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Osho Book: The Book of Understanding

 

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The Book of Understanding

Creating Your Own Path to Freedom
Osho’s call for a new humanity that is both responsible and free.

In this essential work, Osho challenges us to examine and break free of the antiquated belief systems and prejudices that prevent us from realizing our full potential. He offers the possibility of a new kind of human being, one in whom the material and spiritual, the earthly and the transcendent, each complement and enrich the other. Only this new kind of human being – one who is undivided and whole within – can respond creatively to the current religious, economic, cultural, and political divisions that plague the planet, and begin to create a truly whole and harmonious world.
 
 
Book - Details Chapter Titles
 
Random House / Harmony
150 x 244 mm
288
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    #01: Preface
    #02: A New Spirituality for the 21st Century: Not a political revolution but an individual rebellion
    #03: Worldly vs. Otherworldly: Understanding the Great Divide
    #04: Zorba the Buddha: A meeting of earth and sky
    #05: Body and Soul: A brief history of religion
    #06: Rich Man, Poor Man: A look at the roots of poverty and greed
    #07: Belief vs. Experience: Understanding the Difference between Knowledge and Knowing
    #08: Learned and Natural: Reclaiming the self you were born with
    #09: Outer and Inner: In search of where the twain shall meet
    #10: Clever and wise: Untangling the knots of the mind
    #11: Leader vs. Follower: Understanding the Responsibility of Being Free
    #12: Shepherd and Sheep: Cutting yourself loose from the puppeteer
    #13: Power and Corruption: The roots of inner and outer politics
    #14: Lost and Found: In search of ordinariness#
    #15: Conscience vs. Consciousness: Understanding the Freedom of Responsibility
    #16: Good and Evil: Learning to live by your own commandments
    #17: Rules and Responsibilities: Walking the tightrope of freedom
    #18: Reaction and Response: The knack of rolling with the punches
    #19: Meaning and Significance: From the Known to the Unknown to the Unknowable
    #20: Energy and Understanding: The Journey from Lust to Loving
    #21: Camel, Lion and Child: The Journey of Becoming Human
    #22: Vertical and Horizontal: The Journey into the Depths of Now
 
 
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Excerpt from: The Book of Understanding, Outer and Inner: In Search of Where the Twain shall Meet;
"There have been many civilizations before ours that have reached high peaks, but destroyed themselves because they grew in a deep imbalance. They developed great technologies, but they forgot that even the greatest technological progress is not going to make people more blissful, more peaceful, more loving, more compassionate.

"Our consciousness has not grown at the same pace as our scientific progress, and that has been the cause of many civilizations destroying themselves. We have created monsters as far as machines are concerned, and at the same time we have remained retarded, unconscious, almost asleep. And it is very dangerous to give so much power to unconscious people.

"That’s what is happening now. Politicians are of the lowest kind as far as consciousness is concerned. They are clever, they are cunning. They are mean, too, and they make every effort for a single goal, which is to be more powerful. Their only desire is for more power – not for more peace, not for more being, not for more truth, not for more love.

"What do you need more power for? – to dominate others, to destroy others. All the power accumulates in the hands of unconscious people. So on the one hand, politicians in all the civilizations that have developed and died – it would be better to say committed suicide – had all the power in their hands. On the other hand, the genius of human intelligence was searching for more and more technology, scientific improvements, and all they discovered finally had to go into the hands of the politicians.

"The destruction of our earth will not come from some other planet – we are preparing our own graves. We may be aware, we may not be aware, but we are all gravediggers and we are digging our own graves. Right now there are only a few nations in possession of nuclear weapons. Soon many more nations will also be nuclear powers. It is going to be beyond control, with so many nations having so much destructiveness that a single nation could destroy the whole earth. A single crazy person, a single politician, just to show his power, can destroy the whole of civilization and you will have to begin from ABC. And the destruction is not only of humanity. With humanity will die all the companions of humanity – the animals, the trees, the birds, the flowers. Everything could disappear, everything that is alive.
The reason is an imbalance in our evolution. We go on developing scientific technology without bothering at all that our consciousness should also evolve in the same proportion. In fact, our consciousness should be a little ahead of our technological progress.

"If our consciousness were in the state of enlightenment…. In the hands of a Gautam Buddha nuclear power would no longer be dangerous. In the hands of a Gautam Buddha nuclear power would be turned towards some creative force – because force is always neutral; either you can destroy with it or you can find ways to create something. But right now our powers are great and our humanity is very small. It is as if we have put bombs in the hands of children to play with.

"Human beings have gone through this struggle since the very beginning. It is the imbalance between the inner and the outer.

"The outer is easier, and the outer is objective. For example, one man, Thomas Alva Edison, creates electricity and the whole of humanity uses it; there is no need for everyone to discover it again and again. Inner growth is a totally different phenomenon. A Gautam Buddha may become enlightened but that does not mean that everybody else becomes enlightened. Each individual has to find the truth by himself or herself. So whatever happens on the outside goes on accumulating, piling up; all the scientific progress goes on piling up because each scientist is standing on the shoulders of other scientists. But the evolution of consciousness does not follow the same law. Each individual has to discover it by himself; he cannot stand on the shoulders of somebody else.

"Anything objective can be shared, can be taught in the schools, colleges, universities. But the same is not true about subjectivity. I may know everything about the inner world; still I cannot hand that over to you. It is one of the fundamental laws of existence that the inner truth has to be discovered by each individual through his or her own efforts. It cannot be purchased in the marketplace nor can it be stolen. Nobody can give it to you as a gift. It is not a commodity, it is not material; it is an immaterial experience.

"One can give evidence for this immaterial experience by one’s individuality, by one’s presence, compassion, love, silence. But these are only indications that something has happened inside a person. That person can encourage you, can tell you that you are not going inside in vain: ’You will find treasures, as I have found.’ Each master is nothing but an argument, evidence, an eyewitness. But the experience remains individual.

"Science becomes social, technology becomes social; the subjective realm remains individual. That is the basic problem, how to create a balance." Osho
Osho may have been the Howard Stern of spirituality. [He] was certainly interested in earthiness ("drop repressions," he advises). His idea of a "new human being" draws from the pleasure-loving attitudes of Zorba the Greek as well as the silent serenity of the Buddha. This teacher from the "crazy wisdom" school of spirituality was definitely into shock value: in teaching the importance of conscious awareness as the rule for experiencing life and becoming free, he maintained that God is bogus, Jesus and Krishna are hallucinations and religion is sheer stupidity. Those who prefer this take-no-prisoners style of critique of organized religions will find this guru comprehensive and provocative. From Western intellectuals Nietzsche and Darwin to Eastern spiritual figures Mahavira and Bodhidharma, Osho’s references range across eras and cultures. Osho’s familiarity with Western philosophy and religion makes his hybridization of Eastern and Western teachings very accessible to Westerners seeking a path to authentic living. Drawn from talks given to various audiences, this book provides a clear glimpse of Osho’s assertive style as well as his central themes of freedom and human energy.
- from Publisher’s Weekly, USA
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