ABOUT OSHO

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 ओशो की कुछ ऐसी बातें जो कम ही लोग जानते हैं….

उज्जैन। 11 दिसम्बर 1931  को ओशो का जन्म हुआ। सातवें दशक के मध्य में रजनीश नाम के एक व्यक्ति ने लोगों के कानों में धमाके के साथ प्रवेश किया। चर्चा खुब होती थी लेकिन फुसफुसाहटों के साथ लेकिन धीरे- धीरे रजनीश के नाम का इतना शौर मचा कि कोई उनके नाम से कोई भी अनजान न रहा। ओशो के जन्म दिन के मौके पर बताने जा रहे हैं उनके बारे में कुछ ऐसी बातें जो कम ही लोग जानते हैं…..

ओशो जूते नहीं पहनते थे उन्हें चप्पल पहनना पसंद थी। समय की पाबंदी उनके दिमाग में भरी रहती थी। वे मनुस्मृति को दुनिया की सबसे कुरुप पुस्तक मानते थे। कहीं से भी थोड़ी सी बदबू आ रही हो तो उनके लिए सोना असंभव था। वैसे चाहे ओशो कितने ही पुरुषों द्वारा सेक्स गुरु कहे जाते रहे हों लेकिन ओशो को कभी किसी स्त्री ने सेक्स गुरु नहीं कहा।

खूबसूरत पेनों का उपयोग करना और फोटों खिंचवाना उन्हें बेहद पसंद था। अपने जीवन में उन्होंने अनगिनत फोटो सेशन दिए। ओशो के विरोधी तक यही मानते हैं कि ओशो जैसा तार्किक विद्वान सदियों में होता है, लेकिन वे तर्क के सख्त विरोधी रहे। उनका पूरा नाम स्कूल में रजनीश चंद्र मोहन जैन मिलता है। लेकिन मिडिल स्कूल में उन्होंने खुद के नाम से जैन शब्द हटा दिया। हाईस्कुल में आने पर मोहन हटाकर केवल रजनीश चंद्र लिखने लगे।

ओशो ने जब लिखना आरंभ किया, तब वे बाएं हाथ से लिखते थे। मस्तो बाबा वे पहले व्यक्ति थे, जिन्होंने रजनीश को भगवान कहकर संबोधित किया। ओशो को केनेडा ड्राय सोडा बहुत पसंद था।आशो को धूल और गंध से एलर्जी थी। वे अपनी नानी को मां और मां को भाभी कहकर पुकारते थे। सुबह उठने पर चाय पीना उनकी कमजोरी थी।

-ओशो की पढ़ी हुई लगभग साढ़े तीन हजार किताबों में विभिन्न प्रकार के हस्ताक्षर और उनके द्वारा बनाई गई रंगीन पेंटिग्स भी हैं जिन्हें ओशो पुस्तक के अंत में बनाते थे। इन पेंटिंग्स की पहली प्रदर्शनी मई 2012 में भोपाल के स्वराज भवन में लगाई गई थी। ओशो को पढऩे का इतना शोक था कि वे चोर बाजार से किताबें खरीदा करते थे।

वे घर में बनी चाट, नमकीन व मिठाई के दिवाने थे। उन्हें देशी घी से बनी चीजें बहुत पसंद थी। काजू विशेषकर नमकीन काजू के वे इतने शौकीन थे कि  उनकी जेब हमेशा इससे भरी रहती थी। आलू पराठा, मेथी पकोड़े व कचौड़ी जैसी मसालेदार चीजें उन्हें पसंद आती थी। खाने की उनकी थाली चमचमाती हुई चांदी की होती थी। बड़ी सी और उसमें दस चांदी की कटोरियां और सोने की चम्मच होती थी।

