"I love life. That's why I give teachings of celebration, celebrate everything. From body to soul, physical to spiritual, sex to super-consciousness. Everything is divine for me."
The Mystic Osho has had a huge influence on the world of meditation, therapy and personal growth. Born in 1931 in Central India, he became enlightened at the age of 21, while at university. He remained in the academic world for several more years, becoming Professor of Philosophy at the University of Jabalpur, before leaving to become a spiritual teacher. In the 1970s, at his ashram in India, Osho became the first spiritual teacher to combine Western therapy with Eastern meditation, creating new methods to assist seekers in their quest for self-knowledge. His active meditation techniques, designed especially to help contemporary men and women, have helped thousands of people to unburden feelings of mental stress and physical tension, in order to experience a relaxed state of meditation and inner harmony.
In his discourses, Osho has spoken about psychology, philosophy and shed new light on many religious paths, including Yoga, Sufism, Tao, Zen, Tantra and Hasidism. He has also commented on the sayings of great masters like Gautam Buddha, Lao Tzu, Bodhidharma, Jesus and Krishna. The essential core of Osho's teaching is awareness or consciousness. This foundation can be applied to any form of self-help method or therapy, which is why so many therapists - offering a wide range of skills and insights - have embraced Osho's vision of how personal transformation works.
Osho died in 1990, but his teachings continue to be a living force for self-inquiry and individual transformation. Many ashrams, institutes and meditation centers offer the opportunity for people to explore Osho's meditation methods and other growth techniques. This includes the Osho Risk Institute, which was founded in 1986.