, 11/25/2008 - 22:51
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joshoda | Sat, 06/27/2009 - 06:33
Giordano Bruno's picture

Osho by himself has predicted

that when he will have died, the ego of his disciples will take his spoken words for their own narrow-minded purpose- only to justify their egoistic desires.

I agree to you that obviously that prediction has come to truth. Nevertheless we should keep aware of Osho`s essential messages.

His intention was to lead his disciples out of desires, and not more deeply involving into them so as the Sannyassins today are practicing.

Giordano Bruno | Thu, 02/11/2010 - 10:20


crazydiogene's picture

Osho, a man of ignorant mind.He was a good entertainer for people. That's all.

Upendra Yadav's picture

on your opinion.

You can say nothing about yourself. But you think to have opinion and suggestion for all the world.
Read and observe yourself.

Upendra Yadav | Sat, 09/06/2008 - 09:54

Observe yourself

What is his philosophy which pleases you? How may be observe yourself?

NIDHI PARKASH | Sun, 11/29/2009 - 11:48
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joshoda | Sat, 06/27/2009 - 06:24


1. What is ignorance and ignorant mind?
2. What is the role of ignorant on his ideas?
3. Define ignorance to the points of genuineness.
4. Accordingly, who is ignorant and why?
5. Why ignorance on earth even after his visiting this planet?
6. Where is he now in view of either life exists or not after death?
7. From where he came to visit earth planet and where he has gone after visiting the earth?

NIDHI PARKASH | Sun, 11/29/2009 - 12:15
Gilana's picture

Hi Nidhi

I think you are referring to the statement on his memorial,
"Never born, never died. Only visited this planet earth from December 11, 1931 to January 19, 1990."

Never born, never died - eternal, infinite awareness.

Does that sound like ignorance to you? It sounds like supreme wisdom to me.

Gilana | Thu, 10/13/2011 - 18:23
Annie's picture


I too have some criticism about Osho and especially about the aggressive organization that nowadays claims exclusive ownership over his name and legacy, but ignorant?

You can say many things about Osho but an ignorant mind? I wish all humanity was at this level of ignorance. Give supporting examples for such a sweeping statement - It doesn't say much this way - is very easy to write such a statement about anything.

Yes he was an entertainer, yes he was enormously charismatic, what's wrong with that? Thanks to this precious gift he has managed to attract so many skeptic western people to drink for the first time from the wine of wisdom. This was the case of myself.

Annie | Sat, 06/27/2009 - 08:48
Gilana's picture

How do you define "Ignorant" ?

1. Lacking education or knowledge.

(He finished his studies at D. N. Jain College and the University of Sagar, receiving a B.A. (1955) and an M.A. (1957, with distinction) in philosophy. He then taught philosophy, first at Raipur Sanskrit College, and then, until 1966, as a Professor at Jabalpur University. At the same time, he travelled throughout India, under the name Acharya Rajneesh (Acharya means "teacher")

2. Rising or arising from a lack of education or knowledge.

(See above)

3. Unaware or uninformed.

(See above)

Or perhaps you attribute his ignorance to a lack of research on your religion or beliefs. In that case have you read:

Absolute Tao
Ah, This! (Zen)
The Alchemy of Yoga: talks on the sutras of Patanjali
The Art of Dying: classic Hasidic stories compiled by the Jewish philosopher, Martin Buber.

Behind a Thousand Names: talks on one of the ancient Indian Upanishad scriptures, the Nirvana Upanishad.

The Beloved (Vol. 1 and 2): Bauls, the mystics of Bengal

Books I Have Loved:

Having read thousands of the world’s greatest books on every conceivable subject, Osho shares the fragrance of some of his most loved in these spontaneous and intimate talks.

There are more than 650 books, more than 240 in English and the others in many different languages, so I can't list thme all here....

The Heart Sutra: Osho Talks on Buddha
Ah This: Osho Talks on Zen

Gilana | Fri, 01/08/2010 - 03:48
mrkotians's picture

Yes... You are...

