After low-key launch of Osho book,fan now readies 2nd edition

When Osho died in January 1990,I knew I wanted to write a book on him and about the fourteen years I spent with him as a disciple.

Written by Garima Mishra | Published: March 28, 2012 3:34:14 am

“When Osho died in January 1990,I knew I wanted to write a book on him and about the fourteen years I spent with him as a disciple. The adventure had been so intense,with so many unexpected twists and turns. For 20 years I kept postponing,I did not know how to write my story in a way that would make sense to readers as I did not want to write only for sanyasis like me,” said Denmark-based Anand Subhuti,a member of city’s Osho Meditation Resort for the past 35 years and who is ready with the second edition of a book on Osho titled My Dance with a Madman.

The book,he says,is a collection of short anecdotes as he wanted to avoid long chronology of events. The first edition of the book was released in the United Kingdom a year ago. “I launched the same in India in 2011 but refrained from publicizing it,” said Subhuti,who continued writing and collecting interesting information about Osho after the first book and hence,decided to write a second edition. Sharing one such instance,he says,“I came across an interview that Osho gave in July 1985. Talking to an Australian radio reporter,Howard Sattler,he said he speaks candidly about his personal life and that he was not celibate.”

Other highlights of the second book include the chapter ‘The Illusionist’ that explores high risk financial aspects of building the Oregon Ranch,the place in Wasco County,Oregon,that housed Osho followers during 1980s. ‘The Art of Whirling’ talks about Subhuti’s sense of turmoil at the end of the Oregon Ranch and ‘The Waiting Room’ reveals Subhuti’s returning to normal life in 1986 after being a part of Rajneesh Commune for nine years. “The chapter ‘The Hitler Greeting’ covers Osho’s final acts of provocation before his death,” said Subhuti.

He added that the response from other Osho disciples about him writing a book on Osho has been mostly positive barring a few who expressed dismay about the revelations of Osho’s personal life. “I have read the first version and I don’t think there is anything wrong in a follower writing a book on his guru. Lot of sensitive details about Osho has been handled very well in the first book. I am sure the readers will find the second book equally interesting,” said Prem Jeevan,originally from California but who has been living in Pune since 1975. She has been an Osho follower for 36 years.

Subhuti says the title My Dance with a Madmans might start a controversy. “My book is a reminder of how much controversy Osho created during his life,and how difficult it was for people to accept him. Either you loved him,or you hated him,and that was the way he wanted it. He loved provoking people and fighting traditions,organised religions and politicians,” he reasons.

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