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Freedom: The Courage to Be Yourself (Osho Insights for a new way of living )

4.23 of 5 stars 4.23  ·  rating details  ·  1,246 ratings  ·  42 reviews
In Freedom, Osho outlines three stages of freedom. The first is "freedom from," which is a freedom that comes from breaking out of what he calls the "psychological slavery" imposed by outside forces such as parents, society, or religion. The next stage is "freedom for," a positive freedom that comes from embracing and creating something---a fulfilling relationship, for exa ...more
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Published April 1st 2007 by St. Martin's Griffin (first published 2004)
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"Osho is described by American author Tom Robbins as 'the most dangerous man since Jesus Christ'.
This book is a paradigm shifter. Read it with an open mind and see what happens. At first- it made me angry, confused and defensive. This changed within a quarter of its pages.
Whether or not you agree with what this man has to say, I would implore anyone to challenge themselves to his insights.
This book has helped greatly to shift my points of view into something... different. Dangerous for sure.
I enjoy reading Osho's books, even though they do get repetitive (for a good reason). This book introduced me to a few interesting concepts: "freedom for", and "three dimensions of freedom". Given that for Osho (and I agree with him) freedom is the ultimate goal, the topic of freedom is a very important topic. Surprisingly I was thinking very little about this topic before (yet another stab into self-hypocrisy). Great read.
I love Osho but his books tend to be repetitive. So the only negative thing I can say about his book(s) is that he tends to repeat himself over and over. The message is clear and concise. He describes the 3 stages of freedom. When you read this book it becomes clear how all of us have been slaves to the opinion of others, even when we think we aren't. Osho gives us guidance in how to escape.
Digendra Sharma
this book changed my whole concept about freedom,love,family, says freedom doesn't mean being careless actually it is being responsible...take responsibility of yourself break free the chains of dependence on family,god,nation,conditioning by your parents,teachers,priests.....these are the things man created to protect himself,to be a slave...believe in yourself.fate,kismet,destiny ,god are all hocus-pocus things created only by man during the transition from an animal to a soul,i ...more
Great thought provoking book.
He presented ideas that occurred to me before but I was not able to grasp completely. The concept of camel – Lion – Child was an eye opener and hopefully I will be able to stop being a lion and transition into a child :)
“My vision of Freedom is to be yourself”
Sofia Ribeiro
This was the second book I read by Osho so I already knew what to expect and that was what I receive. A completely new definition of freedom. During an philosophy class my teacher asked us what were our thoughts about freedom and everyone agreed that was doing what we wanted without having anyone to disallow us. Osho defends a completely different thesis and now I agree that the real freedom is way more than that and also that the system we live in should be changed and he explains how.
The only
O Osho tem-se revelado uma espécie de mestre/referência para mim, nos últimos tempos, pelos mais variados motivos. Quando comecei a ler as obras dele, ainda mais. Isto porque apesar dos seus livros serem compilações de palestras e conferências que ele deu ao longo da sua vida, não perdem nenhum valor por isso e não deixam de ser pequenos grandes tesouros.
Na verdade, há que ser dito que estes livros não são mais que a insistência em alguns conceitos-chave. Conceitos que nós tendemos a pôr de lad
أنهيت قرأت الفصل الأول فقط من الكتاب .. وهو أول كتاب اقرأه لـ Osho
لم يعجبني أنه تطرق في أكثر من موضع أن التعاليم الدينية تقييد الإنسان عن الحرية التي يدعو لها

بالإضافة ظهر لي ضعف معرفتة بالتعاليم الإسلامية خصوصاً عندما قال :
"في الإسلام عندما تَقتُل شخصاً فلايجب أن تشعر بالعار والذنب لأن المقتول سيذهب إلى الجنة لأنه قُتِل على يد أتباع محمد" ؟؟؟

كلام فارغ
Samir Baz
I wouldn't know how to rate this because I don't particularly read/understand philosophy. Regardless, I enjoyed this book and Osho's thoughts on the human condition.
Люблю Ошо, один из немногих челов, который не пишет откровенную чушь в этом жанре. В "этом" - это в не понятно каком.
Насколько понял, это книжка собрана из отрывков других его книжек, поэтому здесь много повторов, и текста, который вы уже прочитали в других его работах.

