7.8 Photos, Audio, Video and Digital Media
Osho’s final phase in Poona Two was documented in all available media and platforms. Probably making Osho the most photographed and documented figure on the planet, be it from his public appearances with his disciples in Chuang Tzu Auditorium and Buddha Hall or in more specific styled individual photo sessions.
Satya Vedant writes on Sw Vivekananda and Osho
“Indeed, the historical and socio-cultural differences were far apart when both worked incessantly traveling in India and the world around. While Swami Vivekananda worked in India under the dominant British rule, Osho worked in free India. Moreover, Osho has a distinct advantage of being able to make the best possible use of technology – especially the electronic audio and video means of communication. His discourses given in India and around the world are available in over 10000 hours of audio and over 2000 hours of video recordings. But regardless of the conditions and means available to them, both used every ounce of their energy for removing the centuries old ignorance and empowering the souls.” (Joshi 2017, p. 101)
Emilio Costantino: An Introduction. Photographs of an Uncontainable Vision
“For the first time in my professional career I was trying to capture an enlightened master on film. I found myself with my finger hanging in the air unable to shoot the picture. My eyes glued to the lens, frozen in awe… Shree Rajneesh, sitting on a pillow surrounded by musical instruments: gongs, bowls, cymbals and bells.
How can this possibility be expressed in words?
Words are just conventions, full of limitations. Silence is a reality. How can I speak of him, who was not inside this silence but was this silence?
As a photographer of nature, the only possible way for me to express this silence is with nature itself.
Shree Rajneesh and nature…
Shree Rajneesh is nature.
Hundreds of times I found myself as if paralyzed, facing the uncontainable vision of a magnificent sunset, the light changing from moment to moment. His movements, his words, his expressions come from a space of neither decision nor indecision, like the water in a mountain stream, or the leaves dancing in the wind. In front of me there were neither masks nor poses, but a simple human being who was being himself.
Unable to take pictures, waiting, trying to find the “right” moment, conscious that every single moment was “right” in itself and that there was no way to chose which moment was the ‘perfect’ one. Many times my mind said, “You’ve got it” and yet my heart knew I’d missed the flux, the deeper beauty connected with the change… the “Ah” which comes up when one is face to face with the unexpected.
Looking into his eyes I saw an emptiness that nearly swallowed me. It was, how to say… as if he would disappear from in front of the lens. His body was there, as if held with difficulty by the force of gravity, but he wasn’t there. This disappearing of the ego, which he calls the root of enlightenment, was present to my photographic eye as an incredible contemporality of presence/absence.
In the meantime, the camera has clicked many times. But who has been taking pictures?” (Anugito 1989)
(Note: Emilio Costantino is Author and Photographer of Costiera Amalfitana. La Costa Del Sole E Della Luna. The introduction is in Shree Rajneesh: A Man of Many Climates, Seasons and Rainbows. Through the Eye of the Camera. 112 color pages)
Shastro photographing Osho
“Somewhere around January 1988, soon after I arrived in Poona on my second visit to the commune, I was asked if I’d like to take pictures of Osho, as I had worked as a studio photographer in Italy for a few years. The photos should be taken indoors with artificial lights but no flashes because Osho was a little sick at that time and his eyes were already suffering badly…
He promptly and gracefully stands. I move the chair and go back to the tripod where my Hasselblad is poised. The light is now okay, and Avikal and I both start taking a few shots, each with our own camera (I am doing the black and white and he is doing color).
But I soon have to face the fact that Osho is not moving at all and unless I do something to change the situation we are going to take 60 or 70 pictures that are all going to look exactly the same….
We take a few more shots and then, turning towards his care-taker, he says, “Please, go to my room and get my Italian ‘Mafia- sunglasses.” These were some really ‘cool’ glasses with dark mirrored lenses he had in those days, and that he had begun to wear even during evening discourse when the bright lights had started to give him trouble.
As the girls leave the room, he turns towards me and he says, “Let’s put the fan on now.”…
One of those pictures was actually used quite a lot, especially for the covers of some of the meditation cassette tapes of the period – as well as the first cover for the No Dimensions Meditation.” (Shastro. In: Savita 2014, p. 213. Also text at: www.oshonews.com/2013/12/)
Avikal writes on meeting Osho
“When I first met her in 1987, Vivek had been with Osho for sixteen years and her devotion radiated with grace and beauty, and her love for the Master was like an aura that surrounded her, a glow that emanated out of her. She was a private person, a classic and refined beauty, with long blonde hair, slender in form and with one of the most penetrating looks I have ever come across and, following an attempt on Osho’s life by a Hindu fanatic, whenever she was near him in public situations, she guarded him like a tigress protecting her cubs. She spent her time dedicated to Osho’s needs, with or around him, taking care of his day-to-day personal matters. One day I was on guard shift at the gate, if I remember correctly it was in the afternoon, when Vivek came over to tell me that Osho wanted to do a photo session wearing a black, turtleneck sweater that was in the process of being made and he wanted me to be the photographer and that I should be at the ready because the sweater was almost finished…
Another day arrived. Vivek came into the garden where I was on guard and said: “Today’s the day”. “Of course” I replied, and there wasn’t even the slightest flutter in my heart or ripple in my mind.
I prepared myself in a state of simple calmness and mild pleasure and positioned myself at the gate without waiting.
When Vivek arrived she took my hand and said, “Come on. Let’s go into the hall, you wait there and I’ll go and fetch Osho.” The Lao Tzu Hall, a room of about two hundred square meters overlooking the gardens on two sides and fitted with large mosquito nets, was where Osho had held his discourses on his return to Pune in 1987 in the months leading up to the construction of an extremely beautiful Buddha Hall which could hold thousands of people, and it was one of my favourite places in the Ashram…
I sat down on the floor, dropping my camera bag by my side, closed my eyes and, immersing myself in me and the silence of the room, I began to visualize myself as a drop as it is falling and dissolving into the ocean that was the Master, and while sinking down into the depths, I experienced surrender and trust and love, and I was all those feelings.
Vivek’s voice called out gently: “Osho, this is Avikal” and straight after Osho said: “Hello”, gesturing with one hand as my eyes were beginning to open, seeing Vivek holding Osho’s other hand just a few meters away from me.
Avikal, by now dissolved, met the one who, as he often repeated, was no more, and who had dissolved into existence many years before…
Since I was one of his photographers, as well as doing individual sessions with him, I took part in a shift, and every two or three days I found myself in the second row, right behind Neelam and just a couple of meters away from the podium, where Osho used to sit. My job was to photograph him and do it with the greatest discretion possible.” (Avikal 2016, pp. 39-42,43)
“For another photo session… I was into giving him something to do with his hands so we purloined a beautiful bound volume from the library… He suggested that we dress Nirvano up as a Russian lady so she could sit with him and he could read to her and play chess with her… When the next photo session came up we proposed another Zen session because the one in Poona had been rather disastrous… Japanese Geeta made a scroll on which she painstakingly wrote a long poem in kanji for him. He had to open the scroll and read from right to left. Again he did it so perfectly it was as if he had done it before.” (Veena 2004, p. 101)
Punya on photos
“To make the display always varied and interesting, I research and print out new images, mostly at night after the White Robe Meditation when Amiten is on guard duty. I love images! I even find some treasures in the many boxes from the old archives of the photo department which is now being dismantled.” (Punya 2015, p. 365)
Veena on the last photo session
“Apparently he wanted three sessions and he was unusually specific about two of them. He said he would leave the idea for the third one up to me.
For the first session he wanted us to create a scene featuring the Italian artist, Boticelli, painting ‘The Primavera’. Nirvano was to be Flora, the woman who symbolised ‘Spring’…
In the second session he wanted to be Zarathustra and I was to go and talk to Zareen, a Parsee sannyasin, to learn as much as I could from her about Zarathustra and create an appropriate scene featuring him wearing the typical garment that Zarathustra wore…
I decided to think about the third session when I returned from Italy in two weeks…
We were more or less on course to meet the deadline and things were going well.
Until one day Nirvano appeared, called us close and told us that the photo session had been cancelled. His health was far too fragile for him to go through with it. We were naturally devastated. Not because of the session, but because of further confirmation that his health was indeed deteriorating. He had not been sitting with us in discourse for many weeks.
We silently packed everything up and put it away.” (Veena 2004, p. 109)
Avikal writes on the Zen discourses
“In the year and a half before passing away, Osho held a series of discourses on Zen, discourses that were not easy, at times boring, sometimes revealing, sometimes hard-hitting, sometimes tender, at times extraordinary. Since I was one of his photographers, as well as doing individual sessions with him, I took part in a shift, and every two or three days I found myself in the second row, right behind Neelam and just a couple of meters away from the podium, where Osho used to sit. My job was to photograph him and do it with the greatest discretion possible. When I wasn’t on shift I was either given a place in a front row further back, as was everyone else who worked at the Commune, or I went and sat right at the back. The Buddha Hall was usually packed out, especially in the months between November and March, before the monsoon and the rain season began, and the number of people who came to listen to the discourses could vary from a couple of thousand to over ten thousand. Everyone dressed in white and we took part in what was called the White Robe Brotherhood, Osho gave discourses at seven in the evening and, in some months, also at eight in the morning.” (Avikal 2016, p. 43)
Photo session 16.12.1989
“Osho requests a photo session with Videha and Veeresh, who have both been very active in helping Osho’s work in Europe. Swami Veeresh is a long-time sannyasin therapist and the founder of Humaniversity in Holland. Swami Videha has translated into Italian and published many of Osho’s books, which have been widely distributed in Italy and become best sellers in the non-fiction category of books. These photos are published in Osho Times International.” (www.oshoturk.com/osho-life/10-68-notes.htm)
- Hanging Out with the Master / Sw Anand Veeresh (Veeresh 1990)
- Osho, Could you Smile? Sw Muni writes from his experience as an ashram photographer in Poona Two, including the photo session with Veeresh. (www.oshonews.com/2012/01/22)
- Everyone Is Osho. An Interview with Veeresh by Chandrika (Viha Connection, 2008:1)
Kovida writes on photo collection
“Finally, we have it together and I’m sending you here enclosed some material.
Pictures of Poona I and the World Tour should be available in Cologne; here for sure there are none. I hope you will enjoy this one of Osho (black hair time) and a few recent ones.” (Ma Kovida. Press Office. Letter. 12.12.1989)
Maneesha writes on archives
” Two sannyasins are working fulltime looking after the archives. The archives include photographs of Osho, and photographs from all the different camps, ashrams and communes – from Mount Abu, through to Poona 1 and Rajneeshpuram. In addition, there are photographs of all Osho’s paintings, all the discourse sutras on which He would sometimes write notes; letters to sannyasins, notebooks from the days when Osho would read a book and take notes about it; manuscripts – entirely made up of His own writing – and compilations of jokes! Osho’s address books, all legal documents related to His life and work as well as all the CDs He has listened to and all the videos He has watched. On March 21st postcards and posters of some of the hundreds and hundreds of Osho’s signatures as they appear in His books, will be available for sale in the Bookshop.” (Maneesha. Yes Osho (Digital). Vol IV, No. 20. 28.02.1991)
Ma Sadhana and other visitors from Osho Commune in Poona borrowed photos from Naik in 1990, never to be returned. (Ram Chandra Naik. Interview. Jabalpur. 10.02.2000)
(Anugito 1989) Shree Rajneesh: A Man of Many Climates Seasons and Rainbows. Through the Eye of the Camera / Rebel. Printing: Mohndruck, Gütersloh. Typesetting: Ma Prem Arya. Ma Premo. Design: Sw Deva Anugito. Photography: Sw Divyananda. Sw Krishna Bharti et al.. Production: Sw Prem Visarjan et al.. Publisher: The Rebel Publishing House, Cologne, 1989. 112 pages. With coloured full page photos of Osho. Size: 31×26,5 cm. HC.
Websites with photos are listed in Volume III / Sources.
Sadhana Foundation in Koregaon Park was from the late 1980’s distributing and selling audio- and videotapes and ‘Music from the World of Bhagwan’.
Remastering audio tapes
“The project with remastering the audio archives began in Zürich, Switzerland, in 1987 and was finished in 1992, with complete crome audio sets in India, Japan, America and in several countries in Europe. The master digital archives are located in India, Germany, Britain and Switzerland.
As for the video archives the aim is to convert all 1.600 videotapes onto Betacam SP, broadcast quality tape, using one of the finest studio facilities in Europe. During this process, old videotapes from Poona One will receive noise reduction, image enhancement and color correction. Once the original videos of the discourses have been converted to Betacam SP, the new master tapes will be used to create complete sets of video discourses on Super VHS for anyone who wishes to acquire an archive set, either in NTSC format or PAL format depending on which system is used in that country.
The source are the original recordings of Osho’s words, the socalled ‘masters of the Master’ now kept in deep cold storage and locked away in a high security environmentally-controlled facility in Europe, also used by Hollywood companies like MGM to store their video and film originals.
A complete archive of Osho’s discourses includes 3.050 of his English discourses recorded on about 6000 audiotapes and 1.600 videotaped English discourses, plus nearly 250 books in English.
Of these master archives, complete digital sets of copies are scattered across four continents to secure preservation in case of catastrophes and the like. The original archive is owned by Osho International Foundation (OIF) in Switzerland and since May 1994 the digital conversion of audio and video tapes has been carried out to prevent decay and loss of the original analogue recordings. There are now eight copies of the complete digital video archive, called archive sets or folders, as well as 12 archive audio sets in English and 14 in Hindi (Osho Times International, December 1997)
Remastering tapes to DAT
3000 audio tapes from 1972ff and 1800 video tapes from 1978ff. (Osho Times International, 1990:10. 16.05.1990)
Heading: Osho Live Part 1
“And thanks to some existential foresight all 8,800 hours of the talks which make up those books had just been remastered and digitalized. Which means they went through a sophisticated sound restoration process at Osho International’s audio/video facility in London to make the sound the closest thing to sitting in Buddha Hall when Osho was in the body. It took three years, and makes Osho available for all the new audio formats, including the Web and the new interactive technology.” (Osho Times International, 1996:7)
Heading: To all visitors to Rajneeshdham
“All discourses of Bhagwan, in both Hindi and English, plus all Rajneesh music are available at Rajneeshdham. Please send or bring your own tapes for recording. We accept only high quality C-90 minute tapes, such as Philips, Sony, Maxell, BASF, TDK, etc.” (The Rajneesh Times (India), 1987:17)
Audio tapes released
“Illustrated Weekly (October 15-21), 1989) has published a review of Osho’s four new audio tapes, “Themes of Our Times” recently released on CBS in English and Hindi. The review lends Osho’s cassettes worldly appeal: “Rajneesh is arguably the most fascinating spiritual prankster of our time. He teaches you that faith can be fun as well. To live a full life does not mean mooning around in a monotheistic monastery. You can live, love, lust and lie – and yet find yourself in heaven, snuggling up to Bo Derek.” It also notes that Osho has survived everything the “stupid Yanks” did to harm Him.” (Osho Times International (India), 1989:21)
Heading: Eight Provocative Tapes
“Osho Rajneesh Speaks on Themes of Our Times: Creativity, Compassion, Death, Religion, Intelligence, Love, The Art of Wonder, and The Mind. CBS 60-minute tapes Rs 22/- each. Available in quality record and tape shops throughout India.
“It is worth remembering that for years Osho did not want His work divided into subject matter; the slender paperback booklets we called “compilations,” for example, which sold like hot chappatis, were only intended as appetizers. Perhaps Osho knew that listening to talk of sex, we would stumble upon meditation; or hoping to hear about the art of music making we would bump unwittingly into a chance to accept anger. It is irresistible to want to chop Him into bite-size chunks, and the outcome is compact and juicy. But remember, for Him to impact His message with full impact and take us beyond our expectations – in the body or out of the body – it is His complete discourses that will deliver the goods.” (Ma Anand Savita. Osho Times International (India), 1990:6)
CBS audiotaped discourses
“R.V. Pandit, the well-known magazine publisher and Director of C.B.S. (India), was the Chief Guest [at the Opening of International Osho Business Conference in Poona]. He described how CBS had now sold more than 300,000 tapes of Osho’s discourses in India, with a listening public of over 3 million. He confirmed that CBS is to launch 20 new titles this month of Osho’s discourses on Guru Nanak. Mr. Pandit said, “He is the greatest communicator of this era” and added that he is greatly impressed by Osho’s “wisdom and understanding and increasing relevance to modern India.” (Press Release. 26.12.1990. Digital newsletter echo)
CBS audiotaped discourses
“In addition to being exposed to more discerning press coverage, the Indian public are informed about Osho’s vision through the recent accessibility of audio taped discourses produced by CBS, which has three thousand outlets within India. Of the first publication of 65,000 tapes – four titles in English and four in Hindi – 2,500 were sold in the first week; four months later, 50,000 had been sold. Since then a second and a third series have been released and met with a similar reception from the public. CBS sends samples of the audio tapes to over three hundred major newspapers throughout India for review, and runs advertisements in many of them, such as: “This man is dangerous! If you listen to what he says, your life will change.” In addition, CBS advertises Osho’s words on large billboards in all the major cities throughout India.
Mr. Pandit, manager of CBS in India, is himself personally an admirer of Osho. He said in a private interview: “Osho encompasses the current knowledge in his discourses, but what is more remarkable is that he brings a new viewpoint, sheds a new clarity on ideas that we are familiar with. His discourses on subjects like compassion are comparable to what the greatest sages have said. In fact, he cannot be compared to anybody else in the depth and sensitivity of his discourses. I think his ideas are bound to influence people who have any questions about religion, today and in the years to come. I’m very sure that the number of tapes of Osho’s discourses in circulation will run into a million or plus in the next year.” (Forman 2002. Epilogue, p. 426)
Heading: Osho Music on CD for the World
“Tao Music is the new music production and distribution network for all buddhafield music and meditations released after January 1, 1990, Given its name by Osho, Tao Music [Munich] will be responsible for the distribution of all music worldwide, excluding India. As described by coordinators Swami Anand Bhikku and Ma Deva Waduda, “We are a sannyas label totally devoted to His name… Within a year all of Osho’s meditations will be on CD.” (Osho Times International (India), 1990:9)
From 1.5.2001 The Osho Audiobook Club is launched with more than 100 new audiobook titles to be downloaded in MP3 format. They consist of seven complete series. The Audiobook Club also offers access to an archive of Osho Times International articles and ‘innerviews’. (Osho International Newsletter, May 2001)
Heading: New Earth Records
“New Earth Records, formerly known as Tao Music, occupies a large office and showroom in the center of Munich and since 1990 has been producing beautiful editions of Osho’s discourses, meditations and music on CD and tape…For those of you who knew the company as Tao Music, the legal name was recently changed because it had previously been trademarked by another company in Germany. But Bhikku and Waduda are trying to rescue the name Tao Music as a legal name for all Osho productions.” (Osho Times International, 1995:1)
Osho Music Archive
“With two friends Sugit has created a site, the Osho Music Archive. “Not only does it list all the recordings the trio get their hands on, you can actually listen to them! The three started work on this project in 2008 and have now put it online although it is not finished. Currently the site lists 298 albums with a total of 2.822 tracks. Google “Osho Music Archive” and be amazed.” (Viha Connection 2012:5, p. 14)
100 songs of Osho listed by Sarlo, Vancouver. Words, chords, vintage, artist/author. Links at: globalserve.net~sarlo/songs/home.htm. (Viha Connection, 2007:5)
Video and TV
Video recordings from Osho’s discourses were from June 1987 in highbrand quality and from May 1988 in broadcast quality.
Heading: New Series of Video and Audio Cassettes now underway
“A new series of Bhagwan’s video and audio cassettes is now in the early stages of production. These cassettes will be short and thematic answers to questions relevant to our contemporary world situation. We are producing these videos in accompaniment with voice-over and sub-titling technology in order to reach people who have asked for these insights of Bhagwan’s…
The uniqueness of these videos is that they will be very short – 30 to 45 minutes of one question and one answer each. This is in response to the many people who find themselves so caught in a hectic life, so buried under input and information that their time and attention spans have become quite limited.
Our research has shown that America is asking for question/answer discourses of 30 minutes in length for one video. They will soon be available in video stores for purchase or rental. A lot of people who are not familiar with Bhagwan, or sitting with Him and listening to Him, have said that they find it difficult to sit through two hours of video discourse – that their attention drifts, that they fall asleep, or that the impact is lost in trying to remember what He said…
The audio cassettes will be slightly different in design, but with exactly the same intention. They will be ninety minutes with two, three or four questions and answers on each tape and each questions/answers will be of the same theme.” (Sw Satyadharma. The Rajneesh Times (India), 1987:15)
Heading: Bhagwan Live On Video
“Every word Bhagwan speaks is recorded live on video. Many people who love Bhagwan are not able to sit with Him in Buddha Hall each evening, and there are many present and future seekers who have not yet met or even heard of Bhagwan.
To bring Bhagwan’s whole message to these people, the Rajneesh video and film department is committed to catching His every expression, every gesture, plus all the words, in as vivid a reproduction as is technically possible.
Wherever Bhagwan has wandered in these past ten years a video team has usually managed to record the events. Sometimes they have provided dramatic footage, like the high-speed chase shots of the Greek police car, with Bhagwan inside, in the new movie Socrates Poisoned Again After 25 Centuries. “That sequence was very exciting,” says Waduda, one of the filmmakers. “We jumped on our motorcycle and they really tried to give us the slip!”
There is not much footage of Bhagwan before 1977. There were sporadic shots taken, mostly in black and white, at the Mount Abu Meditation camps and some in Bombay. A beautiful compilation of this material has recently been put together with the title The Rising Moon. That video covers Bhagwan up to His departure from Woodlands, Bombay, for Poona in 1974 and is interspersed with clips from recent discourses.
In Buddha Hall it is hard to miss the video camera. It has pride of place in front of Bhagwan and everyone present is aware of the lights, the camera and the action. What is not evident is the massive, though invisible, backup for the cameraman. The support technicians in the hall continuously survey the systems, monitoring the quality of sound and image. At the same time, in video headquarters outside, the discourse is recorded live on 12 original tapes simultaneously, ready to be sent directly all over the world. Recordings are done in PAL and NTSC, and since May 27, all videos are of broadcast quality.
Apart from maintaining a complete archive, and providing the world with up-to-the-minute clips of Bhagwan live, the video and film department has much more on its plate. Video is the medium of our time, and so much of the activity around Bhagwan, in the ashram, within the numerous meditations He is offering us, lends itself to video. Several new productions are coming on the heels of The Manifesto; there is a bodywork video to support the book Living in Balance, available now; also ready is a promotional piece for the release of Sue Appleton’s new book Was Bhagwan Shree Rajneesh Poisoned in Ronald Reagan’s America? The worldwide release of The Greatest Challenge: The Golden Future is also backed up on video by two excerpts of Bhagwan delivering the booklet’s most potent lines.
Now that a few western commercial TV networks are gathering the courage to look at Bhagwan, the ashram video team is arranging support services for visiting camera teams. This renewed interest in Bhagwan has lead to fresh projects in video and film both inside and outside the ashram.
Soon we will see video presentations of Bhagwan’s classic meditations – imagine the great No-Mind Meditation, lead by Bhagwan, in living rooms all over the world – all rented from the local video library!
The widespread success of The Manifesto has led to a more ambitious project, a new television series called Metamorphosis of Planet Earth to Paradise, which is planned as a unique forum for new and visionary ideas for the survival and future health of the earth. A member of the video team commented: “We have a unique opportunity to catch a buddha on film! We don’t want to miss an enlightened moment, no matter what the odds.” (Rajneesh Times International (India), 1988:18)
Videos from Kathmandu and Crete
“Since weeks we are busy copying the full range of Video tapes that we have got now from Kathmandu and Crete. Doing that day and night, we’ve been more and more excited about Bhagwan being really our friend. These tapes are so intimate, and the questions that have been sent to him show our love and friendship, too.
We are offering you these tapes for rent and sale…
And now the most exciting offer we made since Bhagwan videos are available:
We are selling out all our stock of copies that we have had available until now of all the Rajneesh Bible-, the Last Testament-, the Satsang and Darshan Videos of the Rajneeshpuram Period! See the special list for that. We do that because we need the space to be free for our new Videos that are piling up in our office rooms.” (Rajneesh Services Verlags- und Handels-GmbH. Letter. March 1986)
Videos from Uruguay 1986
“We are happy to inform you, that we received the first videos from Uruguay.
Bhagwan spoke for almost two months in Punta del Este. He answered questions, forwarded to him from everywhere in the world, in front of a small audience in total privacy.
The videos have been recorded with a new camera, so the quality of picture and sound is much better than of the videos from Kulu Manali, Kathmandu and Crete.
Here in Cologne we receive every week three new videos. The first questions of each video you can read every week in the new German Rajneesh Times. If requested we send them to you together with the videos or by separate mail.” (Rajneesh Verlag. Letter. 01.08.1986)
“In Pune Two we started translating some of the videos into different languages. A translator would repeat Osho’s words and, because Osho speaks so slowly, it was easy to fit the translation into the gaps between the words. But it sounded strange, and we checked with Osho if this was the right way to do it. His answer was very clear: ‘Do not disturb the gaps and the silence; the voice-over can be on top of the voice.’ For me, these gaps and silences have always been the essence of his message, and it’s one that I hear in many places and times…” (Jalal. In: Viha Connection, 2012:6, p. 25)
Fear is the Master
“News from Denmark. A report from Sw Parishuddha, Osho Dipak Meditation Center, Aarhus, Denmark.
Johannes Aagaard, degree in divinity, of the Dialog Center and the University of Aarhus advertised the American video ‘Fear is the Master’ for rent in the July 1988 issue of his magazine ‘Dialog’.
After having seen the video and talked it over with Ma Hasya, I reported Mr. Aagaard to the police on April 3rd 1989, demanding the attorney general to proceed against him for violating paragraph 140 of the penal code – the paragraph concerning blasphemy.
November 3rd, after his investigations, the attorney general claimed, that the video never was shown in public. Hearing this a journalist from Aarhus Stiftstidende interviewed the secretary of Aagaard. She declared that the video had been shown many times in public. I then presented the case to the Ministry of Justice. November 16 the Ministry of Justice agreed with the attorney general.
In my answer I insist on going on, and demand copies of all documents connected with the case according to the law on access to documents. This week I am having a meeting with Anne Seeberg from the Danish Television program called ‘Landet Rundt’ about the case.” (Yes Osho (Digital). 09.12.1989)
Way of the Heart
“Mutribo (who put together the “Way of the Heart” video) is now doing a new video of here and now in Poona. Also under production is a short film of the commune, about 10 minutes long, entitled ‘Osho Now’, and a morning and evening meditation video that Osho suggested.” (Yes Osho (Digital). 03.01.1990)
Video: I Leave You My Dream
“Tonight in Buddha Hall, right after the discourse video, there was a showing of the new movie that Mutribo, Devaprem, Nishkriya, Srajano, Ratna in the video department have just been working on around the clock. (We had a viewing last night at oneish, and when we left they were still ‘at it’!) It is entitled “I Leave You My Dream” and leads us from Osho’s body lying in His room to the ashes returning to His samadhi. Through the eye of the camera, the music, and some incredible quotes from Osho, the very special gift that He is giving us is so apparent. The video is already on its way to different countries.” (Yes Osho Computer Newsletter. Vol IV, No. 28. 24.01.1990)
Video from samadhi
“Osho has never in the past been on Indian television. But He was last night. Our video guys put together a short piece for TV of the celebration and burning, and it was immediately relayed from the Poona TV station to Bombay and Delhi, and then on to Reuters for international TV networks to pick-up.
The local Film Institute/School in Poona for the first offered to help us with production of our videos here, and the Dean admitted to being a lover of Osho since 1987.” (Nishta. Digital Osho Network Echo. 23.01.1990)
Sarlo writes on videos and terminology of final meetings
“When sold as videos by the Resort, they are packaged as Evening Satsang with the Master, or at least they were last I heard. But before that, when sold during those alive times, each meeting came as a separate video, bundled with the discourse video that was shown the same night, and in that packaging they were called Meetings of the White Robe Brotherhood. Actually for the first few weeks, they were called Meetings of the White Swan Brotherhood… The video of the January 17 meeting is called The Last Namaste.” (Deva Sarlo. E-mail. 21.10.2017)
Yes Osho video monthly magazine
“The videodepartment is creating a monthly magazine with News from Poona and from sannyas activities all around the world. If you have any videoclips from your recent activities, please send them to the videodepartment in Poona to Sw Srajano c/o ‘Yes Osho’.
Clips of your bookfair, festivals, sannyas art exhibitions or concert, sannyasins winning nobel prizes are welcome. Hope to get lots of news! Love Osho Global Connection.” (Global Connection. Letter. 11.03.1990)
For a new urban generation television may substitute paper- and audiotape introductions, discourses of Osho now being daily aired on the satellite network Star TV reaching 100 million households in 56 Asian countries. (December 1997)
Daily airings of Osho’s discourses take place on Satellite TV, including from the Star TV network, to 56 countries spanning Hong Kong to the Middle East, to over 1000 million households. (July 1998)
“In a direct challenge to the United States government, Osho intended to speak via satellite to a worldwide audience in a 1988 Solo Summit, but the broadcast never materialized:
Ronald Reagan and his government have tried to silence me by preventing me from entering America, and by ordering many other countries around the world not to allow me entry, But they cannot succeed. They have utterly failed, because I can reach into those countries by satellite. My message to humanity is going to be heard, and no politician can stop it.” (Press Release. n.y.)
Anando on videos published late 1990
“We have just produced a really amazing new video tape of Osho conducting two meditations in Buddha Hall – gibberish and stop exercises. It was Osho’s own idea. He titled it ‘Osho Morning and Evening Meditations’, and the tape begins with Him leading the White Robe Brotherhood in gibberish, silence and let-go, guiding His people to go intensely and urgently deeper and deeper to their centre. It then shows Him in one of His most dynamic appearances in Buddha Hall, moving around the podium with tremendous force and energy, alternate dancing and making big eyes at AV, then suddenly freezing in mid-air. The tape comes in a special jacket with Osho’s signature and picture, and is a very powerful visual experience…
Coming soon will be another powerful video, and one for which many have been waiting for a long time – ‘Evening Satsang With The Master’. This will have two or three evenings with Osho leading the White Robe Brotherhood in His special 7pm meditation, and it will be followed by a second similar video, so you can have a choice of videos to watch if you show them frequently.” (Osho Words. 10.10.1990. Digital Osho Network Echo)
From February 1991 Newsletter Echo was merged with Osho Words.
Heading: Remastering the Master – Wholesale
“In West Germany, plans are underway for re-mastering the complete audio and video archives of Osho. Masterminded by Swami Jalal, Swami Hasibo and Swami Arpito Hans, this vast project, due to begin in June, will take about 18 months to complete. It involves 3,000 audiotapes, dating from January 1972, and 1,800 videotapes, dating from 1978.
The audio-remastering, undertaken for the first time ever, will clean up the old tapes and transfer them to DAT (digital audio tape). Digital gives the same quality as compact disc, but on tape. Special equipment is being used to reduce any tape hiss, distortion and background noises and to upgrade the quality. The videos will undergo similar digitalization.
The re-mastering process allows several sets of master tapes to be made at the same time. So it offers a unique opportunity for everyone wanting a complete archive of Osho’s discourses – for their own personal use or perhaps for a center – to obtain one at a never-to-be-repeated price. Once the re-mastering is complete, the cost of reproducing the tapes will be at least 50 percent higher for audio tapes and 100 percent higher for video. So anyone wanting to take advantage of this opportunity should immediately contact: Ma Mukti, Rebel Publishing House, Cologne, for details.” (Osho Times International, 1990:10)
“What can be done technically is quite remarkable. For example the video produced in 1991 about Osho’s early years as a spiritual master – The Rising Moon – was compiled entirely from old film footage and converted to video in a Dutch studio. More old film footage has been collected in England and has been converted in the same way.
During the digital re-mastering done in London, the level of technology used made it possible to upgrade quality and reduce unwanted noise while preserving ambient sounds like birdsongs from wherever he has been lecturing over the continents. Quite an ornithological study of birds can be performed from this colouring of his voice.” (Osho Times International, June 1991)
Heading: The Master Remastered: Complete Video Archive Now Available
“The remastering of all 1,750 Osho video discourses onto digital videotape has been completed, and it is now possible to purchase a complete video archive! Using state-of-the-art equipment, a professional studio in London has been able to upgrade both picture and sound qualities and provide maximum tape life. Those owning master sets can then make copies for anyone who requests them…
The time is now, he [Sw Sahajanand] says, because these copies are being made directly of the new digital master, and it will not be logistically or economically feasible to produce them again.
If you would like to purchase individual tapes, industrial quality S-VHS copymasters are available of each discourse (NTSC). Other formats (PAL,etc) are available as well.
For more information, you can contact Sahajanand in Poona on network node 91/31.” (Viha Connection, 1994:1)
Heading: From Analog to Digital – DAT Sounds Great!
“Soon after Osho stopped speaking in 1989, a unique project began: to remaster all his discourses on audio and video in a format that would last indefinitely and never deteriorate. Sw. Sahajanand is coordinating the project for Osho International Foundation in Zürich, The Rebel Publishing House in Cologne and Osho International London. He reports that this highly complex endeavour of transferring these archives from analog to digital (D2) has resulted in pictures with color and definition of broadcast quality – all ready for the transformation superhighways! These videos will be of great use for the seven o’clock evening meetings around the world, and for use in video and TV productions.
Using the latest technology in a high-tech London studio specially set up for the job, the remastering of the 1800 video discourses – totalling 2900 viewing hours – will be completed by the end of this year and is being coordinated by Sw Anand Premlok.
Of the sound processing Sw Sahajanand notes that the equipment “is regarded as the most sophisticated sound processing system available and will eliminate nearly all unwanted extraneous sound interference without affecting Osho’s voice in any way.”
The English audio archive includes over 3000 discourses given by Osho since the early 70’s, comprising some 5000 listening hours. The transfer from analog to Digital Audio Tape (DAT) was coordinated by Sw Prem Hasibo in Zürich. Aging symptoms and related problems have been corrected through noise reduction and band equalization.
Work on the audio archive is being completed in Cologne with Sw Veet Akamo coordinating production of copy sets from the new DAT masters. A similar remastering of all Osho’s discourses in Hindi, totalling a further 3,000 hours, is almost complete.
Another major project has been the creation of a program, under the guidance of Sw Jalal, which brings a database of all the words Osho has ever spoken in public onto a single compact disc. According to Sahajanand it only needs a small CD-ROM player and a computer to be able to do word searches on any given topic.
All the archive tapes plus full sets of Osho’s books, including electronic back-ups of the transcripts, and the master tapes of Osho’s words on CD-ROM are being stored in the UK in a temperature-controlled, dust-free environment.
Twelve audio sets and nine video sets have been ordered by subscribers in North and South America, Australia, Europe, India, Japan and Korea, ensuring Osho’s words are safely distributed across the world. One subscriber, Osho Verlag, has already sold six complete subsets. Some subscribers are offering sets, some only individual tapes, and some, complete master copy sets suitable for reproduction. Most subscribers are just now formulating their distribution plans so anyone interested in purchasing sets should contact the subscribers directly for the most up-to-date information.” (OIF 1994)
Sources are here, mostly, listed chronologically until 2006. For more on digital resources, see Volume III / Sources.
Heading: Between the Covers
“For the ever-increasing number of owners of personal computers around the world, there is suggestion from computer buffs, that it might be sensible to buy compatible equipment. So far the word is: IBM-PC compatible hardware running an MSDOS operating system. Soon Cologne will have a mail box on an international network, at which point, theoretically, communications between different parts of the world should be easy, and very cheap! Multi-lingual full featured word processors requiring no hardware modification, are also available on the market.” (The Rajneesh Times (India), 1987:13)
“As you must know, Bhagwan is now speaking twice a day in Poona. For those of us who are in the West, being able to hear and see these discourses as soon after they are spoken is a very special gift. And keeping a stock of high-quality audio and video cassettes available for recording the discourses for worldwide distribution is a challenge – a total of 12 (twelve) audio and 4 video cassettes you can take through customs.
Ma Yoga Neelam has asked us to tell you that:
If YOU are or any of the people in your area are going to Poona, it will be very much appreciated if you can take along cassettes as a donation. Those of us who are going for a visit can keep a good supply of tapes flowing in the direction of Poona:
Audio: normal cassettes C 90 or C 60.
Video. VHS E – 180 Sony is preferred or TDK.” (Ma Deva Uma. Rajneesh Foundation Europe. Letter. 25.03.1987)
Headline: Harnessing Computer Technology
“Bhagwan Shree Rajneesh has been speaking in public since the early 1960’s. Since then, technology has advanced in what could well be called quantum leaps.
In the early seventies, His discourses were recorded on two primitive tape recorders. A single microphone was placed on the arm of His chair, and Ma Yoga Laxmi, His personal secretary at the time, would attend to the two small Sony tape machines which recorded His words.
“You knew instinctively when the cassette was about to finish,” and old sannyasin remembered. “Then, from a position of meditation, Laxmi’s eyes would pop open, and she would turn on the second tape. Then her eyes would immediately close again.” A simple system, but effective.
The words were then laboriously transcribed from the cassettes – initially by hand, then gradually moving on to manual typewriters. Eventually, electric typewriters came into use, and now, finally, micro computers. Today, it’s virtually technological state-of-the-art, from the audio through to video recording, right on to book production and computer archiving.
Use is now made of any appropriate technological or electronic tool which comes onto the market – anywhere in the world. When it comes to preserving everything Bhagwan has said, extensive use is made of the latest in computer technology.
“We now have on computer disk Bhagwan’s words from the time He spoke at Mount Abu in 1964 on The Path of Self Realization,” said Swami Pablo, from the computer department. “Then from the first words He spoke in English, in Bombay in 1970, onwards up until last night – it’s quite a massive amount.”
