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My First Encounter with Osho Philosophy

Updated on March 20, 2013
Osho: Great Thinker
Osho: Great Thinker

Years ago, I had my first encounter with Osho’s Philosophy. In college days I use to read books on different subjects including literature, politics and philosophy. One day my younger brother brought me few books on Osho. Those were on different topics and I started reading first and that was related with Sikh philosophy. In fact it was commentary on ‘Japji Sahib’. I read it from page one to last and I was so impressed with the way of explaining things. I felt really close to Sikh Philosophy after reading that particular book.

But my experience thereafter was not same, when I started another book. I started, read few pages and left and thrown it. Started another book and felt same. Ultimately I got disturbed with all books and thoughts given in those books. I pushed aside all books considering them meaningless. I am not able to say why, but few months later, I again picked books one by one and read all of them. I tried to absorb the ideas given in them. I read all books thoroughly. My impressions got changed about the ‘great thinker’ and his thoughts.

As I am from Sikh family, my mind accepted the first book easily as it was on Sikh philosophy. Today I see nothing but ‘conditioning of mind’ behind my accepting one book while rejecting others. I started reading Osho’s thoughts regularly like fiction books. Today I have big collection on Osho in my personal library.

Point that I am putting here is that our thinking is mostly result of our ‘mind set’. What we conclude every moment is what we already had collected in our minds. In other words, our mind is the experience of our collective past. On the basis of our past experience we see things as good and bad. ‘Things familiar and known’ attract our mind whereas ‘new and unknown’ is not easily welcomed. When some new situation or some new idea is given, mind starts doubting, analyzing it, again on the basis of old mind set. Process of rationalizing is simply finding logical reasons from old experience.

Today Osho’s thoughts are available in big volumes of books, perhaps more than 600 books but here I am sharing a single point that to receive new in life, we have to drop the old one. To fill fresh raindrops, you need empty vessel in your hands. Mind is always in past as it lives with definitions, principles, beliefs, laws and disciplines. Existence is always fresh and we can touch it with pure hearts only. The reality and potential of here and now can only be experienced and appreciated if we dare to drop our tinted glasses. We need to see life as it is, without interpreting, without analyzing and without jumping to our normal conclusions.

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      Bhawana Salaria 5 years ago from Australia

      Jas as a writer you are simply great.I must say here that you are right that one has to empty the vessel to create space for new.Also i believe that dwelling in past hurts a lot.But its not easy to come out of it also.Life co-relates situations and its hard to forget.You have to be bold enough for this.

      Bhawana

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      Phillip Drayer Duncan 5 years ago from The Ozarks

      Very interesting!

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      dearabbysmom 5 years ago from Indiana

      I find great hope in this philosophy--that we can break away from our vision of the world as colored by what has already transpired.

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      Jaspal Singh 5 years ago from India / Australia

      @dearabbysmom. Thanks for your comment.

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      Jaspal Singh 5 years ago from India / Australia

      @Bhawana.Thanks for stopping by my hub.I am really thankful to you for ur support for reading my hub and following me. You are one of very few on hubpages, I wait for their comments.Thanks again for appreciation.

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      Erin LeFey 5 years ago from Maryland

      Beautiful hub...this is exactly the frame of mind the governments of the world need. You don't have to accept the new philosophy as your own, you just need to acknowledge that someone else can believe something different just as passionately as you do because of the way they have been raised. If we all just stop trying to change each other and impose our values, we could take the time to compromise and breed a new nation of tolerance and respect. Beautiful hub Jas.

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      Jaspal Singh 5 years ago from India / Australia

      @Erin. appreciate you for your valuable comment. It certainly added more meaning to my hub. I would like your comments on my other hubs. Thanks Erin.

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      Gentle Fist 5 years ago from Serbia

      Osho is great! Very nice of you to share your experience and thoughts about this great man! His works had the similar effect on me, and it never gets any boring to listen or read his books since they are very inspiring and full of life! There is a nice site called HomeOfLife where you can watch his talks and interviews.

      My best regards to you!

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      Jaspal Singh 5 years ago from India / Australia

      @Gentle Fist. Thanks a lot for adding your VALUABLE comments. In view of Kushwant singh, eminent author, historian and former editor of the Hindustan Times, he was... "the most original thinker that India has produced: the most erudite, the most clearheaded and the most innovative". Osho was a "free-thinking agnostic" who had the ability to explain the most abstract concepts in simple language. I am impressed by his thoughts.

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      INDIAGUIDE 5 years ago from Orissa, India

      Nice hub. I respect OSHO more for his logical ideas. Good work Jaspal .keep writing.

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      Jaspal Singh 5 years ago from India / Australia

      @IndiaGuide. Thanks for your nice comments.

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      vijay 5 years ago

      osho i started reading in 1997 and few article i read about true love affection relationship race country and and realism of religion im thank ful to osho he put me out of all ill human personality character and cleaning my egoistic approach towards society

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      Binaya.Ghimire 5 years ago

      I'm a avid Osho reader and these days I'm listening to Astabakra Gita on my iPod. Thanks for this wonderful hub.

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      FloraBreenRobison 5 years ago

      I have never read Osho, but I am intrigued by your hub. It is wonderful to have an open mind.

