By the press: Who is Osho?

Who is osho

June 10, 2020

By the media

“Osho advocated meditation for everyone, but his technique was revolutionary, beginning not with stillness and silence but with violent activity to release pent-up energy and emotions, leading to a state of calmness in which meditation can flourish. …This is an ideal place for people to learn the dozens of meditations he designed. There’s swimming meditation, dancing and martial arts meditation, smoking meditation, walking meditation, breathing meditation and meditation for couples.”
Washington Post

“Remarkable books.”
Nicholas Mosley, Daily Telegraph, UK

“He was a guru unencumbered by tradition, an enlightened master who could quote Heidegger, and Sartre, and who furthermore believed in technology, capitalism and sex…”
The Washington Post

“Osho continues publishing very good spiritual texts indeed. These on Zen are direct and whimsical. …Osho has a no-mind to his comments, sudden bursts of insight, novel ways of putting together images so that you read in an enchanted wonder.”
The Book Reader, USA

“Many subjects of interest to psycho-historians are taken up by (Osho) in this fascinating series of talks – from esoteric topics to more familiar subjects like sex, child rearing, and the place of mind in understanding the world.”
The Journal of Psychohistory, USA

“Osho has a no-mind to his comments, sudden bursts of insight, novel ways of putting images together so that you read in enchanted wonder. Any spiritual teacher who has such bad publicity must be saying some wonderfully terrible things. Tune in.”
The Book Reader, USA

“Osho is one of the most influential spiritual teachers of the second half of the 20th century and many thousands of people — of all ages, from all countries and all spiritual backgrounds — have been inspired by the simplicity and directness of his teachings.”
Penguin Books

“In this volume on Bodhidharma, Osho brings him to modern sensibilities but in a contemporary and interesting manner. Nearly 400 fascinatingly intelligent pages of questions and answers, lectures, writings, etc. A revolutionary, contemporary, utterly irreverent way to the spirit.”
The Book Reader, USA

“Irreverent, wise, humorous, crazy, and ultimately very sane.”
The Book Reader, USA

“You just don’t read Osho, you undefine yourself.”
The Book Reader, USA

“Osho’s position as an important mystic and philosopher is supported by an international following and a host of publications. His work is that of all great religious leaders-bringing God to man…Osho’s lively appeal: jokes, limericks, verse, and tales combined with traditional religious themes.”
Library Journal, USA

“In a language simple but yet profound, the master Osho indicates the art of ‘dying’ by learning how to live in the here and now, the eternal life.”
Livres Hebdo, France

“Now that religion has become just a formality, and the burning messages of the buddhas who have been on earth degraded to mere formal faith, the message of Osho, who has reached to such dazzling heights of human consciousness through his own experience, is incomparable in its strength to pierce the beauty within our hearts.”
Boston Club, Japan

“The way Osho is using language — casual, provocative, iconoclastic — is really new.”
Parmita, Buddhist Newsletter, Italy

“Remarkable discourses…wise and clear.”
Book Review, De Kaarsvlam

“He quotes Jesus, Buddha, Mahavira, Lao Tzu, Sufis and old Zen masters with stupendous memory, interpreting them with a freshness and directness as if they were speaking today, as if they wore jeans.”
Die Zeit, Germany

“One of the ten people; along with Gandhi, Nehru and Buddha; who have changed the destination of India.”
Sunday Mid-Day, India

“He wanted to be called simply Osho, because Osho is a sound that heals, and reminds us about the ocean with its infinite wisdom and mystery.
In fact Osho is the greatest guru of the 20th century. As Gandhi did, he had a commune in India. Osho’s commune in Pune still exists and is visited by 100,000 people every year. Osho died in 1990 aged 59, but for all the people that come close to him his spirit keeps inspiring love, consciousness, and joy.”
Vera, Italy

“Osho is not trying to purvey information, but a truth that bypasses conscious thought and all that belongs to it, just as the most important activities of human beings bypass the mind.”
Bernard Levin, The Times, UK

“Of all the great blessed spiritual masters, Osho is the one who speaks most clearly on the role of energy expanding and fulfilling people’s consciousness.”
Gabriel Rosenstock, Irish Book Review

“Osho has the ability to make the esoteric seem instantly appealing and utterly obvious.”
Meditation Magazine, Canada

“Osho is a thoroughly modern man as much at home with Marx and Engels and humanistic psychology as with the mystical traditions of the East. Indeed, he uses Marx and Maslov, Plato and Heidegger, Freud and Beckett and Lenny Bruce, Playboy jokes as well as Zen and Sufi teaching stories, to make telling critiques of political and religious, psychological and sexual orthodoxies.”
James Gordon, Washington Post, USA

