Darshan Diaries 1976 – 1981
Unpublished Darshan Diaries
“If Bhagwan has a dictum,
it is that of total acceptance
of all that one is,
of all that God has given one.”
(Maneesha, editor, in:.
‘Beloved of my Heart’ 1978, p. 128)
This annotated Bibliography is a highly selective compilation with also editor’s commentaries and sannyasins participating in darshans. For a full registration of dates for darshans and additional notes, see www.sannyas.wiki Category: Darshan Diaries.
Volume number is indicated only when mentioned in colophon etc. The listing of bibliographic entries is according to publishing year of each book with Darshan Diaries and not according to chronological sequence of the respective darshan series.
The darshan diaries cover the period up to September 1979. They are published from India and Oregon until July 1985. The volume ‘The Sound of One Hand Clapping’ is recording the last darshans which took place in Poona March 1981 when this darshan format came to an end. Osho then went into silence and left for America in early June 1981. The remaining darshan diaries from the period October 1979 until February 1981 are not published in print. They are listed in the subsection ‘Unpublished Darshan Diaries’ with a reference to their digital representation.
Editor’s (Ma Prem Maneesha) commentaries can be read as a continuous chronological account of life and events in the Poona ashram, just like Introductions and the many valuable interviews with sannyasins hidden in the text and referred to in the annotations. In some cases quotations from Osho’s dialogues are included.
Text is with English speaking participants only, some darshans in Hindi with Indian followers being omitted by the editor. In general it is Westerners who are participating in these darshans with fairly few Indians.
Font is in lower case for all names, and lower case characters are also used for editor’s commentary in most volumes. Editor is occasionally cross referencing to previously published volumes. Coloured photographs and portraits of Osho are mostly inserted in front of the books, except in some early editions.
For a full listing of sannyas names in the initiation darshans see:
A total of 42 published and 16 unpublished Darshan Diaries, with 2 compilations:
– 1976 – September 1980. 19 hardbound volumes. 22×14,5 cm.
– March 1980 – July 1982. 13 volumes in landscape format. 22×29 cm.
– March 1983 – July 1985. 9 paperback volumes. 17,5×11 cm.
– Last Darshan Diary, ‘The Sound of One Hand Clapping’, covering 01.03 – 23.03.1981 was published in May 1981. Unbound. 19×13 cm.
* Hammer on the Rock. (On jacket: A Darshan Diary). Volume I. Compilation, Editing and Commentary: Ma Prem Maneesha. Prologue: Ma Prem Maneesha. Coordination: Ma Yoga Pratima. Design: Swami Anand Yatri. Photographs: Swami Shiva Murti. Printing: K.P. Puthran Tata Press Ltd. 414, Veer Savarkar Marg. Bombay 400 025. On paper supplied by Chimanlals. Photoset in Alphatype Caledonia and Centaurus. Publisher: Ma Yoga Laxmi. Rajneesh Foundation, 1976. First edition. 452 pages. Illustrated. Hardcover. Size: 22×14,5 cm. Weight: 813 g. No ISBN. Period: 10.12.1975 – 15.01.1976. #1=Dec 10, 1975, #2-6=Dec 12-16, #7=Dec 19, #8-11 Dec 21-24, #12=Dec 26, #13-16 Dec 28-31, #17-31= Jan 1-15. Place: The porch, Lao Tzu House. Poona.
Including photosection with eight pages of colour photos from darshans. Printing on some pages are in green, blue or red types.
From back jacket:
“IS NOT MY WORD LIKE AS A FIRE? SAITH THE LORD; AND LIKE A HAMMER THAT BREAKETH THE ROCK IN PIECES? Jeremiah Chapter 23 Verse 29.
Until recently, ‘darshan’ – the informal meetings of Bhagwan Shree with his disciples and with visitors, have gone unrecorded, save in the hearts of those present.
Darshan literally means seeing, or vision- The very seeing of an enlightened being, just having the opportunity of lingering a little in his presence, is in itself an incredible experience. This book is an attempt to convey something of what transpires in that seeing. Much more than a verbal dialogue happens. In fact to glimpse the message that is Bhagwan’s, that is Bhagwan, you need to read between the lines.”
From back flap:
“Throughout the book, hundreds of faces that are Bhagwan are revealed and revealed and revealed. There are as many facets of Bhagwan as there are disciples. But for all alike there is an unceasing, a complete and unconditional acceptance, an outpouring of love and compassion.”
Prologue by Ma Prem Maneesha. Excerpts:
Time: Evening, on a day in December.
Setting: The porch of a large house on the outskirts of Poona, a town in India. The house looks onto a large expanse of lawn which is bordered by shrubs and trees and flowerd. A bougainvilleae creeper sprawls luxuriantly over a fence – a splash of red and white, orange and purple among the green foliage.
As the curtain rises, we see on the porch of the house, a large easy chair in which a man is sitting. He is dressed completely in white. We are immediately drawn to him; he seems to radiate a grace and a serenity that is other-worldly, yet there is a sense of down-to-this-earth-ness, too. He carries a feeling of at-oneness with his surroundings, a rapport with the trees and flowers which we almost feel are standing, blossoming, shedding their leaves, and raising their flowery heads for him; are rejoicing in him, and in an inexplicable sense are protecting him, sheltering him.
His beauty has something of their world. His large soft eyes, his grey-white flowing beard, the delicate quality of his face, his slender hands in repose, are reminiscent somehow of a beautiful tree, in which strength and fragility combine.
He gazes at the garden before him, sometimes closing his eyes for several seconds. His hands are delicately folded together, a finger occasionally tapping on his hand as if in rhythm with a harmony that only he is hearing. Now and then he addresses a remark to a woman dressed in orange sitting by his side.
We move to the gate of the house which is some distance from the porch and on the other side of the building…
A small group of twenty or so people, orange-clad, are gathering. There are Indians and westerners of varying ages: a small girl with her mother, an indian family – grandparents, children, uncle and aunt too – an elderly couple – westerners – with a girl who appears to be their daughter, and some men and women in their twenties and thirties. They are sannyasins – disciples of a man they know as Bhagwan, Bhagwan Shree Rajneesh. They speak quietly together; but a sense of excitement surrounds them…
Some of the sannyasins glance quickly up at him before bending down to remove their shoes; others hurriedly shuffle out of their sandals and move towards the man, smiling – some tentatively, shyly. Others, perhaps seeing their master for the first time in many months, immediately kneel before him, then look up at him as they take their places on the floor in front of him – their faces flushed, and bodies trembling with emotions; eyes soft, love-ful, a sense of relief, of having come home, around him…
His words are pure poetry and yet are free of any affection; spontaneous flowing words seem to pour from him, arranging themselves of their own accord in such a way that they shower the ear of the listener, caressing him with their beauty while penetrating him in their depth.” (p. v)
Flowers and honey, knives and flames,
a hammer on the rock.
If you want to understand Bhagwan
you will have to leave your head behind.
To be with him
is to surrender your ideologies,
your preconceptions, your conditionings…
To be with him
is to die and be reborn…
To be with him
is to fall in love as never before…
There is an understanding that comes with love,
deeper than that of the head.
to encompass opposites
to be conveyed without words
to let go, and to flow.”
– The Arica group (30 participants) come to darshan. (p. 164)
– Arvind, from Rajneesh Meditation Center, Copenhagen. (p. 44)
* Above All, Don’t Wobble. A Darshan Diary. (On back jacket: Darshan Diary Series Volume 2). Volume II. Editor and compiler: Ma Prem Maneesha. Coordination: Ma Yoga Pratima. Design: Swami Anand Yatri. Photographs: Swami Shiva Murti. Printing: K.P. Puthran Tata Press Ltd. 414, Veer Savarkar Marg. Bombay 400 025. Publisher: Ma Yoga Laxmi. Rajneesh Foundation, Poona, 1976. First edition. 475 pages. Illustrated. Exquisite hardcover binding. Size: 22×14,5 cm. Weight: 881 g. ISBN 0-88050-001-8 (label). Period: 16.01 – 12.02. 1976. #1-16= Jan 16-31, #17-28= Feb 1-12. Place: The porch, Lao Tzu House. Poona.
In Appendix: Books by Bhagwan Shree Rajneesh. Translations. Rajneesh Meditation Centers.
Front flap: “These penetrating dialogues between an Enlightened Master and his disciples and visitors of all ages, from many countries, place the ancient phenomenon of Enlightenment in a lucid contemporary focus.
With the West’s historic emphasis on self-reliance, skepticism and the empirical search for external scientific Truth, it is no wonder that the Eastern tradition of surrender to a Master and the state of Enlightenment have been so doubted and misunderstood. But here, at last, is a Master deeply conversant with Western intellectual traditions and social institutions, and with the tremendous discoveries in psychology since Freud, including the work of Reich, Perls, Maslow, Rogers, Janov and others associated with the ‘Human Potential Movement’. Bhagwan Shree Rajneesh uses their vocabulary to show that Enlightenment is the ultimate flowering of human potential. After the individual has worked through all his neurosis, manipulativeness, aggression, possiveness, fears, wants and needs, Enlightenment is what remains: what the East has called nirvana, samadhi, Attainment, Liberation.
It is working-through that this book, second in the Rajneesh Foundation’s darshan diaries, uniquely documents. At Bhagwan’s ashram in Poona, under his compassionate guidance, a historic synthesis is taking place, with the creation of a growth center combining the ancient methods of Yoga, Buddhism, Sufism, Zen and other traditional parts with such Westrn techniques as Primal Therapy, Rolfing, Encounter and Psychodrama. Therapists have come from all parts of the West to don the orange robe of the sannyasin and become vehicles for Bhagwan’s energy: the universal energy of Love.”
Continued on back flap:
“One by one, disciples and visitors come before him, alone or with their therapy groups, to receive his totally individualized advice, or simply to celebrate their growing joy and awareness. He speaks in detail to therapists and group members alike, on such diverse topics as sex, love and parenting; art and creativity; drugs and meditation; homosexuality; Gurdjieff groups; the ‘generation gap’; ‘phoniness’; fasting and overeating; anger; sleep; disease; old age and death. Reading these conversations, one glimpses that the Master is no more than one’s own deepest inner core: “I am teaching you that you don’t need me – but for this much, you need me. And this is the whole effort: to make you free.” One begins to see that to surrender is finally to take utter responsibility for everything one does and is: Sitting / just sit, / walking, / just walk…/ above all, / don’t wobble.”
– Editor’s diary 07.10.1975 – 08.10.1976. (6 pages)
– Editor on therapies offered at the ashram. (p. 84)
– Editor on Osho’s responding to sannyasins. (p. 181)
– Editor on camps at the ashram. (p. 246)
– Editor on following other gurus. (p. 278)
– Ma Satya Yogini dancing classical Indian Kathak in darshan. (p. 384)
– Vedant in darshan with his son Siddhartha. (p. 407)
– Editor on Osho as a force. (p. 246)
“So you will have to do something, not just reading. Meditation, swimming, running, dancing, singing, weeping and laughing may be helpful – thinking alone won’t help. Read a book, there is nothing wrong in it – but don’t be confined to it. It can open a door but don’t remain at the door. If you stand there, if you cling to the door, you will never enter the palace. And treasures are not there, nobody keeps treasures at the door. They are hidden deep in the innermost shrine of your being.”. (p. 268)
* Nothing to Loose but Your Head. A Darshan Diary. Compilation, Editing and Commentary: Ma Prem Maneesha. Introduction: Ma Prem Maneesha. Design: Swami Anand Bodhisattva. Swami Anand Yatri. Photography: Swami Shivamurti. Swami Krishna Bharti. Ma Prem Champa. Coordination: Ma Yoga Pratima. Printing: K.P. Puthran at Tata Press Ltd. Bombay 400 025. Photoset in ITC Souvenir. On paper supplied by Chimanlals, Bombay. Publisher: Ma Yoga Laxmi. Rajneesh Foundation, Poona, July 1977. First edition. 398 pages. Illustrated. Hardcover. Size: 22×14,5 cm. Weight: 738 g. ISBN 0-880050-104-9 (label). Period: 13.02 – 12.03.1976. #1-8= Feb 13-20, #9-16= Feb 22-29, #17= Mar 1, #18-22= Mar 8-12. Place: The porch and Chuang Tzu Auditorium, Lao Tzu House.
In Appendix: Rajneesh Meditation Centers. Books by Bhagwan Shree Rajneesh. Foreign editions. Translations.
Front flap: “In this book we overhear dialogues between the Enlightened Master Bhagwan Shree Rajneesh, and the seekers who sit at his feet. From everywhere they stream into the Ashram at Poona, India, every age and nationality, a continuous flow of them – poets, priests, psychiatrists, businessmen, diplomats, housewives, students, junkies, nobodies. What he says to them is as esoteric yet as ordinary as the reflection of our own eyes, as mystical and as mundane as life itself. His voice resonates with something in the deepest part of us, and we find ourselves rememering more than learning.”
Back flap: “To the person whose hands hold this book, a challenge is issued: turn to the section on Vipassana; look at the photographs closely, read the account, along with Bhagwan’s discourses on prayer and death; and be forewarned – your attitude toward death may never be the same. You may forget the distinction between sacred and pagan; you may never forget the name, Vipassana; and, quite possibly, Bhagwan Shree Rajneesh may remain with you forever.”
Introduction by Maneesha. Excerpt:
“Sannyasins are involved in all kinds work here – from gardening and cooking, to running groups and editing Bhagwan’s lectures. Bhagwan delivers lectures each morning in our beautiful outdoor auditorium, while in the evening he gives darshan to a small group of sannyasins.
Darshan literally means ‘seeing’ – and just the seeing of an enlightened person such as Bhagwan, is an incredible experience, a benediction. Many sannyasins use this time to ask questions about their meditation, their work, their relationships. Others feel they gain more through just sitting silently in his presence.
So a large part of what is communicated, the major part, is not what is said, but what is not said. Bhagwan’s words are beautiful, but his wordlessnesses, the silences, the…’s are even more potent. It is as if the words are just excuses, just vehicles for the silences, are like the winds that help to bear the arrow home to its mark.
But I can only convey at the most a glimpse of what is happening here. It is dificult to commune with you over the thousands of miles between us. But rather than thinking about what I’ve said, try to feel what I cannot say. Let Bhagwan in me touch the Bhagwan in you, and come – you have nothing to lose but your head!” (p. x)
– Editor on camps, discourses and meditations at the ashram. (p. 28)
– Editor on pendling between ashram and the West. (p. 86)
– Editor on the people coming to Osho.
Monday March 8th 1976. “As Bhagwan had been a little unwell this week, until this evening there had been no darshan. Whether or when darshans would recommence was uncertain… When it was annouced that darshan would be happening tonight – but in silence – feelings were mixed. To be able to sit with Bhagwan at all was cheering, but there was a feeling that this heralded the beginning of a new phase in which Bhagwan would withdraw more and more.
Nevertheless, the thirty or so people who attended the silent darshan seemed, on the whole, to feel positive about it.
Those present were conducted to the Chuang Tzu auditorium where the discourses are held, rather than to the porch of Lao Tzu house where darshans usually takes place. Minutes after they seated themselves, Bhagwan arrived, and smilingly took his place in the chair before the group…
The following day, those who attended last night’s darshan were asked how they felt about the experience…” (p. 295)
Friday March 12th 1976. “This afternoon the body of Vipassana died – a week after being diagnosed as having an inoperable brain tumour. In place of darshan, a talk was delivered by Bhagwan Shree in the Chuang Tzu auditorium”
The last part of the book, pages 359 to 393, is dedicated to the death of Vipassana, with Osho’s talk, editor’s comments, interviews and many photos in colour and b/w.
* Be Realistic: Plan for a Miracle. A Darshan Diary. Editing and Commentary: Ma Prem Maneesha. Introduction: Swami Amit Prem (Bernard Gunther). Design: Swami Anand Bodhisattva. Photography: Swami Shivamurti. Swami Krishna Bharti. Ma Prem Champa. Production: Ma Yoga Prem. Ma Ananda Vandana. Swami Anand Ram. Coordination: Ma Yoga Pratima. Printing: K.P. Puthran Press at Tata Press Ltd. 414 Veer Savarkar Marg. Bombay 400 025. Photoset in Alphatype Musica. On paper supplied by Chimanlals, Bombay. Publisher: Ma Yoga Laxmi. Rajneesh Foundation, 1977. First edition. 406 pages. Illustrated. Size: 22×14,5 cm. Weight: 771 g. No ISBN. Period: 13.03 – 06.04.1976. #1-6= Mar 13-18, #7-16= Mar 22-31, #17-22= Apr 1-6. Place: The porch and Chuang Tzu Auditorium, Lao Tzu House. Poona.
In Appendix: Rajneesh Meditation Centers. Books by Bhagwan Shree Rajneesh. Foreign editions. Translations.
Front and back flaps have identical text by Swami Prem Paritosh. Excerpt:
“What a beautiful title, I thought to myself, picking up the manuscripts of this book and proceeding to go through it at random… On page after page I find these beautiful responses to the questions put to Bhagwan by disciples and seekers from all over the world. This book is a unique documentation of the echoes of a valley, the reflection of a pure mirror…
Here is wisdom and tenderness, love and humour, and something that will strike a chord in each of us. The responses in this book are not for the questioner only, but for me and you, as we read and listen with the heart.”
Introduction, a poem on Osho’s work, by Swami Amit Prem (formerly Bernard Gunther). Excerpt:
“Here in this volume / is a fresh bouquet / of sun flowers / taken from bhagwan’s / darshan garden / love wisdom rays / radiating beauty / and understanding / of your own mental / emotional maze // living flowers / not just concepts / but deep blossoming / master indications / masterful meditations / pure scents / to dissolve / your ego / burdens / frustrations / and revitalise / your essence / being” (No page number)
– Amitabh on his first meeting with Osho. (p. 15)
– Chaitanya Hari on playing music. (p. 27)
– Editor on Enlightenment Day March 21st. Official opening of Jesus, Francis and Eckhart Houses, foundation stone for the underground Vipassana meditation center, completed fountain in front of Krishna House, the Gateless Gate. Darshan and celebration in Chuang Tzu auditorium. (pp. 108-16)
– Editor on being in Osho’s presence. (p. 244)
– Editor on natural phenomena happening in the garden while Osho is speaking. (p. 262)
Osho to couple in darshan:
“Have you read Kahlil Gibran’s ‘The Prophet’?
A woman asks that Alumustafa say something to them about marriage. Almustafa says:
‘…And stand together yet not too near together:
For the pillars of the temple stand apart,
And the oak tree and the cypress grow not in
each other’s shadow.” (p. 306)
* Get Out of Your Own Way! A Darshan Diary. Volume V. Editing and Commentary: Ma Prem Maneesha. Introduction: Ma Prem Maneesha. Design: Swami Anand Bodhisattva. Phptography: Swami Shivamurti. Swami Krishna Bharti. Ma Prem Champa. Coordination: Ma Yoga Pratima. Production: Ma Yoga Prem. Ma Ananda Vandana. Ma Deva Bhasha. Swami Anand Ram. Ma Prem Tushita. Printing: K.P. Puthran Tata Press Ltd. 414 Veer Savarkar Marg. Bombay 400 025. On paper supplied by Chimanlals. Photoset in Alphatype Souvenir. Publisher: Ma Yoga Laxmi. Rajneesh Foundation, 1977. First edition. 362 pages. Illustrated. Size: 22×14,5 cm. Weight: 687 g. No ISBN. Period: 07.04 – 29.04.1976. #1-9= Apr 7-15, #10-23= Apr 17-30, #24-25= May 1-2. Place: The porch, Lao Tzu House. Poona.
In Appendix: Books by Bhagwan Shree Rajneesh. Foreign editions. Translations. Rajneesh Meditation Centers.
From front and back flaps, by Swami Geet Govind:
“Waiting for the next darshan…
A darshan with Bhagwan Shree Rajneesh is an incredible happening – it is the encounter with the enlightened one, with a master who talks about the paths and the secrets of the eastern and western traditions. It is the encounter with the mad blacksmith who makes keys for each and every door.
Bhagwan is a tree with branches in the sky and roots in the womb of the earth. His eyes: the reply. His hands: energy breathing and showering on the one who is blessed by his touch.
Initiation into sannyas is a rebirth. It means looking at the world with new eyes, the eyes of innocence, unfolding a new dimension before our own sensitivity.
When Bhagwan comes into the darshan hall, it is pure source of light which comes through him… When Bhagwan listens to questions and answers them, it is pure source of light which is listening and answering.
The taste of the love of the disciple for his master is a very particular taste… it is the taste of the earth unfolding all her mysteries and constantly creating new ones. Bhagwan leads all those who are surrendered to him into the discovery of all the secrets that existence holds, without losing the taste of the mystery which lies in experiencing.
In Bhagwan are gathered the essences and the perfumes of the great spiritual masters of all ages. When he is talking on Heraclitus or on ancient tantric scriptures, he is a cloud showering knowledge; when he is talking on the disturbing truth of Gurdjieff or on the crystal-clear purity of Lao Tzu, Bhagwan is the mountains’ winds blowing on the morning dew.
It is difficult to explain in words what an encounter with the master is. Sitting at the feet of my master, I am waiting for my next darshan.”
Introduction by Maneesha:
“Gurdjieff once said to his disciples that if people could understand his words only, they would never understand him, because he was trying to convey something beyond words.
The same might be said of Bhagwan Shree. His words are only indications of what cannot be said, but words, too, he uses with an incredible sensitivity, with a feeling for every subtle nuance of each syllable. Words have a habit of dancing from him quite of their own accord, as effortlessly and abundantly as if vying with each other for expression. Bhagwan seems to be merely the excuse, the medium, for the rivering of words.
One is reminded of a passage in Gibran’s ‘The Prophet’, where Almitra, the seeress, thanks the prophet for his words to the villagers, saying: ‘Blessed be this day and this place and your spirit that has spoken.’ The prophet replies: ‘Was it I who spoke? Was I not also a listener?’
Bhagwan has lent a whole new perspective to the english language. The same words that we bandy back and forth with careless abandon, he handles as reverently, as delicately, as lotuses. As with the princess in the fairy story from whose lips fell rubles and sapphires, emeralds and diamonds, so words drop, pearl-like, from Bhagwan – some dazzling, fiery, others softly aglow with an inner richness.
It is difficult, at least initially, not to be seduced by his words – and yet it is not as though he is saying anything extraordinary.
‘I feel as if he is saying many things that have been on the tip of my tongue, but which I have not been relaxed enough to be able to think, say, feel.’
Sometimes he will say something that evokes an almost physical response – as if your tendermost part is being touched. At the same time it doesn’t seem as if it is Bhagwan, as an external force, who is doing it, but rather as if you are contacting yourself; as if you have heard a call from many lives past, from your innermost core.
‘Just hearing him speak, the things he says touch me so profoundly in such a deeper place. I’ve never been aware of such depth in myself.’
Bubbling up through his conversation with sannyasins is Bhagwan’s incomparable sense of the humorous. He has a seemingly inexhaustible supply of jokes, witticisms and anecdotes, drawn from his profilic reading, from incidents in his own life and that of a personal acquaintance, Mulla Nasrudin.
In the recounting of jokes, Bhagwan has the capacity to remain quite unmoved by his own wit, sitting asolutely straight-faced while reducing his audience to a heaving mass of orange, gasping helplessly for breath.
That we are a source of delight and pleasure to Bhagwan seems unbelievably apparent. His laughter is not at but with… as if everything is a colossal joke, a cosmic play, if we could but see it.
In the informal setting of the evening darshans, the unrehearsed and unsophisticated attempts to verbalise confusion and fears, the expressions of surprise, relief, joy, the statements of appreciation and confessions of love, seem to touch Bhagwan more deeply, moving him more to spontaneous laughter or a loving chuckle, than any preplanned and clever repartee.
Even when he is not laughing overtly, somehow one senses a chuckle constantly hovering around Bhagwan’s face, a smile playing on his lips, as if there is an undercurrent of merriment, and a refusal – nay, an inability – to regard anything as really serious. In fact, Bhagwan says, the only thing that he takes seriously is humour.
The temple that is Bhagwan’s presence could hardly be further removed from the sobriety and long faces of churchgoers on sunday. ‘The day laughter goes out of the church, God also goes out. Let laughter be your temple.’
But what in fact transpires in darshan is an answering not of individual questions, but of our very questioning. Having sat fairly bursting at the seams with a million and one questions, each seemingly more insoluble than the rest, on encountering Bhagwan those self-same questions take one look at him and flee with no more ado. Somehow they don’t belong – and they sense that.
Drinking in each of Bhagwan’s words, one begins less and less to follow any intellectual progression of sentences. Individual syllables and sounds begin to expand and explode like dynamic bubbles of energy, each a seed that’s born, sprouts and flowers, permeating one’s being with the fragrance that is its message. Finally the mind, saturated, drops, and in that mindlessness, conversation ceases and communion – a holy communion – happens.
But words – beautiful, poignant as they are – are ultimately simply toys to play with, an excuse to make contact: noises between silences, utterances whose intermittent absences make gaps. As the silence that follows the striking of a cymbal is as intrinsic as the sound itself, so words are simply means of providing a more silent silence.
If Bhagwan’s words soothe and delight the intellect, his actual physical presence, the grace of each movement, seems to convey a deeper message on a more subtle, feeling plane. A sannyasin once asked Bhagwan about the significance of his seemingly meaningless gestures and hand movements. Were they simply pointing to the moon, she asked? Exactly so, he replied.
If the movement of the branches of a tree caressed by a summer evening’s breeze are meaningless, then too are Bhagwan’s gestures, ‘mudras’. The dance of the tree is without meaning and yet tremendously meaningful, signifying a something that defies articulation. The message of Bhagwan, like the tree’s, is more a sensory experience; his message, massage; each movement seeming to conduct the ensemble of his words into a hidden harmony.
More than that which is conveyed intellectually, deeper than that which touches one’s feelings, is the energy that Bhagwan transmits, that Bhagwan is.
Have you ever been in a cathedral, alone, and experienced the awe-inspiring beauty, the overwhelming grandeur of an organ in its rendering of a Bach fugue? It is something more than a merely aural experience, more than a series of quavers and semi-tones arranged in melodic patterns. It is a total experience. One’s body receives the vibrations of the music like embraces of a lover. Every pore is aquiver, trembling, thrilled; energy merges, diffusing with energy. Something in one’s inner being clicks, turns, falls into place; there is a chemical, an alchemical transformation.
You are never quite the same again.” (six unnumbered pages)
(Note: This Introduction is also included in Appendix, vol 2, Poona One)
– Satyarthi, a Danish sannyasin. (p. 15)
– Editor on wearing orange robes. (p. 152)
– Mahageeta, a Danish female doctor and bio-energetics therapist. (p. 215)
– Veeresh on his first introduction to Osho. (p. 239)
– Leena, a psychologist from Denmark. (p. 246)
– Editor on Goa. (p. 249)
– Veeresh, Amitabh, Teertha and Sudha on therapy. (pp. 266-73)
– Editor on Enlightenment Intensive group. (p. 337)
* Beloved of my Heart. A Darshan Diary. Editing and Commentary: Ma Prem Maneeshsa. Introduction: Ma Prem Maneesha. Design: Swami Anand Bodhisattva Swami Anand Subhadra. Photography: Swami Krishna Bharti. Swami Shivamurti. Ma Yoga Vivek. Coordination: Me Yoga Pratima. Production: Ma Yoga Prem. Ma Deva Bhasha. Ma Prem Mangla. Swami Deva Shraddhan. Printing: K.P. Puthran, Tata Press Ltd. 414 Veer Savarkar Marg. Bombay 400 025. Photoset in Alphatype Garamond. Publisher: Ma Yoga Laxmi. Rajneesh Foundation, Poona, March 1978. First edition. 344 pages. Illustrated. Hardcover. Size: 22×14,5 cm. Weight: 676 g. No ISBN. 5000 copies. Period: 03.05 – 28.05.1976. Place: The porch, Lao Tzu House. Poona.
In Appendix: Books by Bhagwan Shree Rajneesh. Foreign editions. Translations. Rajneesh Meditation Centers.
Front and back flaps have text from ‘The New Mystics’ (1974) by Aubrey Menen. (See Part Three: Bombay). Excerpt:
“Rajneesh’s thinking is firmly based on the austere principles of the original sages. But he has invented a simpler way of at least getting a glimpse of what the original sages were talking about. I think it interesting, practical and spectacular.
Rajneesh saw that it was fear of loneliness that made people seek him out, as thousands do. He therefore invented ‘mass meditation’. I have attended one of these sessions.”
Introduction by Maneesha. Excerpt:
“Being near a master such as Bhagwan is a source of continual reassurance and inspiration. He is someone who has reached and is still alive to tell the tale – not only alive, but more fully alive, more blisfully aglow, more serene and centred than you have ever been. One who has been on a similat journey can guide you into situations which are helpful for your particular path.
Unlike scriptures, which offer a fixed and rigid formular to every seeker alike, Bhagwan responds to each person as a unique individual. He is as fluid as life itself and moves with you according to your needs. As you move higher in consciousness and closer to him, he steps back a pace, beckoning you on like a will o’ the wisp. And the essence of that which beckons and guides, soothes and reassures, which inspires and reaffirms one’s validity and the worth of such an effort, is the incredible and unceasing love that emanates from Bhagwan’s being.” (No page number)
– Swami Anand Dervisha, a young Danish man. (p. 25)
– Editor on the milieu at the ashram (p. 76)
– Varta, a young Danish woman. (p. 122)
– Deva Kripa, a Danish sannyasin studying acupuncture in London, on her blocked energy. (pp. 126-133)
– Editor: “If Bhagwan has a dictum, it is that of total acceptance of all that one is, of all that God has given one.” (p. 128)
* The Cypress in the Courtyard. A Darshan Diary. Editor: Ma Prem Maneesha. Commentary: Swami Anand Deepesh. Introduction: Ma Prem Maneesha. Design: Swami Prem Deekshant. Coordination: Ma Yoga Pratima. Production: Ma Yoga Prem. Swami Shivamurti. Swami Krishna Bharti. Ma Prem Champa. Ma Ananda Vandana. Ma Prem Tushita. Ma Deva Bhasha. Ma Anand Pratima. Printing: Spads Phototype Setting Industries (P.) Ltd., at Army and Navy Press, Bombay. Phototypesetting: Spads Phototype Setting Industries (P.) Ltd. 101 A, Poonam Chambers, Dr. Annie Besant Road. Worli Bombay 400 018. Publisher: Ma Yoga Laxmi. Rajneesh Foundation, Poona, 1978. First edition. 442 pages. Illustrated. Hardcover. Size: 22×14,5 cm. Weight: 762 g. No ISBN. 5000 copies. Period: 29.05 – 27.06.1976. #1= May 29, #2-21= Jun 5-24, #22-23= Jun 26-27. Place: The porch, Lao Tzu House. Poona.
In Appendix: Books by Bhagwan Shree Rajneesh. Foreign editions: Translations.
