Encounters with an Inexplicable Man
Stories of Osho as Told by his People

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During the 1970s and ’80s, while most people went about their business, a strange phenomenon was occurring all over the world. Thousands of successful educated men and women left their homes in different countries to make the pilgrimage to India, and later the US, to meet a charismatic contemporary mystic whose controversial views and dynamic presence spoke to their hearts, minds and beings.

Here was a man who was not afraid to directly challenge the authority of organized religion; who confronted governments and worldly establishments head-on; who managed to raise hackles and provoke reactions among all political, intellectual and ideological factions. With his informally expressed insights into everything from the smallest personal issues to the greatest eternal truths, he uncovered seekers’ longings for a new way of being. His remedy for all the troubles in the world was both simple and ancient: meditation.

He became known as the most loved and the most condemned spiritual master of our time – so controversial that the United States government did everything in its power to destroy him.

This man was Bhagwan Shree Rajneesh. Or as he is now known: Osho.

The 94 stories and anecdotes in the book – Encounters with An Inexplicable Man – Stories of Osho as Told by his People – take us into Osho’s world as experienced through the eyes and hearts of those who lived in his communes, sat in his presence and talked to him.

Tasters

These extracts from a few of the 94 stories in the book give a flavour of the rich range of experiences collected in its pages.

The Ten-Minute Meditation

Sanjay (aged 12)

And after he’d given me my new name on a sheet of paper, he sat back in his chair and, just as I’d expected, he asked me what meditations I had been doing.

And I, of course, told him, Dynamic.*

His eyebrows popped up and his eyes went all big, as if he was deeply amused, and he asked, “Will you continue like this, the way you are doing it? Or will you do it the way I have said to do it?”

I was shocked.

“No, no! I’ll do it the way you say to do it!” I gasped immediately, flustered that he had totally seen through my ruse.

* Osho Dynamic Meditation

The Authentic No

Madhuri

“Mm, Madhuri?” Osho said, as I sat down in front of him. “You go back to the West.” He had clearly read my letter of complaint and had now called me to see him.

Go back to the West?

“No!” I said. It just came out like that. No one ever said “No” to Osho, at least no one who was living in his ashram, as I was.

“No?” he repeated. And then he paused while I looked at him, shocked at what I’d just said. Maybe he was waiting for me to change my mind. “Okay!” He said, and he nodded to Vivek sitting next to him. Vivek disappeared through the door behind her and a minute or two later came back carrying something, which she passed to him. Osho then sat with it on his lap for a moment and then with both hands handed it over to me. I looked down and saw…it was one of his robes.

He had given me a gift!

Reviews for Encounters with an Inexplicable Man

“Savita’s book is important because all these personal stories of magical, mystical and mind-blowing moments with Osho give us a unique perspective on how he interacted with the world and with people in all kinds of situations (like talking about cars with an auto dealer in New Jersey, for example, or hypnotizing a dog)…”

Subhuti Anand Waight, former political correspondent to the Birmingham Post and author of When Shakespeare Lost the Plot and Wild Wild Guru (Hodder & Stoughton)

“I was fascinated by your book. Every story has its own flavour and each one is written with such fluency. I went from one story to the next without ever tiring of them”

Shanti Appert, Switzerland

“Now I have finished reading Encounters, I have to say how much I enjoyed it. It's a beautiful book, both outer and inner, materially and spiritually. A very valuable reading experience!”

Phoebe Wyss, UK. Author of Inside the Cosmic Mind and Hercules’ Labours

“I just got the book yesterday – it’s a can’t-put-downer. And it’s presented so beautifully. It is an important document and a profoundly moving one as well. I admire the way you have done your [interviews] ”

Rashid Maxwell, author of The Only Life: Osho, Laxmi and a Journey of the Heart (Simon & Schuster)

“This book offers all lovers of life a unique introductory portal into the world of the mystic. It is a rare pearl; a delight. It gave me a sense of belonging to a mystery school whose doors are still wide open – the mystery school of existence itself”

Savina Pia Longhi, Suha, Italy

“In Savita’s new book, we are privileged to read first-hand accounts of personal encounters with this remarkable mystic. These stories are organized around the several stages of Osho’s work … (and) Savita usefully provides a brief context for each of these time periods”

Roshani Shay, Professor Emeritus, Western Oregon University

“This book is a gift. Thanks a lot”

Dhyan Tarpan

Reviews for Encounters With an Inexplicable Man

Savita’s book is important because all these personal stories of magical, mystical and mind-blowing moments with Osho give us a unique perspective on how he interacted with the world and with people in all kinds of situations (like talking about cars with an auto dealer in New Jersey, for example, or hypnotizing a dog)…

Subhuti Anand Waight, former political correspondent to the Birmingham Post and author of When Shakespeare Lost the Plot and Wild Wild Guru (Hodder & Stoughton)

I was fascinated by your book. Every story has its own flavour and each one is written with such fluency. I went from one story to the next without ever tiring of them

Shanti Appert, Switzerland

Now I have finished reading Encounters, I have to say how much I enjoyed it. It's a beautiful book, both outer and inner, materially and spiritually. A very valuable reading experience!

Phoebe Wyss, UK. Author of Inside the Cosmic Mind and Hercules’ Labours

I just got the book yesterday – it’s a can’t-put-downer. And it’s presented so beautifully. It is an important document and a profoundly moving one as well. I admire the way you have done your [interviews]

Rashid Maxwell, author of The Only Life: Osho, Laxmi and a Journey of the Heart (Simon & Schuster)

This book offers all lovers of life a unique introductory portal into the world of the mystic. It is a rare pearl; a delight. It gave me a sense of belonging to a mystery school whose doors are still wide open – the mystery school of existence itself

Savina Pia Longhi, Suha, Italy

In Savita’s new book, we are privileged to read first-hand accounts of personal encounters with this remarkable mystic. These stories are organized around the several stages of Osho’s work … (and) Savita usefully provides a brief context for each of these time periods

Roshani Shay, Professor Emeritus, Western Oregon University

This book is a gift. Thanks a lot

Dhyan Tarpan