As seen in the Emmy Award-winning Netflix documentary “Wild Wild Country,” a memoir of one man’s quest to know himself. Here is an unofficial, raw, unsanitized, intimate view from inside a spiritual community: starting in California, overland across Europe and Asia, then back to America to help form a great commune, only to watch helplessly as it falls apart. He tells fascinating travel stories, meetings with extraordinary beings, and shares insights on healing and medicine. It is is one man’s search for the Dharma – the Truth – in both outer and inner adventures, and the lessons learned on the journey. When we search for the Truth, Truth reaches out even more extravagantly toward us. That is the Long Reach of the Dharma.
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I got this book together with Anand Arun’s “In Wonder With Osho” but not without some trepidation. Fearing this might be yet another (male) Osho disciple telling the World about his wild rockstar like sexlife. But fortunately this part of Abhiyana’s adventures is not the main focus. And unlike others he has the courage and ability to reflect over things. His book actually pervaded by quite some self critical analysis and genuine humbleness.
What we get here is a touching story about a rather spiritually inclined young man’s search and his love affair with his master Osho (aka Bhagwan Shree Rajneesh). I think it’s fair to say that Abhiyana belonged to the outer rink of the inner circle around Osho. Being a therapist and groupleader (and not having to clean toilets or chop great amounts of vegetables). And obvious with his focus on spiritual growth and the elusive ‘goal’ of enlightenment he was more mature than many other young Westerners suddenly flocking to Poona.
Sparkled with lots of long profound quotes from Osho the book really has a twofold focus. The autobiographical trail and at the same time telling the story of Osho and the sannyas movement. From the wild days of Poona 1 over the disturbing times trying to make a model commune in – of all places – Oregon. Where things got out of hand not least due to outside pressure from rednecks and fundamentalist Christians. But where things also became more and more cult like and the people in charge misused the fact that Osho was in silence and became more and more dictatorial (and criminal). The whole thing sadly ending with Osho’s arrest and subsequent poisoning. And after a period of disillusion and angry regrets he returns back to Pune 2 where Osho despite his deteriorating body tried his all to wake people up. And through it all Abhiyana comes across as an intelligent observer who is actually able to give one of the best accounts of both the story of the sannyas movement and of Osho’s work as a contemporary Buddha. So well worth reading not only for anyone who has been touched by the energy of Osho but for everyone interested in the guru-disciple relationship and the spiritual journey.
on August 28, 2017
With its exciting stories and revealed wisdom, this riveting book might have been called “The Long Reach of an Enlightened Being.” Robert Abrahamson examines in depth his grateful dedication to his spiritual teacher “Osho” (Bhagwan Shree Rajneesh). This searingly honest autobiography should particularly fascinate anyone interested in Sufism, Buddhism, and intense devotion. It skillfully features quotations from Osho, Maya Angelou, J.D. Salinger, Sogyal Rinpoche, the Buddha, Oscar Wilde, Rumi, and many others. One wonders how the author survived all his “divine adventures.” But I’m glad he did. His acupuncture treatments have been healing and rejuvenating my wife and me for several years.
am 5. Dezember 2017
It’s quite something to discover the lies about the life you’re living as you open up to other possibilities than the conventional societal model you were brought up to follow and above all NOT question.
Abhiyana’s Jewish background was just the stepping-off place for his search for Truth, which led him via many countries, masters, teachers and gurus – including a wide variety of recreational drugs and myriad meditation techniques – to Pune, India where he met his true Master, Osho (Bhagwan).
The 500 or so pages of this weighty tome describe in remarkable and revealing detail the path the writer has followed in both the outer world and above all the inner world. His unabashed revelations and stark honesty about ‘life experiences’ (which others might call ‘mistakes’) is an inspiring example of how it’s possible to dive increasingly deeper and approximate the authentic self.
This is definitely a book for anyone who feels any affinity for both the world of Osho and simply that of a seeker on the path of Truth.
The phenomenal range of anecdotes provides deep insight into life processes, as well as into how Abhiyana developed his skills as an acupuncturist. The text is richly supported by thoroughly rewarding, apposite quotations from Osho’s spontaneous discourses through the years.
All in all, a ‘good read’ that both inspires and entertains.