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I’ve just finished reading a 1988 book by one of Osho’s disciples, in which he describes a retrospective of nine years of his discipleship, called Years of Preparation by Jan Foudraine. It was a really interesting read, because it makes clear some of the internal process of what happened to him. I can’t remember having come across many other books that did this.
It describes his initial enthusiasm and his naive assumption that the rest of the world would be interested in hearing the message that a new enlightened master was abroad in the world. It describes his process in writing a book about his initial meetings with Osho. It describes how he met with Jiddu Krishnamurti, the tapes of Da Free John that he listened to. It talks about the keys to spiritual progress that he found.
I found it fascinating to read, and would be interested in other people’s retrospectives of a spiritual search. I’m not sure if it is a literary form that is much practiced but it would be worthwhile for many people who are interested in spirituality. Perhaps there are buddhist equivalents out there?