OSHO - Books I have Loved

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To me a book is not just a book, it is a love affair...I have loved reading from my very childhood. My own personal library consisted of one hundred fifty thousand rare books of all the religions, philosophies, poetry, literature. And I have read all of them, but with no purpose; I enjoyed it.------The OSHO Library is maintained by Osho International Foundation.All of these books have been read, signed and dated by Osho, except about lO,OOO which have been gathered on his request after he stopped reading.Osho's personal library is now housed in a buildingnamed "Lao Tzu House" at the Osho MeditationResort in Pune, India. The library holds more than150,000 volumes, mostly in the humanities, includinghistory, psychology, religion and philosophy. It alsofeatures a quite substantial collection of the classicliterature of East and West, along with an impressivearray of biographies, books on physics and earthsciences, etc. The library has been created with aestheticconsiderations in mind, the object being to create alight and airy feeling rather than the "heavy" and"serious" look of so many libraries. Books are sortedaccording to size and color, and placed on the shelvesin an arrangement that suggests ocean waves. Theeffect is organic and natural, with no solid blocks ofcolor or size to grab the eye and weigh it down.Osho himself was an avid book collector and readerthroughout most of his life, and the library includesvolumes that he has kept in pristine condition since hischildhood. He liked to underline his books, and tocreate an individualized painting on the front pages,often including his signature, in place of a printed bookplate. Part of his work was to give daily extemporaneoustalks, which he would sometimes punctuate withquotes and passages from books he had read. Thelibrary was catalogued by hand for many years, withcross-references that included not only title, author andsubject matter, but such things as the cover color,number of pages and trim size. In that way, if Oshowanted to see that "big book on Einstein's theory ofrelativity with the blue cover, " the librarian could locatethe needle in the haystack with relative ease. In 1987,a three-year project was initiated to computerize thecard catalog.The UK library journal LOGOS has published an extensive article about the library written by:Pierre Evald, Department of Library & Information Management Royal School of Library and Information Science Langagervej

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