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. In Osho’s words: “Even if Nietzsche had not written anything else but THUS SPAKE ZARATHUSTRA he would have served humanity immensely, profoundly – more cannot be expected from any man – because Zarathustra had been almost forgotten”.
2. The Brothers Karamazov by Fyodor Dostoevsky
This book is magnum opus and final work of Dostoevsky, a Russian writer. The books revolves around the themes of God, free will, morality. In Osho’s words: “A few pieces in Fyodor Dostoevsky’s BROTHERS KARAMAZOV are pure poetry”.
3. The book of Mirdad by Mikhail Na’ima
Authored by a Lebanese writer, this book is represented as a series of dialogues between Mirdad, the abbot of a monastery, and his disciples.Through the allegories in the book presented by Mirdad, Na’ima presents several themes and calls for the unity of different people groups in universal love, as well as criticizing 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.
Linked book is a translated the work of Chaung Tzu, a very important figure in chinese thoughts and history, by Victor Mair. This work is a collection of tales, poems and parables which is said to be one of the most playful and witty book in the world literature.
7. The Sermon on the Mount by Jesus Christ
The Sermon on the Mount is a collection of sayings and teachings of Jesus, which emphasizes his moral teaching. The Sermon is the longest continuous section of Jesus speaking found in the New Testament, and has been one of the most widely quoted elements of the Canonical Gospels. Linked is the book based on The Sermon on the mount in which author tries to fill the practical prospect of the teachings.
8. Bhagavadita by Lord Krishna
The Bhagavadita, often referred to as simply the Gita, is a 700-verse Hindu scripture in Sanskrit that is part of the Hindu epic Mahabharata.The Gita is set in a narrative framework of a dialogue 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
The English Gitanjali or Song Offerings is a collection of 103 English poems of Tagore’s own English translations of his Bengali poems. It contained translations of 53 poems from the original Bengali Gitanjali, as well as 50 other poems which were from his drama Achalayatan and eight other books of poetry — mainly Gitimalya (17 poems), Naivedya (15 poems) and Kheya (11 poems).
10. The hundred thousand songs of Milerapa by Milerapa
Milarepa was an eleventh-century Buddhist poet and saint, a cotton-clad yogi who avoided the scholarly institutions of his time and wandered from village to village, teaching enlightenment and the path to Buddhahood through his spontaneously composed songs.
In the word of translator of the work “The Hundred Thousand Songs of Milarepa, has been read as the biography of a saint, a guide book for devotions, a manual of Buddhist yoga, a volume of songs and poems, and even a collection of Tibetan folklore, and fairy tales.”