Back flap by Swami Anand Deepesh: “What’s happening in Poona may well be the vanguard of the long heralded ‘fourth revolution’. the revolution in consciousness. One cannot help being struck by the presence here of increasingly large numbers of psychiatrists, psychologists, therapists and others formerly involved in the growth movement. For most of them, meditation and the guidance of a master was the inevitable, the only possible next step.
It will be recorded as one of the most beautiful ironies of history that the science of psychology has returned to the same soil in which its very name is rooted.
In Bhagwan himself, a former professor of psychology and philosophy, the circle is completed and another revolution is begun. Promethean is the task of synthesis that he has taken into his hands, yet few who have read any of his two hundred and fifty six books or listened in his discourses would deny that he is equal to it. One need not strain one’s vision to see Bhagwan assume a place alongside three other revolutionaries – Copernicus, Darwin and Freud. Each was an oracle who destroyed an illusion of mankind and opened the door to newer, more penetrating conceptions of the universe within. Each used the discoveries of his predecessor, yet made a quantum leap to more daring, unchartered spaces.
Those whose vision is more religious, who see him as a new Buddha or another Jesus, might say that Bhagwan is the quantum leap made flesh, the embodiment of the highest aspirations of man thus far. Read and be your own judge.” (No page number)
Introduction by Maneesha. Excerpt:
“Present at darshan any evening, or in reading these words that follows, one discovers that what in fact passes between Bhagwan Shree and his disciples is not conversation as we know it. It is far more than what appears to be just a verbal exchange. It is a communion in which the part of the disciple is that of receptor, listener.
For perhaps the majority of us, conversation is more like an encounter between two pressure-cookers. Neither is really concerned with what the other has to say except an excuse to vent a little steam, dialogues simply being a fascade for minor explosions of frustrated energy.
Right listening, listening to a master, requires not the volley-ball activity of day-to-day conversation, but a state of allowing, of non-interference, and a non-questioning acceptance of all that is bestowed on one or witheld until due season. It is being there totally with one’s body/mind/psyche, and yet at the same time learning to be empty, totally effacing oneself. The barrier that intercedes all that passes to or from us – the ego, the mind – is the floodgate between the stagnant pond of limited and unfulfilling experiences and theories we know as life, and the wild river of existential being.
Usually our listening is selective. We automatically censor that which might be hurtful to the ego, dangerous to our security or threatening to our tenuous grasp on some sort of sanity. Each word that is allowed admission becomes loaded and coloured with our own interpretations which in turn are simply products of a stale and irrelevant past, of conditionings and prejudices. Right listening is hear, to absorb without judgement, without the presence of an incessant and unrelenting internal commentary.
Usually, in an effort to grasp what is being said intellectually, we immediately define and analyse, and in doing so frustrate and restrict ourselves. Real listening is not confined to the intellect. It is an experience in which the whole organism is involved, each cell, every pore, expanding, open, drinking in… spongelike. Real understanding is not something that is grasped, but something which arises and becomes an intrinsic part of one’s being.
If we could feel, smell, see, hear, taste, touch the message that is being played, whispered, sung and danced about us every moment, we would recognise that Bhagwan’s words are simply another medium for the same message, decoded. Listening to Bhagwan is like wallowing, floating, drowning in a symphony. To read his words as simply notes in a musical score will render only a vague idea, will only hint at a harmony far too subtle to be given verbal utterance, far too vast to be confined to pen and ink.” (pp. vii – xii)
– Dervesha, a Danish sannyasin. (p. 4)
– Chaitanya Hari, composer and musician. (p. 16)
– Editor on Vipassana meditation. (p. 35)
– Paritosh on his life with Osho. (p. 148)
– Editor on work at the ashram. (p. 184)
– Editor on Osho’s discourses on Jesus. (p. 281)
– The Marquis of Bath (Swami Siddhartha) and his wife in darshan. (p. 352)
– The Marquis of Bath (Swami Siddhartha). Interviewed by Maneesha and Teertha. (pp. 363-73)
– Arvind, a Danish sannyasin. (p. 391)
– Pujari, a Danish sannyasin. (p. 428)
On Gibran’s ‘The Prophet’
“Kahlil Gibran wrote ‘The Prophet’ when he was only twenty one or twenty, and that was his last work also. Then he wrote many books, but nothing comes to that peak. In a subtle way, he goes on repeating ‘The Prophet’. He tries to say the same thing in many ways – and there is no improvement even. If all the books are lost and only ‘The Prophet’ is saved, it is enough. He has done his life’s work. He could not die to it. He could not forget that book. It remained continously chattering inside. He enjoyed it because it brought world fame. It became a vested interest.” (p. 143)
* A Rose is a Rose is a Rose. A Darshan Diary. Editing and Commentary: Ma Prem Maneesha. Introduction: Ma Prem Maneesha. Design: Swami Govinddas. Swami Anand Bodhisattva. Photography: Swami Shivamurti. Ma Prem Champa. Swami Krishna Bharti. Swami Anand Yatri. Coordination: Ma Yoga Pratima. Production: Ma Yoga Prem. Ma Ananda Vandana. Ma Deva Bhasha. Ma Anand Pratima. Phototypesetting: Spads Phototypesetting Industries (P) Ltd. 101 A, Poonam Chambers, Dr. Annie Besant Road. Worli, Bombay 400 018. Printing: B.B Nadkarni at New Thacker’s Fine Art Press Pvt. Ltd. Mahalaxmi. Bombay 400 011. Publisher: Ma Yoga Laxmi. Rajneesh Foundation, Poona, July 1978. First edition. 421 pages. Illustrated. Hardcover. Size: 22×14,5 cm. Weight: 736 g. No ISBN. 5000 copies. Period: 28.06 – 27.07.1976. #1-3= Jun 28-30, #4-10= Jul 1-7, #11-21= Jul 9-19, #22-28= Jul 21-27. Place: Chuang Tzu auditorium. Poona.
In Appendix: Books by Bhagwan Shree Rajneesh. Foreign editions. Translations. Rajneesh Meditation Centers.
Front flap: “This is a adventure book! Not about exploring the amazon or climbing in the himalayas. Those frontiers have been conquered. And still, whereever you are, the greatest adventure of all awaits you. A vast unexplored frontier waiting for you. Incredible peaks, mysterious valleys, beautiful rivers, unimaginable wonders await you inside yourself, within your consciousness!
This book is meant to whet your appetite, to stir your thirst, to give you a little rush of adrenaline. It also serves to introduce you to bhagwan shree rajneesh. He is a tour guide. He is one who has ventured into his consciousness, reached the highest peaks
and has gone beyond all peaks. He is one who has returned to help others outfit themselves for their journey.
He is an enlightened being, and more, he is a MASTER, and more, he is a master who has travelled a thousand different paths and knows them all. He is the rarest of guides.
You will also meet some of the seekers, fellow adventurers, and travel with them a little way on their journey. If you can feel the call, if an eagerness, a yearning arises in you to travel into the unknown, the unknowable, then come, set forth. Who knows? One day you may come face-to-face with yourself.”
Introduction by Maneesha. Excerpts:
“As in making her famous pronouncement that ‘A rose is [a] rose is a rose’, Gertrude Stein declared that she put the redness back into the rose, so Bhagwan Shree Rajneesh has brought spirit into spirituality…
Bhagwan offers himself as an altar at which we can lay our beings in surrender to existence. Surrender is a phenomenon that happens on many layers, and is both an internal attitude and a way of regarding life that can be demonstrated practically.
Bhagwan’s insistence again and again is that there is nowhere to go, that heaven and hell are right here now in this moment. It is not that some compassionate or revengeful force designates your lot; the responsibility is yours to suffer or celebrate life. This moment is intrinsically valuable in itself. It is not something to be enjured as a means to some other moment in some distant, happier time. Each moment is simply bursting to the brim with happiness, fulfillment, love, life, God. This is it.
‘Everything is perfect as it is. There cannot be a more perfect world than this. Right now, this moment, is the climax of the whole existence, the very matrix on which everything revolves.’ (No page number)
– Osho on Enlightenment Intensive method. (p. 92)
– Editor on people coming to Osho. (pp. 138-41)
– Editor on Osho’s family and friends from Gadarwara, Jabalpur and Sagar coming to pay their respect at Guru Poornima day. (p. 173)
– Editor on Guru Poornima day 11.07. (pp. 196-201)
– Prabhu, a Danish sannyasin. (p. 300)
– Swami Deva Satyarthi, body worker. (p. 321)
– Editor on the ‘ganzfeld effect’. (p. 335)
– Editor on older people coming to Osho. (p. 366)
On history and religion
“History is so ugly. Man has not come to the level where history should start. It has all been nightmares. Humanity has nothing to write about itself – just a very few cases; somewhere a Buddha, a Jesus.. .just like far away stars. Humanity has lived in violence and wars and madness, so it will be good, in a way, if you forget the past. It is too heavy and it does not help. In fact it corrupts the mind. Looking at the past, it seems that man cannot grow. It makes things look very hopeless.
History is not yet worth writing or reading. And the very concern with history is not good. It is concerned with the past. It is concerned with the dead. It is concerned with that which is no more. The whole concern should be with that which is right now, this very moment.
History is time, and one should live in eternity, not time.
And not only forget history, forget your biography also, and each morning start your day as if it is completely new, as if you have never existed before. That’s what meditation is all about; to start each moment anew, fresh like dew, not knowing anything of the past. When you don’t know anything of the past and you don’t carry anything of the past, you don’t project any future. You have nothing to project. When the past disappears, the future also disappears. They are joined together. Then pure present is left. That is pure eternity – and that is where God is. God is out of history. God is out of biography. God is herenow. God is out of time.
So, religion is very anti-historical because it is anti-time. Religion is a concern with the present moment. And there is nothing else – only this present moment exists. All else is just either imagination or memory, but neither is existential.” (p. 295)
* Dance your Way to God. A Darshan Diary. Vol IX. Editing and Commentary: Ma Prem Maneesha. Introduction: Ma Prem Maneesha. Design: Swami Govinddas. Swami Anand Bodhisattva. Photography: Swami Krishna Bharti. Swami Shivamurti. Ma Prem Champa. Production: Ma Yoga Pratima. Ma Yoga Prem. Ma Yoga Virag. Ma Prem Mangla. Publisher: Ma Yoga Laxmi. Rajneesh Foundation, Poona, July 1978. First edition. 366 pages. Illustrated. Hardcover. Size: 22×14,5 cm. Weight: 703 g. No ISBN. 5000 copies. Price Rs. 125.00. For Sale in India Only (stamp). Period: 28.07 – 20.08.1976. #1-4= Jul 28-31, #5-24 Aug 1-20. Place: Chuang Tzu Auditorium. Poona.
In Appendix: Books by Bhagwan Shree Rajneesh. Foreign edition. Translations. Rajneesh Meditation Centers.
Front flap: “Want to learn a new dance step? / wilder than the watusi! / more delicate than the minuet! / more engrossing than ballet! / more fun than the polka! / Well, shake off your shoes, get comfortable / and read on…
Meet Bhagwan Shree Rajneesh / He is the dance master extraordinaire / Meet some of the sannyasins, dancers / who come from all corners of the world / Come to darshan, dancing school / read the words, look at the pictures / listen to the music between the lines.
Then, when you feel you are getting it / go outside to see trees dancing in the wind, / sunrays dancing on the earth, the birds / dancing in the air, / water dancing in a stream. Then, when you feel you are getting it / sit silently and go inside to feel your blood / dancing in your veins, / breath dancing through your body / thoughts dancing through your mind / the energy of life / dancing through your being. / Then, when you feel you are getting it, / get ready for the divine dance.”
Introduction by Maneesha. Excerpt:
“Bhagwan invites those who, having travelled every avenue of life and explored every subtle nuance of one way of being, seek to experience life more fully. He promises a silence and an emptiness, but it is a silence born of a contented heart, a silence that pulsates with life, and an emptiness which is the flowering of a fulfilled being… not a lack of something, rather, a fullness of nothing. Through his vision, passion unrepressed becomes purified and, as love, seeks communion with others. Love lived becomes prayer – an attitude of acceptance and an intunement with the symphony of life.
Dancing your way to god is to dance back in your depths, is to reclaim your god-essence. To be a sannyasin is to be able to dance, is to be able to allow. It is not an effort to understand life, but allowing life to comprehend – to take in – you. It is not possessing but being possessed… allowing energy to flow into essence. It is dropping the identification and attachment of the self, so that one meets one and becomes whole. It is inviting the formless to take form in one, unhampered by fixed attitudes, rigid postures, and the rehearsal and contrived movements of the doer.” (No page number)
– Rudra, a quiet-looking Canadian sannyasin. (p. 7)
– Editor: Tai Chi group dancing in darshan. (p. 68)
– Editor on children taking sannyas. (pp. 142-46)
– Kaveesha. Interview. Ex-Arican and author. (pp. 236-38)
– Editor on dancing in the auditorium. (p. 243)
– Editor on male and female energies at the ashram. (pp. 306-09)
* The Passion for the Impossible. A Darshan Diary. Editing and Commentary: Ma Prem Maneesha. Introduction: Ma Prem Maneesha. Design: Swami Anand Subhadra. Coordination: Ma Yoga Pratima. Production: Ma Yoga Prem. Ma Ananda Vandana. Swami Deva Shraddhan. Ma Prem Champa. Swami Krishna Bharti. Ma Deva Bhasha. Printing: Army and Navy Press. Bombay. Typesetting in 10′ type. Publisher: Ma Yoga Laxmi. Rajneesh Foundation, Poona, 1978. First edition. 450 pages. Illustrated. Hardcover. Size: 22×14,5 cm. Weight: 824 g. ISBN 0-88050-111-1 (label). Period: 21.08 – 18.09.1976. #1-11= Aug 21-31, #12-25= Sep 1-14, #26-28= Sep 16-18. Place: Chuang Tzu Auditorium. Poona.
In Appendix: Books by Bhagwan Shree Rajneesh. Foreign editions. Translations. Rajneesh Meditation Centers.
From back jacket: “‘The Passion for the Impossible’ records in words and pictures, the unique experience of being with an enlightened master.
Every evening Bhagwan Shree Rajneesh holds darshans for disciples and visitors. Darshan literally means ‘seeing’. but Bhagwan’s are not passive sitting-in-the-presence-of-the-master. They are group therapy sessions, primal therapy, an experiental encountering with oneself.
In this book the living response of an enlightened master is revealed in its infinite variety. Each disciple encounters his own master in the evening darshans – as each reader will – until each encounters his own uniqueness, his own divinity.”
Front flap: “dear maneesha, greetings to you! just a little note to say thank you for putting up an elegantly-compiled book, a darshan diary, containing intimate glimpses of the disciples’ ‘holy’ encounter with Bhagwan. Since I arrived, I immediately got hold of this book and for many nights I couldn’t put it down. Somehow it makes me feel as if I’m having darshan with Bhagwan all over again…
You are very blessed to be with Bhagwan always – relishing his presence, imbibing his wholeness, his poetry, his beingness. The stunning magnificence of Bhagwan’s silence permeating through even his words, creates a kind of beatitude too difficult to express.
Your commentaries are so delightful to read, so very revealing – yet gentle and kind, compassionate and lyrical. It really projects you – and it reminds me of the gospel writers of Jesus Christ… like St Paul, St Luke, St Matthew and the rest… who walked with the galilean Master, recorded his sayings, sermons and parables from sheer memory.
The book is a towering monument of gentle achievement. Go on sweetly and humbly in your work. It is of such historical posture that you are preserving the living words of our Master… om shanti Swami Deva Leelananda.”
Lyrics: Darshan part one: a death… part two:…and rebirth.
Introduction by Maneesha. Excerpt:
“In darshan – in seeing Bhagwan, being in his presence, one can share, if only momentarily, his vision… can have access to and experience more totally, the reality of one’s own inner vision. One begins to see that there is a possibility to die before the body dies – and to be reborn and to live in a state of innocence of awareness… to see that happiness is not just fleeting moments of not-being-sad, but a permanent state of celebration and joy… that the negative is not against the positive that enriches it… that love of oneself is the first responsibility, and singleness of heart, fidelity to one’s own being.
So before you turn the pages of this darshan book, drop first into a deeper layer of your heart. Close your eyes… go within. Be drowned, be totally immersed. Give yourself permission to be totally irrational – to read the words without predudice, to receive without judgement. Be taken on a journey to the stars, and begin to taste of the incredible, the unimaginable, the impossible made possible…and know that ‘hereby you enter the kingdom of God.'” (No page number)
– Sagar asked by Laxmi to leave. (p. 58)
– Pratibha, a Danish sannyasin. (p. 132)
– Somendra. Interview and darshan. (pp. 172-84)
– Savita. Interview and darshan. (pp. 200-09)
– Editor on death. (pp. 219-22)
– Editor on therapy groups. (pp. 330-33)
– Editor on the ashram’s music group. (pp. 373-81)
– Geet Goving. Interview and darshan. Writer from Italy. (pp. 422-25)
* The Great Nothing. A Darshan Diary. Vol XI. Editing and Commentary: Ma Prem Maneesha. Introduction: Ma Prem Maneesha. Design: Ma Prem Sarva. Ma Deva Adheera. Photography: Ma Prem Champa. Swami Krishna Bharti. Swami Shiva Murti. Coordination: Ma Prem Sarva, Ma Deva Adheera. Production: Ma Yoga Prem. Ma Prem Mangla. Ma Deva Smrati. Ma Yoga Virag. Ma Prem Tushita. Printing: Army and Navy Press. Bombay. Typesetting: 10’ Arial. Publisher: Ma Yoga Laxmi. Rajneesh Foundation, Poona, 1978. First edition. 477 pages. Illustrated. Hardcover. Size: 22×14,4 cm. Weight: 842 g. No ISBN. Period: 19.09 – 11.10.1976. #1-12= Sep 19-30, #13-23= Oct 1-11. Place: Chuang Tzu Auditorium. Poona.
In Appendix: Books by Bhagwan Shree Rajneesh. Foreign editions. Translations. Rajneeesh Meditation Centers.
From front and back flaps. Excerpt: “Just read a few snatches here and there from this book and allow some openings within yourself for the love and the wit and wisdom of Bhagwan Shree Rajneesh, to enter you – this sage who fell off his cloud laughing and loving the escapades of ‘the serious seeker’. Yes, this book is really a little something for nothing (not for free but for freedom)… for that great nothing, also known as nirvana by Gautam Buddha, or as another wiseman, Lao Tzu, described it, ‘that which cannot be said.’… that indescribably delicious bliss … something which will allow us to enjoy the journey that never begins and never ends and yet is perpetually happening.
In the following pages a divine drama unfolds as an intimate audience of disciples and seekers from all over the world – each with his own script – sits in the presence of the master, has his darshan, his ‘seeing’, and possibly has a glimpse of the view from his vantage point, from his cloud. Listen closely to the gaps between the words from these meetings with the master. And perhaps, by allowing yourself to be tickled and taunted by this enlightened being incarnate, bhagwan, you wll find that his taste – a hint of the taste of the great nothing – will be left lingering unforgettably on your lips. The lightness of your laughter will carry you off to his cloud and you will see as he ‘sees’ – that what we were searching for, because of the search, we were not getting. And then you will laugh more and more at the great joke! And you too, like this great sage, will roll off the cloud and be! And just be with whatsoever is the case, and enjoy and celebrate this great nothing! ma yoga prem”
Introduction by Maneesha. Excerpts:
“So the words that pass between Bhagwan Shree and his disciples or visitors are a camouflage for that which simply cannot be said – a ‘transmission beyond scriptures’. They are an opportunity, an excuse, to be inspired by the unbreathed… filled, thrilled, with the unsung. The words are simply playthings to be put aside when we are mature enough to be able to relax into the silence they leave behind them in their wake…
Darshan is a taste of the state of nothingness, for Bhagwan Shree is simply a facade for something too vast to be housed in a personality. At first though, one is forgivably dazzled by what appears to be an extraordinarily brilliant and versatile personality, a chameleon-like ability to respond to an assortment of people of all ages, from diverse backgrounds and from literally every country of the world. But behind the multitude of faces that are revealed, one senses a facelessness – the countenance of existence itself.
Darshan is, paradoxically, both an emptying and a filling. Invariably one comes athob with questions, and leaves saturated with serenity – the ‘peace that passeth all understanding’ that is Bhagwan’s prasad to those who can imbibe and absorb his non-self.
Undoubtedly Bhagwan is a being who is without self, for only through such a presence or non-presence could there be the extraordinary transformation of so many individuals, to which these pages bear witness.
Bhagwan extends an invitation to us to join him on the way, to dance a few steps with him in the celebration that life is. There is nothing but nothingness to gain.” (p. vi)
– Editor on Niranjan Mathur, a magician from Agra, who staged a performance in darshan. (p. 27-30)
– Sagar. Interview. (pp. 96-115)
– Editor on a day in the ashram. (pp. 221-28)
– Devadasi, a Danish sannyasin. (p. 248)
– Indivar. Interview. Psychologist from Australia. (pp. 300-12)
– Erling from Denmark (Swami Deva Vineet). (p. 316)
– Swami Anand Vandan from Denmark. (p. 358)
– Ajit Saraswati. Interview. Professor in gynaecology at Sassoon Hospital. Recalls his first introduction to Acharya Rajneesh in 1964. (pp. 394-411)
– Bodhichitta. Interview. Psychiatrist from America. (p. 429)
– Osho on Gurdjieff’s work. (p. 440)
Bhagwan to Chaitanya Hari at darshan: “Music is born out of meditation, and so is dance. In fact all that is beautiful has come out of meditation because there is no other way for it to come. Meditation is the door. Drown yourself in music – and don’t practise it just like an art and a skill. Practise it like a meditation, practise it religiously. It is the holiest of holies.” (p. 147)
* God is not for Sale. A Darshan Diary. Compilation, Editing and Commentary: Ma Prem Maneesha. Preface: Maneesha. Introduction: Swami Anand Bodhisattva. Design: Ma Prem Tushita. Photography: Swami Krishna Bharti. Swami Shivamurti. Production: Ma Deva Smrati. Ma Yoga Prem. Ma Prem Mangla. Ma Yoga Virag. Coordination: Ma Yoga Pratima. Printing: Army and Navy Press. Bombay. Publisher: Ma Yoga Laxmi. Rajneesh Foundation, Poona, July 1978. First edition. 423 pages. Illustrated. Hardcover. Size: 22×14,5 cm. Weight: 801 g. ISBN 0-88050-067-0 (label). 5000 copies. Period: 12.10 – 07.11.1976. #1-20= Oct 12-31, #21-23= Nov 1-3, #24-26= Nov 5-7. Place: Chuang Tzu Auditorium. Poona.
In Appendix: Books by Bhagwan Shree Rajneesh. Foreign editions. Translations. Rajneesh Meditation Centers.
Back flap: “This book attempts to capture a few moments in space and time… a few very special moments that in the east are called darshan. Darshan means being in the presence of the master, hanging out with god. Hanging out means that there is nothing one can ‘do’ to ‘get’ god. He is not for sale. At the most one can be present, herenow, alert and receptive, passive – waiting for god to descend. (And even if you want him to descend that very desire won’t let him thru.) Come and walk with the master and his disciples for a while. Share in this beautiful and funny adventure. Taste the nectar, dance to the musuc, smell the perfume. Crying with the grace, laughing with the cosmic joke, relax into existence.
GOD IS WAITING FOR YOU
Swami Anand Rakesh.”
Preface by Maneesha. Excerpt:
“Words, and the intellectual understanding of them, will not transform the reader, but within these pages the sensitive and aware seeker will find much more than mental titillation. Bhagwan is not a teacher, not a conveyor of philosophies and theories. He is not a preacher who seeks to indoctrinate and intimidate one into a system of beliefs. Both the mind and beliefs – which are but products of an uncomprehending mind – are barriers if one would know the reality of the Buddhas.” (p. vii)
Introduction is a reprinted or assumed letter from Swami Anand Bodhisattva to his fellow student Mark at Yale University. Excerpts:
“‘There is not a single valuable scripture,’ says Bhagwan, ‘in which you will not find statements against words.’ Ultimately Bhagwan is not a teacher, and yet a teaching comes through him – a teaching abounding in contradictions – in the form of words. It was his words that brought me to him. He is prolific with them – no Master has ever spoken so much. Yet his words are but snares. As eloquent, as illuminating, as startling as they are – in the way they make the old teachings of Lao Tzu and the Buddha and Zoroaster fresh and accessible, in the way they make clear the sweet reasonableness of abandoning all you’ve been taught – Bhagwan’s words are but snares…
I met a woman who was a sannyasin, a follower of Rajneesh. I was skeptical. I felt that anyone who would set himself up as a guru with followers would have to be playing the worldly power game – unless he was utterly egoless. The sannyasin loaned me one of Bhagwan’s books – poorly printed, in a clumsy translation. I began to read it critically, looking for the inevitable rotten apple. It wasn’t there…
Less than halfway through the book I found that something extraordinary, unthinkable, had happened to me: my attitude was not one of ‘agreeing’ with him or ‘admiring’ him – rather I was in love with him, just as I had fallen in love with women, only more deeply. Later I was to learn that falling in love with the Master is an ancient and familiar experience among spiritual seekers, but it was utterly new to me.
He had driven me out of my mind and into my heart. I had learned much from books, abstracting their ideas and immersing myself in the vicarious emotion of novels, plays and poems, but never, in reading poets or philosophers or psychologists, had I felt this: that here is a man from whom I can truly learn something, a man whose intellect, compassion and experience dwarf my own, who can show me how grand and mysterious life is and who can make me better acquainted with myself. The book was a call and I followed it to India, where I hope to stay as long as the Master is in the body…
Each morning Bhagwan lectures for ninety minutes, either on an eastern or western religious text, or on the questions of disciples and visitors. The discourses are spontaneous, off the cuff, and embody prodigious knowledge not only of eastern religion and esotericism, but of the western intellectual tradition. With grace and familiarity he speaks of Aristotle, Heraclitus, Nietzche, Wittgenstein, Gohr, Freud, Jung, Adler, Reich, Perls, Maslow, Laing, Gertrude Stein, Henry Miller, Hegel, Marx, Whitehead, Swedenborg, Heisenberg, Einstein, William James, Eliot, Boeheme. Effortless, brilliantly he challenges the intellect and ties it in knots. And he insists, ‘I am not a philosopher, not a scholar, not a thinker.’
In the evening there is darshan. A small group of seekers walk down a treelined path to sit at his feet. One by one they ask his counsel, or simply, silently, share his presence – for the presence of an enlightened one is his real teaching…
Once someone asked him to compile a small pamphlet containing his ‘essential ideas’. He said it was impossible because he contradicts himself constantly, and that he would never allow anyone to make a ‘little red book’ of his words. ‘All ideologies are false,’ he thundered, ‘including mine!’…
Occasionally Bhagwan, sounding like a cultural anthropologist from another planet, talks to us about ‘your so-called history’, with its obsessive focus on politics, blood and money. In his daily discourses he is providing the material for a new history of consciousness, indicating a dimension without which no attempt at historiography can be complete or useful: the dimension of enlightenment…
Bhagwan’s discourses provide a feast for the mind – a fatal one, perhaps, but delicious nonetheless. To study the history of enlightenment is to feel the impending death of the ego. But the emphasis of the ashram is not on scholarship. We are not ‘improving our minds’ here although meditation can have sharpening effects on the intellect. We’re learning to gain a little distance from the mind, to relax and go into ourselves, and to love, but without trying to – for to gain awareness is automatically to become more loving. We are being healed…
Please come, and soon – you have nothing to lose but loss itself.” (pp. ix-xxiii)
– Maneesha. Photo (p. 6)
– Amitabh. Interview. (pp. 55-69)
– Nisarga. Interview. (pp. 180-198)
– Mahesh. Interview. (pp. 227-235). Indian film director. Mentions that he first met Osho in Strand Bookshop, Bombay.
– Mallika explaing Tai Chi. (pp. 262-63)
– Raul and his wife on behalf of Wemer Erhardt of EST. (p. 338)
– Editorial on queries to Osho. (pp. 347-50)
Yatri. Photo. (p. 398)
* The Shadow of the Whip. A Darshan Diary. Compilation, Editing and Commentary: Ma Prem Maneesha. Introduction: Ma Prem Asha. Design: Swami Prem Deekshant. Photography: Swami Krishna Bharti. Coordination: Ma Yoga Pratima. Production: Ma Yoga Prem, Ma Yoga Virag, Ma Deva Smrati, Swami Haridas. Printing: Army and Navy Press. Bombay. Photoset by Spads Phototypesetting Industries (P) Ltd. Worli, Bombay. Publisher: Ma Yoga Laxmi. Rajneesh Foundation, Poons, December 1978. First edition. 533 pages. Illustrated. Hardcover. Size: 22×14,5 cm. Weight: 946 g. No ISBN. 5000 copies. Period: 08.11 – 03.12.1976. #1-6= Nov 8-13, #7-15= Nov 15-23, #16-21= Nov 25-30, #22-24= Dec 1-3. Place: Chuang Tzu Auditorium. Poona.
In Appendix: Books by Bhagwan Shree Rajneesh. Translations. Foreign editions. Rajneesh Meditation Centers.
Introduction by Ma Prem Asha. Excerpt:
“How to tell what darshan really is, and what is sannyas and what…who is Bhagwan? For me the darshans recorded in this book are encounters, fights and love-affairs between reluctant Buddhas and their beloved Master and friend.
Definitions don’t help much, neither do explanations because darshan, sannyas and Bhagwan are phenomena which go way beyond the frames of reference that the head sets up as conditions for understanding…
And darshan is to meet him and feel the rain finally pouring down, an ocean of love falling in endless response to a possibility that leaves me gasping and shaking, afraid to death because this love hits with the force of life itself, crashing down barriers of no-saying in a tremendous upsweep to a high ground of yes that he promises will eventually kill me.” (No page number)
Quotation from Buddha:
“A seeker said to Buddha: / ‘I do not ask for words; I do not ask for silence.’ / Buddha just sat quietly. // The seeker said admiringly: ‘The compassion of the World-Honoured One / has opened the clouds of my illusion / and has enabled me to enter on the Path’ / Making his salutaions, he departed. // Ananda then asked Buddha: / ‘What was it this stranger realised / that he so praised you?’ // The World-Honoured One replied: / ‘A high class horse moves even at / the shadow of the whip.'”
