Archive for Essays > Personalities

A life of Zen: Ryōkan, the great fool

Surendra's portrait of the inspiring rebel monk who totally abandoned the rigid Zen organisation of his day, interspersed with delightful poems Ryōkan wrote along on his path.

Meeting Harada Tangen Roshi in Obama, Japan

Srajan recollects his travels and life in Japan during the early seventies, and the impact meeting Harada Tangen Roshi had on his life.

Billy Graham, chauvinist

Marc looks at Billy Graham's life, purpose and impact he had on former leading statesmen and many other followers - and also quotes what Osho says about him.

The enlightened mystic: Osho

An excerpt from the recently published book, 'Spectrum of Mindfulness' by Satya Vedant.

Leonardo da Vinci – the universal man

Essay on the Italian Renaissance artists and scientist by Marc and Bhagawati.

An offering of love

Quotes and photos by Anandamayi Ma, a widely recognized eminent spiritual being. She is said to have been the embodiment of a joyous self-sufficiency which enraptured the hearts of [...]

Hermann Hesse: I have been and still am a seeker

Hermann Hesse was a German-born Swiss poet, novelist, and painter. His best-known works include Demian, Steppenwolf, Siddhartha, and The Glass Bead Game, each of which explores an [...]

Osho’s 1001 Tales to his Nani – A Finger Pointing to the Moon

Introduction to a new series compiled by Shanti, to be published weekly.

Ludwig Wittgenstein: I’ve Had a Wonderful Life

Ludwig Josef Johann Wittgenstein (26 April 1889 – 29 April 1951) was an Austrian philosopher who worked primarily in logic, the philosophy of mathematics, the philosophy of mind, [...]

Jiddu Krishnamurti

Jiddu Krishnamurti was an enlightened Indian speaker and writer on philosophical and spiritual subjects.

Lucius Annaeus Seneca

Lucius Annaeus Seneca (aka Seneca the Younger, 4 BCE – 65 CE) was born in Cordoba, Spain and raised in Rome, Italy.

George Ivanovitch Gurdjieff

An essay by Marc and Bhagawati.

Kahlil Gibran

Marc explores Kahlil Gibran's life and work.

The Laughing Philosophers

Marc states that although they never met, Heraclitus and Democritus are often linked together as the weeping and the laughing philosophers.

Aristotle

Marc points out how Greek philosopher and scientist Aristotle’s views about men and women influenced later Christian and Islamic thinkers.

Dear Piero

Shanti writes to Piero Ferrucci, author of the book 'Inevitable Grace'.

Dear Maurice

Shanti aka Iam writes to Richard Maurice Bucke.

Dear Abbie

Shanti aka Iam writes to Abraham Maslow.

Neem Karoli Baba aka Maharaj-ji

Bhagawati on Neem Karoli Baba or Neeb Karori Baba, also widely known as Maharaj-ji.

Where Christopher Hitchens Went Wrong About Osho

Bodhisagar takes an in-depth look at Christopher Hitchens' allegations against Osho.