Overview for Books I have Loved
An extraordinary book written under extraordinary circumstances. Osho, the enlightened master who has over six hundred books to his name, speaks not in his usual lecture hall to thousands of seekers but in an intimate and eccentric setting to only four disciples. He tells stories and gives poetic and profound descriptions of books that had helped him when nothing else was shinning in the darkness. Osho talks about one hundred and sixty-eight books in al, from the great seers of the Far East and Indian mystics, to Nietzsche and Western philosophers and novelists. Here is a whole rainbow of the world's literary genius, woven together with wonderfully humorous personal comments and swings of the Zen stick from Osho to his note takers.
Osho was born in Kuchwada, Madhya Pradesh, on 11 December 1931. Rebellious and independent from childhood, he insisted on experiencing the truth for himself rather than acquiring knowledge and beliefs given by others. He attained 'enlightenment' at 21 and went on to complete his academic studies. He spent several years teaching philosophy at the University of Jabalpur. Meanwhile, he travelled throughout India delivering talks and meeting people from all walks of life. By the 1960s, Osho had begun to develop his unique dynamic meditation techniques. He felt that modern man is so burdened with the archaic traditions of the past as well as the anxieties of modern-day living that he must go through a deep cleansing process before he can hope to discover the thought-less, relaxed state of meditation. In the early 1970s, the West first began to hear of Osho. By 1974, a commune had been established around him in Pune, and the trickle of visitors from the West soon became a flood. Osho spoke of every aspect of life and on the development of human consciousness. Based on his own existential experience rather than on intellectual understanding, he distilled the essence of what is significant to the spiritual quest of contemporary man. Osho left his body on 19 January 1990. His commune in India continues to attract thousands of international visitors who come to participate in its meditation, therapy and creative programmes or to simply experience being in a 'Buddhafield'. Osho's talks have been published in more than 600 volumes and translated into over thirty languages.