Preserving His words for posterity is no mean feat. Utilizing the enormous library of material – called a “database,” in computer terms – has required the skills of some of the most agile minds in the community at Rajneeshdham.
“The computer department is concerned with two particular areas,” a computer supervisor said. “we compile His words for both archiving and research, and for the use of publications.” There are between 50-60 megabytes (a computer term defining size) of His discourses now on computer, and it is estimated that the equivalent of several hundred megabytes of His words have been spoken to date.
Currently, the department is building up an index system of existing material on computer, which utilizes the latest automatic computer software. The goal is to complete a full indexed archive of Bhagwan’s words transferred onto a CD ROM (Compact Disk Read Only Memory) system.
In a separate project, OCR (Optical Character Recognition) uses a scanning system. A computer casts its “eye” over existing published books, and commits the text to computer memory. The two systems will then be integrated.
One CD ROM plastic disk can hold 600 megabytes of data. One discourse takes up roughly 50 kilobytes, and each book contains around 20 discourses – or one megabyte. “Most of what Bhagwan has already said would fit onto one of the plastic disks in this new system,” a computer specialist said, “so a two-disk set will more than likely see us through.”
This way, His words are now becoming easily accessible to libraries, individuals, universities – whoever is interested in accessing them. Indexing happens by subject and word occurrence, so it’s becoming an easy matter to lay your hands on whatever you’re after – on your own personal computer.
So if you are looking for a particular passage Bhagwan has said concerning, say, “love,” a researcher tracks it down via a combination of “key words,” then refines it down to the smallest number. Alternatively he can call up a summary of the number of times “love” is discussed, in which discourse, from what book.
Uses of Archived Material
Many sections of the ashram utilize the computer database of Bhagwan’s words. If the Meditation Department or the Mystery Schools need references to hypnosis, tears, laughter, and so on, they can call on the researchers to hunt up a selection of extracts for them. The publications department, the compilations team, the Rajneesh Times International, all have the need to find certain quotes from a certain discourse, and make use of the computer department’s database to help them out.
In the compilations department, a current project is preparing the manuscript of a book of all the mystics Bhagwan has spoken about to offer publishers at Frankfurt. “We are providing information on around 300 mystics. For instance, Bhagwan mentioned Ramakrishna 382 times from the end of 1985 through to 1988 alone,” Pablo said. “We are able to provide them with a range of material from which they can make the appropriate selections for their mystics book.”
Another practical application of the computer database is also publishing-related. “A new age magazine in Munich frequently publishes the words of Bhagwan,” Pablo explained. “They ask for a story on money. We do a search on what Bhagwan has said on money, and prepare a story for them on The Magic of Money, covering inner and outer richness, the Christian attitude to money, and so on. We compile about 15 pages of text, and if it is required, have it translated into German here, and all put onto computer.”
“The Munich publisher is then able to connect with the Poona computer via a computer network service, which transmits the text via phone lines if it’s urgent. Or we can mail him a floppy disk containing the story,” said Pablo.
So today an entire gamut of services is available, from manual through to electronic. The “manual” is the old card filing system initiated in the sixties and seventies, which runs right through to the electronic computer format of the eighties.
“So don’t keep it a secret. Don’t only enjoy it inside yourself; share it with as many people as possible… so that you can reach to the farthest corners of the world.” The New Dawn. 25.06.1987 am.
Utilizing the most modern computer technology is enabling the sannyasins of Bhagwan Shree Rajneesh to do just that.” (Rajneesh Times International (India), 1988:18)
Headline: Introducing the Rajneesh Newsletter Network
“The Rajneesh Newsletter is a new way of receiving direct instant news from Poona via your computer in your own home or office. It will operate via a worldwide computer network that is being set up and will be ready soon.
With this system, daily news can be received from Rajneeshdham, about what is happening in the ashram, and what Bhagwan is saying…
In computer jargon, the network consists of “mailboxes” which consists of personal computers connected via telephone lines. The more mailboxes we have, the better. Each mailbox has a “systems operator.” He is responsible for receiving and generating information. Other people can be connected to the network through these mailboxes and are known “users.” Users can send and receive information by calling their local systems operator…
In the middle of March a first link will be established between Poona and Munic. This city will be the heart of the computer network…
We will be using Fido software, using the Fidonet program.”
(Ma Prem Hasya. International Secretary to Bhagwan Shree Rajneesh. Rajneesh Mandir, Poona. Letter. 20.02.1988)
Heading: Computer Network Meeting. Excerpts:
“A computer network meeting was held on July 27 to see what can be done to expand and improve the computer network. Some of the ideas which came out of the meeting were:
1. [Help people to get hooked up to the network. Make a user’s manual]
2. [Feature in RTI on the network and publish user’s manual]
3. A database with source material of Osho’s words will be worked out (Osho’s words from A to Z), as well with secondary source material (Books and Quotes about Him).
4. [Enquire how to link up with big networks]
5. [A second computer modem will be established in the International Secretariat].” (Yes Osho Rajneesh (Digital). 03.08.1989)
Heading: Osho Global Connections
“What used to be known as the Sannyasin World Network has now expanded into Osho Rajneesh Global Connections, a source of information on sannyas activities around the world. Ma Latifa has joined Ma Shantam Lani at the Osho Rajneesh Global Connections headquarters in Rajneeshdham, which will be the hub of the new network.” (Rajneesh Times International (India), 1989:14)
Heading: Computer Library in Munich
“The Osho Savaad Computer Library, a research database of Osho’s words established in Berlin last March, has moved to Munich. It is open twice weekly but questions can be asked by telephone every day. The book library contains all of Osho’s English language books and all of those which have been translated into German. All German translations are being stored on computer, and with the help of a special search program, searchers will be able to recall whatever they want by subject. The library has a limited amount of videos and a VCR.
Long range plans for the library are to have all English texts also available on hard disk.
The library urgently needs volunteers to help edit the computer texts on diskettes.” (Osho Times International (India), 1989:20)
Heading: The QUEST. Available Now!
“Osho has answered approx. 8,000 questions over the years. Which, when and where? The Quest, a computer database, has all the questions, as well as the reference sources to the answers.
Another database is The Books, which gives an overview of all the books by Osho with their bibliographical particulars. Both are also available in print. For free brochure and demo floppy:
Osho Broadcasting Corporation (OOS). Corn. Troostplein 23, 1072 JJ Amsterdam, Netherlands. Phone: 31-(0)20-5732121/2.” (Osho Times International (India), 1989:21)
The QUEST and The BOOKS are projects from 1991 of the Rajneesh Broadcasting Corporation, Netherlands. The Quest is a database, which contains all the questions that have been asked to Osho. The user’s search term will in reduced form present all questions relating to these keywords, and point out in which discourse series, date and number it appears. Also keywords for topics in his discourses may be retrieved, and included in the Quest is a chronological list of all dates of the thousands of lectures that Osho has given during his work, as far as they are known. These data on publishing are taken from the integrated database The Book, giving an overview of all the books by Osho and their full bibliographical details. The IR-system is designed for IBM compatibles computers, working with MS-DOS system. A demo-floppy was offered in 1989 with a sample demonstration of 300 questions from the Quest. The Quest was produced 1988-1990 by Nandan. Another database project WORDS by Satyamo was stopped in October 1990 following an ‘order’ from Poona.
Before the introduction of the internet and www in the mid-1990s, a computer network for sannyasins made it possible to connect by telecommunications with Poona and to receive news on a global level within one or two days. A first link was ready between Poona and Munic in March 1988 – The Rajneesh Newsletter Network – from where links could be made to systems operators in other countries using the Fidonet program. This network seized to function as of mid 1991.
The network offered fast and inexpensive communication in two ways: either through ‘net mail’, which is a one-to-one communication, or through public-access ‘echoes’. In 1990 six read-only echoes serving as news sheets were offered from Poona, covering newsletter, center and global news, discourses, Multiversity and press releases. The network was by Osho called ‘Osho Network’ in December 1989, where he also added “We should have the latest technology.” At the same time, one month before his passing, Osho spoke about how, if something was only in English, many people won’t be able to read it and he mentioned Spanish, Portuguese, Chinese and Japanese as good examples of what sounded like ‘important’ languages. He added that all the book reviews should be translated and sent around the world on ‘Osho Network’.
Work Echo of the Osho Network
“For now, work related messages, video, books etc., will all go out on the Work Echo of the Osho Network. This echo may need to be split up into different areas in the future – we can see how it goes.” (Yes Osho Computer Newsletter. January 1990)
Heading: Osho Computer Network
“There are three basic message areas in the computer network:
1. Person to person messages – sent to particular individual via a specific node.
2. “Echo” messages – any user can send and receive messages throughout the whole network system.
3. Messages from Poona:
– Discourse – Selected discourses from Osho.
– Osho Newsletter – A twice-weekly chatty report on life in the Poona Buddhafield.
– Press – Press releases of comments from the commune on world current events.” (Osho Times International (India), 1990:5)
The Osho Computer Network
“OSHOnet is a worldwide sannyasin computer network that enables members to send written messages to each other using their computers like mailboxes.
The messages are passed from computer to computer through the phone lines. Computer “hosts” serve as “post offices” for their states or countries. Individual sannyasins send messages over the phone lines to the host in their area.
The host computers then send the messages they have collected to a “main node” in Hamburg W. Germany or Boulder, Colorado in the United States. The main node passes these messages to the local node it has been addressed to.
The person receives the message by calling their local node and “checking their mail”. Messages can be viewed by as few, or as many, people as the sender wants. “Person-to-Person” messages are received by individual members of the network. “Mail-it” messages can be printed out and sent as regular letters through the local post office. “Fax-it” are faxed to their destination. “Echo” messages are broadcast throughout the entire network, for all its members. This provides a forum for juicy international conversations.
The network also broadcasts information from Osho Commune International in Poona, India. These include discourses, press releases commenting on world events, discourses, and the “Yes Osho Newsletter”, a twice-weekly chatty report on life in the Poona Buddhafield.
For information about subscribing to the network, you can telephone one of the following host nodes:
[Here follows telephone nodes in Australia, Belgium, Denmark, W. Germany, England, Holland, India, Japan, Kenya, S. Africa, Switzerland and U.S.A.]
Your local center – in Poona, the Global connections office in Krishna House – should also carry information about OSHOnet.” (Tao Publishing 1990, p. vi)
Heading: Users’ Impressions. Sw Prem Amrito reports:
“Osho once walked past a computer with the network mail running. Anando showed Him a message and then flicked to the previous one, and the next, and so on. He quickly put up His hand, smiling. It didn’t seem He was in a hurry to read through our Echoes! Later He asked, “What is the network?” I replied that it was a self-financing group of computer users all over the world, who are sannyasins and who are drawn together mainly to be able to have news of You and the world about You. It also allows everybody to communicate easily and cheaply with each other. “Good,” He said, “You should call it Osho Network.” Then He went on, “Anando was showing me last night a very positive article from Gujarat. These should be translated and sent all over the world; then they can go into other newspapers there. Or they can be translated there.” (Osho Times International (India), 1990:5)
Heading: Osho Network. Excerpt:
“Poona currently puts out six read-only echoes which serve as news sheets. These are:
– Poona Newsletter (twice weekly, Wednesday and Saturday);
– Osho Centers and Global News (Osho Meditation Centers news and news of sannyasin activities from around the world including foreign publications – twice weekly, Monday and Friday);
– Osho Discourse (selected pieces of Osho’s discourses, twice weekly Tuesday and Friday);
– Osho Multiversity (Multiversity program and booking information as well as a program of events happening in the commune – every Sunday);
– Osho Press (press releases when they happen and updates as to what is happening in Indian and world press about Osho); and…” (Osho Commune International. Letter. 7-2/20.08.1990)
Subject: send us news
“Beloved press echo receivers.
We need odd, interesting or sensational bits of news – that either goes for or against Osho’s vision, so we can use this information to write PRESS RELEASES.
For example, several weeks ago, sannyasins in Germany faxed us news that festivals and celebrations had been cancelled in Germany due to “war seriousness”.
Within minutes we hammered out a sensational press release, urging Germany to drop their world war 2 guilt and celebrate. It was picked up all over Germany and we’ve been sent these press clippings.
Now, this could happen to your information, too!!!!
Love to all of you, Veeten and Akasha.” (Press Office Releases – Osho Publications. March 1991. Digital press echo distribution)
– Worldwide Osho Archives Project Begins. With Swami Jalal: Osho Archive Anecdotes: Recording the Master. Features. (Osho Times International, 1991:11. 01.06.1991)
Heading: ‘Osho Spell-Binder’ Released in City
“By a Staff Reporter. Tilak Road, April 12:
The ‘Osho Spell Binder’ software package promises to bring about a remarkable revolution in the world of Hindi publications, observed Dr. Vijay Bhatkar, director of the C-DAC here.
He was speaking as the chief guest at a function at the Mahratta Chamber of Commerce, organised by the Osho Commune here, to release the first ever Hindi computer spell-checking software package.
The ‘Osho Spell Binder’ was officially released by Mr. Anna Joshi, deputy speaker of the Maharashtra assembly who said that the software package “was a milestone in Indian technology and philosophy”. Ancient Indian philosophy propagate a synthesis of spirituality and materialism,” he observed. Mr. Joshi then read out a message from Mr. Atal Behari Vajpayee, the BJP leader, who termed the invention a breakthrough in Indian computer technology.
Developed over the last one year by the sannyasins of the Osho computer science department, the software is a spell-checker (directory) for Hindi. With minor modifications it can be adapted for other Indian languages such as Marathi and Gujarati. The checking speed is fast as it can run through 1000 words per minute, thus cutting down proof reading time and cost by 25 per cent. The dictionary can hold up to 120,000 words. However, the software works only on Apple computers.
Mr. Laxmi Chand Jain of Bharatiya Vidyanpeeth, who presided over the function, observed that languages, all over the world, which are not supported by technology are on the decline.” (Times of India. 13.04.1991. Also as digital press echo distribution, 1991)
A cd-rom laser disc is being provided that will eventually contain all of Osho’s English discourses on a single disc, presorted and pre-indexed to provide a complete reference research system. The final version will contain 3050 English discourses, plus translations from Hindi, plus much of the material in the darshan diaries. (Osho Times International, 1991)
Heading: Osho’s Discourses now on Digital Video Tape!
“Beloved, We have exciting news for you about Osho’s discourses on video tape.
For three years we have been researching how to preserve this irreplaceable archive onto digital video tape, just as we have preserved the audio discourse archive in Hindi and English onto Digital Audio Tape.
We have finally signed a contract with a professional studio in Europe to transfer the entire collection of video discourses onto the best and most widely used digital video format. The project will start in October.
In addition to reproducing new archive sets of the videos, the process allows us to run off several other sets simultaneously. This provides a unique opportunity for you to acquire yourself a complete set of all Osho’s discourses, freshly upgraded from the original master to digital, and from the digital master into any format and standard that you would like at prices that will never be possible to repeat. In addition, people who have complete archive sets will be able to obtain a CD-ROM computer file (the “Silver Platter”) which will show you immediately all the places where Osho has spoken on a particular subject, or used a particular word or phrase.
We are making this opportunity available because we feel it is in all of our interest to have complete sets of high quality video discourses available all over the world, both for reasons of safety and availability of Osho’s words.
So if you are, or want to become, a distributor of Osho’s video discourses, or if you love Osho’s videos so much that you would like to have a complete set in your home, contact us immediately.
The cost of an individual discourse tape in hi-grade VHS (PAL or NTSC) will be between 16 and 18 Pounds Sterling, a copy in S-VHS professional quality tape (good for copymasters) between 25 and 30 Pounds per tape, to give you an indication of the cost. Copies can be made in nearly all possible formats.
What the project will do:
Transfer the complete “archive” (the original recordings) of all Osho’s discourses that are on two different standards and five different formats of video tape, on to a digital video format (PAL D2). To cope with ageing and other quality problems, methods of upgrading, such as noise reduction, color adjustments, and other methods of the highest quality, including one of the world’s most sophisticated audio equalization and processing methods from Cedar in the UK will be used. This will serve the purpose of long-term preservation, as well as availability on high quality tape with minimum ageing problems, for future video productions, including for TV broadcasting.
The archive consists of about 1800 discourses of a total of about 2900 hours.
The duration of the project is projected to be between 30 and 36 months, and a professional studio will undertake the work. This studio has established a special room with equipment put together specifically for this project, because it is a highly specialized and complex project.
The videos will be supplied over the duration of the project. Please send your request, if you are interested, as soon as possible. The project is set to commence at the beginning of October. Once the project has started, it will be cumbersome and expensive to process any further orders. However, don’t let this tight time line discourage you. Once we know you are interested, we will figure out the nitty-gritty together.
To get more information how to acquire a set of video discourses in any format and standard, write to:
Sw. Sahajanand or Ma Sharmo
Osho Commune International
17, Koregaon Park
Poona 411 001
Telephone (91)-212-660963 ext. 318 or 319
Fax (91)-212-644181 NeoNet node 91/31.” (Osho International Foundation. Newsletter. April 1993)
Heading: You Can Have It on a Silver Platter
“The Research library in the Commune in Poona has a Silver Platter (CD-ROM disk) currently containing about 500 of Osho’s books on it. (Soon all the English books will be available.) A search can be done on the computer using keywords to find discourses on any topic Osho has ever spoken about. This service is only available for people doing research for publication. It is not available for those who want to know what Osho said about a particular subject. The publications department, however, is compiling a reference list of 1,000 titles with five major citations for each subject. This reference will be in the bookshop so that people can locate in which book a given subject is discussed. Permission to use the Silver Platter can be obtained through connecting with Ma Bhoditaru in the International Office or from the research librarian.” (Viha Connection, 1994:1)
Yoga Bhakti on Silver Platter
“Ma Anando who used to be Osho’s secretary, gave me the job of scanning on to computer all of Osho’s books in 1990, to put on a reference disc, then called The Silver Platter. I worked in the Publications offices of the Ashram. At that time it took all night for the programme to convert to poor quality text, which then had to be proof read and corrected. Later when technology improved I could scan and proof read a book a day. First I did all the books printed in Poona 2, then those from the Ranch and Poona 1, then whatever was in the library, particularly the darshan diaries. Some alternations were made as Osho had requested that people’s names were not used unless necessary part of the text; that he should be referred to in the present tense, etc. Then Pratap helped with finding the very old stuff from Bombay and before.
This took many years of work from approx 1990 to 1998, often working till late at night as the scanner functioned better then. I haven’t thought about it for a long time so memory is a bit hazy. Later Anando asked me to research Osho’s life for a biopic. I became so engrossed in this, and copied (on computer) everything Osho said about his own life and teachings, and then put in chronological order.” (Yoga Bhakti. E-mail. 09.11.2006)
Heading: OCN Update
“Osho Cable Network is rapidly and quietly expanding. The year 1993 saw a lot of movement, in terms of more networkers, more new video programs (thanks to Saddhen!) and the trust and love of the people who financially contributed to keep OCN going. We’ve got so much interest going that Ma Shamo, the coordinator of the video department in Poona, called to say that they are making 24 new video programs for OCN.” (Viha Connection, 1994:1)
From now on, the internet is where the action is.
Heading: Osho Rides the Internet
“The pilot program has been initiated by Mitra, a computer communications consultant based in San Francisco, in co-operation with Terry, the USA Host for the current sannyasin network, and Subhuti in Marin County. This new, as yet unnamed, computer network cannot be accessed through the FidoNet system that runs the current sannyasin network. But any sannyasin who uses electronic company mail systems or who subscribe to major networks such as AmericaOnline, Compuserve and Genie can easily link into the new service. So can anyone who is hooked into alternative electronic mail systems as EcoNet, PeaceNet, GreenNet or Women’s Wire…. For further information contact Mitra, Mitra@path.net.” (Osho Times International, 1994:19)
Heading: Osho on the Web
“Information about Osho – including an overview of Osho Commune International in Poona and a complete catalogue of Osho’s books – is now available on the World Wide Web, which is part of Internet. The “home page” of Osho on the Web offers pathways into these and several other categories of information, including a selection of excerpts from Osho’s discourses, Multiversity information, Information about how to get to Osho Commune International in Poona, and a list of the distributors of Osho’s books, videos and tapes worldwide. The address is http://www.demon.co.uk/oshoweb/” (Osho Times International, 1995:6)
Heading: Osho Infonet
“A new service to facilitate the exchange of information about the rapid expansion of Osho’s work worldwide.
– Latest information on: Osho’s books, tapes and CDs, Osho on satellite and cable TV, Osho in the press
– Quotes about Osho and His work
– Osho’s teachings and meditations in academia, business, sport, education, etc and significant developments around the world
– Information about Osho Commune International including press clippings, photos and video footage
Contact Ma Prem Tameer at: NeoNet:91/48. Tel./Fax:+91 212-628 562/566
Also CompuServe and other gateways to Internet.” (Osho Times International, 1995:8)
Heading: Osho on the Web
“An average of 100 people per day visit the Osho Web sites in the US and the UK (the two are identical). The most popular topics within the pages are commune information, the meditation pages, and the magazine. But Osho in the World, the selection of texts of Osho’s discourses, and the gallery of His paintings also get a lot of visits.
The meditation pages include complete descriptions of four of Osho’s best known active meditations – Dynamic, Nataraj, Nadabrahma, Kundalini – with animated text and samples of the music for each. Soon, excerpts from His audio-discourses will be available.
Also available on the Web is on-line shopping for Osho’s books, audiobooks, or videotaped discourses, as well as a visual tour of Osho Commune where you can check out the Multiversity program. You can browse “The Inside Story,” an on-line magazine, and read the column “100 ways to celebrate your day,” or choose an Osho Tarot Card to check your mood of the day. There’s a place to ask Osho the question you never got a chance to ask Him – and get a reply from one of His 650 books – check what the media is writing about Osho, the latest Osho publishing news, and articles reprinted from the Osho Times. You can find a meditation of the week (something short and simple that people can experiment with right on the spot) and meditations for busy people.
Planned are a search facility on osho.org to find a particular Osho quote, on-line payment for shopping where you pop each choice of book, for example, into your virtual shopping basket and pay on-line when you’re done.
And you can find the links to many other Osho Web sites including sites in Japanese and German, with Dutch and Italian in the pipeline… and the Friends of Osho website which focuses on sannyasin activities around the world.
From the Web editors Ma Deva Sarito, Swami Prem Amrito. http://osho.org” (Osho Times International, 1996:8)
Silverplatter (see also above) is an information system on CD-ROM containing text stored in Osho Rajneesh Discourse Database. (August 1989). Osho Books on cd-rom: New version in 1999. Available from Osho International, London. Limited distribution.
Kuteer on the CD-ROM with Osho’s discourses
“However the original concept of creating an infobase was not for publication. We refer to it as “CD ROM” but in fact the largest user is the publication department in Pune which operates the infobase from a server. For a time OIF made the CD ROM available as an experiment, but feedback and ongoing dialogue has led us to withdraw it from the market for these reasons:
Osho prefer us to read his books, complete and in context. On this backdrop there is no need to make the words available on CD ROM also.
The Quality of editing is less than the standard of Osho publications. There are words, paragraphs and some pages missing. We have recently had a discussion about this with the publication department when an Israeli publisher got the text for translation to Hebrew from the CD ROM while publications were working on a revised edition showed so many errors and mistakes that we decided to ask the Hebrew publisher to put the project on hold until the revised text was complete. So translation from the CD ROM compounds errors.
The design of the infobase is, in terms of current standard, low quality, and the “interface” not user friendly at all. Again, to bring the infobase up to standard of any Osho publication a lot of work would have to be done.
Similarly, we recently had feedback from several people dubbing Osho’s videos into different languages or translating a booklet in a non English language for publication with the original English discourse on audio, saying that the translation differs so much from the audio that translators had to go back to audio for the translation.
These are some examples that can perhaps give you an idea how with the best intentions mistakes and low quality of publication can result from the use of the CD ROM in an environment where there is not the abundance of background knowledge from people who have edited and translated Osho’s words for years as in the case in the Pune Commune.
I hope this helps you to understand the policy of not making the CD ROM available to the public. Love Kuteer.” (Kuteer. Fax. 4.10.1996)
Hading: Cyberspace Congratulations!
“Internet Magazine, NetGuide, has selected The World of Osho Web site as a Gold Site, one of the best on the Web. The Gold Award recognizes Web sites that meet stringent criteria for overall excellence. Here’s what they said.
NETGUIDE’S BEST OF THE WEB: The World of Osho
“Mystic and international entrepreneur, Osho, maintains this archive of teachings, meditations, clippings of Osho in the news, photos and products and tapes for sale (you were expecting enlightenment for free, maybe?) As the man says, Too many goody-goody saints have created so much diabetes. We need a different kind of saintliness.” Om.
(Osho Times International, 1997:3)
Heading: Osho on the Internet – Update
“The Osho International website opened in December 1995. As an indication of its growth, by June 1996 there were some 2,000 “hits” (visitors) per day. Today we are receiving over 11,000 hits every day.
There are some 700 web pages, many including full-color photographs…
The International Osho Book Club is now featured allowing browsers to review over 159 English language Osho books, distribution information, and the opportunity to e-mail an order from the website…
The website also has an on-line research facility where visitors can e-mail requests for Osho’s comments on any topic…
Perhaps the most revolutionary development is the opportunity to experience “alertness with no effort” – the essence of meditation – by listening to Osho’s recorded talks. The website now offers some 18 full-length discourses which can be heard on-line, now in near CD quality sound…
The opening page currently provides a nugget of Osho wisdom every day.
We are experimenting with Osho videos and soon these will begin to appear on the website…
The website can also be accessed on servers in Europe and Australasia, which are automatically updated every day. There are similar websites in German, Japanese, Portuguese, Spanish and Italian. Other languages, such as Hindi, are in the pipeline.” (Osho Times International, 1997:4)
On January 8th, 1999, Amrito informed the commune on the progress of the presentation of Osho on world wide web. The structure of the new site, its opening page etc. The idea was to make a user driven site as an approach to Osho. Amrito called it “A meal prepared by a master cook, with ingredients from 10.000 years of spiritual tradition.” There will be no photo of Osho on opening page, still front cover photos of Osho are designed on discourse books. He emphasized it was to become not a sannyas website, but an Osho website. It may end up containing one discourse from each of Osho’s discourse series. The level of downloading was still under discussion. (Own notes. Poona. 08.01.1999)
“The Osho Website before http://www.osho.org is about to be renamed to http://www.osho.com. Meanwhile the Osho Website is a series of sister sites in English, Chinese, Italian, Japanese, Portuguese, Russian or Spanish, which give new people a very thorough exposure to Osho. The English language site alone has over 100.000 visitors a month.” (Osho Global Connection. Letter. 01.06.1999)
Osho’s words on www
“Within the next month or two all of Osho’s words will be on the web, the purpose of this being to make his words available as they were spoken. It is hoped that, perhaps for the first time in history, the message of an enlightened consciousness can in this way be prevented from degenerating into a religion” (Osho Times International, Spring 2000, p. 58)
Heading: The new technologies
“Osho says he chose this age so that he could be made widely available. Every book and recorded talk of Osho’s is already digitized, which means it can be formatted using computer programs in a variety of different ways – from typesetting printed books to creating web pages with sound and video. So now the focus is on linking Osho to the new technologies.
Electronic books are changing the world of publishing and currently one can download forty Osho books on to “e-books,” which are a kind of hand-held computer where you can read text, or search and highlight particular passages, etc. Electronic books can be made available in different languages very quickly.
The world is moving away from paper. MP3s (the digital, audio format in CD quality which can be downloaded from a computer directly into a special player that doesn’t need tape or CD) are revolutionizing audio books. Print-on-demand technology is growing and makes it possible to get out-of-print books overnight. Pramod. New York.” (Osho Times International, 2000:2)
Sarito on Osho’s talks going digital
“On a more practical level, time and technology have allowed the custodians of Osho’s vast body of work to digitize and make available for research nearly five thousand hours of his recorded talks in English, plus hundreds more discourses as they become available in translation from the Hindi. This means that within a matter of seconds one can know that in these talks, Osho uses variations of the word meditation twenty-five thousand times, and the word love nearly forty-two thousand times. Variations of the word sew, which was thought to be an unseemly topic for a mystic to speak about in the 1960s in India, appear just nine thousand three hundred times – two thousand more than references to politics and politicians.” (Sarito 2000, p. xiv)
Heading: BREAKING NEWS. DOWNLOAD OSHO TALKS IN MP3 FORMAT
“On the osho.com site now, there are five excerpts from Osho’s recorded talks, approximately 30 minutes in length. Soon more and longer talks will be available for downloading…Talks currently available for download:
– Watching: The Golden Key.
– Happiness: Moving in Step with Life.
– Life’s Meaning: Is in the Living!”
(Osho.com Newsletter, 04.08.2000)
“The Webcasting section of osho.com has just been redesigned and updated to include short videoclips from Osho’s live talks. Presently, four different programs are on line, including three beautiful pieces to provoke meditation.” (Osho International Newsletter, 01.11.2000)
Heading: MORE DOWNLOADABLE AUDIOBOOKS
“There are now a total of twelve downloadable audio files available for purchase at the osho.com shop. These excerpts from Osho’s talks range in length from 20-30 minutes, and can be downloaded for playing any time from your computer speakers, or transferring to an MP3 player.” (Osho International Newsletter, 01.11.2000)
Keerti commenting on Osho now on internet
“In addition to six hundred books He is the first enlightened being to have not only His words, but His gestures, movements and expressiveness preserved in an archive of thousands of videos which can be accessed throughout the world via the magic of the internet… Osho envisioned the techno-explosion, and now our progeny will in fact see those gestures, will be able to lose themselves in the infinity of his eyes. (Keerti 2000, p. 34)
Heading: E-Books are changing the publishing world
[Following some tech information on Microsoft Reader, the newsletter is listing first e-books available in this format].
“The first new Microsoft Reader formatted eBooks by Osho will be available from the eBook shop of Barnes & Noble.com. Osho International has joined hands in yet another area of electronic publishing with Barnes & Noble. At a later time we will open our own Osho eBook Shop on osho.com.
THE FIRST AVAILABLE TITLES
We will start with four titles in our new series of eBooks:
– The Hidden Harmony. On the Teachings of the Greek philosopher Heraclitus,
– From Medication to Meditation. Understanding and using the connection between mind and body to promote a greater sense of overall well being,
– The 7 Vital Energy Centers – The Science of Chakras. Available in English for the first time – first published in German translation,
– Meditation: The First and Last Freedom. A fundamental guide to Osho’s approach to meditation, and practical handbook for more than 60 meditation techniques you can try.” (Osho International Newsletter (Digital), 11.12.2000)
Osho Archive at osho.com
“As for the rest of Osho archive, 227 Osho titles are now available on the new multilingual osho.com website for anyone to read from anywhere on the planet. This site receives some 3 million visits a year. This archive of Osho’s words provides the basis for the 1500 titles now carried by over 90 publishers worldwide in over 40 languages.
Every recorded word and video has been digitized in copy-master form. There are now 35 complete sets of his words on 5 continents, including India, to ensure their survival for future humanity. At one point Osho even discussed the possibility of placing the originals in a bombproof shelter in Switzerland for their permanent protection.” (Osho Global Connection. E-mail. 03.08.2000. Full page advertisement in the India Express and Times of India, 28.6.2000)
An update by Sarito
“With Windows 2000 now Hindi fonts have been standardized on www for general use… Osho is already widely available through the Internet, with the osho.com sites, now in nine languages, receiving some 3 millions visits a year. An updated multilingual website will soon go live, and then we plan to greatly increase the availability of Osho audios and videos online. Already every word from all the Osho English talks is now available online, including many translations from Hindi. And now other major sites are beginning to appreciate value of Osho. Barnesandnoble.com, the second largest online bookshop in the world, is now featuring “The Osho Collection,” artwork and quotes from the Osho Zen Tarot which visitors can then send to their friends as electronic greeting cards, e-cards… new e-books available from the www… soon video also to be included digitally… (Publishing Osho in the New Millennium. Interview with Devendra who takes care of Osho publications in India”. (Sarito in: Osho Times Asia Edition, July 2000)
osho.com: new design and features
“The Web site will not only have a new layout, you can do a tarot reading from the choice of two Osho decks or send an e-card of Osho art to a friend. Over the next few months, it will grow to be available in twelve languages. You will find book titles in your language and info on where to order them. And at some point we are planning to be able to have live video from the commune!” (Viha Connection, 2000:4)
osho.com webpage traffic
“The Osho.com website along with its sister sites in eight languages, receives 3 million visits annually. That’s over 10 million page views a year. With the recent upgrade, make-over and face-lift, chances are a whole bunch more people will be clicking on.” (Osho Times International, Autumn 2000:4)
Headline: The Complete Osho Archive On Line
“The Internet’s Biggest On-Line Library of a Single (and singular) Author – Search 227 titles full of wisdom, humor and insight on everything from Acceptance to Jealousy to Nietzsche, from Jesus to Yoga and Zen.
None of the Osho books have been written, but rather come directly from transcriptions of extemporaneous talks given over a period of 35 years. In the “Library” section of the osho.com website, these volumes are available for research and reading, and to capture small portions in a file for personal use. One of the most rewarding ways to explore this vast archive is to enter combinations of words, and see what wisdom bubbles to the surface. Here’s one example of what you will get when you enter the words – wisdom – knowledge – library:
“Wisdom is not knowledge. Knowledge is borrowed; wisdom is yours. Knowledge can be gathered from a library; you can contain the whole library in your mind. Still you will remain as ignorant as before; in fact, you will be far more ignorant than before because now the load is bigger. Wisdom comes from your own heart; it is the voice of your own inner being. It happens in meditation; when you are silent you start hearing the still, small voice within. That is wisdom.”” (Osho International Newsletter (Digital), 31.01.2001)
“… from the Osho International August 2005 newsletter: osho.com recently celebrated its tenth anniversary, and it receives 6.5 million visitors every year. The site is available in 13 languages; 2,500 Osho audio talks and 121 tunes of Osho library has 150 downloadable audio books for your mp3 player or iPod.” (Viha Connection, 2005:6)
Osho Talks in Cyberspace on MP3
“The Osho Library is a complete digital text archive on osho.com, which is available by subscription for research and reading. Originally published as a CD-ROM, this archive contains nearly all of Osho’s spoken words, and has been posted on the Foundation’s website since 2000. It is also a great tool for finding specific content of interest to you in the audio archive. One can search through the text archive and then pick and download talks according to search results.
Osho requested that his work be presented only under OSHO, and already during his lifetime, the foundation began to make changes in all book publications to reflect this “complete discontinuity with the past.” To further achieve this goal, new opening announcements were recorded for his talks and some of the series names were changed. Also, the quality of recordings were enhanced, and the creation of archive master files (in WAV format) will allow high quality reproduction in new formats in the future, when the formats like MP3 and WMA might become out of date.
The complete archive in MP3 format will require about 67 Gigabyte of hard drive space. In the WMA format you will need about 33 Gigabyte of hard drive space for the good quality version and about 95 Gigabyte for the high quality. The Osho Talks Audio Archive is available at: www.osho.com/audiobooks” (Osho Times, 2006:8, pp. 16-22)
(Note: Osho Library is the name of two entities: The physical library (Osho Lao Tzu Library) with its collections in Osho Meditation Resort in Poona, and the digital library with Osho’s talks in text, audio, and video format at osho.com/library)
Heading: The Archive History
“In June of 1991 the Osho Times published an article about a project undertaken by Osho International Foundation to preserve all of Osho’s works and make available copies of the complete OSHO ARCHIVES around the globe. The foundation began to upgrade the storage formats of all Osho’s talks. Three different archive formats were created – a complete digital text archive, an audio archive and a video archive.
New and fast developing technology supported the preservation of Osho’s discourses in a very existential way. In 1987 the foundation began to secure the original audio recordings by transferring them from audio reels – then 15-20 years old and literally falling apart – to new archive tapes in the best quality available at the time. In the 1991 audio archive project more than 3,000 English discourses were transferred onto digital audio tapes – DAT – and Chrome tapes to allow high quality duplications. Parallel to that, close to 3,000 discourse spoken by Osho in Hindi were transferred from audio reels to secure digital tape formats.
Four audio master sets and eleven duplication sets were placed around the world, including a complete copy deposited with the Library of Congress in Washington. And copies of the complete Hindi archive were placed on four different continents.
The placement of the various archives around the world has allowed for speedy duplication and distribution of Osho’s work. For more than a decade all of Osho’s talks have been available in the best possible quality on cassette (audio and video) along with a few audio CDs.
Subheading: What is coming next:
Many people have contributed and continue to contribute to the preservation and archiving of Osho’s words. In addition to the completion of the Hindi audio archive, new text translations from the Hindi to the English language are being added to the digital text library as they are completed.
Osho International Foundation is also working to transfer the uncompressed digitalized D2 master video archive to the latest formats in use today. As a first step we will release a selection of high quality DVDs and selected excerpts on the internet for viewing and downloading. As soon as technology allows large data transmission, all 1,800 video discourses by Osho will become available.” (Osho Times, 2006:8, pp. 16-22)
For films, audio and video recordings, see Volume III / Sources.
7.9 Books on Osho
An early overview of the vast literature published on Osho is presented in the introduction to ‘Osho Rajneesh and His Disciples’ (Aveling 1999):
“From this perspective, there is no way of answering the two questions: Who was Rajneesh? And who were his disciples (themselves variously known as Sannyasins, neo-Sannyasins, Rajneeshees and even the Rajneesh)?
