Neeten's Osho Source Book has the first edition in 2007. He quotes this snippet from the book on why Osho began having Meditation Camps:
- "I used to talk to crowds of fifty thousand people or one hundred thousand people, and I knew that everything was going beyond their heads; they were just sitting there.
- "These people loved me, not because they understood what I was saying, but just because of the way I was saying it. They loved my presence but they were not seekers. They had just taken an opportunity.
- "Soon I became tired. It was utterly useless because they were listening with one ear, and from the other it was going out – that was the men! Women listen with both the ears, and everything goes out from their mouth. Just a little difference! Have you ever seen two women sitting silently together?
- "The world is so full of gossiping, and you are talking about meditation. It is so juicy to gossip about what is happening in the neighbourhood. As far as meditation goes, there is enough time in old age, or even after death. Silently lying down in your grave you can meditate as much as you want. But right now there is so much happening all around – somebody's wife has escaped, somebody's husband is cheating his wife.
- "Seeing the situation, that it is almost futile to talk to the crowd, I started gathering a few people. The only way was to drop speaking to the crowds. I would go to a mountain and I would inform people that whoever wanted to come to the mountain for ten days, or seven days, could come and be with me. Naturally, if somebody takes ten days out of his work, he has some interest, it cannot just be curiosity. If he leaves his wife and children and job for ten days, at least he shows a sign that he is not only curious but he really wants to know. That's how the meditation camps began." (Original source: Hyakujo: The Everest of Zen ch.8.)