Books I have Loved by Osho is the compilation of a series of books which Osho loved. Names of these books were told in a series of 16 sessions in 1984.
The list is very exhaustive and versatile, consisting of 118 books. In between the sessions, Osho also refers other books which is listed in referred books section.
Now, Enjoy the list and check out the details of whichever book you like. 🙂
1. Thus Spake Zarathustra by Friedrich Nietzsche
Written by Friedrich Nietzsche,a German writer and intellectual, this book worked as revival of Zarathustra, an Iranian prophet, the founder of Zoroastrianism. The book was conceptualized while he was working on “The Gay Science”. The books was composed and released in parts but now, the it comes as comprising all the parts. Osho said that even if he had not written anything else than this book, it would have served the humanity in and immense and profound way.
2. The Brothers Karamazov by Fyodor Dostoevsky
This book is magnum opus and final work, a masterpiece if you say so, of FyodorDostoevsky, a Russian writer. The book deals with many subjects like God, free will and morality which if you see are the typical questions a person can relate to. Osho, on many occasion said that, it is better than Bible in many terms. He found the literary style of this book, poetic.
3. The book of Mirdad by Mikhail Na’ima
Most of the people have never heard of the book of Mirdad and most of the people who have heard mostly because of Osho’s reference. Mikhail Na’ima is a labanese author who has represented this book as a series of dialogues bettern an abbot of a monastery and his disciple. The name of the abbot is Mirdad and hence the title: The book of Mirdad. If you try to categories the book, it will come as fiction though it is invaluable in terms of spirituality.Interestingly, the book was first rejected by the publishers citing the reason that this book advances the idea of new dogmas. The book criticizes materialism and empty religious rituals.
4. Jonathan Livingston Seagull by Richard Bach
This book is is a fable in novella form about a seagull learning about life and flight, and a homily about self-perfection. If you want to read this, take the complete edition published in 2014 which includes 4th part to otherwise three part book.
5. Tao Te Ching by Lao Tzu
Tao Te Ching is the fundamental text of Taoism along with Zhuangzi. It is a taoist treasure which also influenced other philosophies like Legalism, Confucianism, and Chinese Buddhism.
6. Wandering on the Way: Early Taoist Tales and Parables of Chuang Tzu by Zhuangzi
The most popular translation of the b work of Chaung Tzu, a very important figure in chinese thoughts and history, is done by Victor Mair. This work is in form of tales, poems and parables. The literary style if the book is said to be one of the most playful and witty at same time in the world literature.
7. The Sermon on the Mount by Jesus Christ
The Sermon on the Mount is one of the most popular christian text. The sermon is a collection of sayings and teachings of Jesus, which emphasizes his moral teachings. The Sermon is the longest continuous section of Jesus speaking found in the New Testament, covering chapter 5,6 and 7 of Gospel of Matthew. It has been one of the most widely quoted text of the Canonical Gospels.
8. Bhagavad Gita by Lord Krishna
The Bhagavad Gita, or simply The Gita, is a 700-verse Hindu scripture, originally written in Sanskrit language. Bhagvad Gita is part of the Hindu epic Mahabharata.
Mahabharta comprises of 18 books. Bhagvad Gita is 25-42 chapters of it’s 6th part. The Gita is a series of dialogues between Pandava prince Arjuna and his guide and charioteer Lord Krishna.
As the Original text is in Sanskrit, Gita has been translated into many lanuages. Countless people has given commentry on it. Chose the one you like. Gita is also the most crucial part of Vedanta philosophy.
9. Gitanjali (Songs Offering) by Rabindranath Tagore
Rabindranath Tagore is a popular Bengali writer from India and also a Nobel prize winner. He has authored a collection of 153 poems in Bengali language. Gitanjali, which is the english translation of some ofthese bengali poems, is a collection of 103 poems. The translations were done by tagore himself.The English Gitanjali or Song Offerings is a collection of 103 English poems of Tagore’s own English translations of his Bengali poems.
10. The hundred thousand songs of Milerapa by Milerapa
Milarepa was a student of Marpa Lotsawa. Born in Tibet, he is said to have been acquinted with black magic at early age. In later years, under the tutelege of Marpa, he is said to have attained the enlightenment. After that, he becomes a wanderer, teaching enlightenment from village to village. The sayings are poetic and takes the form of songs. It is said that the songs of Milerapa were spellbounding.
The hundred songs of Milerapa are collection of his those spellbounding teachings.