The Ultimate Game: The Rise and Fall of Bhagwan Shree Rajneesh Hardcover – May 1, 1987
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Copyright 1987 Reed Business Information, Inc.
- Publisher : HarperCollins; 1st edition (May 1, 1987)
- Language : English
- Hardcover : 381 pages
- ISBN-10 : 0062508210
- ISBN-13 : 978-0062508218
- Item Weight : 1.65 pounds
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The books of Rajneesh are insightful and superb. If you want to know the essence of Tantra. Taoism, or Zen, you need only to go through the books of Rajneesj(Osho). But for the life of me I cannot understand why the so-called sanyasins gleefully put up with the pompous ceremonies of their Master when his Zen teachings clearly spelled out that the ordinary is extraordinary and that everyone is a celebrity.
I wish that Rajneesh had followed his Zen insights. He reminds me of a friend of mine who is a brilliant expert on nutrition but is very obese.
Love and best wishes.
Other books about him include Dying for Enlightenment: Living with Bhagwan Shree Rajneesh , Bhagwan: The God That Failed , The Promise of Paradise , The Quest for Total Bliss , The Golden Guru , etc.
Author Kate Strelley wrote in the Preface to this 1987 book, "Since the writing of this book Bhagwan has returned to the original site in Poona. Messages have gone out to all sannyasins to send donations and return to live and work once again in the Ashram. It is amazing just how many people have chosen to return, together with many new people. It would seem the cycle continues... This book has given me a chance to go over the past, especially the way I viewed life and the players in it..."
She notes, "Gurdjieff was an admitted influence on Bhagwan, and many of his ideas and ways of working with his followers paralleled much of what Bhagwan taught." (Pg. 12) She suggests, "In time, with proper training... the 'alchemy' (as Bhagwan called it) began to work on you, making you less and less trusting of your own instincts, reasoning, and emotions, and more and more pliable to manipulation by the office or the Master. Your own mind was artfully guided into a series of preconditioned ways of thinking that always challenged doubt or defiance and nudged your toward surrender to Bhagwan's will." (Pg. 81) She adds, "Question yourself was the overriding principle." (Pg. 86)
She recalls, "That was the amazing thing about Bhagwan: Each sannyasin would fall in love with him in his or her own way. Some wanted to be his lover; some wanted to be ... devotees. each was there for him for a particular reason... I valued him as a master who not only tells you a story, but lets you live it." (Pg. 102) She explains, "Some people might cry, 'Mass hypnosis!' Others might say, 'Brainwashing!' ... I'd call it 'mass self-hypnosis.' ... In the Ashram this kind of stimulation was happening continually. This was why we felt high all the time. When we returned alone to the West we would fall into a depression, almost a withdrawal." (Pg. 188)
She observes, "Bhagwan was an amazing mass-marketer. Most religious organizations go through one channel to get their adherents...In the Ashram there were as many different appeals as there were sannyasins. Anyone who opened a center signed a release in advance that distanced the Ashram from any negative fallout... The Ashram relied on individuals, using their own creativity, to attract people---though this was never an official program. The Ashram never appeared to be telling anyone what to do. This was the brillliance of the approach, because people put MORE energy into what they felt was their own effort all the way. Because nothing was ever ASKED of them, people would send part of what they made to the Ashram." (Pg. 317)
This book will interest anyone looking for an "insider's" perspective on Rajneesh and his movement.
Top reviews from other countries
Such a cliché about a rigid boring English girl hoping to get laid in the exotic east and then talks about it as matter of fact. Nothing interesting on Osho, it's all about her ego, paranoia and her countless trips to the hospital for one problem or the other. I'm surprised she's still alive with all that health drama in her life. Don't waste your money, read other books by Sanyassins for a better understanding of the Osho movement. This is such a boring account of a dull boring person.