The Joy of Collaborative Work
Born in Kuchwara, in the state of Madhya Pradesh, on 11th December 1931, Osho was known as Rajneesh Chandra Mohan in his childhood. Stories of His early years describe Him as independent and rebellious child, questioning all social, religious and philosophical beliefs. In 1953, Osho became enlightened at the age of twenty-one, while majoring in philosophy at D.N. Jain college in Jabalpur.
In 1956, Osho received His M.A. from the University of Sagar with First Class Honors in Philosophy. In 1957, Osho was appointed professor at the Sanskrit College in Raipur and in 1958, He became Professor of Philosophy at the University of Jabalpur, where He taught until 1966. A powerful and passionate debater, referred to as Acharya Rajneesh at that time, He traveled widely in India, speaking to large audiences and challenging orthodox religious leaders in public debates. Discourses given by Him at that time were neither recorded nor published and hence not available to humanity. In 1970, He moved to Mumbai where His disciples and friends started to record His discourses.
The first book of discourses was published in the year 1960. Friends of Osho, formed a Trust by the name of Jeevan Jagruti Kendra which was registered in Bombay. Jeevan Jagriti Kendra was also established in many other cities across the country which distributed His books and conducted meditations given by Him. It was during this period He - at this time called Bhagwan Shree Rajneesh - began to initiate seekers into Neo-Sannyas or discipleship.
Osho was never a Trustee in any of the Trusts formed around Him, but guided all the activities , and specially the publications and meditations . Jeevan Jagriti Kendra, under the guidance of Osho, was engaged in compilation of His recorded discourses which were published in the form of small books. When Westerners began to arrive, Osho started to give discourses in English as well. In the early 1970s, Indian and Western disciples began to compile and translate His discourses into various languages.The publication of His discourses was managed by His disciples and friends in their individual capacities.
In 1974, Bhagwan Shree Rajneesh moved to Poona and Shree Rajneesh Ashram was established. Jeevan Jagriti Kendra was changed to Rajneesh Foundation with Ma Yoga Laxmi as the Managing Trustee. Indian and Western friends began to arrive there. He began to give daily discourses at 8 am in the morning, alternating between Hindi and English.
The Commune started to offer daily meditations and group therapies. It was during this time that the expansion work of the Osho Commune had begun and many disciples and friends started to get involved in His publication work. Osho’s discourses in Hindi and English were recorded and copies of these recordings were made available to friends and disciples. At the same time, translation, editing and art work became a regular activity at the commune. All these tasks were undertaken by hundreds of His disciples at the ashram and in other cities, at their own will, with their love and gratitude for the master. There was no remuneration or wage in return for their work. The master’s love was showering so much that there was no want for any reward or remuneration. Disciples started to bring their own equipment and instruments like tape recorders, cameras and other technology to record and support the publication process. Many friends, out of their gratitude for the master, started to support the publication process with finances. The entire process was a beautiful communal and collaborative process. Apart from the Publication, meditation music was also created by disciples where there was no question of any individual ownership. It was a gift out of their love to the master……C OLO BORATIVE
Osho personally reviewed and advised the editorial team before his books went to print. He insisted that the editors retain the original meaning of His words in the books with minimum or no editing. These books were published keeping not only the Indian but also the international readers in mind.
Osho has made it clear that His words are not His, but existential, pouring from existence.
“I have allowed the hidden secrets of life to speak through me, to speak through my eyes, to speak through my hands. I have offered everything to existence.
Now, only existence can stop me from speaking.”
(The Messiah, Vol-2, # 6)
Osho made it clear that His message to humanity is to be published and distributed without regard to any ownership, control or profit but with the sole purpose of making available to as many people as possible, with all the clarity and precision it had when He first spoke the words.
When Osho left for America, publication process, music creation and other creative activities took a new turn with the addition and support of modern technology. Despite hurdles and opposition created by the Church and the Government of America, Osho’s books were sold in leading book stores.
During this time, new music was created in Rajneeshpuram and Osho’s discourses were published. Expansion of this work resulted in the involvement of many more disciples.
Osho went on the World Tour after America. He gave discourses to disciples who gathered around Him in various countries. Similarly, many photographs and videos were personally taken by friends and disciples in various countries. After the World Tour, Osho returned to Bombay.
In 1987, He returns to the ashram in Pune, and starts to personally lead the meditation at the end of each evening’s discourse. He also introduces a revolutionary new meditation technique called The Mystic Rose. He left His body on 19 January 1990.
According to His wish, Osho’s Samadhi was constructed in the Osho Commune with the inscription:
Only Visited This Planet Earth Between
11 December 1931 - 19 January 1990
About 650 books of Osho have been published in Hindi and English languages. More than 25 Indian publishers are engaged in the publication of Osho’s books in 13 languages. Around the world, His books have been published in about hundred languages. After His work is published in all world languages, it will reach every heart around the globe.
Osho says that his message is universal. The World’s six billion population is the inheritor of his legacy and all His sannyasins are His successors.
“Nobody is going to be my successor. Each sannyasin is my representative. When I am dead, you all -- individually -- will have to represent me to the world. There is not going to be any pope. There is not going to be any shankaracharya. Each sannyasin, in his own capacity, has to represent me. This has never happened -- but it is going to happen! You are all my successors. When I am dead, that simply means I have left this body and entered all the bodies of my people. I will be within you. I will be part of you.”
_Osho (From Death to Deathlessness)
To make available the message of Osho to one and all is the objective of all Osho’s disciples and centers located all over the world.
All Osho centers, around the world are organisationally independent, self-managed and financially self-supporting. However the core connection between them is Osho. They all are engaged in making available Osho’s vision, meditation techniques and its significance, to as many people as possible.
This is their joy .
This is their gratitude to their master beloved Osho.
“One of the most beautiful phenomena in the world is that of being a disciple, because now you know what rapport is. Now you breathe, inhale, exhale with the master; now you lose your boundaries and become one with him. Now something of his heart starts flowing towards you; now something of him comes into you.”
_Osho (And the Flowers Showered )