Read What? By My Own Rules – My Story in my Own Words – written by Maa Anand Sheela.
Language. Genre: English. Memoir.
What is it about? If you have heard of Osho/Rajneesh then it is unlikely that you haven’t heard of Maa Anand Sheela, who was his personal secretary in the 1980s. ‘Seela’ is how Osho addressed her as and she called him, and still does, Bhagwan.
Sheela was introduced to Osho by her father when she was 16 years old. She fell deeply in love with him and that love has not abated over all these years.
Maa Anand Sheela has seen it all and done it all, from setting up Osho’s commune, Rajneeshpuram, in the USA to going to prison for multiple crimes. She enjoyed luxuries and battled poverty. She has received adulation and faced deep hatred. Stangers have embraced her even as certain members of the family rejected her.
In this book, Maa Anand Sheela shares the 18 rules that define her life. From leading a controversial life with Osho to founding and running care homes in Switzerland and Mauritius, Sheela has lived out the entire spectrum of stages and situations life had to offer her.
What did I think of it? I have been intrigued by the duo of Osho-Maa Sheela for the past many years, and I devour all that I can read up about them. Sheela has lead a life rich with varied experiences some so unusual that no common man could even imagine them or going through them.
Her experiences, and overcoming the obstacles she fought her way through give weight to each of the lessons she shares. From pain to acceptance, from love to sex, Sheela covers it all. Her steely determination and the courage and positivity to look life in the eye comes through. She has faced every challenge life threw her way and remains forever grateful to whatever ‘Existence’ brings her way. ‘By My Own Rules’ is certainly a very inspiring book to read.
' Everyone in the world has an opinion about me. I do not expect them to change. I accept life as it comes' - is Maa Sheela's inspiring thought that that was my biggest takeaway from this book. Click To Tweet
Wow or Not Now? This is a memoir and a self-help guide rolled into one. The book is engrossing and well written, however, it reads like a very sanitized and politically correct memoir.
What Else? Reading this book made me fence sit on what I felt about it. Did life give Sheela a second chance to redeem her conscience/herself or does she want to correct her image and leave a good last impression? I also wonder if I expected more out of this book purely because I have been reading about Maa Sheela and Osho for years now.
*** 3 Stars to By My Own Rules – My Story in my own words by Maa Anand Sheela
My rating chart;
*Use it as a doorstop.
**Read it if you have nothing better to do.
***You may like it if you like this particular genre.
*****What! You haven’t read it YET?!