Nevertheless, a wide range of books have attempted to answer these questions in a variety of ways. Some of these have been celebratory, some deprecatory, some apparently inquisitive, and some studiously academic. In the most general terms, the celebratory books include all of Rajneesh’s public addresses and intimate discussions with disciples, published by the Jeevan Jagriti Kendra, Motilal Banarsidass, the Rajneesh Foundation in India and America, and the Rebel Publishing House in Germany. More specifically, they include Ma Satya Bharti’s exploration of discipleship The Ultimate Risk (1980); Vasant Joshi’s authorised biography The Awakened One: The Life and Work of Bhagwan Shree Rajneesh (1982); and the historical and apologetic works published in the late eighties by some of Rajneesh’s closest disciples – Sue Appleton’s Bhagwan Shree Rajneesh: The Most Dangerous Man Since Jesus Christ and Was Bhagwan Shree Rajneesh Poisoned by Ronald Reagan’s America; Juliet Forman’s Bhagwan: The Buddha for the Future, Bhagwan: One Man Against the Whole Ugly Past of Humanity and Bhagwan: Twelve Days that Shook the World; the work of his doctor, George Meredith Bhagwan: The Most Godless Yet the Most Godly Man and The Choice is Ours; and that of his washerwoman Ma Prem Shunyo Diamond Days with Osho: The New Diamond Sutra.
The deprecatory books are at their most bitter when written by former disciples, such as Hugh Milne Bhagwan: The God that Failed (the title which presumably provoked the celebratory “Bhagwan” books); and Kate Strelley The Ultimate Game: The Rise and Fall of Bhagwan Rajneesh (1987). More balanced, but sadder and wiser, books by former disciples include Charles Wright Oranges and Lemmings (1985); Sally Belfrage Flowers of Emptiness (1981); and Satya Bharti Franklin’s later book The Promise of Paradise: A Woman’s Intimate Story of the Perils of Life with Rajneesh (1992).
The more neutral seekers’ books feature some of the fascination of the celebratory books and some of the despair of the deprecatory books at the prospect of a radically innovative spiritual experiment which had apparently come to naught. The most interesting of these is James Gordon’s The Golden Guru: The Strange Journey of Bhagwan Shree Rajneesh (1988). The academic books tend to be less racy and more objective, and heavily reliant on the methods of the social sciences, particularly sociology and psychology. The first of these was Bob Mullan’s Life as Laughter: Following Bhagwan Shree Rajneesh (1983). This was followed by Judith Thompson and Paul Heelas The Way of the Heart: The Rajneesh Movement (1986); W.E. Mann The Quest for Total Bliss: A Psycho-Sociological Perspective on the Rajneesh Movement (1991); Lewis F. Carter’s magisterial Charisma and Control in Rajneeshpuram: The Role of Shared Values in the Creation of a Community (1990); and my own The Laughing Swamis: Australian Sannyasin Disciples of Swami Satyananda Saraswati and Osho Rajneesh (1994). Latkin (1987:74, Chapter Nine below [p. 220]) has noted that almost all of the written material on Rajneesh and the neo-Sannyas movement tends to be either “anecdotal and frequently polemical, historical”, or, on the other hand, “analytical and textual, the latter especially by those interested in the religious and philosophical nature of Bhagwan’s thoughts”. The academic authors attempt to add a more empirical stand to the historical and textual approaches and are often heavily reliant on the close observation of one or a few small communities.
This present volume aims to bring together some of the best of the shorter pieces of writing on Osho and the neo-Sannyasin movement. In some way it may be seen as a sequel to Susan J. Palmer and Arvind Sharma The Rajneesh Papers (1993). That book, however, stemmed from a single-day Symposium on the Rajneesh Movement, held on May 29, 1989, at the Faculty of Religious Studies of McGill University, Montreal. The papers presented here derive from a number of smaller academic journals, most not readily available to a wider general audience. I have also added two chapters from books (Brent and Menon respectively), which provide a picture of the earlier Acharya, prior to the establishment of the Rajneesh Foundation. The first chapter was published in 1973, the last in 1996. Overall, they focus on the period from approximately 1970 to 1994. For convenience, the volume is divided into four parts: on Osho, Community, Meditation and Therapy, Decline and Renewal. There is, of course, a fair bit of overlap between the various parts of the collection. As with the longer books, some of these pieces are celebratory, some less impressed, some inquisitive, and some doggedly academic. All are interesting and together they give a rounded picture of a complex man and a vibrant religious movement. (Aveling 1999, pp. xiv-xvi)
One more overview is presented in ‘A Review of the Literature’ (Palmer 1993, pp. xv-xviii). Susan J. Palmer is herself an insightful researcher and has published numerous scholarly articles and books on Osho and his movement, but reading her overview of the literature leaves us with a rather scanty selection as it is leaving out some core literature as well as research papers in academic journals.
Biographies on Osho
“The situation with biographies on Osho is, quite frankly, on more precarious footing than it is with either Gurdjieff or Crowley. This is because the Osho biographies have, thus far, tended to be heavily polarized – written either by disgruntled ex-followers with axes to grind and journalists incapable of seeing Osho in anything but an essentially sinister light – or by devoted disciples who naturally viewed Osho as fundamentally irreproachable in terms of his ideas and words and actions. In the case of the latter, it is usually Osho vs. Big Governments, Rotten Religions, and the World; a type of latter day passion play. One book penned in the late-1980s by Juliet Forman, a close disciple of Osho, was titled: Bhagwan: One Man Against the Whole Ugly Past of Humanity. By now the title may seem rather over the top, but at the times it was a very accurate rendition of how the majority of his committed followers regarded him. One work that did come close to providing a truly objective look at Osho and his movement was The Way of the Heart by the anthropologists Judith Thompson and Paul Heelas, published in 1988, but it was too short and written too soon to be anything like a comprehensive biography.
The simple truth is that a detached, balanced, and comprehensive biography of Osho and his work… has not yet been written. Doubtless such biographies will come in the future; Osho’s stature as one of the most important spiritual teachers of the 20th century clearly warrants it. Devoted followers of Osho may rue the day when the scholars begin to interpret Osho through the cooler and broader lens of history, but in some cases distance is needed for greater clarity. The true seeker of transformation will always have to go beyond mere scholarly appraisal, but many cannot reach this jumping off point without first having that clear and unbiased study. The intelligent scholar thus functions as an important medium for many who are close to embarking on the path of inner work.” (Mistlberger 2010, p. 655)
Azima writes on published books on Osho
“Thousands of people had found their way to him over the years through intellectual curiosity especially about the so-called esoteric. Many of these ‘curious disciples’ drifted away after the Ranch and didn’t ever return, lacking the capacity to open themselves and let go into love, and also because of a certain disappointment at not having their expectations met due to their own excessive ego-identification with ‘the spiritual trip.’
In time, a few of them even wrote books criticizing Osho and his decisions. The mind functions like that. The mind is essentially a child that hasn’t grown up and wants to imagine that all its expectations can be satisfied. The median mental age of human beings is fifteen or sixteen years old. Like many adolescents, they have difficulty with giving and receiving on anything but the most superficial level.
Dozens of books by ex-disciples have come out in these years after his departure. While a few describe with sincerity their relationship with the Master, others bitterly criticize his work emphasizing the errors he committed. Instead of courageously admitting they could not go further on the path of investigating themselves, the path of transforming egoistic personality into mind, they find excuses for their actions by looking for weak points in the Master and criticizing the choices made by him.” (Rosciano 2013, p. 291)
Veena writes on the following works: Bhagawati 2010, Punya 2014, Veena 2003, Allanach 2010, Devageet 2013 a.o.:
“These seven books have in common accounts, from very different perspectives, of the Master/disciple relationship and what it was like to be around one of the greatest enlightened Masters this earth has seen. I know I am involved but still I hope I am being objective when I say I feel it is important that these unique experiences be recorded for people who will come to Osho many generations hence. The bald truth is that those who knew Osho personally and had these experiences, are dying off at an alarming rate! Beloved Krishna Prem has already left. It is fitting that these first-hand immediate experiences be presented as they give unique glimpses of the phenomenon of enlightenment. We know so little about the great Masters. Only about Gurdjieff and Osho have disciples written in depth about things as they happened rather than people, like followers of Buddha or Christ, writing a few hundred years after recording stuff handed down over centuries. In my opinion these records by sannyasins are priceless as they reveal something of the Masters and hopefully help others to understand, benefit and perhaps be transformed by the Masters ”teachings’. (Veena. www.oshoinuk.com/archive/2010)
From text on back cover of ‘Bhagwans Erbe’
“Die Osho-Bewegung zählt zu den bedeutendsten Erscheinungen des alternativ-spirituellen Spektrums. Mit ihr ist eine vollkommen neue Religion erstanden, in der östliche Geistigkeit und westliche Selbsterfahrungstechnik, Mediation und Therapie, zu einem eigenständigen spirituellen Erfahrungsweg zusammengefügt sind.
Das vorliegende Buch bietet eine umfassende Analyse der Entstehungsgeschichte und Philosophie des Guru und des Alltagslebens seiner Anhänger. Die religionswissenschaftlich fundierte Darstelling fordert zu einer sachlichen und differenzierten Auseinandersetzung mit der Osho-Bewegung heraus und bietet wichtige Kriterien zur Einschätzung und Beurteilung neuer Religiosität überhaupt.” (Süss 1996)
Osho comments on biased books
“It is a psychological thing to be understood. Many more books will be written, many more articles will be written by sannyasins – just because they have trusted and now they are betraying. Some reason has to be there for why they are leaving me. Without a reason, they will feel guilty, and if there is no reason, they have to invent it. They have to create lies…
And I told you to spread the word because they are trying every hindrance to keep me from approaching people. But I will approach people. They are mediocre politicians; they cannot prevent me. They can delay me, but they cannot stop me unless some idiot goes absolutely mad and kills me. In that case you have the word. And if I am not there, your responsibility becomes great. When I am here your responsibility is none; I can do it alone without any difficulty. But if I am not here then your responsibilities tremendously increase. Then each of you has to represent me, and we have to see how many people they can crucify. But the word has to go out because the word cannot be crucified. ways and means have to be found for the word to reach to every corner of the earth, to every human being who can understand.” The Path of the Mystic. Talks in Uruguay (1988), pp. 266,350)
Maneesha’s fourth book forthcoming
“With the completion of her trilogy documenting life with Osho, Maneesha is currently compiling a fourth book. On Osho’s suggestion she has been keeping a diary for several years in preparation for writing My Peak Moments With Osho, The Unsurpassable Man. The book is a personal account of her growth, her meditation and her understanding of how Osho works on her. Extracts from her book are features in this and a forthcoming issue of Osho Darshan.” (Osho Darshan, 1991, April-June, pp. 16-19 & July-September pp. 14-17)
Satya Bharti writes on The Promise of Paradise (Franklin 1992)
“I am absolutely certain that I have the right people who are going to be my books, my temples, my synagogues,” he’d said. “To spread me all over the world.” … If we went back now [to Pune after Osho’s death] we’d be welcomed. After my book came out, we wouldn’t be. If the book was a closing up of karmas for me in some way, it was also a declaration of independence, an act of finality.” (Franklin 1992, p. 351)
Carter on historical revisionism
“Rajneesh representatives are consummate “historical revisionists” and now deny that many of the events recorded here ever happened. Both factual events and interpretations of these are still disputed, even where evidence is overwhelming. Consequently, my narrative is heavily documented with contemporaneous news reports, public records, diaries, other documents, and first-hand observations. Where evidence is inconclusive or interpretations irreconcilable, I have included “variations” provided by some of the observers who disagree.” (Carter 1990, p. 118)
Carter writes on few books he has retrieved
“At the time of writing this account , works by others included a celebratory biography by Vasant Joshi (1982) and an attempt by Ram Chandra Prasad (1970, revised 1978) to systematise the thought of Rajneesh. Prasad’s admiring treatment was useful in organising major themes developed by Rajneesh, but should not be viewed as objective assessment. Accounts of the Ashram life in Poona include a poetic portrayal with photographs of therapy and ceremony by Bernard Gunther (1979). The only systematically developed book in counter-point was Flowers of Emptiness: Reflections on an Ashram (Belfrage 1981). Ms. Belfrage detailed her skepticism, subsequent recruitment to the Ashram and resulting ambivalence. She recounted daily life at the Ashram, and described therapy and patrons as well as the human conflicts and stresses of her experience.” (Lewis Carter. In: Aveling 1999, p. 190)
Carter on Joshi’s biography
“Ma Prem Sunshine expressed considerable annoyance at the “mistakes” in some of the claims about Bhagwan, but seemed mollified when I pointed out that these were found in, and attributed to, Joshi’s biography. She acknowledged that this source had a kind of semiofficial status, but indicated that she did not know all of the details in it. I had the impression that some biographical elements were in a state of flux in the local culture.” (Carter 1990, p. 204)
“Correction: After reading the last newsletter Maneesha came and told me that she has found 180 books mentioning Osho. And who knows how many more…” (Yes Osho (Digital). 08.11.1989)
Some Principal Works
Two core biographies are included and commented in earlier parts of Osho Source Book:
* Osho The Luminous Rebel. Life Story of a Maverick Mystic / Vasant Joshi (Sadhu Satya Vedant). New Delhi, Wisdom Tree, 2010. Updated edition of The Awakened One. The Life and Work of Bhagwan Shree Rajneesh, 1982. (Joshi 2010)
* Bhagwan. One Man Against the Whole Ugly Past of Humanity. The World Tour and back home to Poona / Juliet Forman (Ma Prem Maneesha). Rebel Publishing House, February 2002. First edition March 1991. Reprinted 2002. Reedited e-book forthcoming. (Forman 2002)
The writing of Maneesha’s book was completed in early January 1990. Poona Two is included in the epilogue only.
“One book penned in the late-1980s by Juliet Forman, a close disciple of Osho, was titled: Bhagwan: One Man Against the Whole Ugly Past of Humanity. By now the title may seem rather over the top, but at the times it was a very accurate rendition of how the majority of his committed followers regarded him.” (Mistlberger 2010, p. 655)
Here follows a very limited selection of some principal biographies covering Poona Two. For a total listing of titles on Osho see: Volume III / References.
* On the Edge. Living with an Enlightened Master / Yoga Punya. Editor: Ma Prema Veena. California, San Bernardino, Create Space, 2015. (Punya 2015)
From back cover:
“Reading this wonderful book, one comes to realize how vibrantly the commune around Osho functioned, how the master worked on the seekers individually and collectively and enhanced the spiritual maturity of anyone open and committed to his vision and work.” Satya Vedant (Dr. Vasant Joshi)
“Punya’s narrative meanders through time and space in a style that has a lyrical, musical harmony, like that of a river flowing from place to place. It is not chronological, but rather streams from present to past and back again with the ease of meandering water… I was amazed at the sheer amount of in-depth detail Punya displays, an almost photographic-memory like recall of the places and spaces wherein she has dwelled. I was humbled by the level of vulnerability she exhibits; there is no “hiding” here. I was enthralled by all the twists and turns her spiritual life has taken and the trust she rests in. I recommend this book most highly to sannyasins and non-sannyasins alike; to anyone, in short, who would like to travel along the path with a spiritual seeker who is in deep connection with her Master.”
(Roshani Shay. http://punya.eu/reviews/31.03.2015)
Punya in Acknowledgements
“Thanks to Bhagawati who suggested I rewrite the first three chapters which had been drafted years before. It was a blessing to look again at those events with new eyes and new understanding. Thanks to Roshani for correcting and completing many details about the Ranch in Oregon, a very big thank to you Veena who has painstakingly gone through the manuscripts with a tight comb for style, grammar and spelling, and to Madhuri who deftly administered the final manicure.” (Punya 2015, p. 421)
Review by Madhuri
“Punya’s wonderful book is going to become a classic in the genre of sannyas-lit. It’s high, wide, and handsome – a sweeping saga, as they say; a comprehensive personal and collective history of our dazzling decades. It’s readable, human, accessible, friendly, detailed. Her memory is amazing, her research as to dates and particular events is satisfying through…
So, this is one woman telling her story, and yet it is all our stories too. I loved looking inside this surprising human being, who now runs the classy and popular Osho News online magazine. I think you will too.” (Osho News. 31.03.2015)
Punya typing Maneesha’s earlier book
“While working there I overheard Maneesha say that Osho had suggested she omit all references to relationships and that kind of everyday trouble and rather write about her meditation, her growth and how she felt Osho was working with her. I took this suggestion on board while writing this book even if it was not given to me directly.” (Punya 2015, p. 339)
Punya on Osho art book
“One day while walking to the commune the long way round I had the idea of making a compilation of Osho’s words when he spoke about art, when he touched the sensitivity of our artists and gave them advice. I wanted to collect what he had said about beauty, the Buddha statues, objective vs. subjective art and the marble hills near Jabalpur he had visited on full moon nights. I also remembered what Osho had said in a darshan to a friend of mine, an artist, when he first arrived from Italy. Darshans in those days were not yet recorded so I would not be able to include this, but I did remember what he had said to Alok: whenever he had finished a painting he should meditate while sitting in front of it, and only if the painting was good enough to meditate on, should he sell it or give it away.
I asked Osho’s secretary, Anando, if Osho would agree to such a project. The answer was, “Great idea,” but that I should look for a publisher myself. Osho had also suggested the title: Art Expressed through Meditation.” (Punya 2015, p. 378)
* Encounters with an Inexplicable Man. Stories of Osho as Told by his People / Savita Brandt (Ma Anand Savita), compiler and editor. Pune, Dancing Buddhas Publishing, 2014. (Savita 2014)
A comprehensive collection of disciples’ accounts chronologically arranged in a most readable editing. With Epilogue, Biographies, Endnotes, Glossary, References, About Osho’s Books and Acknowledgements.
From Subhuti’s Foreword
“That’s the value of what you are reading here: uncensored first-hand accounts of life with a modern enlightened mystic: real stories by devoted disciples, who have responded to Savita Brandt’s invitation to share their personal experiences.
Fresh from their own memories, a wide range of Osho’s people have done us the service of presenting their master as he really was. Like fragments of one big mirror, they all reflect an aspect of Osho, creating a vivid impression for the reader.
It is a valiant and valuable undertaking. It’s a spiritual resource and a treasure trove, both for the present and future.” (Savita 2014, p. xiii)
Savita writes in her Preface
“The stories in this book were collected over a period of 15 years, mostly by interview, with the focus being kept on the interchanges with Osho rather than on the storyteller’s personal narrative. They are self-contained pieces, although a number of people have contributed several stories. Some of these, when strung together, may reveal an established connection to Osho over many years. Other accounts are just one-off peeks into brief, specific exchanges.” (Savita 2014, p. xiv)
Testimonials at www.bellsmedia.com/shop/products.php
“The man glimpsed in this diverse collection of stories, told by an equally wide range of individuals, charms and baffles, inspires and unnerves, amuses and shocks in equal measure, but clearly without any kind of negative intent… These well-contextualised anecdotes bring back to life a particularly colourful episode of late 20th-century history.” (Clio Mitchell, Ph.D., former editor at The European)
“Savita lives in the ashram and work as a receptionist at the front desk. In between times she is compiling a journal (one day to be a book, perhaps) about her experiences here. She’s English, a psychotherapist. She’d written to Bhagwan before darshan telling him that her sister of thirty-four, had gone mad.” (Maneesha. In: Only Loosers Can Win In This Game. A Darshan Diary. 1981, p. 16).
“It’s brilliantly presented, beautiful to look at, and makes absolutely fascinating reading. It’s the one book we all need to keep on our bookshelves besides Osho’s own books, to remind ourselves of how he worked on all the various aspects of human nature we presented him with, and to share the joy of our fellow travellers on the journey to our true nature.” (Panjaka Brooke, author)
“This afternoon, I arrive to discover that my friend Savita has occupied half the restaurant to stage a launching party for her book about Osho, titled Encounters with an Inexplicable Man. It’s the end product of five long years of hard work, during which she interviewed over 40 people from 12 different countries to gather 95 personal stories about incidents with our favourite mystic.” (Subhuti 2014, p. 127)
* Past the Point of No Return. Inner and Outer Journeys. Edited by Ma Anand Bhagawati. Delhi, Osho World Foundation, 2010. (Bhagawati 2010)
A carefully edited collection of 46 narratives by disciples of Osho. They are presenting their first-hand insights on meeting their master and their life with him, covering the whole span of his work from Bombay to Poona Two.
From back cover:
“A phenomenon occurred in the Seventies, something that went beyond flower power, beyond free love, beyond women’s liberation, beyond the student’s revolutions in Europe, beyond the Beatles and Rolling Stones and Easy Rider, beyond Woodstock and the Summer of Love: thousands of young and not-so-young people packed their bags and traveled to India, to an ashram in the outskirts of the industrial city of Poona, as it was then called. They flocked there to see a man little had been heard about before outside of India, an enlightened man who already had a following of thousands of Indian devotees or neo-sannyasins. A man now known as Osho.”
“With heartful thanks to all my wonderful friends who contributed their stories and thus made this book happen! In particular I want to thank Anupam and Premdaya for gently nudging me to take on the job of collecting the stories before we all pass on to the other shore and they are lost forever. And thank you, beloved Anatto for your loving support throughout this delightful time!
A big thank you to Swami Anand Yatri who created the cartoons which originally appeared in the Rajneesh Foundation Newsletter. during 1979 and 1981. They depict in a lively and witty way how Osho works with his disciples. Humorous though they are, they contain a lot of Truth.
The quotes in each chapter are taken from books of the discourses and darshan talks given by Osho.”
“This book contains the recollections of friends who became disciples of Osho, as he is now called according to his wishes. They speak freely about the time they first heard about him, what made them undertake the journey to see him, describing their first meetings with him. For many of these friends, English is not their mother tongue; nonetheless they wrote their story in that language. Some sentences might appear not to be in ‘proper English’ yet the way of expressing themselves brings across the uniqueness of each one of them.”
* Bhagwan. The Most Godless Yet The Most Godly Man / George Meredith. (Meredith 1987)
Heading: The Book Reader applauds Bhagwan. Jul/Aug issue 1988.
“Meredith, Bhagwan Shree Rajneesh’s personal physician, writes a lively autobiography of early life in England, medical training, marriages, and his respect for Bhagwan. Occasionally Meredith gets too lively, almost hallucinatory so, referring to Hitler as half Jewish, and a Pope (unnamed) as being gay. But in the main he gives an excellent portrait of Bhagwan, the controversial Indian guru whose Oregon ashram created problems, and of the resulting misinformation of the media. Bhagwan’s methods, his vital views on meditation, his crazily fascinating sense of humor. No better view of the holy man. Takes us up to Bhagwan’s illstarred journey to America. Much on medicine, life in India, sex, all recounted in an exuberant fashion.” (Rajneesh Times International (India), 1988:24)
“Bhagwan Shree Rajneesh’s personal physician writes a lively autobiography recounted in an exuberant fashion. He gives an excellent portrait of Bhagwan, the controversial Indian guru – Bhagwan’s methods, his vital views of meditation, his crazily fascinating sense of humor. No better view of this holy man.” The Book Reader, San Francisco, U.S.A. (Meredith 1991, p. 115)
“Dr. Meredith is fascinated by Bhagwan’s scorn for all systems: democracy, communism, egalitarianism, the churches. He delights of the guru’s dismissal of leaders, from the pope to Jesus Christ, Mother Theresa, Gandhi, Mrs Thatcher and the Queen. Meredith the M.D. admires and commends the guru’s ‘scientific’ approach to the truth. Spiritually, this physician does seem to have healed himself.” Christopher Read, The Guardian, London. (Meredith 1991, p. 116)
* Diamond Days With Osho. The New Diamond Sutra / Ma Prem Shunyo (Ma Chetana). Rebel Publishing House, Poona, 1991 (1991 & 1999)
“This one reads in a tone similar to Forman’s books, although is less a work of history and more a personal memoir. Her book probably gives the most interesting account of Osho’s last days.” (Mistlberger 2010, p. 663)
Shunyo in interview
“Q: Shunyo, how did you get the idea of writing a book?
A: One evening as he was having supper Osho said, “Shunyo can write a book.” He and Anando were working while he was eating. This was the only time for working he had, because other than coming to Buddha Hall in the evening he was resting in bed all day. He was suffering from thallium poisoning administered while he was in prison in America.
Call it My Golden Days with Osho,” he said. Then he said, “No ‘golden’ has been used before. Call it My Diamond Days.”
Q: How did it feel being given a book to write?
A: If I had any idea of what a gift he was giving me I would have prostrated myself at his feet and wept in gratitude. Instead, I just smiled quietly at the idea of what seemed to be an impossible task. (“Me! I can’t write!”) and didn’t begin writing until after Osho left his body.” (Remarkable Books by a Remarkable Man. New Releases Autumn 1992. Supplement to Osho Times International, Vol V, No. 20, 16.10.1992. 10 pages)
* Impressions… / Ma Deva Sarito (Compiler). Osho Commune International. Rebel Publishing House, 1992. (Sarito 1992)
Photodocumentary with high-quality color photos of life in the commune during Poona Two.
* The Long Reach of the Dharma. Tales of Divine Adventure / Abhiyana Robert Abrahamson. Editor: Sangeet Duchane. www.DharmaReach.com, 2017. (Abhiyana 2017)
An autobiography, postponed for a long time, in the form of a travelogue to push the reader to find his own divine adventures.
From back cover
“A unique memoir of one acupuncturist’s quest to know himself, and an unofficial, raw, intimate view from inside a spiritual community: starting in California, overland across Europe and Asia, then back to America to help form a great commune, only to watch helplessly as it falls apart.
He tells fascinating travel stories including meetings with extraordinary beings, and shares insights on healing and medicine. It is one man’s search for the Dharma – the Truth – in both outer and inner adventures, and the lessons learned on the journeys. When we search for the Truth, the Truth reaches out even more extravagantly towards us. That is the Long Reach of the Dharma.”
“Abhiyana was my teacher in the Healing Arts of Traditional Chinese Medicine in Osho’s Ashram in the late 80’s. I have always appreciated the honesty and enthusiasm with which he lived life and with which he taught his students. He is a Love Warrior always ready to grow and explore life. This is what makes this book so enjoyable, interesting and up-lifting.” (Deva Premal, singer-musician)
* Hellbent for Enlightenment. Unmasking Sex, Power, and Death with a Notorious Master / Rosemary Hamilton (Ma Anand Nirgun). Ashland, White Cloud Press, 1998. (Hamilton 1998)
Hellbent for Enlightenment
“A cogent and faithful rendering of a disciple’s years with her master. Rosemary Hamilton had been Osho’s private cook for several years, a trusted position, and she had direct access to many of the intimate goings-on in the organization. Compared to most of the other disciples who wrote accounts of their years with Osho, Hamilton was older, already past sixty when the dramatic Oregon events unfolded; add to that, she waited longer before writing her account. This extra life experience shows as hers is, in my opinion, the best of the ‘I was there’ accounts by one of Osho’s inner circle. She is introspective and does not merely portray everything with ‘us vs. them’ duality, and yet neither does she show any signs of resentment. She never loses sight of the deeper reality that Osho’s communes were, first and last, mystery schools in which to confront one’s own mind, to ‘know thyself’.” (Mistlberger 2010, p. 664)
* My Life with Osho. Seven Doors to Self-Realisation / Azima V. Rosciano. New Delhi, Diamond Books, 2013. (Rosciano 2013)
Azima’s personal and well-written story about his love affair with Osho. With a background in homeopathy and ayurvedic medicine his writing on Osho’s last years in Poona is especially noteworthy. A comprehensive account of Osho’s medical history is on pp. 318-70). In the final Chapter 34: The Last Celebration the author is recalling the events on January 19, 2000.
Translated from original Italian version and enhanced by Subhuti who has made it a very smooth and easy to read English version.
* Life of Osho / Sam (Sw Paritosh). London, Sannyas Press, 1997. (Sam 1997)
Life of Osho
“This is my personal favorite of the biographies written about Osho by his ‘first-wave’ disciples, those that were with him in Pune during the heady days of the 1970s. ‘Sam’ was the pen-name of Swami Paritosh, an English disciple of Osho who passed away in 2009. Paritosh did not accompany the Osho caravan from Pune to Oregon in the early 1980s and so he lacked first-hand experience of the American phase of the experiment. However, he more than makes up for that with his excellent account of the Pune ashram in the 1970s, and his commentaries on Osho’s last days. He wrote his account in a very informal style as if chatting with the reader in a coffee house (which is part of its effectiveness). The book is full of good insights and has a balanced feel to it. His small book is, in my estimation, the best single attempt to see Osho in a truly human and balanced light.
As of this writing, the book is available for free online, at www.lofo.connectfree.co.uk/info.html.” (Mistlberger 2010, p. 664)
(Note: Sam’s book Life of Osho is reviewed at www.sannyasnews.com 28.11.2001)
* Zorba the Buddha. Sex, Spirituality, and Capitalism in the Global Osho Movement / Hugh B. Urban. Oakland, University of California Press, 2015. (Urban 2015)
Review by Nandan
“Foremost, this book is a must. It is fascinating to read how the author outlines the developments of the Neo-Sannyas Movement in the three time periods Pune 1, Rajneeshpuram and Pune 2. Without having to agree to all aspects of the author’s analysis, the writer’s vision of the established neoliberal capitalist world economy is certainly well laid out. It clearly shows how the Neo-Sannyas Movement, in particular the transnational Meditation Resort, show congruence. The following applies always: existing organizational structures – based on individual freedom itself – will easily show signs of authoritarianism, in which transparency in the decision-making structures is too little aimed for. The book is smoothly written and accessible, without bias. Prof. Urban shows awe and respect for Osho… So far only few publications on the Neo-Sannyas Movement written from an academic angle have been published and they are mentioned in the book. Let us hope that the academic world increasingly realizes that a huge job is waiting here!” (Nandan at www.oshonews.com, March 2016)
* Who Killed Osho / Abhay Vaidya. New Delhi, Om Books Int., 2017. (Vaidya 2017)
Author is Resident Editor Hindustan Times, Pune, and has written investigative journalism for three decades on Osho and his work. His book is based on interviews and official documents. It is Illustrated with colour photosection and documents and contains Biographies, Appendices, Endnotes. Among the documents are:
– Death Certificate of Vivek/Nirvano. 1 page.
– Death Certificate of Bhagwan Shree Rajneesh. 1 page.
– Announcement in Buddha Hall. January 20th, 1990. 3 pages.
– Affidavit by Dr. Gokul Gokani. 14.12.2015. 4 pages.
– Last Will & Testament of Osho. 15.10.1989. 2+23 pages.
“Who Killed Osho reveals for the first time the fast-moving developments that occurred inside the Osho Commune International, Pune, throughout the day on January 19, 1990. For the first time, many of Osho’s senior-most sannyasins who were present inside the Commune on the day he died have revealed what exactly happened that day. Their testimonies – through interviews conducted in different parts of the country – raise numerous questions about the truth behind Osho’s death. The author covered Osho’s death as a reporter for the national media and has reported on every twist and turns in the affairs of the commune since then. As such, this book is the result of extensive reportage on the Osho Commune since the late 1980s and investigation into his death…
Many lengthy interviews with a range of Osho’s sannyasins across hierarchies were conducted by the author for this book and a mass of official documents and press reports accessed. Requests for interviews with Jayesh and Amrito were turned down by Amrit Sadhana, who also chose not to respond to several uncomfortable questions put to the OIF.” (Vaidya 2017, pp. 16,40)
Interview with Abhay Vaidya by Ritu Goyal. Excerpts:
“I wanted to get the book out there because Osho’s death has not got its closure. What the book does is challenge the existing narrative of his death. The book should be looked at as the most detailed and independent account of Osho’s death and after…
The idea of the book came around 2012. I was trying to write it prior to 2012 also but was busy with my journalistic assignments and couldn’t give it time… I had been covering Osho and his death etc. through articles through the ’80s and ’90s. But articles have a short life and don’t always tell the full story…
Who Killed Osho is a definitive account of Osho and his life and covers the entire fifty-year movement. So far there is no journalistic account of his life; most of the books have been written by his disciples. The research for the book has been in-depth and the book has been put through a journalist’s rigour; no hearsay, all recorded statements and facts only. All precautions have been taken. I am neither on this side, nor that. I am on the side of the truth. And truth must prevail…
I interviewed people in the Commune… I wanted to speak to Osho’s family… They were unwilling to talk and gave evasive replies. I spoke to the third brother, Swami Shailendra Saraswati in Sonepat, Haryana. Jayesh and Amrito, the top people of Osho International Foundation were unavailable. The most important interview was with Dr. Gokul Gokani (Swami Anand Krishna), an ENT surgeon who issued Osho’s death certificate. He is now 81 years old. I met him in Baroda and he signed an affidavit wherein he agreed to be part of the book.” (www.thenewsminute.com 10.07.2017)
Publications on Osho
Commentaries on some of the vast amount of published biographies on Osho and his work during Poona Two.
Satya Bharti’s ‘The Promise of Paradise’ (Franklin 1992)
“A long and involving read, it is more properly the author’s autobiography than a biography of Osho, but because she was a close disciple of his during some of the most dramatic years of his work, the book also amounts to a good summary of the last half of Osho’s life. This book is probably the most absorbing of the various accounts written by former Osho disciples, and in some ways the most honest.” (Mistlberger 2010, p. 663)
Satya Bharti writes on her own publishing
“I signed a book contract with Grove Press almost immediately [after she left the Ranch]. Then my son Billy was murdered and two years later I was almost killed in an auto accident. It took two+ years for me to recover. In the meantime, Grove had been bought out by a English publishing company that wasn’t interested in my book so my agent had to find a new publisher. Several, mostly negative, books about Bhagwan were now on the market, and numerous manuscripts on the Rajneesh movement were floating around publishing circles.
The Promise of Paradise was finally published by a small, well-established publishing house in 1992. (The contract was signed, and most of the book written, before my auto accident in 1990). Despite the fact that the book is not negative to Bhagwan, Rajneesh book outlets are still not willing to offer it for sale. With or without Sheela, the boycot of my books continues. Why this is remains a mystery to me.
It’s been particularly odd to see Sheela’s books offered for sale on Osho websites and not my own. While I haven’t read every book by sannyasins past and present, I did read Sheela’s book. Unfortunately, I no longer have a copy to refer to, but I recall it being (understandable enough) a re-writing of history. Amongst those who knew Sheela best in the early days there’s a consensus of feeling that her older brother (an academic) ghostwrote her books. My guess is that she recorded her thoughts on tape and Rohit turned her comments into book(s) – and his sister, by extension, into a “writer”. Maybe Sheela had always wanted to be a writer, accounting, at least in part, for her continued hostility to my books?
But that doesn’t explain why Osho centers don’t carry my books, but do carry hers. Should you ever come across an explanation for this, I’d love to hear what it is. The Promise of Paradise isn’t an expose of Bhagwan/Osho or the Rajneesh/sannyas community. It was written in homage to Bhagwan, and with heartfelt gratitude. The Promise of Paradise has been optioned for TV by the writer-producers responsible, in part, for the acclaimed TV series The Master of Sex. Whether the projected series will ever be made is unknown. This isn’t the first time the book has been optioned. I’d expected “Osho’s people” to be the natural audience for my book. Guess not…
This [Sheela’s banning of her books in Rajneeshpuram] created problems for my publisher – and by extension, me – when The Promise of Paradise was released in 1992. Station Hill Press had anticipated the book being purchased for resale by Rajneesh centers worldwide, but this didn’t happen. Over the years, various sannyasins have written to me that they now feel – 15-20 years after the book was published – that they can read it. They’re invariably surprised by how fair the book is; how respectful to Bhagwan; and how grateful I clearly am to him. Yet this black-out continues. (BTW: I see online that the title The Promise of Paradise has now been given to an Osho audio tape).” (Satya Bharti. E-mails. 27.07.2015 & 18.06.2015)
Osho is over ten pages answering a question from Sarito about the publishing of positive as well as negative books on his work
“What to do with these people? – and people read them, people believe them. And the people who know me, who have come into deep inner communion with me, who have experienced me, remain silent.
It is not new. It is part of a strange human psychology. The positive person is humble; even to say something he feels embarrassed, because he knows that whatever he is going to say is not going to be up to the experience that he had. It is going to fall very short; hence the embarrassment.
But the negative person has no fear, no embarrassment. He has not experienced anything… And to deny or to lie, or to create a fiction, is sensational. The people who have been writing against me… all the publishers are eager to publish their books – without knowing what they are writing, all kinds of rubbish. And a few of my sannyasins who have been with me from the very beginning have written books just to answer those lies and allegations, with facts and figures, with solid arguments.
The publishers are not willing to publish them. They say there is no sensation in it. Lies have sensation; the truth is non-sensational. And the masses are interested in sensationalism, they are not interested in knowing the truth. Truth is simple and plain.
But this situation has to be reversed; there is a limit to everything. The positive people have to come out in the light, and tell with emphasis their own experiences and what they understand about me and my relationship to my people. Unless they come out and do it, they are in an indirect way helping the negative people. Because if those negative people are not contradicted, it becomes an argument in their favor – why are they not contradicted?
So I can understand, Sarito, that you have experiences to express but it is always bound to be something not absolutely the experience. It is going to be something far below. But still it will help people to understand both sides. The negative is articulate, but is meaningless; it is not going to help anybody. It can only prevent people from coming to me. And the people who are writing all those negative books and articles – they cannot help anybody either. So they are really public enemies.
The positive person has to come out so the negative people can be contradicted, and so that those who are in search of truth, in search of silence and peace, can feel a possibility: if they come here, maybe if it is happening to other people, it can happen to them also. You will be opening doors, and you will be giving invitations to new sannyasins, to new seekers.
So don’t keep it as a secret. Don’t enjoy it inside yourself, share it with as many people as possible, with all the news media, so that you can reach to the farthest corners of the world.” The New Dawn (1989). Session 14, p. 155.
