The Tribune - Spectrum

, August 18, 2002

Mind's journey from temporal to spiritual realm
Randeep Wadehra

The Birth of Being; From Chaos to Cosmos; The Ever-Present Flower; The Cessation of Mind
— all four titles by Osho. Diamond Pockets Books. Rs 50, Rs 60, Rs 60 and Rs 50 respectively.

SPIRITUALISM is above logic. Yet, to evolve spiritually, one must chart out a path — logically. Sounds contradictory? However, the silver-tongued Osho a.k.a. Acharya Rajneesh is able to reconcile the irreconcilable. Citing Patanjali, he says that one must have the courage to experiment and jump into the unknown. Belief might not help one in experiencing the higher spiritual phenomenon, but experience can enable us to become believers. He advocates abhyasa in order to have the inner experience that will take one away from the self. Says he, "Before every movement, let there be a moment of meditation…Just become dispassionate, non-attached, so you can look as an observer, unprejudiced — as if you are not involved, you are just a witness. And then move!"

Disease, languor, doubt, carelessness, laziness, sensuality, delusion, impotency and instability are obstacles to meditation. Anguish, despair, tremors and irregular breathing are the symptoms of a distracted mind. Only that man can have the ultimate spiritual experience who genuinely desires to be 'desire-less', to be completely liberated, and to get out of the cycle of existence. He should strongly desire not to be born again, not to die again. Patanjali calls such a person a man of mumuksha.


How does one reach such a stage of detachment? For this one must realise that the human mind needs lies, illusions and dreams because man cannot live with the truth. Here, perhaps, Osho could have used the qualifying phrase 'in the ordinary course of life'. Nevertheless, one tends to agree with the thesis that escapism is a conspicuous human trait. Man spends an entire lifetime on hope. In order to progress on the path to enlightenment it is essential to reach the stage called 'cessation of mind'. For this Yoga is essential. A mind full of dreams cannot tread the path of Yoga because it helps in revealing the truth. Yoga is a method of attaining a non-dreaming mind. It is the science that teaches one to be in the here and now. Yoga means now one is ready not to move into the future; and one is ready not to hope, not to jump ahead of one’s being; to encounter the reality as it is.

Osho presents his interpretation of the scriptures, as well as the wisdom of sages, seers and great thinkers belonging to all the great religions of the world. I read the four books in the sequence listed above and found the progression of Osho's message quite absorbing. Hope you, too, experience the same.


A Treasury of Inspirational Thoughts
by S.P. Sharma. Pustak Mahal, Delhi. Pages 141. Rs 68.

A Treasury of Inspirational ThoughtsMaxims, adages, aphorisms or proverbs are part of every society's written and oral literature. These help in conditioning the general mindset of the society. Often, if not always, sayings act as torchbearers for those floundering in the darkness of ignorance and indecision. Some of the utterings are attributed to great men. For example Dr. Radhakrishnan says, "Knowledge is not something to be packed away in some corner of our brain, but what enters into our being, colours our emotion, haunts our soul, and is as close to us as life itself." Much earlier, in a similar vein, Vivekananda had described education as life-building, man-making, character-forming assimilation of ideas.

Sharma has provided maxims in alphabetical order. So we have Roosevelt holding forth on action, "Do what you can, with what you have, where you are." Mother Theresa observes, "If you give what you do not need, it is not charity." And Somerset Maugham tells you emphatically, "Temper is a funny thing; you can't get rid of it by losing it."

Gift this book to your kids, friends or siblings.


Personal Quality
by M. Raghupathy & S. Krishnamurthy. Vikas Publishing House, N. Delhi. Pages x + 163. Rs 150.

Personal QualityAll corporate houses are driven by the profit motive. In order to earn or maximise profits they aim to establish and extend their hold on the market by providing quality goods and services to consumers. So quality and consumer loyalty go hand in hand. Here the characteristics of human resources employed by an organisation come into play. Earlier not much importance was given to improving the workforce's competencies. Now constant upgradation of workers' skills is part of all progressive corporate policies.

This book inquires into the reasons for poor productivity. It also explains in detail how personal quality can be augmented and how it will have a positive impact on the nation's growth. Chapters like "SHE - Safety, Health and Environment", "Character Ethics", "Nonconformities in Personal Quality" and "Foundation for Quality Management" are quite interesting.