Osho or Bhagwan Shree Rajneesh was born in 1931 in Central India. He was a charismatic and gifted speaker who became the leader of a worldwide new spiritual movement. It is said that at the age of 21 he attained enlightenment or Samadhi. At the time he was studying philosophy at the University of Saugar. On receiving a masters degree he taught philosophy at the University of Jabalpur for nine years.

As well as teaching philosophy he also began to attract disciples to follow his own eclectic mix of philosophy and religion. In 1966 he decided to leave his teaching post and give full attention to his role as spiritual Master. In 1974 he moved with his disciples to Pune, India. Here he established a new ashram in a comfortable setting of 6 acres. In 1980 he was attacked by a Hindu fundamentalist who disagreed with Osho’s unconventional stance on religion and spirituality. It is said that due to police incompetence the assailant was never convicted.

Due to failing health Osho decided to leave India for America where he would be able to receive better medical treatment. His disciples bought a large plot of land near Antelope, Oregon. Here they wished to build a large ashram and other buildings. There was often friction between the local townspeople and the ashramites. There was a clash of cultures and the local townspeople felt threatened by the influx of devotees. Because of this many building permits were denied. This led to ashramites trying to get elected directly to the town council. There were also allegations made that followers of Osho were involved in illegal activities such as spreading salmonella in a local restaurant. More seriously there were allegations of Murder made against some followers of Osho. Two were eventually convicted of the murder of Charles Turner who had tried to close the ranch.

In 1987 Osho became fearful of investigation by the authorities so he decided to leave the compound in Oregon and went to South Carolina. Here he fell foul of US immigration law. He had arranged false marriages and other violations of immigration laws. He was given a suspended sentence on the condition that he leave the country. Therefore he reluctantly decided to leave for Puna in India. It was at this time that he decided to change his name from Rajneesh to Osho. This is said to be a Japanese word for “Master”, although others say Osho comes from the term “oceanic experience” Osho died in 1990, his birth certificate gave a reason of heart failure. Although some followers alleged poisoning by the CBI, although these allegations had little evidence to support them.

Osho was born into a Jain family. He though never believed in any one religion but combined elements of many religions such as Buddhism, Hinduism and Christianity. However he also added new types of meditation practise. His philosophy was a type of Monism that God was in everything. All human beings were in essence divine, it was just that there were different manifestations of that divinity. He introduced a new type of meditation that involved letting go of all attachments to the past and future and ego. If a seeker could attain a consciousness where there was "no past, no future, no attachment, no mind, no ego, no self.” Then he would attain enlightenment. One different practise he advocated was to practise physical exercise just before meditation. Unlike many Indian gurus Osho taught that sex was not an obstacle to spiritual progress. Although many of his disciples led fairly simple and frugal lifestyles Osho was well known for his love of cars. It is said he amassed over 20 Rolls Royces.

It is estimated over 50,000 westerners spent time seeking enlightenment with the Guru. At its peak there were over 200,000 members world wide, although this dropped off after the scandals of the late 1980s. Osho never wised to appoint a successor but he did appoint 21 followers to administer the Osho foundation which continues to provide an outlet for the dissemination of his teaching. (biographyonline.net)

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Simple Reminders by Osho

Amazing Quotes by Osho

Only those who are ready to become nobodies are able to love. by @OSHO http://smpl.ws/cq (48)

Nobody is here to fulfill your dream. Everybody is here to fulfill his own destiny, his own reality. by @OSHO http://smpl.ws/cq (9)

If you wish to see the truth, then hold no opinion for or against. by @OSHO http://smpl.ws/cq (43)

Don't choose. Accept life as it is in its totality. by @OSHO http://smpl.ws/cq (58)

When love and hate are both absent everything becomes clear and undisguised. by @OSHO http://smpl.ws/cq (33)

Life is a balance between rest and movement. by @OSHO http://smpl.ws/cq (65)

Fools laugh at others. Wisdom laughs at itself. by @OSHO http://smpl.ws/cq (62)

Don't move the way fear makes you move. Move the way love makes you move.Move the way joy makes you move. by @OSHO http://smpl.ws/cq (4)

There is no need of any competition with anybody. You are yourself, and as you are, you are perfectly good. Accept yourself. by @OSHO (6)

