While Rajneesh wrote about many things during his life – he is best known for his modern transformation of the Asian tradition of Tantra.
(ed: this is from a biography of rajneesh..)
Most people who remember Rajneesh today probably remember him primarily as the ‘sex guru’.
Even Lonely Planet — the most widely used guidebook for travel in India — still has a special insert in the chapter on Pune devoted to the ‘Guru of Sex’ and his sensuous compound in the upscale neighborhood of Koregaon Park.
Rajneesh was also a primary inspiration for John Updike’s 1988 novel S. – Mike Myers’s 2008 film ‘The Love Guru’ and various other fictional accounts of dubious mystics and philandering gurus.
Rajneesh himself would later complain that this focus on the sexual content of his teachings was exaggerated and that he had only really published one book on the topic (From Sex to Superconsciousness, based on lectures from 1968).
However – while it is partly true that the emphasis on the sexual nature of Rajneesh’s teachings is exaggerated it is also true that sexual themes run throughout his lectures from the late 1960s onward.
They have also been consistently repackaged and reprinted by the current Osho presses in books and DVDs.
Following Freud and post-Freudians such as Wilhelm Reich — one of his favorite authors — Rajneesh stated repeatedly that sexuality is ‘the most powerful human instinct’ – the most driving force in human nature and the source of both our worst neuroses and our most sublime spiritual experiences: ‘Sex is so important because the whole nature insists on it – otherwise man could not continue to be.
If it were voluntary there would be no one left on earth.
Sex is so obsessive – so compelling – the sex drive is so intense – because the whole of nature is for it’.
In many ways Rajneesh’s teachings on sexuality are a hybrid of older Indian views of kama (desire – pleasure – sensuality) and post-Freudian psychoanalysis.