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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
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (5 customer reviews)
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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 Five Stars 28 August 2014
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A book which can work as a device for your life.
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