“Without question the most inspired, the most literate and the most profoundly informed speaker I have ever heard anywhere. Everything he says in his philosophy of life has the unmistakable ring of truth: a new experience.”
Jean Lyell, Vogue, UK

“Osho could keep his audience in thrall, knitting prescient anecdotes culled from various sources.”
Sunday Mail, India

“With Osho as a guide, Tantra can give you a new perspective, a new way of looking at yourself and at life, a new way of living in harmony with existence…for Tantra is not an intellectual proposal, it is pure experience.”
Penguin Books

“Osho is a living master who has died. His words turn normal ideas on their head and if he can’t reach right through you to the divine void, well…tough luck. Osho is definitely alive in a fast breathing, shaking sort of vividness.”
The Book Reader, USA

“No other master is known to me who is working as universally as he is.”
Esotera, Germany

“These are fundamental works on knowing oneself and the world. Osho’s comments are truly unique.”
Corriere de la Serra, Italy

“Throughout Osho’s teaching runs a golden thread of sparkling humor.”
Vogue, UK

“Osho’s speech just flows. It’s not the ‘what’ but the ‘how’ that captures you.”
Bunte, Germany

“As a former orthodox Christian, I felt a continual sense of both joy and apprehension at this new possibility for approaching Jesus. Doubt and trust pulled me in two directions, until finally I fell in love with the words of this Indian Master and his view of Jesus.”
Glenn Moyer, Yoga Journal, USA

“In his five-volume set on Zen, Osho is at the top of his form. He talks about Gurdjieff, Gertrude Stein, drugs, Aldous Huxley, and everything under the sun.”
The Book Reader, USA

“There are many readers of his books in Japan. What is special about Osho is that he dares to make statements on subjects which are related to society, subjects the old Zen masters tried not to touch.”
Zen Bunka, Japan

“Osho delivers his theses with humor and rhetoric brilliance, indeed complacent, but with an irony that actually enhances and exhilarates.”
Der Spiegel, Germany

“But who was this man who was enchanting these young people, and teaching them how to get rid of all their conditionings — political, religious and family — without giving them any new beliefs?
His knowledge of the West was as formidable as his knowledge of the East. From Buddha to Jesus, from Heraclitus to Marx, from the Indian mystic Tilopa to Jung, from Zen to the Sufis, from Yoga to Tantra, he would point out the strengths and weaknesses of each doctrine…. [He] was the Master who would not give solutions, but simply provide a space to let go of the madness caused by living a life where the body, mind, being and soul were not connected…. Like Socrates he [Osho] was considered a corrupter of the morals of young people; like all true philosophers he demolished a belief system that produced only unhappiness, not joy. His greatness was that he didn’t give solutions, only tools for people to realize themselves… Talking about an India that we don’t often remember, the India where meditation and looking inwards were priorities, Osho shows that those qualities belong not only to India from the days of Buddha but are part of our present too.”
Elle, Italy 

“This is the message: Osho promises that through meditation everybody can become a buddha. This means, one can awaken, become conscious of oneself and of the secret of life and so, not suffering any more, find final peace. This is the Zen teaching, but with something more.”
Vera, Italy

“Two other meditation techniques practiced in more and more groups and seminars are relatively new. The ‘Dynamic Meditation’ and a shaking meditation which goes by the somewhat esoteric name ‘Kundalini Meditation’ (nothing to do with Kundalini Yoga). These meditations have been created by the Indian mystic, Osho.”
Halsa, Sweden

“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

“The present generation has come to acknowledge that Osho was one of the greatest minds produced by our country. It was befitting that the 50th year of Indian Independence should have been celebrated by the publication of an anthology of articles of tributes Osho paid to the spiritual legacy of his country.”
Mid-Day, India

“He was for religiousness, not religion and he was the rich man’s guru, because they could contemplate after meeting their needs.”
Times of India

“For those who think that Osho is the guide and they must become his followers, there is a bad news. Servility, the staple food that most other gurus insist on feeding their “disciples,” is not encouraged by Osho. There are no -isms, only thinking and self-meditation can really take you beyond the shallow and self-destructive existence that Osho criticizes.”
The Asian Age, UK

“Summarizing the thoughts of a man whose transcribed teachings fill an entire bookstore and have sold a purported 15 million volumes worldwide is not easy. Perhaps the kernel is Osho’s notion that the perfect human being combines the earth zest of Zorba the Greek and the transcendental spirituality of Buddha.”
L.A. Times, USA

“What he (Osho) says is couched in language of great power and fluency; he is one of the most remarkable orators I have ever heard, though there is no hint of demagogy in his style, and no oratory or pedagogic feeling about the content of what he says….”
Bernard Levin, The Times, UK