– Bodhi, the tabla player in music group, shares his experience. (pp. 103-08)
– Swami Deva Veeten (Terence Stamp, English film actor). Interview. (pp. 131-44)
– Ma Deva Aneesha. Interview. (pp. 161-73)
– Raj. Interview. Indian sannyasin and lieutenant-colonel in the Indian Army. (pp. 193-221)
– Swami Deva Amit Prem (Bernhard Gunther). Darshan. (p. 253)
– Editor quotes Osho on sex. (pp. 321-25)
– Editor on sannyasins going into silence (maun). Nirgun, for two years. (pp. 395-97)
– Veereshwar. Darshan and Interview. A Therapist. (pp. 437-57)
– Editor on Aneesha teaching Sufi dance in the ashram. (pp. 488-92)
On pilgrimage places in India:
“Go to all the Buddhist places: Bodh Gaya, Sarnath, Sanchi, Ajanti, Ellora – all the buddhist places. And if you are close to some other place you can go, mm? But your whole plan should be to visit all the buddhist places. They will give you great insight into things, and you may start remembering your past lives…But before you go, you meditate well, do a few groups – and particularly the buddhist meditation group here, mm? That will prepare your mind.” (p. 269.)
“A man wanted to become a writer. He had some fancy that he would become famous as a writer, so he went to the novelist Somerset Maugham, and he said, ‘I want to become a great writer but how do you start? – that’s the problem.’ So Maugham said, ‘It is not difficult. I can tell you how to start. I simply sit on my chair, face the typewriter and just write the first word ‘the’, or type the word ‘the’, Then I wait for inspiration to come. It comes and then off I go. In fact beginning is not the problem. The real problem is how to end it.'” (p. 190)
* Blessed are the Ignorant. A Darshan Diary. Compilation, Editing and Commentary: Ma Prem Maneesha. Introduction: Ma Prem Nitya. Design: Swami Govind Vedant. Photography: Swami Krishna Bharti. Ma Prem Champa. Swami Shivamurti. Swami Anand Yatri. Coordination: Ma Yoga Pratima. Production: Ma Yoga Prem. Ma Deva Smrati. Ma Deva Weechee. Ma Prem Upasana. Printing: Army and Navy Press. Bombay. Typesetting: Spads Phototypesetting Industries (P) Ltd. Worli, Bombay. Publisher: Ma Yoga Laxmi. Rajneesh Foundation, Poona, March 1979. First edition. 554 pages. Illustrated. Hardcover. Size: 22×14,5 cm. Weight: 1011 g. No ISBN. 5000 copies. Period: 04.12 – 31.12.1976. #1-7= Dec 4-10, #8-15= Dec 12-19, #16-25= Dec 21-30. Place: Chuang Tzu Auditorium. Poona.
In Appendix: Books by Bhagwan Shree Rajneesh. Translations. Foreign editions. Rajneesh Meditation Centers.
Front flap: “Darshan evenings are filled with the fragrance of unseasonable flowering. Those of you who are familiar with the human potential movement, group therapy, consciousness-raising groups and so on, will be amazed by the way some of these budding sannyasins actualize!
Bhagwan says, ‘To become sannyas is to fall in love with existence’. Here are tales of those who’ve chosen, consciously or unconsciously, to direct their lives towards knowing something of the divine. This darshan book contains verbatim accounts of disciples with their Master, Bhagwan Shree Rajneesh.
Each evening Bhagwan is available for individual meetings with his disciples. It’s at these times we can take the plunge and change to orange – the colour He’s chosen for his sannyasins to wear – or shake our questions, problems, hopes, fears… or simply love with Him.
Jesus said ‘Straight is the gate, and narrow is the way’, and in many ways this strange statement is verified. There are many landscapes on an inner journey that only a Master shares with you; even one’s most intimate friends cannot share some spaces which are experienced. Darshan evenings are filled with the rare intimacy tasted only by disciples with the Master. The smaller an idea we have of what is going on, the greater our availability for Bhagwan to indicate what is really the case. It is here we can relax and drop all pretentions of having anything together; we can show our ignorance and be blessed for it!” Ma Prem Pradeepa.
On back jacket: “…a very remarkable Indian sage, Rajneesh” Bernhard Levin. The Times, 03.05.1978.
Introduction by Ma Prem Nitya. Excerpts:
“Names of people waiting at the gate are being called. They move forward, sparkling in bright clean robes. They are on theit way to ‘darshan’ – a meeting with their master.
Two lamps, entwined with creeping ivy, shine from each side of the gate, lighting up the scene. A pale, translucent gecko lizard witnesses the scene from inside the lamp with a cold, unblinking stare. Suddenly it darts and disappears…
A ‘darshan’, a meeting with Bhagwan, is always something new, unexpected, no matter how many one has been to before. For me, it is like walking the gang plank, knowing the big ocean is just below. It is ecstatic and frightening together. Energy moves into my navel, and it’s a moment of dying to my past.
Before Bhagwan, before his love, his acceptance, his compassion, we are revealed to ourselves. Naked babies, no matter what our ages. Look into his eyes and see a pure reflection of ourselves.
Our love, fear, anger, hate, hopes and ignorance, are shared and thrown into the open before his presence at darshan, as this book, ‘Blessed are the Ignorant’, will reveal…
Darshan is a time of intimacy. For one and a half hour each night the small group of disciples share their special stories, their questions, joys, problems, in love, relationships, meditation, with their master. Alone we feel our questions and problems to be unique, insolvable. Before him, with him, they become like vapour.
He accepts us, in our ignorance, whether or not we accept ourselves. If we grow, change, flower before him or through him, then it is beautiful. And if we do not, that is beautiful too.
The group moves inside the Chuang Tzu auditorium. It is a magic circle, enveloped in silence, surrounded by rich jungle, thick trees and bushes, each one shimmering with the night breezes, vibrating with a strange expectancy. The sky is black and full of bright stars. Night bats flit by. Eyes closed, a beautiful peak of anticipation trembling inside me – then suddenly Bhagwan is there.
He is smiling, hands clasped together in the gesture of love and welcome to the light that shines within us. He sits, and we, sitting at his feet in a semi-circle, savour these precious moments. To each one who wishes to talk, he listens, guides, jokes. He is not loving us – he is Love.
Old and young, we come from every corner of the world. We are like seeds in his universal garden. He tends us, waters us, and then watches his garden grow. One by one we are together in his presence, given what we need in that moment in silence or words. We receive ‘darshan’, the guru’s blessing. Lucky we are to taste the presence of an enlightened master. Lucky we are to be with one who can show us that our ignorance is bliss.” (No page number)
– Karuna from Denmark. (p. 55)
– Devadas from Denmark- (p. 58)
– Editor on Osho residing in India. (pp. 62-65)
– Aneeta. Darshan and interview. (pp. 80-102)
– Veeten (Terence Stamp). Darshan and interview. (pp. 128-52)
– Interview with Savita, Chandan, Madhuri, Mallika, Paras, Vandana, Anurag and Maneesha on their experience of their ‘sexual identity’. (pp. 288-316)
– Amit Prem (Bernhard Gunther). Darshan and two interviews (09.12.1976 and 01.01.1977). Together with a photographer he will start working on his book. (pp. 235, 474-95)
* The Buddha Disease. A Darshan Diary. Editing and Commentary: Ma Prem Maneesha. Introduction: Swami Anand Veetmoha. Design: Swami Anand Subhadra. Coordination: Ma Yoga Pratima. Ma Deva Ritambhara. Production: Ma Yoga Prem. Ma Deva Weechee. Ma Deva Parampara. Swami Krishna Bharti. Ma Prem Champa. Swami Deva Shaddhan. Processing: Commercial Art Lithographers. Bombay. Phototypesetting: Ravi & Ashok Enterprises. Bombay. Printing: Electrographic Industries. Worli, Bombay. Publisher: Ma Yoga Laxmi. Rajneesh Foundation, Poona, March 1979. First edition. 634 pages. Illustrated. Hardcover. Size: 22×14,5 cm. Weight: 1142 g. ISBN 0-88050-032-8 (label). 5000 copies. Period: 01.01 – 31.01.1977. Place: Chuang Tzu Auditorium, Poona.
In Appendix: Books by Bhagwan Shree Rajneesh. Translations. Foreign editions. (Sections include b/w photos of selected book covers). Rajneesh Meditation Centers. (Photo from Anand Niketan, Copenhagen).
Front flap: “Although Bhagwan Shree Rajneesh is an enlightened master whose radiance attracts the brilliant in every field, his words are deceptively simple and his message blazingly clear.
‘When you love a Jesus or a Buddha you want to imitate – but if you imitate you will miss. Zen people have the right name for this temptation; they call it the buddha disease.’
‘Being with me is being with Christ. It has nothing to do with Jesus and it has nothing to do with Rajneesh. It is a state of ultimate flowering. In the East we call it Buddha, in the West you call it Christ.’
This book is not so much about religion in the forman sense; it is more about being ourselves in this moment. If you are comfortable with your religion and happy in your daily life – don’t read it! It may disturb you! It is another darshan diary, a record of the meetings each night betwen Bhagwan and disciples from all over the world.”
“The omnipresent spiritual energy of this miraculous master inspires everyone.” (Peter den Haring. Algemeen Dagblad. Holland. 05.05.1979)
“…A gathering of the best therapies and meditation techniques in the world.” (Anja Auer. Rotterdamsche Nieuwsblad. Holland. 11.11.1978)
Back flap. Excerpt: “If you have the courage to enjoy the here and now instead if living in dreams of the past or the future, I recommend to you this book. Every word of it is a taste of the path of ‘an unending journey into bliss.’”
“Bhagwan Shree Rajneesh combines profound spiritual awareness with an immense breadth of knowledge of science, literature and culture. His genius lies in his ability to communicate his synthesis in a lucid and often humorous manner.” (Nicholas John Hanscomb, M.A., Ph.D. Molecular Biologist)
“Someone who has caused so much to happen to me must be quite exceptional. I believe that there is a Buddha, an enlightened someone in the vein of Christ, Buddha, Lao Tse, Zarathustra, and so on.” (Marcel Meier. Pol Magazine. Australia. April 1979)
Introduction by Swami Anand Veetmoha:
“Every evening a small group of seekers and disciples gathers in the presence of bhagwan shree rajneesh to ask his help, receive his blessings and feel his radiating love and joyfulness.
It is in this presence that I, for example, am continually amazed at the enormous compassion and patience that he brings to the smallest trifling human problems – yet problems which cause suffering – despite the dazzlingly obvious fact that he himself is beyond all problems; that his understanding of life is such that an individual’s problem is not a problem at all.
Most of those present may be afflicted by what zen masters have called ‘the buddha disease’, for here is another buddha who has recognised the completeness of his being and who is so radiant in his wholeness that we are blinded into thinking that we too can attain that wholeness by imitating him. So we prey on his words like vultures, forever attempting to apply what he has said about some subject or situation in one of his daily discourses or at darshan, to our own rudderless lives.
For having at last – perhaps after half a lifetime of vague and hopeless searching, found someone who is completely cured of what we thought was incurable – the sickness of our own humanity – the temptation to assume that we have to think like him and be like him in order to be cured ourselves, is overwhelming.
Our urgency to reach the exact state of health that he is in, is at the same time understandable and absurd. As he explains on the first page of this book and repeats again in a thousand words in his discourses, to love buddha or christ or krishna or mohammed is to go into your own self, but to imitate him is to miss him and to miss yourself totally.
This book records a month of daily meetings with the master, bhagwan. These ‘darshans’ of twenty to thirty people are, to say the least, very lively occasions, and only a taste of the real thing can come across from the pages of a book.
Certainly the spoken words give us something of their psychological content: bhagwan advises a sannyasin – his name for his disciples – coming for help or returning to the west; or he explains to a new sannyasin the meaning of his name, perhaps presenting it as his life meditation, or he throws light on a situation left unfinished after one of the therapy groups that take place at the ashram.
Certainly the commentary adds action and explanation to the words, and the photographs help us to build up a picture and form some idea of the excitement that the occasion of a darshan with bhagwan is for each individual.
But the whole point of darshan is still missing – his overwhelming presence.
Intoxicated by it and for the first time convinced of the real possibility of our own full health, we can be forgiven for throwing onto him all our hopes and dreams for recovery. Yet the dangers of infatuation must be overcome for, in the end, we reach our fullest health and fulfillment, not by becoming like anybody else, but by becoming ourselves. In other words, the only cure for the buddha disease is buddhahood!” (No page number)
– Ma Anand Devika. Darshan and interview. (pp. 23-41)
– Swami Yog Chinmaya. Interview. (pp. 152-62)
* What Is Is What Ain’t, Ain’t. A Darshan Diary. Editing and Commentary: Ma Prem Maneesha. Introductory poem: Swami Prem Prasad. Photosetting: Ravi and Ashok Enterprises. Poona. Printing: Taraporevala Publishing Industries Pvt. Ltd. Bombay. Bound by Four Oceans Binders. Bombay. Publisher: Ma Yoga Laxmi. Rajneesh Foundation, Poona, May 1980. Unbound. Size: 22×14,5 cm. Weight: 1011 g. ISBN 0-88050-670-9 (label). 5000 copies. Period: 01.02 – 28.02.1977. #1-20= Mar 1-20, #21= Mar 22, #22= Mar 24, #23-28= Mar 26-31. Place: Chuang Tzu Auditorium. Poona.
In Appendix: Discourses by Bhagwan Shree Rajneesh. Darshan Diaries. Books on Bhagwan. (Including: The Sound of Running Water. A photobiography of Bhagwan Shree Rajneesh and his work 1974-1978 / Asha (1980). Lord of the Full Moon. Life with Bhagwan Shree Rajneesh / Ma Prem Divya (1980). Et. al.) Foreign editions. Translations. Rajneesh Meditation Centres.
Front flap: “Coming from an English hill farm and a stumbling Christian heritage to this Enlightened Master in suburban Poona was like coming from dim electric light into full sunshine.
Colours become brighter, / The tree-lined road more vivid. / Traffic sounds and voices / become music. / And quietness inside, / Stillness. //
When I was a kid I had moments like these: freshness, love, unending excitement; and an awe that is re-emerging through experience rather than being deadened by it. It’s happening to lots og people who come to live close to Bhagwan.
Now this book is a prize because it has been made from transcribed tape recordings of an event, called darshan, that occurs every evening. It is an opportunity for people to come to him with questions, to receive discipleship, or just to be in his presence. It demonstrates how this man, full of sunlight, illuminates words, feelings, experiences, encounters, and how his people begin to let go of the conditionings of the past and the expecations of the future, open up to the splendour of the present moment, and come to really see that what is, is, what ain’t, ain’t. Darkness and light, eastern and western, movement and stillness are woven into a sheet of pure reality. No wonder I keep dancing.” Swami Deva Rashid.
Back flap: “Bhagwan does not teach his followers a way of living. Unlike many other gurus, he puts his enlightening power to the service of others, to help others to destroy their own egos… In Bhagwan they can see a door through which one can reach to the divine… but they themselves will have to go…
So if you meet a sannyasin in the streets, don’t just shrug your shoulders. In a violent world such as ours a little orange won’t harm.” Carlo Lovati. Il Giornale di Bergamo. Italy. 23.05.1979.
“The wealth of advice and good councel by this Enlightened Master in response to a host of the most varied problems, makes this book fascinating. And last but not least, it allows an intimate glimpse into the reality of a most lively ashram…” Esotera. Germany. August 1979.
“Bhagwan is much more / than a superb speaker / and entertainer / he is a living presence / an ecstatic experience // each new delicate phrase / and expression / the emerging nonact of a / total spiritual being.” From ‘Dying for Enlightenment’ by Bernard Gunther, Ph.D. Author of ‘Sense Relaxation.’
On back jacket: “When a person is near Bhagwan, something causes profound change… I feel as if I’ve been given the key to the universe – my own inner universe as well as the big one out there – and I find it immeasurably exciting to keep unlocking the doors… the sense of freedom is exhilarating.” Peggy Bier. Roanoke Times & World News. USA. January 1980.
Introduction by Swami Prem Prasad in poetry. Excerpt:
“he is sandpaper: abrasive. / he cools the hot-headed. / he balances disparities / and shakes up settlements. / he is a death broker / and a life dealer. / he breaks any contract, / tells any lie, / cheats anybody / mischievously and heartily. // you cannot meet him. / his true nature is chuckles. / he is immediate / and sometimes faster than that. / defying any description / he arouses understanding. / in his talking to you / you become silent.” (No page number)
– Editor on Aneeta’s Sufi dancing with interview. (pp. 19-20)
– Devageet in darshan. (p. 157)
– Interview with group leaders: Amitabh (leader of the tao group), Santosh (leader of the hypnotherapy group), Teertha (leader of the encounter group), Divya (leader of the soma group), Anam (leader of the primal group), Amida (leader of the enlightenment intensive group) and Prasad (leader of the tathata and centering groups). (pp. 219-36)
– Poonam. Darshan and interview. (pp. 327-39)
– Sarvesh demonstrates his skills as a vetriloquist in darshan. (p. 469)
– Leelananda, dean and teacher of ‘Christology’ (the science of Christ consciousness). Darshan and interview. (pp. 516-23)
– Osho talking to Sagaresh in darshan on Dostoyevsky.
* The Zero Experience. A Darshan Diary. Editing and Commentary: Ma Prem Maneesha. Introduction: Swami Anand Rakesh. Design: Ma Prem Tushita. Jacket design: Swami Govinddas. Drawings: Swami Deva Vishvasa. Photography: Swami Krishna Bharti. Swami Shivamurti. Ma Prem Champa. Coordination: Ma Yoga Pratima. Ma Deva Ritambhara. Production: Ma Yoga Prem. Ma Ananda Vandana. Ma Prem Aneeta. Swami Haridas. Ma Deva Weechee. Typesetting: Ravi and Ashok Enterprises, Poona. Printing: Selprint. Bombay. Publisher: Ma Yoga Laxmi. Rajneesh Foundation, Poona, March 1979. First edition. 610 pages. Illustrated. Hardcover. Size: 22×14,5 cm. Weight: 1108 g. No ISBN. 5000 copies. Period: 01.03 -31.03.1977. #1-15= Mar 1-15, #16-19= Mar 17-20, #20-29= Mar 22-31. Place: Chuang Tzu Auditorium. Poona.
In Appendix: Books by Bhagwan Shree Rajneesh (listed according to canonical texts). Darshan Diaries. Translations. Foreign editions. Books on Bhagwan. (Dying for Enlightenment / Bernard Gunther (Sw. Amit Prem). Harper & Row, USA (1979). Oorspronkelijk gezicht: Een gang naar huis / Jan Foudraine (Sw. Deva Amrito). Amboboeken, Holland, (1979). The Mystic of Feeling / R.C. Prasad. Motilal Banarsidass, India, (1978). Priester der Liebe / Lars Stromsdorfer. Pabel, Germany, (1978). L’Incanto D’Arancio / Swami Swatantra Sarjano. Savelli, Italy, (1979)). Rajneesh Meditation Centres.
Introduction by Swami Anand Rakesh. Excerpt:
“It is a prettty unique book. It takes you into a pretty unique world – darshan.
If you’re interested, you can check into the history of this ageold eastern happening – being in the presence of the master. You can read stories about what is was like being with buddha, or mahavir, or with a later day master like gurdjieff or ramakrishna.
These stories and recollections are of course somewhat biased, relying on the memories and clarity of the disciples of these masters who were present at darshan. Within this chronicle, the wonders of modern recording and photography make possible a much truer rendering of what really happens.” (No page number)
– Brian. Interview. Professor at the Open University, UK. (pp. 64-81.
– Vinod. Interview. Indian film actor. (pp. 147-157)
– Ma Prem Indira. Danish model living in Ibiza. (p. 384)
– Swami Nirvana Bharti. Interview. Principal of the University of Madras
– The enlightenment day celebration, through the eyes of ashramite and rolfer, swami anand rakesh. (pp. 450-58)
– Savita, former psychotherapist, shares her diary on discovering Osho.
* For Madmen Only. Price of Admission: Your Mind. A Darshan Diary. Volume IIXX (label). Editor: Ma Prem Maneesha. Introduction: Swami Anand Rakesh. Design: Swami Govind Vedant, Swami Anand Sangito. Swami Premabhakta. Photography: Swami Krishna Bharti. Ma Prem Champa. Coordination: Ma Yoga Pratima. Ma Deva Ritambhara. Production: Ma Yoga Prem. Ma Anand Savita. Ma Prem Upasana. Ma Deva Weechee. Ma Deva Layo. Typesetting: Ravi & Ashok Enterprises, Poona. Processing: K. Joshi & Co, Poona, and Rajneesh Foundation Ltd., Poona. Printing: Usha Offset Printers, Bombay. Publisher: Ma Yoga Laxmi. Rajneesh Foundation, Poona, 1979. First edition. 593 pages. Illustrated. Hardcover. Size: 22×14,5 cm. Weight: 1073 g. No ISBN. 5000 copies. Period: 01.04 – 30.04.1977. Place: Chuang Tzu Auditorium. Poona.
In Appendix: Discourses by Bhagwan Shree Rajneesh. Books on Bhagwan. Foreign editions. Darshan Diaries. Translations. Rajneesh Meditation Centers.
Front flap. Excerpt: “Just as our tongues were trained to speak, so were our eyes trained to see, thereby ‘creating’ the reality around. To see the world without the veil of prejudice, expectations, judgements, preferences, is to be a Buddha. And temporarily, in his presence we can see through his eyes, stripped of that veil of illusion. But, Bhagwan warns us, it is a dangerous trip “For madmen only – because the price of admittance is nothing but your mind, the reason-dominated mind.” He tells us: “Things are very simple. You are the master, it is your responsibility. If you enjoy being in hell, it is your choice; you can have hell as horrible as you want. If you don’t enjoy it, you can come out of it immediately – not a moment’s waste.” Reading these diaries, let your spirit soar to Poona – experience his darshan, his presence. His garden awaits you.”
Back flap. Excerpt: “And every evening Bhagwan meets with a more intimate group: instead of speaking of the Buddhas, he speaks individually to the potential Buddhas – like you and me. In the West we would call it an ‘audi-ence’, stressing the ‘hearing’ aspect; but in India it’s called ‘darshan’ – such a beautiful word. Literally it means seeing, emphasizing the living presence of the master – not words to digest, but a vision that touches the heart, a presence, for to be with Bhagwan for the first time is often ‘love at first sight’”. Swami Anand Nirgrantha.”
On back jacket:
“Bhagwan Shree Rajneesh’s philosophy does not represent a particular religion – it is religion itself. He draws his sources from the source of the great religions… Buddhism, Taoism, Christianity, Sufism, Zen, but he goes far beyond them.
His main idea is the following: one has to live in the here and now, to forget the past and not plan for the future. Everything is here and now. We are all gods, we just need to become aware of it. And he is there to wake us up to these realities.” (Liliane LeGrand. In: Le Futur Very. By Marie-France Cleroux/Ghislain Tremblay. Editions de Montagne, 1979)
“Bhagwan is not only an enlightened Master, but also a Master of psychology. He answers every seeker’s needs.” (Re Nudo. Italy. July 1978)
“There have been people who speak of another level and we call them masters – Jesus, Buddha, etc. Among them, Bhagwan Shree Rajneesh…” (Ajoblanco. May 1979)
Introduction by Swami Anand Rakesh. Excerpts:
“Listen friend / just slowly and casually / close this book / and with a knowing smile on your lips, / place the book back / whereever you got it from. / I’m not kidding! / Are you still reading? / Well then, / don’t ever say that I didn’t warn you! / You think the title of this book is a joke? / Just something to catch your attention? / Well, let me tell you – / He isn’t kidding around! / Look, / it’s still not too late for you to turn around / and forget this whole thing. //…
Like with Him / He just sits there / and something is pouring out of Him. / If you respond it pours. / And if you don’t respond, / it still pours! / And if no one is there / and He’s sitting by Himself, / it’s still just pouring out. / And it feels so good that / YOU WANT TO DROWN IN IT! / What’s going on here? //…
So go ahead, sucker, / keep reading. / Open your heart and let some stuff slip in there. / Enjoy! / Amuse yourself with some little pearls of wisdom / that stir your innards. / This guy has come kind of very rare, incurable disease / that strikes only a few. / AND IT’S INFECTIOUS! / But don’t ever say that I didn’t warn you! // Swami Anand Rakesh.” (No page number)
– Anutosh shares a letter he wrote to his famity about a week after tonight’s darshan… (pp. 101-12)
– Satyarthi returning to Denmark. (p. 116)
– Interview with Padma, Sambuddha and Samarpan, ex-aricans living in the ashram. (pp. 201-15)
– Rakesh shares his experience of darshan tonight (14.04). (pp. 219-26, 232-36)
– Sujata. Darshan and Interview. (Rachel Herbert). Actress from England. Took sannyas in Bombay. “He pressed the buzzer for Laxmi.” (pp. 302-28)
– Bhagawati from England. (p. 336)
On studying psychology
“My feeling is, if you can complete it, it will be good. It may not be very beautiful to study, you may not enjoy it very much, but the ultimate result will be good. Studying psychology can be of help. Even though the psychology is not very correct it still gives you a certain understanding about the mind and how the mind functions. It is not very great, it is not very deep, but it can still give you a framework – and with that foundation you can start working on your own and much can be known.” (p. 508)
* This Is It. A Darshan Diary. Volume IXX. Editing and Commentary: Ma Prem Maneesha. Introduction: Swami Anand Rakesh. Design: Ma Prem Tushita. Photogtaphy: Swami Krishna Bharti, Ma Prem Chanmpa, Swami Shivamurti. Coordination: Ma Yoga Pratima, Ma Deva Ritambhara. Production: Ma Yoga Prem. Ma Ananda Savita. Ma Deva Weechee. Ma Prem Upasana. Swami Haridas. Ma Prem Sarva. Typesetting (in Arial): Spads Phototypesetting Industries (P) Ltd. Bombay. Processing: Army and Navy Press, Bombay. Printing: Army and Navy Press, Bombay. Bound by: Four Oceans Binders, Bombay. Publisher: Ma Yoga Laxmi. Rajneesh Foundation Ltd., Poona, 1979. First edition. Hardcover. Size: 22×14,5 cm. Weight: 1203 g. No ISBN. Period: 01.05 – 31.05.1977. Place: Chuang Tzu Auditorium. Poona.
Front flap: “This is it / but many do not have / the longing to perceive it / the heart to receive it / or the eyes / to see it // Truth, god, reality, / is not something to be sought / but simply seen / Most of us see / through a glass darkly, / for our perception is shaded / and made obscure by the veils / of the mind and / all the conditioning / that our society / had made us heirs to // One whose longing / is intense enough, / whose receptivity is deep enough, / not only comes to see it / but becomes it: / truth, god, ‘Bhagwan'” // Continued on back flap: “Darshan / is a sharing / of the vision / of such a one, / an enlightened master, / Bhagwan Shree Rajneesh // It is learning in-sight, / the nature of which is such / that it can only be transferred / in love, in trust, / in availability // While you read / allow your heart / an opening / so that your inner eyes / might come to see that / this is really it // Ma Prem Maneesha”
From back jacket: “Bhagwan Shree Rajneesh is clearly the most comprehensively informed and articulate synthesis of the emerging transformation in consciousness of humankind. From his vantage point as a fully actualized being he offers eloquent and penetrating insight into the principles underlying the evolution of our philosophic foundations, religious ideals and psychosocial values and behavior. His vision, as well as his revolutionary psychospiritual work is creating the seedbed for a true ecology of our whole being.” David T. Miles, Ph.D., Psychologist.
“… Here is one who speaks not as the learned scribes, but from personal experience.” Albrecht Streber. Deutsches (Allgemeines) Sonntagsblatt, Germany. September 3, 1978.
Introduction by Swami Anand Rakesh. Excerpt:
“Here in poona one thing is different – he has got it! And he is shouting from the rooftops – come and get it!
This man is incredible. First of all he goes on talking trying to express the inexpressible. Twice a day, for one and a half hours each time, he just sits there and says the same thing over and over and over and over again, cloaked in a million different ways. One week he is a strict yet loving zen master, the next week a drunken sufi, the next a scientific yogi, the next a singing, dancing bhakta, the next… And that’s not to mention the changes he goes through from moment to moment. And underneath it is always exactly the same. This is it!
No one but one with unlimited compassion could talk so much. One and one-third books worth of words every ten days – year in, year out. And each sentence so filled to the core with meaning, with life, excitement, power – everything pointing to, jabbing at, coming around to, being filled with the message – this is it!
The daily discourse is to a large group of people and is either sutras or question and answer. It is always totally spontaneous.
The evening darshan is much smaller. He talks to one person at a time on any question from sex to super-consciousness – all as long as it is a real question, a real problem, and not just intellectual curiosity. It is from these darshans – meetings with the master – that this book is drawn.” (No page number)
– Deva Geet in darshan. (p.151)
– Robert Gussner, Professor of Comparative Religion at the University of Vermont. Darshan and interview. (pp. 170 – 95)
– Editor writes on now two years participation in darshan. (p. 198)
– Sagarpriya (Roberta de Long Miller) in darshan. (p. 466)
– Editor on tonights darshan scene. (p. 510)
– Bodhiprem. Darshan and interview. Music anthropologist, recording folk music in Central Asia and the Himalayas. (pp. 612-25)
Gussnor on Osho’s academic lectures
“Yes, he is of interest to professors not only because he’s a ‘come-outer’ from one of us, but of all the gurus I suppose he is the most intellectual, certainly the most comparative, most wide-ranged. I think he’s the first major guru in the world whose central focus probably is outside of his own tradition. It’s in the zen and the tao and with the help of the tantra – which is anti-nomian and anti-social – and is sometimes outcasted in the hindu tradition as an auxiliary prop, although I realise that chronologically, he was speaking about the tantra first, which is natural.
He’s an indian and he took that part of the indian tradition first and expanded upon it, but then he found the affinities. Chuang tse and lao tse and the zen masters seem to me to be central, and he selects the sufis and the christian interpretations and the jewish hassidic mystics that are outside of the social and mainstream institutions.
So he’s the first comparative guru. It’s very unusual to find anywhere, in an academic tradition especially, any person who, starting out professing to be open and impartial, doesn’t end up with their own tradition.
Now bhagwan starts out as a jaina – that’s an orthodox commune, it’s a closed fixed community that’s lasted twenty-five centuries – but he ends up really centered outside of his tradition, and that’s unusual.
That has to be impressive and a matter of prepondering when you talk about exploring and experiment. It indicates that there is a real freedom operating there.” Robert Gussnor, Professor of Comparative Religion at the University of Vermont. In: This is It. A Darshan Diary. 1979, p. 181.
* The Further Shore. A Darshan Diary. Editing and Commentary: Ma Prem Maneesha. Introduction: Ma Prem Aneeta. Design: Swami Anand Subhadra. Cover Design: Swami Anand Sangito. Coordination: Ma Yoga Pratima. Ma Deva Ritambhara. Production: Ma Yoga Prem. Swami Krishna Bharti. Ma Deva Weechee. Ma Prem Upasana. Swami Anand Hartmut. Swami Anand Vijayo. Swami Anand Prashanta. Swami Anand Sugeet. Photosetting: Ravi & Ashok Enterprises. Poona. Processing: Rajneesh Foundation Ltd. Printing: Taraporevala Publishing Industries Pvt. Ltd. Bombay. Bound by Four Oceans Publishers Pvt. Ltd. Publisher: Ma Yoga Laxmi. Rajneesh Foundation Ltd., Poona, March 1980. First edition. 277 pages. Illustrated. Hardcover. Landscape size: 22×29 cm. Weight: 1111 g. ISBN 0-88050-065-4 (label). 5000 copies. $ 22.98. Period: 01.06 – 30.06.1980. #1-7= Jun 1-7, #8-12= Jun 9-13, #13-28= Jun 15-30. Place: Chuang Tzu Auditorium. Poona.