Osho talks on Nostradamus
“Just a few days ago, I was seeing one of the most significant books to be published in this century, ‘Millennium’. It is a deep research into Nostradamus and his predictions. Eighty thousand copies were published – which is very rare – and they were sold within weeks. Now a second publication, a second edition, is happening in America, another is happening in England, and the book is being translated into many other languages – Dutch, German…
Nostradamus was a great mystic with an insight into the future. And you will be surprised to know that in his predictions, I am included. Describing the teacher of the last days of the twentieth century, he gives eight indications, Krishnamurti fulfills five, Maharishi Mahesh Yogi fulfills three, Da Free John fulfills four – and I was amazed that I fulfill all eight.
In this book, ‘Millennium’, they have made a chart of the teacher about whom Nostradamus is predicting – that his people will wear red clothes, that he will come from the East, that he will be arrested, that his commune will be destroyed, that flying birds will be his symbol, that his name will mean moon… Three hundred years ago that man was seeing something that fits perfectly with me – my name means “the moon.” And in their chart they have declared me the teacher of the last part of the twentieth century.” The Golden Future (1988). Session 17, p. 159.
Devageet on ‘Nostradamus and the Millenium’ (1987) by John Hogue
“Hogue discusses ten candidates for his role of new religious leader: Swami Paramahansa Yogananda. Meher Baba, Swami Prabhupada, L. Ron Hubbard, J. Krishnamurti, Swami Satya Sai Baba, Rev. Sun Myung Moon, Bhagwan Shree Rajneesh, Da Free John, and Swami Maharishi Mahesh Yogi. Of them all, he notes, only “Rajneesh seems to match all the clues.” He draws a chart to simplify the case:
Rajneesh was born and raised in India, where he is currently living. He has travelled extensively in the West where most of his followers, who wear red, live. The symbol of his religiousness is two flying birds and his name means ‘full moon’.
He certainly seems to have the desire to infuriate, how else to describe his admittedly ornate speeches which vehemently attack not only the established religions, but all vested interests. He has been outlawed, literally, from twenty-two countries in the Western world, and is frequently spoken against by other religious leaders (Shankaracharya Swaroopanand Saraswati’s recent press statement that ‘Rajneesh posed a kind of danger to society that was unprecedented in India’s history’).” (Devageet. In: Aveling 1999, p. 20)
Amrito on Hogue’s chart in his Introduction to Maneesha’s book
“To those who have taken the trouble to look through the haze of propaganda directed against him, it is clear that Bhagwan might well be the very man that Gautam Buddha envisions. In a recent book on Nostradamus’ predictions, ‘Millennium’, just such an interpretation is put on those quatrains. Nostradamus outlines eight features that will identify a man he sees as being at the center of a new religiousness. That new religiousness will be born in the midst of the death and destruction that will characterize the final years of this century. Only Bhagwan satisfies all the criteria, which not only include a description of one who is outcast by the establishments of the world, but states that the name of the last master of the old world and the first of the new will mean “moon.” But even Millennium is not quite complete on the question of Bhagwan’s name.
His name, Rajneesh, is very rare. It seems never to have been used before – and it is a mystery where his parents got it – although now a few people have copied it. “Rajneesh” means “moon,” or more precisely, “the king of the night.” The quatrain says also that the second to last name shall also mean moon. Of the rest of Bhagwan’s full name, Rajneesh Chandra Mohan, “Chandra Mohan” means not just “moon” but “hypnotic moon.” (Forman 1988, pp. xiii-xx)
Prem Gayan (Sylvia Winter) on her later books
“I was indeed very enchanted [in Santa Fe 1985] and finally ready to use what I had learned in India. The seeds that had been sown were beginning to blossom and I began to write again. Osho had encouraged me on the Ranch to write more. So now I was finding my wings, in the words that flowed onto the pages. I wrote many self-help books and for each one of them that got published, I also offered workshops in Switzerland and Germany…
After about 6 weeks I went back to Santa Fe [in 1989]. Santa Fe gave me the stability to keep on writing. With the help of my agent Wulfing von Rohr I accomplished many projects and could share what I had learned. I wrote two more biographies about my life and of course the time in India and the Ranch. Many women’s self-help books followed, such as ‘The Healing of the Inner Woman’, and ‘Meditation for Women’; I also designed several themed Tarot decks. The Vision Quest Tarot became a bestseller and is available in 4 languages, including English.” (www.oshonews.com, 12.02.2014)
Among the later books from Sw Satyananda (Jörg Andrees Elten) is ‘Sprung in die Freiheit. Raus aus der Komfortzone. Essays und Reportagen 1999 bis 2013’ (Satyananda 2013). He was writing on his biography when he passed away in 2016. An interview by Ishu on Satyananda’s years with Osho is published in Osho Times (Germany), January 2014. Available at www.oshonews.com, 20.07.2014.
Osho suggesting Maneesha to write
“In 1988 Osho suggested I begin writing a manuscript for a book which – unlike the previous three He’d given me to do – would to be “totally personal.” The title: My Peak Moments with Osho, The Unsurpassable Man. I recall Him saying that I should write about my “meditation, energy, and how you feel I work with you.”… So there I was: setting about trying to catch this fish, this fragrance, this something called meditation – which is in fact closer to nothing – with tackle which I knew from the start to be totally useless! However, because Osho said, Do it! I began – just writing down, in the diary He suggested I keep, all and everything I noticed about what happened to me in His physical presence.” (Osho Darshan, 1991:1)
Maneesha’s books (Forman 1988, 1989 and 2002)
“Of all the books written by disciples and ex-disciples describing Osho’s life and work, these three books are the most ambitious. Taken together, they amount to 1,500 pages and half a million words…
Juliet Forman, who went by the name Maneesha, was a close disciple of Osho’s and one of his most faithful. That said, she was no mindless follower but an intelligent woman and dedicated chronicler and her books are worth reading for one willing to invest the time. She, in all likelihood, gives the most technically accurate account concerning the ‘who did what’ of the highly controversial days leading to the collapse of the Oregon commune in 1985 and its immediate aftermath. That said, she may have been too close and too attached to her master to be able to write in a purely objective fashion. Nevertheless, I recommend her books if for no other reason than the fascinating account they give of a life in the immediate inner circle of a profound and deeply controversial figure…
Forman captured a very large chunk of Osho’s story.” (Mistlberger 2010, p. 662)
“Ma Prem Maneesha (Julia Forman) 47 years, Australian. She has written four books and now she is working as a “transition guide & counsellor in the art of dying.” “I did not think that I would wear orange clothes, and have a necklace with the photo of somebody. But the meeting with Osho was so touching I became his disciple, and I began to experiment with a different balance, and I have met thousand of people. There I think I absorbed many things and, now that I assist people who are preparing to die, these things appear more evident. In these years I participated to the publication of 65 of his books writing the introductions and prepared the material for his discourses.” (Emanuela Orso. Elle Magazine, Italy. 1995)
One Hundred Tales for Ten Thousand Buddhas (Jyoti 1994)
“A devotionally oriented book written by one of Osho’s very earliest disciples who had been initiated by him in 1970. It’s a recounting of memories with her master told in present tense. If there could be said to be one book written about Osho that is polar opposite in tone to Hugh Milne’s work it would probably be this one.” (Mistlberger 2010, p. 663)
“Looking back over the span of his life and teachings one is struck by how elusive it all was, especially if viewed from the perspective of historical analysis. Osho condemned, in no uncertain terms, any attempt to approach his work via systematic analysis. He was keenly aware that modern men and women, especially those from the West, are ‘top-heavy’, that is, overidentified with over-valuing the mental plane. His whole effort was to push his disciples out of the comfort zone of their intellectualizations and into the bare immediacy of feeling, sensation, aliveness, and, in particular, the quality of meditative being… It can be said that Osho was the supreme syncretistic teacher. He used whatever worked, but he always resisted offering any clear cut formula. He was more interested in his people following a way of life based on such ideals as freedom, love, creativity, celebration, and meditation.” (Mistlberger 2010, pp. 154,157)
“Many of you must have heard that I spent a lot of time putting a book together about my tale as a seeker. Well, a few other books have come out in America. Reading them is like witnessing the catharsis of bitter divorces. I found myself feeling immensely compassionate for both Hugh Milne and Kate Strelley. Their books displayed egos craving attention, minds creating villains and heroes, hearts spitting fire at every one outside of themselves, but never the realization that the love they are seeking is already there – inside of themselves. Well, of course America loves anger and drama and villains and victims, so their books got published first. I was told that their versions were more realistic, mine was too balanced. So, if my story gets published at all, it will be in a year or so.
Devaraj, Maneesha and Anando have all written books as well. The publishers told them that theirs were too positive. Amazing, isn’t it? If it’s biased negatively it sells. If it’s too balanced or too positive it doesn’t. Oh, the ways of the world!” (Rajneesh Times International (India), 1987:18)
Osho on Dutch Amrito’s latest book
“Just today I received a letter from one of my old sannyasins in Holland, Amrito. He is a famous Dutch writer, with all possible qualifications, degrees, honorary degrees. He has written many books, including at least eight books on me. Today I received a letter saying he is writing another book on me and is coming for my blessings in just a few days. The title of the book is, Ten Years of Preparation. Ten years ago he became a sannyasin, and still he calls those ten years just a preparation…
Just the other day, one of my old sannyasins, Amrito from Holland, told Hasya that he is writing a book called Ten Years of Preparation. He is a man of great intellectual capacity, an intellectual giant, but his heart is just like that of a small child. Because of his intellect, he has been going to all kinds of people – Da Free John, J. Krishnamurti, whenever he hears of somebody he will immediately rush there. In these ten years he must have encountered many so-called enlightened people.
He had a personal interview lasting one hour with J. Krishnamurti, and he showed the script to Hasya. Krishnamurti talks about me: “The gentleman in Poona is just a ladder. As far as I am concerned I am an elevator.”… My whole effort is to make masters of you. Krishnamurti has not even been able to make disciples of you.” Sat Chit Anand (1988). Session 4, p. 46 & Om Mani Padme Hum (1989). Session 4, p. 43.
(Note: De man die uit zijn hersenen zakte. Vingerwijzingen van een mysticus (Amrito 1998). See References for other works by Sw Deva Amrito (Jan Foudraine)
Osho on Amrito’s books
“Even before receiving his letter I had told Deva Amrito that he is going to be my ambassador in Holland… He is writing a book. I don’t have time to answer all his questions, because he wants it to be his whole pilgrimage, the seeking and the search, and he wants to end it by finding me. He has already written eight books on me and he thinks this book is going to be very comprehensive – answering everything, destroying all lies that have been spread by governments, by politicians, by journalists, by all kinds of criminal people who are around. It is because of this reason that I took his questions and answered them, and his questions were significant for you too.” Om Mani Padme Hum (1989). Session 14, p. 155.
Osho talking in June 1988 on biased book
“Just today I heard that one of my sannyasins has written a book, condemning the whole experiment here. The book was published two and a half years ago, and it came to my notice today because the sannyasin, a woman, a beautiful woman with a very nice heart, has informed me that she is coming in September.
In the book, she wrote, “I was naive, childish. That’s why I became a disciple. Now I am mature and absolutely free from sannyas.” I wonder why she is coming back. But if she comes back, nobody should ask her a single question about the book, about the lies she has spoken in it. It is all past. In two and a half years, so much water has gone down the Ganges. Who bothers? Even if you only come back home in the evening, having gone astray here and there, you are welcome.” Zen: The Quantum Leap From Mind to No-mind (1988). Chapter 11, p. 159.
Osho talking on Priskil’s writings
“Just today, in a German scholarly magazine, a well-known psychoanalyst has compared me with Jesus. Far away in Germany, that psychoanalyst is more up-to-date about the story that has happened than the Mahabodhi Society. He says, “Just as the Jews could not tolerate Jesus, you will not be tolerated – particularly by the Buddhists.” A simple insight.” No Mind. The Flowers of Eternity (1989). Chapter 10, p. 186.
(Note: Bhagwan oder das Dilemma einer menschenfreunlichen Religion. Eine psychoanalytische Studie (Hoevels 1987). See References for other books by Priskil).
On Peter Priskil
“Friends, I have received today from Germany a very scholarly and honest book, written by Peter Priskil; a comparison between me and Jesus.
The man who has written the book is very rare, became he himself a Christian but without any prejudice. He has been almost a witness while writing the book. He rates me above Jesus – his conclusions on every point are in my favor, against Jesus – and he himself is a Christian.
Such honesty is very rare, almost impossible: to keep aside one’s upbringing, one’s mind, and to say straight out the truth of the matter, risking every ideology that you may have carried with you from childhood…
It has been practically impossible, in the whole history of man, to praise a contemporary. It is very easy to praise someone who lived two hundred years before, five thousand years before. The man has become a myth.
But Peter Priskil has shown such honesty in comparison that at first I felt perhaps he is not a Christian, because he goes on condemning Jesus when comparing him with me, and goes on praising me.
I liked his tremendous honesty, love of truth, his capacity to put his mind aside – his whole programming of being a Christian. He has not allowed it to come between me and Jesus. His unconsciousness would have liked to have put Jesus above me. That’s why I say it is a rare phenomenon that he has not listened to the unconscious. He has been perfectly conscious, without any prejudice; he has been absolutely just.
But I want Peter Priskil to know that I don’t like to be compared with anybody…
He writes in his book a few very revealing facts about why in Germany the whole news media is creating rumors and lies about me. And that’s what people read, that’s what people believe” Yakusan. Straight to the Point of Enlightenment (1990). Chapter 2, pp. 48,49; Communism & Zen Fire, Zen Wind (1990). Chapter 6, p. 272.
A number of governmental reports on ‘Jugendsekten’ appeared in Germany. They are all listed in Volume III / References. One of those reports, Bericht über Aufbau und Tätigkeit der sogenannten Jugendsekten / Baden-Württemberg, Ministerium für Kultus und Sport (Baden-Württemberg 1986), was summoned to the ‘Verfassungsrecht’ and only later made available to the public:
“Abwertender Bericht über Bhagwan und Sannyasins gestoppt.
Wie bereits im Dezember ’87 in der RTI berichtet wurde, hat das Verwaltungsgericht Stuttgart mit einer einstweiligen Verfügung dem Baden-Wüttembergischen Kultusministerium untersagt, einen “Bericht”, in dem Sannyasins mit anderen Gemenschaften unter dem Begriff “Jugendsekten” vereinigt werden, and den Schulen des Landes zu vertailen. Aus der Urteilsbegründung geht klarhervor, dass der oben erwähnte Bericht gegen das Verfassungsrecht verstösst…
Das Verwaltungsgericht Stuttgart geht – wie vor ihm schon andere Gerichte – davon aus, das sich Vereine der Sannyas-Bewegung auf das Grundrecht der Glaubens- und Bekenntnisfreiheit (Art 4 GG) berufen können. Das bedeutet u.a., dass es dem Staat nicht erlaubt ist, sich gegen die Sannyas-Bewegung zu wenden und abwertend über sie zu schreiben.
Es is aber das erste Mal, dass ein Gericht eine einstweilige Anordnung gegenüber einem Regierungsbericht erlässt. Vor allem hat noch kein Gericht zuvor so klar ausgesprochen, dass der Staat sich nicht auf Mutmassungen und nicht erwiesene Pressemeldungen berufen darf, dass er die Sannyas-Bewegung nicht in die Nähe eines Geschäftsbetriebes rücken und keinesfalls schlagwortartige Vereinfachungen oder Polemik benutzen darf.
Da nach der im einzelnen begründeten Feststellung des Gerichts der ganze Bericht in einseitig abwertender Tendenz geschrieben war, hat die Kammer dem Land die Verbreitung der gesamten Dartellung untersagt.
Gegen den noch nicht rechtkräftigen Beschluss wird das Land Widerspruch einlegen, über den der Oberverwaltungsgerichtshof in Mannheim entscheiden wird. Jedoch ist es dem Kultusminister einstweilen verboten, seine falschen und abwertenden Inhalte über Bhagwan zu verbreiten.” (Sw Veet Christian. In: Rajneesh Times. (German edition). 1988:6. Insert: Yes Bhagwan; Letter from Ministerium für Kultus und Sport Baden-Wüttemberg, 31.05.1988)
(Note: “Das Wort Guru hat infolge der Jugendsekten-Diskussion in Deutschland eine eindeutig negative Konnotation erhalten. Der geschätzte Leser sollte sich von diesem Vorverstädnis jedoch freimachen und bedenken, dass der spirituelle Rang eines Guru in seiner Heimat unter anderem mit dem eines Theologieprofessors zu vergleichen ist, der ausserdem noch Heiligenverehrung geniesst.” (Süss 1996, p. 178)).
‘The New Believers’ (Barrett 2001) has a most useful discussion in defining the terms sect, cult and religions, as well as a highly relevant chapter: ‘After the Prophet Dies. How movements change’ (See text and figure in Epilogue). However, its entry on Osho International is based on three written sources only: Milne 1986, Strelley 1987 and Puttick 1997, which makes his study fairly biased and of rather limited value.
Subhuti on his ‘Dance with a Madman’ (2010). Recalling his writing for Savita’s ‘Encounters with an Inexplicable Man’, Subhuti says:
“That didn’t feel right. I liked those stories and wanted people to read all three. Then I realized: if writing short anecdotes came so easily to me, why not just keep writing them and publish my own book?
I’d known, as soon as Osho died, that I wanted to write a book about my life with him, but for 20 years I’d hesitated, because I couldn’t think of a suitable format. A day-by-day chronology seemed boring, yet I had interesting tales to tell.
Now, suddenly, here was the key to unlock my treasure chest of memories: a book of short anecdotes, loosely tied together in some kind of chronological order, giving vivid snapshots of my life with ‘Big B’.
After two decades of waiting, a book of 60 anecdotes popped out of me in six months, just like an overdue baby. Thank you, Savita, for the inspiration.” (Subhuti 2014, p. 128)
Sangeet on: ‘Bhagwan. Gauner Gaukler Gott?’ (Tanner 1986)
“In his book Bhagwan: Rogue Charlatan God? Dr. Fritz Tanner, a Swiss theologian, has attempted to present Bhagwan to the intelligentsia. Understandably, the book is a bit intellectual in its presentation, but it is a pleasant reading. The German edition was released over a year ago and the book is now available in English…
This book is worth reading. It is refreshing to see that at least one publisher has the intelligence to print something about Bhagwan besides the revisionist recollections of the dischanted. Let’s encourage them.” (Rajneesh Times International, 1987:22)
Sarjano writes on ‘When a Real Lion Meets a Real Master’
“Perhaps, as the Master had repeated many times, we have been together in some past life too, but what matters is that this turbulent Italian has been the person to whom the Master has spoken more often during his holy career, amongst his disciples – and he was not only the one that had posed the largest number of questions but even the ones that got more answers! I would have loved to publish the words of the Master to his disciples just like that, with no comments, one after the other, but some close friends begged me to narrate at least briefly, in my own way, what was happening to me and to the Commune during the days when Osho was addressing me with those words. So I surrendered and I did just that.” (Sarjano 2016, p. 10)
Osho leaving his body
“When someone asked him how best his people might remember him after he had gone, Osho made a comment to the effect that “There is no need to remember me. The important thing is to remember yourself.””… From Endnotes: “”The important thing is to remember yourself” – a clear reference to George Gurdjieff’s insistence on self-remembering; to the Greek Delphic temple’s maxim: ‘Know thyself’; to the words of Gautama the Buddha: ‘Be a light unto yourself’, as well as sammasati, meaning, literally, ‘right remembrance’. This is the essence of all meditation: self-awareness, true self-knowledge. From The Transmission of the Lamp, Ch 29.”…
“Yet his Evening Meeting videos are of him in his magnificent robe and cap giving a discourse and leading the meditation, and he personally requested several books to be written on him and his work. Add to that the fact that the vast body of his published discourses – around 700 books, translated into about 15 languages – includes numerous autobiographical anecdotes, and two are specifically dedicated to his own account of his life [Autobiography of a Spiritually Incorrect Mystic and Glimpses of a Golden Childhood]…
Yet, in another paradoxical twist, he asked several of his sannyasins to write about their lives with him. And some of these requested narratives are still to be published. (Savita 2014. Epilogue, pp. 239,259)
Osho on Satyananda and biases
“One German sannyasin is here. He is an old, experienced journalist. He had come from Stern magazine to write of what was happening here. But he was a man of integrity; he reported exactly what was happening. They refused his report. They said, “You have been hypnotized.” If you lie you are not hypnotized, if you say the truth you are hypnotized. They did not publish his article. He insisted and finally they published it, but he had to change much in it. But he became so disgusted that he resigned and came back. And since then he has been here, he has been in America; he is again here.
There are many writers who have had a strange experience: if they write just a positive account, factual, neither for nor against, nobody is ready to publish their books. They say, “These books won’t sell because they don’t have any sensation. Make them sensational.” But how to make them sensational? Lie, create fictions which do not exist, and publishers are ready and magazines are ready to publish them. And these books and these publishers and these magazines spread unfounded things all around the world. So people are so much afraid. But even to mention my name is dangerous.” Hari Om Tat Sat (1989). Session 28, p. 298.
Heading: Disclaimer Requested from Updike
“Despite his disclaimer that “some details of this novel (S.) were suggested by reports on Rajneeshpuram in newspapers,” the press continues to treat John Updike’s bestselling S. not as a novel but as a first-hand report of life at the former Rajneesh commune in Oregon.
In a letter to Updike – who visited Rajneeshpuram – Ma Prem Hasya, international secretary to Bhagwan Shree Rajneesh, has requested the author to issue a public statement clarifying that his work is, indeed, a work of fiction.” (Rajneesh Times International (India), 1988:14)
Subhuti on novels by Updike and Rockland
“For example, two well-known authors have come out with novels whose story-lines are loosely based on Osho’s four-year stay in the US and on the international Rajneesh commune in Oregon. One is ‘S’ by John Updike; the other is ‘A Bliss Case’ by Michael Rockland. To be accurate, the two plots are based not so much on what really occurred, but on the American public’s simplistic notions of how those events might have looked…
American publishers tend to concur with this narrow point of view; none will touch a book sympathetic to Osho, while many have gobbled up manuscripts that either parody or belittle Him.” (Osho Times International (India), 1989:23/24)
Amrito on objectivity in biographies
“One of the key defences of this not so subtle censorship is the word “objectivity.” Consider the logic of Doubleday & Company, Inc., of New York. The company was contacted by an agent and in the course of an interview she explained to them that publishing companies seemed happy to publish anything against Bhagwan, but nothing in favor of him. Here is part of their reply:
“Thank you for coming in and bringing along The Most Dangerous Man Since Jesus Christ, The God That Succeeded, and Most Godly and Yet Most Godless Man. I have now had the chance to read through them carefully, and am afraid I found a fatal flaw running through all three: a lack of objectivity.
” I can believe that the books you mentioned, written by disillusioned Bhagwan Rajneesh followers, are slanted – against the Bhagwan. But I found these manuscripts slanted dizzyingly towards him; elegies, really. And that makes them less valuable and certainly less marketable than a distanced book would be.
” So unfortunately…”…
The unspoken conspiracy of intellectuals everywhere to silence Bhagwan is not confined to suppressing words on him by his disciples. In Oregon, Kirk Braun, a noted journalist who made as close a study as a non-sannyasin could, was unable to find a publisher who would take his book, Rajneeshpuram, the Unwelcome Society. He had to print it himself. Similarly, The Rajneesh Story: The Bhagwan’s Garden, by Dell Murphy, was printed by the non-sannyasin author at her own expense for lack of a publisher. What these books have in common is an absence of the party line on just how terrible Bhagwan really is.
The response to these authors from the publishing houses was such that when Ted Shay, Professor of Political Science at Willamette University, Oregon, had completed his book, Rajneeshpuram and the Abuse of Power, his comment on his intentions about finding a publisher was telling, given his status in the academic world. “It’s just not worth the bother of trying to find a publisher,” he said. “Anything that isn’t negative will not get published by the establishment.” He too published his own book.” (Meredith 1987, p. 198)
The pope’s banning of books
“The only answer was that his book [Bertrand Russel: Why I am not a Christian] was banned by the pope. It was put on the pope’s blacklist, which is published every year for the Catholics, saying that “You should not read these books.” I am fortunate, my books are also on the list. In the Middle Ages the pope used to burn these books: now it is difficult. But he can at least prevent Catholics, at least old Catholics who are afraid of death and who are coming close to it. It is difficult for him to burn the books; it is difficult for him to prevent even the new Catholic generation. In fact, just by his order that this book should not be read, it becomes more attractive.” The Transmission of the Lamp (1988), p. 158.
Heading: Ph.D. Thesis on Osho
“The Philosophy Department of the University of Bihar, recently accepted a Ph.D. thesis entitled A Critical Study Of Bhagwan Rajneesh’s Contribution to Philosophy and Religion. The thesis was written by Birmal Kumar.” (Osho Times International (India), 1989:21)
Interview with Amrit Roshani, ‘The Rajneeshpuram Scholars Group’
“Well, Ted [Shay] would come home from these meetings utterly fascinated by the whole thing, and I began to get curious after hearing all the stories. Being a political scientist I thought it would be really interesting to study a new city being created in the middle of Oregon. So one day in June 1982 I went to the Ranch. Before that spring neither of us had ever heard of Osho…
Once a year, sometimes twice – usually after I’ve returned from a visit to Poona – a group of us who call ourselves “The Rajneeshpuram Scholars Group” get together in Eugene. I show them the most recent videos and up-date them with the latest gossip. There are about eight of us. They still are hungry to hear everything; they really do miss the Ranch. All of them are still involved in writing articles, or chapters for books, or entire books about Rajneeshpuram.” (Osho Times International (India), 1990:20)
Rimmer has this entry on Osho in his autobiography
“Finally, to end with a chuckle. When I told Bhagwan Shree Rajneesh who is now back in Poona, India (still writing and speaking to an international following of a million or more), that I was writing my autobiography, he wrote me, “Now is not the right time. Your autobiography should end with sannyas. Why let the world renounce you. Why not you renounce it? When a man dies it is ordinary. But when a man renounces, his consciousness reaches to the heights that are possible. Sannyas is not a religion. It is simply a rejoicing in life and a rejoicing in death. My whole concept is that from the cradle to the grave life should be a dance.” So, let’s go dancing!” (Rimmer 1989, p. 305)
Devika writes from 1987
“Back in the Commune, I decide to write to Osho about something I have wanted to ask for a long time – I would like to write something about my experiences with him. As a child and in my teens, I wrote extensive diaries expressing all my deepest thoughts and I long to write something from my heart for Osho. I feel very shy as I send in the letter. For the next few days Osho looks into my eyes as he always does when I have just sent in a letter or question. Then finally I get the answer: “Blessings.” He also tells me in the reply to go and see Nishta who works in the office, and when I do so, she says Osho would like to know what I want to write about, and could I write one chapter for him to see.
I am very excited, and I write about my work in the kitchen making the curd, almost exactly as I have done here. I know that this is a middle chapter, but this is all I can do right now. I send it in, and Nishta types it up and Osho sees it, and it is given to Garimo to read. This chapter reads like a recipe book – how to make curd – and is rather boring I think! However, after a few days I receive a message back telling me to write the rest of the book and then look for a publisher for it. I am very happy but I begin to feel very nervous. I become afraid of exposing myself and letting people read the deepest thoughts of my heart. It is not easy for me to do it. I try to write more, but nothing will come to me at this time. Many times I attempt it, and I write many notes, but for some reason I am unable to continue with the book – it is not the right time for me.
In fact, it is only seven years later that I am able to attempt it again.” (Devika 2008, p. 159)
(Note: Her book ‘Love Song for Osho’ (2008) was finished in 1995, and ‘One Quest, Many Meetings’ appeared in 2001.
Devika on Writers’ Project
“After a few days, I see Garimo and tell her I have not been able to write my book. She suggests that I go and work in the ‘Writers’ Project’. This is run by an American woman called Tantra who was a teacher once in America. People are writing articles for magazines and she files them away and tries to publish them. I go and help her with the filing and also write an article myself which I never file, because I am too shy at this time…
Meanwhile, in the Writers’ Project we have weekly meetings with the writers: Amrito, Anando, Veeten, Subhuti, Rashid and Maneesha and they talk about their writing. I am kind of secretary to Tantra and I listen to what everybody is saying but I am very quiet and shy myself. One week I am able to tell them I have written an article, and they encourage me to finish it and give it to one of them to read. It is a short article about my sannyas, in fact a condensed version of the first half of this book. I give it to Maneesha and someone else to read and they say they like it, but everybody says it is unfinished. I try and try but I cannot find an appropriate ending. All I want to write at the end is, ‘I am here with Osho and I want to stay forever’…
I enjoy the Writers’ Project very much, but finally I give up trying to write the ending, and I give up on my article. There is no ending and I throw it away.” (Devika 2008, p. 166)
(Note: The Writers’ Project, with Ma Chit Tantra as contact person, is presented in Osho Rajneesh Newsletter (Digital). 05.07.1989).
“The most difficult moment was when during one of my visits to Pune, he [Osho] gave me the “mission impossible” to write “the manifesto of his vision” on social issues, which we then translated in English so that he could read it. In Italy I asked for help from some friends, with whom I felt in tune, to write the text. During a month of isolation in a house near Miastro, we devoted ourselves full-time to this particular form of writing, to meditation and collective sharing. We were also aware that at the end of this exercise Osho could possibly say, “Now throw everything away, it was just a joke.” At least that was what I imagined would most likely be the epilogue of this story.
I brought the translation to Pune and after ten days I received his blessings to publish it. I left for Italy almost in shock for what seemed to me to be an impossible task. But with the help of the writer and journalist, Michele Serra, who liked the text very much, I found Carlo Feltrinelli’s willingness to publish it. The Manifesto was published under the title “Politica e Zen” (Politics and Zen) by Feltrinelli Editore. Together with those who had helped me writing it, we took part in about forty presentations throughout Italy and we received a considerable press response. The text was republished, for the third time, in 2016 by OM Edizioni..
After Osho left his body in 1990, together with a writer and commune member of Miasto, Ida Porta, I wrote the book “Operazione Socrate” (Operation Socrates) about the poisoning of Osho but also about our experiences in the communes in Oregon and India. With its 40,000 copies sold over 20 years it is the best-selling book in the world of Osho.” (Sw Majid. Updated and adapted version in: www.oshonews.com/2018/11/09/. First published in Re Nudo, Italy)
Heading: The Rise and Fall of a Golden Guru. Three eye-opening accounts of the self-destruction of Bhagwan Shree Rajneesh:
– ‘The Ultimate Game. The Rise and Fall of Bhagwan Shree Rajneesh’ / Kate Strelley (Ma Prem Avibha) & Robert D.San Souci. (Strelley 1987)
– ‘Bhagwan. The God that Failed’ / Hugh Milne (Sw Shivamurti). Editor: Liz Hodgkinson. (Milne 1986)
– ‘The Golden Guru. The Strange Journey of Bhagwan Shree Rajneesh’ / James S. Gordon. (Gordon 1987)
(Reviewed by Annie Gottlieb. New Age Journal, September/October 1987, pp. 72-84)
Sloterdijk, German professor and philosopher, writes on Osho
“Manche Leuten stecken meine indischen Exkursionen noch im Kopf, warum eigentlich? Vielleicht ist es nicht nur so dumm, wie es auf den ersten Blick scheint. Möglicherweise verbirgt sich in dem Argwohn mancher Leute eine Frage, die ich hätte beantworten sollen. Mag sein, dass ich einigen Lesern etwas schuldig geblieben bin. Ich hätte wohl einen Poona-Essay oder einen Entwicklungsroman schreiben sollen – ein wenig wie John Updike es gemacht hat, der die Exkursion der Bhagwan-Bewegung nach Oregon als Hintergrund für ein geistreiches Buch mit dem Titel “S.” behandelt hat.” (Sloterdijk 1996, p. 104)
Autobiography of a Spiritual Incorrect Mystic (2000)
* Autobiography of a Spiritually Incorrect Mystic / Editor: Ma Deva Sarito (Carol Neiman). New York, St. Martin’s Press, May 2000. 302 pages. (Sarito 2000)
Interview with Sarito
“Q: Why was this particular time chosen to create such a book?
A: The timing is part logic and part mystery, as I see it. In fact, publishers for years have been asking us for an “authorized biography” and we have always refused. I think for the very reasons Osho has always talked about – what on earth could we say about him that is in any way meaningful, that he hasn’t already said about himself? So one way to answer the question is that finally a publisher came along who could see the value of constructing an “autobiography” from Osho’s own words, rather than trying to get somebody to write about him. And in marketplace terms, the tenth anniversary of his death is a logical time to release such a book.
The mystery of it has more to do with a kind of inner readiness on our side.
Could I personally have even begun to put this book together before now? I don’t think so. Could the whole organism of people connected to Osho’s work have allowed it to happen before now? I doubt it, and probably for reasons similar to my personal ones…
Q: Given what Osho has said about the uselessness of a biography, are you concerned that you have “sold him out” or gone against his wishes in some way by putting this book together?
A: No, not really. Or maybe it’s more accurate to say that was a primary concern throughout the whole process. But in a very real sense he has made it impossible for anybody to just sum up his life and work in a few hundred pages. So the short answer to your question is really that Osho has made it very, very difficult for anybody to sell him out or to go against his wishes, even if they might want to.
Q: Can you give us a preview of what’s in the book?
A: It begins at the beginning, with his stories about his childhood and his university days. An introduction to the “ordinary man,” to use his term. And in keeping with his statement that his biography ended with his enlightenment, the more conventional, narrative format pretty much ends with that event.
Then comes one of my favorite sections, which is called “Reflections in an Empty Mirror.” It contains his responses to the various projections people have put on him over time – from “sex guru” to “con man” and beyond. There’s also a selection of pieces that highlight his unique contribution and teachings, like the active meditations, his vision of Zorba the Buddha and “religionless religion.” And finally an appendix that presents a kind of annotated history of milestones in his life and work.
I think many of us have a tendency to fixate on a certain historical period and say “that was it, that’s what it’s really all about.” And it’s just very clear, when you see the whole pilgrimage from here to here to here – and it’s always here – that what it’s all about is an incredibly poetic and multidimensional mystery that just keeps on unfolding.” (Osho Times International, 2000:2)
Digital version forthcoming
“Autobiography of a Spiritually Incorrect Mystic by Osho. Shortly after the complete first run of the Osho Autobiography is sold out and during the current reprint of the hardcover version, St. Martin’s Press confirmed that it is preparing the title in all current eBook formats. Due to the worldwide demand of this title the book was moved to an early release and experimental sales as electronic version. The electronic version will be available on the Barnes & Noble.com website www.bn.com by mid August.The Insight series Courage, Creativity, Maturity will follow shortly afterwards. You can find detailed presentation and reading material from the books at our shop at www.osho.com.” (Osho.com Newsletter. 04.08.2000)
‘Autobiography of a Spiritually Incorrect Mystic’
“Despite Osho’s voracious reading, he famously never wrote a single book – all of his (as of this writing) over six-hundred and fifty books in print were faithfully transcribed by disciples, based on his numerous lectures spanning two decades. This book is no exception; despite the title of ‘autobiography’, it was not compiled by Osho, having been published ten years after he died. That said, it is a meticulously constructed book by nameless devoted disciples, accurately documenting much of Osho’s life based largely on his own words. An indispensable resource for those wanting a fleshed-out, reasonably objective perspective of his life, and especially one that is chronologically in order.” (Mistlberger 2010, p. 665)
“I Am a Spiritual Terrorist” are the words used by Osho as heading for chapter 4 in Communism & Zen Fire, Zen Wind (1990).
From Sarito’s Introduction. Excerpt:
“Osho was asked many times why he didn’t write an autobiography, or at least grant a series of interviews so that someone else could construct an historical account of his life. He would always dismiss these questions with a wave of his hand, timeless truths are important he would say, not the newspaper clippings that we collect and call “history.” Or, he would say, his biography is to be found in the sum of his work – in his hundreds of volumes of published talks, and in the transformed lives of the people he touched.
Nevertheless, the human mind hankers to make sense of events that happen in time. We want to grasp hold of a context within which we can persuade ourselves that we understand the meaning of the “stuff” that happens – especially when these happenings appear to be contradictory, startling, unusual. This volume is a recognition that the time has come to provide that context for understanding Osho and his work.”
Review in Booklist
“Osho’s posthumous autobiography affords a delightful glimpse into the life of one of the most outrageous twentieth-century spiritual leaders. Consisting of anecdotes that Osho told during his many lectures and classes, the book has a conversational tone that well conveys the sometimes infamous guru’s dynamic personality as it offers a sampling of his thoughts on meditation, enlightenment, sex, money, education, and the evolution of consciousness. Osho was not afraid to tackle the world´s major problems, pointing out inconsistencies and hypocrisy where he found them and simultaneously drawing together their best aspects into a synthesis grounded in meditation. Osho also answers some of the criticisms levelled at him for his seemingly outrageous behavior and his iconoclastic tendencies. He proves a fascinating man: a prolific writer and lecturer, highly educated, and deeply passionate about his own search for truth. Whether or not one is interested in Osho’s teachings or in the controversies surrounding his movement, his autobiography is entertaining, insightful and for some, perhaps, even enlightening.” (Bonnie Johnston. Booklist. osho.com newsletter May 2000)
Review in Publisher’s Weekly
“Readers may be amused by Osho’s humor, taken aback by his boastfulness, bemused by his pronouncements and shocked by his irreverence, but… they will also be struck by his insight.” (Publisher’s Weekly. 24.04.2000)
Heading: A Treasure Chest with Trivia
“The chronology section bears out the point about facts made in the preface. This chronicle has major gaps and overemphasis, for example the date of the announcement of his final name Osho, the undue stress on ‘harassment’ of his personal entourage, the excessive coverage of his stay in USA and the days just before he left his body. Selection of what will endure should be the criteria and not what agenda or readership it serves. Despite reading the words of Osho, one who has experienced Osho is left with the feeling that the book does not do justice to him. The trivia ruins the treasure.
