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Book of Understanding

4.22 of 5 stars 4.22  ·  rating details  ·  358 ratings  ·  24 reviews
The path to freedom is filled with questions and uncertainty. Is it possible to truly know who we are? Do our lives have a purpose, or are we just accidental? What are we meant to contribute? What are we meant to become, to create, and to share? In "The Book of Understanding," Osho, one of the most provocative thinkers of our time, challenges us to understand our world and ...more
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Published February 14th 2006 by Crown Publishing Group
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Osho was never against material wealth, that's why he lived with luxuries for much of his life, including Rolls-Royces. Too many people would see him wearing a diamond watch, for example, and think they'd "exposed" him. Really, they exposed their own flawed understanding of his way of life and their own conditioning that poverty equals spirituality.

There's many thought-provoking ideas in this book. Zorba the buddha, reacting vs. responding, intelligence vs. intellect, etc. Many anti-theist secti
Matt Nielsen
I picked this book up at Barnes and Nobles a year or so ago just because it sound interesting. I had never heard anything about this "Osho" guy but the introduction to the book intrigued me, so I bought it.

I have to say that it wasn't hard to see why this guy was considered a hero by some and a nutcase by others. His plain and simple way of looking at things is refreshing in a lot of ways, and although I may not agree with everything he says I appreciate his frankness and pull-no-punches style.
It starts with a lot of comparative religion stuff comparing eastern and western philosophies. Then, it moves on to how we establish a consistent independent identity, how to stay true to yourself and how to stay consciously aware enough to experience every moment.
Haya Ziad
Osho <3
Ive always respect this man !
reading his books means being in the way of real enlightment , peace , love , feeling your real ownself and takes u faaaaraway !
How we let society dictate our inner lives
Ilya Mrz
Zorba the Buddha. Yes, I like it.
I binged and read this book. It is my first Osho read and I find his polarizing to say the least. Reading this on the heels of analytically breaking down Jay Z's Magna Carta Holy Grail the ideologies are similar. I would not recommend this book to the religiously devout who is faint of heart. As someone who teeters the line between a traditional religious upbringing and seeking out an identity outside of organized religion I was more than intrigued. I find myself in a consistent conflict as I qu ...more
Jun 28, 2007 Rachel rated it 4 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: seekers of truth who are truly ready to question their beliefs
Shelves: whatdoibelieve
While I am not sure what my thoughts are about the man himself and some of his beliefs stated in this book, Osho makes some pretty inspiring and eye opening statements about the truths of the universe. At times what he says may come across as very offensive, especially for people still stuck in a religious mindset. But, if you are truly open and willing to question your beliefs, morals, values, etc., this book is a great read for influencing your mind to begin thinking for itself.
Mufid Tiganj
Nice book - this book give you some informations for your's EGO...not to much but enough to do some sin if you haven't strong principles of life !
He presents all religions like incorrect 'cause he wants to say ''my new religion which I made is the best and only way to find God''
but, I want to ask 'which kind of God he try to find?'

If you haven't strong belief - DONT' READ THIS BOOK !
Victoria Cumberbatch

I expected more. I didn't realize that, although he say he isn't forcing his ideas, he is. I felt like he was implying that he isn't into religion, but if he could be a religion he would be the head of it. I couldn't wen finish. He was also quite redundant. He had about 5 real points yet somehow had to explain them in over 200pgs...? Idk
This book was my first OSHO read and I loved it every bit of it even tho at when I started reading I closed it and thought this man is crazy but I continued and it got better.
Not for the weak minded.
I DO NOT Recommend this book if you have "strong beliefs" and very religious.
This book about contrast of the spiritual and material worlds, about the East and the West, about merge, about integrated creative energy. Osho is a follower of New Age. Everyone solves for himself: like Osho or not, if it adds up, in what he is right or errs.
I read this book some years ago but took it up again and it is still amazing me to read it. Gives me a frame for understaning and put words to many of my wonderings and thoughts even though I dont "agree" with every word. ...more
Wasaif Alshreef
Oct 17, 2013 Wasaif Alshreef is currently reading it  ·  review of another edition
Insane!! It kinda made me confused about the idea of religion and left me astounded with questions that has no answers+ contradictions that leads no where, so I decided to stop reading it
Sachin Bhatt
Aug 01, 2007 Sachin Bhatt rated it 5 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: all
Very effective book on personal freedom. Articles goes to ground level of every topic. Gives an eternal peace while reading. must be read in breaks to assimilate and practice.
Ahmad Yusuf
The bible for the new century human regarding our perception to our own self, the world and the future of our race and planet
Not quite as good as some of Osho's other works, but I still liked it.
Tony Kaldas
Osho as usual is a person who always gives you the truth in your face!
made me smile. and laugh out loud, despite myself.
Moriah Farnsworth
I didn't actually finish it, I just lost interest.
Noah Rasheta
I really enjoyed the big ideas in this book!
Tam Nguyen
An insightful book!
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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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“Doubt--because doubt is not a sin, it is a sign of your intelligence. You are not responsible to any nation, to any church, to any God. You are responsible only for one thing, and that is self knowledge. And the miracle is, if you can fulfill this responsibility, you will be able to fulfill many other responsibilities without any effort. The moment you come to your own being, a revolution happens in your vision. Your whole outlook about life goes through a radical change. You start feeling new responsibilities--not as some thing to be done, not as a duty to be fulfilled, but as a joy to do.” 104 likes
“The West, in its pursuit of material abundance, lost its soul, its interiority. Surrounded by meaninglessness, boredom, anguish, it cannot find its own humanity. All the success of science proves to be of no use—because the house is full of things, but the master of the house is missing. In the East, the end result of centuries of considering matter to be illusory and only consciousness to be real has been that the master is alive but the house is empty. It is difficult to rejoice with hungry stomachs, with sick bodies, with death surrounding you; it is impossible to meditate.” 1 likes
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