In Appendix: Discourses by Bhagwan Shree Rajneesh. Darshan Diaries. Books on Bhagwan. Foreign Editions. Translations. Rajneesh Meditation Centers. ‘There are 250 Rajneesh meditation centres abroad and 200 in India.’
This is the first Darshan Diary to be published in landscape format, 22 x 29 cm.
Front flap is by Ma Deva Weechee. Also quotation: “Bhagwan is an extraordinary human being.” Handbuch of Religious Communities. 2nd edition. Germany, 1979.
On back flap handwriting on Bhagwan and darshan by Ma Prem Sarito (10 years old). Also: “The wisdom of Bhagwan’s words and the depth of his response are enough to make this diary a remarkable chronicle of a remarkable time. It is even more so now at the time of writing – late 1979 – as Bhagwan speaks less and less, and the communication is through silence, through energies. The whole community around Bhagwan, old and young alike, has been awed by the subtle shift from speaking to stillness.”
“Blessings on your journey to the further shore beyond darkness. – Mundkopanishad.”
Introduction by Ma Prem Aneeta. Excerpts:
“You might be holding a book that will open a totally new life for you. It was such a book that led me to bhagwan a year ago. I fell in love with this being through a photograph, and his words affirmed the deepest voice in my heart. Bhagwan has said that a disciple only seeks a master after the master has called him. Perhaps you have been called, and what you regard as your seeking, even selecting this book, is part of the mysterious, wondrous dance you have with your master, now drawing you closer to each other…
Each time you sit before Bhagwan is different. Because so much depends on your own mood, your own openness, nothing can be generalised about your feelings in darshan. On some occasions you feel open, vulnerable, afraid and painfully confronted with your own defences, masks and illusions. On other occasions your experience can be of disappearing into a silence, into a vibrating void. Bhagwan often says that meeting him is like falling into an abyss. Yes! I fall in without even grabbing for a branch to prevent my fall… and I am still falling! Sometimes I experience my falling as an ecstatic floating; at other times there is a resistance to going any further. Yet the process continues.” (No page number)
– Maneesha on darshan scene. (p. 4)
– The mime group in darshan. (p. 15)
– Subhadra, a Danish sannyasin, in darshan. (p. 94)
– Somendra talking to Osho on his satori experience as a group leader. (p. 96)
– Sufi dancers performing in darshan. (p. 174)
– Prabhu Praveeta. Darshan and interview. (pp. 178-85)
– Chinmaya and Sheela in darshan. (p. 230)
– Sukraj Bharti, Osho’s schoolfriend from Gadarwara, is in darshan. (p. 252+photo)
– Osho’s father and mother in darshan with friends from Jabalpur. (p. 256+photo)
– Rakesh replacing Maneesha in darshan. (p. 264)
– Nine Indians in a row taking sannyas. (p. 268)
Sukraj Bharti, Osho’s schoolfriend from Gadarwara:
“He says that Bhagwan talks to him just as he used to when they were close friends, and that he always regarded bhagwan as a leader, as someone very special, even when he was a child. Seems to me that that’s something very unique about bhagwan, even as a child he had the kind of personality that made it possible for his family and friends to later acknowledge him as their guru and to become sannyasins.” (Maneesha, p. 252)
* Far Beyond the Stars. A Darshan Diary. Volume XXI. Editing and Commentary: Ma Prem Maneesha. Introduction: Swami Deva Rashid. Design: Swami Anand Subhadra. Cover design: Swami Govinddas. Coordination: Ma Yoga Pratima, Ma Deva Ritambhara. Production: Ma Yoga Prem. Swami Krishna Bharti. Ma Deva Weechee. Ma Anand Parinita. Swami Anand Hartmut. Swami Anand Vijayo. Swami Anand Prashanta. Phototypesetting: Graphic Systems. Processing: Rajneesh Foundation Ltd. Printing: Army and Navy Press. Bound by Four Oceans Binders. Publisher: Ma Yoga Laxmi. Rajneesh Foundation, Poona, September 1980. First edition. 292 pages. Unbound. Landscape size: 22 x 29 cm. Weight: 1225 g. No ISBN. Period: 01.07 – 31.07.1977. #1-3= Jul 2-4, #4-7= Jul 6-9, #8-28= Jul 11-31. Place: Chuang Tzu Auditorium. Poona.
In Appendix: Books by Bhagwan Shree Rajneesh. Books on Bhagwan. Foreign editions. Translations. Rajneesh Meditation Centres.
Front flap: “What kind of people come to the enlightened master, Bhagwan Shree Rajneesh? Does one first need secret knowledge of deep esoteric matters? Do you, like Paul on that road to Damascus, have to have seen shining lights descending from up above? No, the people that come before Bhagwan are ordinary people, anybody, anyone. All that is needed is a little courage, for to come to a master is a risky business. You run the risk of losing everything. All that you thought you were, all that you thought you knew, all you have defended, all you have clung to.
It is really risky, for in the world of the false, the ego, Bhagwan is a very dangerous man. But it is truly a risk worth taking, and once taken your life enters a bright new dimension, a brand new flavour. You will have entered a dance.” Swami Deva Abhinandan.
“…We must keep on listening to him. He tells us something which is very important…” De Nieuwe Linie. Holland. July 1979.
“Meet Bhagwan / feel his being / taste your sweet long forgotten secret dreams come true: / joy, happiness, abandonment, love are possible – / not in the future as a reward for good deeds, / but as a gift from life abundant. / A real gift to humanity.” Mario Montano, Ph.D. Professor of Philosophy.
Back flap: “This book of darshans, the every night meetings between Bhagwan and his disciples and visitors, will bring you a little closer into the world of those who have taken that risk.
The word ‘darshan’ means seeing, and here with Bhagwan we are really beginning to see. As the dark clouds roll off from our eyes, we see a more wonderful, more mysterious life that goes far beyond mere words and worries, far beyond that which we have known with our minds, far far far beyond the stars.”
“His teachings are blooming today in many countries, in Europe and in the United States, although he has never left India.” Folha da Tarde. Brazil. May 1979.
“Bhagwan Shree Rajneesh insists on an affirmation of life, an awareness of self, an intense experience of all human energy to probe within and without for the meaning of meaning, which eventually resides not in ‘I’ and ‘You’, but in life, the substance of life which is the substance of the world and therefore, of God.” For You Magazine. India. November 1979.
“My soul there is a country far beyond the stars.” (Vaughan)
Introduction by Swami Deva Rashid. Excerpts:
“The excitement of living here, a vision of the energy build up, is manifested in the following pages. They are transcripts of the master, Bhagwan Shree Rajneesh, talking to his disciples in such a way that one by one we start to slip the shackles of our conditioning. We start to look beyond the formulae of our social inheritance, we start to push on the brittle structures of our self-protection. We start to find a vast space within us where before we presumed only to find lung or brain or aorta.
He, this master, this man-who’s-gone-beyond, this Nobody, is handing us a box of matches to light our own candles, he’s handing us an ultra-telescope to see beyond the stars. He is giving us tools to transform this rattling, creaky, leaky dangerous old ‘me’ into a new form…
And that connects with something that I want to say about Bhagwan Shree Rajneesh: he has recognised his true selfness and lives in perpetual awareness of it. For that reason, I have, as consciously as I am able, surrendered my life to his gut-dance, sold my sheep farm in the West and come with my family to be in his presence in the Buddhafield. But the words are already creaking under the strain af having to say something about which our normal rational processes have no experience; hence no vocabulary.
Equally I can make no sense of the experience of sitting in his presence, of feeling the light glow inside me, of allowing his energy to stir feelings way below my un-conscious. As we approach the ineffable we are struck dumb.” (No page number)
– Satya Vedant and Rekha, the sister of Sheela, are in darshan. He sings a song in Hindi he has composed to Osho. Interview. (pp. 20-25)
– Sudha, editor of Sannyas magazine and leader of the tantra group, replaces Maneesha in darshan. (p. 44)
– Werner Erhardt, founder of est, in darshan. With him is his manager, Bill, and Diana Ross, the black singer. (pp. 54-61)
– Andreas Elten (Swami Satyananda) from German magazine Stern in darshan and interview. (pp. 73-79 + photos).
– Margit, girlfriend of Satyananda, now Ma Prem Ashu. Darshan and interview. (pp. 86-89)
– Finn from Denmark, now Swami Deva Veepul. (p. 95)
– Karuna from the States in darshan. (p. 155)
– Prem Prabhu, nine years old. Darshan and interview. (pp. 222-25)
Sukraj Bharti, Gadarwara
“Sukhraj bharti, a sannyasin who has known bhagwan since school days, recounts how bhagwan was the ring-leader of their gang and got for himself such a reputation that parents of his friends would forbid them to play with him. One of bhagwan’s favourite pranks was to jump from a height of forty feet or so into the nearby river – in the dead of night…
‘He came after everybody was asleep, at about twelve at night, and got me out of my bed. The the pillows were arranged in such a way and a cover drawn over them as if I were sleeping. Then we’d slip out with a few other boys…” (Sukraj Bharti to Maneesha, p. 17)
* The No Book. No Buddha, No Teaching, No Discipline. A Darshan Diary. Volume XXII. Editing and Commentary: Ma Prem Maneesha. Introduction: Swami Krishna Prem. Design: Ma Deva Arpita. Swami Anand Neeraj. Jacket design: Swami Govinddas. Photography: Ma Prem Champa. Swami Krishna Bharti. Coordination: Ma Yoga Pratima. Ma Deva Ritambhara. Production: Ma Yoga Prem. Ma Deva Weechee. Ma Prem Upasana. Ma Anand Savita. Processing: Photo Techniks. Bombay. Typesetting: Spads Phototype Setting. Bombay. Bound by Rajneesh Foundation, Poona. Printing: Electrographic Industries (D.B. Taraporevala Sons & Co. Pvt.Ltd.), Bombay. Publisher: Ma Yoga Laxmi. Rajneesh Foundation, Poona, March 1981. First edition. 341 pages. Illustrated. Landscape size: 22×29 cm. Weight: 1354 g. No ISBN. 5000 copies. Price: 1230 Rs. Period: 01.08 – 31.08.1977. Place: Chuang Tzu Auditorium. Poona.
In Appendix: Publications from Rajneesh Foundation: Discourses by Bhagwan Shree Rajneesh. Responses to Questions. Early Talks. Darshan Diaries. Miscellaneous. (Including: The Song Book. Drinking from Your Wine, Bhagwan. Songs from the Ashram Music Group. The Orange Book. The Meditation Techniques of Bhagwan Shree Rajneesh). Books on Bhagwan. Books by other Publishers: Books on Bhagwan. Foreign editions in English. Translations. Major Book Distributors and Suppliers. (In USA, England, Holland, West Germany and Japan). Rajneesh Meditation Centres.
Front flap: “You are holding a book of miracles. Gentle miracles. Subtle miracles. They live quietly in these pages, flowering here and there as you pass among them. They are the children of the meeting of a living spiritual Master, Bhagwan Shree Rajneesh, with seekers and disciples from all parts of our world. This book records these meetings, these darshans.
It is a kind of garden. You can wander leisurely along its paths finding an angry, sceptical seed here or an open, hopeful sprout there – people in all states, all stages. Of course the gardener is here as well, tending to each as if it were his only one.
If you wish, you can join him here yourself. Reading his words, looking into his eyes – suddenly, a brief surge of joy; or a simple “yes”, moist with tears, upwelling, vague, but absolute.
I hope you will give yourself these moments. They hint of places within you still unseen, of blossoms yet unborn. And they are here for you. Despite your doubts. Because it is a book of miracles.” Swami Devabodhi
Back flap: “Bhagwan Shree Rajneesh is an enlightened spiritual master who uses Western psychological growth techniques, as well as traditional Eastern techniques, at his ashram in India. Beyond these, he creates his own meditations and growth groups as well. Unlike some previous experiences we’d had with other therapy modes, Rajneesh didn’t try to fit each of us into some pre-ordained program or psychology. There was no worry over whether we fit the therapy. With Bhagwan, we felt no pressure to have a ‘primal’ or to do ‘meditation’ or to ‘be clear’ or ‘be in our feelings’ or to ‘be psychic’ or to ‘be in our bodies’. There was no way we had to be nor mold we had to fit. It was just the opposite. Bhagwan created meditations and growth experiences to meet our individual needs.
We both feel our lives have been deeply transformed by our relationship with Bhagwan. What is important for us is to be in relationship to Bhagwan’s essential, divine nature which reveals to us our divine nature.” David & Susan Lovegarden. Yoga Journal. USA. Vol 24, Jan/Feb 1979
“The understanding that Bhagwan Shree Rajneesh has of the human psychology goes far beyond all that has been known up to now by modern science. His vision is from the inside, and from the highest peak the human consciousness can reach: an absolute, cosmic consciousness. Any psychology which doesn’t take him into account is a crippled thing.” Claude Leclerc. Ph.D. Psychologist.
Introduction by Swami Krishna Prem:
“If you’ve ever read one of these books before, one of these beautiful ‘darshan diaries’, then you’ve already met maneesha. This is the twenty-first volume she’s compiled, edited and guided readers through with a loving heart, with a helpful and dedicated hand. She shines through every page.
One evening she asked me to attend darshan – those incredible face-to-face encounters with bhagwan that happens nightly at the ashram – and to write my impressions. I did gladly – grateful for any excuse to spend a couple of hours basking in the brilliance that is bhagwan. And what I observed at that darshan is also included here.
A day or so later, maneesha approached me again. ‘How about introducing the book, too?’ she asked.
‘Sure,’ I agreed. ‘What’s it going to be called?’
‘The NO Book.’
‘The NO Book!’ I said. ‘No? No! I’ve never heard bhagwan say no in all the time I’ve been with him,’ ran through my mind. ‘No? He’s the world’s number one yes-sayer! There’s no one yesier than him! He’s the yesiest there is!’
I’m pretty transparent and maneesha’s pretty observant. She laughed and handed med a slip of paper. ‘Here’s the full title,’ she said. ‘The NO Book – No Buddha. No Teaching. No Discipline.’
I laughed. I understood.
Bhagwan is a Buddha – but he’s no buddha. (Not in the sense that name is usually bandied about.) Bhagwan is no idol to be adored, no deity to be feared, no relic to be revered, no golden giant to be worshipped. That’s not his relationship with his sannyasins at all. He just loves us. And we just love him.
Nor does bhagwan expound any teaching. There are no creeds, no dogmas, no doctrines, no philosophies. There is only his help, his guidance; there is only his invitation to awareness, to consciousness.
And there is no discipline either. There are no lists of rules, no dos or don’ts, no shoulds or shouldn’ts. No sins, no suppression. Whatever the problem, whatever the trauma, whatever the appetite, there is only a passing-through, a finishing-with, a comming-out-the-other-side, cleansed, refreshed and renewed.
The cast of characters in this book is marvellous, amazing. They’ve come from everywhere – italy, france, japan, america, germany, canada, belgium, holland, new zealand, scotland, australia, spain, yugoslavia, switzerland, austria, england, finland, the u.s.s.r. And they’ve come from every walk of life – a novelist and a mailman, a librarian and a veterinarian, an accountant and a nurse, a silversmith and a nun, and psychologists, psychiatrists and therapists galore. They’ve come in the dawn of their lives, and at twilight. They’ve all come to see bhagwan; they’ve all come to be reborn.
You’ll meet the eager, already-committed seekers who are ready to embark on the journey to consciousness, itching to take sannyas even before bhagwan pops the question. And you’ll also meet the hesitant ones – frightened, confused, knocked-about, uncertain. But the nicest thing is that they always show up again a few chapters later, ready and willing to plunge into the unknown.
And the hero? And bhagwan? Just open this book anywhere and look at his face. In his case one picture is worth all the words ever spoken or written since language began.
This book is a delight – a heart-rending, soul-inspiring delight. Before sitting down to write this I read it through. It made me laugh; it made me cry. And at times it made both laughter and tears happen together.
Thank you, maneesha.
Thank you, bhagwan.
And thank you for being you. Thank you for just being. Thank you for me.” Swami Krishna Prem. (No page number)
– Swami Prem Prabhu, nine years old. Darshan and letter to Bhagwan. (p. 39)
– Ma Prem Taru (Sharon), a librarian from the States. (p. 45)
– Aneeta replaces Maneesha in darshan. (p. 58)
– Veet Nirvan, a dentist. Darshan and interview. (pp. 114-19)
– Deva Eha (Emma), a librarian from France. (p. 144)
– Anand Kavishwara. Interview. (pp. 150-51)
– The councelling group with leaders Karuna and Chinmaya, a chaplain from Churchill College, Cambridge University, in darshan.
– The satori group in darshan. Subhuti, a political journalist from England. Bhagwan speaks on a new kind of journalism.
– Amit Prem (Bernard Gunther) in darshan. He has decided to remain sannyassed.
– Vandana, ashramite and editor, replaces Maneesha in darshan. (p. 180)
– Osho talks on the death of Tagore. (p. 253)
– Krishna Samarpan. Interview. (pp. 272-77)
– Krishna Prem replaces Manesha in darshan. (p. 278)
Mt Abu camp, Krishna Prem comments from darshan August 1977
“As he moves us towards I slip back, for the tiniest fragment of time, to my first meditation camp. Mount Abu. January, 1974… The morning discourse is over, blindfolds are on and the instruments plunge into the music for dynamic meditation. It begins at fever pitch. From the dais bhagwan calls, “Deep, fast, chaotic breathing. Deeper. Faster. Deeper. Faster.” And suddenly – woosh – as if he’s pressed the button of some inner atomizer, the room is alive with the ambrosia of another dimension. Bhagwan is pouring, pouring. It fills my lungs; it permeates my every pore. Deeper. Deeper. Faster. Faster. Everything is vibrating. The ego writhes in a moment of frenzy, flounders in frustration and then dissolves. Now there is only breathing, only a whirlwind. And for ten eternal minutes the breather is no more…” (Krishna Prem, p. 280)
* Don’t Just Do Something, Sit There. A Darshan Diary. Volume XXIII. Editing and Commentary: Ma Prem Maneesha. Introduction: Swami Deva Rashid. Design: Swami Prem Deekshant. Swami Govinddas. Jacket design: Swami Govinddas. Photography: Ma Prem Champa. Swami Krishna Bharti. Coordination: Ma Yoga Pratima. Ma Deva Ritambhara. Production: Ma Yoga Prem. Ma Deva Weechee. Ma Prem Upasana. Ma Anand Savita. Swami Anand Bhavo. Typesetting: Spads Phototype Setting Industries (P) Ltd. Bombay. Processing: Rajneesh Foundation. Poona. Printing: Electrographic Industries. (D.B. Taraporevala Sons & Co. Pvt. Ltd). Bombay. Bound by Four Oceans Binders. Bombay. Publisher: Ma Yoga Laxmi. Rajneesh Foundation, Poona, December 1980. First edition. 357 pages. Illustrated. Including hand drawings of trees and flowers. Hardcover. Landscape size: 22×29 cm. Weight: 1415 g. ISBN 0-88050-052-2 (label). 5000 copies. Price: $25.50. Period: 01.09 – 30.09.1977. #1-12= Sep 1-12, #13-19= Sep 14-20, #20-28= Sep 22-30. Place: Chuang Tzu Auditorium. Poona.
In Appendix: Publications from Rajneesh Foundation: Discourses by Bhagwan Shree Rajneesh. Responses to Questions. Early Talks. Darshan Diaries. Miscellaneous. Books on Bhagwan. Books by other Publishers: Books on Bhagwan. Foreign editions in English: United States of America (15 titles). United Kingdom (13 titles). Translations: German (16 titles). Dutch (14 titles). Italian (13 titles). Japanese (9 titles). Spanish (6 titles). Portugese (7 titles). French (3 titles). Danish (2 titles). Hebrew (1 title). Greek (1 title). Major Book Distributors and Suppliers. Rajneesh Meditation Centres.
Front flap: “It’s a feeling of school boys who have stowed away on an ocean liner and the ship has already sailed.
Here we are tonight! Somehow we have made it through the gate and past all the guards’ tests and we’re on our way. Then he enters majestically in a white robe, his hands formed in a “Namaste” greeting for us all. Just to be here sitting in the presence of the enlightened Master, Bhagwan Shree Rajneesh, is a sheer gift. And we know that we have done absolutely nothing to deserve it.
We are ordinary people from all over the globe, each with different backgrounds and expectations. Some await Bhagwan the Magician to exorcise the demons from their hearts. Others await the ecstasy of his love and wisdom.
Those who cling to antique ideas of religion, who wait for a stern saint with pointed finger and solemn ceremony, are in the wrong place. They have fallen in with fast company. To be with Bhagwan in Poona is a festival. I fully respect him to stagger into darshan one night with a peaked party hat, tooting a horn and shouting “Happy New Year! Happy New Year!”
We call him Master. He calls us friends. When we sit together it is not a question of superior and inferior, the leader and the led: it’s a communion, with deep currents of love as well as champagne bubbles of laughter. Swami Satyam Anando.
Back flap: “…The books of and about Bhagwan have impressed me very deeply and have given me great wealth. Bhagwan knows man in his searching and questioning.” Zwolse Courant. Holland. July, 1980.
“Rajneesh has become the No. 1 Master of our times. His disciples number 100.000, but there are even more who are sympathetic but not sannyasins yet… He stands at the opposite end of the pole to any other guru. Revolutionary in his teachings, he encourage life in its totality.” Apogevmatini. Greece. May, 1980.
“Although Bhagwan Shree Rajneesh is an enlightened Master whose radiance attracts the brilliant in every field, his words are deceptively simple and his message blazingly clear.” Book Review. Indian Book Industry. India. 1980.
Introduction by Swami Deva Rashid. Excerpt:
“When I sit in darshan now (ah, so difficult to describe) I don’t listen much to the words. I just sit. Images come to me now of Bhagwan gliding in – does he have skateboard trucks under his chappals? He smiles and his face has the radiance of spring sunshine, the beauty of raindrops on large leaves, the intensity of a bonfire at night – transitory and perennial. He sits down and then we troop up to him, to take sannyas, to say goodbye, to ask a question. We come with the whole range of human dis-eases and dis-orders. The desperate and over-confident, proud and servile, fearful and greedy, hung up and laid back, here we all come, clunk clunk clunk like trippers passing through turnstiles to visit the pier amusements. And he smiles. He loves. He looks, he reflects back to us. He talks. In betwen the words, or from behind them, emanate slivers of something mysterious. Something I don’t recognise, something that avoids the brain, the mind, the conscious doer in me. It goes into the heart or the solar plexus or between the eyes and meets with me being to being. After two hours he glides out – still smiling. And these trippers are smitten, by laughter or tears or high energy or immobility. We are all in some way changed.
This books is a diary, a record of some of these meetings between seeker and master. In it there’s no dogma, no creed, no philosophy, no ideology – things which always end up following each other up the creek. Here Bhagwan shows us that the revolution, the necessary revolution that our battered planet needs, is an internal revolution. A revolution of consciousness, of awareness of what is rather than what ought to be. The more I can allow the accreted layers of conditionings, received ideas, preconceptions, to peel off, then the more I become available to this great humming supporting creating Existence (another name for god).
Other masters have taught this and Bhagwan continually refers to them: he teaches Christ and Krishna, Buddha and St. Francis. He teaches us to reconsider the lilies within us; he teaches us to neither toil nor spin, nor do anything – just sit there!
And the divine will enter us.” (p. VII)
In her commentaries the editor Maneesha is using the phrase ‘to be sannyassed’.
– Amit Prem (Bernard Gunther) in darshan. (p. 21)
– Nutan (Christopher, Australian film maker) in darshan. Asking Osho on the value in writing on what happens in the ashram. (p. 26)
– Osho comments on his father now in local hospital in Poona. (p. 36. Photo)
– Chinmaya, a chaplain from Churchill College, Cambridge University, in darshan. He has been writing in the local paper ‘The Poona Herald’ that Osho ‘is a pearl on your midst that you cannot see.’ Letter to Osho. Interview. (pp. 54-60)
– Neehar, from Esaleen, Big Sur, in darshan. The manager Dick Price’s daughter is also a sannyasin. (p. 104)
– Chinmaya, ashramite and editor, in darshan. (p. 145)
– Vimoksha, therapist and high school teacher, in darshan. Interview. (pp. 146-47)
– Aneeta, Sufi dance leader, writes from darshan. (p. 149)
– Osho talks on classical Indian music. (p. 211)
– Maneesha back after one week of illness. (p. 215)
– Divya write poetry to Osho. Reprinted. (pp. 224-47)
– Bhagwan on art and meditation. (p. 238)
– Veeresh in darshan. Writes letter to Osho. (p. 284-87)
– Veeresh and Amitprem (Bernard Gunther) in darshan. (p. 324)
– Satyarthi, leader of movement group, in darshan. (p. 342)
Maneesha on communication, writing on Osho
“I always prick up my ears when bhagwan talks about communicating because I feel continually frustrated, and so inadequate in trying to convey what is transpiring around bhagwan, what I sense bhagwan to be, what I feel happening in me and others.
I discovered not so long ago the truth of what bhagwan is saying now – that god can’t be proved. I once fondly cherished the illusion that once a jesus, a buddha, a rajneesh, had been discovered and acclaimed by someone as god made flesh, then it would be simply a question of letting people know and the masses would come running. But it seems that the discovery is not like the discovery of some law of physics, which once descovered by one person, is discovered once and for all. Each individual has to see the god in bhagwan for himself. That seems both a sad thing to me and yet also very beautiful, very right.” (Maneesha, p. 269)
* Only Losers Can Win In This Game. A Darshan Diary. Volume XXIV. Editing and Commentary: Ma Prem Maneesha. Introduction: Ma Prem Aneeta Design: Ma Prem Sarva, Ma Deva Yojana, Swami Premabhakta. Cover design: Swami Govinddas. Photography: Swami Krishna Bharti. Coordination: Ma Yoga Pratima. Ma Deva Ritambhara. Production: Swami Sat Prem. Ma Deva Weechee. Swami Anand Hartmut. Phototypesetting: Spads Phototype Setting Ind. (P) Ltd. Bombay. Processing: Rajneesh Foundation. Printing: Electrographic Industries. (D.B. Taraporevala Sons & Co. Pvt. Ltd.) Bombay. Bound by Rajneesh Foundation. Publisher: Ma Yoga Laxmi. Rajneesh Foundation, Poona, March 1981. First edition. 590 pages. Illustrated. Hardcover. Size: 22×14,5 cm. Weight: 1071 g. ISBN 0-88050-107-3 (label). 5000 copies. Period: 01.10 – 31.10.1977. #1-23= Oct 1-23, #24-28= Oct 27-31. Place: Chuang Tzu Auditorium. Poona.
In Appendix: Publications from Rajneesh Foundation. Discourses by Bhagwan Shree Rajneesh. Responses to Questions (Four titles). Early Talks (Four titles). Darshan Diaries. Miscellaneous (Four titles). Books on Bhagwan (Two titles). Books by other publishers. Books on Bhagwan (Fifteen titles). Editions in English. Translations. Major Book Distributors and Suppliers. Rajneesh Meditation Centres.
From back flap: “Facing a Spiritual Master, indifference is impossible. Either you become an enemy or you will fall in his love.” Dona Da Ceza. Brazil. March 1980.
“…Rajneesh 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. I filled pages with notes of his words, but I am vividly aware of the fact that quotation can offer only a string of apercus, divorced from the context of passion and conviction in which they are set…
… And apart from the effect and persuasiveness of his words, and – an even greater force – the torrent of love-imbued energy that is released into the surrounding atmosphere as he speaks, there is, and remains, the profound meaning of what he was saying.” Bernard Levin. The Times. England. April 1980.
On back jacket: “The ashram… is not a half-baked heaven for fanatics where you can float away dizzy on orange clouds… On the contrary, it is a tough paradise, in which you encounter yourself inexorably.
To look into his eyes is like loking into an indescribably clear mirror, which does not only reflect the masks of our faces, but also that untouched, pure and unstained part which lives in all of us.” De Krogglander. Holland. December 1980.
Introduction by Ma Prem Aneeta. Excerpt:
“And if you think what I have said about this ashram is incredible you’ll have even more amazement when you meet bhagwan. He pervades everything that happens and everyone who comes here from the inside out. He keeps in touch daily with the smallest details and personal lives of everyone who lives here, responds to letters from all over the world, gives one-and-a-half-hour discourses every morning, and holds darshan for two hours each evening and is reported to read ten books a day. Even if he did none of this he would be the most incredible, beautiful, beloved human being I have ever met. He is totally present in whatever he does. And you don’t need to believe me – come and meet him!
This place works because of bhagwan – our lives beginning to know joy, our energies flowing, our hearts opening because of bhagwan…” (No page number)
– Ma Deva Vimlan (Anne Lisbeth) from Denmark in darshan. (p. 31)
– Madhuri, part-time poet and one of Osho’s librarians, is writing the commentary for darshan tonight. (p. 107)
– Yatri and Savita have both written to Osho on their relationship. Letters and darshan. (pp. 291-97)
– Nirvan, director of a subsidiary company of the English paper ‘The Daily Mail’. Darshan and interview. (pp. 329-37)
– Divya writes from darshan.
– Swami Deva Agochara writes letter and poem to Osho. Darshan. (p. 406)
– Swami Subhadra, Danish resident at the ashram. (p. 345)
– Divya is interviewing Teertha. Excerpts from an interview with Swami Ananda Teertha taken from ‘In the Garden of the Master’, Volume 1, compiled by Ma Prem Divya. (pp. 439-66)
– Osho has a cold and discourses are silent and darshan cancelled, October 24-26. (p. 473)
– Mukul means mirror. (p. 474)
– Rakesh, ashram rolfer, writes from darshan. (p. 495)
– Swami Deva Pramod (Richard, an american) in darshan. (p. 543)
* The Open Secret. A Darshan Diary. Volume XXIII. Editing and Commentary: Ma Prem Maneesha. Introduction: Ma Prem Mangala. Design: Ma Deva Parampara. Swami Prem Deekshant. Photography: Ma Prem Champa. Swami Krishna Bharti. Coordination: Ma Yoga Pratima. Ma Deva Ritambhara. Production: Ma Yoga Rabiya. Ma Yoga Prem. Ma Anand Savita. Ma Deva Weechee. Ma Prem Hadia. Ma Deva Layo. Typesetting: Rajneesh Foundation. Processing: K. Joshi % Co. Poona. Rajneesh Foundation, Poona. Printing: Taraporevala Publishing Industries Pvt. Ltd. Bombay. Binding: Four Oceans Binders, Bombay. Publisher: Ma Yoga Laxmi. Rajneesh Foundation, Poona, July 1980. First edition. 367 pages. Illustrated. Uncut and unbound copy. No jacket. Landscape size: 22×29 cm. Weight: 1280 g. No ISBN. 5000 copies. Period: 01.11 – 30.11.1977. #1-23= Nov 1-23, #24-29= Nov 25-30. Place: Chuang Tzu Auditorium. Poona.