A similar attempt to present Osho in one volume was made over 20 years ago resulting in ‘The Sound of Running Water’. Obviously, it did not cover his entire life but what it presented in terms of words, graphics, photographs, layout, design and print production has never been equalled so far. Today, this priceless volume is cherished and preserved as an heirdom by those who had the courage to invest in its high price at that time.” (Kul Bhushan. www.meditate-celebrate.com 01.06.2001)
Khushwant Singh, the writer and editor, on reading Osho
“I am currently reading the autobiography of the late Acharya Rajneesh, known to his disciples as Osho. It is entitled Autobiography of a Spiritually Incorrect Mystic. I try to read everything I can spoken by him on tape or taken down by his followers and printed in the weekly Osho Times and the innumerable books containing his sermons. I do so because I regard him as a propounder of ideas on existence, its purpose and whatever, if anything, remains before death. He was an iconoclast who held nothing sacred, questioned the existing religious dogma and cleared cobwebs of confused thinking from peoples’ mind. He was much the most erudite of world’s religious philosophers. He was humorous and often ended his sermons with a dirty joke with four letter words. He was a rare phenomenon. (The Tribune. India. 24.07.2000)
John Hogue writes
“Osho once said to Kurt Braun, the author of Rajneeshpuram: The Unwanted Society, that his people would become his autobiography.” (Hogue 2017, p. 68)
Heading: The Death of Zenzorba
“Our sources tell us that some six years ago the Ashram began to think of producing a so-called autobiography of Osho, although Osho himself had, in his life, advised against biographies and did not seem to like them. He once said from the time you wake up there is no biography. Researchers were recruited to scan all his published books and eventually produced a very well researched archive of 1,500 pages, some of it little known material from Osho’s early life, and arguably of interest to many sannyasins.
From this a “selection” was made by those responsible for present publishing policy within the Inner Circle. This concentrated largely on Osho’s later life, and those parts of his life in which they themselves figured, and was published, rather expensively, by St Martin’s Press of New York last year, as the “Autobiography of a Spiritually Incorrect Mystic”.
In an underground way, and mainly one suspects for the benefit of researchers etc, the 1,500 pages which are well organised and a bit of a Treasure Chest found their way into cyberspace, with a download facility, and this was passed by word of mouth, etc.
Noticing the endless request for Osho books, text, from sannyasins impoverished in every way, in Eastern Europe, and other places, where Osho himself always wanted to reach, this material was put up publicly on another web-site called Zenzorba in January of this year. Sannyasnews has learnt however, that the Ashram authorities acted very quickly on what they considered a breach of copyright and sent a high-powered solicitor’s letter to the ISP concerned and had the site closed down… not only that, they also arranged for a similar thing to happen to the original site also.” (Sw Anand Parmartha. www.sannyasnews.com 10.10.2001)
Translations into Spanish, German and Italian are forthcoming. (osho.com newsletter. 01.05.2000)
– Review by Gretchen Badami, University of Chicago, of paperback edition 2001. See Appendix.
– Review by Gail Hudson. Amazon.com
– Review in Elle Magazine, Italy.
– Forecast in Publisher’s Weekly. 24.04.2001.
– Review by Marie T. Russel. MightyNatural.com (USA)
– Review in The Sentinel. Guwahati, India. 03.03.2001.
The Song of the Ocean
* The Song of the Ocean. A Photo-Biography of Osho and his Work 1979-1990 / Sw Jagdish (editor). Publisher: Zorba Design, Poona (Osho World, New Delhi), 2010. 326 pages. Illustrated with b&w and colour photos. HB. Album size: 30×35 cm. Limited edition of 700 copies. Including: Photo Album of Osho. Appendix with references to discourses. Pages are numbered 462-788 in succession and ‘In continuation of The Sound of Running Water’ (Asha 1980) as mentioned in the text. No bibliographic data or colophon. (Jagdish 2010)
Lavishly illustrated with b&w and color photos from various phases of Osho’s work. Excerpts from discourses and editor’s commentaries on events and life around Osho.
– The Fifth Movement. The Salty Breeze. 1979-1981.
– The Sixth Movement. The Roaring Waves. 1981-1985.
– The Seventh Movement. The Ocean. 1985-1987.
– Sammasati. The Song. 1987-1990.
Seashell and Coloured Stones:
– Photo Album of Osho.
– Osho Speaks about His Personal Life.
– Osho Gives Guidance to Fellow Travelers.
– Appendix. With reference to all excerpts from discourses.
Introductory significant quotation from Osho
“Each and every sannyasin is my medium.
Each and every sannyasin is connected to me directly.
There is no organisation between me and you. There is no
priesthood between me and you. So the more empty you become,
the more you will be able to receive my vibrations, my heartbeat,
my song, the more you will be able to dance in tune with me – and
that is the only right way to spread the message. Because the
message is not of language; the message is of being, of experience.
We cannot create catechisms, principles, ten commandments, five
mahabritas – we cannot do that.
I can only do one thing: to help you to be empty, so that you can radiate me as totally as possible.
And no religion in the past has ever tried to spread its message by word of mouth, individual to individual. They have all been
dependent on organizations, churches. And all those churches and
organizations, sooner or later, start having their own interests. Then the real message is put aside.
I want my message to remain from individual to individual – pure
and simple, immediate, without any mediators.” The Osho Upanishads.
In this tome pages are numbered 462–788 in succession of ‘The Sound of Running Water. A Photobiography of Bhagwan Shree Rajneesh and His Work 1974-1978’ (Asha 1980) and on front leaf it writes ‘In continuation of The Sound of Running Water’. All bibliographic data and information on colophon are omitted.
The earlier photo-biography ‘This very Place the Lotus Paradise. A Photobiography of Bhagwan Shree Rajneesh and His Work 1979-1984’ (Madyapa 1984) seems to have disappeared into darkness as it is not mentioned in any official listings of published books on Osho’s work, nor is it referred to in this photo-biography. It has been written out of the publishing history of the movement around Osho, most likely to distance the present management from the rather controversial and tumultuous phase with Sheela’s criminal activities on the Ranch in Oregon 1981-1985. Still most photos covering the years 1979-1984 are identical in the two photo-biographies. It is not too clear to what extent OIF has approved this work, at least no legal action has been taken concerning the issue of copyright. See also: Part Five / 5.10 Books on Osho.
The Philousia of Existence
One book which hasn’t yet seen the light of day is ‘The Philousia of Existence’, Osho’s presumably last book, dictated to his secretary Anando during the last months of his life when he was having his meals. My understanding is that this book is intended to present the quintessence of Osho’s teachings and to a large extent is to be compiled from his talks. Anando was in the latter phase of Osho’s work his personal secretary and also occasionally substituting Nirvano (Vivek) as his caretaker. Anando is most likely still working on the editing of this book.
Osho on dropping the name Gautam the Buddha in December 1988
“Yes, it is true Gautam Buddha changed his name four times. And as I remember it, it was not worthy of him to do that. My change has taken me higher.
I found Buddha too old and too much fixed in his approach to life. Finally I dropped all concern with anyone. I have chosen my own name: Zorba the Buddha.
It has meaning, it is not just a name. It is my whole philousia; it is my whole vision, in which the lowest will meet with the highest, in which materialism and spiritualism will not be two separate and antagonistic things. That division has killed human spirit immensely. It has made man a battlefield, and I want man to be a dance, a harmony, a balance.” No Mind. The Flowers of Eternity (1989). Chapter 6, p. 94.
Anando in interview
“Q: What will you do when all Osho’s books are published?
A: That will be the day! Just in case we ever thought of retiring, Osho has left us with a huge list of new book projects. For example a twelve-hundred-page synthesis of His entire vision, to be called The Philousia of Existence: The World of Osho.
This project started off one day when I walked into Osho’s room and He says with a chuckle, ‘I have a great idea for a new book for you to write.’ I tell Him I don’t think it is such a great idea at all – I don’t even know what philousia means. ‘OK,’ He says, ‘I will dictate it.’ He gives me a pen and a couple of His big notebooks and off we go – He sitting back in His chair at His favorite occupation, talking, and me sitting on a freezing marble floor, desperately scribbling to keep up with Him. He starts off with some chapter headings (The Calamity of Organized Religions; The Cancer of Fixed Moral Codes; Commandments and So-Called Religious Disciplines; Priests and Politicians: The Most Dangerous Poison to Human Growth; The Pedagogues, etc.) Boy, am I glad He is the one writing this!
Then He asks me to compile a list of concepts for a table of contents. After struggling for a while I say that I don’t see how they can be listed in any kind of line order, as they are all so interlinked. So He takes the book and draws a tree of contents. The lower aspects of each subject are embedded in the roots, and the polar opposites appear along the branches with the final flowerings blossoming at the tips. The branches cross each other and interlink. Brilliant. ‘A book should grow like a tree,’ He says, ‘only then it is alive.’
For a week or so all goes great. We roar along for two hours a day and the pages mount up – ten, fifteen, twenty – only 1,180 left to go. And what incredible ideas, what a genius He is! I am feeling pretty smug as He is talking at around page 20, I say ‘Hey, this is the last chapter!’ ‘Yes,’ He says, You fill in the rest.’
So don’t expect to see that to come in the near future . But you can expect to see several new Osho books a year for at least the next ten years. Including maybe one day a title He gave: Notes From the Grave.” (Prem Anando. In: Osho Loves Books. Remarkable Books from Remarkable Publishers. The Rebel Publishing House, 1988/89. Leaflet. 10 pages)
Shunyo on The Philousia of Existence: The World of Osho
“He began to sleep in the daytime more often, so He did not do secretarial work with Neelam and Anando as before. Anando, and sometimes Neelam, would come and talk to Him while He was eating lunch or supper. He dictated a book to Anando during His meal times. A book that covers His whole philosophy, The Philousia of Existence: The World of Osho. It was an intimate scene, Osho sitting at the small table, under which He always crossed His feet, resting on the table leg or a cushion, and Anando and Neelam sitting on the floor with their notepads and letters. One wall of the dining room was entirely glassed, and it looked out onto a rose garden that was illuminated at night.” (Shunyo 1999, p. 263)
Kavisho recalls from Osho Lao Tzu Library that Osho allowed Anando to have a desk in the new library to write on her book Philousia; she moved into the new library space, with her two parrots she was very fond of, but the library staff had to deal with the bird shit on books and papers which was quite a scene. Anando was functioning as secretary for the Inner Circle, and apparently this work had a priority to the writing of Philousia. (Kavisho. E-mail. 26.03.2017)
Heading: The Philousia of Existence – Osho’s Last Book
“I asked on our Chat Board about this now mysteriously unpublished (last) book of Osho. It was fully mentioned in Shunyo’s book “Diamond Days with Osho” as a text that Osho has dictated to Anando his then secretary in the last year of his life. I got this reply though Jayen from Pratap (I think they are Inner Circle people or associates of them).
“This book that Parmartha talks about has nothing to do with the Inner Circle. It was given to Anando by Osho to write. And she was given a basic skeleton to work with. 99% content of this book is to come from already published material. And I understand publishers have already been approached about this book. This is a personal matter between Anando and Osho and no one else’s business.”” (Parmartha. www.sannyasnews.com 26.09.2002)
Heading: Nobody Channels Osho
“Q: As the one who is left by Osho in the role of his medium, you have probably looked into this whole issue pretty thoroughly, haven’t you?
Anando: Yes. As I see it, He rules out the idea of any verbal messages to people on an individual or personal level, or relating to issues of everyday life. In fact, for many years now He hasn’t been giving people individual advice about what they should do and what they shouldn’t do in their personal life, what is best for them, etc. He says that He has said everything, that the people should read His books and listen to His discourses, that His only interest is to get us into meditation. So it is not His way to give these kinds of messages. But it is an obvious way for the guru mind to establish spiritual authority.
There’s one more thing I’d like to say: Osho specifically speaks about messages from disembodied masters. He says:
“When a message comes from a master, it has to be something so absolutely needed that the masters who are no more in their bodies feel that a message should be sent to all unconscious, sleeping, blind people. But it is only when there is something urgent; otherwise there is no need.”
He says that only in a state of No-Mind is it possible to receive such a message. If it ever happens, I’ll let you know!” (Anando. In: Osho Times International, 1991:9)
From interview with Ma Prem Anando 1997
“Q: Did Osho give you many titles of books to write?
A: Yes, and I’ll write them when I retire…(laughter)…
Q: Osho says you are his medium. What does this mean to you?
A: I don’t know… I really have no idea. And I prefer not to think about it.” (Osho Times International, 1997:5)
As of 2020 Anando’s editing of The Philousia of Existence is still in progress, maybe to appear some fine day in the future.
Excerpts from the extensive press coverage of Osho during Poona Two in Indian and international media.
Osho on press coverage
“I am being condemned all over the world. Everyday, Neelam and Anando bring news clippings from all over the world; people who don’t know anything about me are unnecessarily freaking out. But as far as I am concerned, nothing makes even a dent in my consciousness. Utter lies are being written about me. Just the other day there was news from Madras, in a Tamil magazine, that because of my teachings hundreds of women are running naked in California – because I teach that man is born naked and it is his birthright to be naked. And many of these women who are running naked in California are pregnant. I really enjoyed it! My teaching is bringing fruit.
Some other day, in a Hebrew magazine, there was a very serious article alerting the Israelis that my next target is Israel, that I am going to come to Israel. First I will become converted into a Jew, and then I will declare myself as the reincarnation of Moses, everything is planned. I am just waiting for the right time. I used to think there is a limit to lies, but I was wrong. There is no limit.” The Golden Future (1988). Session 29, p. 272.
“In 1987, when he returned to Pune after his world tour and deportation from 22 countries, he again asked me to continue with editing his publications and also look after mediapersons. His specific instructions were: ‘Never freak out when you see anything negative about me in the media. They do not know the full picture. You know the full picture because you are with me. So you answer them point by point in a loving manner.’
Another guiding principle was to always appreciate the media when accurate and positive news is published. Always be welcoming, open and loving to the media. On his arrival in India, Osho declared to mediapersons, “You are my people, you are doing my job of reaching the people. In USA only the media saved my life with its coverage.” (Chaitanya Keerti. www.sannyas.net/ 14.10.2000)
Heading: Osho in the News. India
“Osho is receiving long overdue recognition by the Indian news media. The Illustrated Weekly of India, one of India’s oldest and most highly respected publications, with a circulation of more than 100,000, recently featured Osho’s views on the significant issues in India Today, presented in a ten-page cover-story entitled “If I Ran India” (October 8, 1989)” (Osho Times International (India), 1989:21)
If I Ran India
“The Illustrated Weekly, which has a readership of one million, solicited a ten-page cover story on Osho’s views of India, entitled “If I Ran India,” which was published on the eve of the elections in October 1989. The response, judging from phone calls and letters sent to the magazine, was immensely positive. Simultaneously, the Indian Post – the favored paper of the intelligentsia, with a readership of 50 to 60,000 – published an article on Osho’s view of meritocracy.
Apart from the Illustrated Weekly, other magazines that have run cover stories on Osho, include India Today, Savvy, Sunday, Society, The Sun, Gentleman, The Probe, Dharmayug, Chitralekha, Abhiyan and many more. Every week there is mention of Osho in one of the big national papers, and publication of his views on a whole range of subjects, from morality to communalism.
Chaitanya Keerti, who runs the Indian press office in the commune, comments that even Marathi papers, which are more Hindu-oriented and have therefore been antagonistic to Osho, have started writing positive articles, praising Osho as a prolific author and decrying the label of “sex guru.” “Before, many Hindi and other language newspapers were only feeding the rumors, magnifying them, spreading them,” said Keerti. “Now, they often ring us first to check its accuracy if there is a rumor about the commune. Sometimes they even write to tell that they are doing a special issue on environment and request us to send something of what Osho has said on the subject.”…
Commenting about the Indian press’s change of heart towards Osho, Vedant said: “The press somehow feel that they didn’t really stand up for Osho when he was being harassed by the United States and was put in jail. They feel some kind of a responsibility that they didn’t do what they should have done. In a way maybe they are compensating for it by saying, “Well, at least we should now acknowledge him for who he is.” And also there is a feeling that he did show that one man alone fought the United States government, that he stood up to it all by himself, and he didn’t budge, he didn’t break. That has given people the assurance that he really represents something that is very valuable.”” (Forman 2002. Epilogue, p. 425)
Heading on Indian Politics in: If I Ran India
“If I Ran India…
Some see him as one of our greatest living thinkers. Others, as a spiritual conman, offering the quick fix to his gullible flock. What no one can deny, however, is the magic of his appeal. The Pied Piper of Koregaon Park still attracts people from all over the world. Thousands who come all the way to listen to a man many of us in India dismiss offhand as just another religious prankster.
For Rajneesh looks at life differently.
He persuades you to look at life differently. To see things in a way you have never seen them before.
Pritish Nandy took the reclusive godman for a walk. Not to discuss matters of the spirit, but to find out what he felt about Indian politics. To know what his views were, on the key issues concerning the country today. Corruption. Communalism. Education policy. Ram Janmabhoomi. The status of women. Socialism. And, of course, Doordarshan and the freedom of the press.
What India is. What India should be.
Osho Rajneesh on the issues before the electorate in the coming general elections.” (The Illustrated Weekly of India. 08.10.1989)
Maneesha quotes Satya Vedant
“Satya Vedant, vice-chancellor of the Multiversity – a native of India and a sannyasin of fifteen years – is regularly invited to lecture at schools, colleges and universities throughout India. He has commented: “I can say with great confidence that people in general in India are now beginning to see Osho’s work in a totally different perspective. I have talked to many people, and the first thing they admit is that whatever he is saying makes sense; whether you agree or disagree with him, he is making sense.
“Secondly, they see him as a man of wisdom. I have heard people say that at this point, at least in India, there is no one who can fulfill that role of a man of wisdom; and traditionally in India there have been such people, that they at least consider fulfill that role – people like Jaya Prakash Narayan [the socialist philosopher and the main force behind the overthrow of Indira Gandhi], and Vinoba Bhave [a Gandhian moralist]. Many many people do value what Osho says.” (Forman 2002. Epilogue, p. 423)
Maneesha quotes Khushwant Singh from Indian Express, 25.12.1988
“Khushwant Singh is an acclaimed top journalist of the country who writes a syndicated column published by over forty papers. He reviewed Osho’s book on Zarathustra and pronounced it best book of the year, 1988. In his write-up he declared Osho to be “a really free-thinking agnostic. He is profoundly erudite and can explain the most abstract conceptions in simple language illustrated with witty anecdotes. He mocks gods, prophets, scriptures and religious practices and gives a totally new dimension to religion.”” (Forman 2002. Epilogue, p. 424)
Devageet on press coverage and fraud
“In Pune Two, in 1987, Osho spoke in a morning discourse of the constant pain and other strange symptoms that followed His illegal US imprisonment, courtesy of Ronald Reagan. He declared the toxic symptoms resulted from being poisoned while in US custody. The following morning five major Indian newspapers headlined, “Rajneesh had AIDS!” The detailed articles had obviously been prepared earlier, and their front page splash across India was a coordinated strategy for Osho’s character assassination.
Ma Anando, His legal secretary, quickly found that the author was a “doctor” of doubtful qualification, who, despite lacking medical excellence had later been invited to the US for “hematological” training. The India-wide medical practitioners organization he claimed to lead had only two members, himself and a relative. Osho called an immediate press conference inviting all leading Indian newspaper editors. With Amrito as His spokesman, Osho declared He would undergo a public HIV blood test to prove His symptoms were from poison administered in US prisons, not from AIDS. He asked me to accompany His blood to the Pune Virology Institute to ensure nobody substituted His blood sample. The test showed Osho was AIDS free. At the second press conference Osho’s swift response exposed the media lie. He then challenged the Prime Minister of India, and members of the Indian Parliament to be similarly tested, declaring them to be too cowardly to accept His challenge.” (Devageet. Viha Connection, 2015:4)
Osho on TV coverage being banned by authorities
“They are preventing any news media from reaching here: the Indian government does not give them permission.
We received letters from many television stations saying, “We want to come and see what has started again, what is going on in the ashram, but the Indian government says, ‘You can come, cover the whole of India, but you cannot go to Poona. Only with that contract can you come to India.” Om Shanti Shanti Shanti (1989). Session 12, p. 121.
Osho on press coverage
“Prem Hasya has been on a world tour with a project of creating the atmosphere amongst scientists, artists, painters, musicians, for a World Academy – which belongs to no race, to no religion, to no nation, and whose concern is absolutely the whole world.
Just today she is back, and she reported to me that she had gone to see the chief editor of the German newspaper, Die Welt. The journalist who had taken her was immensely interested in the project and wanted to write a detailed article about it. He could see the potential of a World Academy of Creative Science, Art and Consciousness as a defence against those who are preparing to destroy the whole world in nuclear warfare.
But the journalist, of course, wanted to ask the permission of the chief editor. Coming out of the chief editor’s office he told Hasya that the man had thumped the table and shouted, “I am a Christian and I will protect the Fatherland!” when the journalist had said he wanted to write a positive article about Bhagwan.” Zen: The Solitary Bird, Cuckoo of the Forest (1988). Chapter 13, p. 205.
Osho on Satyananda
“This man writes that all the magazines that go on propagating against me in Germany are owned by the Christians, Catholics or Protestants. So they cut out anything that will strike a sympathetic note in people’s minds. They just go on creating antagonism; on any point, they invent something. And it is very easy to invent lies.” Communism & Zen Fire, Zen Wind (1990). Chapter 6, p. 273.
Heading: Poona Paper Looks at Milne’s Book. Bhagwan’s Disciples Invited to Respond
“On December 6, 1987, Rajneesh Times International received a letter from the Maharashtra Herald (an English language newspaper published in Poona) stating that the paper intended to print allegations made against Bhagwan and His disciples by Hugh Milne in his book ‘The God That Failed’. The paper also requested that we respond to these allegations.
After advising the Maharashtra Herald that the correct title of Milne’s book should be ‘The Guard That Failed’, or alternatively, ‘The Clod That Failed’, a Rajneesh Times research team examined the quote provided by the newspaper, and gave a comprehensive reply. Under the headline ‘The Ashram Answers’, the Maharashtra Herald published seven of the twelve questions they had asked us, coupled with edited versions of our replies. The paper’s editing of material supplied by our research team is reasonable, and amounts to about half of what was offered. We reprint here the full text of the Herald’s article:[Excerpted from the Sunday Maharashtra Herald, December 13, 1987.” (Rajneesh Times International (India), 1988:3)
Heading: Bhagwan Big News in India
“There are four Hindi papers which regularly publish Bhagwan’s discourses. Their names are: Aj ki Janata (M.P.), Anand Times (U.P.), Akul Bharat (U.P.), Sheela Samachar (M.P.), and Manmukta (H.P.)…. Every day, at least five different newspaper clippings arrive on my desk. Bhagwan is still big news in India.” (Rajneesh Times International (India), 1988:21)
Arun Bhabani writes
“By and large, major Indian journalists have loved Osho and his people. Shobha De has written about the Osho Times in her columns, Arun Shourie has been a regular Osho Commune visitor and so has Pritish Nandi. Vinod Mehta has a love-hate relationship with Osho’s people, finding them perfectly juicy topic for his columns. And that grand old man of Indian journalism, Sadar Khushwant Singh, has much to say on the Master! Much of the language press too like Hindi and Gujarati has always published Osho’s discourses.” (Arun Bhabani. In: Keerti 2000, p. 121)
Solo Summit via satellite. Excerpt:
“In a direct challenge to the United States government, Bhagwan will speak via satellite to a worldwide audience.
“Ronald Reagan and his government have tried to silence me by preventing me from entering America, and by ordering many other countries around the world not to allow me entry,” Bhagwan said. “But they cannot succeed. They have utterly failed, because I can reach into those countries by satellite. My message to humanity is going to be heard, and no politician can stop it.”
Ma Prem Hasya, Bhagwan’s international secretary, said that Bhagwan will give a blueprint for the survival of the planet and expose political and religious leaders who “are every day bringing the world closer and closer to destruction.”
We are inviting well-known people and the intelligentsia – scientists, artists, writers, musicians, etc. – to submit questions which will be answered in the solo summit. Sannyasins who have contacts with such people can approach them with the information and inquire if they are interested in submitting questions…
To answer the most frequently asked question so far, the solo summit will take place later this year.
Questions submitted should be no more than 80 words, signed with the questioner’s name and profession, addressed to: Solo Summit attn. Swami Chaitanya Keerti Rajneeshdham 17 Koregaon Park Poona 411 001 India” (Announcement to Sannyasin Centers Worldwide. No date ).
(Note: The satellite summit was never to materialize).
Keerti on his work in Press Office
“I worked in the Ashram’s Press Office for more than a decade, and the Press Office always had people from various countries. It was really fun working with them, as I was always there, while others came and went, floating!
And there were also difficulties and challenges of working with people from other cultures, but they are not greater than the challenges of working with people of the same culture. In the Press Office, we had people from English-speaking countries – America, Canada, Great Britain, Australia, New Zealand etc. – because we needed proper English for the press releases. I am bad with grammar and word choice in English, as I did not have an education in English. Another Indian, Swami Satya Vedant, was proficient in English and a significant contributor to the Press Office. But we preferred to have Australian Krishna Prem, British Subhuti, and American Veeten write the press releases in British and American English, although we were mostly working in India or from India. And our press releases were often praised and published verbatim, without any editing, in the Indian media. Germans were not good with the English language, but Abhijat and Manasvi, both Germans, always saw to it that the press releases were presented in a neat way, so that they looked good! And the Press Office needed passion, dedication, and devotion, and I think I had those in abundance. (Am I boasting, like Indians do?) I made sure Osho made a splash in the media – this way or that way. Everybody contributed in his or her own particular way, and the end result was really amazing!” (Sw Chaitanya Keerti. At: www.sannyasnews.com 23.11.2005)
Ma Prem Hasya comments on the media coverage on Osho and she encourages sannyasins to engage themselves in local media contacts and to be inventive in networking and communicating. In a letter from January 1989 she gives some suggestions and different ways to disseminate Osho’s insights:
“1. Help to get book reviews in local papers, whatever size.
2.When you have an event happening in your center – showing “The Manifesto” video, art exhibition, whatever, inform the press, invite them to come. For this you could work with your press contact.
3 You could arrange to receive copies of the press releases we send from here to your press contact and circulate where possible.
4. If any visitor comes to the center who is famous or any one of you has a contact to someone famous, you could approach them re the Friends of Shree Rajneesh; your local contact for further details on “Friends” is also listed below.
We will soon be mailing you a list of quotes that we are compiling from A-Z by Shree Rajneesh which you could pass on to your local newspaper for publication or, at least, for their files, so they have updated information on what is happening. Local newspapers are a potential we have not really explored yet and, once again, we would love your input on this idea.” (Ma Prem Hasya. Letter to centers. January 1989)
Guidelines for Press Office Archives, Clippings and Responses, dated February 1989, are mailed to Osho centers worldwide signed by Ma Ananda Sarita.
– Article clippings on new ideas and new information around the world are requested in “What’s Happening Now” 25.11.1988.
– Guidelines for being a Press Contact Person. Press Office, February 1989. (From: Press Information kit. Press Office. 1989)
Osho suggests that every article which mentions him or his people should be responded to by his sannyasins. If it is a positive article a letter of appreciation should be written, and, if it is a negative article a letter should be written dealing point by point with all the inaccuracies and refuting their false conclusions.
Sannyasins are also encouraged to collect clippings and to write letters to the press (letters to the editor) about his work. Contacting magazines and suggesting they publish articles about Osho is another useful way of helping to get his vision into the media. (Press Office. 08.05.1991)
Heading: Press Releases
“Up to now we have been sending all our international press releases to a wide range of wire services and newspapers etc around the world. Normally we would send them to Delhi where the representatives of these agencies would pick up the release and send them to their home countries.
As these Delhi reps never picked us up, we have been by-passing them and telexing the releases direct to the rest of the world.
Luckily, the Independent in London and the BBC, and AFP in Paris have picked up some of the releases, and this then is seen and heard by these same correspondents here in Delhi – the Independent is sold here and the BBC is widely listened to here.
For the first time last week, the Delhi correspondent of AFP – Agence France Press – picked up our release on the Western Yogis becoming vegetables by standing on their heads and damaging the fine membranes of the brain. Perhaps the by-passing has logged them into action. The release was picked and printed in Süddeutsche Zeitung.
We are going to Delhi ourselves next month to talk to these foreign correspondents personally, particularly about the Health and Ecology Conference and our work in this field. Basically, the farming situation in the third world is an unfolding disaster and only really aware organic methods – kind of soil intensive care – will save the situation. This is exactly what we are doing, now providing 2-4 tons of fresh nutritious vegetables and fruit every day to the commune – free of any pesticide residues. This is something of a miracle in a third world country.
The other big story that we want to talk to these correspondents about is the dramatic reappraisal of Osho by the Indian intelligentsia in the last couple of years. As you may have noticed from this echo, we are getting really incredible press these days. When, a little while ago, Sharad Pawar visited the Nalla Park – rapidly being seen as India’s most beautiful park – it was a bit like if Caspar Weinberger (in the job now done by Bush’s number three, Dick Cheney) had visited Rajneeshpuram! When Osho was declared to be one of the ten most influential figures in Indian history, we know things are beginning to change.
Now the task is to get this change across to the West. Their usual rationale for ignoring Osho is that “even Indians don’t accept him.” Now this is not true, we need to find ways of saying so. Hence our visit to the Delhi correspondents. There is an incredible story that they are not passing on.
We recon that the first stage of this is done. We hope that by keeping good contacts with Delhi, more of the releases, and later more direct quotes from Osho as happens here, will be passed on.
We will continue to feed the BBC, the Independent and AFP Paris, but will no longer send any more releases beyond India to any other agencies. With this message is a list of all the agencies etc that we have been sending the releases to, up to now.
What would be perfect is for Osho lovers on the net – or through their friends – take up this work. We will send the releases over the press echo, and apart from the three places mentioned above, you can send them to any regular media outlets you feel appropriate. The list in the next message will get you started, but any local outlets you feel to send them to, do. If you want telex numbers or addresses of any media places, let us know and we can try and find them in the international directories we have here.
You may want to follow up what happens. Maybe a fax is not as good as a telex, maybe it is. A letter can also work. But only by seeing what happens and following it up with a call to the editor, for example, can we learn the fine print of the rules of the game, which will alter from place to place.
It is important that the releases look good – a laser print out for example. For example, in Cologne, Nirvano translates the releases that he feels might run in Germany, and then faxes them to the newspapers and radio etc, under the title of Osho Press Office, Cologne. Just let us know what you are doing so we don’t tread on each other’s toes. There is no point in another German translation going to the same paper. On the other hand, if you want to send it just to your local paper that Nirvano doesn’t, then that would be great. A little coordination of our efforts is all that is required, plus a little energy. And the main thing is not to get discouraged if they don’t print them. At least they know that Osho is alive and kicking, and then, one day, suddenly it is there in the paper. A mystery. One of Osho’s last requests was to “make sure the press releases keep going out.” If anyone does a little, the combined effect will be quite dramatic!
We will let you know what happened in Delhi!
Lots of love to you, and good hunting, Press Office.” (Press Release. Press Office. Osho Publications. August 1991)
Naturally, when Osho left his body this event was covered by international press agencies. Excerpts from a few of those press reports distributed by Associated Press are quoted, uncommented:
– Associated Press. Earleen Fischer. New Delhi. 19.01.1990.
Time: PM 0927PST. Word Count: 0979. Excerpts:
“The Bhagwan Shree Rajneesh, the guru who drew thousands of followers to central Oregon by preaching a blend of Eastern religion, pop psychology and free love, died today of heart failure, his spokesman said. He was 58.
Rajneesh, known as Osho Rajneesh in recent years, died at his commune in the southern city of Poona, where he settled after being deported from the United States… He took his throne with him when he left…
Rajneesh returned to India but left after a month when the government deported 10 of his aides… For six months he roamed the world in search of a home but was turned away by 21 countries. In July 1986 he returned to India and set up a commune.
His headquarter in Poona were far humbler than the sprawling ranch in the sage-brush dotted hills of central Oregon’s high desert. In Poona, Rajneesh was reduced to a six-acre commune…
In “The Orange Book,” which contains the guru’s teachings, Rajneesh advocated “dynamic meditation.”
– Associated Press. Sally Carpenter Hale. Portland. 19.01.1990.
Time: AM 1423PST. Word Count: 0784. Excerpt:
“The Bhagwan Shree Rajneesh said his showcase of communal living in Oregon would set an example for the world, but at his death Friday his commune was vacant and unwanted, his followers scattered, his memory reviled.”
– Associated Press. Vijay Joshi. New Delhi. 19.01.1990.
Time: AM 1550PST. Word Count: 1178. Excerpt:
“Bhagwan Shree Rajneesh, the Rolls-Royce guru who turned a central Oregon town into a tumultuous commune of free love, hedonism, and murder plots before being deported, died Friday at age 58.”
– Associated Press. Raju Gopala Krishnan. New Delhi. 20.01.1990.
Time: AM 1106PST. Word Count: 0498. Excerpts:
“Thousands of followers of Bhagwan Shree Rajneesh, the guru of free love, flocked to his commune Saturday a day after his death to celebrate what they consider the release of the Rajneesh’s spirit.
Rajneesh, 58, died at his commune in the city of Poona on Friday. The official cause of death was heart failure, but a statement released by the commune said he died because “living in the body had become a hell” after the Rajneesh’s alleged poisoning in U.S. jails.
Commune spokesman Swami Chaitanya Kirti said at least 15,000 followers visited the center Saturday and chanted mantras, meditated and danced…
[In Oregon] Rajneesh preached that materialism was good, and his followers lavished him with riches. The commune eventually collapsed after both Rajneesh and his personal secretary were arrested.”
Osho International Conferences 1990-1991
– Education for the 21st Century. Osho International Conference. Co-sponsored by Osho Multiversity and Osho Global Connections. July 22-26, 1990. Leaflet. 4 pages. “This conference is intended for teachers, educational policymakers, academics, administrators, and others who are interested in the future of education.”
– Health & Ecology for a 21st Century. Osho International Conference. Co-sponsored by Osho Global Connections, Osho Multiversity, Center for Transformation and International Academy of Healing Art. August 26-30.1991. 8 pages. “This conference is about looking inward at ourselves and the way we are, how the lessons we learn in this process may help others see the way they are, and ultimately, how this relates to the world at large. Is there a common thread between our sickness, the sickness of others, and the sickness of our planet? If so, is there an intelligent, practical response?”
See also: Osho on Journalism (1989). A compilation from: The New Dawn (1989). Chapter 19, Question 5. Published by Osho International Foundation, 1989. 32 pages. Osho talking on healthy journalism. See below.
Press Releases and Factsheets are listed in: Volume III / Sources.
One of the first things Osho set in motion when he returned to Poona in 1987 was to ask for an international newspaper called Rajneesh Times International (RTI), title later changed to Osho Times International (OTI). He said that all the sannyasin papers, newsletters and magazines which were being published around the world should merge into this one international paper, written and produced in Poona with contributions from all over the world, and that it should be translated, published and distributed in as many languages and countries as possible.
The small booklet ‘Osho on Journalism’ (see above) contains a compilation from The New Dawn (1989). In his introduction Sw Anand Subhuti, former political correspondent for The Birmingham Post, writes:
“In this small compendium of excerpts from his discourses, Osho holds a magnifying glass to the journalistic profession and to the social paradigms within which it operates. It is a sobering reminder that until journalism breaks out of this circle of unconscious behaviour we cannot hope to create a healthy and sane society.
Osho pays special attention to the situation of Indian journalism and its habit of slavishly imitating its western counterpart. And he makes it clear that, because of India’s unique cultural background, which is rooted in an authentic spirituality, this country’s journalists have the chance to be the first to create a new kind of journalism in the world.” (Osho on Journalism (1989), p. 3)
Osho’s guidelines for newspapers bearing His name
“The positive should be supported and the negative should be condemned. In that way you are not simply positive, you are bringing both.. but the negative side is ugly…
The attitude of a healthy journalism is: The positive should be the goal, the negative should be used as a steppingstone to it, but never emphasized. Because that create in people’s mind the idea that the negative is what life is all about. That is a very dangerous cancer of the soul.”
“I have been around the world and I have been puzzled that the so-called news media, if it cannot find something negative, invent it. All kinds of lies are invented. It never talks about something beautiful, anything great. It does not create the idea in people that we are progressing, that we are evolving, that a better humanity is ahead. It only gives the idea that the night is going to be darker and darker.”
You have to keep in mind that whatever you do, whatever you write does not go against the message. So you have to keep alert that it beats with my heart, that it keeps in tune with me, that it does not lose contact with my vision. Our concern is not sensation but to spread the message.
So anything that you find happening in the world which supports the message, choose it. But the message remains your criterion.
Your freedom of expression is absolutely there, but you have accepted a vision. Now you have to use your ability of expression to make that vision available to as many people as possible. That will be your creativity.
But if my newspaper starts writing something against my own message and you call it freedom of expression, then you are not being a gentleman. Then you should start a newspaper of your own and use your freedom of expression.
My message is your message.
‘If it goes against me, it is going against you’.
‘Never be negative: negativity leads nowhere’.
‘The positive person has to come out, so the negative people can be contradicted, so that those who are in search of Truth, of silence and peace, can feel a possibility. Because if those negative people are not contradicted, it becomes an argument in their favor: ‘why are these not contradicted’?
(Quoted from: ‘Declaration of an alarmed disciple’ by Ma Prem Hamido. Amsterdam, 04.11.1992)
Osho talking on Rajneesh Times International in Oregon 1985
“This newspaper is certainly not an ordinary newspaper. It is not just that you are collecting news and printing it; it has a certain purpose behind it….
