|GEORGE IVANOVITCH GURDJIEFF (1866-1949) was an extraordinary man, a master in the truest sense. His teachings speak to our most essential questions: Who am I? Why am I here? What is the purpose of life, and of human life in particular? As a young man, Gurdjieff relentlessly pursued these questions and became convinced that practical answers lay within ancient traditions. Through many years of searching and practice he discovered answers and then set about putting what he had learned into a form understandable to the Western world. Gurdjieff maintained that, owing to the abnormal conditions of modern life, we no longer function in a harmonious way. He taught that in order to become harmonious, we must develop new faculties - or actualize latent potentialities - through "work on oneself." He presented his teachings and ideas in three forms: writings, music, and movements which correspond to our intellect, emotions, and physical body.|
OSHO (1931-1990), formerly Bhagwan shree Rajneesh, formerly Mohan Chandra Rajneesh, was born in 1931 in Kuchwada in Madya Pradesh India. His family moved to Gadarwara in 1939. In 1951 he enrolled as a student at the university in Jabalpur. He became a professor of philosophy at the university, declared his enlightenment in 1960 and then started traveling around India. He moved into a flat in Bombay in 1970 and then in 1974 had purchased for him an old colonial style plot with a house in Koregaon Park, the cantonment area of Poona, where the British used to live. This plot was known as the ashram.The ashram has expanded and now includes many neighboring plots. It is still there today and is visited by many Indians and foreigners. Despite a brief move to Oregon USA from 1981 to 1985 he stayed in Poona until his death in 1990. He has a following the size of which varies from episode to episode. Many of the leaders of his movement, called sannyas, have been involved with large sums of money and constant allegations of corruption. This is inevitable when there is a total lack of financial transparency, which is one of the definitions of a cult. Despite the turmoil and confusion which surround his every move many people benefit from contact with him.
The present administrative structure at the ashram in Poona is a consortium of businessmen
who have converted the place into a holiday resort for profit.
Some useful links:-Osho portraits
pictures from Poona one
the first festival in Oregon 1982
non free osho viha magasine
http://www.ashejournal.com/two/davisson.shtml - The Rise & Fall of Rajneeshpuram
http://mitendevapremal.com/index.php - music from deva premal and miten
http://www.osholeela.co.uk/ - Osho Leela in England
http://www.turiya4love.com - Turiya in Bali, lovely lady, shame about the spam, flash, music and pop up. See Miracle of Love below
http://www.rupda.com/links.htm - more links from Rupda
http://www.sannyasworld.com - a new web site now hosted outside of the uk to avoid persecution
http://sannyas.orgsannyas wiki - check it out (includes lists of sannyasins)
www.croydonhall.co.uk - shame about the java and the html but the web site might still work
www.gurdjieff.org - George Gurdjieff
www.rebelliousspirit.com - new Osho site
www.newfrontier.com/nepal - Sw Virato says "Join us in St. Petersburg, Russia.."
www.sannyas.net/news.htm - Osho gossip page
www.osho.com - Official OSHO web site
www.sannyas.net - lot's of interesting links
www.meditate-celebrate.com - Sw Keerti from Delhi - Ma Neelam
home.att.net/~meditation/Osho.html - how to do dynamic - what Aradhana does not want to be told
www.oshoworld.com - the web site they tried to ban - now thriving
www.oshoworld.com - the original web site they tried to ban
www.otoons.com/home.html - cartoons about osho - ciao from the alps from krish (devakrishna)
otoons.com/sex/pornography.htm do visit this one
www.factnet.org/headlines/rajneeshpuram_release.html - so called facts about Osho from Charles Turner
www.empnet.com/imageworks/Raj1.htm - photo journalist on the ranch
www.religioustolerance.org/rajneesh.htm - history of the movement
www.stelling.nl/simpos/bhagwan_shree_rajneesh_osho.htm - Dutch stuff about Osho
The Humaniversity is an international school of personal growth and development offering courses ongoing throughout the year. p.s. that's what they told me to say.
www.a3.com/myself/humanive.htm - Humaniversity experiences
www.sufiorder.org - Pir Vilayat Inayat Khan - a complicated long page
www.samdarshi.com - meditate in Manali
Deva Pramada, founding member of ELO dies in freak accident
http://www.urbandharma.org/udharma5/viewdeath.html - Buddhist View on Death and Rebirth
YouTube movies of Osho:-
The Christians got the ranch! They are good at hijacking the ideas and achievements of others.