Osho is an enlightened master who is working with all possibilities to help humanity overcome a difficult phase in developing consciousness.
~ The Dalai Lama
Osho is one of the most outspoken and controversial mystics and spiritual teachers this planet has seen since Jesus and Buddha. He was born in India in 1931 and became enlightened at the early age of 21. Starting his career as a young professor of philosophy, he went on to become a spiritual guide for millions of people around the globe.
My whole effort is to shake you, to shock you – to wake you.
Through his seven thousand hours of audio and video recordings published as 350 book titles and translated into more than fifty languages, and with his brilliance and enlightened genius, he not only shook the foundation of all outdated beliefs, but also paved the way for the New Man and Woman of the New Earth.
Yes, I am the beginning of something new, but not the beginning of a new religion. I am the beginning of a new kind of religiousness which knows no adjectives, no boundaries; which knows only freedom of the spirit, silence of your being, growth of your potential; and finally the experience of godliness within yourself – not of a God outside you, but a godliness overflowing from you.
Skillfully gathering the nectar of all the greatest spiritual teachers and minds this world has ever produced, he lovingly, and with unparalleled insight, brought the fragrance of all the past masters back to life as an offering to the rising tide of the novo homo. He gave practical tools and guidance on how to live in a new state of neo-religious consciousness – a consciousness that transcends personal, national, and religious boundaries and conditionings, a consciousness that brings us as one humanity into the new era of living in a state of authenticity and awareness of the true nature of the ever-present Cosmic Joy within us.
Speaking on all spiritual paths and masters with tremendous love, depth of understanding, and respect, Osho emphasizes the bringing together of the paths of love (outer devotion) and meditation (inner discipline). He teaches that taking one path would lead to the other and, ultimately, to self-realization, but living them together would enrich one’s life even more. He teaches that a life of devotion without the awareness and discipline of meditation is shallow, and a life of meditation without the heart of devotion is selfish.
He also emphasizes that this new path would lead to the birth of the New Man whom he calls “Zorba the Buddha.” A “Zorba,” the name of a character from the novel Zorba the Greek by Nikos Kazantzakis, is someone who embraces life and all it has to offer with a joyful heart and celebration, and a Buddha is someone who lives consciously with compassion and awareness of their inner silence.
In essence, Osho encourages us to live life fully and consciously without repression,
preconceived ideologies, judgments, and conditionings, emphasizing the ultimate truth that lies within our inner silence. “There is only one path which goes inwards,” he says “where you will not find a single human being, where you will only find silence, peace.”
In his small booklet The Greatest Challenge: the Golden Future Osho gives the blueprint of how to cut the roots of our problems and come out of our old outdated beliefs so we can lay a new foundation for the New Man and New Humanity.
Never Born – Never Died – Only visited this planet Earth between December 11, 1931 and January 19, 1990, are the words written on his epitaph. They clearly echo his life and teachings, and the unsurpassed legacy he left behind for the flowering and transcendence of human consciousness.
My way has been described as that of the heart, but it is not true. The heart will give you all kinds of imaginings, hallucinations, illusions, sweet dreams – but it cannot give you the truth. The truth is behind both: it is in your consciousness, which is neither head nor heart.