AND ART AROUND OSHO
many people know that Osho wove magic with colors as much as he did
with words. Osho is well-known as an enlightened Master and mystic,
but he is less well known as a painter, a painter of pure poetry.
Beloved Master read thousands of books and on many of them he sketched
unique drawings that, today, have come to be known as Osho Signature
Art. On filling colors in these drawings, they blossom as beautiful
paintings. Each of these signatures is different from the other and
that is where the uniqueness of His art lies. Osho art is also known
as enlightened art. His life and his being were art itself, and his
paintings overflow with the fragrance and beauty of enlightenment. They
are unique, mysterious, significant -- and are unlike anything the art
world has ever seen before.
is stated by the Osho Commune, Pune that Osho created about 900 so called
‘signature paintings’ inscribed on the blank cover pages
of his books, as part of his extended signature. He used bright colored
markers, blot ink and felt-tip pens to make usually spherical designs.
"I am not a painter.
I am the painting.
Where the painter has got lost into the painting, I don't know."
is the quality that you bring to the activity you are doing. It is an
attitude, an inner approach.”
“Whatsoever you do, if you do it joyfully, if you do it lovingly,
if the act of doing it is not purely economical, then it is creative.
If you have something growing out of it within you, if it gives you growth,
it is spiritual, it is creative, it is divine.”
- A Sudden Clash of Thunder, Chapter #4
Osho on Art:
art can be described either as objective art, or as subjective art. Subjective
art you will find everywhere. It comes from your feelings, from your heart,
from your mind: in paintings, in poetry, in music. But objective art comes
from the emptiness of your heart.
You just become a flute, a hollow bamboo, and the universe sings through
- Nansen: The Point of Departure, Chapter #9
says on Music:
comes closest to meditation. Just beyond music is meditation: one step
more and you are in meditation. And music is the most beautiful door.
Listen to music so totally that the listener disappears in the listening,
that there is only music and you are not, that you are an emptiness and
the music fills you. There is no observer even, nobody to appreciate,
to judge. Listen to music without judgement, without evaluation, and it
will become your deepest meditation.”
- Hallelujah! Chapter #31
inspired by Osho:
an accomplished singer/ songwriter, guitarist, and meditation teacher,
“Falling in love with this remarkable man, I fell in love with my
inner lover. His eyes were windows to my soul and the skies beyond. In
meeting him, I ultimately met myself.”
“Although work was, and still is, considered an important part of
Osho's vision, in the last years of his life, he began to emphasize creativity
as a way of expressing and sharing the fruits of meditation. The discourses
took on more and more the flavor of Zen, and it was clear: He wanted each
of us to become our own individual, not dependent on anybody else - including
him. Nor dependent on anything - even the Commune. “
Osho´s suggestion, established together with Geetesh Gibson
the Osho Art School and began leading art workshops all over the
world. She developed new methods of creative expression. More than
40 books of Osho are illustrated with Meera´s paintings.
de Bont about Toshi , a famous painter
source of his creativity lies in his encounter with Osho. In his
search for The Light and himself he found guidance in this Indian
Mystic. During his stays in the Ashram of Poona, India, he found
the the way to deal with emotions and experiences in the form of
painting. The evolution of his paintings show his personal progress,
emotionally, spiritually and also technically."
Deva Padma, painter and designer, creator of Osho Zen Tarot
“Life was the teacher and Osho was the guide to help me trust
that life is an infinitely wise and compassionate teacher and that
in time, life lived totally with passion, conviction and awareness
would be enough.”
“By becoming a disciple of Osho I realized anything is possible
given right mindfulness, right timing and an open heart.”
Joshua, multi-instrumentalist and composer
traveling in India he came across the enlightened mystic, Osho.
In the presence
of this man with a long white beard, eyes as deep as the ocean and
a strong sense of humor, he came in touch with the art of the “inner
music” - Silence.
“This was really coming home! For the following years I did
nothing but be around this man, go deeper in meditation and play,
play, play music. Here I found the musical and spiritual nourishment
and satisfaction that I had been looking for.”
"For me, music has always been something spiritual, a chance
to express something wonderful that cannot be said, something that
makes you feel so alive, that gets you on your feet but ultimately
leads you to a silent space within."
singer and song writer
came upon the most important and influential figure in his life, the
rebel mystic, Osho. "After I met Osho, everything fell into place,"
he says. "He gave purpose to my life, and an understanding that
divine chaos is the essence of it. My eyes were opened to new possibilities
which I continue to explore to this day."
