A Cup of Tea

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A unique compilation of intimate letters written by Osho to his disciples and friends in the beautiful poetry of a mystic:
"Man goes on dreaming and desiring but basically remains where he is; and in the end nothing but ashes of his dreams and desires are in his hands - and, of course, tears in his eyes." (Osho)
Talking about mystic saints in Books I Have Loved, Osho mentions:
"... They are averse to writing. They sing, they speak, they dance, they indicate, but they don't write. To write something is to make it very limited. A word is a limitation; only then can it be a word. If it is unlimited it will be the sky, containing all the stars. That's what a saint's experience is.
Even I myself have not written anything... just a few letters to those who were very intimate to me, thinking, or perhaps believing, that they will understand. I don't know whether they understood or not. So my book A CUP OF TEA is the only book that can be said to have been written by me. It is a compilation of my letters. Otherwise I have not written anything.", - from Books I Have Loved, ch.9
translated from
First 150 letters translated from Hindi: Prem Ke Phool (प्रेम के फूल), rest - original English.
notes
Read this book as PDF or create a free account at osho.com to read the book online.
Later published as part of Osho Books on CD-ROM.
The first editions have 350 letters, from the 1996 edition there are 365.
Letters 1 - 150 previously published as Prem Ke Phool (प्रेम के फूल), earlier translated as Flowers of Love:
New translations from the Hindi by Sw Anand Maitreya
New English versions by Sw Anand Somendra.
For the publishing history of each letter, addressees and other info, see A Cup of Tea (sources). Synopsis:
Letters #151 to 350 had previously been published in other books:
time period of Osho's original discourses/talks/letters
1962 to 1971 : timeline
number of discourses/chapters
10   (see table of contents)


editions

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A Cup of Tea

Intimate letters to disciples and friends

Year of publication : 1980
Publisher : Rajneesh Foundation
Edition no. : 1
ISBN 0-88050-038-7 (click ISBN to buy online)
Number of pages : 407
Hardcover / Paperback / Ebook : H
Edition notes : First edition March 1980, 2,000 copies. © Copyright 1980 Rajneesh Foundation
Author as Bhagwan Shree Rajneesh
Size : 227 x 290 x 40 mm
Published: Ma Yoga Laxmi
Introduction: Sw Anand Somendra, September 1977
Editing: Sw Anand Somendra
Design: Sw Prem Deekshant
Photography: Sw Krishna Bharti, Ma Prem Champa, Ma Yoga Vivek
Drawings: Sw Deva Vishvasa
Production: Ma Yoga Pratima, Ma Deva Ritambhara, Ma Deva Weechee, Ma Prem Upasana, Ma Deva Layo, Ma Deva Parampara
Printed by Vakil and Sons, Ltd., 18 Ballard Estate, Bombay-400 038
Contains 350 letters

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A Cup of Tea

Year of publication : 1983
Publisher : Rajneesh Foundation International
Edition no. : 2
ISBN 0-88050-538-9 (click ISBN to buy online)
Number of pages : 240
Hardcover / Paperback / Ebook : P
Edition notes : Second edition: December 1983, 10,000 copies. Copyright: © 1983 Rajneesh Foundation International.
Author as Bhagwan Shree Rajneesh
Size : 177.8 x 108 x 14 mm
Published by: Ma Anand Sheela M.M., D.Phil.M., D.Litt.M.(RIMU), Acharya
Introduction: Sw Anand Somendra, September 1977
Editing: Sw Anand Somendra
Design: Sw Prem Deekshant; Ma Prem Pujan
Direction: Ma Yoga Pratima M.M., D.Phil.M.(RIMU), Arihanta
Printed in U.S.A.
Library of Congress Catalog Number 83-043215
Contains 350 letters

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A Cup of Tea

Letters written by Osho to disciples and friends

Year of publication : 1996-03
Publisher : Rebel Publishing House, India
Edition no. : 3
ISBN 81-7261-013-0 (click ISBN to buy online)
Number of pages : 293
Hardcover / Paperback / Ebook : H
Edition notes : Copyright: Osho International Foundation.
Author as Osho
Size : 199 x 130 x 21 mm
Introduction: Ma Prem Shunyo
Editing: Ma Prem Maneesha, Ma Yoga Sudha
Design: Sw Bhaven
Typesetting: Ma Deva Upada, Sw Bhaven
Production: Ma Deva Harito, Ma Dhyan Sabera
Photography: Osho Photo Services
Cover Photo: Sw Satyam Anubhav
Hindi letters translated by: Sw Anand Maitreya, Sw Yoga Pratap Bharati
Printing: Thomson Press (India) Limited
In loving gratitude to Osho, Ma Prem Sheelu
"In this book are 365 letters that Osho wrote to disciples, friends and lovers while He was traveling in India from 1951 through the 1970's."
The foreword of this book is a poem by Osho, previously published as a foreword in Rati Sett's booklet Thy Will Be Done.

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A Cup of Tea

Intimate letters to disciples and friends

Year of publication : 1997
Publisher : Diamond Publication, New Delhi
Edition no. : 4
ISBN 81-7182-731-4 (click ISBN to buy online)
Number of pages : 288
Hardcover / Paperback / Ebook :
Edition notes :

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A Cup of Tea

Year of publication : 2009
Reprint 2012
Publisher : Rebel Publishing House, India
Edition no. : 5
ISBN 978-81-7261-013-5 (click ISBN to buy online)
Number of pages :
Hardcover / Paperback / Ebook :
Edition notes :
Contains 365 letters

table of contents

edition 1980
chapter titles
letters
event location duration media
1 1962  (letters 1 -- 7) see sources unknown n/a n/a
2 1963  (letters 8 -- 13) see sources unknown n/a n/a
3 1964  (letters 14 -- 19) see sources unknown n/a n/a
4 1965  (letters 20 -- 35) see sources unknown n/a n/a
5 1966  (letters 36 -- 43) see sources unknown n/a n/a
6 1967  (letter 44) see sources unknown n/a n/a
7 1968  (letters 45 -- 51) see sources unknown n/a n/a
8 1969  (letters 52 -- 71) see sources unknown n/a n/a
9 1970  (letters 72 -- 150) see sources unknown n/a n/a
10 1971  (letters 151 -- 350) see sources unknown n/a n/a