In Appendix: Discourses by Bhagwan Shree Rajneesh. Responses to Questions (Including: My Way. The Way of the White Clouds. Deluxe edition with colour photographs). Early Talks. Darshan Diaries. Books on Bhagwan. Foreign editions. Translations. Rajneesh Meditation Centres.
Introduction by Ma Prem Mangala. Excerpt:
“For hours together I sit before him and the world outside stands still, there’s only now and here. I stare at him and sometimes I think I see that he isn’t there. I see his hands moving without his doing and feel the words coming from somewhere beyond him. I fancy he too watches and maybe wonders what is happening through him.
Sometimes I don’t look. I close my eyes and withdraw to the world inside. I hear his voice as one with the birds, the moving trees and the occasional traffic noise beyond the ashram confine. But the real world is somewhere else, somewhere within me and within the powerful energy that radiates from that presence I feel before me. I open myself, try not to be there and allow that energy to enter and overwhelm me.” (No page number)
– Amitprem (Bernard Gunther) in darshan. (p. 20)
– Swami Deva Narendra (Ian), a former secretary of Swami Muktananda in Australia, has been directed to Osho by Shirdi Sai Baba. Darshan. (p. 37)
– Madhuri, a poet and one of Osho’s librarians, had recently moved into Lao Tzu House, to live with the seventeen other sannyasins there. (p. 43)
– Veena, editor, in darshan. (p. 77)
– Siddhartha, at age five, in darshan. (p. 78)
– Krishna Bharti writes from darshan. Interview. (pp. 82, 100-05)
– Deva Amarga (Ivan), a former teacher from Denmark, in darshan. (p. 153)
– A German television crew have been filming activities around the ashram for the past week, tonight the ‘sniffing’ before darshan is the focus of their cameras. (p. 165)
– Rajen (Alan Lowen). Darshan and interview. (pp. 73-77)
– Savita writes from darshan tonight. (p. 187)
– Amitprem (Bernard Gunther) in darshan. (p. 228)
– Mangala writes of Music Group in darshan. (p. 250)
– Rajen writes from darshan. (p. 264)
– Osho talks on Krishnamurti. (p. 282)
– Nikunj, mime artist from Chile. Darshan and interview. (pp. 303-08)
– Mangala writes from darshan. (p. 340)
* The Open Door. A Darshan Diary. Volume XXIV. Editing and Commentary: Ma Prem Maneesha. Introduction: Swami Deva Ashoka. Design: Ma Deva Parampara. Swami Deva Udgam. Cover design: Swami Govinddas. Photography: Ma Prem Champa. Swami Krishna Prem. Coordination: Ma Yoga Pratima. Ma Deva Ritambhara. Production: Ma Yoga Rabiya. Ma Yoga Prem. Swami Anand Vijayo. Swami Anand Prashanta. Swami Anand Hartmut. Typesetting: Rajneesh Foundation. Processing: Rajneesh Foundation. Printing: Electrographic Industries (D.B. Taraporevala Sons & Co. Pvt. Ltd.). Bombay. Bound by Four Oceans Binders. Publisher: Ma Yoga Laxmi. Rajneesh Foundation, Poona, September 1980. First edition. 317 pages. Uncut and unbound copy. No jacket. Size: Landscape size: >22×29 cm. Weight: 1037 g. No ISBN. Period: 01.12 – 31.12.1977. #1-9= Dec 1-9, #10-19= Dec 12-21, #20-28= Dec 23-31. Place: Chuang Tzu Auditorium. Poona. (+acc, double stitched copy: 2073 g.)
In Appendix: Discourses by Bhagwan Shree Rajneesh. Responses to Questions. Early Talks. Darshan Diaries. Books on Bhagwan. Foreign Editions. Translations. Major Book Distributors and Suppliers. Ranjesh Meditation Centres.
On title page: ‘Behold, I have set before you an open door.’ (Revelations 3:8)
All text from here onwards is set in two framed columns on each page.
Introduction by Swami Deva Ashoka. Excerpts:
“Am I the only one who sees that there are two Bhagwans? At least two, as different one from the other as Don Quixote and Sancho Panza, Superman and Clark Kent. Doesn’t anybody else see that? There is the Bhagwan who gives discourses and the Bhagwan who gives darshan. The Bhagwan who gives discourses is majestic, olympian, an eagle in flight, a bard whose poetry never ceases to amaze me. In contrast, the Bhagwan who gives darshan is a kind of waddling duck, a nice old guy, a jolly super-daddy who pats you on the head and says “very good” and gives suggestions which, in the light of what he says in lecture, are nonsense. Someone once asked Bhagwan, “When you say ‘very good’, do you mean ‘bullshit’?” And Bhagwan smiled enigmatically at the questioner and said,”Very good!”
I am, and have always been, in rapturous love with Bhagwan’s words. I hear every lecture at least twice, as part of my work: the first time in discourse, the second time when I write my summary – and then I go over it once again when I index and cross-reference its contents. Can there be anyone else who listens to Bhagwan as much as I do? And, I never get tired of it. Even when Bhagwan gives what I think of as his ‘yoga nidra’ lectures, the lectures in which he drones on and on and throws in every irrelevant spiritual and esoteric fact you can think of (so that he might as well be reading us the Ipswich telephone directory for all it matters) – even then I love it. But darshan? Darshan is something else…
Bhagwan once said, in discourse, “I enlighten you every morning in lecture and I unlighten you every evening in darshan.”…
A darshan diary is a pageant, a festival. I am lucky to have seen the form of the darshan evolve over the years. I had my first darshan in Bombay; we sat together, just him and me in his room all alone without anybody else, not even Laxmi; and he stroked my hand for what seemed about half an hour and asked me a few really pointless questions. At Mount Abu, I recall, when I took leave of him, there was one other person in the room, a man – I can’t now remember who. Then, in the early days in Poona, there were maybe a dozen persons present, and it felt really strange to have to talk in front of so many people. Now here is the time when ashramites (mostly) bring him their emotional problems – the time this book is about; and so many people coming, and taking sannyas – a time when the groups are as large as sixty people…
A glimpse into this darshan diary is a glimpse into his world, a world of immense, unbelievable courage, and a truth so deep that it almost makes the oceans blush.
For seven years now, even when I denied him, Bhagwan has lighted my way. Where would I be, where would we all be, if it weren’t for Bhagwan’s world and Bhagwan’s light? If you already know that world and that light, this book can bring you closer; if you don’t know it, perhaps it can light your way to the open door.” (No page number. Also on www.oshonews.com/2017/04/07)
– Janet from Esaleen, Big Sur, in darshan. Rajneesh Meditation Centre is there. (p. 3)
– Neeten from the States in darshan. (p. 41)
– Gunakar, a lawyer from Germany, in darshan. He has been in Frankfurt for some weeks representing the Foundation at the annual book fair and has just returned. Interview. (pp. 45, 59-62)
– Craig, a professor from California, has written to Osho on the experience when he first heard mention of Osho’s name. (p. 52)
– Aneeta, ashramite and Sufi dance leader, writes from darshan. (p. 71)
– Krishna Prem, head of Press Office, writes from Osho’s birthday celebration in Buddha Hall with Taru singing, excerpt from discourse and birthday darshan. (pp. 114-21)
– Geet Govind from Esaleen in darshan. (p. 139)
– Sheela in darshan. She has just arrived from the States, and she is silent during her darshan. (p. 147)
– Swami Anuragi, a librarian from Holland, in darshan. (p. 162)
– Mangala writes several evening from darshan. (p. 178)
– Ashoka, a German priest, in darshan. Interview. (pp. 199-201)
– Two reporters from Time magazine are at darshan to watch the procedure. (p. 204)
– Mangala is at darshan to describe the Sufi dancing. (pp. 224-27)
– Divyananda, ashram gardener, writes from darshan. (p. 267)
* The Sun Behind the Sun Behind the Sun. A Darshan Diary. Editing and Commentary: Ma Prem Maneesha. Introduction: Ma Vasundhara. Design: Ma Prem Namra. Photography: Ma Prem Champa. Swami Krishna Bharti. Coordination: Ma Prem Pratima. Ma Deva Ritambhara. Production: Ma Yoga Prem. Ma Anand Savita. Ma Prem Upasana. Ma Deva Weechee. Swami Haridas. Ma Anand Premda. Typesetting: Graphic Systems. Poona. Processing: Com Art Lithographers Pvt. Ltd. Printing: Usha Offset Printers. Bombay. Publisher: Ma Yoga Laxmi. Rajneesh Foundation Limited, Poona, March 1980. First edition. 634 pages. Illustrated. Hardcover. Size: 14×22,5 cm. Weight: 1067 g. ISBN 0-88050-138-3 (label). 5000 copies. Period: 01.01 – 31.01.1978. #1-20= Jan 1-20, #21-30= Jan 22-31. Place: Chuang Tzu Auditorium. Poona.
In Appendix: Discourses by Bhagwan Shree Rajneesh. Responses to Questions. Early Talks. Darshan Diaries. Books on Bhagwan. Foreign editions. Translations. Rajneesh Meditation Centres.
This copy bought in Cologne has pencil markings in the text indicating editing with excerpts for some compilation.
Front flap: “The difference betwen Bhagwan and other enlightened masters is simple: Bhagwan lives now. ‘Why follow a dead tradition when a living master is available?’ he asks. ‘I know Christ. I know Buddha. I know Lao Tzu. I am them. Christianity, Buddhism, Taoism, all the religions of the world are just echoes. I am the living voice. Come, and be awakened.’…
This books is a darshan diary, an attempt to collect a few moments with the Master in words and pictures. If they touch your heart, come. Like the sun behind the sun behind the sun, the real thing is beyond the words and beyond the pictures. Simplicity beyond comprehension – joy beyond human understanding.” Swami Deva Pramod.
“…He clearly offers a potent vision.” Yoga Journal. U.S.A. Jan./Feb. 1979.
Back flap: “Bhagwan Shree Rajneesh is one of the gurus who today enjoy an astonishing popularity in the Federal Republic of Germany, in fact all over Europe, and in the USA and Canada. His theses fascinate many young people. I mention two of them: ‘My sannyas is an opening, a journey, a dance, a love affair with the unknown, a romance with existence itself, in search for an orgiastic relationship to the whole.’ ‘A sannyasin does not live from his ideas; he replies to existence with his whole heart whatever may happen. His being is herenow, spontaneity, simplicity, naturalness,’
Bhagwan is working for a new world order. ‘This new community will be one of the oldest things on earth, age old Wanderers from different directions and dimensions have come. Jews are here, and Moslems, Hindus, Jains, Buddhists, Christians and Taoists – people of all types are here. All cultures meet here, all religions flow into one another. And a natural synthesis will emerge. We create no synthesis but this happens by itself – and the man will be neither Christian nor Jew, neither Hindu nor Indian nor Chinese nor German; here all frontiers will disappear.’
One should not casually dismiss such ideas as utopian, but through them enrich one’s own conception of life.” From: Faith and Love, Courage and Happiness by Rolf Italiaander.
“This amazing man brings together all the major fields of learning on earth: philosophy, science, literature, education, health, and psychology in a way which is unprecedented.
People are coming from everywhere on earth, from every background and type of work to be in the presence of Bhagwan, who is forming the most creative, unusual experiment in psychology, growth and community on earth. What is being created is like an explosion of human potential in every field.” Wendy C. Wyatt, Ed.D. Former Faculty, Boston University and Antioch Graduatre School.
“He does not follow any specific tradition, but embodies in his ‘Teachings’ what is of more validity for modern man in other religious traditions.” Ultima Hora. Brazil. May 23, 1979.
Introduction in poetry by Ma Vasundhara. Excerpt:
“Reflecting / radiating / light / is He / who in white robe clad / enters / into His disciples / like a breeze / kissing a cloud / a mother / her child / Bhagwan embraces / His disciples / with / His smile of joy / at seeing them. //
Sitting at darshan / seeing feeling / Bhagwan / His presence / A glimpse / behind a veil / innermost / sun / at the birth of / light //
Mysterious / being / who is / loved / trusted / adored / without knowing / the reason / why // “.
– Christ Chaitanya, editor of the Rajneesh Newsletter, meditation leader and frisbee fanatic, writes his commentary from darshan tonight. (p. 124)
– Varta, a Danish sannyasin with Arvind, center leader in Copenhagen, are both in darshan. (p. 221)
– Pratima, editor and co-worker on the darshan diaries, writes from darshan tonight. (p. 298)
– Maneesha on the house for weaving and school near ashram. (p. 395)
– Poem on participating in darshan. (p. 411)
– Poem by Vasundhara on her experience. (p. 451)
– Tao, working with reflexology, is writing from darshan. (p. 562)
* Believing the Impossible Before Breakfast. A Darshan Diary. Volume XXVIII. Editing and Commentary: Ma Prem Maneesha. Introduction: Ma Yoga Anurag. Design: Ma Prem Namra, Swami Prem Deekshant. Jacket Design: Swami Govinddas. Photography: Swami Krishna Bharti. Coordination: Ma Yoga Pratima. Ma Deva Ritambhara. Production: Ma Prem Mangla. Ma Deva Layo. Swami Prem Prasthan. Composed and Printed by Thomson Press. Publisher: Ma Yoga Laxmi. Rajneesh Foundation, Poona, March 1981. First edition. 251 pages. Illustrated. Hardcover. Landscape size: 22×29 cm. Weight: 1110 g. No ISBN. 5000 copies. Period: 01.02 – 28.02.1978. Place: Chuang Tzu Auditorium. Poona.
In Appendix: Publications from Rajneesh Foundation. Discourses by Bhagwan Shree Rajneesh. Responses to Questions. Early Talks. Darshan Diaries. Miscellaneous. Books on Bhagwan. Books by other Publishers. Editions in English. Translations. (English. Translated from the original Hindi: The Heartbeat of the Absolute. Arnold Heinemann, India). Major Book Distributors and Suppliers. Rajneesh Meditation Centres.
“All the poems printed in this darshan diary have been written by sannyasins.”
Front flap: “If you approach Bhagwan Shree Rajneesh in a serious logical way, you have found the best way to miss. If you have picked up this book seeking the credible, again you will miss. For these darshans between master and disciple are the most crazy incredible happenings in this crazy incredible world.
Man has reached the moon, we know it, we saw it on telly. The astronauts got into the rocket, it took off, and the moon was reached. Simple! We accepted it, it was possible. Test-tube babies, conquest of Everest, TV, instant coffee, we assimilated them into our lives without question – all possible, all within the realms of our belief systems.
What we find harder to accept is the reality of a man like Bhagwan. For Bhagwan is a dimension beyond dimensions. He cannot be framed or contained in thought or belief systems. Yes, he is a physical being like you or me, fingers, toes, eyes and nose, and yet – enlightenment? It does not compute, does not seem possible. It’s not logical.
But just as we must look with clear opened eyes to that space beyond the physical to see the reality of Bhagwan, so also we must look beyond our own limited mechanical logic to see the possibility, the reality of our own awakening. Here with Bhagwan a great feast, a great celebration of awakening is happening, and if like Alice in Wonderland you are crazy enough to put your trust in the impossible even before breakfast, there is room for you at this party. This book is just to whet your appetite for that inpossible….
Before you enter the real feast.” Swami Deva Abhinandan
Back flap: “An English voice croons into the microphone, introduces the topic of today’s discourse. More silence. A long pause. Shadows of the pause. And it happens. He speaks! – you feel some deep silence within you has started to talk.
You talk Zen. You take us along Tao, along Sufism. You tell us jokes… You pluck me out of grooves, rock me against myself, hurl me back into myself. For two hours you hold me spellbound.
As you speak, you take me along. Away from the prism of thought. Far into receding horizons. So many streams mingle in you. I hear the universe in your voice. No one after Buddha has taught as much, as extensively as you.” Mid-Week Special. India. July 16, 1980.
“He is an extremely wise man. Rajneesh in my opinion distills the teachings of the greatest religious thinkers in history.” Private Eye. England. August 1980.
“Who is Rajneesh? He is extremely eclectic, speaking on both the most revolutionary western ideas and on the most ancient oriental religions. Rajneesh… is one of today’s most controversial gurus, whose teachings are compared to those of Krishnamurti.” Jornal De Brasilia. Brazil. April 1980.
“The queen said to Alice, who was standing in a world she could not believe: “I daresay you have not had much practice… Why, sometimes I have believed as many as six impossible things before breakfast.”‘ Lewis Caroll “Through The Looking Glass.”
Introduction by Ma Yoga Anurag. Excerpts:
“With Bhagwan everything seems possible. Just a look, a word, a gesture, and his magic opens doors inside one and the feeling: ‘Aha, yes, yes, yes…unlimited possibilities…!’ Being open to him in his presence is like plugging into a socket connected to infinite sources of energy, light, love…
And although he says he has not been doing anything, it is only his grace that has given me the courage to trust, to allow. Now that new spaces are opening in me, I can see that it is simply a question of allowing, of co-operating – that I need only get out of the way and more and more becomes possible, without my actually doing anything at all.
So many ways of being that I used not to believe were possible, in fact, had never even imagined, are now realities for me. And believing in the impossible is no longer an absurd dream. As more impossibles penetrate and permeate my being, believing in the impossible is gradually becoming a way of life – and not only before breakfast but any time I let go and allow the miracle of life to possess me: ‘Thy kingdom come, thy will be done….'” (No page number)
– Osho on Action Analysis (AA) communes. (p. 5)
– Ashoka, formerly Bill Grossman, director of Kaleidoscope, London, in darshan. (p. 6)
– Bhagawati in darshan. (p. 31)
– Samudra, a therapist and priest from Perth. Darshan and interview. (pp. 52-55)
– Prem, co-worker on the Darshan Diaries, writes from darshan. (p. 62)
– Govind Vedant, a Danish sannyasin. (p. 62)
– Osho speaks on poetry. (p. 98)
– Aneeta writes from darshan tonight. (p. 128)
– Deeksha has been ‘summonned’ to darshan. (p. 134)
– Alexander Everett is the founder of the ‘Samata’ movement. Darshan and interview. (pp. 187-91)
– Vasumati, a member of the recently formed press office, writes the commentary tonight. (p. 194)
– Ma Ananda Mouna (silence) in darshan. (p. 194)
– Osho on dassana, Hindi term for search for insight. (p. 238)
Reading the Tibetan mystic Marpa
“Read something. He was one of the very very rarest beings in the whole history of human consciousness.. like Buddha, like Jesus, of that calibre and of immense profoundity. Read, meditate over his sayings; they will give you great insight. Good, Marpa. (p. 198)
Osho on dassana, Hindi term for searching for insight
“In the East, particularly in India, we don’t have anything parallel to philosophy. What we have is dassana, but dassana is a totally different phenomenon to philosophy. Philosophy is love for knowledge, search for knowledge. Dassana is search for insight, not for knowledge, a search for eyes. And the difference is great. The West searches for truth as if truth is an object there somewhere and you have to find it. The East does not search for the truth; it searches for the insight. It is somewhere inside. You have to open there, you have to start seeing there; then only will truth be revealed. (p. 238).
* Don’t Bite My Finger, Look Where I’m Pointing. Initiation Talks Between Master and Disciple. Editing and Commentary: Ma Prem Maneesha. Introduction: Ma Deva Sarito. Printed in U.S.A. Publisher: Ma Anand Sheela. Rajneesh Foundation International, Rajneeshpuram, December 1982. First edition. 220 pages. No illustrations. Unbound. Landscape size: 22×29 cm. Weight: 578 g. ISBN 0-88050-550-8 (label). Library of Congress Catalog Card Number 82-21602. 3.000 copies. Prize: $14.95. Period: 01.03 – 31.03.1978. #1= Mar 1, #2-19= Mar 3-20, #20-29 Mar 22-31. Place: Chuang Tzu Auditorium. Poona.
In Appendix (printed on orange paper): Books Published by Rajneesh Foundation International. The Discourses of Bhagwan Shree Rajneesh. Intimate Dialogues between the Master and His disciples. Other Titles. Books from other Publishers. Editions in English. Books on Bhagwan (listed according to national publishers). Foreign Language Editions. (In Danish: Sjælens oprør / Swami Deva Satyarthi. Borgens Forlag). Rajneesh Meditation Centres, Ashrams and Communes. (Denmark. Anand Niketan Rajneesh Meditation Center. Strøget).
No photographs. Text printed in three columns on each page.
Back flap: “Indeed, one of the main precepts of their religion is laughter along with love, responsibility and acceptance. The Bhagwan teaches that we already have the seeds in us to be a Christ, we only need to water them and nurture them.
They seem joyous, and blessed with a wonderful sense of humour. They celebrate life to the fullest.
The group tries to take the concepts of love, acceptance, responsibility and laughter and live them 24 hours a day. They look at their life itself as their religion.” Newberg Grafic. July 7, 1982.
Back jacket: “The Masters illuminate and confirm realization. They illuminate in a thousand and one ways. They go on pointing towards the truth: fingers pointing to the moon. But there are many fools who start clinging to the fingers. By clinging to the fingers you will not see the moon, remember. There are even greater fools who start biting the fingers. That is not going to give you any nourishment. Forget the finger and look at where it is pointing.” Bhagwan Shree Rajneesh.
Introduction by Ma Deva Sarito. Excerpt:
“It was a scene repeated hundreds, thousands of times over the seven years in Poona where Bhagwan Shree Rajneesh met nightly with his disciples and visitors to the ashram. And I soon recognized that each meeting was as universal as it was unique, as timeless as it was immediate. In every message to a new sannyasin, there was a message for me. Each gentle reminder that someone was creating his own misery was a reminder to me. And each hit found me looking at myself and my own trips, taking the cover off some ugliness I’d kept so carefully and pretty camouflaged.
Talking about what happens in the presence of Bhagwan just about has to be a first-person narrative. He’s not an “over there” phenomenon. The finger is not the point, the pointing is, and if you follow it, you’ll find yourself looking not “over there” but “in here.” Surprise! and you knew it all along, you’d just forgotten.
And things / haven’t been the same since. / Four years later / the bamboo is replaced / by sagebrush and juniper / the sounds are / of tractors and front-end loaders / power saws and big yellow schoolbuses / a frontier town in the middle of Oregon.”
– Sheela in darshan, on her relating with Maneesha. (pp. 24-26)
– Abhilasha, a new sannyasin from Denmark, in darshan with Vilas. (p. 32)
– Anurag, editor of the discourse books, writes from darshan. (p. 46)
– Samarpan, from Wales. Darshan and interview. (pp. 60-68)
– Yogini, who has been sent to the West some time ago to help get the publication of books there underway, in darshan. (p. 88)
– Aneeta writes from darshan. (p. 117)
– Anunada, who has terminal cancer, in darshan and interview. Osho presents him a record album, Bach’s ‘St. John’s Passion’. (pp. 139-48)
– Savita, co-worker on the darshan diaries, writes from darshan. (p. 149)
– Jayesh in darshan. (p. 169)
– Aseema and Sarvesh in darshan and interview. (pp. 175-77)
– Pratima writes from darshan. (p. 193)
* Let Go! A Darshan Diary. Editing and Commentary: Ma Prem Maneesha. Postscript: Ma Prem Divya. Design: Swami Anand Subhadra. Ma Deva Arpita. Photography: Swami Krishna Bharti. Ma Prem Champa. Coordination: Ma Yoga Pratima. Ma Deva Ritambhara. Production: Ma Yoga Prem. Ma Anand Savita. Ma Deva Weechee. Swami Haridas. Ma Deva Layo. Swami Anand Satyam. Typesetting: Spads Phototypesetting Industries (P) Ltd. Worli, Bombay. Printing: Taraporevala Publishing Industries Pvt. Ltd. Bombay. Bound by Four Oceans. Bombay. Publisher: Ma Yoga Laxmi. Rajneesh Foundation, Poona, March 1980. First edition. 639 pages. Illustrated. Hardcover. Size: 22×14,5 cm. Weight: 1041 g. No ISBN. 5000 copies. Period: 01.04 – 30.04.1978. Place: Chuang Tzu Auditorium. Poona.
In Appendix: Discourses by Bhagwan Shree Rajneesh. Responses to Questions. Early Talks. Darshan Diaries. Books on Bhagwan. Foreign editions. Translations. Rajneesh Meditation Centres.
Front flap: “This book is a month long account / of evening meetings / with Bhagwan Shree Rajneesh, / enlightened master, / and his disciples, / disciples to be, / visitors, / called darshan. // Darshan means…? / Enlightened means…? / I don’t know exactly but / the flavour is here / in this almost literal record, / and there / in the flesh, / in the moment. // These are meetings of / living people with / an alive master / in a place which really exists, / Poona, India – / which of course leaves them / inexplicable encounters. // Even after having read this diary / several times over / the feelings only grew: / the surprise and / gratitude and / love and / love.”
Continued on back flap: “He answers the being / rather than just the question; / dissolves the problem / instead of trying to solve; / guides / in the place of leading; / and showers, showers, showers, / a compassion and understanding and love / beyond definition. / He is a being whose nature / has bloomed. / Enlightened. // And I suppose that sitting with him, / that being by the side of fulfilled potential, / is darshan. / And oh, the love the love / the love / that is he / and is we / / and is…” Ma Deva Weechee.
“He is a philosopher, a mystic who can be compared with people like Krishnamurti and Gurdjieff… From him emanates a power, a light, a love and compassion which cause all in his presence to feel encompassed and blessed.” Mirananda Book Catalogue. Holland. 1978.
Back jacket: “This is indeeed a unique laboratory, a great experiment under the guidance of an Enlightened being to create a vast and lasting consciousness with all the people that surround him, and that is the most important thing that can happen to anyone.
His call is for everybody. Everything that I have read from Bhagwan hits me like a thunderbolt. He evokes my self-affirmation and encourages me to free myself from all the garbage in order to discover my original face.
He is the door to another world and he beckoned me to go through that door in trust. Bhagwan Shree Rajneesh is the most important happening in my life.” From ‘Original Face. A Coming Home’ by Jan Foudraine, M.D. Holland.
“Bhagwan Shree Rajneesh is one of the most important educators and philosophic and religious leaders in the late 20th century.
I firmly believe that hundreds of thousand of Americans would be thrilled, delighted and gain a new perspective on life by reading his books.
I feel that Bhagwan’s amazing, joyous, mind provoking writings should be widely read in the United States. We need a new religion based on his loving, caring view of human living and loving.” Robert Rimmer. Author of ‘The Harrad Experiment’ and ‘Proposition 31’.
“One has never heard such intellectual flexibility, realistic down-to-earthness, playful humour, and loving sincerity, which all bear witness to very deep human qualities.” Bo Ollson. Hälso Nytt. Sweden. 5/1979.
“All quotations used to preface each darshan are taken from letters to Bhagwan from his sannyasins and other seekers.”
Osho is addressed in second person in Maneesha’s editorial commentaries.
Following the colophon:
“The perfect way knows no difficulties
Except that it refuses all preferences.
If you would see the perfect way manifest
Take no thought either for or against it.
To propose what you like and what you dislike,
That is the malady of the mind.
Do not try to find the truth
Merely cease to cherish opinions
Let go, let things as they may be.
That which is is the same as that which is not.
That which is not is the same as that which is.
If only this is realised,
You need not worry about being perfect!”
Hsin Hsin Ming
“Each night at darshan he sits
on a marble porch and shares
his light, his laughter, his
billowy penetration into who we
are: our sighs, our weeps and
the great-and-trivial questions
we bring him.
Letting go, space enters, and in
that space he – and all that is
joyfull but has no words for
itself – explodes in us.
This is darshan: the lyrical and
shattering exuberances of an
enlightened being’s truth….”
Ma Anand Savita
Postscript by Ma Prem Divya
“In the pages of this book you hear the Master say it in many ways. Let go. Allow… At first I really thought these were verbs. Something to DO. Like the bowing of the courtier to a passing lady! He will remind us time and time again that there is nothing to do, just a stopping of what you normally do so that you can allow what is there to happen. There is no effort to be done to wake up. The effort to wake up is the sleep. And yet, as in riding that bicycle, some effort, a new kind of ‘seeing’, needs to happen.” Ma Prem Divya. (pp. 608-13)
– Rakesh and Prem writes from darshan. (p. 81)
– Pradeepa writes from darshan. (p. 233)
– Rishi, one of the ashram guards, writes from darshan. (p. 389)
– Savita writes from darshan. (p. 425)
* The Ninety-Nine Names of Nothingness. A Darshan Diary. Editing and Commenting: Ma Prem Maneesha. Introduction: Swami Prem Siddha. Design: Swami Anand Subhadra. Swami Prem Deekshant. Photography: Swami Krishna Bharti. Ma Prem Champa. Cover Design: Swami Govinddas. Coordination: Ma Yoga Pratima. Ma Deva Ritambhara. Production: Ma Yoga Prem. Ma Anand Savita. Ma Deva Weechee. Ma Prem Upasana. Swami Haridas. Ma Prem Deekshant. Phototypesetting: Spads Phototype Setting Industries (P) Ltd. Processing: Rajneesh Foundation. Printing: Taraporevala Publishing Industries Pvt. Ltd. Binding: Four Ocean Binders. Publisher: Ma Yoga Laxmi. Rajneesh Foundation, Poona, September 1980. First edition. 577 pages. Illustrated. Unbound. Size: 22×14,5 cm. Weight: 932 g. No ISBN. 5000 copies. Period: 01.05 – 31.05.1978. #1-2= May 1-2, #3-27= May 7-31. Place: Chuang Tzu Auditorium. Poona.
In Appendix: Discourses by Bhagwan Shree Rajneesh. Responses to Questions. Early Talks. Darshan Diaries. Books on Bhagwan. Foreign Editions. Translations.
Front flap: “This book is about a bunch of nobodies meeting with the biggest nobody of all, Bhagwan Shree Rajneesh. Bhagwan says, ‘The moment you become nobody, the moment you are ready to become nothing, god erupts in you’.
Here in Poona a glorious eruption of god is happening, and this book is a glimpse into this explosive field of energy. These darshans, these playful meetings between master and disciple are really meetings between god and god. For every man is potentially god, there is really nothing but god. Where else is he if not in everything? Just as the river meets the ocean, just as the rain meets the flower, just as the blowing wind meets the cloud so we meet with Bhagwan.
So you can call god anything or everything. What’s in a name? The name ‘rose’ says nothing about the flower’s fragrance. If you feel god in the rain call him rain. If for you he’s in the sun, call him sun. If you taste him in an apple pie call him apple pie. Call him living, call him love, call him breath – call him energy.
