Emmanuel Rassoulis Deva Parinito was born in Iraklion, Crete on September 28 1945 and was raised there. He sang in the choir of the cathedral of the city's patron saint, Aghios Minas. This experience influenced him aesthetically and ideologically. He assisted his goldsmith father at the shop where the timepieces and gold were also an influence on him. He was flag-bearer at his school, an honour reserved for the best student. From an early age he entered the youth organization of the Left; his father had spent years in an Italian prison and his uncle had been at Mauthausen, both because of their leftist politics. He came in fourth in the 400 metres at the athletic competition for the schools of the nomos (a Greek administrative division roughly equivalent to a British county) of Iraklion. He won two prizes for modern dancing, using figures and moves copied from American GIs stationed on Crete. Despite growing up in a city still partially in ruins from the second world war and under the shadow of the Greek civil war, his childhood years with his brothers, sister and friends were, all in all, very pleasant. His name, Emmanuel, is Hebrew and means "man of God". His surname comes from the holy epiphet of the Koran, ar-rasul ("the messenger, apostle"). His third, Sanskrit, name, Deva Parinito, was given to him by Osho and means "in love with the divinity".
took courses in political economy and philosophy.
He participated untiringly in the struggles of the labour unions.
In May of 1968 he takes part in the great student uprisings in
Paris and is seriously wounded by the SRS.
At the same time he was active at the barricades on behalf of
Marx and Engels, he was employed at the Mark's and Spencer's chocolate
factory. London remolds him
unevenly yet creatively. In
1974, shortly after the events at the Polytechnic University of Athens,
following orders from the movement, he returns to Athens where, fearing
arrest by the secret police, he goes into hiding.
After the events in Cyprus in the summer of 1974 and the fall of
the Junta, he continues his political activity.
He is employed at the Andreadis Shipyards in Perama where,
running the daily risk of being killed (fatalities were not an uncommon
occurrence), he becomes a member of the strike committee and plays a
leading role in the labour movement that overthrows the prevailing
regime at the shipyards of Eleusis.
According to the will of the dialectics of nature, June 1973
witnesses the birth in London of a baby girl, his daughter, to whom he
gives the name "Natalie", in honour of Trotsky's wife.
Continuing his artistic activities, he infuses them with his new experience. He acquaints the Greeks with Osho by publishing his book: "Hidden Harmony - Discourses on the Sayings of Heraclitus".
There is tangible response to Rassouli's suggestions on the part of very many people given that the background created by the sociopolitical change has resulted in a fresh and positive energy in the atmosphere.
studies, writes, falls in love, falls out of love, meditates, observes
himself, regresses, dashes, matures, exposes himself, pays the price.
The confrontation with establishments of all sorts, who see in his
person a danger to their posturing and inadequacy, is inevitable.
Osho goes to Oregon. All sorts of things happen. A desert is transformed into a city of 30,000 people. The American government turns into the proverbial bull in a china shop. It pursues him, arrests him, jails him, poisons him and has him deported. Rassoulis, committed to what he considers necessary, confronts and is gradually isolated as political parties, the church, private circles identify his proposals with danger. He even became estranged with the Osho centre of Oregon. Full of anguish and passion to see beyond the horizon, he pays a visit to New York. Three and a half months of novel and unforgettable experiences, compel him to add and subtract variables in order to arrive at the Sacred Formula X, the golden mean of the world, the font of Siloam. He is discouraged, often despairs but abides in the arena employing the tactics of Robin Hood, Bruce Lee and Christ.
is accused of being the mastermind behind the 17th
of November terrorist organization.
He declares for the umpteenth time that both by nature and by
conviction he is against violence, especially individual terrorism.
Nevertheless, with his statements he terrorizes certain circles,
which in turn point the finger at him as an ideological terrorist.
He continues to produce because he so desires and because he is a standard of comparison for constancy of ideological and moral convictions. He declares, however, that his entity is of more interest than his work, his products.
daughter, Natalie, studies music and is revealed as an extreme phenomenon
as a singer of popular songs, heavy metal and arias of classical
composers. She becomes known
abroad with the group Septic Flesh,
but within Greece shares the intentional isolation of her father, Manolis
a new planetary consciousness and a new approach to the triptych: "ζειν,
(life, the good life, know thyself) as his primary goals, he interposes
his presence in local as well as international events.
the course of his odyssey Osho washes up on the shores of Crete.
There he finds Rassoulis living, by coincidence, in the same area.
It was like a message from existence.
Rassoulis, as a Cretan, does everything in his power to shield his
teacher from the impending assaults.
He is hurt when he does not succeed and the teacher is arrested and
This event leads him to redouble his vigilance, his sense of responsibility, his investigation and his self-observation. At the same time the efforts of the state as well as extra-governmental apparatus to disarm and silence him with direct or indirect maneuvres, with classic or novel tricks are redoubled.
continues to produce: songs, books, radio programmes and articles in
newspapers of both the capital and the provinces.
Melina Merkouri invites him to participate in the events celebrating the selection of Athens as the cultural capital of Europe and to give her ideas. However, he refuses because he does not consider Athens worthy of the particular honour. After that he is blacklisted by the Ministry of Culture. An effort is made through judicial convictions to intimidate him and remove him from the scene. Rassoulis gives concerts in Berlin and Constantinople. He speaks at the Cultural Centre of the City of Barcelona as the guest of the city during a festival of Mediterranean poetry as well as in Majorca.
His songs are known and appreciated in Israel, Serbia, in countries where there are Greeks and, for some mysterious reason, even in Japan.
recent years, at the apogee of his efforts, and since the establishment
has plunged Greece into unmitigated amoralism, he is focusing on
decisively entering the international arena, having been tempered by the
local status of Greece which emits the most pseudo-glamourous decadence in
the entire global village. Alongside
of this, his goal is to express the deeper soul of Greece with the
universal soul and the global potential in the discovery of an antidote
and the production of a new ideology, a new code of values, something
which at this very moment is the grail of every intelligent, sensitive and
honest citizen of every country, every race, every social class and both
Three years ago, he became the godfather and guardian of a little name Paschalis, whom he loves dearly and who lights the horizon of his realization of the meaning of the world.
His most recent significant experience was his visit to the Great Pyramid of Giza on September 22 2001, a visit which significantly strengthened his courage to persevere in his investigation and work.