Osho - Garden of the Beloved
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InGarden of the Beloved, gifted musicians from around the world integrate their musical traditions with the fresh breeze of Oshos vision. Pioneers in the New Age Music field joined with classically trained artists, rock and jazz instrumentalists, and musicians from diverse folk traditions to create a remarkable synthesis that stands in a category of its own. These CDs were inspired by Osho, a contemporary mystic whose talks, meditations, and vision of Zorba the Buddha embody a life affirming approach to living. These insights have acted as a catalyst for the creative energy which gave birth to MUSIC FROM THE WORLD OF OSHO, a true meeting of East and West with a touch of Zen and carnival.Musicians from around the world continue to gather and create a unique style of music at the OSHO International Meditation Resort in Pune, India.
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. . . . . much of the music on this CD (as many as 8 of the 14 tracks) is also found on the Osho Music collection "Osho Zen Tarot" (though the edits in many cases are slightly different). In the excitement of hearing Zen Tarot, I bought two other Osho Music Collections--"Garden of the Beloved" and "Ten Thousand Buddhas." I should have looked deeper into this. Since hindsight is usually 20/20, I would recommend a person who doesn't have "Zen Tarot" to buy "Garden of the Beloved" instead simply because I feel it has more of a homogenous flow to it than does "Zen Tarot." In either case, I would also recommend "Ten Thousand Buddhas" which is also a fantastic collection that perhaps leans slightly more to the traditional eastern end of the aformentioned spectrum and only contains one track that is also on "Zen Tarot."
I must agree. Music and dance were central to Osho's way of approach to life and reality and his presence undeniably saturates these recordings. They were conceived and performed out of the state which Osho had led them to, hand in hand, into a state of love and reverence for life. From the first opening moments of GARDEN OF THE BELOVED, on the track "Doorway to the Heart", one is likely to be reminded that he has forgotten love... and here it is, pouring out of the speakers effortlessly.
I cannot write this review without also recommending Osho's books at the same time. Reading them while hearing this music will surely fill you with joy.
I won't define the music. What category it fits into is meaningless, but the expression of feeling remains. If it has peaked your interest, try it. I can't imagine anyone being disappointed with this music.
The music is very varied and very wellplayed, the silverflute being the dominant instrument on many tracks, played a top layers of guitar, bass (some fine fretless bass by new age artist Kamal), keyboards and percussion. And Kamal not being the only well-known recording artist amongst the musicians.
And of course the music gets an extra, intangible quality by being played in the immediate presence of a Buddha.