The Sufis, those crazy dancing life-celebrating people, came up with ninety-nine names for god. If ninety-nine, why not hundredth? The Sufis say the hundredth is the true name of god – that which no sound, no word can name.
One hundred is a non-number. Look at it: just a one and the rest is all noughts, zeros, nothing. That’s the way god is, all one yet nothing.” Swami Deva Abhinandan.
“Darshan is the mystical experience of the crowd.”
Actuel. France. November 1979.
“It was for me a breathtaking experience. I simply dare to state that I’ve seen God there.”
Albert Mol. Het Parool. Holland. December 1979.
“Bhagwan does not teach his followers a way of living. Unlike many other Indian gurus, he puts his enlightening power to the service of others, to help others to destroy their own egos…In Bhagwan they can see a door through which one can reach to the divine…but they themselves will have to go…” Il Giornale di Bergamo. Italy. July 1979.
“The originality of Bhagwan is to have brought together in the same place all the techniques of the East and the West and this in an integration that only one who has arrived at a peak of consciusness and love could perform successfully.”
Point. Canada. April 1978.
“Rajneesh is the spiritual alchemist capable of helping us to canalise our energies and neurotic drives to create the explosion that will transform our inner world. Because as he himself says so rightly, to humanity today only one alternative is left, either global suicide, or the greatest spiritual awakening the world has ever known.”
Noticias Populares. Brazil. June 1979.
Introduction by Swami Prem Siddha. Excerpts:
“In moments we will all be sitting in the back porch’s polished marble landing, surrounded by the flowing garden’s lush greenery, and facing in joy and reverence this presence called Bhagwan…
How do I write an introduction to a bible?… A book of the words of Bhagwan is a book of knowing – what do I say? What words of introduction can I use to welcome you through a door to where you are?
When he speaks to me at darshan my own words do not come – they disappear into the dust of the universe before the buds are born.
The Sufis have ninety-nine names for God. Bhagwan explains, ‘For a certain subtle reason, the hundredth name has been kept silent. That is the true name of God which cannot be uttered… It will lose its beauty if it is uttered. It remains unuttered, at the deepest core of the heart.’
It seems to me that Sufis have attempted ninety-nine times to find a sound, a word, that would give a glimpse of the God that is. They cannot find the hundredth word, and I am still struggling with the first.
For me to use words to tell you of my experience of this man – this presence – is to use bulldozers to carry dewdrops to your awareness. How do I reduce a fragrance to a word? This is me – a former man of words and letters – speechless and bathing in the beauty of it.
I don’t know what enlightenment is – I don’t know what an enlightened master is and does – yet I do know, and know in the deepest core of my being, that the universe has presented me with a gift, an opportunity, a door – a gift I am only in the beginning stages of learning to accept, a gift that has come for reasons totally unknown to me – curiosity of its origin has faded into sunlight.
I bow down, I touch the earth with the naturalness that a river touches its banks. My body flows into this movement out of gratefulnes bursting in my cells – out of gratefulness in my heart – out of gratefulness that begins to become who I am.” Swami Prem Siddha. (No page number)
On three pages then follow The Ninety-Nine Names…
All in Arabic with their English translation.
1. Allah. God.
99. Ya-Sabur. O Patient.
– Neeten is going back to Japan. (p. 22)
– Smrati writes from darshan tonight. “Bhagwan has been unwell for four days, and although he did give the discourse this morning, we are still unsure as to whether there will be darshan tonight because he did look fragile. These past four days have been a bit like I would imagine a Gurdjieff camp; morning and evening people have been preparing for discourse and darshan, never knowing till the last minute if Bhagwan will appear or not.” (p. 35)
– Sagarpriya (Roberta de Long). Darshan and interview by Savita on her ‘Psychic Massage’ book. (pp. 81-96)
– Sarita writes from darshan tonight. (p. 101)
– Swami Wajid (Eric) from Denmark. (p. 101)
– Ma Sabura (Eva, a Swiss) writes to Osho. (p. 133)
– Swami Krishna Bharti, the photographer, writes from darshan tonight. (p. 175)
– Swami Prem Siddha, psychiatrist. Interview. (pp. 196-210)
– Vimlan is back from Denmark. (p. 217)
– Ma Prem Savita interviewed by Ma Anand Savita. (pp. 282-85)
– Swami Govind, ashram office, writes from darshan. (p. 319)
– Veetmoha, ashram courier and part-time editor, writes from darshan. (p. 489)
– Sheela in darshan. (p. 528)
– “Two members of the BBC are among the group before you tonight. They’re the director and the producer of the documentary series, ‘Whicker’s World.’ Tomorrow they will be joined by the other five members of the crew plus Mr. Whicker himself to ‘shoot’ you in darshan.” (p. 535)
“Words will not be able to say it, words are not meant to say something so deep. Words are only mundane, superficial. They are good for the marketplace, utilitarian, are a must, but not for such deep experiences. So whenever you come closer to any depth in your being, suddenly words become useless, meaningless. You can go on trying but you will not find the right word to express it. And whatsoever word you find will look inadequate, will look almost sacrilegious… will look almost as if rather than saying it, it is destroying it. It will not be able to contain the meaning because the meaning is big and vast and the word is very tiny and small and narrow. The word to be useful has to be narrow, otherwise it will have so many meanings and will become useless.” (p. 280)
* The Madman’s Guide to Enlightenment. A Darshan Diary. Volume XXXII. Commentary and Editing: Ma Prem Maneesha. Introduction: Swami Prem Prasad. Design: Ma Prem Namra. Jacket Design: Swami Govinddas. Photography: Swami Krishna Bharti. Coordination: Ma Deva Ritambhara. Ma Yoga Pratima. Production: Ma Anand Suryo. Ma Anand Daksha. Swami Prem Prasthan. Ma Deva Layo. Processing: Swami Anand Vijayo. Swami Anand Prashanta. Processed by Rajneesh Foundation, Poona. Typesetting: Graphic Systems. Poona. Printing: Electrographic Industries. (D.B. Taraporevala Sons and Co. Pvt. Ltd.). Binding: Four Oceans Binders. Bombay. Publisher: Ma Yoga Laxmi. Rajneesh Foundation, Poona, December 1980. 371 pages. Illustrated. Unbound. Landscape size: 22×29 cm. Weight: 1118 g. No ISBN. 5000 copies. Period: 01.06 – 30.06.1978. (In colophon: June 1st through June 30th, 1980). Place: Chuang Tzu Auditorium, Poona.
In Appendix: Publications From Rajneesh Foundation. Discourses by Bhagwan Shree Rajneesh. Responses to Questions. Early Talks. Darshan Diaries. Miscellaneous. Books on Bhagwan. Books by Other Publishers. Books on Bhagwan. Foreign Editions in English. Translations. Major Book Distributors and Suppliers. Rajneesh Meditation Centres.
Drawings and note-vignettes by Yatri: Osho playing various musical instruments. In tune with the Introduction by Swami Prem Prasad.
Label inserted on title page: From Bhagwan to His Beloved to Celebrate the Third Annual World Celebration. With His Blessings. Rajneeshpuram July 1984.”
Front flap: “In darshan his communication with us is only marginally by means of words. Through the sibilants dying into the silence between his words, through the cool fire of his presence, through the joyful histrionics of his gestures, gifts and jokes, he encourages us to taste his very being. The art of discipleship is the art of being in the Master’s presence, of allowing his energy to enter one’s being.”
Continued on Back flap: “Darshan is the central focus of the disciple’s life because it is our greatest opportunity to allow the Master to guide us from the valley of our everyday reality towards the peak where he is. That peak is known as enlightenment, or nirvana, egolessness, the peace that passeth all understanding, bliss.
This book is a verbatim account of the darshans during June 1978.” Swami Anand Akul.
“One of Rajneesh’s merits… he quotes from old scriptures – Hindu, Buddhist, Taoist, Zen, Greek, Christian – and he is able to make them relevant to the present with intelligence and an incredible art of expression.” L’Espresso. Italy. October 1980.
“…the fare is simply hilarious though at the same time explosively provocative, stressing as it does joy, light and love as the most effective means of reaching God. He is superb when he speaks of those who live in communion with the Eternal, the Infinite. Every reader will recognise himself on one page or another; and he will thank Bhagwan for his spiritual acupuncture.” Book Review. World Union. India. August 1980.
“I strongly recommend what Rajneesh has to say.”
Monthly Mental Public Health. Holland. September 1980.
– “He seems totally oblivious of the fact that he’s surrounded by the cameras and bright lights of the seven-man crew, (which actually has two women in it) of the BBC. They’re here to film darshan as part og the documentary series, ‘Whicker’s World’. Mr Wicker himself is sitting in the front row (Scarf and all! They all passed through the pre-darshan ritual of being checked for overly strong shampoo smells.)” (p. 2)
Introduction by Swami Prem Prasad. Excerpt:
“Here in this book
are collected for you
the meetings between him and us.
You can see the evidence and
feel through those words how
the old is lost and the new uncovered,
as we move in front of him
placing ourselves into his hands.
For some these words and pictures
carry the scent of an indescribable experience
which began with him one evening…
For others they may become the guide
taking them on the way to him
who is the real guide and
who is enlightenment.
Hearing Bhagwan’s music
the strings in your being
will be tuned and begin to tremble,
to resonate with the sound of his.
Therefore this darshan book
can also be likened to a
collection of music lessons –
an ecstatic, overwhelming music,
a unique, intoxicating sound
reverberating and forever new.
Read him, listen to him,
more: feel, absorb, drink him
between the lines, in the photographs,
and he may descend in you right now.”
Swami Prem Prasad. (No page number)
– Swami Deva Vatula. (Madness). Osho speaks on ‘the divine madness’. (p. 4)
– Savita writes from darshan tonight. (p. 28)
– Smrati writes from darshan. Osho’s father, mother and brother are at darshan tonight. (p. 96)
– A pottery whistle is presented to Purva, age 6. (p. 141)
– Danish Sangeet in darshan. (p. 154)
– Tao has a ‘come close’ darshan. (p. 155)
– Ma Prem Vatayana (Kerri) in darshan. (p. 158)
– Sarvanda is going back to Denmark. (p. 165)
– Savita, co-worker on Darshan Diaries, in darshan. (p. 168)
– Swami Swatantra Sarjano, formerly Carlo Sylvestro, in darshan. Co-editor of Italian underground magazine Re Nudo. Interview. (pp. 200-17)
– Anurag, editor, writes from darshan. (p. 220)
– Swami Deva Sarlo, Hal from Holland, in darshan. (p. 220)
– Pramod, worked in ashram office, in leaving darshan. (p. 245)
– Pravita, writer working on book on Francis Bacon, in darshan. (p. 252)
– Anita, working in Bodhi Tree Bookshop in California, in darshan. (p. 253)
– “A message from Laxmi before darshan, that among those coming to darshan tonight is an Indian Supreme Court Judge, whom we (darshan ‘usherettes’) are to take special care of. Thankfully perfume-free, he is showm to a seat while the group waits by Lao Tzu gate for the signal to enter Chuang Tzu auditorium. He is seated right in the middle of the front row, and you smile at him and namaste as you enter.” (pp. 286,299-301).
– Chinmaya co-led the Counsellor Training programme last year with Karuna. (p. 295)
– Savita writes from darshan the next few evenings. (p. 304)
– Prasad, group leader. Darshan and Interview. (pp. 353-59)
* Don’t Look Before You Leap. Initiation Talks Beteen Master and Disciple. Introduction: Swami Deva Anuragi. Printed in U.S.A. Publisher: Ma Anand Sheela. Rajneesh Foundation International, March 1983. First edition. 570 pages. Paperback. Size: 17,7×11 cm. Weight: 240 g. ISBN 0-88050-554-0. Lirary of Congress Catalog Card Number 83-3282. 10.000 copies. $4.95. Period: 01.07 – 31.07.1978. #1-19= Jul 1-19, #20-31= Jul 21-31. Place: Chuang Tzu Auditorium. Poona.
In Appendix: Books Published by Rajneesh Foundation International. Books From Other Publishers. Foreign Language Editions. Rajneesh Meditation Centers, Ashrams and Communes.
Ma Prem Maneesha not mentioned as editor.
On back cover:
“… Bhagwan Shree Rajneesh is now, without question, the most inspired, the most literate and the most profoundly informed speaker I have ever heard anywhere. For me personally, as for so many others before me, everything he says in his philosophy of life has the unmistakable ring of truth: a new experience.” Jean Lyell. VOGUE. England. 1977.
Introduction by Swami Deva Anuragi. Excerpts:
“‘A relationship is one of the mysteries of life.’
“That voice – his voice – coming from so far away, is somehow within myself. Each word is like a bubble floating in silence, and bursts gently somewhere deep inside.
‘Whereever two persons meet,
a new world is created,
just by their meeting.’
A silence that is filled with the sounds of steam trains, shunting from the depths of childhood, and far-off tropical birds, calling, calling. Where have I heard those birds before?.
‘Love is very rare.
To meet a person at his centre
is to pass through a revolution yourself.
because if you want to meet a person at
you will have to allow that person
to reach to your centre also.
You will have to become vulnerable, open.’
These words are uttered absolutely effortlessly. They flow like a brook, bubbling and gurgling around obstructions, then fall into silent pools of stillness, only to flow on again. It is as though his consciousness, as it arises, brims over into thoughts and then showers as words, and it all happens as one process. There is no hesitation, no filtering. The effect of such a sharing is instantaneous and uncanny. My body begins to shake.
‘It is risky.
To allow somebody to reach your centre
is risky, dangerous,
because you never know what that person
will do to you.
And once all your secrets are known,
once your hiddenness has become unhidden,
once you are exposed completely,
what that other person will do,
you never know.
The fear is there.
That’s why we never open.’
The words flow without stopping in my head as words usually do, but travel on and on to places where words have never been before.
What is happening? I don’t understand, but walls built by ages of suspicion and protection are being breached by something that is in the words, but is also beyond them. Someytimes that is in the rhythms and the cadences but is beyond the music too. I am being carried towards some deep understanding within myself, but impossible – it’s impossible to reach there! Yet he is there already, calm, smiling irresistible beckoning…
The amplifier is still humming loudly though the tape has clicked itself off, erasing the magic voice, the trains, and the birds. A silence has descended in my heart. Without knowing it, things will never be the same again. Without looking, I leap.
In that experience of hearing Bhagwan for the first time was a shocked recognition that I had encountered the absolutes in which I did not believe…
His words are still flowing, year in, year out, every morning during the discourse, and every evening during darshan, to the thousands of disciples and seekers who gather here at his ashram in Poona, India. Once in a while he warns us that as soon as enough of us are ready to commune with him in silence, the flow will stop, But it hasn’t happened yet, and I’m glad. This book records verbatim extracts from encounters betwen master and disciples in darshan during the month of July, 1978. The silence is there too, between the words, between the lines. Such initmate contact between master and disciple that happens during darshan is an experience so extraordinary that it cannot be put into words. It is an overflowing of his energy, his love, like standing near a waterfall and being showered by the spray.” (No page number)
– Chetana, his recently-installed laundry lady, is called forward. (p. 15)
– Santos had an experimental three-week group in Hypnotherapy with six participants only: Deva Shabda, Prem Hasya, Deva Amitabh, Anand Vasumati, Prem Kabir. (p. 169)
– Rajen writes from darshan. (p. 225)
– Lalita as translator and medium. (p. 334)
– Devesh and French sannyasin, Toshen, are making a film for the centres around the world on a day in the life of the ashram. (pp. 349,354)
On light and love
“The old scriptures say that the first utterance of god was ‘Let there be light.’ Once light is there everything is possible; without light nothing is possible. It seems perfectly logical that the world started with the declaration ‘Let there be light.’ Then everything popped up, millions of things started manifesting themselves.
The same happens in the human heart: without love it remains dark. Let there be light, let there be love, and you are no more the same person. In that light you become aware of who you are; and not from the outside but from the inside you become aware of who you are. For the first time you see all the paintings in your soul, all the possibilities, potentialities, your past, your future, your present. Everything is there – just light is missing. And that light comes through love!” (p. 261)
On love and religion
“When I say a ‘real theology of love’, I mean love not for country, not for church, not for this or that. If there is an object, hatred will be the result. If there is no object but love is just your inner state of consciousness – you are loving – only then can the world really become one. And it needs to become one.
Much suffering happens unnecessarily in the world because of religions. And to be divided in the name of religion is sheer nonsense, because the very meaning of the word ‘religion’ is that which joins together. That is also the meaning of the word ‘yoga’: to join together. So love is the alchemy that joins together, but love has to be without any object – it has just to be your inner state.” (p. 405
“This word is one of the most ugly words possible. It really means ‘one who stinks’. (some titters) ‘Bu’ means bad smell and ‘ba’ means with – with bad smell. Babu means with bad smell.
It is not an Indian word. It was used by the Britishers for the Bengalis. The Bengalis eat fish so much that they smell of fish. So they started calling them ‘babu’ – with bad smell… fishy! It was a word of abuse, condemnation… but it happens sometimes in the life of words that their meaning almost changes to the opposite. The Britishers were the conquerors, they were the masters, and the people who were associated with them, the Begalis, became next in importance to the masters. Naturally, because they associated with the conquerors, they became very very important, powerful, so slowly slowly the word lost its basic meaning. It became important, it became the word of respect, but originally it is an ugly word.” (p. 283) )
On knowing versus wisdom
“To know means to collect, an accumulation, to collect information, to collect data. It does not change you – you remain the same; just your collection of information becomes bigger and bigger and bigger. Wisdom transforms you. It is really in-formation… not just information. It forms your inner being in a new way. It is transformation. It creates a new quality of seeing, knowing, being. So it is possible that a man may not be at all informed and yet be wise. Or the man may be very much informed and may be very unwise.” (p. 193)
* Hallelujah! A Darshan Diary. Volume XXXIV. Editing and Commentary: Ma Prem Maneesha. Introduction: Swami Prem Pramod. Design: Ma Deva Yojana. Cover Design: Swami Govinddas. Photography: Swami Krishna Bharti. Calligraphy: Swami Sat Samudaya. Coordination: Ma Yoga Pratima. Ma Deva Ritambhara. Production: Ma Anand Parinita. Swami Prem Prasthan. Swami Anand Vijayo. Swami Samantbhadra. Typesetting: Graphic Systems. Poona. Processing: Rajneesh Foundation. Poona. Printing: Electrographic Industries (D.B. Taraporevala Sons & Co. Pvt. Ltd.). Bombay. Binding: Rajneesh Foundation. Poona. Publisher: Ma Yoga Laxmi. Rajneesh Foundation, Poona, March 1981. First Edition. 349 pages. Illustrated. Unbound. Landscape size: 22×29 cm. Weight: 1161 g. No ISBN. 5000 copies. Period: 01.08 – 31.08.1981. Place: Chuang Tzu Auditorium. Poona.
In Appendix: Publications from Rajneesh Foundation. Discourses by Bhagwan Shree Rajneesh. Responses to Questions. Early Talks. Darshan Diaries. Books by Other Publishers. Translations. Major Book Distributors and Suppliers. Rajneesh Meditation Centres. (Error in sequence of pages).
Back flap: “Bhagwan is in favour of happiness and health in body, mind and soul.” Nave. Brazil. Autumn 1980.
“The clarity with which Rajneesh expresses thoughts, in easy and direct style is remarkable. Reading him is a liberating experience…” Leia Livros. Brazil. November 1980.
“At the Rajneesh ashram, the days are full of music, dancing, singing, creative arts and crafts…” The Australian. Australia. Februar 1981.
“Bhagwan Shree Rajneesh… his teachings preserve the old traditions of the ancient wisdom. This unforgetable Master is still sharing, now, his teachings with each person who is ready to step into the unknown. In his very beautiful words, Bhagwan Shree Rajneesh shows the direction for the beginning of a new golden age, in a meeting between the East and the West.” Transe. Brazil. February 1981.
Inserted label: “From Bhagwan to His Beloved to Celebrate the Second Annual World Celebration with His Blessings Rajneeshpuram July 1983”.
On page before title page:
“Gate Gate Paragate
Parasamgate Bodhi Svaha!
‘O all who go
O all who go in perfection
O men who go to Nirvana
O Samadhi, hallelujah!'”
Introduction by Swami Prem Pramod. Excerpt:
“What strikes me the most about these darshan encounters is the total absorption of Bhagwan in the person sitting before him. His whole being seems to be focused solely on this individual. For a few minutes, only he counts and Bhagwan is in complete rapport with him. And out of this communion flows his magic. Bhagwan has seen the person in his totality and can respond to his total needs. Psychological types and universal remedies do not exist for Bhagwan. Each person is precious and unique. Each person is given the help appropriate to him and different from that given to all the hundreds of others who come to darshan. I am always astonished by the freshness and creativity and simplicity of Bhagwan’s responses.” (No page number)
– Somendra. Darshan and Interview. On energy work in groups. (pp. 26-29)
– Divya is writing from darshan. Poetry. (p. 70)
– Swami Deva Amrito (Jan Foudraine, twenty years a psychiatrist in Holland. Author of ‘Not Made of Wood’). Darshan and Interview. (pp. 111-14, 117-20)
– Swami Deva Amrito tells from his encounter group with Eva Renzi, the German actress. (p. 119)
– Siddha, groupleader, writes from darshan. Poetry. (p. 146)
– Deeksha is called up for a ‘come close’ darshan. Interview. (pp. 200-09)
– Deeksha is telling from her days in Bombay when she met Laxmi and Acharya Rajneesh. (pp. 203-05)
– Ma Maitri,American sannyasin, writes from darshan. Poetry. (p. 212)
– Arag from Denmark with her husband, Frode (Swami Prem Parijato), and her children in darshan. (p. 224)
– Two reporters in darshan, Michael and Rudolf, from a German paper where a girl had been writing from her experiences in Encounter therapy. (p. 248)
– Swami Veet Vivarto (Julian) from Denmark in darshan. (p. 252)
– Sarita from the centre in Denmark. (p. 270)
– Dharma Chetana, Osho’s laundress, writes from darshan. (p. 286)
– Osho on what Gurdjieff called ‘objective art’. (p. 325)
* God’s Got a Thing About You. Initiation Talks Between Master and Disciple. Editors: Ma Prem Maneesha. Ma Deva Sarito. Introduction: Swami Anand Rajen. Typesetting: Pan Typesetters. Printed in the U.S.A. Publisher: Ma Anand Sheela. Rajneesh Foundation Inteqnational, Rajneeshpuram, July 1983. First edition. 567 pages. Paperback. Size: 17,5×11 cm. Weight: 388 g. ISBN 0-88050-568-0. Library of Congress Catalog Card Number 83-11237. 10.000 copies. $4.95. Period: 01.09 – 30.09.1978. Place: Chuang Tzu Auditorium. Poona.
In Appendix: Books Published by Rajneesh Foudation International. Books From Other Publishers. Rajneesh Meditation Centers, Ashrams and Communes.
On back cover: “The radience of Bhagwan Shree Rajneesh is like a multifaceted diamond. The luminosity of that diamond presence glows in this book. Bhagwan is not a teacher of enlightenment but enlightenment itself – enlightenment saying what it itself is. A pilgrimage into the words on these pages is a journey into a new dimension – an adventure into the unknown, an adventure into one of the most joyous paths to enlightenment…” Leonard M. Zunin. M.D. Psychiatrist, Lecturer and Author of: ‘Contact – The First Four Minutes.’
Introduction by Swami Anand Rajen. Excerpt:
“In these meetings with your disciples and with those who have come to take sannyas, you talk to us about the tricks we use to keep ourselves in the dark. You show us, in the simplest terms, how afraid we are of letting our own light and joy and innocence blossom, and how cunning and artful we are in manufacturing plastic roses instead, and then fooling ourselves and each other into the belief that they are real.
Like, for example, our notion that the way we are living life is the way it has to be, and that to drop out or to go looking for an alternative is sheer escapism. Ah, Bhagwan, how I rejoice in your simple wisdom. “What’s wrong,” you ask, eyes bright with astonishment, “in escaping from a prison? Maybe you have to come out of the prison before you can even see what a prison you have been in.” Everywhere the prison doors go on falling off their hinges, and the number of those coming to be with you goes on growing.
If I had to give this book a subtitle I would simply call it ‘Love’. It is your love that blows my mind, for the same reason that the fragrance of a real rose is overwhelming. Anyone who wants to get a glimpse of what it is like to be loved has only to read the dialogues between you and us, your sannyasins, in these pages.
But ‘God’s Got a Thing about You’ is not only a divine glimpse. It is your invitation, Bhagwan, extended yet again, to all who are tired of the world of plastic roses. Sitting here on this sunny May morning in Rajneeshpuram, I look around your vast garden where the sacred city slowly grows amidst all the bustle of preparation for the great festival in July, and what do I see? Roses, red roses growing everywhere!” (No page number)
– Divya comments from darshan. (p. 1)
– Amrito in leaving darshan. (p. 12)
– Krishna Deva writing a thesis on psychology. (p. 30)
– Maneesha continues the commentary. (p. 77)
– Nayano[a?] talks in darshan on her studies in psychology. (p. 94)
– “Hari Chetana, a darshan usherette from 6:30 to 6:45 pm every evening, and the rest of the time an ashramite (who just a day or so ago was appointed head of the German press office!) sits at The Feet tonight and shares what she sees from there.” (p. 213)
– Swami Neeten mentioned, with Ma Asango. (p. 214)
On Soren Kierkegaard
“It happened to Soren Kierkegaard, one of the great Danish philosophers: he renounced his love. He was in great love wih a woman and they were just on the verge of getting married. Suddenly, for no reason at all, he escaped. He remembered the woman his whole life, and he loved the woman his whole life, just in his mind. It has been a mystery: why did he escape? The woman was really one of the most beautiful women. And he never loved any other woman – his devotion to that woman was such that he could never love anybody else. The reason he writes is that he had to choose between philosophy and the woman. He knew that he was in love and that the woman was in tremendous love, and that sooner or later conflict would arise. The woman would become jealous of his philosophy, the woman would think of philosophy as another woman, and then he would not have time for it. So he said, “It is better to sacrifice my love and suffer, rather than sacrificing philosophy.” He suffered… it was a great sacrifice.” (p. 116). [Osho’s reading of SK is documented in the register of his loans from Jabalpur libraries]
“The scientists has been continually denying consciousness and believing in matter, and the mysctics have been denying matter and believing in consciousness. Now science is agreeing more with the mystics than with its own predecessors. They have taken half the step – that matter doesn’t exist. The other half has yet to be realized, but it is not very far away, because if matter does not exist then what does? Science call it “energy”, “electricity,” but they are coming closer. Energy is closer to consciousness than matter ever was. Consciousness is a form of energy; energy is a form of consciousness.” (p. 298).
On academic studies and enlightenment
“For example, if you go to the university for a degree, you can achieve it only gradually. That’s why it is called “graduation.” You move step by step, class by class, grade by grade. You cannot suddenly become a Ph.D.; knowledge has to be gradual. Hence enlightenment is not knowledge; it is just the contrary: it is innocence. Drop your Ph.D. and you are enlightened, drop knowledge and you are enlightened, drop the mind and you are it. To attain something a gradual process is needed, but to drop it needs no gradual process; one can simply drop it just like that.” (p. 348).
* The Tongue-Tip Taste of Tao. A Darshan Diary. Editing and Commentary: Ma Prem Maneesha. Introduction: Ma Yoga Prem. Design: Swami Anand Subhadra. Swami Prem Deekshant. Photographs: Swami Krishna Bharti. Ma Prem Champa. Drawings: Swami Deva Vishvasa. Cover Design: Swami Govinddas. Coordination: Ma Yoga Pratima. Ma Deva Ritambhara. Production: Ma Yoga Prem. Ma Anand Savita. Ma Deva Weechee. Ma Anand Nirala. Ma Anand Parinita. Printing: Tata Press Ltd. Publisher: Ma Yoga Laxmi. Rajneesh Foundation, Poona, March 1981. First Edition. 341 pages. Illustrated. Inserted colour photos. Hardcover. Landscape size: 22×29 cm. Weight: 1476 g. ISBN 0-88050-158-8 (label). 5000 copies. Period: 01.10 – 31.10.1978. Place: Chuang Tzu Auditorium. Poona.
In Appendix: Publications from Rajneesh Foundation. Discourses by Bhagwan Shree Rajneesh. Responses to Questions. Early Talks. Darshan Diaries. Miscellaneous. Books on Bhagwan. Books by other Publishers. Foreign Edition in English. Translations. Major Book Distributors and Suppliers. Rajneesh Meditation Centres.
From front flap: “Friends, we would lovingly like to present the one and only, first of its kind, book on How To Do Nothing for the Rest of Your Life.
That does not mean give up. That does not mean staying in bed all day. No, this book is about letting go. Letting go of the struggling, the stress, the structures, the tensions in your ideas of right and wrong, sainthood, sinnerhood, the obsessive constant doing.
Bhagwan Shree Rajneesh says:
‘Clocks and watches don’t exist with trees and mountains – it is a timeless world.’
Outside Bhagwan’s window is a beautiful tree, a giant nutladen almond tree all gold red leafed standing supreme like a natural umbrella.sunshade for master, squirrel, and gardener. This book includes some sketches in prose and poetry of the timeless world of this tree. They celebrate its existence. The way it constantly changes saying nothing and going nowhere. The way it just is.
We come from nothing, we go to nothing, so why all this fuss and fury on the journey from zero to zero? Why all the decisions, the divisions? The sun is not choosey about who he shines on. The rain has no prejudice. Life’s river rolls along clinging to neither bank. It just happens. It just is. To relax into this, to accept this is the essence of tao.”
From back flap: “Compared to other Indian gurus, Bhagwan is authentic, he keeps you thinking… sharp in his analysis of man and the world, it is difficult to categorize him.” Voorlopig. Holland. August 1980.
“Rajneesh is the most controversial guru of modern times and perhaps the one who compels the most attention… his is an eclectic philosophy based on the Upanishads, Sufism, Tantricism, Zen and Jiddu Krishnamurti. But he has the gift of unifying all these and presenting them in a new light. He is for total freedom and the absence of all kinds of conditioning to which all of us born to particular religions are subject.
He is, according to his disciples, for ‘the total transformation of every individual being into his total divine potentialities’ – one is reminded of Nietzsche and Sri Aurobindo in all this and in his quest of the psychological and spiritual regeneration of man.” The Times of India. India. September 1980.
Introduction by Ma Yoga Prem. Excerpt:
“… Just as this memory is irrevocably ingrained, so is the tongue-tip taste of tao which is possible through the following pages of this book – they offer another taste which is, once tasted, enough to transform one’s entire life… a taste of the flow, of life, of love… OF JUST THE WAY THINGS ARE: that all is perfect just as it is with no need for goals, no need for improvement, with no oughts or shoulds, with none of the paraphernalia that keeps one tethered to misery rather than joy!
This book is a sharing of the taste of those strawberries and lemon-cream pie, a sharing of the flavour of the message of tao… to allow one to simply relax into its sweetness and to become absorbed into it so utterly as to never again be the same.
