The Perfect Way

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A beautiful introduction to Osho's unique vision, and a personal invitation to meditation. In his inimitably poetic style, Osho invites the reader to wake up from the spiritual sleep in which most of humanity is immersed. These talks are from his first meditation camp at Ranakpur in the hills of Rajasthan, and a subsequent camp** in Ajol, Gujarat, India. Here are guided meditation techniques suitable for those new to meditation and seasoned seekers alike, as well as responses to questions.
translated from
Hindi : Sadhana Path (साधना पथ)
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.
From the back cover (1979 ed.):
"The Perfect Way is early-Rajneesh, 1964. These discourses are the outcome of Shree Rajneesh's first testing of a new idea, the meditation camp, envisaging an intensive programme lasting several days, which enabled the seekers to dive totally into an atmosphere of meditation."
Previously published in 1966 as Path of Self-Realization and later in 1971 as Path to Self Realisation
For an account of the communication with Osho about this book to Krishna Prem, see below "#About the editing by KP".
time period of Osho's original talks/writings
Jun 3, 1964 to Jun 8, 1964 : timeline
number of discourses/chapters
10   (see table of contents)


editions

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The Perfect Way

Year of publication : 1979
Publisher : Motilal Banarsidass
Edition no. : 1
ISBN 0-89684-062-X (Orient Book Distributors) (click ISBN to buy online)
Number of pages : 226
Hardcover / Paperback / Ebook : P
Edition notes : First edition: Delhi, 1979. Revised version of Path of Self-Realization (1966). © Rajneesh Foundation, Poona, India.
Size : 176 x 123 x 12 mm
Author as Bhagwan Shree Rajneesh
Introduction: Sw Krishna Prem, May 1977, Poona
Printed in India By Shantilal Jain, at Shri Jainendra Press, A45, Phase-1, Industrial Area, Naraina, New Delhi-110 028.
Published by Narendra Prakash Jain, for Motilal Banarsidass, Bungalow Road, Jawahar Nagar, Delhi-110 007.

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The Perfect Way

Discourses given by Bhagwan Shree Rajneesh at His first meditation camp held in Rajasthan, India

Year of publication : 1984
Publisher : Rajneesh Foundation International
Edition no. : 1
ISBN 0-88050-707-1 (click ISBN to buy online)
Number of pages : 169
Hardcover / Paperback / Ebook : P
Edition notes : First U.S. Printing: July 1984, 10,000 copies. Copyright: © 1984 Rajneesh Foundation International.
Size : 179 x 108 x 11 mm
Author as Bhagwan Shree Rajneesh
Published by Ma Anand Sheela M.M., D.Phil.M., D.Litt.M.(RIMU), Acharya
Editor: Sw Krishna Prem M.M., D.Phil.M.(RIMU), Acharya
Design: Sw Dhyan Abudaya
Direction: Ma Yoga Pratima M.M., D.Phil.M.(RIMU), Arihanta
Printed in U.S.A.
Library of Congress Catalog Number 84-42808
Introduction: Ma Deva Sarito, Rajneeshpuram, 1984

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The Perfect Way

Year of publication : 1993
Reprint 1996
Publisher : Motilal Banarsidass
Edition no. : 1
ISBN 81-208-1168-2 (click ISBN to buy online)
Number of pages : 226
Hardcover / Paperback / Ebook : P
Edition notes : First edition: Delhi 1979. Reprint: Delhi 1993
Author as Bhagwan Shree Rajneesh
Introduction: Sw Krishna Prem, May 1977, Poona
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The Perfect Way

Year of publication : 2001
Publisher : Rebel Publishing House, India
Edition no. : 2
ISBN 81-7261-163-3 (click ISBN to buy online)
Number of pages : 229
Hardcover / Paperback / Ebook : H
Edition notes : Published 1984 by The Rebel Publishing House, Second Edition, revised 2001. Copyright 1979, 2001 by Osho International Foundation.
Size : 197 x 129 x 19 mm
Author as Osho
In this edition the material is divided in 14 chapters, as in Path of Self-Realization.
Editing: Sw Yoga Pratap Bharati, Ma Prem Lolita
Design & typesetting: Ma Deva Harito
Production: Ma Deva Harito
Photography: Osho Photo Services
Printing: Thomson Press (India) Ltd
With infinite gratitude to Osho - Ma Prem Geeta
  • Cover back, spine and front.

