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Osho, better known as Bhagwan Shree Rajneesh, became infamous for his posh lifestyle and outrageous teachings. A prolific author of some respectable and even insightful books, he refused to pen an autobiography for his myriad disciples. Nonetheless, two of these, Sarito Carol Neiman and Ma Yoga Bhakti, have pieced together an autobiography of sorts from the many of volumes of his writings and published talks. We find in Osho a vibrant mind, a sharp wit, and a feigned unpretentiousness that is both disarming and seductive. Following his story, we learn Osho was raised on a loose tether by his businessman grandfather and atheist grandmother, rebelliously questioning religious authority by the age of 5. By the age of 7, he was uncontrollable, and at 21, he had a prolonged enlightenment experience. A Ph.D. in philosophy brought him to the role of professor, but he outgrew it with his talks on meditation that gradually became more radical, until he was known in India as the sex guru. Ousted from India, he sought to create the perfect and most free community, choosing a remote corner of the U.S. Controversy erupted, and the man who called himself Zorba the Buddha became persona non grata the world over. To read about this unorthodox teacher in his own words is certainly entertaining, and although not without internal contradictions, the book is valuable for its relentless challenge to the sacred tenets of established religious thought. Like the best Zen master, Osho forces us to reconsider our conventions. --Brian Bruya

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Osho's posthumous autobiography affords a delightful glimpse into the life of one of the most outrageous twentieth-century spiritual leaders. Consisting of anecdotes that Osho told during his many lectures and classes, the book has a conversational tone that well conveys the sometimes infamous guru's dynamic personality as it offers a sampling of his thoughts on meditation, enlightenment, sex, money, education, and the evolution of consciousness. Osho was not afraid to tackle the world's major religions, pointing out inconsistencies and hypocrisy where he found them and simultaneously drawing together their best aspects into a synthesis grounded in meditation. Osho also answers some of the criticisms leveled at him for his seemingly outrageous behavior and his iconoclastic tendencies. He proves a fascinating man: a prolific writer and lecturer, highly educated, and deeply passionate about his own search for truth. Whether or not one is interested in Osho's teachings or in the controversies surrounding his movement, his autobiography is entertaining, insightful, and for some, perhaps, even enlightening. Bonnie Johnston
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  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 1204 KB
  • Print Length: 337 pages
  • Page Numbers Source ISBN: 0312254571
  • Publisher: St. Martin's Press; Reprint edition (9 June 2001)
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services, Inc.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B003JBICP2
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5.0 out of 5 stars A look into a contemporary mystic's life 15 July 2014
By teja
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Osho's words are like a friend's words scolding me every time about life if he has been with me a very long time.
That attracted me to read his books on various aspects of life & after 3 or 4, i wanted to learn about him, his childhood, adolescence .. so picked up his biography and surely its an experience to know that humanity still has life in it..
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4.0 out of 5 stars Superb 4 June 2014
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OSHO no need any description, he had never written any book all his book compile from his discourses, he was great thinker.
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3.0 out of 5 stars Misnomer 2 February 2014
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The book is not 'autobiography' of Osho as he never wrote it ! It is rather compilation of the parts of his life as extracted from his teachings when he referred to his formative years. It is very interesting to know about his early life because there is a clue to what he became later. But it stops at his university days. After university, the narrative goes flat. Also it is a 'solo' journey. There is no mention of any people who might have been relevant in his journey. There is no explanation of why and how he went from his professorship to India-tour and beyond. In fact, thereafter it becomes an exposition of his philosophy rather than a story of his life. The more momentous events in his later life find no mention. So, you know how and why he grew from a child and became a philosopher but you do not know how he settled in Pune, why he went to US and why was he deported. Publisher has tried to fill that gap by adding supplements to bridge those. But those are not from Osho. And that is why the 'autobiography.....' is a misnomer.
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This book was not written by OSHO himself. This book contains certain discourses where he talked about himself and his philosophy of Life. This book is a good compilation. Every Indian can connect with his story e.g. attachment with grandmother, bad teachers, pressure of family etc.
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5.0 out of 5 stars preconceptions smashed 18 March 2003
By jamps - Published on
I just knew he had some crazy meditation techniques was a bit of a rogue, had 93 rolls royces, accepted sex and i had a few friends who recommended him. Wow, blown away, this is one of the most beautiful books i've ever read! Osho's integrity shines through and yes he is a dangerous man because he's not concerned about beliefs but the truth. And he challenges you deeply, i was a buddhist monk for 3 years and he takes traditions apart 'Buddha wasn't a buddhist' what a one liner. Many buddhist books seem to take a mathematical approach to enlightenment, Osho is a poet. I just cried reading this book, with laughter and joy and hope, i even found myself clapping and shouting 'Yes yes yes!' Sheer delight. I'm hooked.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Cool Book 25 November 2000
By A Customer - Published on
This is a cool book I would also recommend the book An encounter With a Prophet
28 of 30 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A Unique Autobiography of a Unique Master of the Millenium! 2 May 2000
By Kris Bhattarai - Published on
Of Indian mystics, after Paramhansa Yoganand's Autobiography ofa Yogi, Osho's autobiography stands apart from the convention. Theuniquness of this book is that it is not written by Osho. It is TALKEDby Osho to his intimate pupils and is recorded by them thereafter. And therefore, it provides a freshness in the story. The book reveals many secrets of the life of Osho which I have not found in any of his books. It also details the biblical situation of Osho's birth, his association with other enlightrened masters who recognized his potential when he was very young and took care of him until he attained to enlightentment. Osho's meeting with India's first prime minister Nehru is another very interesting part. Osho's accounts with Nehru surfaces some of the hidden qualities and spirituality of Nehru. At one sight, Nehru recognizes the future potential of young Osho (may be then 14/15 years old only) and asks Osho's companion, Masto Baba , to take care of him. Mosto Baba is one of the three enlightent Masters of a single chain, who, one by one, took care of Osho in succession. The spiritual journey of Osho is very inspirational. In some places he looks like a dare devil: ready take any kind of challenge; and in some accounts he appears to be as humble as one can be.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Osho saved my Life 29 June 2000
By "methetree" - Published on
Here is the story of a man who singlehandedly exposed the lies being forced on humanity, while shining new light on the wisdom books of the past. His life work of synthesizing Science and Religion, Body and Mind, Zorba and Buddha, etc., has once and for all freed the individual to Love themself in totality NOW, completely free of fleeting outside approval. There are many intimate glimpses into Osho the man which help show the path through which he arrived. It is amazing to see a Life guided only by Truth unfold in so many ways. It is an inspiration to know that it has been done. Somebody has lived an authentic Life. And if it can be done by one person, it can be done by anybody. (If you are looking for comments on all of the media-perpetuated images such as Sex-Guru, Rolls Royce Guru, Cult leader, etc..., you will find them responded to by Osho himself.)
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5.0 out of 5 stars Among my fav all-time readings 21 April 2004
By Jasleen Matharu - Published on
For anyone who seeks a fair introduction to one of the greatest minds of the twentieth century, Osho, this is the place to begin. Osho never really wrote his biography. This book is a collection of his lectures on different subjects that he addressed to over the course of time.
It adheres to the values of eastern spirituality since Osho was highly influenced by the teachings of Gautama Buddha. He had a flair for simplifying the more complicated issues that human mind, body, and soul is constantly inflicted with in the modern times.
I highly recommend this book for anyone who seeks insight into spiritual (particularly eastern) studies.

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