A presentation of the newly-released book of posts and comments from an Osho sannyas platform.
The Very Best and Worst of Sannyas News is based on the edited content of a long-running blog, Sannyas News, created by disciples and friends of the controversial spiritual master, Osho. Swami G’s book is a must-read not only for followers of Osho but for anyone with an interest in seminal figures of 21st Century spirituality: Gurdjieff, Ramana Maharshi, HWL Poonja, Sri Nisargadatta Maharaj, Sadhguru and the lesser-known Swami Bhorat.
Prepare to have your preconceptions shattered by an eclectic group of mystic misfits, which includes a member of the spiritually challenged community and a verbose Scottish skinhead, as they take you on a series of no-holds-barred, out-of-the-box, neo-Socratic dialogues that are guaranteed to surprise you, inspire you, enrage you, make you laugh out loud and enlighten you in equal measure.
Synchronicity, sex, super-consciousness, spiritual bypassing, Wild-Wild Country, crazy wisdom, rascal saints, psychedelic drugs, meditation, self-observation, out-of-body experiences, reincarnation and the role of psychotherapy in spirituality are just some of the subjects explored in the kind of spirit of exuberant yet grounded enquiry that one would expect from those drawn to a guru who coined the mottos “Love, Life, Laughter” and “Creativity is the greatest rebellion in existence”.
The editor, Swami G writes:
When I landed the job of compiling and editing articles and comments from the Sannyas News blog site to form a book, my first thought was, this will be a lot of fun. It turned out to be a lot more than that. The Sannyas News site had been running for twenty years and was host to 700 articles and over 70,000 comments. Sifting through them for material to use in a book required a lot of painstaking work. It was also a challenge deciding what to keep and what to discard. I ended up using less than 5% of the material but still included comments from well over 60 contributors.
As a writer I not only wished to use the articles and comments provided, but also endeavoured to lend a sense of character to some of the people who had written the comments. I wanted to illustrate how human these people are, and also how perfect in their imperfection they are.
I first met Osho in 1975 at his ashram in Pune, India. I stayed there until his sudden departure to the USA in June 1981. I caught a glimpse of him, smiling from the back seat of a limousine as it sped by. That was the last time I saw him. I always thought I’d see him again. That was not destined to happen.
Controversy surrounded Osho throughout his life, and it still surrounds him today, even though he left his body in January 1990. I will always remember him as the most remarkable man I ever had the good fortune to meet in my lifetime.
I trust that this publication adds something to his enigmatic legacy.
And I trust that it is a worthwhile reading experience for you.
The Very Best and Worst of Sannyas News
Independently published (October 28, 2021)
Paperback and Kindle
Go to the Amazon site, type in either ‘The Very Best and Worst of Sannyas News’, or simply ’Swami G’ and you will find it.
The book is available in both Kindle and paperback formats. It is quite big, 473 pages, but is still for sale at $21.78. with the Kindle version at $9.38. (Any proceeds, by the way, will be donated to worthwhile causes, the first in line being Sannyas News itself which owes its continuing existence for the last three years to the generosity of one person who should be repaid.)
A Review (at Amazon.com)
“A Wild, Wild Reading Experience” (5 stars)
“Clever and creative. Delivers many beguiling, special and insightful stories and perceptions. By the time I’d finished reading it, I felt like I’d come to know some of the writers and also know that I would definitely enjoy to meet them. Plenty of humour supplied throughout most of the chapters, which, on occasion, hit me like a laugh-loaded bombshell. Highly recommended for anyone wishing to find out more about the enigmatic Osho, and his merry band of followers. A very positive and wild, wild reading experience that made me view many spiritual topics in a new and fresh light.”