“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

“Drawn from a variety of ideologies and religious traditions, but bearing their own stamp, Osho’s teachings are uncompromisingly radical, anti-rational and capricious. They invite the individual to free his or herself from all the social conditioning: the only commitment is to be open and honest, to enjoy life, love oneself.”
The Sunday Times: ‘1000 Makers of the Twentieth Century’

“This man fascinates the Western elite in a way nobody else does.”
Sueddeutsche Zeitung, Germany

“The novelty of Osho’s teachings is the adaptation of Eastern spiritual wisdom for the Western audience. This may explain the success of his books, ranked among the top-ten best-selling non-fiction.”
La Republicca, Italy

“What Osho has to say about the rights of man is ‘must’ reading for anyone sincerely interested in human welfare and progress because he debunks the conventional wisdom. Anyone who reads this book will understand why so many governments have refused to grant him permission to live within their borders. What he says are the truths that politicians cannot have people hear. If Osho were heard, national boundaries would dissolve, and power would leave the hands of elites and politicians. Celebration of life, love and laughter would become the dominant mode of life on earth.”
New Frontier, USA

“The story of Osho’s life makes fascinating reading.”
The Book Review, India

“Imagine a world where life is fun, where ‘play’ has replaced ‘work’ and where creative self-expression is always encouraged. Imagine a world where joy and laughter are the norm, where life is fully celebrated and where love is the highest ideal. Imagine the world of Osho…”
Spirit Magazine, UK

“A Quiet, Spiritual Place To Find yourself… The 3,500-square-foot space at 570 Lexington Avenue reflects the spirit of Osho, who taught meditation and Zen principles…”
New York Times, USA

“For me the important fact that rang out loud and clear was that Osho was a rare mystic. He was a feminist. Spiritualism has invariably become associated with men. Women are seen as devotees, men as seekers. Osho put an end to all that. He realized that liberation was not merely of body and mind but also of the soul.”
Farzana Versey, The Sunday Observer, India

“Osho is one of the ten people who have changed the destiny of India: for liberating the minds of future generations from the shackles of religiosity and conformism. He was a deeply spiritual man who denounced all religions.”
Khushwant Singh, Mid-Day, India

“Some people call it the ‘buddhafield’ of an enlightened master. Others say it’s the world’s largest spiritual single’s club. One thing is certain: the Osho Commune International –founded nearly 25 years ago by Osho is not your typical Indian ashram. A New Age Xanadu that attracts thousands of visitors every day, the commune is a self-contained personal growth conglomerate, offering an astonishing variety of classes and workshops in everything from organizational development to tantric sex. And if the courses don’t interest you, you can spend your days romping in the swimming pool, sauna, “Zennis” courts, and bistro of the commune’s “Club Meditation.”
Anne Cushman and Jerry Jones, Yoga Journal, USA

“The Osho Commune, founded in 1974, claims to be the world’s largest growth center for meditation and spiritual growth. It attracts more than three percent of all foreign tourists to India – more than the Taj Mahal – and is the most widely visited destination in the country. In January, celebrations of the seventh anniversary of founder Osho’s death attracted record numbers of visitors. Osho’s followers insist that he merely ‘left his body’. The inscription by his ashes reads: ‘OSHO: Never Born, Never died; only visited this planet Earth, between Dec. 11, 1931 and Jan. 19, 1990.’ For one who was never born, he certainly made a massive impact on the world.”
Emma Levine, Asia Magazine, USA

Osho Commune International is a kind of spiritual park — the world’s largest meditation commune.
“Every year thousands of people visit this luxurious commune…. A very comfortable paradise where you can stay a long time with low-budget hotels nearby and very good food in the Commune, with meditations free… The atmosphere is really like a fairy tale. A paradise where all your emotional, bodily and spiritual needs are met. I can advise everybody to visit for a few days and walk around that beautiful garden where everybody is friendly.”

Elle, Holland

“More and more so-called meditation tourists are coming. These are lawyers and doctors, as well as teachers, police officers and housewives. Some are sannyasins, most of them in fact aren’t. All of them are attracted by what the new ashram has to offer: With a mixture of spirituality and holiday camp one can experience how to keep the soul in balance.”
Bild am Sonntag, Germany

“The commune in Pune is the biggest tourist attraction in India, second only to the Taj Mahal.”
Brigitte, Germany

“They have constructed pyramids of marble and a pristine Zen garden. Thousand of men and women pour through the gate every day, from Europe, America, Australia, and Japan.”
Wall Street Journal, USA

“The Osho Commune International has created a stunning landscape, a vista of gurgling streams, curving paths, and quiet, shady corners ideal for meditating. It is an admirable attempt to fashion a self-sufficient eco-stystem, and it may be the only community in India where the tap water is totally safe for foreigners to drink. The grounds are immaculate…”
Conde Nast Traveler, USA


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