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  • Paperback: 320 pages
  • Publisher: St. Martin's Griffin; Reprint edition (June 9, 2001)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0312280718
  • ISBN-13: 978-0312280710
  • Product Dimensions: 9.2 x 6.2 x 0.8 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 16 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (46 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #112,899 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Amazon.com Review

Osho, better known as Bhagwan Shree Rajneesh, became infamous for his posh lifestyle and outrageous teachings. A prolific author of some respectable and even insightful books, he refused to pen an autobiography for his myriad disciples. Nonetheless, two of these, Sarito Carol Neiman and Ma Yoga Bhakti, have pieced together an autobiography of sorts from the many of volumes of his writings and published talks. We find in Osho a vibrant mind, a sharp wit, and a feigned unpretentiousness that is both disarming and seductive. Following his story, we learn Osho was raised on a loose tether by his businessman grandfather and atheist grandmother, rebelliously questioning religious authority by the age of 5. By the age of 7, he was uncontrollable, and at 21, he had a prolonged enlightenment experience. A Ph.D. in philosophy brought him to the role of professor, but he outgrew it with his talks on meditation that gradually became more radical, until he was known in India as the sex guru. Ousted from India, he sought to create the perfect and most free community, choosing a remote corner of the U.S. Controversy erupted, and the man who called himself Zorba the Buddha became persona non grata the world over. To read about this unorthodox teacher in his own words is certainly entertaining, and although not without internal contradictions, the book is valuable for its relentless challenge to the sacred tenets of established religious thought. Like the best Zen master, Osho forces us to reconsider our conventions. --Brian Bruya

From Publishers Weekly

"Autobiography" is a misnomer, as the Indian mystic Osho (1931-1990) never wrote his memoirs; this book is an arrangement of reminiscences harvested from thousands of tape-recorded talks. However, the titular phrase "spiritually incorrect" is apt for a man who called himself "Zorba the Buddha." Born Rajneesh Chandra Mohan, Osho became a philosophy professor and began attracting followers in the 1960s. In 1968, he shocked Indian society by publishing a series of talks under the title From Sex to Superconsciousness. In the 1980s, he came to America and founded a commune in Oregon, called Rajneeshpuram. He was deported a few years later following the discovery that his personal assistant had firebombed a county planning office, among other crimes. In 1988, he said that the Buddha had "taken shelter" in him for four days, but departed because of disapproval of Osho's luxurious lifestyle, which included ownership of 90 Rolls-Royces. Osho's thought (or no-thought) clearly arises from India's Buddhist tradition, but his discourses refer to sources as diverse as Muhammad and Jung. Mixing Western therapy and Eastern meditation, Osho introduced such innovative practices as "dynamic meditation," which involved dancing, leaping and shouting instead of sitting in silence. Readers may be amused by Osho's humor, taken aback by his boastfulness, bemused by his pronouncements and shocked by his irreverence, but occasionally they will also be struck by his insight. (May)
Copyright 2000 Reed Business Information, Inc. --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

More About the Author

Osho, known for his revolutionary contribution to the science of inner transformation, continues to inspire millions of people worldwide in their search to define a new approach to individual spirituality that is self-directed and responsive to the everyday challenges of contemporary life. The Sunday Times of London named him one of the '1,000 Makers of the Twentieth Century,' and novelist Tom Robbins called him 'the most dangerous man since Jesus Christ.' For more information about Osho and his work, please visit osho.com.


Osho's teachings defy categorization, covering everything from the individual quest for meaning to the most urgent social and political issues facing individuals and society today.

His unique "Osho Active Meditations" are designed to first release the accumulated stresses of body and mind, so that it is easier to experience the thought-free and relaxed state of meditation. (Meditation -The First and Last Freedom, by Osho)

About his own work Osho has said that he is helping to create the conditions for the birth of a new kind of human being. He has often characterized this new human being as "Zorba the Buddha" -- capable both of enjoying the earthy pleasures of a Zorba the Greek and the silent serenity of a Gautam Buddha.

Running like a thread through all aspects of Osho's work is a vision that encompasses both the timeless wisdom of the East and the highest potential of Western science and technology.

Osho has been described by the Sunday Times in London as one of the "1000 Makers of the 20th Century" and by American author Tom Robbins as "the most dangerous man since Jesus Christ."

Biographical:
Autobiography of a Spiritually Incorrect Mystic, ST. MARTIN'S Press, New York, available in multiple languages.


Websites for more information:
http://www.OSHO.com
http://OSHO.com/resort
http://OSHO.com/magazine
http://OSHO.com/shop
http://www.youtube.com/OSHO
http://www.oshobytes.blogspot.com
http://www.Twitter.com/OSHOtimes
http://www.facebook.com/pages/OSHO.International

Customer Reviews

The spiritual journey of Osho is very inspirational.
Kris Bhattarai
This book doesnt go too far into THAT, which is good because his teachings were and still are so strong.
Gauri-Pahari Das
This book is a collection from several of his talks that fit like an autobiography.
D. Kapoor

