Osho

Osho is a contemporary mystic whose life and teaching have influenced millions of people of all ages and in all walks of life. Osho said that the purpose of his work is to create the conditions for the birth of a new kind of human being, which he often described as “Zorba the Buddha”, capable of enjoying both earthly pleasures such as “Zorba the Greek” (the character created by Nikos Kazantzakis) and the silent serenity of Gautama the Buddha. All aspects of Osho’s work permeate in his vision, which embraces both the timeless wisdom of the East and the highest expressions of Western science and technology. Osho has given a revolutionary contribution to the science of inner transformation, with a new approach to meditation that takes into account the accelerated pace of contemporary life. His original “active meditations” are designed to let go, first of all, the stress accumulated in the body and mind in order to facilitate the experience of the state of meditation, without thoughts or tensions.

A few weeks before he died he was asked what would happen to his work when he left. He replied:

“My faith in existence is absolute. If there is any truth in what I say, it will survive me. People interested in my work will simply carry the torch, without imposing anything on anyone… I want them to grow as individuals and to develop qualities like love, around which no church can be built: like awareness, which nobody can manipulate, like the celebration and the fresh wonder that characterizes the eyes of a child.

I want my people to know themselves, not live for someone else. The road is inside themselves.”