Two reviews of Rashid’s book: A tale of truth and things imagined.
A parallel universe is a place where time necessarily can only be now. As we know, the same concept applies also in our physical universe but the mind insists on separating time into past and future. The now – the present – is largely ignored.
The concept of parallel universes isn’t exactly new, already in ancient Hindu mythology – in the Puranas – we find an infinite number of universes, each with their own gods.
In his book, Rashid explores the actuality of experience in a parallel universe and writes compellingly about his own spiritual journey by moving back and forth. The narrative of his unconventional life that begins in wartime Britain and leads him to Osho and onwards takes place in the physical universe, whereas there is an unfolding of a spiritual journey in a parallel universe which necessarily links up from time to time with the physical. Rashid points out, “Novels tell the story of a character developing. This tale is of an undeveloping, a personality that vanishes.”
It is an intriguing and unusual book; Rashid candidly talks about the valleys and mountains of his fearless multi-coloured and gifted journey though this incarnation, about the learning, the insights and the perils on the road. I have known Rashid for many years yet I read about many events in his life hitherto unknown to me.
I thoroughly enjoyed reading this inspiring book that encourages the reader to keep on exploring her/his own inner depths of being.
Bhagawati, Osho News
Rashid´s book has deeply touched me as so sincere, expressing the atmosphere of being around a real master, walking on the edge of life in trust, and has some incredible sensitive and mysterious stories that can kindle the inner fire of the search for truth as the most precious thing that can happen in a lifetime. I had to cry sometimes, it touched the sweetest memories of the years in Pune 1 and 2, the Ranch, of that time in my life also that changed the direction of my further evolution. And it also made me see again even more clearly that no other master or teacher (that I have met so far, or know of) has that vastness and compassion that Osho has towards our potential for awakening.
It is a book that I feel to recommend to everyone on an authentic search. It carries the message with a pure heart of courage and love. For me the best book so far of an Osho lover about his journey.
Veetman, Osho News
Rashid’s life began when he took sannyas. In Pune 1 he worked growing vegetables for the master-gardener. On the Ranch he spent a lot of time in the pot-room and the fire tower. In Pune 2, till the Master left the body, he was a bodyguard, an editor and all jobs in-between. Now he lives in Devon with Nisheetha, keeps bees, paints and makes prints, designs buildings and landscapes for sacred use, has published two volumes of poetry, grows his own vegetables and hangs out with a tribe of grandchildren. Or sits around doing nothing. rashidmaxwell.com