“Drop the idea ofbecoming someone, because you are already a masterpiece. You cannot beimproved. 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 andspiritual guide (though controversial) who lived from 1931-1990. As a professor and public speakerOsho traveled internationally, delivering sometimes debatable teachings onwhat 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 ourviews on life and spirituality today. Here are some of his notable thoughts onhow we may all move closer to personal enlightenment, regardless of ourbackground or tradition:

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

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

Osho on Happiness: “One just needs a little alertness to seeand 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 attractsnearly 200,000 visitors per year.