I just read an excellent book. It’s edited by Savita, who’s English but lives mostly in Pune so not too many people know her. It’s called “Encounters with an inexplicable man: stories of Osho as told by his people”.
And very good stories some of these are. Many add new information about what Osho said and did that’s significant to have published, for example, some things he said privately to sannyasins who were gay. There’s behind the scenes followup to at least one famous “discourse hit”, and guidance Osho gave to a teenager which shouldn’t have surprised me, but still did.
Along the way the book explains why Osho needed so much dentistry – apparently when He was young Osho ate experimental foods so much that He ground His teeth down! The story of how Osho gave a hit to Devageet, His dentist, really, really shocked me. Osho was either a madman, or His actions arose from a far deeper place than any of us comprehend. The conclusion as to which is, as always, for each reader to make for themselves.
The book is very well edited, with enough intellectual distance to lay out a clear picture of events, but without leaving the world of the devotional, of the bhakti – there is no possible way to explain Osho from an intellectual perspective, and books that try are doomed to fail.
I recommend this book both to those new to Osho and those who met Him long ago. Its available in the UK for 15 euro from Bellsmedia.com . (Many of us knew Rajen, who died a year or so ago. Bells is the company he founded, today run by his daughter Laura.)
The link is: http://www.bellsmedia.com/shop/products.php?StoriesOsho&cPath=43 or if that doesn’t work, go to www.bellsmedia.com and the book is under the “Others” category.
Finally, I never miss any opportunity to recommend the wonderful (though with limitations) free tool to browse all Osho’s books, and buy inexpensively in print, audio and video: www.osho.com/library – the most important link on the internet.