You can love as many people as you want - that does not mean one day you will go bankrupt, and you will have to declare, 'Now I have no love.' You cannot go bankrupt as far as love is concerned. by @OSHO http://smpl.ws/cq (-63)

Friendship is the purest love. It is the highest form of Love where nothing is asked for, no condition, where one simply enjoys giving. by @OSHO http://smpl.ws/cq (-4)

How can one become enlightened? One can, because one is enlightened - one just has to recognize the fact. http://smpl.ws/cq (13)

The day you think you know, your death has happened - because now there will be no wonder and no joy and no surprise. Now you will live a dead life. by @OSHO http://smpl.ws/cq (-17)

Enlightenment is the understanding that this is all, that this is perfect, that this is it. Enlightenment is not an achievement, it is an understanding that there is nothing to achieve, nowhere to go. by @OSHO http://smpl.ws/cq (-69)

Zen is the only religion in the world that teaches sudden enlightenment. It says that enlightenment takes no time, it can happen in a single, split second. by @OSHO http://smpl.ws/cq (-24)

Meaning is man-created. And because you constantly look for meaning, you start to feel meaninglessness. by @OSHO http://smpl.ws/cq (6)

You become that which you think you are. by @OSHO http://smpl.ws/cq (69)

Happiness is a shadow of harmony; it follows harmony. There is no other way to be happy. by @OSHO http://smpl.ws/cq (21)

Life is not a tragedy, it is a comedy. To be alive means to have a sense of humor. by @OSHO http://smpl.ws/cq (27)

Become more and more innocent, less knowledgeable and more childlike. Take life as fun - because that's precisely what it is! by @OSHO (5)

Be don't try to become. by @OSHO http://smpl.ws/cq (85)

Each person comes into this world with a specific destiny--he has something to fulfill, some message has to be delivered, some work has to be completed. You are not here accidentally--you are here meaningfully. There is a purpose behind you. The whole intends to do something through you. by @OSHO http://smpl.ws/cq (-157)

Be realistic: Plan for a miracle. by @OSHO http://smpl.ws/cq (76)

Sadness gives depth. Happiness gives height. Sadness gives roots. Happiness gives branches. Happiness is like a tree going into the sky, and sadness is like the roots going down into the womb of the earth. Both are needed, and the higher a tree goes, the deeper it goes, simultaneously. The bigger the tree, the bigger will be its roots. In fact, it is always in proportion. That's its balance. by @OSHO http://smpl.ws/cq (-263)

One thing: you have to walk, and create the way by your walking; you will not find a ready-made path. It is not so cheap, to reach to the ultimate realization of truth. You will have to create the path by walking yourself; the path is not ready-made, lying there and waiting for you. It is just like the sky: the birds fly, but they don't leave any footprints. You cannot follow them; there are no footprints left behind. by @OSHO http://smpl.ws/cq (-290)

Drop the idea of becoming someone, because you are already a masterpiece. You cannot be improved. You have only to come to it, to know it, to realize it. by @OSHO http://smpl.ws/cq (-22)

Life begins where fear ends. by @OSHO http://smpl.ws/cq (81)

To be creative means to be in love with life. You can be creative only if you love life enough that you want to enhance its beauty, you want to bring a little more music to it, a little more poetry to it, a little more dance to it. by @OSHO http://smpl.ws/cq (-100)

Creativity is the greatest rebellion in existence. by @OSHO http://smpl.ws/cq (59)

Truth is not something outside to be discovered, it is something inside to be realized. by @OSHO http://smpl.ws/cq (22)

The less people know, the more stubbornly they know it. by @OSHO http://smpl.ws/cq (54)

My meditation is simple. It does not require any complex practices. It is simple. It is singing. It is dancing. It is sitting silently. by @OSHO http://smpl.ws/cq (-4)

Truth is not to be found outside. No teacher, no scripture can give it to you. It is inside you and if you wish to attain it, seek your own company. Be with yourself. by @OSHO http://smpl.ws/cq (-35)

It's not a question of learning much.On the contrary.It's a question of UNLEARNING much. by @OSHO http://smpl.ws/cq (21)

Whatever you feel, you become. It is your responsibility. by @OSHO http://smpl.ws/cq (52)

Always remember to judge everything by your inner feeling of bliss. by @OSHO http://smpl.ws/cq (42)

They say: Think twice before you jump. I say: Jump first and then think as much as you want! by @OSHO http://smpl.ws/cq (17)