  • Pages IV - V.

  • Pages VI - VII.

  • Pages VIII - IX.

  • Pages 198 - 199.

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    The Perfect Way

    Year of publication : 2008
    Publisher : Rebel Publishing House, India
    Edition no. : 3
    ISBN 81-7261-163-3 (click ISBN to buy online)
    Number of pages : 201
    Hardcover / Paperback / Ebook : H
    Edition notes :

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    The Perfect Way

    Year of publication : 2017
    Publisher : Beginningless Media
    Edition no. :
    ISBN 978-1938755989 (click ISBN to buy online)
    Number of pages : 145
    Hardcover / Paperback / Ebook : P
    Edition notes :

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    The Perfect Way

    Year of publication : 2017
    Publisher : Osho Media International
    Edition no. :
    ISBN 978-0-88050-338-9 (source - osho.com) (click ISBN to buy online)
    Number of pages :
    Hardcover / Paperback / Ebook : E
    Edition notes : There are stated wrong ISBN 978-0-88050-611-3 in ebook, which dublicates ebook Words from a Man of No Words (2015 edition).

    table of contents

    editions 1979, 1984, 1993* & CD-ROM
    chapter titles
    discourses and writings
    event location duration media
    0 The Welcome (first part,
    i.e. PoSR - Prologue)
    unknown unknown unknown none
    1 The Welcome 3 Jun 1964 pm Shri Muchala Mahavira, Ranakpur, meditation camp unknown none
    2 The First Morning 4 Jun 1964 am Shri Muchala Mahavira, Ranakpur, meditation camp unknown none
    3.1 The First Evening 4 Jun 1964 pm Shri Muchala Mahavira, Ranakpur, meditation camp unknown none
    3.2 The First Evening (part 2) 4 Jun 1964 pm Shri Muchala Mahavira, Ranakpur, meditation camp unknown none
    4 The Second Morning 5 Jun 1964 am Shri Muchala Mahavira, Ranakpur, meditation camp unknown none
    5.1 The Second Evening 5 Jun 1964 pm Shri Muchala Mahavira, Ranakpur, meditation camp unknown none
    5.2 The Second Evening (part 2) 5 Jun 1964 pm Shri Muchala Mahavira, Ranakpur, meditation camp unknown none
    6 The Third Morning 6 Jun 1964 am Shri Muchala Mahavira, Ranakpur, meditation camp unknown none
    7.1 The Third Evening 6 Jun 1964 pm Shri Muchala Mahavira, Ranakpur, meditation camp unknown none
    7.2 The Third Evening (part 2) 6 Jun 1964 pm Shri Muchala Mahavira, Ranakpur, meditation camp unknown none
    8 The Fourth Morning 7 Jun 1964 am Shri Muchala Mahavira, Ranakpur, meditation camp unknown none
    9.1 The Final Evening 7 Jun 1964 pm Shri Muchala Mahavira, Ranakpur, meditation camp unknown none
    9.2 The Final Evening (part 2) 7 Jun 1964 pm Shri Muchala Mahavira, Ranakpur, meditation camp unknown none
    10 The Farewell* 8 Jun 1964 am Shri Muchala Mahavira, Ranakpur, meditation camp unknown none
    * The 1993 edition has only 9 chapters, the last chapter, "The Farewell" is missing.


