Hammer on the Rock
Osho, formerly known as Bhagwan Shree Rajneesh.
Poona: Rajneesh Foundation, 1976. Octavo. Black boards in a silver pictorial dust wrapper, barely chipped, now cased in mylar. 448 pages. First edition. Near fine.
A Darshan Diary. In evening darshans at the Pune ashram, Rajneesh conversed with individual disciples or visitors and initiated disciples ("gave sannyas"). This is the first of his darshan books. During his lifetime he was viewed as a controversial mystic, guru, and spiritual teacher. In the 1960s he travelled throughout India as a public speaker and was a vocal critic of socialism, Mahatma Gandhi, and Hindu religious orthodoxy. Whatever his faults, Rajneesh dictated a book on books while under the spell of nitrous oxide, and it isn't half bad.
"All creative energy can become destructive and all destructive energy could have become creative. For example, Hitler. He wanted to be a painter in the very beginning, but he was not allowed. He could not manage to pass the examination and enter into the art school. The man who could have been a painter became one of the most destructive men in the world. With the same energy he may have become a Picasso. And one thing is certain—he had energy. The same energy could have been infinitely creative."