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sho was one of the more controversial and colorful and yet profound spiritual teachers of recent times. He constantly broke traditional taboos. His oratory was fascinating, and his worldwide following impressively large.
Osho was an Indian mystic, guru and philosopher. He advocated a more open attitude towards sexuality, a stance that earned him the sobriquet “sex guru” .In his discourses, he reinterpreted writings of religious traditions, mystics and philosophers from around the world. He was briefly associated with communism, socialism and two Indian independence movements, the Indian National Army and the Rashtriya Swayamsevak Sangh. He began to lead meditation camps, and the first meditation centers (Jivan Jagruti Kendras) started to emerge around his teaching, then known as the Life Awakening Movement (Jivan Jagruti Andolan). Over 650 books are credited to Osho, expressing his views on all facets of human existence.


Do you think the people who were trying to reach to the Everest were not full of doubts? For a hundred years, how many people tried and how many people lost their lives? Do you know how many people never came back? But, still, people come from all over the world, risking, knowing they may never return. For them it is worth it – because in the very risk something is born inside of them: the center. It is born only in the risk. That’s the beauty of risk, the gift of risk.


Sannyas is the ultimate game — the last, the final. Beyond it there is no game. It had to be very colorful. The householder, the grihasth, plays a game but it is in black and white. Poor. A sannyasin is playing a game but not in black and white. It is colorful. A sannyasin has to become a rainbow because the moment you know that everything is empty everything becomes possible; because that emptiness has in it all. To me, sannyas is not renunciation against indulgence. No. It is renunciation in indulgence. Sannyas is not leaving the world; it is living in the world as if you are out of it — it is an ‘as if’ phenomenon. You live in the world but you are not in it; you move in the world, but never, never, do you take a single step in it; you remain in the world but you don’t allow the world to enter into you.

[toggle_box title="Stories"] “A man just got married and was returning home with his wife. They were crossing a lake in a boat when suddenly a great storm arose. The man was a warrior, but the woman became very much afraid because it seemed almost hopeless — the boat was small and the storm was really huge, and any moment they were going to be drowned. But the man sat silently, calm and quiet, as if nothing was happening. The woman was trembling and she said, “are you not afraid? This may be our last moment of life! It doesn’t seem that we will be able to reach the other shore. Only some miracle can save us, otherwise death is certain. Are you not afraid? Are you mad or something? Are you a stone or something?” The man laughed and took the sword out of its sheath. The woman was even more puzzled — what he is doing? Then he brought the naked sword close to the woman’s neck — so close that just a small gap was there, it was almost touching her neck. He said, “are you afraid?” She started to giggle and laugh and said, “why should i be afraid? If the sword is in your hands, why should i be afraid? I know you love me.” He put the sword back and said, “this is my answer. I know god loves me, and the sword is in his hands, and the storm is in his hands — so whatsoever is going to happen is going to be good. If we survive, good; if we don’t survive, good — because everything is in his hands, and he cannot do anything wrong.” This is the trust one needs to imbibe. Such tremendous trust is capable of transforming your whole life! And only such tremendous trust is capable of transforming your life — less than that won’t do.”


“Truth is what works.” Developer of myriad devices and meditations to provoke consciousness, over 450 books transcribed from spontaneous talks. Since 1990 his org has expanded and made overtures to the mainstream put off by his fierce iconoclasm and controversy. Despite this, the Pune Commune and other hubs of activity of his people remain some of the most alive spots on the planet, though some scheming evident between mainly Indian more devotional centers and zen-austere (ideologically, not materially) Pune “Resort.”


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