शुरू में उनके पास रेलिस ब्रांड की एक लेडिज साइकल हुआ करती थी। जिसे वे इतनी चमकाकर रखते थे कि हमेशा लगता था कि यह अभी-अभी आई है। ओशो की हर पुस्तक पर छपा होता है सर्वाधिकार सुरक्षित जबकि वे कभी सुरक्षा के पक्ष में नहीं रहे। माता-पिता व भाईयों के अलावा ओशो का परिवार  उनका विरोध ही करता था।

भारत में ओशो का एक तिहाई समय रेलगाडिय़ों में सफर करते हुए बीता। ओशो संगीत के शौकिन थे। पंडित हरिप्रसाद चौरसिया के बांसुरी वादन के वे प्रशंसक थे। उन्हें नूरजहां का गाया गीत” वो जो हममे तुममे करार था, तुम्हे याद हो कि न याद हो”बेहद पसंद था।उसे आरंभ में वे तकरीबन रोज सुना करते थे।

ABOUT OSHO

The extracts in this compilation are taken from Osho’s books. These books were not written by Osho, but are verbatim transcripts of his discourses; darshans (intimate talks with disciples), interviews with disciples, visitors, and journalists; letters written by Osho; and personal talks which Osho gave. The books are published over a period of thirty years, and many are translations from Hindi books.Since Osho’s words are recorded only since the early 1960’s, the earlier part of his life is told in retrospect. After 1960, extracts are more immediate: what Osho says at the time of certain events; his teachings as he develops them; his guidance on meditation as it is given.Osho tells thousands of stories about himself. The selection in this compilation is based on those stories which he most often repeats.Osho’s stories were told, not just to entertain, but to illustrate a point, which is also included where possible.Osho requested that his words not be edited, so there is some unavoidable repetition in extracts; especially where Osho talks in one discourse about several periods in his life.Osho explains that he uses very simple everyday language that everyone can understand. And wherever he uses terminology which may be unfamiliar, he explains it. A glossary is given for words which are not self-evident from the first context in which they appear.Notes are given to help the reader. These are kept to a minimum and are of three kinds: Notes in the text introduce dates and events; footnotes at the bottom of page explain part of the text; notes at the end of the book are additional information. These are mostly in the present tense, as Osho requested.During his life, Osho was known by several names: Raja, as a child; then Rajneesh; Acharya Rajneesh in the 1960’s; Bhagwan Shree Rajneesh from 1971; from December 1988 there are four name changes; and from September 1989, he is known simply as ‘Osho’. He requested that his name be changed to Osho in all new editions of his books. In this compilation the name Osho is given throughout, except for specific public references to earlier names.

OSHO HOME

OSHO VILLAGE

DECEMBER 11, 1931
Osho is born in Kuchwada, a small village in the state of Madhya Pradesh, central India, where His maternal grandparents live.

1932-1939, KUCHWADA
Following the death of his paternal grandmother, the care of her youngest children and of the family business falls to Osho’s young parents. Osho goes to live with his maternal grandparents, who proved for him an extraordinary atmosphere of freedom and respect.
According to his own accounts, and the accounts of others, who knew him during his childhood, he was a daredevil and mischief-maker, never missing an opportunity to test his own physical limits and to challenge self-importance or hypocrisy wherever he found it. He was a rebellious and independent spirit, insisting on experiencing the truth rather than acquiring knowledge and beliefs given by others.