Miten proceeded to live his explorations, spending most of his time
in India at the ashram of Osho, where he eventually found a way to
express his gratitude, not surprisingly, through music.
innovative therapist, martial art expert, painter as well as producer
of the music “Humaniversity sound”
will always be my Master. I will always be Swami Anand Veeresh. Sannyasins
will always be my brothers and sisters. For me, Osho dies only when
I die, because He is
alive in my heart."
sculptor and a painter
heard Osho talk about nirvana in his discourses. Osho says that nirvana
means to blow out the flame of the candle and then there lies the
silent darkness. This is nirvana. And that darkness is always there.
Even if you bring the sunlight, it is always existing. You may not
be able to see it because of the light, but it is there. Light may
come and go, but darkness always remains. It is eternal. And we cannot
escape from it.
But people are afraid of this darkness, continues Vasant, this eternity,
this silence. Through painting, he could sometimes sit in a space
of tremendous silence. Then he realized that his painting was coming
from this space of silence, the darkness within himself.”
Deuter Aka Chaitanya Hari Deuter, german flutist and multi-instrumentalist
is famous for his musical accompaniment to Osho’s series on
meditation - Dynamic, Kundalini, Nataraj, Nadabrahma, Mandala,
“After a lengthy stay in Poona, India, with Bhagwan Shree Rajneesh,
he adopted the Buddhist faith becoming Chaitanya Hari Deuter. Naturally,
there was a major change in Deuter's musical attitude, and he was
now the creator of spiritual, harmonious, and deep meditational music.
CELEBRATION was aptly joyous with a rich palette of instruments, including
flutes, synthesizers, and a wealth of ethnic instruments. Hereon the
Deuter of the late-70's played a softer more richly textured music,
increasingly developing a preference for using synthesizers and flute
alongside exotic instruments.”
“Deuter experienced a religious revival and converted his name
into Chaitanya Hari Deuter. In Poona, India, he found his guru in
Bhagwan Shree Rajneesh. The peaceful music was full of joy and warmth.
Indeed, he had now found his own distinctive and personal style, and,
from this point on, his albums grew increasingly celestial, meditative
his early childhood he had a strong connection with music and performed
in various teenager music bands. He studied Graphic Design, graduated
but always felt that this was not what he really wanted in life. He
met with a fatal motor accident in which he was nearly killed, this
"near death" experience proved to be a spiritual turning
point in his life. Karunesh traveled to India where he met Osho in
his ashram in Poona. He became initiated and took on a new spiritual
name, Karunesh, a Sanskrit name meaning "compassion".
Back in Germany Karunesh lived in the Rajneesh commune in Hamburg
for five years. Here he could develop his musical creativity in a
spiritual surrounding. He came in contact with many musicians from
all over the world and developed the ability to wave different styles
and feelings from different cultures together in a living symbiosis
- carried by his unmistakable <Melodies From The Heart>, his
feeling for spiritual atmospheres and rhythms that make you want to
guitarist & musician
spiritual search of Govi lead him to India, where he spent eight years.
There his life and creative work have really blossomed. And, perhaps,
it took place in the most part because Govi happened to be together
with many perfect musicians, who came from the entire world to a town
of Poona, to Indian spiritual Teacher Bhagwan Shree Rajneesh. "My
approach comes from the meditative and creative environment I experienced
while living in India as well as playing with musicians from many
different cultures and backgrounds," - told Govi later.
Dunster, sarod player and trained practitioner of Feng Shui
was Osho Rajneesh himself who gave him his name, way back in 1981.
His whole name is Prem Chinmaya Dunster; prem means love and chinmaya
means consciousness, he explains. "It's really something to live
He studied art for some time, but later found it was music that would
be his true calling. It was in his twenties that Dunster took to the
'hippy trail' – a journey of self-discovery that led him to
Sri Lanka, Thailand, Japan, Afghanistan and finally to India, where
an all-night concert by sarod maestro Amjad Ali Khan in New Delhi
had a profound impact on the young artiste.
The strange music that came out of this 19-stringed classical instrument
– at once metallic and warm, with a sound that reflects a meditative
introspection perhaps better than any other – captivated Dunster.
He started to study with two leading gurus of the sarod, Guru Dev
Singh in London (Khan's leading disciple) and Shekhar Borkar in Pune,
and soon set up a home for himself at the Osho commune there.
Jamie, guitarist & musician
in acting, fencing, and stage combat at Florida State University,
Jamie abandoned a career in acting to travel to India to embark on
an exploration of meditation and personal growth in the international
commune of Osho, as well as his interest in the mystical relationship
between music, silence, and meditation. Jamie lived in India for 12
years and began developing his own unique guitar style and melodic
compositions blended with softer jazz chords and influenced by the
experience of the Eastern meditation traditions he was exploring.
His work in Osho Commune included five years in the Academy of Healing
Arts as a Color puncture clinical color therapy therapist and trainer,
with sessions and trainings in centers around the world, followed
by three years as director of the Faculty of Creative Arts in the
Osho Multiversity, where he coordinated the art, dance, and theater,
as well as visual arts programs.