It has a message, and you have to keep in mind that whatever you do, whatever you write, it does not go against the message. This newspaper is not a mere newspaper -…. It is a messenger. So you have to keep alert that it beats with my heart, that it keeps in tune with me, that it does not lose contact with my vision.
“So your freedom of expression is absolute there; but you have accepted a vision – now you have to use your ability of expression to make that vision available to as many people as possible. That will be your creativity. But if my newspaper starts writing something against my own message, and you call it freedom of expression, then you are not being a gentleman. Then you should start a newspaper of your own and use your freedom of expression. My newspaper has to be my freedom of expression, and you have to give it form, reality, relevant context.” (Interviews with World Press, 12.10.1985)
* The Rajneesh Times (India). December 1983 – 1987. Poona. Fortnightly. Editors: Ma Yoga Prem (1985), Sw Jayesh Bharti (1986), Sw Anand Maitreya (1986-1987). Editorial Board (1986): Sw Chaitanya Keerti, Ma Amrit Sadhana, Sw Gopal Bharti. Publisher: Sw Satya Bodhisatva, Sw Anand Svabhava. 8 pages with inserts, 12 pages (1987). Illustrated. Annual subscription Rs. 48.
Continued in The Rajneesh Times International.
On title heading of early issues: ‘A Newspaper with a Vision’.
“The Rajneesh Times (English). Fortnightly. Date of Publication: 11th & 25th of every month. Annual Subscription Rs. 48/-.
The Rajneesh Times (Hindi) Fortnightly. Date of Publication: 11th & 25th of every month. Annual Subscription Rs.48/-.
Rajneesh News Bulletin (Hindi). Monthly. Annual Subscription Rs.10/-.
Rajneesh News Bulletin (English). Monthly. Annual Subscription Rs.15/-.” (The Rajneesh Times (India). 1985:2)
Rajneesh Times (India). Selected articles continued:
– Bhagwan returns to Poona after 2043 days. 1986:2
– A Golden Glimpse by Sw Devageet. 1986:2.
– Hindu Extremists in Conspiracy Against Bhagwan. 1987:4.
– Editorial: Is India a Democracy or a Police State? 1987:4.
– Two letters from Ulhas Dhole Patil, major of Poona. 1987:4.
– Exclusion of Bhagwan from Doordarshan is a Crime. 1987:4
– International Network of Translators. 1987:4.
– On Human Rights is being translated into 23 languages. 1987:4.
– Celebrate the enlightenment of Bhagwan Shree Rajneesh March 21st 1987 Poona. For the first time in six years Enlightenment Day Celebration in Bhagwan’s presence in Poona! Morning Discourse 8 a.m. Evening Darshan 7 p.m. 1987:4.
– Drawing of new pagoda in Buddha Hall. March 25-issue. 1987:8.
– Ma Deva Yachana writes on music recording in ashram. 1987:9
– Mayor inaugurates Krishnamurti Memorial in Rajneesh Ashram. 1987:10.
– Bhagwan’s books go Spanish! Ole! 1987:10.
– Bhagwan’s words around the globe. ‘Between the Covers’ is a new feature in The Rajneesh Times where we will write up all your news from around the world concerning Bhagwan’s words. 1987:11
– Confessions of a successful bookseller. 1987:11.
– New distribution network for Bhagwan’s books in Europe. Sw Anuragi, Cologne. 1987:11.
– The forgotten few. Ranch crew visits Rajneeshdham. Sw Jalal, Ma Prem Pradipo, Ma Prashanto and Sw Amano Sahajia. 1987:12.
– The knack of translating Bhagwan’s words. Ma Raga. 1987:12
– The newspaper to be published also in Gujarati. 1987:12.
– Reading Bhagwan in Korean. 1987:12.
– A new water course for the Ashram. 1987:13.
– In each issue: ‘Between the Covers’ on publishing. 1987:13.
– Sarito reviews The Rajneesh Bible, Vol IV. 1987:13.
– Explosion at Ko Hsuan School. 1987:13.
– Letter from Bhagawati, dated 28.06.1987, as insert. Asking readers to report if their local university has books by Bhagwan, are lecturing on Bhagwan, or use his discourses in their courses. 1987:14.
– Interview with Ma Yoga Mukta and Ma Amrito, Greece. 1987:14.
– Interview with Nostradanus author John Hogue. 1987:15.
– Interview with Ma Yoga Taru. 1987:15.
– Full-page ad: We celebrate the expansion of the Bhagwan Shree Rajneesh Library! Ma Shanti Avirbhava welcomes donation of new, unused, non-fiction books published after 1981. 1987:15.
– The Master Designer. On book production. 1987:15.
– Interview with Sw Anand Chetan. 1987:15.
– Book reports from Korea, Brazil, Austalia, Holland, Japan, UK, and Greece. Since 1977 232,000 of Bhagwan’s books have been sold in Japan. 1987:15.
– Interview with Sw Deva Rituraj. 1987:15.
– A pantomime of five scenes in June depicting the birth of Bhagwan’s ‘New Man’. 1987:15.
– Sw Anand Maitreya (editor) dies 17.07.1987. 1987:16.
– For right journalism. Discourse 27.06.1987. 1987:16.
– Interview with Ma Amrito [Jenny Pica], founder of the Olympic Forum. 1987:16.
– Announcement from Bhagwan on Sw Anand Maitreya’s death. 1987:17.
– Obituary by Sw Chaitanya Keerti. 1987:17.
– Our beloved friend. Feature on Maitreya. 1987:17.
Publisher Sw Anand Svabhav writes
“Beloved Readers and Advertisers!
You have watched and enjoyed the growth of the Rajneesh Times and we are happy to note how deeply you love the paper. Your loving cooperation has been our greatest asset.
Recently we have been extremely busy updating our format and working out a process so that the paper reaches you quickly. We have increased the number of pages to twelve and efforts are afoot to turn it into a weekly publication.
In the course of the last ten months we have had two issues printed with full color photos and will soon print the Enlightenment Day Special (March 21st) in color as well. It is going to be so special that you will want to preserve it as a souvenir.” (The Rajneesh Times (India), 1987:6)
Heading: Our Beloved Maitreya has silently left his body
“Swami Anand Maitreya (also known as Mathura Prasad Mishra) has died. He was aged seventy-one, and was one of my “oldest” sannyasins, having taken sannyas in 1971. When he first came into contact with me he had been a Member of Parliament for seventeen years. A close colleague of Pundit Jawaharlal Nehru, he was also the chief editor of an important daily newspaper.
After taking sannyas from me, he renounced politics and everything, and has been with me ever since. He was the editor of The Rajneesh Times (English edition), and translated many of my books from Hindi to English, and from English to Hindi.
I had declared him enlightened on 5th June, 1984, in Rajneeshpuram, USA.
“He lived beautifully and died beautifully. He slipped from sleep into eternity; but he was not asleep…”” (Bhagwan Shree Rajneesh. 17.07.1987. The Rajneesh Times (India), 1987:16)
Heading: Swami Anand Maitreya: a blissful friend
“I had been in close contact with Swami Maitreya since 1974 – working with him over the years in the same department, editing the Hindi books, the Rajneesh Foundation Newsletter and Sannyas magazine in Hindi. It was always such a joy. He had such a juicy presence and always exuded friendly vibes. Indeed his name also means Blissful Friendliness, and he really lived up to his name, absolutely.” (Keerti. The Rajneesh Times (India), 1987:17)
* Rajneesh Times International (India). December 11, 1987 (Vol IV, No. 25 / Vol V, No. 1) – October 1, 1989 (Vol II, No. 18). Fortnightly. Rajneeshdham, Poona, India. In English and Hindi. Editor: Devanando (1987), Sw Chaitanya Keerti (Sep 1988). Editorial Board: Neehar, Doris, Krishna Prem, Subhuti, Narayan, Anando, Veeten, Sangeet (1988) et al.. Publisher: Sw Anand Svabhava (1987), Narain Das (Sep 1988). 24 pages, 28 pages from August 1988. Illustrated. Tabloid format.
“The issue 21.03.1988 is registered as Vol I, No. 5. The volume is reset to 1, and issue No. skips back to 5, probably to match the future volumes to calendar years. Last issue of this title is dated Vol II, No. 19, but this has been changed with pen by publisher to Vol IV, No. 18.” (Sugit. Personal information. 2017)
Published in Hindi and in English. Annual subscription (24 issues). Overseas: Rs. 400; US$ 32; DM 60; UK £ 20; in India Rs. 60. Published simultaneously in India, Australia, USA, Italy, Japan, Holland, England, Germany and Scandinavia. Vol III: October 11, 1986 (number 21). Fortnightly. India. Annual subscription: Rs. 60.00.
Continuation of The Rajneesh Times (India). Title change from The Rajneesh Times to Rajneesh Times International following internationalization and death of the former editor Maitreya.
Continued in Osho Times International (India). November 1989 – November 2000.
“The Rajneesh Times is under new editorship. Maitreya left in a splash of glory, creating a great vacuum. Our Master chose this time to declare The Rajneesh Times International – new faces, new pens, and a broader purpose… Bhagwan delivers so much great copy daily, that the constant dilemma amongst your editors is: What not to print!” (1987:19).
Rajneesh Times International. Selected articles:
– Bhagwan in the News, India. Sw Chaitanya Keerti. Vol 4, 1987:18.
– Interview with Ma Prem Kaveesha. Part 1. 1987:18.
– Review of Cities on a Hill (FitzGerald 1986a) by Sw Deva Rashid. 1987:18.
– New editorship: Maitreya left in a splash of glory. 1987:19.
– Interview with Dr. Robert Erwin Gussner. Part 1. 1987:19.
– Interview with Sw Deva Peter, caretaker of Rolls R. 1987:19.
– Interview with Ma Prem Kaveesha. Part 2. 1987:19.
– Interview with Mukta on Lao Tzu Garden. 25.6.87.
– Bhagwan’s Library. Ma Shanti Avirbhava. 11.7.87.
– Bhagwan in the News. Press report by Bill Owen. 1987:20.
– The Complete Works of BSR. One page/book. 25.7.87.
– Review by Sunshine of Kate Strelley (1987). 1987:20.
– Interview with Dr. Robert Erwin Gussner. Part 2. Forthcoming book on Rancho Rajneesh and American politics mentioned, which seems not to be published. 1987:20.
– Moscow Book Fair, report on Osho’s books. 1987:21.
– Interview with Ma Prem Hasya. 1987:22.
– Review of Dr. Fritz Tanner: Bhagwan. Rogue… 1987:22.
– Interview with Professor Hans Peter Dreitzel. 1987:23.
– Interview with Ma Shantam Avirbhava. 1987:24.
– The United Sates of America vs Bhagwan Shree Rajneesh. By Sw Prem Niren. 1987:24.
– Power and Hierarchy by Ma Prem Sangeet. 1987:25.
– Rajneesh Meditation Camp in Lapland, Finland. 1987:25.
– Review by Maneesha of Life, Love, Laughter. 1987:25.
– Sannyas Verlag sponsoring publications. 1987:34.
– Review by Sw Nishakar of Bhagwan: The Most Godless Yet the Most Godly Man by Dr. George Meredith. Vol V, 1987:2.
– Editorial Board: Neehar, Doris, Krishna Prem, Subhuti, Sangati, Lorna, Sangeet. 1988:3.
_ After two weeks of illness Bhagwan is with us again. 1988:3.
– False Faces. The Santosh Story. Interview with Sw Shantamo. 1988:3.
– Heading: Poona Paper Looks at Milne’s Book. Bhagwan’s Disciples Invited to Respond. Reprint of the full text of the Herald’s article excerpted from the Sunday Maharashtra Herald, December 13, 1987. 1988:3, p 8-10.
– Sw Prem Niren and Sunshine visits Charlotte NC. 1988:3.
– Letter to the editor from R.C. Prasad (1978), Patna. 1988:4.
– Book reports from Korea, Holland and the Vatican. 1988:4.
– Letters from Neelam to M.V. Kamath on his articles in Mid-Day magazine, 30.10 & 14.11. 1987. 1988:4.
– Rajneesh’s ashram. Reprints of two articles from The Afternoon Despatch & Courier, Bombay. 1988:4.
– 8th New Delhi World Book Fair. 05.02-15.02.1988. Featuring 500 titles by Bhagwan Shree Rajneesh. Ma Shantam Lani, World Ambassador. 1988:4.
– The World Academy for Creative Science, Arts and Consciousness announced. 1988:5.
– Interview with Sw Deva Amrito on his latest work ‘Years of Preparation’. 1988:5.
– Interview with Ma Prem Purna. 1988:6.
– Interview with Sw Anand Subhuti. 1988:6.
– Bhagwan’s books in London Book Fair 29.03 – 31.03.1988. 1988:6.
– Rajneesh Newsletter computer network based in Munic. 1988:6.
– Interview with Japanese nun Ma Anand Chitoku. 1988:6.
– Bhagwan back on shelves in America and Holland. 1988:6.
– Yaa Hoo! The Mantra Salute introduced. 1988:7.
– On feature in BUNTE with photo of raised arm salute. 1988:8.
– Interview with Ma Shantam Lani. 1988:8.
– Computer Network News. 1988:9.
– Pc-network, how to get on-line. 01.06.1988.
– The Institute for Justice and Human Rights, Sausalito. 1988:9.
– Books. News from Italy, Holland, and Denmark. Danish distribution center in Copenhagen, with Parigyan, Vandan and Sarita. 1988:9.
– Manifesto video released. 1988:9.
– CIA backing distribution of Milne’s book in India? 1988:10.
– Keerti on mail to ashram opened by Police in Poona. 1988:10.
– Sw. Sukhraj Bharti writes on time with Bhagwan. Part 1. 1988:10.
– US Plot to Destroy Rajneesh Ashram. 1988:11
– Affidavits by Ma Prem Kaveesha and Sw. Anand Subhuti. 1988:11.
– Representatives for the World Academy of Creative Science, Arts and Consciousness. 1988:11.
– Letter from Del Murphy to Maneesha. 1988:12.
– The Rajneesh Mystery School opens its doors. 1988:12.
– World Academy in Holland, Italy, and Australia. 1988:12.
– Bhagwan weak. No discourses. Sunglasses. 1988:12, 01.07.1988.
– Interview with Krishna Prem by Maneesha. 1988:13.
– Indian poets and musicians performing at Rajneeshdham. 1988:13.
– With Special Issue: Gurupurnima Day Magazine. 1988:14.
– Sw Sukhraj Bharti writes on his time with Bhagwan. Part 2. 1988:14.
– Feature on Signature Series. 1988:14.
– Box Sale of Bhagwan books. Ansu Publishing Co. Oregon. 1988:14.
– Fine Art Lithographs of Bhagwan by Sw Prem Agvinesh. 1988:14.
– Interview with Ma Prem Hasya. 1988:15.
– Interview with Sw Anand Videha on the distribution of Bhagwan’s books in Italy. 1988:15.
– Sue Appleton’s book (1999). Review and excerpt. 1988:15.
– Interview with Sw Yoga Christopher (Bowers), IBM. 1988:15.
– Advertisement: Meditation. The First and Last Freedom. 1988:15.
– Rajneesh video festival, Freiburg. 20-24.6.88. Booklet. 14/15.
– Fear is the Master, video, is being distributed from The Dialogue Center, Århus, Denmark. 1988:17.
– Ma Paritosh Lore (Lore Krollpfeiffer), ambassador to Germany, writes. 1988:17.
– Sw Kaivalya Teerth (Per), Ph.D. from University of Lund. Subject: Why do people become disciples of Bhagwan? 1988:17.
– Painting His Words. Ma Anand Meera. 1988:18.
– Feature: Spreading the Word on the Most Dangerous Man Since Jesus Christ. 1988:18.
– Packing and Producing the Word. 1988:18.
– Harnessing Computer Technology. 1988:18.
– The Frankfurt Book Fair. 1988:18.
– Compilations: Vertical Marketing of Bhagwan’s Words. 1988:18.
– Statistics Speak. 1988:18.
– Bhagwan Live on Video. 1988:18.
– Video Review: The Rising Moon. 1988:18.
– Music: The Silent Dimension. 1988:18.
– Poona bookstore, feature. 1988:18, 1,10,88.
– A Kid’s Place. Ko-Hsuan Rajneesh School. 1988:18.
– Letter from poet Shrimati Amrita Preetam to Parliament. 1988:19.
– Anatomy of an Arrest: The Framing of Bhagwan. Part 1. 1988:19.
– Books translated and released in France. Sw Anand Sant and Ma Ghata. 1988:19.
– Coleman Banks, Rumi translator, visits ashram. 1988:19
– Further Developments in the Toy Museum. 1988:19.
– Notice on Carl Latkin’s reports from Oregon. 1988:20.
– Amrito writes on World Academy. 1988:20.
– Jabalpur: Now and Then. By Ma Yoga Punya. 1988:20.
– Anatomy of an Arrest: The Framing of Bhagwan. Part 2. By Sw Satyam Anando. 1988:20.
– Sw Anand Sanatano assassinated in Sicily. 1988:21.
– Feature on Signature Series exhibitions, Japan and US. 1988:21.
– Publishing in Japan. Sw Anand Gyanodaya. 1988:21.
– Videoreview of Socrates Poisoned Again. Sw Bhikkhu. 1988:21.
– Mail order of books at cost price from Rebel Publ. 1988:21.
– Bhagwan’s signatures, silkprints. 1988:21, 16.11.1988.
– Sw Krishna Deva: Revealed as Bhagwan’s Judas. 1988:22.
– Interview with Prof. Johannes Neumann, Germany. 1988:22.
– Berlin opens Rajneesh Library/Gallery. 1988:22.
– Article on Bhagwan by Dr. A.N. Deshpande, Nagpur. 1988:22.
– Interview with Coleman Barks. 1988:22.
– British TV crew film Bhagwan and Lao Tzu library. 1988:22.
– Spotlight: The Museum of Gods. 1988:23.
– Birthday Magazine ’88. Special issue. 1988:23
– Feature: A Bankrupt Humanity by Sw Amrito. 1988:23.
– Enlightened Art. First Signature Series. Collectors Edition of 21 Prints. Only 30 prints per signature. 600×900 mm. Japan. 1988:23. Also in 1989:1.
– Computerizing Connections. Network. 1988:23.
– Interview with Ma Hamido. 1988:23
– Review of box set: The World of Zen. 1988:23.
– My Meeting with Bhagwan. Carolyn Shoulders, Sep 1985. 1988:24.
– Feature: Countdown to Eternity. Sw Amrito. 1988:24.
– Interview with Ma Yoga Mukta. 1988:24.
– The Art of Being a Misfit. Sw Anand Veeresh. 1988:24.
– Four book reviews in: The Book Reader. Jul/Aug 1988. 1988:24.
– Editorial: Buddha Denounces Bhagwan. 1989:1.
– Berlin: Rajneesh Library opens. Sw Prabodh & Ma Prem Chanchal. 1989:1.
– Ma Prem Turiya on the Anti-Fischer-Hoffman Process. 1989:1.
– Ma Atmo Khudal. Publications Rajneesh. Canada. 1989:1.
– Interview with Sw Anand Alok. 1989:1.
– Sw Purvodaya on The Master’s Press. Yatri: Unknown Man. 1989:1.
– From now on: Shree Rajneesh or Beloved Master. 1989:2.
– Interview with Sw Prabodh Dhanyam. Viha. 1989:2.
– Interview with Charles Fisher, prof. at Boston Uni. 1989:2.
– Rajneesh Sangeet Sandhya. Musical Evenings Recorded Live at Rajneeshdham. Four tapes of meditative Indian classical music. 1989:2.
– Ma Alok Mumuksha, Rajneesh Verlag and France. 1989:3. 16.02.89.
– Sw Anand Sant & Ma Divyam Ghata translating into French. Publ. Co.: Le Voyage Interieur. 1989:3.
– Ma Anand Meera on her paintings. 1989:3.
– Feature: The Lion’s Roar. Rajneesh on press. 1989:4.
– Feature by Robert H. Rimmer: The Enlightened Humanist Shree Rajneesh. 1989:4.
– Zen Books in His Library. Request for books. 1989:4, 01.03.
– Shree Rajneesh responds to Ronald Clarke’s profile ‘The Narcissistic Guru.’ Spring 1988 issue of Free Inquiry. 1989:4.
– Enlightenment Day Magazine ’89. Included in 1989:4.
– On January 24, 1989, Osho spoke for four hours. 1989:5.
– 27 signed books published in 1988 sold at auction. 1989:5.
– Photo book; A Man of Many Climates… published. 1989:5. Review by Ma Prem Prartho in 1989:7.
– Interview with Bob Mullan, maker of video: Bhagwan: My Dance is Complete. 1989:5.
– Interview with Sw Deva Majid. 1989:5.
– Katsue Ishida takes sannyas. 1989:6.
– Ma Prem Gayan interviewed by Ma Prem Mangla. 1989:6.
– Bid For A Buddha Book! International Postal Auction for unique signed books by Osho Rajneesh. 1989:6.
– Coverphoto of Osho in Lao Tzu Library, cf.video. 1989:6,1.4.88.
– Five books translated into Chinese, Taiwan. 1989:7.
– Review of Paul Lowe: The Experiment is over. Maneesha, 1989:7.
– Interview with Sw Prem Aryaman. 1989:8.
– Interview with Ma Anand Ragini. 1989:8.
– Interview with Sw Harideva. 1989:8.
– Niskriya on video recording. 1989:9.
– Interview with Sw Siddhartha. 1989:9.
– Gulaab RMC in Mallorca has published 11 books. 1989:10.
– RISK. Center in Denmark since 1986. 1989:10.
– Interview with Sw Gyan Siddeshavar. 1989:10.
– Interview with Soviet sannyasin Sw Dhyan Nisargan. 1989:10.
– Review by Ambhoj of Maneesha’s Twelve Days…(1989). 1989:10.
– Savla 1988 reviewed by Vasant Joshi. 1989:10.
– Writers’ Project. Sw Veeten & Sw Prem Islam. 1989:11.
– Osho’s Signature Pure Gold. 1989:11.
– Poetess Talks about Osho. Amrita Prem. Nav Bharat. 1989:11.
– Stop Press. The Garden of the Beloved One. Community meeting 19.05.1989. Amrito, Anando, Neelam. 1989:11.
– The Osho Rajneesh Tarot Deck. 1989:11.
– Meanwhile, back at the Ranch… Svadesh & Sarani leaving Ranch in December 1988. 1989:12.
– Gold Nuggets & More Gold Nuggets. 1989:12.
– Osho’s Coming Out at Gurupurnima Festival. 1989:13.
– Variations on Godot: Waiting… The Osho Playhouse. 1989:13.
– Insert: White Robes for Meditation. 1989:13.
– Supplement: Full Moon Festival Magazine. 1989:13.
– Autographed Books For Osho. 1989:14.
– Osho Rajneesh Global Connections. 1989:14.
– Sw Satyamurti (Dutch Rajneesh Times) on designing. 1989:14.
– For subscriptions: Tao Publishing, Koregaon Park. 1989:14.
– Osho Praises Castro as Pioneer of AIDS-free Society. 1989:15.
– Osho’s Books Flourish in Italy. 1989:15.
– Global Connection How to be Involved in Osho’s Vision. 1989:15.
– Letter from Ma Prem Sangeet to Dr. Kranenborg, NL. 1989:15.
– Interview with Max Brecher on his book: Passage to America. 1989:15.
– Rajneeshpuram Studies Discussed by University Panel. 1989:16.
– Osho Spars with Atheists. 1989:16
– Interview with Ma Prem Veena. 1989:16.
– Mahaparinirvana Festival Sep. 4-8, 1989. 1989:17.
– Letter to the Editor, Wiener Magazine. 1989:17
– Creative and Professional Writing Course. 1989:17.
– Interview with Sw Dhyan Yogi. 1989:17.
– Osho’s Books in French. Bi-annual magazine: Le Voyage Interieur forthcoming. 1989:17.
– 1989:18 incorrectly printed on the cover as #19, October 15.
– Namechange from Osho Rajneesh to Osho. 1989:18.
– Announcements by Anando from Osho. 1989:18.
– The New Darshan: White Swan Brotherhood. 1989:18.
– Osho’s Health. 1989:18.
– From ashram to: Osho Rajneesh Commune. 1989:18.
– Interview with Hasya. Visiting US meeting Timothy Leary and John Lilly. 1989:18.
– Tribute to R.D. Laing. 1989:18.
– Interview with Ma Deva Padma and Swai Prem Siddhena. 1989:18.
– Feature: The Winter of Our Discontent. 1989:18.
– Insert: Sannyas Business Index. 1989:19.
– Sannyas Businesses Worldwide. 1989:19.
– Upanishads Rocks Poona. 1989:19.
– Interview with Ma Prem Karuna. 1989:19.
– Zenrise, Bindu’s first album. 1989:19
– Subscribe to the Osho Times. 1989:19.
Continued in Osho Times International (India), 1989:20.
Osho on the newspaper
“This is no ordinary newspaper. It has to bring my vision to the world. Even if just a fragment, just a seed of truth, falls into your heart, sooner or later you will become the Garden of Eden. It cannot be avoided. Just a drop, and the whole ocean will find its way towards you.” (OTI-marketing letter)
Internationalization of Rajneesh Times
“This issue reaches, for the first time, thousands of Australians, as The Rajneesh Times Australia becomes The Rajneesh Times International, and thousands of Italians, Germans and Americans as the extra-ordinary network of sannyasins starts to show itself…
Of course, the Japanese, the Dutch and Germans all get their papers in their own languages, with their own local news and advertisements. But fundamentally all the papers will be the same – they’re all coming from the Source. The message is explicit and The Rajneesh Times International will bring it in as many ways as possible.” (The Rajneesh Times International, 1987:20)
Letter for advertising in special editions December 1987
“This year on Bhagwan’s birthday we are bringing out two special editions of the Rajneesh Times International; one on Bhagwan’s birthday, December 11, and a second issue on December 25 to bring you photos and news of the celebration itself. The Rajneesh Times is already an amazing paper and these two issues will be dazzling.
Current circulation is 20,000 copies read by 80,000 people and by December this figure should reach 100,000, given the rate at which subscriptions are arriving. The Rajneesh Times International is now published simultaneously in Australia, USA, UK, India and Holland in English and in German for die Germans and in Italian for… guess who! By the birthday Dutch, Japanese and Scandinavian language editions should be out too.” (Insert. Signed by Neehar. October 1987)
“Karuno and I both went to work at the Rajneesh Times. I designed ads on the computer using Pagemaker. Something I had just been trained on in my job at Dow. I loved designing on the computer. It was such an opening to my creativity when I learned to use a computer.” (Patipada 1997, p. 129)
“Rajneesh Times International. Published simultaneously in India, Germany, USA, Australia, Italy, UK, Japan, Holland, Sweden, Denmark, Norway, Spain, France.” (Rajneesh Times International, 1988:13)
Gurupurnima Day issue 1989
“July 18th is Gurupurnima Day – another special issue of the Rajneesh Times International.
THE GREAT WHITE SWAN.
This is the symbol Osho has recently chosen for His own stationary for Sannyas Initiation and “Friends of Osho Rajneesh.” We will explore all the beautiful pieces He has said about swans and dedicate them to Him in His paper.
Just as we were beginning to look for material, we found the following Haiku:
Swans and Cygnets
This time the format will be different. Instead of a magazine, the greetings to Osho will be incorporated into the paper…” (Letter from Ma Anurag Sajeela (R.T.I. Advertising) and Ma Prem Yuthika (Editor). 01.05.1989)
* Osho Times International (India). October 16, 1989 – November 2000. Fortnightly. Editor: Sw Chaitanya Keerti. Editorial Board: Yuthika, Sangeet, Anando, Wajid, Pankaja, Darshano, Sheelu, Niten, et al.. Publisher and Printer: Narain Das, Tao Publishing, Poona. 28 pages. Illustrated. Tabloid format.
Continuation of Rajneesh Times International (India).
The issue published 16.10.1989 is first issue with new name (Osho). Volume and numbering are continued from Rajneesh Times International. New cover lay out from June 1990:11.
Subheading 1994: The Paper for the New Man (alt. The Newspaper for a New Humanity).
From June 1995: Full-color monthly magazine. 64 pages. Executive Editor: Sw Chaitanya Keerti. Editorial Team: Anando, Nirvano, Sarito, Veeten, Subhuti. Other language editions: German, Hindi, Italian, Japanese, Portuguese, Tamil.
From Summer 1998: Quarterly.
Continuation of: Rajneesh Times International.
The magazine was discontinued in 2000, with vol 13, no. 4 as last issue in print.
Appeared again in paper format 2004 until August 2009 with change of title from Osho Times International to Osho Times.
From 2009 continued at www, only digital version available.
Start of digital newsletter 01.05.2000: osho.com newsletter.
From 01.11.2000 title change to: Osho International Newsletter, free at www.osho.com in nine languages.
Osho Times International. Selected articles:
– Press Conference in Charlotte. 1989:20.
– Feature: A Pyramid Renaissance. By Veeten. 1989:20.
– Osho on Scandinavian Book Fair in Gothenborg, Sweden. 1989:20.
– The Aboriginals: Flowers of Bastar. 1989:20.
– Mystic Rose One Year. 1989:20.
– Interview with Sw Azima on Mora therapy. 1989:20.
– Kushwant Singh reviews From Sex to Superconsciousness. 1989:20.
– Editorial: “Stop!” 1989:21.
– Osho in The Illustrated Weekly of India. 1989:21.
– The Emperor’s Topee. By Chaitanya “Proper” Sagar. 1989:21.
– Energywork. By Ma Sagarpriya. 1989:21.
– The Mystic Robes. By Ma Deva Kamala. 1989:22.
– Birthday issue. 1989:23/24.
– Preview: The Choice is Ours. By George Meredith. 1989:23/24.
– Rajneesh: Spiritual Terrorist. TV documentary. 1989:23/24.
– Survey of New Arrivals in Poona Commune July 1989. 1989:23/24.
– Frankfurt Book Fair – Book Harvest in Germany. 1989:23/34.
– Born Again. A Diary of the Process. 1989:23/24.
_ Photo features: 1980-1989. 1990:1. 01.01.1990.
– Interview with Ma Deva Dwabha. 1990:1.
– Ma Prem Nirvano (Vivek) left her body at 09.12.1989. 1990:1.
– Interview with Sw Samarpan Avikal. 1990:1.
– Interview with James Gordon, author. 1990:2.
– Amrito on reading Osho, statement. 1990:2, 16.01.90, p. 21.
– Communism’s European Fall. 1990:2.
– Interview with Sw Anand Shantamo. 1990:2.
– Osho Research Library Services Opens to the World. 16.01.1990.
– I Leave You My Dream. 1990:3/4. 01.02.1990.
– Supplement: OSHO. Never Born Never Died. 1990:3/4. 01.02.1990.
– Sw Amrito on Osho’s last moments and messages. 1990:3/4.
– The Inner Circle. 1990:3/4.
– The events from January 16 – 21. 1990:3/4.
– Anando on Osho’s response to TV crew: When I Die. 1990:3/4.
– Interview with Ma Prem Amiyo & Sw Anand Yogendra. 1990:3/4.
– Sw Anand Veeresh at photo session. 1990:3/4.
– The Infinite Process of Creation, or, Videha Gives Birth to Books! Videha on publishing in Italy. 1990:3/4.
– Interview with Chinese calligrapher Qiu Zheng Ping. 1990:3/4.
– Interview with Sw Krishnananda. 1990:3/4.
– Tributes to Osho in the World Press. 1990:5.
– Reprint: Tom Robbins: A Tribute to Osho. 1990:5.
– Sw Amrito at Press Meeting on IC. 1990:5.
– Introduction to Osho Computer Network. 1990:5. 01.03.1990.
– 1990:6 issue is in two editions, 51 and 15 pages respectively.
– Editorial by Anando: “After I am Gone…” 1990:6.
– The Chuang Tzu Samadhi Meditation. 1990:6.
– Eight Provocative Tapes. Themes on CBS. By Savita. 1990:6.
– The Explosion. Book sales. 1990:6.
– Osho Book Auctioned for US $41,000. 1990:6.
– The Dream Comes True. By Amrito. 1990:6.
– New book on US secret war on Osho by Majid announced. 1990:7.
– Osho Irradiated? The Plot Sickens… Sw Devageet. 1990:7.
– Fear and Loathing in Oklahoma City. Sw Prem Niren. 1990:7.
– Osho’s Medical History 1987-1990. By Sw Prem Amrito. 1990:7.
– Interview with Sw Deva Amrito, NL. 1990:7.
– A Successful Voyage into French Publishing. 1990:8.
– Yes Osho. New Monthly video magazine. 1990:8, 16.04.1990.
– Letter from Sw Anand Subhuti to Michael Barnett. 1990:8.
– Osho’s Guidance on Robes Reread. 1990:9.
– Osho Darshan subscription form. 1990:9, 01.05.90.
– Remastering the Master – Wholesale. 1990:10.
– Osho Now News. Monthly video distribution. 1990:10, 16.05.1990.
– Editorial on new design of OTI. By Ma Prem Tushita. 1990:11.
– Ma Dhyan Sagar, coordinator of Osho Research Library. 1990:12.
– Interview with Sw Satyananda. German OTI reprint. 1990:15.
– Gadarwara PL: 3000 vols. from early Osho. 1990:16/17, 01.09.
– Ma Yoga Mukta on the maulshree tree in Jabalpur. 1990:16/17.
– Interview with Ma Amrit Roshani. 1990:20.
– Translations status in 8 languages 1990. 1990:20, 16.10.1990.
– Article on rumors and gossip. By Veeten and Subhuti. 1990:20.
– Editorial by Subhuti on US treatment of Osho. 1990:21.
– Interview with Sw Prem Punya, Swedish therapist. 1990:21.
– Orgone Energy for Everyone. Wilhelm Reich. 1990:22.
– Interview with Dwari & Devapath on Breath Therapy. 1990:21.
– Interview with Sw Deva Wadud. 1990:24.
1991 – 2000. With fewer selected entries:
– Interview with Sw. Deva Amrito on Mind Gone Beserk. 1991:3.
– Last discourse: Sammasati. 1991:4, 16.02.1991.
– Interview with Pandit Hariprasad Chaurasia. 1991:5.
– 6000 vols. of Osho’s books for US Gulf troops. 1991:5, 1.3.91
– Review by Amitabh of Maneesha’s book on World Tour. 1991:6.
– Interview with Anando: Nobody Channels Osho. 1991:9.
– Ma Kavisho, on original paintings. 1991:9, 01.05.1991.
– Worldwide Osho Archives project begins. Feature. 1991:11,01.06.
– Archive anecdotes. By Sw. Jalal. 01.06.1991.
– Questionnaire to readers of OTI. 1991:12.
– Interview with Ma Yoga Neelam. 1991:14.
– Inside Osho’s library. More books wanted. 1991:15, 01.08.1991.
– Osho on Bhuribai. From: Jyun Tha Tyun Tharaya. 1991:16.
– Mukta on Osho Meditation Academy. 1991:17.
– Interview with Sw Devageet. 1991:18.
– Interview with Sw Shunyam Niskriya. 1991:18.
– Interview with Ma Yoga Sudha. 1991:20.
– Khushwant Singh in open letter to OTI. 1991:20.
– Osho chair at Pune University? Status. 1991:23, 01.12.1991.
– Interview with Ma Prem Garimo. 1991:24.
– Dostoevsky/Crime and Punishment. Osho’s copy. 1992:1, 01.01.92.
– I Leave You My Dream. By Ma Prem Yuthika. 1992:2.
– Interview with Ma Yoga Neelam & Ma Deva Anando. 1992:2.
– Om sign drawing by Osho August 1989. 1992:2
– Osho Photo Project in Cologne. 1992:3.
– Interview with Ma Prem Samadhi. 1992:5.
– Sw Deva Satyarthi on Woking on Osho’s Body. 1992:7.
– Osho: Signatures on Water. Review by Paul Reps. 1992:7, 1.4.92.
– Advertisement: Osho Book Club. 1992:8.
– Neehar on ecology in Oregon and Osho Teerth, Poona. 1992:11.
– On paintings. Osho Chooses. Design of books. 1992:12, 16.06.92.
– Deva Vachana at Research Library on book donations. 1992:14.
– Osho Book Club now also with books in German. 1992:14, 16.7.92.
– Osho Book Club in Germany: Audio & video discourses. 1992:15.
– Yoga. 1st ed. of 24-page magazine on Osho. Bulgaria. 1992:18.
– Osho Music Enters the Marketplace. By Ma Prem Lolita. 1992:19.
– Osho hits Italy’s best-seller lists. 1992:19.
– Osho at American bookseller’s convention in L.A. 1992:20.
– Singapore Book Fair. 1992:21.
– Book search service. Osho Publikaties, Nederland. 1992:21.
– Tidal wave of Osho book shows around India. 1992:21.
– News clippings: Read all about us! 1992:22.
– Translating Osho’s video discourses. 1992:23.
– At the Feet of the Master. Sarito-review. 1993:2, 15.01.1993.
– Interview with Sw Satyananda. By Savita. 1993:3.
– Interview with Max Brecher on: Passage to America. 1993:7.
– Rancho Apocalypse. By Dhyan Arjuna. 1993:11.
– Bhagwan’s Erben. NDR 3 production. Kaimaier/Weisser. 1993:11.
– Therapists on the variety of national masks. 1993:15.
– Rajneeshpuram. City in a Desert. 1993:18.
– Osho’s Communities Around the World. Focus. 1994:2.
– Dalai Lama visits commune in Poona. Received two books. 1994:7.
– Osho Books all Over. 1994:4.
– Sw Premm Prasad. Obituary. 1994:5.
– Sw Dhyan Arosha on: Books, Books, Books. 1994:11.