Вообще, здесь довольно много воды, но всё это дело стоит прочитать хотя бы из-за разбора вопроса "ощущения скуки", когда вы, типа, достигли "свободы от". В других книгах разбора этого момента не встречал.
Abdullah Ahmed
Freedom is simply an opportunity to find a definition for yourself, a true, authentic individuality
Abhishek Malviya
Just to give rebelling thoughts/philosophy doesn't means that its a good thought. Today, people think that if any philosophy is new than it is good. If it is completely out of box than it should be tried once. Take one from me and try once, Stop drinking anything for one month and you will save water for hundreds of people.
Short stories are meant for supporting the spot. But most of the short stories we nowhere related.
Few article must be appreciated. But as whole it is a pudding made of ill fl
insights, insights everywhere!
Karthik Bk
Good inspirational book.
Great peace for inspiration.
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An eye opening book on the freedom of the individual, talks about the conditioning of each and every human being and about the difference between freedom from, and freedom for. Such an amazing books that i think should be read by everyone whether agreeing with all his thoughts or not. He tends to repeat a lot which might be the only thing that got this book 4 stars instead of 5.
Joeskin Thaweesut
As one might expect, Osho blended Western and Eastern philosophy in an unsystematic form...repetitive and easy to read. A lot of his ideas are borrowed from existentialism and Nietzsche. However, his interpretation of Nietzsche is wrong and unacceptable. If you're familiar with existentialism and a fan may as well find this book a charade.
Keshav Prasad
You wil understand what real freedom is. Also throws a good insight on how you should help your children grow up. Conditioning is bad!!! Let them live the way god has made it for. Don't make them like you. Be there to protect and let them to not make the same mistakes. At the end, you must read this or any books from Osho in the right spirit.
Most rebellious and thought-provoking book I've read in a long, long while. I plan to read an Osho book once every year so that I have a chance to absorb the wisdom annually. Only read if you are truly open-minded to learning about real freedom and not offended by discussions of religion.
Tyrone Martin
It was a pretty good book that dealt with the philosophy of freedom. I really enjoyed the first half of the book and it had some great insights. However I felt that the second half was repetitive and became dry. Overall it's a nice short book that I would recommend who're into that sort of thing.
Marc J. Dubois
A life changing book. Osho has a very powerful message on how to let society expectations go and start being yourself. Stop following the mass (larva), find and discover yourself (caterpillar), meditate,reflect and grow to become the greatest version of yourself (butterfly).
Lots of great ideas and exploration of various dimensions and interpretations of freedom. Would have been 5 stars but I got frustrated with the deletion of the same points over and over again in almost precisely the same words in a number of chapters throughout the book.
Munkhbayar Baatarkhuu
A Jigsaw Picture. But a nice one. Again would I like to say: Damn you St.Martin's Griffin. Don't drop the jokes out, you f'''ing idiots ruin the whole thing. It was like eating bread without butter, jam and sugar. But the bread was tasty which I should say.
i love osho -- contradictions and all -- but this book was harder to read and understand than the 3 others that i've read. it was just too all over the place.
Adrienne S.
Oct 09, 2009 Adrienne S. rated it 4 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: the open minded
Recommended to Adrienne S. by: no one
Good book. Osho books can be repetitive, so if you keep that in mind there is alot to get out of it. I have to put this one down, since I think I lost it?
Benjamin Zapata
Reading this book could be one of your first step on your way to true freedom, always with Osho,very powerful and very controversial wisdom!
Profound honesty and insight with important arguments and some repetition and restatements that simply went on too long.
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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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