Biography of Osho
1931 - 1953 Early Years
December 11,1931: Osho is born in Kuchwada, a small village in the state of Madhya Pradesh, central
He is the eldest of eleven children of a Jaina cloth merchant. Stories of His early years describe Him as
independent and rebellious as a child, questioning all social, religious and philosophical beliefs. As a youth
He experiments with meditation techniques.
March 21, 1953: Osho becomes enlightened at the age of twenty-one, while majoring in philosophy at
D.N. Jain college in Jabalpur.
In the East, enlightenment is described as a state of ultimate and total consciousness or awareness, as
attained by Gautama Buddha, Socrates, and others. Western concepts of "enlightened" connoting "modern"
and "the Enlightenment," indicating 18th century European intellectual ferment are only linguistically
1953 - 1956 Education
1956: Osho receives His M.A. from the University of Sagar with First Class Honors in Philosophy.
He is the All-India Debating Champion and Gold Medal winner in His graduating class.
1957-1968 University Professor and Public Speaker
1957: Osho is appointed as a professor at the Sanskrit College in Raipur.
1958: He is appointed Professor of Philosophy at the University of Jabalpur, where He taught until
A powerful and passionate debater, He also travels widely in India, speaking to large audiences and
challenging orthodox religious leaders in public debates.
1966: After nine years of teaching, He leaves the university to devote Himself entirely to the raising of
human consciousness. on a regular basis, He begins to address gatherings 20,000 to 50,000 in the open-air
maidans of India's major cities. Four times a year He conducts intense ten-day meditation camps.
In 1970, the 14th of April, He introduces His revolutionary meditation technique, dynamic Meditation,
which begins with a period of uninhibited movement and catharsis, followed by a period of silence and
stillness. Since then this meditation technique has been used by psychotherapists, med