|DECEMBER 11, 1931
Osho is born in Kuchwada, a small village in the state of Madhya Pradesh, central India, where His maternal grandparents live.1932-1939, KUCHWADA
Following the death of his paternal grandmother, the care of her youngest children and of the family business falls to Osho’s young parents. Osho goes to live with his maternal grandparents, who proved for him an extraordinary atmosphere of freedom and respect.
According to his own accounts, and the accounts of others, who knew him during his childhood, he was a daredevil and mischief-maker, never missing an opportunity to test his own physical limits and to challenge self-importance or hypocrisy wherever he found it. He was a rebellious and independent spirit, insisting on experiencing the truth rather than acquiring knowledge and beliefs given by others.
In 1945, at the age of fourteen, he undertakes a seven-day experiment, waiting for death, provoked in part by an unusual prediction by an astrologer who was commissioned to calculate his birth chart. (My mother’s father used to tell me that when I was born he consulted one of the best known astrologers of those days. The astrologer was to make my birth chart, but he studied it and he said, “If this child survives after seven years, only then will I make the chart. It seems impossible that he can survive for more than seven years, so if the child is going to die it is useless to make the chart; it will be of no use. It is almost certain that this child is going to die at the age of twenty-one. Every seven year he will have to face death.” – Osho
So my parents, my family, were always worried about my death. Whenever I would come to the end of a seven-year cycle, they would become afraid. And he was right. At the age seven I survived, but I had a deep experience of death – not of my own, but of the death of my maternal grandfather. And I was so much attached to him that his death appeared to be my own death.
…When I reached the age of fourteen, my family again became disturbed that I would die. I survived, but then I again tried it consciously. I said to them, “If death is going to occur as the astrologer has said, then it is better to be prepared. And why give a chance to death? Why should I not go and meet it halfway? If I am going to die, then it is better to die consciously. – Osho” … I went to a temple just outside of my village. I arranged with the priest that he should not disturb me. It was a very lonely, unvisited temple – old, in ruins.
No one ever came to it. So I told him, “I will remain in the temple. You just give me something to eat and something to drink once a day, and the whole day I will be lying there waiting for death.”
“For seven days I waited. Those seven days became a beautiful experience. Death never came, But on my part I tried in every way to be dead. Strange, weird feelings happened. Many things happened, but the basic note was this– that if you are feeling you are going to die, you become calm and silent. Nothing creates any worry then, because all worries are concerned with life.
Life is the basis of all worries. When you are going to die anyway one day, why worry? Then again at age of twenty-one, my family was waiting. So I told them, “Why do you go on waiting? Do not wait. Now I am not going to die.” Physically, someday I will die, of course. However, this prediction of the astrologer helped me very much because he made me aware very early about death. I could meditate and could accept that it was coming.
MARCH 21, 1953, ENLIGHTENMENT
1951-1956, UNIVERSITY STUDENT
1957-1970, PROFESSOR AND PUBLIC SPEAKER
1962, THE FIRST MEDITATION CENTERS
1962-1964, MEDITATION CAMPS
JUNE 1964, RANAKPUR MEDITATION CAMP
The first maxim is: live in the present.
JUNE 1966, JYOTI SIKHA (LIFE AWAKENING) MAGAZINE
By this time, he is widely known as “Acharya Rajneesh”