Hello Cam, Im really happy that you thought my post fascinating!Now about the questions you asked-
a.I think ITLAD is all about being in connect with your true self, and I think energy can be transformed to consciousness,if you know how. Meditation is a wonderful tool for doing so. In India, yoga and meditiaiton is part of the curriculum in many schools for this very purpose.
b.RAJNEESH/OSHO was an Indian mystic, guru and philosopher.
"OSHO. Never Born, Never Died. Only Visited this Planet Earth between Dec 11 1931 – Jan 19 1990."
With these literally immortal words, Osho both dictates his epitaph and dispenses with his biography. Having previously removed his name from everything, he finally agrees to accept "Osho," explaining that it is derived from William James' "oceanic." "It is not my name," he says, "it is a healing sound."
His thousands of hours of extemporaneous talks, spoken to people around the world over a twenty-year period, are all recorded, often on video -- tapes that can be listened to anywhere by anyone, when, Osho says, "that same silence will be there."
The transcriptions of these talks are now published in hundreds of titles in dozens of languages.
In these talks, the human mind is put under the microscope as never before, analyzed to the smallest wrinkle. Mind as psychology, mind as emotion, mind as mind/body; mind as moralist, mind as belief; mind as religion, mind as history, mind as politics and social evolution -- all examined, studied, and integrated. Then graciously left behind in the essential quest for transcendence.
(you can read about him on osho.com or oshoworld.com)
Throughout the centuries there were men who took first steps, down new roads, armed with nothing but their own vision.