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The Book of Understanding: Creating Your Own Path to Freedom

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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 o ...more
Paperback, 288 pages
Published March 27th 2007 by Three Rivers Press
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Derek
Dec 07, 2010 Derek rated it it was amazing
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
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Matt Nielsen
Mar 14, 2008 Matt Nielsen rated it really liked it
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.
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Stephen
Jan 09, 2011 Stephen rated it it was amazing
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
Jan 04, 2014 Haya Ziad rated it it was amazing
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 !
Nicole
Mar 17, 2008 Nicole rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
How we let society dictate our inner lives
Ilya Mrz
Sep 03, 2014 Ilya Mrz rated it really liked it
Shelves: ps-n
Zorba the Buddha. Yes, I like it.
Sudharsan srinivasan
Jun 02, 2017 Sudharsan srinivasan rated it it was amazing
Definitely a must read book by all.This book provides a lot of insights. Many of osho's philosophy is undeniable but few of them were not not acceptable to me.But I felt like all possible philosophy is dumped into a single book. It was too much for me. Any way must read book for everyone.
I am following blindly following Osho as he says I am trying to understand myself.
And in that search this book acts as a ladder to me.
Catalin Raicu
Jun 21, 2016 Catalin Raicu rated it it was amazing
O carte care te intoarce pe dos, te umple de raspunsuri la atat de multe intrebari, ce poate nici nu aveai habar ca le vei pune vreodata, sau poate ti-a fost teama. Personal am trecut prin usoare sentimente de ura fata de societate, biserica, oameni politici si oricine se opune in a ma dezvolta, in a iesi din acea stare de inconstienta. Trebuie sa fiti foarte atenti pentru a nu cadea in capcana, unde egoul si orgoliul, sigur nu vor ezita sa va trimita, pentru ca Osho are un stil aparte de a ne d ...more
Chrissy
May 27, 2013 Chrissy rated it really liked 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
Rachel
May 06, 2007 Rachel rated it really liked it
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
Aug 20, 2012 Mufid Tiganj rated it it was amazing
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?'


MY ADVICE IS NEXT:
If you haven't strong belief - DONT' READ THIS BOOK !
Victoria Cumberbatch
Nov 25, 2012 Victoria Cumberbatch rated it it was ok


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
Larisa
Feb 16, 2013 Larisa rated it liked it
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.
Ana
Jun 05, 2013 Ana rated it it was amazing
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.
Cecilia
Feb 08, 2009 Cecilia rated it it was amazing
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
Noah Rasheta
Jul 10, 2013 Noah Rasheta rated it it was amazing
I really enjoyed the big ideas in this book!
Julie
Nov 04, 2010 Julie rated it it was amazing
made me smile. and laugh out loud, despite myself.
Tam Nguyen
Aug 02, 2013 Tam Nguyen rated it it was amazing
Shelves: favorite
An insightful book!
Angela Caldarone
Dec 21, 2016 Angela Caldarone rated it it was amazing
so good wtf life changing im gonna read more books by osho
Wasaif Alshreef
Oct 17, 2013 Wasaif Alshreef is currently reading it
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
Moriah Farnsworth
Nov 02, 2013 Moriah Farnsworth rated it did not like it
I didn't actually finish it, I just lost interest.
Ivette
Jul 01, 2013 Ivette rated it it was amazing
An Eye opener!
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no words
Sachin Bhatt
Aug 01, 2007 Sachin Bhatt rated it it was amazing
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
Apr 25, 2013 Ahmad Yusuf rated it it was amazing
The bible for the new century human regarding our perception to our own self, the world and the future of our race and planet
Tony Kaldas
Jan 29, 2013 Tony Kaldas rated it it was amazing
Osho as usual is a person who always gives you the truth in your face!
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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.” 137 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.” 6 likes
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