Dr Vasant Joshi (India)

After completing his Ph.D. from the M.S. University of Baroda, in 1966, Dr. Vasant Joshi left for USA having been admitted for the doctoral program in English Literature at University of Wisconsin, Madison. While he was a student at the University of Wisconsin, Dr. Joshi got an invitation to teach a course on The Cultural and Literary Traditions of India at University of California, Berkeley. Although the course was to be offered for only one year, Dr. Joshi ended up teaching it for four years (1967-1971). Those were the days when the United States was deeply caught up in Vietnam War and the Berkeley campus was highly charged with the spirit of free speech movement, protesting against the War. On the other hand, Maharishi Mahesh Yogi, the Beatles, Ustad Ali Akbar Khan, Pundit Ravi Shankar, the Hare Krishna movement, contributed significantly in attracting young people toward learning about India and the Indian culture.

While teaching and researching at Berkeley, Dr. Joshi went through a change in interest and enrolled himself in 1971 for the doctoral program in Education at University of Michigan, Ann Arbor. In 1973 he attained his Ph.D. in Education from the University of Michigan.

In America, Dr. Joshi has served on the faculty of University of California, Berkeley, and at University of Michigan, Ann Arbor. He also worked as Director of Institutional Research at City Colleges of Chicago. He was Academic Dean, Professor and Chairman of Comparative Studies at the California Institute of Integral Studies, San Francisco. Dr. Joshi has also served as Visiting Professor/India Scholar teaching Eastern Religions: Hinduism, Buddhism, Jainism, Sikkhism, at Cleveland State University, Cleveland, Ohio in USA.  

Thus, Dr. Joshi has been in the academic field for over thirty years in India and in the United States of America. He has traveled worldwide: giving lectures, presenting papers, participating in seminars and conferences and conducting workshops.

Dr. Joshi came across revolutionary works of the enlightened Mystic, Osho (then known as Bhagwan Shree Rajneesh), and he felt so touched by Osho’s insights and his vision that in 1975 he traveled from Chicago to Pune, India, for participating in a ten-day meditation camp. It was at the first auspicious day of this meditation camp that Dr. Vasant Joshi was initiated into neo-sannyas by Osho and was named Swami Satya Vedant. Since that new birth, a new dawn arrived in his life and, now known as Satya Vedant, he has dedicated himself toward contributing to Osho’s worldwide work. Osho appointed him as Chancellor of Osho International Meditation University (Osho later renamed it as Osho Multiversity).

His publications include:

Osho: The Luminous Rebel – Life Story of a Maverick Mystic; 2. If It Could Happen to Buddha, Why Not You? Both published by Wisdom Tree, New Delhi. 3. Here and Now: On Death, Dying and Past Lives. Edited and Translated Osho’s Hindi Discourses, published by Osho International Foundation, Pune, India. 4. The Fabric of Life: On the Songs of the Mystic Kabir. Edited and Translated Osho’s Hindi Discourses on the Songs of 15th century Mystic poet Kabir, Published by Osho Media International, Pune, India. 5. Revolution in Education. Edited and Translated Osho’s Hindi Discourses on Education, Published by Osho International Foundation, Pune, India. 6. Ed. India My Love: Fragments of A Golden Past, Published by Osho International Foundation, Pune, India. 1997. 7. Edited and Translated Osho’s Hindi Discourses, War And Peace: Insights from the Bhagavad Gita, Published by Tao Publishing Pvt. Ltd., Pune, 2005. 8. If It Could Happen to Buddha Why Not You? : Understanding the Ancient Secrets of Self Awareness, Published by Wisdom Tree, New Delhi, 2010.  9. Ed. Being Osho: Rare Pearls from Darshan Diaries, Published by Zorba Designs, Osho Inspiration Book Shop, Pune, 2013.  10. New Vision for The New Millennium,  Published by Diamond Pocket Books, Pvt. Ltd., New Delhi, 2000.  

 

 

His earlier Osho’s biography, The Awakened One: Life and Work of Bhagwan Shree Rajneesh, published by Harper & Row, 1983, was translated into German, Chinese and Japanese languages. He has translated Osho’s discourses from Hindi to English, and a wide range of his articles are published in journals, magazines, and newspapers in India, USA, and Australia.

 

 

Books in Hindi:

1.Dhyan Aur Utsav ke Ojasvi Rishi – Osho

2.Chetana ke Pankh

Both published by Diamond Pocket Books, New Delhi.

 

3.Osho Udghosh: Swasth Bharat Ka Marg: Swasth Rajneeti. Published by Qxford Publication, New Delhi/Osho World Pulication, 2014.

 

Dr. Joshi has held meditation workshops around the world including at the United Nations, The World Bank, the Pentagon, as well as at Dr. Deepak Chopra’s program in San Diego. In 1993, he  presented at the Earth Summit in Rio de Janeiro a unique ecology project: From Garbage to Zen Garden, created and developed by the Osho International Foundation, Pune.

* In July 2010, he travelled to Moscow, Russia, for presenting Osho’s vision at the All Russia International Adwaita Congress.

* University of Southern California and Dharma Civilization Foundation (USC/DCF) International Conference. Presented a paper on: Leading from Ignorance to Empowerment: Osho and Swami Vivekananda (Oct.18-20, 2013), at the University of Southern California, Los Angeles, California, USA.   

* DANAM (Dharma Academy of North America) annual conference, Baltimore, USA. A paper on:  Osho: The Ultra-modern Trans-Jain Guru of 20th Century (Nov.22-24, 2013).