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      abyrp_2011 5 years ago

      Hi Jaspal,

      First of all thanks 4 this hub!!! its a nice place to meet people with various views about Osho. As i want to profess that i'm also a big sufferer after going through some of the articles mentioned in the cults(Osho's)books. I didn't knew anything about Osho before, it was since I came to Pune to do my graduation I encountered with some of the Osho books and discourses. Initially i was a regular viewer of Rajneesh talks being broadcasted in Zee jagran. But it was utterly dissapointed me when i read some his books Titled 1)"The psychology of the esoteric" where he is blatantly attacked Swami Vivekananda by saying that whatever he has taught in the name of shri Ramakrishna is not authentic and no one can reach to Ramakrshna through Vivekananda and lot more it is so confusing that it will make a reader to doubt certain personalities and bring intense depression.2)In one more of his book the last testament vol 4 again he cited some absolutely illogical, false apprehension and something absolutely out of fact about Ramakrishna mission by saying that it was a creation of an unenlightened person (Vivekananda) . He is calling Vivekananda is not an enlightened being. He was a cleaver politician and what not I would like you to google some of his said things about Swami Vivekananda as a whole coz it is Impossible for me to cite all his books and references in this discussion forum coz things are abstracted from many of his books. Now coming to the main point it is for all of you who has joined this hub and commenting on each others viewpoint about Osho. I don't have any intention to cite by giving special reference to Vivekananda and it is not the case, since i like Vivekananda so i'm taking his side and talking, but i would like to say that who gave the rights to Osho to talk whatever he felt about Swami Vivekananda and about his works in his own interpretation. Everybody I guess at least knows this who was Swami Vivekananda, what was his contribution for India and for what purpose he went to America to represent "The parliament of religions" in 1893, whole life he gave up for the welfare of humanity not a least of taint of Selfishness was there within him. What he did for raising the mass of India who was in a great slumber at that very time he was a source of encouragement for the youths. and last but not the least how much pain did he loaded over his shoulder to preach his masters teaching i.e. Shri Ramakrishna's teachings in its true sense to the whole world so that the world could derive some good from it. In a nutshell Vivekananda according to me was the most unselfish person ever born in this planet whose main motive was to inculcate region of strength, And it feels a great pain when i read in one of the osho books quoting him that Vivekananda's religion of strength was irreligious. since after taht i lost all faith in Osho not coz he never researched before speaking about anybody U must know the fact before u speak or comment about someone not based upon some made up stories of your own.

      I have no problems with Osho philosophy or about his teachings though some seems to be quite contradictory but saying about something without knowing about him properly is utterly unelectable by doin this Osho has gained nothing bust lost his credibility, and respect that i used to give him before.

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      Vinaya Ghimire 5 years ago from Nepal

      When Osho died I was too young to know about his personality, his wisdom, and his teachings. I began to read when I was in high school. I practice his meditation techniques. Though I have not been to Pune, I hope to visit this great center of learning someday.

      Thanks for sharing one of the greatest thinkers of 20th century.

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      Jaspal Singh 5 years ago from India / Australia

      Vinaya. Osho has spoken on virtually every aspect of human consciousness. In his talks, the human mind is put under the microscope as never before, analyzed down to the smallest detail allowing a deep understanding of ourselves. Thanks for reading and adding your valuable comments.

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      Jennifer Vasconcelos 5 years ago from Cyberspace and My Own World

      I have one book by OSHO and plan to add more to my collection. My husband really loves his material as well.

      Great to read your thoughts.

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      Anand Dinesh 5 years ago

      I met Osho in 1974, then I was 24 years old, did his meditations,read his books,listened to his poetic discourses and now after 35 years still following his teachings,I can put hand on my heart and say Osho is the greatest gift I could have asked for.His teachings have transformed my life beyond expectations.

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      Jaspal Singh 5 years ago from India / Australia

      Dear Anand Dinesh. You are really lucky to have wonderful person and his teaching in your life. Osho was awesome personality. His books and discourses still have relevant logics as well anti logics that can change our lives and make us more live. Thanks for adding your valuable comments.

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      Grace Marguerite Williams 4 years ago from the Greatest City In The World-New York City, New York

      To Jaspals: I love your hub on Osho. This is a beyond par excellent piece. I have most of his books and he is truly an inspiration to me. What he says is so succinct!

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      williwatson 4 years ago from Cleveland

      For many people OSHO is nothing less than a true Guru, you guided and urged them to do what they feel like doing, unlike most other Gurus who preach what the people should be doing.

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      Rajani 4 years ago

      Very interesting!

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      kelly 3 years ago

      My very first experience with Osho was when I picked up an old copy of 'Japji Sahib' at the local Sikh gurdwara bookstall. I simply could not put it down. I cannot part with it although I recommend it a lot. It put me on the spiritual path again!

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      Jaspal Singh 3 years ago from India / Australia

      @gmwilliams, williwatson, Rajani @ kelly. Thanks for sharing your valuable comments. Here I'm adding words of Khushwant Singh, former editor of The Times of India; author and historian. He said somewhere "He was the most original thinker that India has produced: the most erudite, the most clear-headed and the most innovative. And in addition he had an inborn gift of words, spoken and written. The like of him we will not see for decades to come..." "It is a religion for the irreligious, for the agnostic, for the unbeliever, for the rationalist."

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      venugopal 2 years ago

      Osho is in my blood, bone n bone marrow. osho talks can make stupids also to intelligent.I request all politicians to have an essence of osho's love n then world becomes paradise. Thnku...

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