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on 27 June 2012
At last - more than twenty years after his death - there seems to come more books about the enigmatic, controversial and influential mystic Osho. Books likeMy Dance with a Madman and the beautiful Glimpses of My Master. But whereas these two are based on personal experiences and impressions Vashant Joshi's book is a lot more like an official biography.

Despite the fact that Joshi was one of Osho's closest Indian disiples - under the name Swami Satya Vedant - and even got appointed to 'the inner circle', the group of 21 persons that were to oversee the continuation of the mystic's work.

The book gives a chronological description of Osho's life, based on an interesting theory that it was governed by a progressive unfolding of the 3 gunas: tamas, rajas, sattva. Indeed it's the Indian perspective that makes this book worthwhile. Especially the description of his earlier years. Comprising a wealth of facts and anecdotes not available elsewhere.

But from there on the book becomes rather dry and formal, although Joshi's description of Osho's tribulations and (quite literaly) trials in the US should make every thinking/feeling person aware of how parodic concepts like justice and religuious freedom are in our Western world. Not least underlined by the futher fact that 21 countries either denied Osho acess or deported him.

The book is spiced with lots of profound Osho quotes, but it does not - in my view - succeed in making the master human and to make him 'come alive' for the reader.
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TOP 50 REVIEWERon 11 September 2014
Wonderful book about the great Osho, love his humour and stories. This has got to be one of the best books about Osho that I have read so far and very interesting to read about previously unheard of stories about his life. He really led such an interesting life and although he was clearly different and outspoken, there is a kindness and specialness about him and his life that you can relate to. He had vast knowledge of both how men and woman think, how the world is so corrupt and evil but he seemed to know so much more even than what he shared with the world. As he died in the 90's it is amazing to read some of his predictions and comments about internet, I can't help wondering what he would have made of how things have changed for the worse now and the explosion of social media sites and the effect that has on peoples spiritual life. Wow, great book by Dr Vasat Joshi and I would 100% recommend to anyone to read this book. I read bits out of the book every night and am inspired all the time by Osho.
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