    edition 2001
    chapter titles
    discourses and writings
    event location duration media
    0 Invitation Into Light (Prologue) unknown unknown unknown none
    1 Listening With the Heart 3 Jun 1964 pm Shri Muchala Mahavira, Ranakpur, meditation camp unknown none
    2 Thought Birth Control 4 Jun 1964 am Shri Muchala Mahavira, Ranakpur, meditation camp unknown none
    3 Meditation is Non-doing 4 Jun 1964 pm Shri Muchala Mahavira, Ranakpur, meditation camp unknown none
    4 Stop and See 4 Jun 1964 pm Shri Muchala Mahavira, Ranakpur, meditation camp unknown none
    5 Naturally Moral 5 Jun 1964 am Shri Muchala Mahavira, Ranakpur, meditation camp unknown none
    6 Seeing Without Thinking 5 Jun 1964 pm Shri Muchala Mahavira, Ranakpur, meditation camp unknown none
    7 I Am a Dream-breaker 5 Jun 1964 pm Shri Muchala Mahavira, Ranakpur, meditation camp unknown none
    8 The Fully Drowned 6 Jun 1964 am Shri Muchala Mahavira, Ranakpur, meditation camp unknown none
    9 Entering the Gap 6 Jun 1964 pm Shri Muchala Mahavira, Ranakpur, meditation camp unknown none
    10 A Zone of Silence 6 Jun 1964 pm Shri Muchala Mahavira, Ranakpur, meditation camp unknown none
    11 The Discipline of Witnessing 7 Jun 1964 am Shri Muchala Mahavira, Ranakpur, meditation camp unknown none
    12 The Dewdrop and the Ocean 7 Jun 1964 pm Shri Muchala Mahavira, Ranakpur, meditation camp unknown none
    13 Birth of a New Man 7 Jun 1964 pm Shri Muchala Mahavira, Ranakpur, meditation camp unknown none
    14 With Infinite Awaiting 8 Jun 1964 am Shri Muchala Mahavira, Ranakpur, meditation camp unknown none

    About the editing by KP

    Here is a quote from Krishna Prem's book Osho, India and Me, p.161 ff., when Osho asked him to re-edit this book :

    So, for the next several days, from dawn to dusk, From Sex to Superconsciousness is pretty much all that exists. And the moment its finished I deliver it to Laxmi, introduction and all. “What’s next?” I ask.
    “Come tomorrow,” she instructs. “Tonight, asking will happen.
    The following afternoon she passes me another Indian-English gem, The Path to Self Realization. “His first camp,” is all she says. “1964. In the hills of Rajasthan.”
    Turning to Arup, I ask when I can come to darshan. “There’s something I have to tell him.”
    “Tonight,” she answers. “There’s been a cancellation.”
    “Osho,” I begin when I’m seated in front of him that evening, “I don’t know whether you remember or not, but a couple of years ago during The Mustard Seed you spoke of a wheel of energy and said if it was happening to anyone he should come and tell you right away.”
    He nods, watching me intently. I cannot tell whether his nod is one of recall or encouragement, but I keep going. Well, when I came to you, you said to me, ‘You’re on absolutely the right track.’ And then I ran away. At the time I thought I was leaving because of money, but I've just now seen why I left. I was scared. Its taken me two years to see it, but I ran away because I was frightened to surrender, because I was getting close to something that terrified me.” I sit back on my heels, relaxing now. “And I had to come and see you tonight to tell you this — and to tell you that, no matter what happens, I’m not afraid any more.
    He chuckles, a low, pleased rumble. Then he leans forward in his chair. “Have they told you what book I want you to do next?” he asks.
    “Yes,” I reply after the split second it takes me to recover from the fact that my great insight has earned no more than a brief chortle.
    It was my first camp,” he continues, settling back in his chair, re-crossing his legs. It was held in Rajasthan in 1964. And they hired a professional translator to do the book in English. But he was a South Indian and he didn’t speak Hindi very well. Besides, he never met me. He didn’t know me.”
    He suddenly leans forward again and fixes me with a look of an intensity that takes me aback after the casual way in which he’s been speaking. “You do what you want with it, Krishna Prem,” he says. "You know me.” And then, with the customary “Good,” he turns to Mukta, indicating his readiness for the next sannyasin.
    I walk back to the Green after darshan. Alone in Poona’s crowded streets, “You know me” reverberates in my ears. Something significant has been given to me tonight, of that I am aware, bur I’m incapable of computing it. All that’s really real is the feeling inside. There’s a familiarity to the feeling, a quality I’ve felt before when certain doors have opened, when memories have flooded me, when something of the beyond has penetrated my world.
    The first thing next morning I dive into the book. It’s an even worse mess than the other. But I don't mind. I welcome the challenge. I know him, he said. And I know the words will flow like a river in the spring.