One of the spiritual leader Rajneesh also popular as osho had contributed so much to mankind with his wide variety of knowledge on various subjects. There is no need to become his follower but I think we can honor some of the great works he had popularize through talking on various leaders like Mahatma Gandhi, Buddha, Mahaveera, Sufis, zen
There is no need to be his follower to read this book. One who loves to explore different topics like chinese wisdom, tibetian classics, German philosopher etc can have a look at the list and add it to your bucket list
There are 10 books which he had loved the most.
Here is a list compiling all books from various authors
1). Thus Spoke Zarathustra
Thus Spoke Zarathustra: A Book For Everyone And No One is an English translation of one of the most popular works by Friedrich Nietzsche. The translation of the book has been done by R.J. Hollingdale. The book is a brilliant inclusion and discussion of the words of prophet Zarathustra, who had been speaking openly about his belief of God being dead. The theme of the book is about following one’s passions in life rather than blindly following lame religious beliefs.
2). The Brothers Karamazov
In 1880 Dostoevsky completed The Brothers Karamazov, the literary effort for which he had been preparing all his life. Compelling, profound, complex, it is the story of a patricide and of the four sons who each had a motive for murder: Dmitry, the sensualist, Ivan, the intellectual; Alyosha, the mystic; and twisted, cunning Smerdyakov, the bastard child. Frequently lurid, nightmarish, always brilliant, the novel plunges the reader into a sordid love triangle, a pathological obsession, and a gripping courtroom drama. But throughout the whole, Dostoevsky searhes for the truth–about man, about life, about the existence of God. A terrifying answer to man’s eternal questions, this monumental work remains the crowning achievement of perhaps the finest novelist of all time.
3). The Book of Mirdad: The strange story of a monastery which was once called The Ark
The book is essentially a set of question and answer between Mirdad and his disciples, especially his chief disciple, Naronda. These dialogues occurred during the time he was admitted as a servant in the monastery of Altar Peak, built where Noah’s Ark came to rest after the flood waters subsided. Mirdad’s teachings cover all the important life issues such as love, the master-servant relationship, creative silence, money, the moneylender and the debtor, the cycle of time and death, repentance, old age, and so on. The culmination, and indeed the message, is that Mirdad’s own Ark is the Ark of Holy Understanding, which will bring humankind through another deluge, greater than Noah’s, when Heaven will be revealed on Earth.
4). Jonathan Livingston Seagul
This bestselling modern classic is a fable about seeking a higher purpose in life, even if your flock, tribe or neighbourhood finds your ambition threatening (at one point our beloved gull is even banished from his flock). By not compromising his higher vision, Jonathan learns the meaning of love and kindness and gets the ultimate payoff – transcendence.
5). Tao Te Ching
Tao Te Ching: The Classic Manual On The Art Of Living is the translated version of an ancient Taoist text, which prescribes the art of leading a balanced and serene life. The author, Stephen Mitchell, has adapted the original text for the modern audience. After the Bible, the Tao Te Ching is one of the most translated texts in the world. The book was first written over 2,500 years ago, and is the philosophical foundation for the followers of the Taoist faith. Originally written by Lao-Tzu, this 81 chapter text attempts to teach readers how to lead a balanced life by following life principles that are in line with the universe, also called Tao. Principles such as doing something for the benefit of things, which becomes an effortless skill when one behaves in accordance with the Tao, are mentioned. Stephen Mitchell’s version of the Tao Te Ching: The Classic Manual On The Art Of Living is a widely accepted boon to the modern age. Readers will gain plenty of philosophical wisdom and practical guidance on how to lead a life that is both meaningful and balanced.
6). Parables of Chuang Tzu
n this vivid, contemporary translation, Victor Mair captures the quintessential life and spirit of Chuang Tzu while remaining faithful to the original text.
7). The Sermon on the Mount
One of the most influential teachings in Christian history is Matthew 5-7, Jesus’s Sermon on the Mount. Many pastors have delved into this passage, but none has offered such a comprehensive, up-to-date, and accessible exposition. Until now.
Known for his keen insight and biblical understanding, Dr. R. T. Kendall offers an in-depth, verse-by-verse, and lay-friendly exposition of this matchless sermon. In fact, he gives the most thorough and comprehensive interpretation of this passage to date. His compelling, devotional-style writing brings the words of Jesus to life, and he shows readers how to put these teachings to work in their own lives. An unforgettable book for the lay reader and pastor alike.
8). Bhagavad-Gita The Song Divine
Bhagavad-Gita means “the song (Gita) of God (Bhagavan).” Readers the world over consider the Bhagavad-Gita the most important book of the Vedic literature—the vast body of ancient Sanskrit texts including and referring to the Vedas. The Bhagavad-Gita is itself but one short chapter of the Mahabharata, a book so lengthy that Guinness calls it the world’s longest. Yet in its short seven hundred verses, Bhagavad-Gita distills the wisdom of all the Vedas.
One of the greatest works of poetry in the modern times, Tagore’s Gitanjali was originally published in Bengali on August 14, 1910 as a collection of 157 poems. However, while translating it in English later on, Gurudev, as Tagore was popularly know as, shortened it to a collection of 103 poems which included 53 poems from the original ‘Gitanjali’ and 50 other poems from nine of his other books that included those from his famous drama ‘Achalyatan’, ‘Naibedya’, ‘Kheya’ and ‘Gitimalya’.
10).Milarepa- The one thousand song of Milarepa
Tibetans accord The Hundred Thousand Songs of Milarepa a classic status comparable to that of the Mahabharata and the Bible, and revere its author as probably the best single exemplar of the religious life. Milarepa was an eleventh-century Buddhist poet and saint, a cotton-clad yogi who avoided the scholarly institutions of his time and wandered from village to village, teaching enlightenment and the path to Buddhahood through his spontaneously composed songs. Wherever he went, crowds of people gathered to hear his sweet sounding voice “singing the Dharma.”