Or as Bhagwan has said about his ‘work’ here:
‘If I can give you a tongue-tip taste of tao, my work is finished… just a little bit, then it is so powerful, so potential, it spreads all over your being, it overwhelms you, it takes you on the greatest journey of life – into nature, into reality, into things as they are, into tao…’ Bon appetit, my friend.” (No page number)
– Amit Prem (Bernard Gunther) is in darshan telling Osho of his new book project on Neo-Tantra with Krishna Bharti as photographer. (p. 10)
– Tanmaya, age 11, in ‘come close’ darshan and Interview. (pp. 25-31)
– Margo wrote to Osho that she was finishing her book on Tantra. In darshan. (p. 65)
– Divya writes from darshan tonight. (p. 267)
– Divya. Interview. On visiting Osho in Woodlands. (pp. 276-87)
– Poonam in darshan. (p. 301)
– Amit Prem (Bernard Gunther) is in darshan sharing with Osho, once again, his new book project on Neo-Tantra. (p. 314-17)
“Yes, scriptures are there, many scriptures, and great philosophy, but all rubbish! That is just to let the foolish people get occupied, that is not for the disciple.
So, those experts that you meet in the West, or even in the East, if they have been only reading books and gathering information about Tantra, they will never agree with me, because I am not doing things according to the books. I am doing things according to my experience. I function on my authority. It has nothing to do with any scripture.
To be with me is to be with something alive. Those experts will not agree with me. It is not only that they will not agree with me – they will absolutely disagree with me. In fact, they will be offended by my presence – they are offended, because I’m taking away the very ground underneath their feet.” (p. 66)
* The Sacred Yes. Initiation Talks between Master and Disciple. Editor: Ma Prem Maneesha. Introduction: Swami Premgeet. Design: Swami Prem Deekshant. Direction: Ma Yoga Pratima. Printed in U.S.A. Publisher: Ma Anand Sheela. Rajneesh Foundation International, Rajneeshpuram, September 1983. First edition. 440 pages. Paperback. Size: 17,5×11 cm. Weight: 310 g. ISBN 0-88050-624-5. Library of Congress Catalog Number 83-17665. 10.000 copies. $4.95. Period: 01.11 – 30.11.1978. Place: Chuang Tzu Auditorium. Poona.
In Appendix: Books Published by Rajneesh Foundation International. Books From Other Publishers. Foreign Language Editions. Rajneesh Meditation Centers, Ashrams and Communes.
On back cover: “Never before have the intimate dialogues between a Master and His disciples been so faithfully recorded for all to share. Bhagwan’s infinite compassion, delightful humor and penetrating insights are overhwelming. No psychology, therapy or philosophy is capable of toucing the heart like the joy of a living Master. The Sacred Yes…” Robert Wesley Armstead. B.A., M.Ed., Ph.D.
In colophon: “We gratefully acknowledge the use of the poem “i thank You God…” copyright 1947 by e.e. cummings renewed 1975 by Nancy T. Andrews, reprinted from COMPLETE POEMS 1913-1962 by e.e. cummings by permission of Harcourt, Brace & Jovanovich, Inc. and of Granada Publishing Ltd. U.K.”
On page following colophon:
“i thank You God for most this amazing
day: for the leaping greenly spirits of trees
and a blue tru dream of sky; and for everything
which is natural which is infinite which is yes
(i who have died am alive again today,
and this is the sun’s birthday; this is the birth
day of life and of love and wings…)
(now the ears of my ears awake and
now the eyes of my eyes are opened)
On page before Introduction:
‘But tell me brothers,
what can the child do that even the lion cannot?…
The child is innocence and forgetfulness,
a new beginning, a sport, a self-propelling wheel,
a first motion, sacred YES.
Yes, a sacred YES is needed, my brothers,
for the sport of creation:
the spirit now wills its own will,
the spirit sundered from the world
now wins its own world.’
Introduction by Swami Premgeet. Excerpt:
“To say ‘yes’, to become it, is a jump from the head to the heart. It requires courage and trust. It is a movement into a vast unknown territory. ‘Yes’ is no empty verbalization – through it we can totally change. For those who dare, Bhagan is alive, available and overflowing with the love and compassion you will taste through the pages of this book.
The spontaneity, humor and sheer creative energy of the many thousands of Bhagwan’s disciples throughout the world is a living testimony to His truth and vision.
Say ‘yes’ to yourself, say ‘yes’ to life and everything becomes sacred.” (No page number)
– Swami Deva Sugito in darshan. (p. 95)
– Osho speaking on art. (pp. 99-104)
– Sugeet from Holland in darshan. (p. 215)
– From Germany bookselling Barbara, renamed Deva Jivan. (p. 346)
– Madhukar and his wife, Varida, are going back to the west to start up a book distribution centre. (p. 351)
– Osho speaks on Krishnamurti. (P. 374-77)
On the meaning of baba
“Baba has three meanings. One is: the small child, the innocent child, the child who cannot speak, because the moment a child starts speaking he is no more a child; he has become part of civilisation; it is language that makes man different from animals. If language disappears then man will be just as one of the animals; there will be no distinction. It is language that creates civilisation, culture, philosophy, mind. It is out of the bricks of language that the mind is built.
So a child is innocent when he cannot speak. Then he lives in the world of the animals; he is still in the Garden of Eden. The moment he starts speaking he is no more a child. So baba is the small child who cannot speak; that is one meaning.
The other meaning is a very old man who has again learned how to be silent – the grandfather. In the East the grandfather almost always meant the person who has become a sannyasin, because in the East we had four stages of life.
If life is one hundred years, then each stage has to consist of twenty-five years. Twenty-five years for the student: he will be in the university and he will live a life of discipline. Then the next twenty-five years, for the householder. He will get married, he will have children, he will become part of the world. Then the third twenty-five years is getting ready to leave the world, turning towards the forest; twenty-five years in the world and then twenty-five years is getting ready to get out of the world. And by the time a person is seventy-five he will be a grandfather. He leaves the world, he renounces the world, he goes to the mountains, to the forest. Then he is again called Baba.
Now again he is back to being a child. He learned the language, the ways of the world, and now he has dropped them all. He is again a clean slate. Now he knows nothing. That is the state when Socrates says ‘I know only one thing: that I know nothing.’ Then Socrates is a baba; again he is a child. That’s what Jesus means when he says ‘Unless you are like small children you will not be able to enter my kingdom of god.’
So ‘baba’ is really a very paradoxical word: the smallest child and the oldest man. The circle is complete: the old man is falling back into the source, again becoming a child. Hence slowly slowly the third meaning came out of it: the holy man. So it is beautiful.” (p. 229)
* Turn On, Tune In and Drop the Lot. A Darshan Diary. Volume XXXVIII. Editing and Commentary: Ma Prem Maneesha. Introduction: Ma Prem Divya. Design: Ma Prem Tushita. Swami Premabhakta. Cover Design: Swami Govinddas. Photography: Swami Krishna Bharti. Swami Prem Lalit. Poetry: Ma Prem Maneesha. Coordination: Ma Yoga Pratima. Ma Deva Ritambhara. Production: Ma Yoga Prem. Ma Anand Savita. Swami Samantbhadra. Ma Deva Weechee. Ma Anand Parinita. Swami Anand Vijayo. Typesetting: Graphic Systems. Poona. Processing: Com Art Lithographers Pvt. Ltd. Bombay. Printing: Electrographic Industries (D.B. Taraporevala Sons & Co. Pvt. Ltd.). Publisher: Ma Yoga Laxmi. Rajneesh Foundation, Poona, September 1980. First Edition. 295 pages. Illustrated. Uncut and unbound copy. No jacket. Landscape size: >22×29 cm. Weight: 1032 g. No ISBN. 5000 copies. Period: 01.12 – 31.12.1978. #1-10= Dec 1-10, #11-30= Dec 12-31. Place: Chuang Tzu Auditorium. Poona.
In Appendix: Discourses by Bhagwan Shree Rajneesh. Responses to Questions. Early Talks. Darshan Diaries. Books on Bhagwan. (Including: The Sound of Running Water. A Photobiography of Bhagwan Shree Rajneesh and his Work 1974-1978. By Swami Anand Yatri. Rajneesh Foundation, India, 1980. Lord Of The Full Moon: Life With Bhagwan Shree Rajneesh. By Ma Prem Divya. Rajneesh Foundation, India, 1980). Foreign Editions. Translations. Major Book Distributiors and Suppliers. Rajneesh Meditation Centres.
Including small portraits of initiated sannyasins.
Introduction by Ma Prem Divya. Excerpt:
“This is a book of meetings, very special meetings, because they are meetings of hearts, meetings of souls who, in the awareness of their longing for something more than what life has been taught as being, find themselves in the passing reflections of a Buddha-man, this Bhagwan.
Thousands of hungry hearts flock every month to find themselves and each other in the mirror-shimmerings of Bhagwan Shree Rajneesh, an enlightened being who lives and exudes his light in Poona, India. Each meeting with him is a darshan, which means sitting and being with the master in quiet intimacy and communion at a level far subtler and deeper than the softest of rays and vibrations, than the gentlest of caresses, and the farthest of whisperings! And this happens in the back terrace of the master’s own home in the ashram. Because… really… these are family meetings – individuals touching at the core.” (No page number)
– Photos from Birthday Celebration 11.12.1978. (pp. 91-95)
– Ma Kavisho (Catherine) in darshan. (p. 241)
– Siddhartha, age six, comes forward for an energy darshan. (p. 249)
– Vivek in close-up darshan with Divya. (p. 265)
* Zorba The Buddha. A Darshan Diary. Editing and Commentary: Ma Prem Maneesha. Introduction: Ma Prem Maitri. Printed in USA. Publisher: Ma Anand Sheela. Rajneesh Foundation International, Antelope, Oregon, USA, July 1982. First Edition. 236 pages. Illustrated. Unbound. Landscape size: 22×29 cm. Weight: 835 g. ISBN 0-88050-694-6. Library of Congress Catalog Card Number 82-50463. 5,000 copies. Price: $21.95. Period: 01.01 – 31.01.1979. #1-23= Jan 1-23, #24-29= Jan 26-31. Place: Chuang Tzu Auditorium. Poona.
In Appendix (printed on orange paper): Books Published by Rajneesh Foundation International. The Discourses of Bhagwan Shree Rajneesh. Intimate Dialogues between the Master and His disciples. Other Titles. Books from Other Publishers. Books on Bhagwan. Foreign Language Editions. Books on Bhagwan (listed according to language).
Including drawings and photos.
On front cover: ‘Intimate dialogues with disciples.’
On back jacket: “The amazing growth rate over the last few years of his followers – more than 100.000 are estimated to have taken sannyas, or initiation – may well make Bhagwan one of the most important – and most watched – religious leaders of the next several decades.” The Los Angeles Times. U.S.A. August 30, 1981.
“My initial impression was of a man in the prime of life, a gentle and compassionate human being, perfectly balanced. A man of complete integrity…In a world where so many are disillusioned with every kind of political system, where so many churches are empty and bitterly divided against each other, here is a living Master with a message of unity for us all.” Vogue. United Kingdom. September, 1977.
“…a unique spiritual Master…greater than the great…” Sokaren. Sweden. June, 1978.
“…amongst the rarest mortal beings…” The Australian. Australia. February, 1981.
Following the colophon:
“A great meeting I teach: the meeting of Zorba and Buddha. I teach a new synthesis. The meeting of the earth and the sky…”
Introduction by Ma Prem Maitri. Excerpt:
“He lives in his green and vibrant ashram in the suburbs of Poona, in the west of India. Here is the growing escapade of his work, (really it is a play) where he lives among thousands of disciples from all over the world.
Here we are filled with stillness in communion and here we sing, dance, and rejoice with him. Here the halls are aflame with dancers leaping limbs across the dawning songs, here the cobblers, jewellers, dentists, gardeners, carpenters, book designers, soap-chemists, group-leaders, cleaners, potters and bakers are disappearing into the love that is the work and here the thrill of just being alive celebrates itself away in every delicious moment…
Zorba the Buddha comes out twice a day, each morning to sing and each evening to play – in darshan! Here is a story of darshan – it is January 1979. The evenings are cool and brisk and we sit together with this extraordinary Zorba who is a Buddha who is Bhagwan.
And what an extra treat lies within: a special in-depth interview! Ma Prem Arup, the clear blue mountain stream who came to Bhagwan from Holland years ago and became one of his most instrumental vehicles shares her story, her feelings, her love.
May your soul spill deep, and your heart flow wide wide open in darshan…” (No page number)
– Krishna Prem askes Osho what is his message to humanity on this new year’s day. (pp. 14-16)
– Extract from an interview with Ma Prem Arup from the book ‘In the Garden of the Master’ compiled by Ma Prem Divya. (pp. 149-65)
– Tashi is leaving for Denmark. (p. 225)
– Four sannyasins have ‘come close’ darshans. Editor’s commentary. (p. 255)
– Divya in ‘come close’ darshan. (p. 267)
– Swami Tao Sudas has just returned from Denmark. (p. 278)
– Neetu Jain, age twenty and daughter of the owner of ‘The Times of India’, in darshan. (p. 279)
– A film crew from Italy’s television channel 2, the cultural station. Osho looks amazingly recovered tonight. (p. 282)
– Divya in ‘come close’ darshan. (p. 303)
– ‘Come-close’ darshans. Editor’s commentary. (p. 317)
– Divya has been writing from darshan on the nights Maneesha has been away. (p. 320)
– Three meanings of the name ‘Marianne’. (p. 322)
* Won’t You Join the Dance? Initiation Talks between Master and Disciple. Editing and Commentary: Ma Prem Maneesha. Introduction: Ma Prem Maitri. Design Ma Anand Katyayani. Swami Anand Bhavo. Direction: Ma Prem Pratima. Printed in U.S.A. Publisher: Ma Anand Sheela. Rajneesh Foundation International, Rajneeshpuram, December 1983. First edition. 311 pages. Paperback. Size: 17,5×11 cm. Weight: 221 g. ISBN 0-88050-676-8. Library of Congress Catalog Number 83-043217. 10.000 copies. $4.95. Period: 01.02 – 28.02.1979. Place: Chuang Tzu Auditorium. Poona.
In Appendix: Books Published by Rajneesh Foundation International. Books From Other Publishers. Foreign Language Editions. Rajneesh Meditation Centers, Ashrams and Communes.
This book covers the period when the new close-up energy darshan format was born in February 1979. See Introduction.
On back cover: “As an actor and as a person, I am always seeking inspiration from the great minds of our time. I came across the teachings of Bhagwan Shree Rajneesh some ten years ago while traveling in India. Immediately I recognized Him to be a world teacher. His incredible taped discourse lectures and books have inspired me (and millions of others) on the path of self-evolution. His words and work live within me to this very day.” James Coburn.
In colophon: “Poem adapted from ‘Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland’ by Lewis Carroll.”
On page following the colophon:
“Won’t you join the dance?
What matters it how far we go?”
his scaly friend replied.
“There is another shore, you know,
upon the other side.
The further off from this shore,
the nearer to the other….
Then turn not pale, beloved snail,
but come and join the dance.
Will you, won’t you, will you, won’t you,
won’t you join the dance?”
Introduction by Ma Prem Maitri. Excerpt:
“Every evening on the patio-auditorium of Bhagwan’s residence this extraordinary happening occurred. It was a relatively small, intimate gathering where disciples came together at the feet of the Master. It was here that the seeker came to receive sannyas (initiation) and was given a new name and mala (a carefully sculpted necklace of one hundered and eight rosewood beads with a locket of Bhagwan’s photo). It was in darshan that Bhagwan looked into our eyes, told us that everything is ‘good’ or ‘very good’; here He welcomed us upon returning from far away lands, and sent us off with boxes and touches. It was here that we sat silently in front of Him for a moment or two, and it was in darshan that we entered into an energy communion with Him.
Early in 1978 disciples began to drop the need to converse with the Master and a preference arrived to join with Him in a whole other dimension of being. Thus it happened that eight or ten people each night would receive His energy touch.
This is a special book – it covers the period when the new close-up energy darshans were born. Inside you will experience with us the beginnings of this energy dance.
That winter was charged with exitement for those living in and around the ashram. Each night a whole new dimension of Bhagwan’s work was revealed. By mid-February He had selected a few women to come to darshan every night to serve as energy mediums for Him. The darshans became pure blessings for all of us.
He began the close-ups those initial evenings with special talks to his new mediums.
“This is a totally new phase of work, so you have to be totally available, as if you are not – only then can my energy penetrate to the very core.
“And for the helpers, for the mediums who will be helping; they have to be utterly absent, merged into me – only then can their energy become part of my energy and move.
“The work that is now given to you is of immense importance, it is no ordinary work. And this is only the beginning; it will have many many dimensions soon. So only those who really surrender totally will be chosen for further dimensions.
“I will relate many more things to you, many more that you cannot imagine, many more that you have never dreamt about.”
Then one evening out He came, telling us that beginning tomorrow the whole ashram would be in total darkness; a total blackout during the forty-five minutes of the ‘energy darshans’! All work and activity in the ashram would subside and everyone would sit silently receptive to the energy.
“This is not only a small experiment to help the guest; this is to transform the whole energy-field of the commune. Right now it is a small commune. I was waiting for the new commune, but I think it will be delayed a little more, hence I decided that the work has to start. But in a way it is good: if you can fill these six acres of land with your energy, then it will make you able to fill the new commune.” (No page number)
– Anne Dorte comes from Denmark via London’s meditation centra, Kalptaru. Ma Deva Punit. (p. 11)
– Our ashram team are recording darshan on video equipment tonight. (p. 69)
– Swami Deva Lars. (p. 237)
– Megha is presented with a record of classical music, brought by Vivek from Laxmi’s room. (p. 247)
– Savita’s mother, Joyce Brandt, in darshan. (p. 253)
– Swami Prem Arne from Denmark at darshan. (p. 261)
– Ashramite Chinmaya has been ill again with T.B. and Hodgkin’s Disease. Now at darshan. (p. 263)
On David Hume and light within
“One of the English philosophers, David Hume, reading again and again in mystic treatises ‘Go within and there is great light’ tried it once. He was a sceptical mind, one of the sceptics of human history. He tried closing his eyes for a few minutes, to see what these mystics were talking about. He could not find any light, it was all darkness. So he wrote in his diary ‘It is all nonsense. I have tried, but there is only darkness inside and no light. All this talk about divine light is sheer nonsense.’ But he missed the whole point. He could not understand the message of the mystics. It is so simple that one is surprised how such a great mind like David Hume could not see it; it is so obvious.
One thing is certain: whomsoever is looking into darkness is not darkness. The mystics were saying that you are light, not that you will find light. It needs a transfer of attention from the object to the subject, it needs a change of gestalt.
Once you start looking – not at what you are surrounded with, but at who you are – the light will burst forth. You will never experience light as an object, it will be felt as your inner subjectivity.
Remember it, because sannyas is nothing but going into meditation, going inwards, going in search of one’s self, one’s authentic self.” (p. 112)
* You Ain’t Seen Nothin’ Yet. Initiation Talks between Master and Disciple. Editor: Ma Prem Maneesha. Commentary: Ma Prem Maitri. Introduction: Ma Sagarpriya. Design: Swami Govinddas. Ma Deva Padma. Direction: Ma Yoga Pratima. Prnted in U.S.A. Publisher: Ma Anand Sheela. Rajneesh Foundation International, Rajneeshpuram, March 1984. First edition. 299 pages. Paperback. Size: 17×11,5 cm. Weight: 211 g. ISBN 0-88050-687-3. Library of Congress Catalog Card Number 84-42614. 10.000 copies. $4.95. Period: 01.03 – 31.03.1979. Place: Chuang Tzy Auditorium. Poona.
In Appendix: Books Published by Rajneesh Foundation International. Books From Other Publishers. Foreign Language Editions. Rajneesh Meditation Centers, Ashrams and Communes.
On back cover: “”His (Bhagwan’s) commentaries on the classic texts of the world religions are in a class by themselves… His work with his disciples as reported in the darshan diaries shows a degree of psychological insight that would make any Western psychologist feel proud. I consider Bhagwan Shree Rajnees to be a uniquely brilliant spiritual teacher”. Maurice R. Stein. Professor of Sociology. Brandeis University.
Introduction by Sagarpriya. Excerpts:
“A Buddha exists in the world – this book is a record of people actually talking to Him, looking into His eyes, responding to His touch, His warmth, His love. A field of energy surrounds this Buddha in which people start remembering how to be happy, how to be blissful, how to be accepting and in love with themselves…
But some people haven’t met Bhagwan yet. If you are one of those, jump into these pages and share the things He says to those who are already His beloveds. Let yourself come to a darshan – a time of meeting, or melting, with the Master, sitting in His presence, delighting in His wisdom and poetry. The darshans recorded in this book were held at night in an open-air auditorium surrounded by trees, stars and darkness. Imagine yourself there with a Buddha, someone who, when He speaks to the scores of sannyasins and friends who come one by one before Him, strikes a cord of truth in you with each sentence. And imagine the “energy darshan” which follows, when the lights go out, your eyes are closed, and still you see the night sky and smell the fragrance of trees only this time inside of yourself, where everything is alive and flowing. Bhagwan is sharing His blissfulness with you non-verbally. And then you understand that what He really has to say can only be said in silence…
If you are one of those people who have not yet felt a communion with yourself, just assume that “you ain’t seen nothin’ yet,” and that the best surprise of your life is on its way.” (No page number)
On page following the Introduction:
“Love takes away all that is pseudo in you; and the pseudo is hindering the insight, the pseudo is blocking the way. It is because of the pseudo that we cannot hear and we cannot see and we cannot feel. Once love arises in the heart the pseudo starts disappearing, just as when you bring light in the darkness disappears. A man who has not lived in love, through love, for love has not seen anyting. I am giving you this name just to remind you that the real is yet to be seen. You ain’t seen nothin’ yet.”
* The Shadow of the Bamboo. Initiation Talks between Master and Disciple. Editor: Ma Prem Maneesha. Introduction: Ma Shanti Bhadra. Design: Ma Prem Tushita. Direction: Ma Yoga Pratima. Printed in U.S.A. Publisher: Ma Anand Sheela. Rajneesh Foundation International, Rajneeshpuram, July 1984. First edition. 233 pages. Paperback. Size: 17,5×11 cm. Weight: 169 g. ISBN 0-88050-630-X. Library of Congress Catalog Number 84-42807. 10.000 copies. $3.95. Period: 01.04 – 30.04.1979. Place: Chuang Tzu Auditorium. Poona.
In Appendix: Books Published by Rajneesh Foundation International. Books From Other Publishers. Foreign Language Editions. Rajneesh Meditation Centers, Ashrams and Communes.
On back cover: “Only twelve knew Jesus, perhaps several thousand recognized Buddha; today, now, millions hear the silence of Bhagwan Shree Rajneesh.” Dr. Agnete Kutar. M.A., Ph.D. Institut für Indische Philologie und Kunstgeschichte. Free University, West Berlin.
Introduction by Ma Shanti Bhadra. Excerpts:
“Remember those cool summer evenings out on the porch, a gentle breeze brushing your cheek, crickets chirping, lightening bugs flashing in the dark shadows of the garden? And on full-moon nights you could settle back in the sweet soft stillness and gaze at the moon and wonder where that crazy green cheese story came from anyway….
This book is about those moments – those moments when everything fits together. It is about Bhagwan.
Bhagwan Shree Rajneesh is a living, enlightened Master.
Reading these intimate conversations of Bhagwan’s with His disciples, you will know again those moments when everything falls into place, when everything is okay.” (No page number)
– Swami Prem Jens from Denmark in darshan. (p. 124)
– “English writer Pagal is back, and with him Sarjana. They’re here to stay indefinitely.
Something to say to me?
ANAND SARJANA: I wrote to you about work.
That you have to ask Laxmi – about work go to Laxmi. Mm? If you want to know how not to work, come to me! (Laughter)
Would you also like to work?
DEVA PAGAL: Yes.
Then you are Laxmi’s clients! (laughter)
Good, Sarjana, Good, Pagal.” (p. 182)
– “(to Shar) What is the meaning of your name?
SHAR: She doesn’t know.
She has just done the Centering group, in which one of the exercises is to refer to oneself in the third person. I still find it slightly disconnecting in conversation with Bhagwan!” (p. 196)
“Bhartan means one who belongs to India. And remember, India is not something geographical; it is something spiritual, it is an inner space.
The India that exists on the outside is ordinary, just like any other country. But there is another India – the India of the Buddhas, Krishnas, Mahaviras. It has a great heritage of the seekers of truth and one of the greatest lineages of enlightened people in the world; no other country can claim that.
But that is something inner. It has nothing to do with the geography and the political map of India.” (p. 179)
* Just Around the Corner. Initiation Talks Between Master and Disciple. Editors: Swami Krishna Prem. Swami Krishna Prabhu. Introduction: Ma Prem Maneesha. Design: Ma Deva Sandipa. Direction: Ma Yoga Pratima. Printed in U.S.A. Publisher: Ma Anand Sheela. Rajneesh Foundation International, Rajneeshpuram, September 1984. First edition. 215 pages. Paperback. Size: 17,5×11 cm. Weight: 159 g. ISBN 0-88050-588-5. Library of Congress Catalog Number 84-42870. 5.000 copies. $3.95. Period: 01.05 – 31.05.1979. Place: Chuang Tzu Auditorium. Poona.
In Appendix: Books by Bhagwan Shree Rajneesh Published by Rajneesh Foundation International. Books From Other Publishers. Foreign Language Editions. Rajneesh Meditation Center, Ashrams and Communes. Advertisements for Rajneesh International Meditation University (RIMU); Bhagwan magazine; Rajneesh Foundation International Newsletter; The Orange Book; The Perfect Way; Tantra, Spirituaity & Sex; Beware of Socialism; The Shadow of the Bamboo; The Book, vols 1-3; Rajneeshism. An Introduction to Bhagwan Shree Rajneesh and His Religion. Edited by Academy of Rajneeshshism. Revised Second Edition, 78 pages; Rahjneesh Neo-Tarot.
On back cover: “Without being a sannyasin myself, I must confess that I adore Bhagwan’s ideas as an excellent synthesis of western and eastern philosophies and religions. I appreciate especially his combining meditation and western psychotherapy methods. I think he is one of the wisest men nowadays…” Roland Matter, M.D. Centre Medico Psychologique. Basel, Switzerland.
Introduction written by Ma Prem Maneesha:
“Sometimes our search for fulfillment takes us far and wide before we realize that we are seeking. Sometimes our longing is so intense, it seems what we seek must be far, far from us. Sometimes we find answer after answer before we even know the question.
An ancient Sufi saying says, “Just take one step towards God and he takes 99 steps towards you.” Bhagwan Shree Rajneesh, enlightened Master of our time, is here for whoever is ready to take that step.
He says He is doing nothing. He says He is here, available, never knowing what will happen next. He is our door to existence. When a disciple goes to Him, to sit in front of Him, not knowing even what question to ask, He has taken a step. He opens the door for existence to give, through this Master, what is needed in that moment.
This book is a collection of these spontaneous moments – moments of openness where disciple and Master are available for life to sing the song it has been waiting to sing to this being.
It is collected from recordings of evening darshans – when a disciple goes to sit with the Master – with Bhagwan. Here is an opportunity to share with each disciple what life gave to him or her in that precious moment. Open the book; read, feel, listen. You may even want to take a step. You may even find that it is just around the corner.” (No page number)
– “Hello, Renzo. When are you leaving?
PREM RENZO: In three or four days.
Something to say to me?
PREM RENZO: I wish I could translate one of your books as a meditation. Can you tell me which one?
Any will do…
PREM RENZO: Any?
Any. Just close your eyes and that will do!” (p. 11)
– Swami Vedant Satyam. “Vedant means that which is beyond scriptures; Satyam means truth. The full name will mean truth which is beyond scriptures.” (p. 105)
“And the wisdom is true if it arises in you. If it comes from the outside, through scriptures, through words, then it is not true. Then it is mere knowlegde, not wisdom at all. If it is borrowed it is bound to be untrue because one of the fundamental qualities of truth is that it is untransferable. One can know it but one cannot make it known to others. One can show it but one cannot say it. We can indicate the moon, but it is not expressed. And all the words are at the most reflections, pictures not true reality.
You can go to the Himalayas and see and feel, or you can look through an album of pictures of those same mountains. The album presents the scriptures. All scriptures are maps, but remember that no map is the territory. So there is no way to learn truth from others.” (p. 178)
* Snap Your Fingers, Slap Your Face and Wake Up! Initiation Talks between Master and Disciple. Editor: Ma Deva Sarito. Introduction: Ma Prem Sargamo. Design: Ma Satnam. Direction: Ma Yoga Pratima. Printed in U.S.A. Publisher: Ma Anand Sheela. Rajneesh Foundation International, Rajneeshpuram, December 1984. First edition. 248 pages. Paperback. Size: 17,7×11 cm. Weight: 175 g. ISBN 0-88050-632-6. Library of Congress Catalog Number 84-43011. 5.000 copies. $3.95. Period: 01.06 – 30.06.1979. #1-10= Jun 1-10, #11-27= Jun 14-30. Place: Chuang Tzu Auditorium. Poona.
In Appendix: Books by Bhagwan Shree Rajneesh Published by Rajneesh Foundation International. Books From Other Publishers. Foreign Language Editions. Rajneesh Meditation Centers, Ashrams and Communes. Advertisements. Including new paperback editions: The Mustard Seed (revised edition); Zen: The Special Transmission; The Book of the Books, vols 1, 2 & 3; No Water, No Moon; Just Around the Corner; The Book of Wisdom, vols 1 & 2; In Search of the Miraculous, vol 1; Tantra, Spirituality & Sex.
From back cover: “Bhagwan Shree Rajneesh is an important… international religious leader. His ideas are widely discussed in both religious and academic circles. His work in sponsoring new forms of therapy has brought together scientific and religious interest in improving the human conditions we face today.” George H. Litwin. Ph.D. Author, President, Human Resources Institute Ltd., Boston.
Introduction by Ma Prem Sargamo. Excerpts:
“Wake up! Down the ages this simple assertion has been the basic message of all the Buddhas – and it is also the message of the living enlightened Master, Bhagwan Shree Rajneesh.
