Lokesh introduces his new book, a compilation of outstanding posts from the SN archives.
Work on the book, based on a compilation of articles and comments taken from Sannyas News, is progressing well. The word count is now at 130,000 words, which means I could do with at least one more article. If any of the regulars know of an article from the vaults that is in some way special, let me hear about it and I will use it if I have not already done so. I suggest you go back about five years at least.
Now I will revise the almost complete manuscript before typesetting, cover design etc. So far, it has been a lot of work separating the chaff and corny from the wheat, but finally that part of the process is just about done and dusted. What remains is, well…here’s the revised blurb…
‘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 now deceased, controversial, Indian mystic, Osho. The book will appeal not only to Osho’s followers, but also to spiritual seekers of all persuasions, be they young or old, seasoned or novice. Topics covered include meditation, the relationship between master and disciple, synchronicity, The Work of George Gurdjieff, renowned spiritual masters, most notably Ramana Maharshi, H. W. L .Poonaj and Sri Nisargadatta Maharaj, spiritual bypassing, ‘Wild-Wild Country’, sex to super-consciousness, psychedelic drugs, witnessing and self-observation, out-of-body experiences, reincarnation and the role of psychotherapy in relation to the pathless path.
At times profound, at others irreverent, there is often an element of humour at play. In certain chapters, some of the commentary is absurdly funny, as one might expect when reading something produced by the followers of Osho, a man who took great pleasure in telling dirty jokes and who extolled the virtues of a non-serious approach to life and, of course, one’s self. I am certain Osho, who was a great reader, would have enjoyed this unique and highly creative book. In the Master’s own words, “Creativity is the greatest rebellion in existence.” Swami Astitvaheenji Phd, Bhangalore, India.
If you have any comments on the blurb please write them. I am open to both positive and negative feedback concerning any aspect of the book’s creation. The same goes for the book title. If you think you can come up with a better one let me hear about it. The reason I am sticking with the current title so far is because I cannot come up with anything more suitable. I kind of like the fact that it contains the words “very best’”and “worst’” which somehow presents what I aim to achieve with the publication of this book. A balanced perspective.
Some of the content is unique, fascinating, informative, humourous, enlightening etc. In other places it is contemptuous and in your face like only a group of sannyasins know how to be with each other…good, clean, dirty fun! In one chapter, I let some bickering shine through, not a lot, just enough to let the reader see we do not always like each other, let alone love each other. This illustrates that, like Osho, we are fallible and if cornered we do have teeth. I do not want ‘The Very Best and Worst of Sannyas News’ to be just another New Age book, filled with clichés about the eternal now etc, but rather a publication that shows not only how intelligent and wonderful sannyasins can be, but also how utterly human we are and all that being human encompasses.