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There is a meditation technique for every man or woman in the world. In this book, Osho teaches how to isolate the techniques that are best for each individual and urges readers not to be passive but rigorous examiners of their own inner landscapes. 184 pp.
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Published by Osho International Foundation (first published April 15th 1974)
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Maddie
Oct 02, 2012 Maddie rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Vigyan Bhairav Tantra Revisted!

Vigyan Bhairav Tantra is much older than Osho, and definitely worth 5 stars. To be perfectly honest with you, I could care less about Osho and all the controversy that surrounds him, his life and his followers and the many misguided actions that took place in his name. What I do care about is the Vigyan Bhairav Tantra text itself. A text consisting entirely of meditation techniques written in India 5000 years ago in another language is nearly impossible for an aver
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Mina
Nov 12, 2012 Mina rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
I usually try to avoid "feel-good" New Age books, mainly because I know that life is not always about feeling good, and I don't want to believe in, or practise, lies and deception, especially towards my own self. Who can want to deceive their own selves?

There may be some truths within this book that seem to coincide with our own belief systems, but at other moments, how can we know that what this book is presenting is really something authentic and real, or just watered down realities that we al
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bad
Oct 18, 2007 bad rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
this book is about tantra (not sex - that's kama sutra). tantra is about uniting of all of our experience (body, emotions, mind) for the pursuit of a greater purpose, such as spiritual fulfillment. the processes of tantra are highly psychological in nature, so if you like psychology, eastern yoga, esoteric metaphysics, or even just something new on the philosophical horizon, this book has it in concentration. personally, i have read this book 10+ times. this is one of my all-time favorite books. ...more
Brad VanAuken
This book, more than any other that I have found, provides simple practical techniques (112 of them) for breaking through the veil of illusion and entering truth. While the techniques are simple and profound, the author has written over 1,100 pages of commentary that provide context and insight. This is a very readable book. It is the right book for me now. Interestingly, many of its techniques are ones that I had practiced on my own without knowing from whence they came or why I was practicing ...more
Ward Hammond
Jan 24, 2011 Ward Hammond rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Life changing.
Pamela Wells
Mar 15, 2010 Pamela Wells rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
As a Seeker you must learn a much higher code of conduct then just those taught to you as a child. This requires your willingness to integrate many points of view. What wisdom list of books would be complete without at least one more perspective about the divine? Start with your own great spiritual or religious tradition then read the Book of Secrets. Osho speaks fluently in the tradition of all great spiritual teachers - with love, kindness, tolerance and compassion. Tantra is teaching spirit f ...more
Sushmita Rao
Feb 24, 2015 Sushmita Rao rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition

This book is full of blasphemy: it is the meeting of a misunderstood person and a misunderstood philosophy. Osho is probably the most misunderstood guru and Tantra is misunderstood because on surface it looks shallow and 'impure'. First thing I felt after finishing this book is that I would have lost out on some serious knowledge, insight and inspiration if I had listened to the popular opinion about Osho ('sex guru'). It is lazy labeling. I wonder ..how many people have ACTUALLY read his work i
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Martin
Nov 27, 2011 Martin rated it really liked it
A good book to reread now and then, but in small doses. Like all wisdom literature it should be taken with a proverbial grain of salt. But there is more powerful insight in this one book than in all the new age babble that lines the self-help shelves. At times contradictory or reductive (Osho's grasp of science is rudimentary), it is the imperfect work of an imperfect mind speaking truths that are difficult to hear and even harder to live. At any rate, the transformation it aims at won't come fr ...more
Moonstar83
Nov 20, 2008 Moonstar83 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: the confused,broken-hearted and openminded
Shelves: tantra
This book is like a bible of meaningful thoughts and I turn to it whenever I need support.Anyone who is in search of truth can find something here.I use it as therapy,really helps and provides true wisdom and comfort.
Katie
Oct 21, 2008 Katie rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
this is the longest book i have ever bothered owning or trying to read. for some reason, too, every time i open it, it tells me exactly what i need to hear.
Dave Bergen
Mar 08, 2013 Dave Bergen rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Book of the Secrets is a deep study of Vijñāna-Bhairava Tantra, a real classic of the Vedic Tantra lineage. If you have any real interest in Tantra (other than misusing it as a justification to get laid), you pretty much have to read this book. The hardback edition is out of print. Fortunately it is available online if you look around.

Rajneesh (Osho) is a self-made Enlightened being, and here he reveals many of his secrets—how he attained Enlightenment and what it all means. Plus he answers que
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Yogi Travelling
This book is beyond 5 stars....!

No book has changed my perception on life, than this.

I open this book whenever I need 'inspiration' to keep going.... With whatever life tries to throw at me.

This book is beyond words....!

