Osho – the mystic, the revolutionary, the sex guru, the most important master of the 20th century? Born in 1931 in Kuchwada, Madhya Pradesh, India, Osho became enlightened at the age of 21. He followed a career as philosophy professor, later traveled all over India and was worshiped by thousands of people. Around 1970 he started initiating people and facilitated meditation camps. In 1974 he started an Ashram in Poona and in 1981 relocated to the USA.
The commune in Oregon, called Rajneeshpuram attracted thousands of devotees from around the globe and started to be noticed by the media. It was dissolved in 1985 and Osho – after being charged with immigration violations, was deported. After 21 countries had denied him entrance due to pressure from the American government, he finally came back to his ashram in Poona, where he spent his last years. He left his body in 1990. The ashram continues to this day.
For those of you interested in more details, I recommend his books “Glimpses of a Golden Childhood” and “Autobiography of a Spiritually Incorrect Mystic”. There are also many interesting books written by sannyasins about their life with Osho. And then of course hundreds of books with his discourses on other masters, thinkers and religious leaders – each book a jewel of wisdom in itself.