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Better known as Bhagwan Shree Rajneesh, Osho was a controversial guru from India who attracted a large Western following in the mid-Seventies and Eighties. Although Osho rejects intellectual understanding as a valid approach to meditation, he considers one of the main benefits of meditation to be "intelligence: the ability to respond." Scorning religion and society as barriers to enlightenment, Osho fails to give credit to the traditional concepts he borrows from Hinduism, Zen Buddhism, Taoism, Sufi mysticism, and tantrum tradition. He presents smoking, shaking, laughing, crying, and sexual activity as meditative exercises that can lead students of meditation to inner freedom. Readers will find little of substance in this collection of discourses based on sloppy thinking, off-color humor, and gender stereotyping. Not recommended.
Copyright 1997 Reed Business Information, Inc. --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

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"In Buddha's time, dynamic methods of meditation were not needed. People were more simple, more authentic. Now, people are living a very repressed life, a very unreal life. Just sitting directly in silence won't help." - Osho

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Product Details

  • Paperback: 320 pages
  • Publisher: St. Martin's Griffin; First Revised Edition edition (December 17, 2004)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0312336632
  • ISBN-13: 978-0312336639
  • Product Dimensions: 5 x 0.9 x 7.5 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 8.8 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (52 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #365,404 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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This book is not really a book by Osho, but more of an extraction of the practical excercies from "The Book of Secrets" by Osho.
If you don't have "The Book of Secrets" get it - its amazing; if you do have it already then this book will be of no use to you, unless you want a summary of "The Book of Secrets" without the good parts.
This book is just a money making racket I think - extracting bits and pieces of Osho's works and putting a fancy title on them. They've already got my cash, hopefully they won't get yours also.
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This book is perhaps the best introduction to meditation on the market. It takes meditation out the area of religion and all the doo doo associated with it, and puts it right at the center of a science of the inner, exactly where it belongs. For the intelligent individual who doesn't want to be lumbered with yet another belief system, this is their book.
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Its hard to utter words about the significance of this book. It is a diamond in an ocean of mud. It is the key to life, if this was a high scool requirenment, the world would be a paradise.No doubt Osho knows what he is talking about, and if it is meditation one in seeking, then this is the book!
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I was one of the people who didn't consider themselfs as a spiritual or meditative person. When I got this book a s birthday present I could not stop reading for a moment. There are also beautifull music CD's in the market which help to do these active meditations. A must for every meditator.
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a few weeks ago i just happened to be looking for a book to tell me something about meditation. this was the first one i grabbed off the shelf, and the moment i started to read the back cover i could feel this was the one for me. osho presents methods that are imediately inpacting and easy to understand. he speaks in a language of feeling that everyone can understand. i'm still shocked that whenever i read through a few sentences in this book i'll find myself getting tears in my eyes because i know this is what it's all about. finally acknowledgement. finally appreciation. and it turns out we had it all along
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The book, Meditation, is a good introduction both to meditation and to Osho's works in digital, print, audio and video formats.

Having already read and admired The Book of Secrets (112 ancient meditation techniques with commentary by Osho), I can say that The Book of Secrets may be difficult for some without some background reading, and the book Meditation is the right place to begin before reading and studying The Book of Secrets.

The book, Meditation, includes the modern active techniques by Osho as well as other materials to provide a thorough overview for the beginner, re-beginner and long-time meditator. Peace.
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Format: Hardcover
When Osho was asked whether to print this book, he looked at the content and responded, "Yes, publish it. This will be my bible." And so it has proved to be. Allowing so many of people like me to understand the simple, scientific principles of meditation, and with so many different ways to approach it. A jewel.
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So many books on meditation seem so serious, or one-dimensional, pitching a specific point of view or practice that feels like it was designed for saints who don't need meditation in the first place. This one even tells you how to turn smoking into a meditation! A book for "real folks" who want to bring more joy into all aspects of their lives.
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