1938-1951, GADARWADA
After the death of his maternal grandfather, Osho and his grandmother both move to Gadarwada, the town where his parents live. There he is enrolled in school for the first time. Here he was creating mischief and challenging his teachers, Osho continues the adventurous and often solitary approach to life that characterized his first years with his grandparents.
In 1945, at the age of fourteen, he undertakes a seven-day experiment, waiting for death, provoked in part by an unusual prediction by an astrologer who was commissioned to calculate his birth chart. (My mother’s father used to tell me that when I was born he consulted one of the best known astrologers of those days. The astrologer was to make my birth chart, but he studied it and he said, “If this child survives after seven years, only then will I make the chart. It seems impossible that he can survive for more than seven years, so if the child is going to die it is useless to make the chart; it will be of no use. It is almost certain that this child is going to die at the age of twenty-one. Every seven year he will have to face death.” – Osho
So my parents, my family, were always worried about my death. Whenever I would come to the end of a seven-year cycle, they would become afraid. And he was right. At the age seven I survived, but I had a deep experience of death – not of my own, but of the death of my maternal grandfather. And I was so much attached to him that his death appeared to be my own death.
…When I reached the age of fourteen, my family again became disturbed that I would die. I survived, but then I again tried it consciously. I said to them, “If death is going to occur as the astrologer has said, then it is better to be prepared. And why give a chance to death? Why should I not go and meet it halfway? If I am going to die, then it is better to die consciously. – Osho” … I went to a temple just outside of my village. I arranged with the priest that he should not disturb me. It was a very lonely, unvisited temple – old, in ruins.
No one ever came to it. So I told him, “I will remain in the temple. You just give me something to eat and something to drink once a day, and the whole day I will be lying there waiting for death.”
“For seven days I waited. Those seven days became a beautiful experience. Death never came, But on my part I tried in every way to be dead. Strange, weird feelings happened. Many things happened, but the basic note was this– that if you are feeling you are going to die, you become calm and silent. Nothing creates any worry then, because all worries are concerned with life.
Life is the basis of all worries. When you are going to die anyway one day, why worry? Then again at age of twenty-one, my family was waiting. So I told them, “Why do you go on waiting? Do not wait. Now I am not going to die.” Physically, someday I will die, of course. However, this prediction of the astrologer helped me very much because he made me aware very early about death. I could meditate and could accept that it was coming.

MARCH 21, 1953, ENLIGHTENMENT
The Maulshree tree, under which Osho became Enlightened.
After His enlightenment at the twenty one, Osho completed His academic studies and spent several years teaching philosophy at the University of Jabalpur. Meanwhile, He traveled throughout India giving talks, challenging orthodox religious leaders in public debate, questioning traditional beliefs, and meeting people from all walks of life. He read extensively, everything He could find to broaden His understanding of the belief systems and psychology of contemporary man.

1951-1956, UNIVERSITY STUDENT
Osho majors in philosophy and wins numerous awards in debating competitions. He graduates with honors from D.N. Jain College and invited by Professor S. S. Roy to do his postgraduate study at Sagar University.

1957-1970, PROFESSOR AND PUBLIC SPEAKER
Osho accepts a position first at Sanskrit College in Raipur and later at the University of Jabalpur, where he teaches philosophy. His unorthodox and challenging approach to teaching draws many students to his classes, regardless of whether they have actually enrolled for credit. As the years pass he begins to spend more and more time away from his teaching duties and begins traveling to public speaking engagements throghout India.
1962, THE FIRST MEDITATION CENTERS
During his travels and speaking engagements, Osho often conducts guided meditations at end of his talks. The first meditation centers to emerge around his teaching are known as Jivan Jagruti Kendras (Life Awakening Centers), and his movement is called Jivan Jagruti Andolan (Life Awakening Movement).
1962-1964, MEDITATION CAMPS
In addition to his speaking engagements, Osho begins to hold 3 to 10 days “meditation camps” in the countryside, where he gives daily talks and personally guides the participants in meditation.

JUNE 1964, RANAKPUR MEDITATION CAMP
Ranakpur Meditation Camp became a landmark in Osho’s work because for the first time his discourses and meditations were recorded and published in a book, “Path to Self-Realization”, which was widely acclaimed in India. Osho later said that this book contains his whole teaching, which has never altered.

The first maxim is: live in the present.
The second maxim is: live naturally.
The third maxim is: live alone.

JUNE 1966, JYOTI SIKHA (LIFE AWAKENING) MAGAZINE
A quarterly magazine in Hindi is published by Jivan Jagruti Kendra of Bombay, which also becomes the official publisher of books transcribed from Osho’s talks.
By this time, he is widely known as “Acharya Rajneesh”.

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