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Courage: The Joy of Living Dangerously Paperback – November 20, 1999
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About the Author
Osho is one of the best-known and most provocative spiritual teachers of the twentieth century. Beginning in the 1970s he captured the attention of young people from the West who wanted to experience meditation and transformation. More than 20 years after his death, the influence of his teachings continues to grow, reaching seekers of all ages in virtually every country of the world.
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Top Customer Reviews
It's very provacative
& in-your-face opinionated
by our friend Osho here.
I bought this book (after shopping all of Osho's)
mostly b/c Teal Swan Loves him.
I'm going to wait a little while longer to see how I feel...
But it's refreshing to hear a New Age/Spiritual author
really put it out there
& tell it like it is (or at least how HE feels!)
He's confrontational ~ this man is NOT trying to get your approval
or sell books;
so i'm more likely to listen to what he's saying...
then decide for myself...
1) Courage means pushing ahead despite the fear you're feeling;
2) Listen to life, don't expect life to listen to you or your logic, and that means knowing when to yield in the face life's storms;
3) Go with your heart and gamble on the unknown rather than using your head to always play it safe;
4) Be open to spontaneity and the vulnerability that might come with it rather than operating through ready-made conclusions, especially when you have not even explored the possibilities.
5) You may have great doubts, but if you can forge ahead despite these doubts you must also have great trust. You have to learn to go with your experience of life rather than your analysis of it (i.e., with the eyes of your heart rather than with the legs of your intellect), and that's how your trust begins to overcome the doubts.
6)Foster innocence by dying to the past and being reborn to the future;
7)Open the door to the new by not imposing your decision on events in life but by acting in the moment;
8) Know that love is light and darkness is the absence of that light; to foster love don't force it into narrow places, because love is an infinite sky in which you don't force your ideals on others but are accepting of others as they are;
9) Go by your inner sense and not by following the crowd, by realizing that you're one with your universe / reality/ God, that you are known and have already been judged by that universe/reality/God that created you when you were born (i.e., such inner sense becoming possible when you're not burdened by the weight of your feelings of separateness from that universe/reality/God);
10) Live dangerously, not by settling for the mundane, but by risking bodily, psychologically, and spiritually for the new.
The final word is that meditation is the process of living the joyful life discussed in this book. One star less than five, because the discussion on this could have been better -- there are better books out there on meditation itself.
Otherwise, this work is full of good, kind-hearted, humorous, and loving advice.
Self-confidence. I'd recommend it to read for everyone, it's pretty easy to read.
"[...]Courage is risking the known for the unknown, the familiar for the unfamiliar, the comfortable for the uncomfortable, arduous pilgrimage to some unknown destination. One never knows whether one will make it or not. It is gambling, but only the gamblers know what life is."