– Theme: The New Journalism. Subhuti/Keerti. 1994:14.
– One Day in the Life of the Buddhafield. By Satyananda. 1994:14.
– Osho on Osho Times. The Last Testament, Vol III, #22. 1994:14.
– Books! Books! Books! 1994:16.
– Osho Viha Meditation Center, Mill Valley, CA. 1994:19.
– Osho Rides the Internet. 1994:19.
– Book Bonanza in South India. 1994:20.
– Ma Anand Sita. Obituary. 1994:21.
– Theme: Hidden Mysteries of the Temples. 1994:22.
– Element Books Strikes Again. 1994:23.
– Japanese edition of Shunyo’s Diamond Days with Osho. 1994:23.
– Osho Bookfairs in India. 1994:24.
– The Ins and Outs of Breath. By Sw Prem Sakal. 1995:1.
– Devika Elizabeth Berthout: Une quete et des recontres. 1995:4.
– Ma Yoga Laxmi passed away 06.01.1995 in Bombay. 1995:5.
– Osho Amritdham Sannyas Ashram, Jabalpur. 1995:5.
– Theme: Mystic India. 1995:6.
– Operazione Socrate. By Sw. Deva Majid & Ma Ida. 1995:6
– Osho’s Books Around the World. 1995.7.
– Letting go of the Master. By Sw Satyananda.1995:8. #change:
– Change to full-color monthly magazine. 64 pages. June 1995:6
– An Oasis of Calm. OIF new zen HQ in London. 1995:6.
– Interview with Maneesha on her work with dying people. 1995:6.
– 21 Years On. Early photos from Poona Ashram. 1995:6.
– Parable of the Rolls Royces. Sw. Subhuti. The Guardian. 1995:6.
– New Translations of Osho Books 1995. 1995:6.
– Osho on the web. 1995:6.
– Living in the marketplace. Sw Satyananda. 1995:7.
– Signatures of a Silent Heart. Ma Prem Kiya. Photos. 1995:7.
– More new translated Osho books in print. 1995:7.
– Jesus, Freud and Marx. By Sw. Anand Subhuti. 1995:7.
– Osho’s mother Ma Amrit Saraswati dies 17.05.1995. 1995:7.
– Sw Satya Vedant touring USA. 1995:8.
– Meditation in the fast lane. By Sw Satyananda. 1995:9.
– 2020 Visions. By Sw Prem Amrito. 1995:9.
– Interview with Rudolf Bahro on Osho. From Der Spiegel. 1995:9.
– Khushwant Singh at launch of Life’s Mysteries in Delhi. 1995:9.
– More new books this month. 1995:9.
– A Letter from the Editor. Ma Anando. 1995:10.
– Osho brother Sw Vijay Bharti dies in Poona. 1995:10.
– The Rolls-Royce Joke. Photos. 1995:10.
– A Letter from the Editor. Sw Anand Subhuti. 1995:11.
– Moments with Osho. Darshan. Ma Yoga Sudha. 1995:11.
– Ko Hsuan School and Osho Kids’ Commune. 1995:11.
– Rajneeshpuram: An Insider’s View. Ma Anand Savita. 1995:11.
– Operazione Socrate. Book in Italy. On Osho plot. 1995:11
– A Letter from the Editor. Sw Chaitanya Keerti. 1995:12.
– Osho Teerth’s Graceful Beauty. 1995:12.
– Library Index Classifies Osho. Japan. 1996:1.
– Man of the Century. Sw Anand Subhuti. 1996:1.
– New Osho books published this month. 1996:1.
– I will be dissolved in my people. 1996:1.
– Diamond Days with Osho by Ma Prem Shunyo. Part 1 of 3. 1996:1.
– Osho Chair soon at Jabalpur University. 1996:2.
– Inner Circle shares at Community Meeting. 1996:2.
– Osho Darshan begins in Buddha Hall. Anando/Vedant. 1996:2.
– Osho in Cyberspace. By Sw. Prem Amrito. 1996:3.
– Osho’s first book in Urdu: My Way… 1996:4.
– New Osho Books. 1996:4.
– The Magic and Mystery of Tibet. 1996:4.
– My Peak Moments with Osho by Maneesha. 1996:4.
– Sw Anand Videha, publisher of Osho’s books in Italy. 1996:4.
– Osho Live on remastered CDs. 1996:7.
– Osho in Japan. 1996:7.
– Osho on the Web. 1996:8.
– A new audio company Osho Vani. Discourses and music. 1996:9/10.
– Osho Verlag on-line http://oshomedia.de 1996:9/10.
– Osho Book Up-Date. 1996:9/10.
– Salute. Poem by Amrita Pritam. 1996:9/10.
– First Osho Book in Georgian. 1996:11.
– Osho Marketplace Network (OMN). Sw. Vigyanand. 1996:11.
– Sw. Satyananda teaches creative writing. 1996:11.
– The Oshogate Conspiracy. By Max Brecher. 1996:12.
1997 Change of lay-out.
– 10 No Commandments and Philosophical Standpoint. 1997:1.
– First issue of Osho Times in Korea. 1997:2.
– USA & Canada. More Osho on the Bookshelves. 1997:2.
– Commune meeting and ‘Creation theory’ explosion. 1997:2.
– India My Love – Fragments of a Golden Past. 1997:2.
– India Honours Osho. Quotations. 1997:2.
– NetGuide Gold Award to The World of Osho Web site. 1997:3.
– Interview with Sw Prabhu Miten on his music. 1997:3.
– Handwritten letters from Osho 1971 to Ma Yoga Mukta. 1997:3ff.
– Osho on the Internet Update. 1997:4.
– Avikal and Ganga on ‘Who is In? and Satori group. 1997:4.
– Audiobooks of Osho discourses in California. 1997:5.
– Ma Prem Garimo IC in Commune meeting. Interview.1997:5.
– Early talk on his work: A Gathering of Friends. 1997:5.
– The Tao of New Earth Records. Interview Bhikkhu/Waduda. 1997:5.
– Interview with Ma Deva Anando. By Ma Prem Elisabeth. 1997:5.
– Brazilian Osho Times On LIne. 1997:6.
– New Commune Guide Book: Pune Guide. 1997:6.
– The Commune. Ma Deva Sarito. Part 1 of 2. 1996:6.
– Nepal’s Prime Minister inaugurates Osho exhibition. 1997:7.
– India My Love event in London 30.05.1997. 1997:8.
– Osho’s Books On Line. Booksellers on the web. 1997:8.
– Japanese language site: http://jp.osho.org 1997:9.
– India: Osho books recognized for excellence. 1997:10.
– Hindi release: Bharat – Ek Sanatan Yatra. 1997.10.
– Osho covered in Italian magazines. 1997:11.
– Subhuti writes on the myth of Princess Diana. 1997:11.
– Interview with Sw Anand Subhuti. 1997:11.
– SONY Music releases Osho discourse tapes. 1997:12.
– I Leave You My Dream. Ma Prem Lolita on publishing. 1997:12.
– New pyramid projects in the Commune. 1997:12.
– Interview with Sw Chaitanya Keerti. 1997:12.
– Osho and his birth chart. Sw. Anand Varij. 1997:12.
– Ma Dharm Jyoti on leading meditation camps. 1998:1.
– Bravo America! Music tour. 1998:1.
– The Catholic Order of Opus Dei. By Sw. Satyananda. 1998:1.
– Premier of the Osho Art Celebration Series. 28 prints. 1998:2.
– Osho Misfit Awards 1997. 1998:2.
– Notes from a Madman. Devageet on the dental sessions. 1998:2.
– Osho now in 7 languages at www, Hindi & Korean soon. 1998:2.
– Editorial. Change to quarterly from July 1998. 1998:3.
– Doctor Embedkar. An epic film in the making. 1998:3.
– Osho International’s new zen-style office in New York. 1998:3.
– Mt. Abu camp: The Path of Meditation. Photos. 1998:3.
– Sw. Sarjano writes on commune: Come to see Yourself. 1998:3.
– Osho Humaniversity inaugurated as official university. 1998:4.
– Interview with Ma Anand Margo. 1998:4.
– Le Chemin de l’Extase / The Art of Sexual Ecstasy. 1998:4.
– Book by Meera and Satya Anand published in Japan. 1998:4.
– www.osho.org, presentation of content. 1998:5.
– Osho International wins architecture award. 1999:1.
– Nick Raider Italian comic mentions poisoning of Osho. 1999:1.
– The Osho ‘Author Tour’. Feature on publishing. 1999:1.
– The Top-20 of Therapy. By Sami Sarjano. 1999:1.
– Take It Really Seriously. By Sw. Anand Vimal. 1999:2.
– Web News: Direct Links to Major Distributors. 1999:2.
– Nivadano returns to Poona with Gayan. 1999:2.
– Osho Gurdjieff Movements in Buddha Hall. 1999:2.
– Tantra Special: The Days of Tantra are coming… 1999:2.
– Unfulfilled Passion. Written by Osho at age 21. 1999:2.
– Editorial by Subhuti. Invitation to distribute OTI. 1999:3.
– India Today Book Club offers Osho Books. 1999:3.
– Change at www from osho.org to osho.com. 1999:3.
– German ambassador, Dieckmann, tours commune. 1999:3.
– Excerpts from Osho’s discourses on Gandhi. 1999:3.
– Special Section on American lifestyle and its values. 1999:4.
– Khalid writes on Neemkeroli Baba and Osho. 1999:4.
– The True Story of the Millennium 1000 – 2000 A.D. 1999:4.
– Spanish publishing on Osho. 2000:1.
– Osho Declaration of Human Rights. 2000:1.
– Feature: Life style for the 21st century. 2000:1.
– An Education for Freedom. By Satya Vedant. 2000:1.
– Osho review: The World of Zen. By Nancy Wilson Ross. 2000:1.
– Editor: Ma Amrit Sadhana. Executive editor: Maneesha. 2000:2.
– Campus expansion: Mahakashyapa & Dharmsala. 2000:2.
– TV and article with photo of Hitler and Osho reprinted. 2000:2.
– The Ultimate Master. By Veeresh. 2000:2.
– Osho Book Publication Overview. Four pages. 2000:2.
– Interview with Sarito on Osho’s Autobiography. 2000:2.
– Editorial by Maneesha: An Uplifting Experience. 2000.3.
– Osho’s Autobiography reviewed in Booklist. 2000:3.
– Campus expansion: Mandir and office block. 2000:3.
– What’s new at Osho.com. 2000:3.
– Creating a Book presentation. By Pragito Dove. 2000:3.
Discontinued from 2000:4 until 2004.
– Make Me Available. The Story of Osho Publishing. 30 Years of Expansion. January 2004, page 20-22.
– Thirty Years of Osho International Publishing. 1975-2005. Osho: “Make Me Available around the World” / Pramod. January 2006, page 34-41. See: Appendix / Poona Two. Also at: http://garmond.pl/nowyhoryzont/files/oshoip.pdf
– International Publishing: Existence in Digital Bytes. Osho Talks in Video Format [Book+dvd]. 2006:7, pp. 36-37.
– Osho Talks in Cyberspace [MP3]. 2006:8, pp. 16-22.
Heading: A Letter From the Editor
“This issue of Osho Times International is the child of months of discussion, meetings, and conversations in cyberspace – from Poona to Milan, from London to Cologne, from Marin County to Munich to Barcelona…
This new monthly magazine format allows us to include a greater variety of contributions, from individual opinion pieces to more news about what’s happening around the world. It comes in a package that invites you to keep it for future reference, or pass it along to interested friends. But there’s more to it than numbers of pages and beauty of design. The inner workings of putting this first issue together have also established a new direction, with an international network of editors, writers and designers working together on the information superhighway as well as in the offices of the Poona Commune.” (Ma Prem Sarito. Osho Times International, 1995:6. 01.06.1995)
Flyer on print edition with new design 2004
“We are extremely happy to let you know that Osho Times is once again available internationally with a new look and new approach. The magazine is not only a reflection of the expansion and change that is forever taking place at the Osho Meditation Resort, Pune, but also an opportunity to see how the Osho vision is materializing worldwide.” (Vatayana. Osho Global Connection. Flyer. 08.02.2004)
Anando recalls the last months of 1989
“After that, from November 17 onwards, He put tremendous attention on His books, insisting that sannyasins and visitors should read His books. He suggested that everybody who does groups should also buy a particular book to read. He also said that all His Hindi books should be translated into English and published.
He really put tremendous attention on His books at the end – His books and the Osho Times. The Osho Times was the only thing He looked at in the last few months, except for the new books that had just come from the printers. He enjoyed the Osho Times. He would say, “It is coming really good.”
Neelam: He looked at every page.” (Ma Deva Anando & Ma Yoga Neelam. Osho Times International, 1992:2)
February 1990 issue
“Along with everything else of course the Osho Times is going for a deadline. Sangeet just walked in and said: But this deadline is like no deadline before, everyone jumping in, no dramas, traumas, being concerned with who does what – more help available than before. Issues #3 and #4 will be a combined special issue. It will contain its regular news features prepared before Osho left His body and an additional 12-page supplement of Osho’s celebration.
The supplement will contain a beautiful color centerfold of Osho’s body on the podium. Plus a page of color photos of His last photo sessions and His celebration. Masses of black-and-white photos of His body, being carried to the ghats, at the ghats, the ashes procession and celebration, and His samadhi in Chuang Tzu.
It will also contain the full text of Amrito’s announcement the night after He left His body.” (Nishta. Osho Network Echo. 23.01.1990)
February 1990 issue
“The Osho Times International latest issue with the insert of Osho’s Leaving the Body Celebration is completely sold out. But all existing orders have been filled and are on their way, or about to be posted! They are now doing their third print-run of 5,000 paper and supplement – so if you still need extra copies please let them know – their node no. os 91/17.” (Yes Osho Computer Newsletter, 04.02.1990)
Anand Subhuti recalls publishing OTI
“In “Pune Two”, from 1987 onwards, I was working in the International Office, which included the Press Office, under the direction of an American woman called Hasya, who was one of Osho’s personal secretaries. I contributed to various Osho publications, including the old broadsheet-sized newsletter and the newly-created glossy magazine, the Osho Times International, which took its place.
In the mid-90s, I worked on the Osho Times International staff for some time when an American woman called Yuthika was editor. The magazine and design department, both based in the Resort’s Mirdad building, were under the general supervision of another Australian woman, Anando, who was Secretary of the Inner Circle, set up by Osho before he died to oversee the ashram (Resort) and the rest of his work.
Anando was in charge when the shift happened from the old , fortnightly broadsheet newsletter to the new, full-color monthly magazine. Toward the end of the 90s, I did become editor of Osho Times Magazine for 2-3 years, first under the supevision of Anando, then under a woman called Shunyo, who was also on the Inner Circle. Both women gave me a free hand. However, in 1999, a new editorial board was created under the control of an English sannyasin called Amrito, who had been Osho’s physician and was Vice-Chairman of the Inner Circle.
It soon became apparent that conflicting ideas, clashing personalities and different management styles would make it impossible for Amrito and myself to get along. I was fired in Nov/Dec 1999. Although it was a shock at the time, it turned out to be the best thing that could have happened to me, since it propelled me out of my dependency on the Osho Commune/Resort and into self-sufficiency and an independent lifestyle.
As a separate entity, the international print edition of Osho Times Magazine expired, as I recall, about one-or-two years after I left. However, other colour magazines did continue under various names, mainly focusing on India, although this is only a vague impression because by then I was out of the game.” (Sw Anand Subhuti. E-mail. 23.12.2016)
Subhuti on changes in publishing
“During the 90s we were aware of our steadily falling circulation, slackening interest amid the global sannyasin community, and sporadic pressure from the resort’s financial department to prove we were still making a profit, or at least covering our costs. The first big change to hit us was when the resort told us to switch from monthly to quarterly, but I cannot remember when it was…
I do remember, though, for some years after my exit, a print version of Osho Magazine in English was being sold inside the resort, on a fairly regular basis, but what type of edition it was, I can’t say.” (Sw Anand Subhuti. E-mail. 18.02.2017)
The Osho Times International is printed in English, Hindi, Tamil, Italian, Japanese, German, Polish (sometimes), Portuguese and Yugoslavian. Over the following years Osho gave continual input and guidance for the Osho Times International. He saw every page of every issue and he loved to see the foreign editions also.
When people asked about printing gossip or local news in the paper that would only be of interest in their own country and not internationally, he said: No, the paper should only carry items that are of interest to sannyasins worldwide, but in each country they can produce a small newsletter called ‘Yes Osho’ which should be inserted in the copies of the OTI sold in that country. ‘Yes Osho’ could carry items of local news and it could also carry local advertisements to help finance its publication and the distribution of OTI in that country.
Heading: What this Paper is About
“I am carrying within me the vision of the New Man – who will not be forced to be somebody other than himself, who will not be given an ideal that he has to follow, but a freedom so that he can realize his own potential. He will not be given ambitions. He will not be given an education which creates ambition, that is pure poison. He will be given something else – the ability to rejoice, to sing, to dance, to make his life a bliss… not in competition with anybody else, but as a growth of himself.
He will not be given any hope of a heaven so that he can sacrifice this life to attain heaven – which nobody has seen, which is simply a fiction to befool people to sacrifice their lives in the name of nations, in the name of religions… and he will not be made afraid of hell, because there is no hell anywhere.
Freed from hell and heaven, freed from fear and greed, this small life that you have can be turned into paradise. This small Earth is the lotus paradise. OSHO” (Osho Times International, 1996)
Khushwant Singh on Osho Times
“In a special interview with Osho Times International, Khushwant Singh said: “It has been the fate of all prophets to be persecuted, to be misunderstood, to be maligned. Why, the Minister of Culture only yesterday was admitting how he had spent a lot of time running Osho down, and how he felt ashamed of what he had done. Only he hadn’t really known, he’s just picked up the stereotype of what he’d heard.
“It was the same with Morarji Desai, who was a singularly bigoted narrow-minded man, and he made statements which, if he’d paused to reflect, had no substance. You can’t hide truth under ignorance too long.
“As for Osho Times International, it is something quite different from any other magazine you get. The others become so boring with politics and crime and hatred. But this one is like a breath of fresh air to read.” (Osho Times International, 1995:9)
Heading: Beloved friends, Goodbye and Hello!
“Osho Times International is changing from monthly publication to quarterly. After this issue, we will be publishing every three months, four times a year. In a parallel development, we are also moving into cyberspace and will soon have a continuous presence on the world wide web at the osho.org site.
This is a good moment to take a look at the Osho Times International as it has existed over the past few years, since it switched in 1995 from a simple, broadsheet, newspaper style to a quality, four-color, glossy magazine format. The fact that the magazine has appeared regularly during this time, with such high standards of design and content, is not far short of a miracle. There has never been anything like a permanent staff in the editorial offices in Pune. The people who write, edit and design have all been simply passing through, staying for a little while at Osho Commune International and voluntary contributing their skills to the magazine as a way of connecting, communing and co-creating with their beloved Master…
With all our hearts, Ma Prem Lolita and Swami Anand Subhuti.” (Osho Times International, 1998:3)
Osho Times International
“Greetings to you from the Osho Times International staff in Pune. We have just completed a reorganization of our offices in the Commune, moving upstairs in Mirdad Building (behind the pyramids) so that many edition of our magazine – International, Italian, Hindi and Asian – can share the same space. It is more fun for us to work together and we hope this will make our magazines easier to produce and more juicy and interesting to read.” (Insert in OTI. Signed by Sw Anand Subhuti (Editor) and Ma Deva Sumana (Subscriptions Manager). 20.05.1999)
Ma Prem Sangeet (Sangeet Duchane) was a writer and editor for the Rajneesh/Osho Times. Sw Deva Sarlo worked on the production team of the community paper Osho Times International. (Savita 2014, p. 246)
Last issue in print form
“The issue that you are holding in your hands is an historical one: It is the last OTI in print form! As it happens, the theme is around “joy”: we’re leaving the print version behind with a “bang, not a whimper.”
From November, we will be developing Osho Times International as an online, free magazine. We feel excited about this change. It means that, from our side, we don’t have deadlines dogging us! They are a thing of the past, thank god. With our online magazine we will have a greater freedom and flexibility. We can keep you more current with what’s happening, when it’s happening which wasn’t possible with the quarterly or even monthly print version. With the rapid rate at which change is happening throughout the world of Osho, this feels like a major plus. Another advantage is that the magazine can grow as our ideas do. We already have seventeen different sections in mind – some you will know from the print form, others will be totally new.
And from your side: you will have free access to an online magazine with regularly changing features.
In addition, you can continue to have a regular print magazine sent to you through subscribing to Osho Times Asian, published monthly…
Check us out at www.osho.com (Magazine) from November, and watch us grow!” (Insert in OTI, vol 13, 2000:4. Signed by Maneesha (exe.editor) and Jeevan (subs.manager))
Osho Times International
“Just in case you haven’t seen the Osho Times since you were a regular receiver of it, we’d like to let you know that it is under a new editorship now, with a whole different approach that effects both design and content. We wanted to create a magazine that is upbeat, that goes some way towards addressing the diversity of subjects Osho has talked on, and which is relevant for anyone wanting to live more consciously – According to our readers’ feedback, we are on the right track.” (Insert letter from Jeevan (subscription manager). August 2000)
Subhuti on change of format and cease of publication
“I’m not too sure when the switch happened in the 90s from the broadsheet newsletter to the glossy magazine. But I do know the initiative didn’t come from Pune. As I recall, sannyasins in Cologne who were publishing Osho books and distributing a German translation of the newsletter, told us they needed to switch to a full-colour, magazine-sized format in order to continue. Apparently, this had something to do with current trends in magazine publishing in Germany – they didn’t think the newsletter was a viable commercial format any longer. Personally, I didn’t see a problem in allowing Germany (and, I think, Italy) to switch to the colour magazine, while we continued with the newsletter.
But, as I recall, Anando, Osho’s former secretary, told us that, when he was alive, Osho insisted that all magazine-style publications in different countries with different translations needed to follow the same format. That’s when the switch happened.
The new format did okay in Germany and Italy. But as soon as the switch happened, the international magazine published in Pune slowly began to lose circulation. It was a gradual slide, occurring all through the 90s. The quality of the magazine was patchy. We did some great issues, but over time, our readers obviously considered it to be of lessening value, or maybe they ceased to be interested in Pune as a central hub around which the sannyas world revolved.
Another factor in the death of the magazine, I guess, was the transition from commune to resort. The steadily shrinking numbers of sannyasins living permanently, or semi-permanently in Pune, meant that fewer writers and designers (and, of course, readers) were available.
The final decision to axe the magazine was, I think, taken for financial reasons. The Pune management considered it to be an unnecessary expense.” (Sw Anand Subhuti. E-mail. 28.12.2016)
From print to digital newsletter
“The issue you are holding in your hands is an historical one: It is the last OTI in print form… From November we will be developing OTI as an online free magazine… Check us out at www,osho.com (Magazine) from November, and watch us grow. Signed: Maneesha (exe.editor) and Jeevan (subs.manager).” (Osho Times International, Autumn issue, 2000:4)
Osho Times Celebration
“August 1st is know as Osho Times Day in India. In the beginning of 1995 friends had a great time as they went to market areas all over the country to sell the magazines, in vehicles decorated with Osho Times covers and posters.
This created an awareness of the magazine and a big demand. Major sellers and distributors like Central News Agency, Higgin Botham and A.H. Wheelers became interested and Osho Times was soon available everywhere in India through the commercial networks.
Now the magazine can be bought in both Hindi and English at every railway station, airport and news stall all over India. It is also carried by bookshops such as Crosswords and Landmark, and people ask newspaper vendors to bring it to their homes, even in remote areas where it is delivered by train. Literally millions of people have taken advantage of this opportunity to be introduced to Osho.
When the Osho Times became available everywhere, people started to subscribe, in order to be sure of receiving every issue. Then the original sellers were free to begin one- to three-day exhibitions with the main focus on the magazine. These have grown into Osho exhibitions and events of every kind throughout the country, mostly during August drive.
As part of this development, grand Osho Events in Mumbai have been organized around the same time for the past two years. Renowned festivities in themselves, these have expanded to all five metro cities of India: Delhi, Mumbai, Bangalore, Hyderabad and Chennai.
We are expecting a great turnout this year at these special events. Valuable gifts will be offered to subscribers to the Osho Times during the August drive, as well as prizes awarded to the organizers who sell the most subscriptions.” (Osho Times, August 2006. E-mail contact: Sanjay and Santosh)
Asian Osho Times from print to digital
“The Osho Times [Asia Edition] will cease to exist in print after their August edition . From September on it will be available in digital form only.” (Viha Connection, 2009:3, p. 12)
Heading: Osho Times to stop Publication
Osho Commune runs out of energy for the Osho Times
“According to Swami Chaitanya Keerti, former founding Editor of the Osho Times, the magazine founded by Osho in 1975 to propagate his views will cease publication from August , in addition he believes that the Osho International Commune is doing its best to keep Indians at bay, asserting the two are linked…
Keerti, who was the spokesperson of the commune before he parted ways with the management after a bitter fight years ago, said, “It is shocking and painful for Oshoites in India that the magazine will shut down after 34 years. I had started the magazine in January 1975 with Osho. I could never imagine that the Osho Times that had a circulation of over 60,000 copies at one point of time would shut down. The magazine was a hot favourite among Indians.”…
[Sadhana, editor]: “By going digital, we will save these trees from being axed. We will make the content of Osho Times available to readers in the form of a monthly newsletter and on our website.”…
Keerti and Neelam are members of Osho Friends International, an international organization said to represent Osho sannyasins and disciples worldwide. This organization seems to compete with the mainstream Osho organization in Pune, New York and Zürich. Keerti says their aim is to make Osho freely available to the entire world. In contrast they also claim that The Osho International Resort organization is patenting Osho’s work and motivated by profits.
Osho magazines and newspapers are said to be available to more than 100 million people every month. It is believed that the number of hits to the new osho.com will increase from 10 to 20 million overnight because of its easy-to-use search engine when the Osho Times closes.” (sannyasnews.org/now/archives/325)
Heading: Osho Times to stop Publication
“Osho Commune runs out of energy for the Osho Times.
Keerti: “The main reason for closing down the magazine is that the Osho International Resort, that has its headquarters in Zürich and its publishing headquarters in New York, is least interested in Indians.”
Keerti, who was the spokesman of the commune before he parted ways with the management after a bitter fight years ago, said” It is shocking and painful for Oshoites in India that the magazine will shut down after 34 years. I had started the magazine in January 1975 with Osho. I could never imagine that the Osho Times, that had a circulation of over 60.000 copies at one point of time, would shut down. The magazine was a hot favourite among Indians.”
Sadhana from OIF confirmed that the magazine was closing down. She said going digital is environmentally friendly.
Ma Yoga Neelam, who was Osho’s personal secretary, said that Indians will be very upset with the move.
Osho magazines and newspapers are said to be available to more than 100 million people every month. It is believed that the number of hits to the new osho.com will increase from 10 to 20 million overnight of its easy-to-use search engine when the Osho Times closes.”
Anthony Thompson: “The magazine was discontinued in 2001, but came out again two years later. Today no one is buying it.”
Keerti: The Osho Times fortnightly was 2 or 3 Rupees a copy. Whenever we asked Osho that we wanted to increase its price to 4 or 5 Rupees Osho said No. He wanted the newsletter affordable to people in India, so that through this newspaper they get to know the information about commune and the centers, and they could participate.” (www.sannyasnews.org 11.06.2009)
From sannyas wiki
Heading: The Strange Case of OTI Vol 3 No. 06
“OTI Vol 3 No. 06, the issue of Mar 16 1990 of Osho Times International, had some peculiar features, which this page will explore and seek to understand.
First and foremost was that two quite different versions or “editions” were printed and distributed. It is not known which came first or to whom they were distributed. The “big picture” differences were: One version was considerably heftier than the other, having some 52 pages compared to the smaller one’s 16…
Of particular interest is an article by Amrito, appearing in A on p 24 and 25 and in B on p 12 and 15. Because this article has potential historical interest, we present it below, with differences between the two versions annotated….”
Subhuti talks on his days as editor of Osho Times. There were to be no personal letters or opinions and no criticism of Osho’s work. Ma Yutrika is on same video recording. (Osho Now News, November 1990)
For more on the last phase of Osho Times to stop publication, see also sannyas.wiki. Osho Times was later on also to be published as a blog and a Facebook page.
Start of digital newsletter: osho.com Newsletter. May 1st, 2000.
Title change to: Osho International Newsletter: November 1, 2000.
The digital newsletter is from February 2002 offered in German, Spanish and Japanese.
More on digital newsletter in section 7.8 Photos, Audio, Video and Digital Media.
* Osho Times. Asia Edition. 01.08.1999 – July 2002. Monthly magazine. Editor: Ma Amrit Sadhana. Production: Sanjay. Printer & Publisher: Narayan Das, Tao Publishing, Poona. Magazine format in color. 74 pages.
Continuation of and synchronous with: Osho Darshan. 1993 – 2001.
Continued in: Osho Times, relaunched 2004 – 2009.
“This first issue of Osho Times, Asia Edition is about – what else? – Meditation. Boring, I can hear you say, and I don’t blame you… This magazine is going to help you cut through all this “how to be special” doo doo. Our aim is to celebrate that wonderful Osho figure called “Zorba the Buddha”: someone whose feet are firmly on the ground, but yet has no trouble touching the stars.” (Prem Amrito. Osho Times. Asia Edition, 1999:1)
Heading: Asia Edition’s High Profile Launch
“The new Asia Edition of Osho Times, published monthly in the English language, has enjoyed a high-profile birth, with public launches by Union Commerce Minister Ramakrishna Hegde, who favors incorporating Osho’s teachings in high school classes, and by Telegu movie star Suman. In the Pune Commune, Odissi dancer Bijayini Satpathy launched the magazine during the July Full Moon celebrations, while Punjabi pop star Jasbir Jassi presided over a “lucky draw” for bulk subscribers. A few weeks later, Coca-Cola sponsored a dance party at a popular city night spot, introducing the magazine to the Pune public.” (Osho Times International, 1999:3)
“Osho Times (Asia edition) English Monthly Magazine. Breaking free from the past. Osho’s vision of a new man. A magazine for young generation having articles on sex, spiritual traditions, practice of meditations, and questions facing men and women of today. Excerpts from his discourses… Subscription 1 Year (12 issues) Rs. 200.” (Flyer in colour. Osho Times International, Tao Publishing. 1999)
Jeevan writes on Osho Times Asia
“It was when there were 2 editions of Osho Times, The Asian and the International. Indian Sadhana was the main editor and it was for that Asian Osho Times I was writing the book reviews. When it was decided to have only one OT, the Asian was dropped and so were the books reviews. There must have been about a dozen or more book reviews, of course the English books only. I continued to be an editor for OT until it “folded” in I think 08. I was also on the Ranch for most of that time, being American and then returned to Pune in 87 and have been here since.” (Ma Prem Jeevan. E-mail. 04.03.2012)
Changes in subscriptions
“You are kindly informed that due to an increase in the cover price of the Osho Times (Asia Edition) from the August 2001 issue onwards, the annual subscription has been increased from Rs. 1500 to Rs. 2000.” (Paritosh. Tao Publishing. Letter. 2001)
* Osho Times. The Magazine for Conscious living. Poona. 2003 – 2005. Monthly. Editor: Ma Amrit Sadhana. Assistant Editor: Gandha. Production: Sanjay. 82 pages. Illustrated in full color.
In Research Library, Poona
– Osho Times International. Index. OTI. Theme History.
– Folder: Women Mystics. Unedited version. 17.01.1989.
Bhuribai – Sharda – Gargi – Mallibai – Lalla – Meera – Rengetsu – Massan Ryonen – St. Theresia – Mary Magdalena – Rabia – Sahano – Amrapali – Daya – Rabiya – Chiyono. (Osho Cyber Cafe & Research Library. July 2001).
Periodicals in stock Lao Tzu Library (July 2001)
– Osho Times (Hindi). 1995: Aug-Dec.
– Osho Times International (Hindi). 1996-97.
– Osho Times International. 1995-97.
– Osho Darshan (Hindi/English). 1989-95.
Other editions of Osho Times International:
* Osho Times International. Hindi edition. Poona.
Continuation of: Rajneesh Times International. Hindi edition.
* Osho Times International. Tamil edition. Tiruchirapalli.
* Rajneesh Times International. Deutsche Ausgabe. (German Edition). 31.03.1983 – 1989. Weekly, from November 1987 fortnightly, later monthly. Editors: Ma Deva Yachana; Sw Prem Nirvano; Shanta (1983-1987). Production: Sw Vimukta. Sw Prem Visarjan. Publisher: Rajneesh Times Verlagsgesellschaft. Rajneeshstadt, Germany. 16-28 pages. In color from 1987. From August 1989 change of format from tabloid to broadsheet. Initial run 30,000 copies. Earlier entitled Die Rajneesh Times. Deutsche Ausgabe. Continued in:
* Osho Times International. Deutsche Ausgabe. (German Edition). October 1989 – 1998. Bi-monthly. Editor: Ma Deva Shanta et al.. Broadsheet. 24 pages. Illustrated. From 1995 monthly in full-colour magazine format. Editor (2001): Sw Parayan. 66 pages.
From 1998 entitled: Osho Times.
“I was in Cologne…and Swami Prem Nirvano and I started the German Rajneesh Times at the beginning of 1983.” (Ma Deva Yachana. Viha Connection, 2003:1)
Satyananda recalls the publishing
“Als Mitarbeiter des Mutterblattes in Pune habe ich viele kreative Chaoserfahrungen gemacht und die Kunst des Loslassens gelernt. Als ich endlich kapiert hatte, dass Osho seine Osho Times vor allem als Zen-Stock für die Mitarbeiter konzipiert hatte, konnte ich entspannen…
Verschiedene Leute aus dem Inner Circle haben ihr Bestes gegeben, den Koan für die OTI zu lösen: Wie mache ich ein Magazin mit einer Redaktion, die es eigentlich gar nicht gibt? Keiner hat das Rätsel gelöst – nicht einmal der Junge Star aus der berühmten internationalen Werbeagentur “Saatchi & Saatchi”, der drei Tage, nachdem er in Pune Sannyas genommen hatte, auf die drollige Idee kam, das Blatt grafisch so zu gestalten, dass man es von hintern nach vorne und auf den Kopf gestellt lesen musste. Das hat der OTI schliesslich den Rest gegeben. Heute existiert sie nur noch als Internet-Zeitschrift.” (Sw Satyananda. Osho Times (Deutsche Ausgabe), 2002:8)
Heading: Die neue Internationale Rajneesh Times
“”Veränderung ist das einzige Beständige” – Diese Erfahrung, in die Bhagwan uns immer und immer wieder wirft, ist im Moment im Besonderen für die “Rajneesh Times” angesagt. Der Tod von Swami Anand Maitreya, dem Herausgeber der indischen “Rajneesh Times” hat ein grosses Vakuum hinterlassen. Zudem stellte sich heraus, dass die “Rajneesh Times” in England, Amerika, Italien und Holland auf finanziell und personell schwachen Füssen steht. Die Sannyasins, die die einzelnen Zeitungen produzieren, wollen längere Zeit in der Gegenwart Bhagwans verbringen und so stellte sich die Frage, entweder die Zeitung aufzugeben oder eine einzige “Rajneesh Times” direkt an der Quelle herauszugeben.
Aus dieser Situation wurde die Idee einer neuen Zeitung mit einem völlig neuen Geschicht und einer weiteren Dimension als bisher geboren. Das bereits zwei Ausgaben alte Kind heisst “Rajneesh Times, International Edition” und entsteht hier in Poona all vierzehn Tage neu (eine wöchentliche Ausgabe ist geplant), unter Mitwirkung von Manschen aus allen Ecken und Enden der Welt – Australier, Amerikaner, Deutsche, Holländer, Italiener, Inder, Österreicher und Japaner…
Für die Crew der deutschen “Rajneesh Times” ergeben sich da durch einige grundlegende Veränderungen, die eine Explosion in eine ganz neue, immens reiche und vielseitige Art des Zeitungsmachen bedeuten. Es vermittelt einen Geschmack davon, wie es sich anfühlt, als Tautropfen im Ozean zu verschwinden, in den Wellen einer spühenden Ideeküche, inspiriert vom Meisterkoch Bhagwan. Aber – wir könnte es anders sein? – bei einer derartigen Veränderung kann natürlich eine Identitätskrise nicht ausbleiben…
Im Moment sind die Produktionsbedingungen aufgrund technischer Unstände (Hallo, India!) noch nicht soweit fortgeschritten, wie es uns wünschen; aber früher oder später werden auch die deutschen Leser die neue “Rajneesh Times, Internationale Ausgabe” weiterhin wöchentlich in ihren Briefkästen, in den Kiosken und Buchläden vorfinden – in deutsch natürlich – mit neuer Frische, neuer Schreibe, neuem Stil und neuem, altem Inhalt.” (Ma Deva Shanta. Rajneesh Times (Deutsche Ausgabe), 1987:38. 18.09.1987)
Heading: Ist Die Osho Times Überheblich?
“In der Osho Times, Deutsche Ausgabe, tut sich was. Wir sind nicht mehr zufrieden. Wir stellen Überlegungen an, wie wir sowohl in der äusseren Format als auch in der sprachlichen Qualität mehr Prägnanz, Farbe, Leuchtkraft, Schönheit zuwegebringen können, damit noch mehr von Oshos Grazie und Klarheit, seiner Liebe durchscheint. Es ist eben nicht leicht, einer von der ersten bis zur letzten Seite aus dem Englischen übersetzten Zeitung das Leben des Originals einzuhauchen. Dass es da Ecken und Kanten gibt, wird da wohl jeder verstehen. Dennoch: Nur wenn sie vom ersten bis zum letzten Wort wirklich lebendig ist, kann die Zeitung die Aufgabe erfüllen, zu der sie überhaubt da ist. Und diese Aufgabe kann nichts anderes sein, als in der jetzigen Zeit, wo das geistige und materielle Chaos über die Welt hereinzubrechen droht, Oshos Präsenz transparent zu machen.