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85 of 90 people found the following review helpful By jamps on March 17, 2003
Format: Hardcover
I just knew he had some crazy meditation techniques was a bit of a rogue, had 93 rolls royces, accepted sex and i had a few friends who recommended him. Wow, blown away, this is one of the most beautiful books i've ever read! Osho's integrity shines through and yes he is a dangerous man because he's not concerned about beliefs but the truth. And he challenges you deeply, i was a buddhist monk for 3 years and he takes traditions apart 'Buddha wasn't a buddhist' what a one liner. Many buddhist books seem to take a mathematical approach to enlightenment, Osho is a poet. I just cried reading this book, with laughter and joy and hope, i even found myself clapping and shouting 'Yes yes yes!' Sheer delight. I'm hooked.
love and peace
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67 of 75 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on November 25, 2000
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This is a cool book I would also recommend the book An encounter With a Prophet
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28 of 30 people found the following review helpful By Kris Bhattarai on May 2, 2000
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Of Indian mystics, after Paramhansa Yoganand's Autobiography ofa Yogi, Osho's autobiography stands apart from the convention. Theuniquness of this book is that it is not written by Osho. It is TALKEDby Osho to his intimate pupils and is recorded by them thereafter. And therefore, it provides a freshness in the story. The book reveals many secrets of the life of Osho which I have not found in any of his books. It also details the biblical situation of Osho's birth, his association with other enlightrened masters who recognized his potential when he was very young and took care of him until he attained to enlightentment. Osho's meeting with India's first prime minister Nehru is another very interesting part. Osho's accounts with Nehru surfaces some of the hidden qualities and spirituality of Nehru. At one sight, Nehru recognizes the future potential of young Osho (may be then 14/15 years old only) and asks Osho's companion, Masto Baba , to take care of him. Mosto Baba is one of the three enlightent Masters of a single chain, who, one by one, took care of Osho in succession. The spiritual journey of Osho is very inspirational. In some places he looks like a dare devil: ready take any kind of challenge; and in some accounts he appears to be as humble as one can be.
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21 of 23 people found the following review helpful By "methetree" on June 28, 2000
Format: Hardcover
Here is the story of a man who singlehandedly exposed the lies being forced on humanity, while shining new light on the wisdom books of the past. His life work of synthesizing Science and Religion, Body and Mind, Zorba and Buddha, etc., has once and for all freed the individual to Love themself in totality NOW, completely free of fleeting outside approval. There are many intimate glimpses into Osho the man which help show the path through which he arrived. It is amazing to see a Life guided only by Truth unfold in so many ways. It is an inspiration to know that it has been done. Somebody has lived an authentic Life. And if it can be done by one person, it can be done by anybody. (If you are looking for comments on all of the media-perpetuated images such as Sex-Guru, Rolls Royce Guru, Cult leader, etc..., you will find them responded to by Osho himself.)
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22 of 25 people found the following review helpful By Jasleen Matharu on April 20, 2004
Format: Paperback
For anyone who seeks a fair introduction to one of the greatest minds of the twentieth century, Osho, this is the place to begin. Osho never really wrote his biography. This book is a collection of his lectures on different subjects that he addressed to over the course of time.
It adheres to the values of eastern spirituality since Osho was highly influenced by the teachings of Gautama Buddha. He had a flair for simplifying the more complicated issues that human mind, body, and soul is constantly inflicted with in the modern times.
I highly recommend this book for anyone who seeks insight into spiritual (particularly eastern) studies.
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17 of 19 people found the following review helpful By Stan Gibilisco on December 12, 2002
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I have read several of Osho's works. As a mathematician, I find his logic entertaining if not always rigorous. His outlook on the world, and on life, is uplifting.

I discovered Osho when I was "escaping" to Kona, Hawaii, fearing a utility grid collapse on the mainland over the Y2K transition. (Was it Mark Twain who said that life consists of a series of catastrophes, 95 percent of which never happen?) There was a wonderful little book store in Kona called "Middle Earth." I bought their Osho stock out!

Reading Osho's work is like listening to a symphony. Of course, some symphonies are better than others; his books *Joy* and *Courage* are among the best in my opinion. But it's hard to take Osho too seriously, especially when he writes with apparent fondness about the severing of limbs and heads. At that point, the music gets dissonant, and I can only laugh.

I bought *Spiritually Incorrect Mystic* because I was curious about Osho's life. As I read the book, I was not disappointed. I wish I'd had a childhood like his. But in the American Midwest during the 1960s, that was not to be. Failing that, I'm trying to make my adulthood as much like his childhood as I possibly can. I recommend this book, and all of Osho's books. Just don't get too serious about them.
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11 of 11 people found the following review helpful By Gauri-Pahari Das on April 29, 2008
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I was unaware of all the controversy about this man, and I wish I still was naiive to it. I love osho's books they have helped me so much ...as a younger person, I didnt know about all the bad stuff, or Rajneeshpuram. This book doesnt go too far into THAT, which is good because his teachings were and still are so strong. Some say that this book left out a bunch of stuff ... maybe for good reason. Osho is to YOU what you want him to be. You dont have to wear marroon or orange clothing and go to retreats to experience Osho. Hes right here! OSHO-NEVER BORN NEVER DIED-ONLY VISITED THIS EARTH FROM 1931-1990. And I believe that Sheela poisoned him, she was the one to go to prison for her wrongdoings not Osho.. But maybe it was the government like he thought when he was in jail for 12 days and deported for no real reason. Regardless, he died at age 59. Left his body. Perhaps it was his time to leave that body and come back later on. I love tis book. I have disregarded all the bad stuff Ive read abou him, and focus only what he taught me (and continues to teach me) through his books and words. I wish I could have met him. Namaste.
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