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Tantra is the ability to experience the depths of the mind, without the mind... Words are not needed, only the courage to become 'more aware' of one's mind, is required... Only the courage to experiment with t
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Polina
Nov 26, 2011 Polina rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I picked and chose chapters of it that appealed to me and each one was creating drastic shifts in my perceptions and experiences but somehow the book failed to hold my interest for longer than 1 week. Perhaps I need a little more time to rest where I am before I am again drawn to return to it to continue my transformation.
Randi Hope
be careful

if you read to much of this or any osho- you might end up looney.

however, there's some good tidbits of wisdom here and there.
Avinash Saraf
Mar 14, 2007 Avinash Saraf rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Seekers
Shelves:
Although I havent read many of Osho books, I have read his Autobiography [http://www.iosho.com/oBook/The%20Life...] (collection and excerpts of his lectures over the yrs about his life) and From Sex to Superconsciousness. One major difference in this book is that his goal in the book is very clear. Its not abstract in any way, its like math- clear cut and concise. He talks about the difference between Yoga and Tantra in the beginning and explains their differing philosophies in a simple, layma ...more
Simone Roberts
Aug 18, 2010 Simone Roberts rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves:
Up to page 200 or so now. A simply brilliant, clear, and practical close-reading of the Tantra Sutras (only 6 of which have anything to do with sex), plus long aleatory lessons from Osho. Both good for your soul and handy for your new project on Irigaray. Seriouly one of the best "esoteric" books I have ever, ever read.
Anas Elbaye
Jun 07, 2015 Anas Elbaye rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
No Words To describe how important this man is in every human being's life and destiny ...
yonderboy777
Aug 02, 2007 yonderboy777 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This book had more of an effect on the course of my life than any other book I've ever read.
Rawiyah   Al-mousa
amazes me this osho

there has a lot of wisdom ,and lots and lots of nonsense !!
Joseph
Aug 04, 2012 Joseph rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Cannot finish at a stretch, all meditative experiments! 112 experiments of shiva+Buddha!
Amanda FIRST NAME
Still reading...absolutely incredible teaching. Osho speaks truth...
Ankit Kalavagunta
Feb 04, 2015 Ankit Kalavagunta rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves:
Brilliant! Osho's insights are impeccable as always.
Iowa City Public Library
When I was a little girl I was traumatize by the film In Cold Blood. You see when it first was aired on network television WMT (now KGAN) chose to show it after 10:30 P.M. My brother Steve and I snuck into the living room to watch it and of course came into the movie as the farm family was being slaughtered. It took a boyfriend forcing me to watch the movie in 1991, to realize that it wasn’t the movie that scared me as much as it was the stuff I let be associated with that film. I had convinced ...more
Zey
Oct 24, 2012 Zey is currently reading it  ·  review of another edition
Sayfa 16'da anlatır ki;

Sana bir başka Zen ustası olan Bokuju hakkında eski bir hikâye anlatacağım.Yalnız başına bir mağarada yaşıyormuş, yapayalnız, ama bir
gün ya da gece, zaman zaman yüksek sesle "Bokuju!" diyormuş... Kendi
ismi. Sonra "Evet efendim, buradayım!" diyormuş. Ve orada başka
kimse olmuyormuş. Müritleri ona soruyormuş: "Neden 'Bokuju!' diyorsun, kendi ismini söylüyorsun ve sonra, 'Evet efendim, buradayım!' diyorsun?" Demiş ki: "Ne zaman düşünmeye başlasam, uyanık olmayı hatırlamam gere
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John
Jul 03, 2014 John rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: rajneesh
An immense work. Of course, like all Osho's books, it's just him speaking extemporaneously, but that doesn't diminish the impact. I really feel like I gained a lot of insight into tantra methodology through reading about and working with a few of these techniques. They're so simple but they can really change you. Rajneesh says in the first part of the book that he's worked deeply with all 112 techniques and you get the feeling he did. Priceless.
Karan Nahar
Jun 18, 2014 Karan Nahar rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This is the best self help book or whatever u call it . This is osho at his best . It's a must for everyone . Many concepts are around us and common it's just that we r so busy that we don't even realise these simple things which can change us for the good . Go for it
Alethea Hammer


This is a good worthwhile book to read and I've read it several times. I admire Osho's books much more than I admire Osho. For those of you who don't know or remember him, he is the guru formerly known as the Bhagwan Shree Rajneesh.
Skivvy Jones
Sep 01, 2014 Skivvy Jones rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Osho is dangerous. This book is a good book for transformation. Don't come looking to cope or for self-help; use one of his softer mass market books (Intuition, Zen), etc.,) for that.
Chetna
Apr 25, 2015 Chetna rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This book stays on my nightstand. It is a serious book for the seekers of truth. Of the 112 techniques I found two that feet my type.
The title speaks for itself. Love it!
Che
Mar 19, 2014 Che is currently reading it  ·  review of another edition
Thank you Rajiv... I'm starting to read this book and I'm loving Osho's teachings :) he is tremendously great! :):):) Thanks A bunch to you! :)
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One of the most provocative and inspiring spiritual teachers of the twentieth century, Osho defies categorization - reflecting everything from the individual quest for meaning to the most urgent social and political issues facing society today. His books are not written but are transcribed from recordings of extemporaneous talks given over a period of thirty-five years. Osho has been described by ...more
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