Shivananda is active as a painter, illustrator, musician, now living in Corfu. He has kindly allowed us to use his Songbook of Joyful Music about which he writes:
"I think I started to collect Osho songs around the time when Osho was on the World Tour (1986). I was writing the songs by hand in a book and illustrating it with paintings and drawings. Since many of my friends liked the book, I started to make copies.
Sufi Dance and the Music Group in the evening in Poona 1978 were actually the 2 major opening keys to Osho and Sannyas. They opened my heart and I remember that I was deeply touched and in tears to be part of this amazing energy. I have always been playing the guitar and singing since I was a child and hearing these songs I felt, that I had been waiting my whole life for this event. Since that time Osho songs became my music and it is still like this today. What I really liked that we could sing Hare Krishna and then Allah Allah, Hallelujah, Shalom or I Am Sailing from Rod Stewart with the same passion. All conflicts, race, belief and separation was melting in this overwhelming love and devotion to Osho - to Love - to Life. For me a dream came true.
Now 35 years later I still sing together with people all these songs. They still carry the magic and my heart is still touched singing them.
A few years ago I wanted to have the songs in a digital way and I compiled this book, which at this point is called Joyful Music. It is a personal selection of the songs I love to sing and I have been editing on an ongoing basis. I am happy that they fit your project. I think these songs are a treasure, which should spread as far as possible. They were born in love, devotion and passion and they are still fresh and alive. True evergreens."
- May the love we share here spread its wings
- and fly across the earth and sing
- its song to everyone that is alive
- may the blessings of your grace Osho
- be felt by everyone
- and may we all see the light within - within
- Agios Georgios
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