Lao Tzu, Zarathustra, Kabir, Nanak… not a single person has ever become enlightened in a temple, church or mosque. Go on seeking, searching, finding yourself not in things and people but digging deep inside to taste the real experience of existence – OSHO
OSHO aka Bhagwaan Shri Rajneesh an Indian Godman and a mystic was born as Chandra Mohan Jain on 11 December 1931, in Kuchwada (M.P)
He emphasized on the importance of love, celebration, courage, creativity, humour, meditation and mindfulness. Rajneesh revelled in paradox and contradiction, engaging in behaviour that seemed entirely at odds with traditional images of an enlightened individual.
He spoke on Jainism, Hinduism, Tantrism, Buddhism, Taoism, Sufism, Christianity and a very of sects n religions. His teachings seemed at par with variety of Eastern n Western mystics and influencers such as Heraclitus, Sigmund Freud, George Gurdjieff, Friedrich Nietzsche, D.H.Lawrence, Wilhelm Reich.
His discourse’s seemed to be influenced by scriptures like Upnishads, Guru Granth Sahib, Writings of Rumi and the likes.
Rajneesh believed that every human being is a Buddha with a capacity of enlightenment, capable of unconditional love and of responding rather than reacting to life. He stressed on breaking the barriers of false ego, social conditionings and illusory sense of identity to be able to take and inward journey of self realisation from periphery to centre.
He presented meditation not just a practice but as a state of awareness to be maintained in every moment, a total consciousness that awakens the individual from sleep of mechanical responses conditioned by pseudo beliefs and expectations…
His teachings emphasized on recognising the importance of being ordinary and simple. He believed there was no need of becoming a super human, superior or supramental.. because this could paralyse you by creating a subtle bondage, imprisonment leading to your destruction.
Eat, sleep, love, stay alive in the present moment and don’t hanker for perfectionism was his mantra because being perfect is impossible and staying ordinary is wonderful !!
Rajneesh died on 19 January 1990, aged 58, at the ashram in Pune, India…leaving a legacy behind. The official cause of death was heart failure, but a statement released by his commune said that he had died because “living in the body had become a hell”. His ashes were placed in his newly built bedroom in Lao Tzu House at the ashram in Pune. The epitaph reads, “Never Born – Never Died Only visited this planet Earth between December 11, 1931 and January 19, 1990”.