The Rebellious Spirituality: Osho

Rebellious Spirituality Osho

Osho was born on December 11, 1931, in Kuchwada, Madhya Pradesh, India. Eldest of eleven children of a Jaina cloth merchant. He was an Independent and rebellious child, questioning all beliefs. He is also known as Acharya Rajneesh, Bhagwan Shree Rajneesh, and later as Osho.

As a youth, He experimented with meditations. It is claimed that at the age of 21 he attained enlightenment or Samadhi. At the time, he was studying philosophy at the University of Sagar. On receiving a master’s degree, he taught philosophy at the University of Jabalpur for nine years.

The Rebellious Spirituality: Osho

Rebellious Spirituality: Osho
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“I am nobody. I don’t belong to any nation, I don’t belong to any religion, I don’t belong to any political party. I am simply an individual, the way existence created me. I have kept myself absolutely uninfluenced by any idiotic ideology – religious, political, social, financial. And the miracle is that because I am not burdened with all these glasses on my eyes, and curtains before me, I can see clearly.”

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Rebellious Spirituality: Osho
Osho and his parents

Osho highlighted the importance of love, celebration, meditation, courage, creativity, and humor. The qualities that are being suppressed by adherence to old belief systems, religious tradition. He emphasized a more open attitude to human sexuality, which caused controversy in India during the late 1960s and became known as “the sex guru”.

Rebellious Spirituality: Osho

The Rebellious Spirituality: Osho

I am a natural person. I have no charisma, and I don’t believe in charisma. I don’t believe in methods – even if I use them, I don’t believe in them. I am a natural person, very ordinary. I can be lost in a crowd and you will not be able to find me. I don’t lead you, I accompany you.

Osho

In 1966 Osho leaves his college career, and moved to Bombay in the late seventies, forming a spiritual community that was transferred to Pune in 1974.

The Rebellious Spirituality: Osho

What do people say about him?

“Here was a guru unencumbered by tradition, an Enlightened Master who could quote Heidegger and Sartre, and who furthermore believed in technology, capitalism, and sex… (Osho) was a brilliant lecturer…. One of his lectures ended with a description of a dewdrop sliding off a lotus leaf and being carried down a stream to the ocean. It put virtually everyone in his audience into an alpha-wave state at ten in the morning.”

Francis Fitzgerald (Pulitzer prizewinner), The New Yorker, USA

“What is left is Osho’s teaching about life as “Zorba the Buddha,” to be as free as Alexis Zorba and as aware as Buddha. Obviously Osho’s cocktail, a mixture of religious science, philosophy, psychology and meditation, is in accordance with the zeitgeist at the end of the millennium. …Osho broke with social taboos, rattled at ideologies, moral views and at the image of respected political and religious leaders such as Gandhi or Mother Teresa.”

Facts Magazine, Switzerland

From 1974 – 1981, He gave a 90 minutes discourse nearly every morning, alternating every month between Hindi and English. His discourses offer insights into all the major spiritual paths, including Yoga, Zen, Taoism, Tantra, and Sufism.

He also speaks on Gautam Buddha, Jesus, Lao Tzu, and other mystics. These discourses have been collected into over 600 volumes and translated into 50 languages. In the evenings, during these years, He answers questions on personal matters such as love, jealousy, meditation.

The Rebel: Osho
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The Rebellious Spirituality: Osho

Osho on

Love Basically Is a State of Being
“The real thing is not a relationship but a state; one is not in love but one is love. Whenever I talk about love remember this: I am talking about the state of love. Yes, relationship is perfectly good, but the relationship is going to be false if you have not attained the state of love. Then the relationship is not only a pretension, it is a dangerous pretension, because it can go on befooling you; it can go on giving you the sense that you know what love is – and you don’t know. Love basically is a state of being; one is not in love, one is love.

Love makes no conditions, no ifs, no buts. Love never says, ‘Fulfill these requirements, then I will love you.’ Love is like breathing: when it happens you are simply love. It does not matter who comes close to you, the sinner or the saint. Whosoever comes close to you starts feeling the vibe of love, is rejoiced. Love is unconditional giving – but only those are capable of giving who have.

One of the most mysterious things about man is that he goes on giving things which he doesn’t have. You go on giving love and you don’t have it in the first place, and you go on asking for love from others who also don’t have it – beggars begging from beggars.”  

Osho,  The Guest, Talk #5

The Rebellious Spirituality: Osho

Rebellious Spirituality: Osho
Friendship

Friendship
“Friendship is the purest love. It is the highest form of Love where nothing is asked for, no condition, where one simply enjoys giving.”

Osho

Truth, Life
“Truth is not something outside to be discovered, it is something inside to be realized.”

Osho, The Buddha Said…: Meeting the Challenge of Life’s Difficulties
Rebellious Spirituality Osho

“Millions of people are suffering: they want to be loved but they don’t know how to love. And love cannot exist as a monologue; it is a dialogue, a very harmonious dialogue.”

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“That which makes you miserable is the only sin. That which takes you away from yourself is the only thing to be avoided.”

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2 thoughts on “The Rebellious Spirituality: Osho

  • February 3, 2020 at 9:32 am
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    Incredible points. Sound arguments. Keep up the great work.

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    • April 3, 2020 at 10:27 pm
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      Thanks, for your kind words Bob. You made our day 🙂

      Happy Reading!

      Reply

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