“Waking up” is what this book is all about. SNAP YOUR FINGERS, SLAP YOUR FACE AND WAKE UP! is direct transcriptions of initiation talks between Bhagwan and seekers who traveled to Poona to become His sannyasins, His disciples. And becoming a sannyasin is, in itself, about waking up too – about moving from unconsciousness to consciousness, from sleep to wakefulness, from deadness to vibrant, pulsating life…
This book is about Bhagwan’s sannyas. It’s about taking the first step on a new, never-ending journey towards life everlasting. It’s about opening one’s eyes to rejoice in the unbelievable, in the incredible, in the miraculous. It’s about snapping your fingers, slapping your face and waking up.” (No page number)
– Divya comments from darshan. (p. 68)
– Osho in discourse after a period of silence, “My beloved Bodhisattvas..” Comments in darshan 21.06.1979. (p. 126)
– Aida, a yoga teacher from Denmark, now Ma Deva Aida. (p. 142)
On religious violence
“India talks about non-violence, yes – in their scriptures. They have written beautiful doctrines of non-violence. They say: Ahimsa Parmo Dharma: Non-violence is the greatest religion. But what happened to the Buddhists, how did they disappear? Millions of people were converted by Gautam the Buddha. Almost ninety percent of India has become Buddhist. Where they all disappeared, evaporated? What happened to those people? They were burned alive. They were killed. And these people were thinking that they are fighting for God, remember. They were not in any way fighting for themselves; they were fighting for Hinduism, for Islam, for Christianity, for Judaism. Beautiful labels, and ugly realities behind.” (p. 91)
On reaching God
“There are only two ways to reach God. One is by becoming alert. That is the way of Buddha: be more alert, be more aware, and one day love will follow awareness; it will come as a shadow of it.
The other way is that of love: the way of the Sufis, Bahauddin, Jalaluddin, Rabiya. The way of love means be more and more loving, and one day awareness will come of its own accord as a shadow.
And both are right, because love and awareness are two aspects of the same coin; they are inseparately one. Love is one side of the coin, awareness is the other side. If you can find one side you have automatically found the other too.” (p. 157)
* The Rainbow Bridge. Initiation Talks between Master and Disciple. Editor: Swami Krishna Prabhu. Introduction: Swami Anand Deepesh. Design: Ma Deva Sandipa. Direction: Ma Yoga Pratima. Printed in U.S.A. Publisher: Ma Anand Sheela. Rajneesh Foundation International, Rajneeshpuram, March 1985. First edition. 360 pages. Paperback. Size: 17,5×11 cm. Weight: 256 g. ISBN 0-88050-618-0. Library of Congress Catalog Number 85-42535. 5.000 copies. $4.95. Period: 01.07 – 31.07.1979. #1-9= Jul 1-9, #10-29= Jul 11-30. Place: Chuang Tzu Auditorium. Poona.
In Appendix: Books by Bhagwan Shree Rajneesh Published by Rajneesh Foundation International. Books From Other Publishers. Foreign Language Editions. Rajneesh Meditation Centers. Advertisements. Including: This Very Place The Lotus Paradise. By Bhagwan Shree Rajneesh. Covering the period March 1978 – March 1984, this beautifully illustrated photo-biography provides an indepth account of the life and work of Bhagwan Shree Rajnesh and the world-wide community which has arisen around His vision. Many never-before-published color photographs and more than 500 original black and white photographs. $100 clothbound. 564 pages. ISBN 0-88050-705-5; The Rajneesh Bible. Volume I.
On back cover: “It is Bhagwan’s special talent that He helps one to a deeper awareness of all religious experience in a manner that is both necessary and appropriate to present day society. I believe Him to be a major force for religious consciousness in our time.” James Broughton. Poet, Mill Valley. CA.
Introduction by Swami Anand Deepesh. Excerpt:
“You will witness in these pages a series of meetings called “darshan”. They are encounters between Master and disciple, and initiations of the seeker into sannyas, disciplehood. From one perspective, such a meeting is quite ordinary: in the eastern tradition the disciple sits in front of the Master, at his feet in symbolic surrender, to be initiated or to receive some teaching. It is a tradition older than recorded history.
From another perspective these meetings are unique because there is nothing traditional about Bhagwan Shree Rajneesh. He is a Master and a mystic, yes, but He is also an event unprecedented in time. He is a friend talking to a friend. His talk is intimate, relaxed, without pretence of divine revelation or saintly reserve.
His contribution to history is, among other things, an entirely new vision of the spiritual life:
“I am bringing a new vision of sannyas: life affirming, life-nourishing, rooted in the earth and yet reaching towards the sky. I call it the rainbow bridge. It contains all the colors of the rainbow, it has the whole spectrum. It is not one-dimensional, it is multidimensional.
“My sannyasin has to live life in its totality. Love life, trust life! And life is the only Master, the real master. I can only indicate the way; I can only show you how I have attained to life.” (No page number)
On page following the Introduction:
“Love is the rainbow bridge. It connects the earth with the sky. And to live in love, to live as love, is to be spiritual. I don’t give you any other discipline. Love is more than enough. If one imbibes the spirit of love, all else follows on its own accord.” Bhagwan Shree Rajneesh.
– Deva Tanmayo tells she is on her way of illustrating his work with photography. She is told to go forward with her book. (p. 36)
– Ma Deva Lane, an actress from Denmark. (p. 39)
– Swami Anand Niten. ‘That is the meaning of your name – bliss is virtue.’ (p. 99)
– Ma Prem Manik, an older Danish woman with long fair hair. “Prem means love; manik means diamond. Love is the most precious thing in existence. Lose everything for love, but never lose love for anything. Sacrifice everything on the altar of love, but never sacrifice love for anything. That’s the only religion I teach.” (p. 144)
– Susan means a graceful white lily. (p. 257)
– Gurdieff experiment with disciples in silence for three months. (p. 276)
“This is really strange: Jesus is not even mentioned in history books of those days. They killed this man and they have not even mentioned him. He must have been too dangerous for them. He must have been significant enough; otherwise, who bothers to crucify a man? Still the history books of those days don’t mention him; he has been ignored. All that we know about him is through his disciples. Hence it is very suspicious whether he was a historical person or not. Hence there are people who go on believing that he is just a myth.
The same is the case with Mahavira in India. Hindus have not even mentioned his name in their scriptures, not at all. Such a man – and not even mentioned! If he had no followers we would have completely forgotten his name. And we have forgotten many beautiful people’s names for the simple reason that they did not have a big folowing but a small following which was destroyed.” (p. 111)
* Don’t Let Yourself Be Upset by the Sutra, Rather Upset the Sutra Yourself. Initiation Talks between Bhagwan Shree Rajneesh and His Disciples. Editor: Swami Krishna Prabhu. Introduction: Ma Yoga Rabiya. Design: Ma Prem Pujan. Direction: Ma Yoga Pratima. Printed in U.S.A. Publisher: Ma Anand Sheela. Rajneesh Foundation International, Rajneeshpuram, July 1985. First edition. 551 pages. Paperback. Size: 17,5×11 cm. Weight: 348 g. ISBN 0-88050-584-2. Library of Congress Catalog Number 85-43054. 5.000 copies. $5.95. Period: 01.08 – 30.09.1979. #1-11= Aug 1-11, #12-30= Aug 13-31, #31-60= Sep 1-30. Place: Chuang Tzu Auditorium. Poona.
In Appendix: Books by Bhagwan Shree Rajneesh Published by Rajneesh Foundation International. Books From Other Publishers. Foreign Language Editions.U.S. Distributors. Overseas Distributors. Rajneesh Meditation Centers, Ashrams and Communes. Advertisements.
September chapters are thoroughly edited. In many cases full name, prefix or change of name are omitted.
Introduction by Ma Yoga Rabiya. Excerpt:
“Bhagwan is a rare opportunity, an open door through which you can begin to find yourself, a living and loving mirror in which you can begin to see your original face. As you move deeper within yourself, you will come across the meaning of this beautiful Zen saying, “Don’t let yourself be upset by the sutra; rather, upset the sutra yourself.” And you will laugh.
Awake! You have slept far too long and the morning is here.” (No page number)
– Gyanbuddha from Brazil is going home to publish some books. (p. 34)
– Satyanand, a former Stern journalist, is telling that the publishing of his book on Osho was no problem back home. (p. 147)
– Niten in darshan. (p. 104)
– Swami Anand Atul. His former name Atul was given to him by a yoga acharya from Shree Anandamurti and Ananda Marga. (p. 205)
– Veeresh at darshan. Osho suggests him to have at least three Samadhi sessions. (p. 414)
– A really brief darshan on Friday 21.09.1979. Veet Richard is the only one in darshan. (p. 467)
“Sannyas is a jump, it is a risk, and it is possible only if it arises out of bliss, otherwise it is not possible. Out of despair, nobody can become a true sannyasin. If out of despair one becomes a sannyasin, one’s sannyas is wrong from the very beginning; it is pathological, it is ugly, it is ill.
That’s why down the ages, in many countries, monks, bikkhus, sannyasins, have existed, but ninety-nine percent of them were pathological people. Their decision to be a monk, to renounce the world, was not out of bliss: it was out of despair, anguish, anxiety. They were escapists. My sannyas is not escapist. It is an art to live in the world in such a way that it does not contaminate you.” (p. 398)
* The Sound of One Hand Clapping. A Darshan Diary (on front cover). Volume LXIV. Last Darshan Diary Series from 01.03 – 23.03.1981. Commentary: Ma Prem Maitri. Design: Swami Premdharma. Design Coordination: Swami Premabhakta. Cover Design: Swami Anand Neeraj. Calligraphy: Swami Aldo. Photography: Swami Krishna Bharti. Ma Prem Champa. Coordination: Ma Yoga Pratima. Ma Dipika. Production: Ma Prem Tushita. Ma Anand Katyayani. Ma Sangitama. Swami Anand Peter. Swami Anand Robert. Swami Anand Vijayo. Swami Samantbhadra. Swami Anand Satprem. Swami Anand Hartmut. Swami Shivananda. Ma Prem Virag. Ma Anand Sudas. Ma Deva Yojana. Ma Anand Parinita. Ma Mary Catherine. Ma Yoga Rabiya. Ma Yoga Prem. Ma Anand Para. Typesetting: Graphic Systems. Poona. Processing: Rajneesh Foundation. Poona. Colour Processing: Photo Techniks. Bombay. Printing: Electrographic Industries (D.B. Taraporevala Sons & Co. Pvt. Ltd.) Bombay. Colour Printing: Army & Navy Press. Bombay. Binding: Rajneesh Foundation. Poona. Publisher: Ma Yoga Laxmi. Rajneesh Foundation, Poona, May 1981. 600 pages. Illustrated with photos and calligraphy. Unbound paperback with jacket. Size: 19×13 cm. Weight: 813 g. ISBN 0-88050-633-4 (label). 5000 copies. Period: 01.03 – 31.03.1981. Then comes the silent period. Place: Chuang Tzu Auditorium. Poona.
All darshan diaries mentioned above cover the period including September 1979. They are published from India and Rajneeshpuram, Oregon, until July 1985. This volume ‘The Sound of One Hand Clapping’ is recording the last darshans which took place in Poona March 1981, before this format ended. Osho then went into silence and left for America in early June 1981.The remaining darshan diaries covering the period October 1979 until February 1981 are not published and they are listed in the subsection ‘Unpublished Darshan Diaries’ mentioned below..
The text is typeset in Arial in blank verse format to fixed right-hand edge. All names and commentaries are omitted. This format is here used for the first – and last time – in the publishing of Darshan Diaries.
On front flap:
(action through non-action)
Bhagwan Shree Rajneesh
enters into his ultimate phase of work.
From 1st May 1981 he will speak only
through silence: the language of existence.
‘They say in the beginning
was the word
I say categorically no
in the beginning was silence
and also in the end
silence is the
stuff the universe
is made of’
Bhagwan Shree Rajneesh”
On back flap:
“The Special Transmission
A secret transmission
outside the teachings
not standing on written words or letters
direct pointing to the human heart
see into its nature and become it
The Sound of one Hand – Clapping
Boundless wind and moon
the eye within eyes
inexhaustible heaven and earth
the light beyond light
the willow dark, the flower bright
ten thousand houses
knock at any door – there is one
but will respond”
In front of title page:
The ancient pond
frog jumps in –
Before Introduction we find on three pages the Zen anecdote quoted on the koan of One Hand Clapping. Here follows a shorter version:
“A Zen Master had given to one of his disciples a famous koan. It is a special Zen device to help you get rid of all your thoughts -: the device is so absurd that there is no way that you can find the answer. There are many koans, but this is the most famous: What is the sound of one hand clapping?”
Now, it is such obvious nonsense – one hand clapping cannot create sound. Clapping with what? Sound needs at least two things. Just one hand cannot clap, both hands are needed! And he told the disciple, “Whenever you hear the sound of one hand clapping, come to me.”…
Almost every day he had been coming with new ideas, and getting slapped every day. That day the master was waiting: “He has not come. Has he heard it?” – because if he has heard it, he need not come to him. There is no need of anybody’s recognition of it.
So the master went in search. “Where is the disciple?” In the forest by the side of a lake the disciple was sitting under a tree, so silently that nobody would have even thought that there was anybody present – so absent, so empty. Even when the master came there, he did not take any notice of him.
The master went around him – what is the matter? But he didn’t say anything. The master sat in front of him, but he went on sitting in his silence. And the master said: “Please – at least slap me! You have heard it. I know you cannot say so – nobody can say – but slap me! I have been slapping you so much.” The Messiah. 1987. Vol II, p. 318.
Introduction by Ma Prem Maitri. Excerpt:
“Each evening for the last seven years, seven o’clock, just as the brilliant green parrot finish their song in the nearby banyon trees, Bhagwan has appeared in the auditorium of the ashram’s Lao Tzu House to meet with a gathering of awaiting disciples. It has always been in darshan where new initiates received sannyas, (a new name, a mala of one-hundred-eight rosewood beads and a photo locket of the Master, and the beginning of wearing orange or red clothing, the colour of sannyas).
For many years darshan consisted mainly of verbal dialogues between Bhagwan and His friends. Problems were discussed, relationships looked into, spiritual queries were elaborated upon and a few good jokes shared. Slowly, slowly the verbal exchanges became less frequent, a feeling was happening among the sannyasins that the words between the Master and the disciple were not really the thing; something else was transpiring on a deeper level. We experienced ourselves more fully when we sat in silence with Him. We began asking fewer and fewer questions and the connection deepened as we withdrew our attention from the external focus of Bhagwan and moved quietly inside ourselves.
In 1979 a new phase of His work began. Bhagwan stopped conversing except with those who were receiving sannyas each night. The ‘blessing’ and ‘energy’ darshans appeared – a time for sannyasins to come close to Bhagwan either singly or in small groups to receive an energy transmission, a silent exchange from being to being. Music began happening, (one evening Bhagwan simply suggested that the whole gathering sway and hum while He gave ‘energy’ darshans; and the next night came flutes, sitar, drums and mandolin). Soon it happened that the transmissions came in darkness, the auditorium’s lights were darkened and Bhagwan flashed the lights in an incredible rhythm and intensity with the music. The whole ashram sat meanwhile in darkness, a total black-out in the commune happened so that everyone would be available and receptive. A group of twelve women were selected to be mediums and the ‘energy’ darshans began.
In the course of the next two years an exquisite progression occurred in the format of darshan. More musicians joined, the intensity mounted, the mediums now numbering over twenty began dancing around those receiving the special transmission. It was spectacular, it was ecstatic, the intensity of darshan each night was simply unfathomable. With each darshan came the highest experience of a lifetime. Night after night after night.
In recent months, as Bhagwan spoke to his new sannyasins, most of us found ourselves sitting still and silently in His presence, with our eyes closed. We were coming closer to the Master, closer to ourselves in this silence. The inner treasures were opening. Our dependence on the outer treasures, ceasing.
They are His words preparing us for silence. Words urging us to hear beyond the words, words sung from the silence of the Master to the silence of the disciple. They are words to take us to the Sound of one hand Clapping.
Now you will listen to the songs. Listen as you would listen to the sound of running water. Let yourself rest in this music, let yourself bathe in these waters. Let yourself dive deep into your innermost shrine, and you will emerge fresh, new, reborn. Let your breath become the melody, your heartbeat the rhythm. Hear the Sound, the soundless Sound, the Sound of one hand Clapping.” (No page number)
Then follows for the first time in Darshan Diaries on eight pages an index to the volume. On each day initiations are listed according to:
old name / new name / meaning / page number.
– The March Event in London 13.03.1981. Section with text and photos. (pp. 339-62)
– Enlightenment Day Celebration 21.03.1981. Section with text and photos. (pp. 515-25)
“Gate Gate Paragate
Parasangate bodhi Svaha!
O All who go, O all who go in perfection
O men who go to the ultimate Nirvana,
Alleluia! O Samadhi Alleluia!
On the twenty-third of March, Bhagwan spoke for the last time in darshan. For the following seventeen days he remained inside, not appearing for the morning discourse or the evening darshans. Finally, on the tenth of April, 1981, the announcement came: Bhagwan has entered a new and ultimate phase of his work. Now He will speak only through silence, the language of existence.
For many years He has been preparing us, urging us, helping us get ready so that He could stop talking and could meet with us in silent communion. He had been waiting for the right number of disciples to be ready. Now that has happened, and Bhagwan will be available to us on a deeper and more profound level.
A secret transmission
outside the teachings
Not standing on written words or letters.
Direct pointing to the human heart,
See into its nature and become IT.
This is the final darshan diary, the last in a series of sixty-four. These were Bhagwan’s last words sung in English. From this time onwards He will no longer be giving discourses in English and Hindi, rather a morning celebration of music and silence will happen each day. Bhagwan will be with us then in silence, it will be SATSANG, a silent heart-to-heart commuion.
For the evening darshans, Bhagwan has chosen Ma Yoga Laxmi and Swami Ananda Teertha as mediums for His work. While Laxmi is away, Swami Satya Vedant will be taking her place. The darshans have resumed with sannyas, blessing, and energy darshans all happening through his mediums.
A most glorious day, an exquisite breath. There are no words to say the thank-you that needs to be said. such a dance there is in the hearts of sannyasins today! Such immense celebration! There is vast joy, unutterable gratirude, unrecognisable bliss. It is the silent wind of the dawn.
We thank you for your words
We would have died without them
We could not be born without them
There is no way to speak the gratitude…
We thank you for your song
You cannot imagine
What joy it is
to be your sannyasins, what blessings!
to have heard your voice
morning after morning, evening after evening
And the song of the birds
And the distant call of the cuckoo
I want to say
we are filled now
it is happening, now we can celebrate
and join you
beloved of beloveds
in the greatest thing that could ever happen
You speak to us in silence
we answer in silence
your message is silence
our prayer is silence
Let everyone come now
Let everyone drink
Let the gift touch this whole world!
This is our prayer
that every human soul will dance
to the soundless sound
that every human heart
of one hand
where we dissolve
as master and disciple
where we disappear
in the perfection of silence
the soundless sound – anahat nad
O Samadhi Alleluia!
ma prem maitri” (pp. 581-95)
“It is like you are reading a book
you jump from one word to another word
and you always miss the gap between the words
which is always there
you can change the gestalt
you can start jumping from one gap to another gap
leaving the words
and then you will be surprised
it is the same book
but the message is totally different
then you can read the gita, bible, koran
but you will be reading the same book
the book of nothingness
then whether you read hebrew or latin or greek
does not matter
because you are reading only the intervals
which are neither hebrew nor sanskrit
nor greek nor latin
which are simply gaps
the same is true about our life
we have to change our gestalt
we look for misery, we find it
start looking for joy and you will find it
we look for thorns and they are there
start looking for flowers
and they have always been there
just waiting for you to look at them”
* At The Feet Of The Master. One to One Talks on the Relationship Between the Master & His Disciples. Editing and Compilation: Ma Anand Savita. Introduction: Ma Anand Savita. Design: Ma Deva Sandipa. Photography: Osho Photo Services. End paper & back cover paintings: Osho. Marble paintings: Sambodhi Prem. Drawings: Sandipa. Production: Swami Prem Prabhu. Typesetting: Swami Sambodhi Prem. Printing: Mohndruck, Gütersloh, Germany. Publisher: The Rebel Publishing House GmbH, Cologne, Germany, 1992. 404 pages. Illustrated. Hardcover. Size: 21,5×19 cm. Weight: 951 g. ISBN 3-89338-112-0.
In Appendix: Books by Osho. English Language Editions. Foreign Language Editions. Worldwide Distribution Centers for the Works of Osho. Audio/Video. Osho Meditation Centers & Communes. Osho Commune International. For Further Information.
Compilation with excerpts from Darshan Diaries. Names are mostly omitted as well as commentaries and references to the Darshan Diaries. Photos are from satsangs in Buddha Hall and other events in Poona Two.
“During this phase Krishnamurti wrote the book ‘At the Feet of the Master’ when he was only 14. Osho regards this as the best book written by Krishnamurti, but Krishnamurti later refused to have written it.” (Arun 2015, p. 109)
On front flap: “For more than two decades, thousands of seekers from the world over have been converging on the communes of the enlightened mystic Osho to experience His intoxicating wisdom at the source. For many years individual Westerners gathered every evening to meet with Him face to face and ask questions. He would speak about love, about death, about work, and frequently about the relationship between a Master and his disciples.”
On back flap: “This book is a collection of excerpts centered exclusively around the spiritual Master and his people. What is Osho’s work and how does He relate to His sannyasins? What does it mean to take sannyas and to participate in His commune? What is a mystic and what is the role of the people who ‘share in his energy’?
Compiled from thirty published and unpublished Darshan Diaries (the records of these evening meetings), ‘At the Feet of the Master’ traces everything that Osho says in these one to one talks about this particular enigmatic love affair.”
On back jacket: “[Osho] discourses with eloquent familiarity on virtually all the world’s great mystics – Zen Masters, Hassids, Sufis, Bauls, Buddha, Lao Tzu, Jesus… Though He ‘knocks the mind’, [He] is an intellectual’s guru, and His message is aimed not at spiritual sheep but at rebels and risk-takers – people who consider themselves intelligent, adventurous and independent, and want to be more so.” Annie Gottlieb, author of: Do You Believe in Magic? Bringing the Sixties Back Home.
Editor’s Foreword. Excerpt:
“Nearly all these selections are Osho’s spoken words, with minimum descriptive asides. Where there is a dialogue, the other’s words have usually been paraphrased. On occasion, however, I have kept the original as it stands because the exact interchange is necessary to appreciate the essence of what transpires in the communion between Master and disciple.
In these meetings, Osho often uses the word God – and in different ways. He frequently makes it clear that there is no personal God, and that He uses the word loosely, to signify the godliness of existence. Later, in His discourses, not only does He abandon the word altogether, He takes the opportunity to totally tear the concept of God apart.
Another word which has almost disappeared from His vocabulary is “surrender”. Yet at one time, when addressing His people, the concept of surrender was an important issue, and in this book the word frequently crops up. In the chapter called ‘The ABC of Let-Go’, I have chosen the sequence of Osho’s many angles on the meaning of surrender in a way that has meaning for me.”
Introduction by Ma Anand Savita. Excerpts:
“If discouse was where we all sat with Him every morning, evening darshan (literally “seeing”) was where we went on special occasions – a small fluctuating group gathering in Chuang Tzu Auditorium, where His ashes now rest, to sit at the feet of the Master. At the time Chuang Tzu was a circular hall, open on three sides. There were no air conditioners, no mosquito nets. We sat without cushions and left our shoes where we were supposed to leave our minds – at the gate. Every evening of the year, in a sharp white robe and no cap, Osho would talk to us there, one by one.
This is darshan. It is magic. It is a spiritual womb. Such closeness to the radiance of a buddha brings us as near to the inner axis as we will ever be anywhere. In darshan we are totally relaxed, bristlingly alert, intoxicated by the present moment.
When Osho speaks He speaks to the individual. He addresses our external dramas while touching our internal truths. He unfolds and elaborates with such ease that the longings of the heart fall open unremarked. He speaks to each of us alone, and yet He speaks to us all.
We who sit there have gravitated from all over the world. We come from a wealth of backgrounds, from a wide range of professions, via a multitude of routes for the sole purpose of making personal contact with Him.
The exchanges that result from these extraordinary meetings are recorded month after month in some sixty-seven volumes of the Darshan Diary series. ‘At the Feet of the Master’ is a collection of excerpts – many previously unpublished – selected exclusively around Osho’s relationship with His people…
Whereas in discourse, before thousands, Osho makes broad general strokes with His insights, in darshan He addresses specific people. Even so, these heart to heart talks remain as intimate and to the point today as they were when He gave them. True to His paradoxical style they are both exclusive and aimed at everybody.
‘All your questions will be answered. Sometimes I answer your question in reference to somebody else’s question. You have just to listen rightly.
I will be answering them without your ever asking them. I may have answered it yesterday or I may answer it tomorrow… When the right time comes, I answer.
And unless the right time is there, you will not be able to understand it. My answering is not important – your understanding is important…’
With Osho’s easygoing love of language and His tireless exploration of the unsayable, He says here whatever can be said. His clarity and light and gentleness follow on. His wacky meanderings and playful wooings, His humor and His sudden Zen sticks, if not blazing their way through to our hearts, then nonchalantly wandering in unannounced, constantly remind us that each of us has the same potential to be a devotee on the path.
He gives us all a ball, and some choose to run with it…
I have tried to include everything in this book – the humorous and lightweight as well as the depths – everything of the spiritual life within the energyfield of a Master that He shared with us one to one. I have kept dialogues untouched where they reveal our individual processes with Him. I have included stories He tells which show how other Masters worked. More often than not, the fears and longings centered around sannyas that we brought to Him then are the same as we carry now. With barely a flick of the imagination the true response is available in this book provided we can frame our true question.” (No page number)
– Anecdote on Gurdjieff who used to ask fantastic prices for his books and announce bogus lectures to make his listeners leave him in frustration. (p. 76)
* Being Osho. Rare Pearls from Darshan Diaries. Introduction: Swami Satya Vedant. Contributions: Swami Satya Vedant. Swami Jagdish Bharti. Swami Nirman. Ma Prem Kalpana. Waheeda H. Hejazi. Publisher: Zorba Designs, Poona, 2013. 279 pages. Illustrated. Hardcover. Size: 25×18 cm. Weight: 812 g. No ISBN. (In colophon: Not to be sold in stores).
“Exclusively reproduced limited number of copies for Osho centers, libraries and individual disciples for research purposes only.”
In colophon: “Presented collection of talks are picked up from the special occasions that occurred around Osho in the late seventies when he used to meet the seekers arriving from all around the world in intimate gatherings. The seekers would open up their hearts and beings to the x-ray vision of the master and he would take them by hand to the unknown territories of their innermost being before leaving them alone to walk their own path. These talks are a welcome to the inner journey and also a farewell to a flight into unknown.”
Contributions by the above mentioned “& many friends who contributed their unending love & support to realize this collection of Master’s intimate talks with disciples.”
Excerpts in this book have been taken from the following Darshan Diaries: ‘The Ninety-Nine Names of Nothingness’ (1979), ‘A Rose is a Rose is a Rose’ (1978) and then in alphabetical order until ‘Eighty Four Thousand Poems’ (Unpublished). In total 20 published and one unpublished Darshan Diaries. (pp. 278-79)
Names are occasionally mentioned in text.
* A Must for Contemplation Before Sleep (1991)
* A Must for Morning Contemplation (1991).
These two volumes contain a selection of excerpts from unpublished Darshan Diaries.
Introduction by Swami Satya Vedant (Dr. Vasant Joshi, Ph.D., University of Michigan, Ann Arbor, Michigan, USA. M.A., Ph.D., M.S. University of Baroda, Baroda, India). Excerpts:
“The most outstanding experience of seeing Osho as a Being was that it demanded we live the questions rather than seek the answer. And here is a Master who, through his very Being did not really answer our questions but rather he questioned our questions and dissolved them. Also, as a Listener, he heard not the question but our inner rumbling, the noise of the inner turmoil of the seeker. He saw that, if the seeker was ready to surrender to his/her commitment, he as Being Osho, was ready to bring the seeker’s awareness into the present. And that led to a certain synchronicity between the seeker and the Master…
I find Osho Darshan Diary as a story of the emergence of New Disciple in the compassionate guidance of a New Master. New Master in the sense that, he is not a replica, a copy of master’s lived before (no true Master has ever been so), but “new” because he reads the pulse of the modern man/woman and gives a totally new vision – though not entirely cut off from the vision of the past Masters and yet certainly a vision that is no longer applicable to the old mind.
The most outstanding dimension of Being Osho as a New Master is that, through his Presence, his foresight, his application of universal values, and through his meditation techniques he has designed for the disciple/the seeker a certain “spiritual craftmanship”. The pre-requisite for one to be engaged in this craftsmanship is that the seeker begins to take the responsibility rather than develop dependency on the Master. Hence, Being Osho has allowed the New Disciple to grow in total freedom, in utter self-ish-ness, in sharp awareness to save oneself physically, mentally, and spiritually than saving or serving the “world”.
But this is possible only when the disciple is rebellious enough to go against all the conditionings imposed by the family, the society, the nation, and the religion. Hence, Being Osho essentially shows his own rebellious spirit – even to the point of being seen as “crazy”, outrageous, and a “spiritual terrorist”.
There is a point, the centremost point, the very core in oneself which is neither thinking nor feeling… which simply is. That is the meaning of the word “be-ing” – it simply is. That is Being Osho – rooted in his very IS-ness. Is-ness is the very business of Osho!
Being Osho is being the Blessed One – the one who establishes a deep connection and empowers the seeker/disciple to bring about a significant shift in one’s consciousness. I have been eternally grateful to the “Blessed One” – my master, Osho, for this showing the way to rebel, to rejoice, and to make choices for my conscious evolution.” (No page number)
Interview with Sw Satya Vedant on his book, see www.sannyasnews.com/2014/08/23.
Unpublished Darshan Diaries
Never appeared in book format, but published in ’Osho. Books on CD-ROM’ (1994):
– Even Bein’ Gawd Ain’t A Bed of Roses. 01.10 – 30.10.1979. 30 chapters.
– Scriptures in Silence and Sermons in Stones. 01.11 – 31.12.1979. 42 chapters.
– Dance Till the Stars Come Down From the Rafters. 01.01 – 31.01.1980. 31 chapters.
– If You Choose To Be With Me, You Must Risk Finding Yourself. 01.02 – 29.02.1980. 30 chapters.
– Fingers Pointing to the Moon. 01.03-31.03.1980. 01,03,05,07,09,11,13. March.1980. 7 chapters.
– Eighty Four Thousand Poems. 01.04 – 30.04.1980. 30 chapters.
– No Man is an Island. 01.05 – 31.05.1980. 31 chapters.
– The Imprisoned Splendor. 01.06 – 30.06.1980. 30 chapters.
– The Golden Wind. 01.07 – 31.07.1980. 31 chapters.
– The Miracle. 01.08 – 31.08.1980. 31 chapters.
– Just the Tip of the Iceberg. 01.09 – 30.09.1980. 30 chapters.
– I Am Not As Thunk As You Drink I Am. 01.10 – 31.10.1980. 31 chapters.
– Going All the Way. 01.11 – 30.11.1980. 30 chapters.
– Is the Grass Really Greener? 01.12 – 31.12.1980. 30 chapters.
– The Old Pond… Plop. 01.01 – 31.01.1981. 31 chapters.
– Nirvana Now or Never. 02.02 – 21.02.1981. 28 chapters.