Beautifully illustrated with colour photos, India My Love: A Spiritual Journey is a mystery tour with Osho as guide and storyteller.
A best seller in India in 1997, this collection of discourses has been completely overhauled for the U.S. edition and defies categorization. While it could easily be classified under spirituality or stories of Indian saints, this would not be conclusive, as the book also contains 42 full-color photographs celebrating the grandeur of India. Osho, who is considered an enlightened being by some and a charlatan by others, is equally unclassifiable. An erstwhile professor of philosophy, Osho laces his talks with anecdotes, stories, and references drawn from history, mythology, and literature. This book is a collection of such stories, along with tales of saints and enlightened masters from the Hindu, Buddhist, Christian, Jain, Sikh, and Sufi traditions of India, illustrating the state of an enlightened master and the inner resonance between the master and disciple. According to Osho, this tradition is unique to India. While this may be arguable, the stories and pictures make the book highly accessible to all readers, including those unacquainted with India and Eastern mysticism.
About the Author:
Osho was born in Kuchwada, Madhya Pradesh, on 11 December 1931. Rebellious and independent from childhood, he insisted on experiencing the truth for himself rather than acquiring knowledge and beliefs given by others. He attained ‘enlightenment’ at 21 and went on to complete his academic studies. He spent several years teaching philosophy at the University of Jabalpur. Meanwhile, he travelled throughout India delivering talks and meeting people from all walks of life.
By the 1960s, Osho had begun to develop his unique dynamic meditation techniques. He felt that modern man is so burdened with the archaic traditions of the past as well as the anxieties of modern-day living that he must go through a deep cleansing process before he can hope to discover the thought-less, relaxed state of meditation. In the early 1970s, the West first began to hear of Osho. By 1974, a commune had been established around him in Pune, and the trickle of visitors from the West soon became a flood. Osho spoke of every aspect of life and on the development of human consciousness.
Based on his own existential experience rather than on intellectual understanding, he distilled the essence of what is significant to the spiritual quest of contemporary man. Osho left his body on 19 January 1990. His commune in India continues to attract thousands of international visitors who come to participate in its meditation, therapy and creative programmes or to simply experience being in a ‘Buddhafield’.
Osho’s talks have been published in more than 600 volumes and translated into over thirty languages.