Who Was Osho?

“Drop the idea of becoming someone, because you are already a masterpiece. You cannot be improved. You have only to come to it, to know it, to realize it.”

Photo credit: Osho World

Photo credit: Osho World

Osho (Shree Rajneesh) was an Indian philosopher and spiritual guide (though controversial) who lived from 1931-1990. As a professor and public speaker Osho traveled internationally, delivering sometimes debatable teachings on what he viewed as the important elements of modern life: meditation, awareness, love, celebration, courage, creativity and humor.

Osho was a gifted writer whose words continue to impact our views on life and spirituality today. Here are some of his notable thoughts on how we may all move closer to personal enlightenment, regardless of our background or tradition:

Osho on Love: “Millions of people are suffering: they want to be loved but they don't know how to love. And love cannot exist as a monologue; it is a dialogue, a very harmonious dialogue. ”

Osho on Truth: “Truth is not to be found outside. No teacher, no scripture can give it to you. It is inside you and if you wish to attain it, seek your own company. Be with yourself. ”

Osho on Happiness: “One just needs a little alertness to see and find out: Life is really a great cosmic laughter.”

Osho is generally considered to be a prominent personality to emerge from India in the 20th Century, and today his Osho International Meditation Resort in Pune, India attracts nearly 200,000 visitors per year.