In Love with Life: Reflections on Friedrich Nietzsche's Thus Spake Zarathustra
In his preface to Ecce Homo, Friedrich Nietzsche says: "With [Thus Spoke Zarathustra] I have given mankind the greatest present that has ever been made to it so far. This book, with a voice bridging centuries, is not only the highest book there is, the book that is truly characterized by the air of the heights -- the whole fact of man lies beneath it at a tremendous distance -- it is also the deepest, born out of the innermost wealth of truth, an inexhaustible well to which no pail descends without coming up again filled with gold and goodness." Perhaps only a contemporary mystic like Osho could truly understand what Nietzsche meant by this statement. In Love with Life shares Osho's understanding of both Nietzsche the man and of his seminal work, with extraordinary clarity and relevance to readers in the 21st century. Here, the reader learns much about the mysterious and revolutionary Persian mystic Zarathustra (Zoroaster), whom Nietzsche chose as a spokesperson. The result is an enchanting journey through a world where life is celebrated, not renounced, and where timeless truths prevail over the lies and distortions that continue to cripple our efforts to become healthy and whole.
Osho (1931--1990) is a contemporary mystic whose life and teachings have influenced millions of people of all ages, and from all walks of life. His often provocative and challenging teachings generate today more and more interest, and his readership is dramatically expanding around the world in more than fifty languages. People can easily recognize the wisdom of his insights, the broad sweep of his familiarity with both ancient and contemporary philosophical thought, and his ability to communicate in a way that is relevant to our lives and to the issues we are facing today. The Sunday Times (London) named Osho as one of the "1,000 Makers of the 20th Century". He is known around the world for his revolutionary contribution to meditation -- the science of inner transformation -- with the unique approach of his "OSHO Active Meditations" acknowledging the accelerated pace of contemporary life its unique challenges.