In this particular excerpt from a discourse, Osho speaks about Gertrude Stein’s final moments before dying, when “she flowered in this koan.”
Pythagoras of Samos (c. 570 – c. 495 BCE) was a Ionian Greek philosopher and the eponymous founder of the Pythagoreanism movement. He appears to have been the son of Mnesarchus, a seal engraver on the island of Samos.
Osho declares him as one of the Western minds who has come very close to the Eastern way of looking at things.
Aldous Leonard Huxley (26 July 1894 – 22 November 1963) was an English writer, novelist, and philosopher.
Ignatius of Loyola (23 October 1491 – July 31, 1556) was born to a family of minor nobility in northern Spain.
Franz Kafka (3 July 1883 – 3 June 1924) was born in Prague, then part of Bohemia and of the Austro-Hungarian Empire.
Oscar Fingal O’Flahertie Wills Wilde (16 October 1854 – 30 November 1900) was an Irish author, playwright and poet.
Aristotle (ca. 384 BCE – 322 BCE), together with Socrates and Plato, laid much of the groundwork for western philosophy.
Draupadi is the ’emerged’ daughter of King Drupada of Panchāla and the wife of the five Pandavas in the epic Mahābhārata.
Diogenes (ca. 400 B.C. – 325 B.C.) was born in the Greek colony Sinope (modern day Turkey) and lived in Athens, Greece.
Hazrat Babajan (ca. 1806 – September 21, 1931) was a Pathan Muslim saint, considered by her followers to be a sadguru. Born in Balochistan, Afghanistan, she lived the final 25 years of her life in Pune, India. She is most notable as the original master of Meher Baba.
Meher Baba (25 February 1894 – 31 January 1969), born Merwan Sheriar Irani in Pune, India, to Zoroastrian parents.
Mohandas Karamchand Gandhi (2 October 1869 – 30 January 1948) was the preeminent leader of the Indian independence movement in British-ruled India.
Kashmiri saint and mystic poet Lal Ded (Mother Lalla), also known as Lalla or Lalleshwari (1320–1392), was born in Pandrethan (ancient Puranadhisthana) some four and a half miles to the southeast of Srinagar in modern-day Kashmir.
Nijinsky was a dancer, and perhaps the best dancer the world has ever known; his dance was almost magic. He was born to dance.
Walter ‘Walt’ Whitman (May 31, 1819 – March 26, 1892) was an American poet, essayist and journalist.
On this pilgrimage I have met many more remarkable men than Gurdjieff recounts in his book, Meetings with Remarkable Men.
In chapter 21 of Glimpses of a Golden Childhood, Osho says that Shambhu Dube, Shambhu Babu, “was a poet, but never published his poetry while he was still alive…
Osho speaks on James Lovelock’s Gaia hypothesis and suggests he should look to the East for support.
Osho speaks on Jean Paul Sartre, the French existentialist philosopher, playwright, novelist, screenwriter, political activist, biographer, and literary critic (21 June 1905 – 15 April 1980).