Es ist Oshos Wunsch, die Osho Times möge in allen Sprachen das gleiche Gesicht und den gleichen Inhalt haben – kurz: eine Stimme sein…
Uns mit allen Mitteln der freien Rede und der legalen Selbstverteidigung dagegen zu wehren, wenn uns der Mund verboten werden soll, wenn wir und unsere Abschichten verleumdet, verzerrt, verteufelt werden – siehe “Sektenexperten” und “Sektenberichte”, die auf öffentliche Meinungsbildung einen direkten Einfluss haben. So also sahe ich meine Aufgabe als Redakteur der Osho Times, falls wir in kommenden Jahr wirklich ein “Yes Osho” auf die Beine stellen sollten. Für interne Interpretationsstreitigkeiten über die “wahre Lehre” ist da kein Raum. Die “Lehre” Oshos – jedenfalls was seine Gesellschaftskritik, seine Analyse der jetzigen Bewustseinsverhältnisse und deren Ursachen betrifft – ist viel zu klar, viel zu eindeutig, viel zu unmissverständlich, als wir uns darüber untereinander die Haare zu raufen bräuchten…
Osho Times heisst gründsätzlich Konflikt mit dem Status Quo, mit den Medien, mit dem Staat, mit den Kirchen – immer da, wo sie ihn stützen und zum x-ten Mal nachzementieren. Wie denn anders? Wo sonst soll der Neue Mensch denn herkommen? Etwa aus aus den bestehenden Verhältnissen? Dann gute Nacht.” (Sw Prem Nirvano. Osho Times International (Deutsche Ausgabe), 1991:1. 01.01.1991)
* De Rajneesh Times. (Dutch Edition, Holland)
Birth of Dutch Rajneesh Times. (Rajneesh Times International, 1983:12. 18.11.1983)
Continued in Rajneesh Times International. Holland.
* Rajneesh Times International. 11.12.1987 (Vol IV, No. 25) – 1989. Holland.
Vol IV, No. 25 maybe should have been Vol V, No. 1. NL but no translations, only Dutch price on cover. Enlightenment Day issue Vol I, No. 5 has volume reset to 1, and issue nr. skips back to 5, where one should expect 7. (Sugit. Personal information. 2017)
Continued in: Rondom Osho. 01.09.1989.
Ma Prem Hamido writes in November 1992 on Osho’s guidelines
“The Osho Times International (OTI) is as beautiful as possible. Every fortnight it brings fresh food for our growth. In particular, the ‘special issues’ are very much appreciated, since they give Osho’s vision and reply to a subject that plays somewhere in the sannyas-world, often exactly related to ‘the current affairs’ of sannyasins indeed. This is not ‘just an easy way to fill the pages’ as Sadhyo says. It is a newspaper that bears Osho’s name and that has to be run according to Osho’s guidelines for the alternative society of His disciples and not according to the rules and codes for the journalists in the civil society. That is a totally different thing.
His guidelines – they are not an invention of Poona people – for His newspapers, bearing His name – sorry, not Sadhyo’s name – are:
‘The positive should be supported and the negative should be condemned. In that way you are not simply positive, you are bringing both.. but the negative side is ugly… The attitude of a healthy journalism is: The positive should be the goal, the negative should be used as a steppingstone to it, but never emphasized. Because that create in people’s mind the idea that the negative is what life is all about. That is a very dangerous cancer of the soul.’
‘I have been around the world and I have been puzzled that the so-called news media, if it cannot find something negative, invent it. All kinds of lies are invented. It never talks about something beautiful, anything great. It does not create the idea in people that we are progressing, that we are evolving, that a better humanity is ahead. It only gives the idea that the night is going to be darker and darker.’
You have to keep in mind that whatever you do, whatever you write does not go against the message. So you have to keep alert that it beats with my heart, that it keeps in tune with me, that it does not lose contact with my vision. Our concern is not sensation but to spread the message.
So anything that you find happening in the world which supports the message, choose it. But the message remains your criterion.
Your freedom of expression is absolutely there, but you have accepted a vision. Now you have to use your ability of expression to make that vision available to as many people as possible. That will be your creativity.
But if my newspaper starts writing something against my own message and you call it freedom of expression, then you are not being a gentleman. Then you should start a newspaper of your own and use your freedom of expression.
My message is your message.
‘If it goes against me, it is going against you’.
‘Never be negative: negativity leads nowhere’.
‘The positive person has to come out, so the negative people can be contradicted, so that those who are in search of Truth, of science and peace, can feel a possibility. Because if those negative people are not contradicted, it becomes an argument in their favor: ‘why are these not contradicted’?
[Hamido continues:] Sadhyo wants to have a paper with news about us, with opinions, real stories of what is happening to people, to centers, to communes, to Poona itself.
Such an Osho-paper according to Osho’s guidelines, with articles in His spirit has appeared to be impossible in the past, up till now. OTI has tried it a few years ago, and the same was the case with the world-wide computer-network. Some other Osho-publications around the world had to be stopped also, only because the contents of the diverse issues degenerated by all kinds of negativity to the level of yellow papers. The saying ‘the flag covers the cargo’ may be applicable in the civil society, but in Osho’s alternative society for seekers of Truth it is not, Osho does not cover negative cargo’s. Our cargo has to be in total harmony with the FLAG, in this case as far as Osho-issues, bearing His name are concerned. A real master cannot be according to us. Osho’s preference was and is, that the OTI should be translated in as many languages as possible. A number of years ago that was possible in Holland, but now it has not yet been possible up till now…
P.S. As the Groninger World Sannyas Forum refuses to insert this ‘Declaration’ in its one-time-experimental-issue of a paper, in which ‘to give sannyasins space to come up with healthy and constructive criticism’, the undersigned feels obliged to spread it this way – with the support of sannyasins.” (Quoted from: ‘Declaration of an alarmed disciple’ by Ma Prem Hamido. Amsterdam, 04.11.1992. Limited circulation. She is referring to Sw Prabodh Sadhyo’s ‘A Disciple’s Manifesto’)
Nandan writes on the Dutch Osho Magazine
“At one time I wrote an article for Osho Magazine. This article was called ‘The Traditionless Tradition’. Osho Magazine was a Dutch magazine of which the publication was stopped due to the self-censorship of the chief-editor. The direct cause of the end of Osho Magazine was the second part of my article; ‘The Aidstest As Dogma’. The board of the Publishing Foundation had the idea that this piece of writing might not please ‘Poona’. The indignation of the team of people who made Osho Magazine every two months, only had as a result that the (financially responsible) Board decided to stop publishing Osho Magazine.
Three weeks after that decision, a letter was received from Ma Deva Anando. It expressed displeasure with the existence of Osho Magazine; she insisted that energy should be given only to (a Dutch edition of) the Osho Times International. You can admit that the people in charge of Osho Magazine had a good intuition about ‘Poona’s’ likes and dislikes, indeed…” (Nandan 1992, p. 1)
* The Rajneesh Times of Australia. Fremantle, Australia. 1986-87.
* Rajneesh Times. Japanese edition. Yokohama. Volume 14, August 1, 1989. Magazine format. 60 pages. Illustrated.
* Osho Times International. Japanese edition.
“The same happened with the Japanese edition of Osho Times. It had closed down. Now the Japanese Osho Times has been running for more than twenty years in different forms like Rajneesh Times and Rajneesh Newsletter. Before it was very expensive to publish Osho times in Japan. But now, my friends and I got together and we lowered the budget to one third of what it was. There are about twenty sannyasins all working through internet. Whether it is getting the designs from Pune or translating the text everything is done by e-mail! Such a boom computers are! Sometimes someone will mail us a floppy. So the work has become very easy. (Ma Deva Anupa in: (Keerti 2000, p. 20)
* Rajneesh Times. French edition. 1988 – 1990. Monthly. Second issue 15.08.1988. Editor: Sw Anand Pathik. Distributed throughout France, Canada, Belgium and Switzerland. Souscrivez a l’edition francaise de Osho Times. Mensuel. OTI 1990:15.
* Rajneesh Times International. Portuguese edition. Brazil. Laranjeiras. Zero issue of 5,000 copies 1988. Reappearance of Brazilian edition in June 1989.
* Osho Times International. Portuguese edition. Brazil. September 1994 – .
Heading: New Brazilian Osho Times.
“In Brazil, a new Osho Times International is being printed monthly after a gap of nearly two years. Sw Prem Ansu, who owns a desktop publishing company in Porto Alegre, is doing all the editing, designing, and typesetting to get the new edition onto the streets. The text is compiled from the best and the brightest of articles from the English OTI translated into Portuguese, but there are also several pages of Brazilian sannyas news and updates on meditations, groups and other happenings in the country. The first edition of the new Brazilian OTI hit the newstands in September  and promptly sold over 1000 copies.” (Osho Times International, 1995:1)
Heading: Brazilian Osho Times On Line
“The Brazilian Osho Times is now on the worldwide web, featuring the main topics from each printed issue updated monthly and a “forum” section where visitors can place public messages and have a conversation with other visitors. The web site also features a section where people can buy Osho’s books and CDs through the internet.
Swami Prem Ansu reports that he has received requests for subscriptions to the paper version of the Osho Times from new visitors to the site, and from the Portuguese-language version of the international Osho site, which exists at a separate address.
To have a look, see http://www.formaweb.com.br/oton/
(Osho Times International, 1997:6)
* Rajneesh Times International. Edicion en Español. 1988- . Editor: Shalabha. Monthly. 14 pages. Illustrated.
* Osho Times International. Edicion en Español. 2006- .
“I was happy to receive the first issue of the Spanish Osho Times, which is really beautiful.” (Viha Connection, 2006:1, p. 10)
* Rajneesh Times International. Italian edition. 1988 – 1990. Editor: Andrea Valcarenghi. Miastro. Monthly tabloid. 24 pages. Illustrated. Continued in:
* Osho Times International. 1990- . Later in full color magazine format.
Abbonatevi all’Osho Times Italiano. Il mensile dedicato alla visione di Osho. (Osho Times International, 1990:10)
“The Italian edition of the Osho Times is designed and printed in Pune, India, then shipped to Treadate Varese, a small town in Northern Italy, before being distributed to subscribers all over the country. Ma Prem Diwani, 39, and Ma Nirava Shakura, 38, are two of the sannyasin team that translates the English-language international edition and also designs the Italian edition. Diwani, a graphic designer, explained that the Italian Osho Times is supported by the sannyasin mail order book-distributing company Oshoba, which bases its lists on the classics mentioned in Osho’s Books I Have Loved.” (Osho Times International, 1996:4)
“The first issue of Osho Times came out in 1988… at that time it was a tabloid of about thirty pages, mostly translations from the English paper. Over the years it has developed a lot, going through the arrival of the pc, then being printed directly on film. Then we switched to the magazine format, then in full color, and then with an unpublished talk attached twice a year. And now with digital content on the network and a biweekly newsletter!… There is also an archive of earlier articles in PDF, press clippings and all.” (Amended from www.oshoba.it. March 2017)
“The story begins when Akarmo went back to Pune in 1987, expecting to work there as a carpenter, but was given the job of translating the newly founded Osho Times into Italian. The magazine was translated into many languages directly from the English version, whilst nowadays the content between the various Osho Times is totally independent. It was printed in India, dispatched in bulk to Italy and then distributed via the left-wing magazine Re Nudo. (www.oshonews.com/2013/07)
* The Rajneesh Times (India). U.S. edition. 1984 – 1987. Bi-monthly.
Heading: The Rajneesh Times of India, U.S. edition
“The India Rajneesh Times is being distributed in America by Chidvilas Foundation, as part of new beginnings of international co-operation among English speaking countries. The India Rajneesh Times will be reprinted there basically in its entirety, but with some substitution where relevant of advertisements for local papers.” (The Rajneesh Times (India), 1987:16)
* The Osho Times International. United Kingdom.
* Osho Tajms (The Osho Times International). Poland. Monthly. February 1996- .
“New edition of Osho Times. This is not a Polack joke! Osho Times International is now available in Polish. Swami Satyam Bodha, of Osho Kowalski Meditation Center in Warsaw, responded to the demands of a burgeoning Polish sannyasin community and in February of this year began publishing a monthly version called Osho Tajms (International).” (Osho Times International, 1996:8)
* Swiss Sannyas News. 1989- . Weekly newsletter. Switzerland.
Heading: Osho Round the World
“In Switzerland, a new weekly newsletter, Swiss Sannyas News, is distributed by Swami Amano Pravesha. It includes the contents of the Rajneesh Computer Newsletter sent from Poona, and will soon be distributing press releases from the Rajneesh computer network to the Swiss press.” (Rajneesh Times International (India), 1989:9)
* Osho Times International. Korea. November 1996 – Nov/Dec 2002.
Heading: “First issue of Osho Times. November 1996.
“Swami Dhyan Nikhil, Korean TV personality and coordinator of Seoul’s Osho Khushdil Meditation Center, has produced the first issue of Osho Times in the Korean language.” (Osho Times International, 1997:2)
Osho Times (Korean Edition). No: 1, Sep/Oct 1998. Last issue: Nov/Dec 2002 (sannyas wiki)
* Rajneesh News Scandinavia. November 1986 – October 1987. Editorial board from Sweden, Finland, Norway and Denmark. Published by Madhur Rajneesh Meditation Center, Bromma, Sweden. 12 pages. Illustrated b&w. Continued in Rajneesh Times International. Scandinavian edition.
Rajneesh News Scandinavia. Selected articles:
– Interview with Ma Deva Waduda. 1987:2.
– Interview with Sw Prem Prasad. 1987:2.
– Interview with Sw Prem Nishkam. Denmark. 1987:2.
– Interview with Sw Hari Deva. 1987:3.
– Interview with Ma Amrit Saraswati, Bhagwan’s mother. 1987:4.
– Rajneesh Institute for Publications, Poona. 1987:4.
– Interview with Sw Deva Pushkar. 1987:4.
– Between the Covers. Bhagwan’s Words Around the Globe. 1987:4.
– De fyra fantastiska faserna. 1987:5.
– Lao Tzu Library to become a key library of the world. Donations are welcome. Mail to Ma Shanti Avirbhava, Poona. 1987:5.
– Bhagwan is from Mahaparinirvana Celebration speaking in Buddha Hall twice daily. 1987:5.
– Interview with Ma Prem Hasya. 1987:5.
– Several articles on Sw Anand Maitreya’s death 17.07.1987. Declared by Bhagwan to be enlightened in 1984. 1987:5.
– Interview with John Hogue. 1987:5.
– Interview with Turiya and Kamaal. 1987:5.
Flyer from Madhur Rajneesh Meditationscenter, Stockholm
“Here it is! The first issue of Rajneesh News Scandinavia! It’s been great fun putting it together, Hope you enjoy reading it too.
We managed to stuff it with a lot of text. As you see there is not much space left in it. We actually had more articles that we wanted to put in, but had to sort them out and squeeze in everything else on 12 pages. More pages would have been too expensive to print this time. The next issue is scheduled to be released before Christmas and we need articles, stories, photographs, advertisements etc from all over Scandinavia.” (Flyer. Signed by Sw Prem Muktesh. 16.11.1986)
Printed in Swedish language and intended for all Scandinavian countries
“Rajneesh News Scandinavia är en ny tidning som är tillägnad Bhagwan Shree Rajneesh och hans vision. Tidningen publicerer en aktuel discurse på svenska, de senaste nyheterna om Bhagwan och information om sannyasin-verksamheter i Skandinavien.
Till skillnad från övig massmedia som ofta okritiskt för lögner och fördomar om Bhagwan och hans sannyasins vidare, vill vi publicara äkta nyheter om denne man och sannyasins som är aktivt engagerede i at Förverkliga hans vision.” (1986:1, p. 2)
“Nytt Bhagwan-Magazine. I Italien har ett nytt Bhagwan-Magazine startas, som ges ut på tyska, franska, italienska och engelska. Den är designad av en över hela världen känd sannasins designer: Swami Prem Nirguno. För närvarende är Magazinet på 100 sidor och kommer ut varannan månad.” (1987:3)
* Rajneesh Times International. Scandinavian Edition. Double issue No.1-2, February 1988 – No.7. September 1988. 24 pages. Illustrated. Editor: Sw Prem Muktesh. Published by Madhur Rajneesh Meditation Center, Bromma. Sweden. 12 issues: 190 DKK.
Rajneesh Times International. Swedish Edition. Selected articles:
– Mail to ashram opened at local Post Office. Also Federal Express mail and DHL courier letters. 1988:1-2.
– Sw Prem Niren on legal matters in Oregon. 1988:1-2.
– Start of Rajneesh Newsletter computer network, München. 1988:3.
– A number of Bhagwan’s books have been donated to the Vatican. Also on seven book fairs in Italy. Sw Anand Videha is coordinating the distribution. 1988:3.
– Sw Chaitanya Keerti on break of mail confidentiality. 1988:5.
– Manual on how to link into Rajneesh Data Network. 1988:5.
– Interview with Ma Prem Hasya. 1988:7.
Later on published in Swedish only
“Here you are. This is the first issue of Rajneesh Times International published in Swedish only. Following an experiment with an edition on the Scandinavian languages: Swedish, Danish and Norwegian, we have now decided to publish in only one language – Swedish.” (Flyer. Own translation from Swedish)
* Här och Nu. Published by Deeva Rajneesh Meditation Center. Stockholm. Sweden.
* Discover Shree Rajneesh magazine. Published by Rebel Publishing House. Cologne, March 1989. Chief editor: Ma Prem Kendra. Editor: Sw Deva Ashik. Creative Director: Sw Samarpan Avikal. Layout: Ma Anurag Lagan. Sw Anand Sugit. Typesetting: Ma Premo. Photographers: Sw Samarpan Avikal et.al.. Production: Sw Deva Anugito. Sw Prem Prabhu. Distribution: Ma Alok Mumuksha.
Alternate title: Discover Bhagwan. Poona. One issue published: Zero number February 1989. Publisher: Rebel Publishing House, Cologne. Magazine format. 60 colored pages.
March 1989 issue. Contents:
– The Mystery School. By Sw Krishna Prem
– Shree Rajneesh, the Contemporary Buddha. By Sw Devageet and Sw Krishna Prem
– Biography of Shree Rajneesh
– The world’s most prolific author Shree Rajneesh
– Interview with Meera by Sw Anand Dhiren
– Body Work. By Ma Satya Puja.
– Poona Program
– Shree Rajneesh on Politics. Selected pieces by Shree Rajneesh on politics. Compiled by Ma Anand Mayoori.
Heading: New Bhagwan Magazine
“A new magazine is coming. It’s called Discover Bhagwan. This will be an up-market magazine in full color with interviews of well-known people who supports Bhagwan’s vision; sannyasins or non-sannyasins, people from a variety of occupations and backgrounds e.g. scientists, psychologists, musicians, artists, authors and designers.
Ma Prem Kendra, Editor of Discover Bhagwan, suggests that if you or someone you know would make a good interviewee for the magazine, please contact her as soon as possible.
A representative of Discover Rajneesh could interview you in your own country or you can send your story with pictures to Ma Prem Kendra, The Editor, Discover Bhagwan, Rajneeshdham, Poona.” (Rajneesh Times International (India), 1988:11)
Announcement of new magazine
“We are happy to announce the publication of the zero issue of our new quarterly high-quality magazine – “Discover Shree Rajneesh”.
A lot of time, care and devotion has been put into it these last months – the result is truly wonderful.
The size is 9″ by 12″, 64 colored pages and its cost price will be approximately US-Dollars 2.50. We are selling it at costprice, minimum order is 10 copies. Freight, postage and taxes are not included.
We see it as a bridge between the sannyas – and the non-sannyas world, having its place somewhere between the “Rajneesh Times” and the books of Shree Rajneesh…
The approximate printing will take place in Singapore beginning of February 1989 so it will be ready for ordering from our main distributor Rebel Publ. House within the second week of February.” (Letter from Sadhana Foundation. Signed by Ma Alok Mumuksha. 09.01.1989)
Heading: “Coming Soon. 1989 – Discover Shree Rajneesh Magazine. Zero number (also called magic number). February 1989.” (Rajneesh Times International (India), 1989:3)
“Discover Shree Rajneesh Magazine. 1989 Number Zen is already a collectors’ edition.” (Rajneesh Times International (India), 1989:4)
Kendra is clarifying change of title
“Discover Bhagwan is the same as Discover Rajneesh. Osho just kept changing his name before we printed it so it changed names several times till it finalized at Discover Rajneesh.
I did Discover Rajneesh 1 issue only. Then Osho had me make a magazine on the Multiversity. Called OSHO Multiversity finished printing after Osho left his body in 1990.” (Ma Prem Kendra. E-mail. 24.02.2017)
* Osho Darshan. July 1st/Sep. 1989 – April 1st 1995. 59 pages. Quarterly colored magazine. Editor: Sw Chaitanya Keerti (changing). Editorial Board: Sw Shailendr Saraswati. Ma Amrit Sadhana. Sw Yoga Amit (changing). Published by Tao Publishing, Poona.
From Vol I, No. 4, April-June 1990 published as bilingual magazine in Hindi & English.
Some issues from Vol II, No. 2, Oct-Dec 1990 are in landscape format to be read with change of language from both ends.
Some inconsistency can be found in the numbering of volumes and issues.
Continued in: Osho Times. Asia Edition. 1999 – 2002.
Contains many translations from Hindi discourses and excerpts from books on Osho. Also several articles not published elsewhere, notably by Maneesha who was a member of the editorial board including excerpts from her current writing: My Peak Moments With Osho. The Unsurpassable Man (Forman 1998). (Osho Darshan, 1991:1 & 1991:3)
Launched at Full Moon Festival, July 1989
“The first edition of a new glossy Hindi magazine, Osho Rajneesh Darshan will also be available at the Ashram bookstore.” (Press Release. 09.07.1989. Thousands Gather At Rajneeshdham For Full Moon Celebration. Sw Chaitanya Keerti. No number. Subject: Full Moon Celebration 1)
“With this issue Osho Darshan Completes its two years and enters a new phase: documenting the effects and influence of Osho’s vision in the lives – both inner and outer – of disciples and the world at large. What we are trying here is to put His words-on-work on record.” (Osho Darshan, 1991:4, p. 11)
Savita on Osho Darshan
“It’s for the rather amazing magazine called OSHO DARSHAN, a four-color bilingual glossy you probably never even knew has already been in circulation for three years. Our Beloved Master’s own Hindi is its “other” language, so it’s largely aimed at the Indian public. But don’t expect some quaint antiquated Hindi-Bindi rag with the type falling off the page and the page off the binding! This is a highly sophisticate little number, received by lovers of Osho worldwide and not surprisingly broadening its readership each month. 250 Rupees a year? – that’s nothing. Osho Darshan is this generous large-format mag, 60 pages deep, luxurious printed on artpaper, chock full of some of the best reproductions of Osho I’ve seen anywhere. Not just best quality, mind you – the art director seems to dig out original photos of Him from I don’t know what secret vaults. Whenever I open this magazine I never fail to see in amongst the many, many pictures of Him, at least one major outstanding composition – eyebogglingly beautiful. Not surprising Osho Darshan won an award last year! Content-wise I can’t speak for the Hindi text, but I’ve been privy to advanced previews of some of the more zany English-language contributions including stuff by the Osho Times’ “Insanities” column’s own Swami Veeten – known for his off-the-wall mix of facts and humor. Look out for “What Women Want When they Know Why they Want it” and “Men’s Secret Fear of Insect Past Lives.”
Osho Darshan’s Big original feature, however, is its first-ever publication of fresh translations of Osho’s discourses from the Hindi, early stuff that’s never been seen or heard by English-speaking eyes! Then of course there’s a whole ream of topical articles, interviews, book and tape reviews and pictures of the commune. In the copy beside me now there’s also a nifty silver centerfold – a lush full-stretch blow-up of the beautiful Samadhi.” (Savita. Yes Osho Computer Newsletter. 01.06.1991)
Heading: Osho Publications Acclaimed in India
“Osho Darshan, the Sadhana Foundation’s glossy quarterly Hindi-language magazine, was awarded first prize for excellence in magazine production by the Federation of Indian Publishers. The award was presented at the Ninth New Delhi World Book Fair held in February. The Osho Publication bookstall at the fair was swamped with visitors throughout the five-day event at Pragati Maidan.
Osho’s book, Sahaj Samdhi Bhali (Rebel Publishing House), won second prize for excellence in the book category.” (Osho Times International (India), 1990:7)
* Osho World Newsletter. September 2003 – October 2015. New Delhi. Monthly. Editor: Sw Chaitanya Keerti. Executive Editor: Sw Anand Kul Bhushan. 96 pages. Illustrated in full color.
Also Hindi magazine: Osho World Patrika. 2001- . Monthly.
– Special issue: The New Man. Celebrating the 75th Birth Year of Osho. December 2006. 96 pages. Contains: New Treasures Discovered. Osho’s first forays into publishing have been researched and documented recently / Sw Anand Neeten. Osho World Foundation: New Impetus in New Century / Kul Bhusant. Osho’s Copyright. Everybody’s Birthright / Chaitanya Keerti.
– Theme: Master of Media. Journalism. September 2007.
– Real or Pseudo Masters & Leaders. April 2009.
– Birthday Saga. Pilgrimage to Birth Place. Enlightened Masters Timeline. December 2012.
– Osho Books. Bestsellers Beyond Time. February 2013.
– Early Books on Osho: Veil Upon Veil…/ Sw Anand Neeten. February 2013.
– Cover Story: Books of Eternal Value. First Spoken, Later Written. February 2014.
– Osho’s First Book From His First Camp. The Path of Self-Realization from Ranakpur 1964 / Pierre Evald. February 2014.
Heading: Osho is the Epitome of Secularism. Launch of Osho World Newsletter by Indian Information Minister
“Union Minister of State for Information and Broadcasting Shri Ravi Shankar Prasad, launched Osho World Foundation’s new publication OSHO WORLD NEWSLETTER at Osho World Galleia in Ansal Plaza, New Delhi, on Tuesday, 18 September 2003. The new OSHO WORLD NEWSLETTER presents the vision of Osho in the English language and joins with the earlier OSHO WORLD Hindi monthly magazine launched over two years ago.”
“Osho World News in English is the latest publication of Osho World Foundation. The magazine, very modestly priced at Rs 10, is an extended effort to make available the vision of the enlightened mystic Osho to English readers. It contains select discourses and articles based on Osho’s insights that are relevant today.” (Kul Bhushant. Osho World News, December 2006. 75 anniversary issue)
* Osho Now! Translation newsletter. April 1993 – 1994. Issued by Kabir. Boulder, USA.
“Two months before Osho left his body, he asked that everything he has said in Hindi be translated into English. He asked that a meeting be called of all those currently translating from English to Hindi and that they all begin to translate from Hindi to English. I was the only one there already actively translating from Hindi to English.
It has been more than four years since he asked this. This Newsletter is an invitation to join me in the commitment to see that these translations are completed and made available to all.” (Osho New! No. 4, January 1994)
* Rondom Osho. September 1st 1989 (issue 0) – 1990. Amsterdam. Chief editors: Sw Deva Ojas. Ma Prem Arhato. Magazine format. 31 pages. Illustrated.
Title change to Osho Magazine, Vol I, No. 2, January 1990. Last issue 01.07.1990. Vol I, No. 5.
Lay-out change from No. 4, May 1990.
“Netwerk Magazine voor Vrienden van Osho Rajneesh is een uitgave van de Stichting Vrienden van Osho Rajneesh, gevestigd te Amsterdam.” (Colophon. Nummer 0, 01.09.1989)
* The Grada Mirror. Holland.
* The Institute for Justice & Human Rights Journal. 1988 – . Sausalito, California. Editor: Ma Prem Sunshine. Design: Sw Shanti Poona. Complimentary issue 4 pages. Illustrated.
“Bhagwan and Uruguay. The US drove him out but no one will talk for the record.” By Sw Niren. Page 3-4.
Niren writes in 1993
“To bring this information to light, IJHR is moving forward to organize and categorize the documents in our archives. I am working with Niyati and Madir to review over 500,000 documents bearing on governmental action against Osho, His Commune, and His disciples. At the same time, we are beginning to bring together and copy those documents that are particularly relevant as evidence of past governmental hostiily. It is often fascinating how reviewing the documents brings back intense memories of those turbulent times.
I am also organizing material and conducting interviews for a book about the Rajneeshpuram era, including but not limited to the legal fights in Oregon and afterward.” (Viha Connection, 1994:1)
* Yes Osho. November 2011 – . Quarterly. Editor: Sw Sanjay. Editorial team: Chetna, Jeevan, Gandha. Published by Osho Glimpse, Ahmedabad, India. Glossy print magazine. Hindi edition since 2009. Also available online.
“For the last few months since the demise of the Osho Times, Sanjay has been publishing a very successful Hindi ‘Yes Osho’ magazine. Now he will be entering a new era of an English ‘Yes Osho’ magazine and so far the editorial team will be Chetna, Jeevan and Gandha.
This magazine will be published by Sanjay with the support of the Osho Meditation Resort in Pune. All of us have worked very well together for many years past on the old English ‘Osho Times’, so it will be a delightful reunion for this fun work.” (www.oshonews.com/2010/10/)
Osho Times International and Yes Osho
“One of the first things that Osho set in motion when He returned to Poona in 1987 was the creation of the Osho Times International, so that all the sannyasin papers, newsletters and magazines could merge into one international paper, written and produced in Poona with contributions from all over the world. The suggestion was that people, if they wished, could make their own leaflet of local news, call it “Yes Osho” and insert it in the OTI copies sold in that country. We are enclosing a page with some of the guidance Osho has given for the Osho Times International, which you may like to look through.” (Ma Bodhitaru & Sw Satlok. Osho Global Connection. 12.05.1993)
* Yes Osho. Newsletter of the Osho America Meditation Center in Yorba Linda, California, USA. Around 1991.
* Bhagwan Magazine. 1986-1987. Rajneesh Service Corporation. Redazione di Milano. Art Director: Sw Prem Nirguno. Translation: Sw Anand Videha. Editor: Ma Prem Christina. Bozze: Ma Prem Rishu. A collection of theme monographies.
* Academic Section Newsletter. Number 1. September 1989. Two pages with flyer on Osho International Conference on Education for the 21st Century and a registration form.
Osho Global Connection has distributed various newsletters, e.g.
Center News, August 1991 – July 1992. Osho Update 1992.
A mail and letter dated 24.08.1992 includes, next to Osho’s (and Amrito’s) guidance on AIDS, a manifesto of the Friends of Osho written by Amrito. One page.
* Osho Space. 1993. Published by Chaitanya Bharti.
From contents: “What is ‘Osho Guidance’? It was announced by Sw. Prem Amrito, Vice Chairman, Inner Circle, in the Buddha Hall on 20th January, 1990, “It will be available for you all to read tomorrow.” (ref O.T. supplement Vol III #3 Feb. 1, 1990).
Why is this not available even after more than 3 and a half years. The game behind it?”
* The Osho Experience. Magazine in the English language. Can be ordered from international publishers mentioned. (www.osho.com 20.03.2002)
* A Silent Explosion. A full-color, 60 page magazine, to celebrate the opening of Osho International London and the expansion of Osho’s work internationally. (Osho Global Connection, 08.02.1995)
Magazines in Hindi:
* Amritdham Patrika
* Osho Bodhisava Times
* Anant Ki Pukar
* Osho World Patrika. 2001- . New Delhi. Monthly. Full colour. Newsletter from Osho World in Hindi.
“The magazine contains selected discourses of Osho and news and information from round the world on Osho and sannyas. The Patrika also gives information about the forthcoming camps, book reviews and activities at Osho World.” (Kul Bhushan. Osho World News, December 2006. 75 anniversary issue)
* SMARIKA (Memorial/Commemorative). December 1991 – December 2003.
“A young and very intelligent, active and devoted man, Sw Sanjay Bharti who was in charge of the Hindi Osho Times had the idea, after Osho left his body, to issue one annual ‘commemorative issue’ called SMARIKA, coming out in December as a supplement to the Hindi Osho Times. The first number was in December 1991 and the last one December 2003. The first editor was Sw Chaitanya Keerti who was then the editor of Hindi Osho Times and also the spokesperson for the Commune. The publisher was the TAO PUBLISHING.” (Amrit Suha. E-mail. 10.02.2006)
The 2002 issue of Hindi SMARIKA magazine was entitled:
The Flow of Consciousness or Reverence for Consciousness. Concerning Osho’s Work in his own Words over three Decades. Translated from Hindi by Ma Anand Urmila. Revised by Sw Yoga Teertha. Edited by Ma Prem Lolita. 61 pages.
Containing excerpts from Osho’s Hindi talks 1960-1990 with introductions by the editor.
“He [Sanjay] now produces a Pune-based magazine Yes, Osho, and still lives there in Koregaon Park.” (Savita 2014, p. 246)
Video and digital news programs
* Osho Now News. Monthly 30-minute videocassette news programs. 1990- . Later on every second month and title change from Osho Now News to Osho Now.
(In stock: 8 copies)
Heading: Osho Now News
“Sannyasins are always eager to explore fresh ways to communicate Osho’s vision, and following hard on the heels of the electronic mail system developed by the Osho Commune Network, comes a new and totally different medium: a videocassette news program called “Osho Now News”.
Orders are pouring in. Osho Global Connection has already mailed out 200 complimentary copies of the first edition of “Osho Now News” to centers around the world. From now on, centers and individuals will be able to order the 30-minute programs on a monthly basis.
The first program covers events up to March of this year, and begins with a review of Osho’s final message to his sannyasins: “I leave you my dream.” (Osho Times International (India), 1990:10)
Maneesha writes on Osho Now News
“I am involved in the creation and distribution of the Osho Now News, and would like to connect with you to make sure that you are having easy access to the Osho Now News. The function of the News video is to keep you up to date on what is happening here in the Commune in Poona. The News now comes out every second month, so the next issue you can expect to see is for December 1991/ January 1992. Then the following will cover February/March 1992, and so on.
Enclosed is a list of the worldwide Distributors of Osho Now News where individuals or centers can buy single copies or subscribe. The tapes are made available at a minimum price in order to make them widely available. If you are interested but not in a position to subscribe, write to Osho Global Connections, Osho Commune International, Poona, India and we will give you the name and address of a person or center where you will be able to borrow one.” (Letter including Feedback Sheet to Osho Center leaders. Signed my Maneesha. December 1991)
Change of video magazine title to Osho Now
Osho Now was previously known as Osho Now News. Osho Now is a video magazine produced regularly and recorded at Osho Commune International in Poona. It shows in visuals the activities and latest from the commune and is available on a subscription basis from distributors also outside India.
* Yes Osho Computer Newsletter. 1988 – mid 1991. A twice-weekly report on life in the Poona Buddhafield distributed by the Osho Computer Network (OSHOnet) from 1988. Contributors: Ma Prem Anando, Sajeela, Maneesha, Devapria, Savita, Sagar et al. Gossip by Abha.
Continuation of: Computer Newsletter, Rajneesh Newsletter (1988). From June 1989: Osho Rajneesh Newsletter. From July 1989: Yes Osho Rajneesh. From September 1989: Yes Osho.
Computer Newsletter from Rajneeshdham, Poona, India. By subscription of printouts from ‘echoes’ in network.
The Rajneesh Newsletter Network had its first link ready between Poona and Munich in March 1988. This network seized to function as of mid 1991. The network was by Osho called ‘Osho Network’ in December 1989.
Heading: Computer Network News
“Yes, Rajneesh is the new name Osho has given the Poona newsletter. Full of the latest from Poona, the paper is transmitted twice a week from the ashram in India, to hundreds of computers around the world…
If you do not have access to a computer you can still be part of the network. Chidvilas publishes the best of the news for a minimal fee. Sw. Divyam Siraj in Nashville is now designing a newsletter with the computer network news and making it available to small centers that do not have the resources to do their own local newsletter. It is possible to add your own local news, too…
Contact Sw Deva Terry at Chidvilas for more information about the computer newsletter, Yes Rajneesh.” (Viha Connection, 1989:5. Sep/Oct 1989)
Heading: The “World Network” Expanding into the “Global Connection.”
“What used to be known as the “World Network” has now become the “Global Connection.” It is a source of information about sannyas activities worldwide, sharing with each other what is happening in the global buddhafield.
Through “Global Connection” centers, sannyas enterprises and individuals will be supported and encouraged in their activities to make Osho’s vision available in the world. Latifa and Lani are the connection people here in Poona.” (Osho Rajneesh Newsletter (Digital). 22.06.1989)
Amrito’s announcement on Osho’s passing in Buddha Hall
Heading: Amrito read out the following before the video this evening. (Yes Osho Computer Newsletter. Vol IV, No. 25. 20.01.1990). See Appendix.
Osho Global Connection
“Global Connection has been created in Poona with the intention of helping to put sannyasins, ex-sannyasins, friends and lovers of Osho in contact with each other and with Osho Commune, Poona…
There is also interest in forming an Academic / Education section of Global Connections…
We would like to produce an impressive document of how Osho’s work is being integrated into educational and academic settings, including libraries. See the Academic Section Newsletter enclosed for some recent news.” Signed: Sw Satya Vedant, Ph.D. Vice-Chancellor. Osho Multiversity. Ma Prem Karuna, Ed.D. U.S.A. Academic Section Coordinator. Ma Latifa. Secretary. Osho Global Connection. (Osho Global Connection. Letter. September 1989)
See Volume III / Sources / for a full chronological listing of all newsletters, newspapers and magazines from Gadarwara to Poona Two.
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