- Books, Literature, and Writing
Osho's books are very famous nowadays all over the world.
He covered all the aspects of Life.
His books are a blessing to humanity.
The works of OSHO challenge readers to examine and break free of the conditioning, belief systems, and prejudices that limit their capacity to experience life in all its richness.
In this lens, I am going to share with you some of the books of Osho along with their synopsis.
Have you ever read Osho books before?
The first is "freedom from," which is a freedom that comes from breaking away from restrictions imposed by outside forces.
The next stage is "freedom for," a positive freedom that comes from embracing and creating something - a fulfilling relationship, for example, or an artistic or humanitarian vision. And lastly there is "just freedom", the highest and ultimate freedom.
This last freedom is more than being for or against something; it is the freedom of simply being oneself and responding truthfully to each moment.
The culture that will arise in the future, if it is truly to be for the evolution of mankind, will be a balance of science and religion. This culture will be a synthesis of religion and science. It will not be only religious or only scientific: it will be either scientifically religious or religiously scientific.
Recorded at a meditation camp in the hills of Mahabaleshwar, this book is illustrated with beautiful photos.
Osho moves us step by step through preparations for meditation, beginning with purification of the body and how to keep the body free of blockages, to purifying the mind and the emotions. He then explains the different stages that happen on the path of meditation.
This is not a book just to read but an invitation to experiment with the extremely powerful techniques that are given.
Underlying all meditation techniques, including the martial arts - and, in fact, underlying all great athletic performances - is a quality of being awake and present to the moment, a quality that Osho calls awareness. Once we can identify to self-mastery in virtually every area of our lives.
According to great masters like Lao Tzu or Buddha, most of us move through our lives like sleepwalkers, never really present in what we are doing, never fully alert to our environment, never really present in what we are doing, never fully alert to our environment, and not even aware of what motivates us to do and say the things we do.
At the same time, all of us have experienced moments of awareness, or awakening, to use another word. In extraordinary circumstances: on the road, in a sudden and unexpected accident, when time seems to stop, or in situations that touch us deeply - welcoming a new baby into the world for the first time, being with someone at the moment of death - when we are aware of every movement, every sound, every thought.
Awareness, says Osho, is the key to being self-directed, centered, and free in every aspect of our lives. In this book, Osho teaches us how to live life more attentively, mindfully, and meditatively, with love, caring and consciousness.
Osho responds to questions on some of life's greatest mysteries, including the esoteric roots of religious experience, and what happens after we die. Speaking from His own personal experience, he opens up a vast new perspective on the universe and its infinite possibilities.
"Just as death faces an individual, so now death shows its dark face before the collective consciousness of an entire civilization. And that civilization's collective mind becomes ready to go deep into the realms of religion and the unknown."
This book is a glorious mixture of no-nonsense Zen and sublime poetic mystery.
Being ordinary, says Osho, is the most extraordinary phenomenon possible. He uses stories about many different Zen masters to illustrate the timeless power and magic of Zen and its potential to transform contemporary humanity.
A Zen master is nothing special: he meditates, but also goes to the forest to cut wood because winter is approaching, and has a wonderful sense of humor. He does many things just like an ordinary man but with an extraordinary awareness.
Zen doesn't believe in renouncing the world or not renouncing the world; the basic thing is just to be alert wherever we are. Zen gives us total freedom; our lifestyle doesn't matter. All that counts is our awareness, which will take us back to our original source.
The real significance of temples, holy places and statues and the original purpose of mantras, astrology and incense have all been lost over the years.
As we no longer know how to use them as jumping boards into the ultimate truth, they have either been debased into the mythical trappings of religions and "new age" beliefs or mocked by skeptics.
But, explains Osho, once we understand that a higher consciousness is still flowing in these ancient places, all we have to do is turn in and stand in the middle of this stream "with the sails of our consciousness" open.
Then, in such places, the inner journey is easier and faster than anywhere else.
This book is a guide for a modern understanding of what meditation is.
A gentle introduction to inner discipline and transformation combined with some light and often humorous question and answer sessions between the audience and Osho, make the practical connection from the spiritual theory to meditation as a lifestyle.