Day: March 27, 2016

13 Facts About The Life Of Osho, The Indian Mystic. – Thousand Thoughts

Osho, the Indian mystic, spiritual guru or sex guru (for some) had an  immense impact on the culture and religion of India. Although,  originally from India, Osho faced various troubles and criticism in his  own country; on the other hand, he was highly respected and earned a  name as spiritual leader in western countries.

1. Osho, also known as Archarya Rajneesh, was born as Chandra Mohan Jain on 11 December 1931.
Came to be known as Bhagwan Shree Rajneesh in 1960s and Osho during 1970-80s.

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2. His major talks and preaching include sexuality. He advocated an open, free and straight attitude towards sex.
For this he was criticized by the Indian press and had earned a sobriquet as ‘sex guru’.

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3. Osho owned 98 Roll Royces, all of which were donated by his disciples.
When  people asked him why he didn’t donate them to the poor, he said, “Every  religion in the world is taking care of the poor, why can’t they just  let me take care of the rich?”

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4. The book that Osho praised the most was ‘The Book Of Mirdad’, which only a few people around the globe read, and fewer liked.

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5.  In his dissertation, he mostly spoke about his original analysis and  views on the writings of religious traditions, mystics and philosophers  from around the world.
Due to which, he soon started attracting westerners.

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6. Not receiving immense fan following in India, Rajneesh relocated to the United States in 1981.
Where  his followers established an international community that later came to  be known as Rajneeshpuram near Antelope, Oregon, south of The Dalles.

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7.  Rajneesh was the eldest of 11 children born to a cloth merchant in the  house of his maternal grandparents in Kuchwada, a small Indian village  in the Raisen district of Madhya Pradesh.

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8.  Due to his parents’ busy schedule, Osho had to live with his maternal  grandparents and was majorly influenced by his grandmother.
But after his grandfather died, he went to Gadarwara to live with his parents.

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9. After some years, Osho became an anti-theist and was keenly interested in hypnosis, with which he was briefly associated.

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10. At the age of 21, his parents pressurized him to get married. On 21st March, 1953 he became spiritually enlightened under a tree in Bhanvartal Garden, Jabalpur.

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11. Osho was harshly criticized by Indian religious leaders and the press for “making empty rituals and fake promises”.
On the other hand, he started getting a loyal fan following which  included wealthy merchants and businessmen from around the world.

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12.  Osho’s secretary, Laxmi Thakarsi Kuruwa, who was the daughter of one of  his followers, a wealthy Jain who was Osho’s first disciple, was named  ‘Ma Yoga Laxmi’ by Osho.

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13. Osho continued his teachings, and died on January 9, 1990 in Pune from a heart attack. (Some sources say, he was killed by the government of America.)

Source: The Article first appeared on topyaps.

What are some interesting morning habits of well-balanced people? – Thousand Thoughts

Mornings are hard for everyone. Whatever to-do lists we finished yesterday are instantly forgotten, and new ones begin to pile up — fast.

To help you win your mornings and start your day off right, we’ve partnered with belVita to bring you the best early-day habits of well-balanced people.

Morning habits begin when you close your eyes the night before. You can’t start a well-balanced day if you don’t get a well-balanced night’s sleep, can you? Set a bedtime that allows for the recommended seven to eight hours of shut-eye. Adequate sleep not only helps you feel better, boosts your mood and offers numerous health benefits, it also improves memory and sharpens attention, which are both crucial to maintaining a balanced life.

They Wake Up Early

You don’t need to be on a rowing machine at 4 a.m. to make the most of your morning, but you do need to leave yourself enough time before heading out the door to finish all the things that make your first few hours successful. Research shows early risers use extra time in the mornings to organize, set goals and plan their schedule, which all contribute to a smooth day ahead.

They Don’t Hit The Snooze Button

While those extra Zs are enticing, especially so early in the morning, don’t give in to the temptation! Hitting “snooze” will only exacerbate any sluggish or tired feelings you have when you first open your eyes, leaving you more tired — and rushed, since you’ll have less time to prep for the day.

They Exercise

Exercising first thing in the morning is a great way to start your day off on the right foot and create a positive routine. Not only are there numerous health benefits — like improved mental clarity and metabolism — you’ll also free up your schedule for any post-work activities, or a night of much-needed rest and relaxation. If you can’t fit in a yoga session or quick run, try walking around the block.

They Take Time To Be Thankful

Instead of immediately thinking about the never-ending list of tasks you have to accomplish, wake up grateful for another day. Give yourself a moment to celebrate a recent accomplishment, or something positive going on in your life..

They Are Appreciative

Sending an uplifting message, or simply a “Good morning!” text, to a family member or friend is a great way to put yourself in the mindset to have a strong and uplifting day — and remind yourself of all the great people you have in your life. You can make this part of your routine during your morning coffee, commute or even while waiting in the bodega line.

They Meditate

Whether you meditate during your commute, on your lunch break or before you even leave your bed, this “mental hygiene” practice helps to reduce stress, improve concentration and encourages a healthy lifestyle. Meditation can also boost happiness, self-awareness and self-acceptance, which are all essential steps to live your steadiest life.

They Are Realistic

While overachievers may be quick to prove how many tasks they can pack into one day, it’s important to be realistic about what you can and cannot accomplish so you can set expectations — those of the people who are relying on you as well as your own — accordingly. This leaves less room for stress and unnecessary rushing throughout the day, leading to a calmer, more balanced day (and life).

They Listen To Uplifting Music Or An Audiobook

Set yourself up for success by starting your morning with music you find enjoyable, or a book or podcast you find inspirational, motivational or uplifting. Not only will this give you something to look forward to in the mornings, but music has been shown to reduce stress and anxiety, improve immune functioning and aid memory.

They Eat A Filling Breakfast

Beginning your morning with a well-balanced breakfast sets the precedent for an equally steady and productive day. Not only does eating breakfast help you feel fuller longer, but studies show that regular breakfast eaters feel more energized, have better memory retention and even have steadier cholesterol levels than those who skip the meal.

Let’s face it — mornings can be crazy. That’s why belVita is celebrating the #morningwins to help you start your day off right. Each pack of crunchy belVita Breakfast Biscuits includes four lightly sweetened biscuits that have been specially baked to release nutritious steady energy to help fuel your morning. Enjoy belVita with a serving of fruit and low fat dairy for a balanced breakfast.