Osho on Mystics

“Osho does not teach any religion and does not belong to any particular religion. What he really teaches is religiousness – the real fragrance of all the flowers of existence, the Buddhas, the mystics and sages that this world has known. Osho has given thousands of discourses on all the well-known and not so known mystics of the world—from Ashtavakra to Zarathusthra .

Osho is a modern day mystic whose wisdom, clarity and humor have touched the lives of millions of people around the world. His insights are creating the conducive atmosphere or ‘ Atma-Sphere ” for the emergence of what he calls the ‘New Man’ or Zorba , the Buddha – the combination of celebration, dance and song of Zorba and the silence, stillness and meditation of the Buddha, the meditation of the East and the materialism of the West. Zorba the Buddha is a totally new human being who is an awakened one, and he is life-affirmative and free. When someone asked Osho the definition of religion, Osho replied: To be in romance with life is religion.

Amongst all the Enlightened Ones, Gautama the Buddha is very special to Osho. He says: “I love Gautama the Buddha because he represents to me the essential core of religion. He is the beginner of a totally different kind of religion in the world. He has propounded not religion but religiousness. And this is a great radical change in the history of human consciousness.”

“When a Buddha moves the wheel of dharma , it takes two thousand five hundred years for it to stop completely….” says Osho. “The wheel that Buddha moved has stopped. The wheel has to be moved again. And that is going to be my and your life’s work – that wheel has to be moved again. Once it starts revolving it will again have twenty-five centuries’ life.”

Osho teaches meditation for our inner transformation. Love and compassion are the natural expression of this transformation. We can meditate with Buddha, dance with Krishna and celebrate our love with Sufis .”

– Swami Chaitanya Keerti , Osho World Foundation, New Delhi

Osho has spoken on hundreds of mystics and traditions including Buddhism, Christianity, Communism, Hassidism., Hinduism, Islam, Jainism, Sikhism, Sufism, Tantra, Taoism, Yoga, Zen and many more.


Adi Shankaracharya Ashtavakra Atisha
Bahaudin Basho Baul Mystics
Bayazid Bodhidharma Buddha
Chuang Tzu Dadu Daya
Diogenes Dionysius Dogen
George Gurdjieff Gorakh Hakim Sanai
Heraclitus Hyakujo Isan
J. Krishnamurti Jabbar Jalaluddin Rumi
Jesus Joshu Kabir
Kahlil Gibran Krishna Kyozan
Lao Tzu Lieh Tzu Mahakashyap
Mahavira Mansoor Marpa
Ma Tzu Meera Mulla Nasruddin
Nagarjuna Nanak Nansen
Narada Naropa Omar Khayyam
Patanjali Pythagoras Rabindranath Tagore
Rabiya Raman Maharishi Ram Krishan Paramhansa
Rinzai Sahajo Saraha
Shiva Socrates Subhuti
Ta Hui Tilopa Zarathustra



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