Absolutely right...

mrkotians | Tue, 04/13/2010 - 06:00
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Knowledge & Ignorance

To put things in perspective knowledge & Ignorance as described in Gita Chapter 13 is

Humbleness, truthfulness, and harmlessness, Patience and honor, reverence for the wise, Purity, constancy, control of self, Contempt of sense-delights, self-sacrifice, Perception of the certitude of ill In birth, death, aye, disease, suffering, and sin; Detachment, lightly holding unto home, Children, and wife, and all that bindeth men; An ever-tranquil heart in fortunes good And fortunes evil, with a will set firm To worship Me - Me only! ceasing not; Loving all solitudes, and shunning noise Of foolish crowds; endeavors resolute To reach perception of the Utmost Soul, And grace to understand what gain it were So to attain, - this is true Wisdom, Prince! And what is otherwise is ignorance!


Other translations can also be referred for clarity.

joejo | Tue, 04/13/2010 - 14:45
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Knowledge & Ignorance according to Gita

Another translation probably clearer

Humility, pridelessness, nonviolence, tolerance, simplicity, approaching a bona fide spiritual master, cleanliness, steadiness and self-control; renunciation of the objects of sense gratification, absence of false ego, the perception of the evil of birth, death, old age and disease; nonattachment to children, wife, home and the rest, and even-mindedness amid pleasant and unpleasant events; constant and unalloyed devotion to Me, resorting to solitary places, detachment from the general mass of people; accepting the importance of self-realization, and philosophical search for the Absolute Truth--all these I thus declare to be knowledge, and what is contrary to these is ignorance.


joejo | Tue, 04/13/2010 - 14:48
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So will the True judge step up?

Quite a few people have been bold enough to give their opinions, both for and against Osho (including me)---who is going to judge Osho according to the Gita's instruction?

I personally want to know how he rated on cleanliness. According to my mother's standards, nothing has ever been really clean enough. What was hiding in that beard? I wonder if he could pass?

How much accepting of the importance of self-realization do you have to do? I mean...is it more important than renunciation? Or less?

"Constant and unalloyed devotion to Me" Well. He looked like he was doing that, but what if, in the crevices of his mind and very late hours of the night he said "screw this!" But then immediately did hours of restitution to make up for it? What about that? Would you know? Does that count?

AND, how much of this do you have to have in order to tip the scales and be regarded as knowledgeable...or does one slip up make you ignorant? What if you have all but one attribute.....are you screwed?

If you use the word "screwed" are you immediately disqualified? It doesn't say anything about bad words.

I think the Gita is very clever in informing us all that we have not only NO RIGHT, but no way of judging anybody.

Gilana | Tue, 04/13/2010 - 16:47
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Yet again,

Looking at the whole subject of this, I wonder what we are discussing.

How can a mind be anything but ignorant? With tiny, little, incomplete bits of truth stuck in--almost useless in their incompleteness. The truer truth to this is: all minds are ignorant--only wisdom, knowing (differentiated from knowledge), and recognition of the truth makes any sense.

And, in my case i know that even my ability to recognize truth is infitessimally small, limited by my humanity.

(but its still better than knowledge:)

Gilana | Tue, 04/13/2010 - 20:15
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Judge Not

Its a folly to judge others. To know myself is the motto. If one must then its best to take a cue from the heart for it knows better than thinking mind. One has to be open & careful all the time in order not to be deceived.

joejo | Tue, 04/13/2010 - 23:50
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Ignorant mind or No mind?

Osho would love your comment about his having an ignorant mind. According to him, though, only an ignorant mind is free from collected conditionings. He would also probably say he is a no mind instead of an ignorant mind, and how can nothing be ignorant? So I don't think he would have a problem with your comment at all. He probably is also glad that you are entertained by him!

daycart0 | Tue, 11/02/2010 - 05:44
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The word "ignorance" has the word "ignore" in it.

Friends and foes - I invite your input (please don't make it up, look at facts first. A very small portion of you have a history of speaking from heresay).


If you found a subject that he ignored, was it:
Unforgivable to exclude?
Important or unimportant?
Did he ignore it on purpose?

To each of these, Why?

Gilana | Tue, 11/02/2010 - 15:03
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What a beautiful name

Just seeing it whenever I peruse these pages, I feel a lovely vibe.

Update: No wonder. I just googled "gilana", it means Joy.

Good choice. And your posts emanate from that space.

Quantum | Wed, 10/02/2013 - 18:40
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Gilana | Wed, 10/02/2013 - 18:50
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Re: Ignorant Mind

You are quite right. He did not serve a Guru.
It is full of ignorance if one allows or accepts others' services when he himself has served none.

"Dubious is all one's knowledge
If a Guru one does not acknowledge."

"The wise never follow the one
Who has followed none."

Nathyogi | Thu, 07/31/2014 - 05:37