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Meditation: The First and Last Freedom

(Osho Insights for a new way of living )

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The first upgrade to meditation since Buddha's time

In this essential meditation handbook for the 21st century, Osho turns the traditional notion of meditation practice on its head. Meditation: The First and Last Freedom shows that meditation is not a spiritual discipline separate from everyday life in the real world. In essence, it is simply the art of being aware of what
Paperback, 320 pages
Published December 17th 2004 by St. Martin's Griffin (first published 2004)
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May 11, 2011 rated it really liked it
Love Osho books. This is his second book I've been reading and I absolutely loved them. They help you to look yourself in a different way and understand that all changes in the world starts with us. We accept ourselves, we love ourselves and respect ourselves. After that comes complete peace. What is the main thing in the world that people are looking for. Peace and happiness. ...more
Mar 21, 2008 rated it it was ok
Shelves: non-fiction
The only thing I liked about this book was his encouraging one to 'go crazy' before meditation.

Other than that, I felt if I didn't meditate precisely as he instructed, I would go insane.
Afsaneh Hasanzadeh
Mar 20, 2007 rated it really liked it
Recommends it for: hoda goolsorkh
Shelves: meditation
Osho's ideology is one of the hundreds mythical ideologies which exist in our world. In this ideology osho puts each man instead of God and he tries to define the completed and highly spiritual soul as a god. To become a perfect soul, you should love unconditionally and thoroughly. He thinks of mind as a big obstacle for your faith .You should put your mind aside so that you could start meditation.

Rui Vilas
Jul 20, 2010 rated it it was ok
I believe that the book could have half of its size, without loosing any content. Having said that, it is a good book to retrieve some ideas on how to meditate. Just read it in diagonal.
Dec 30, 2010 rated it it was ok
The first half of the book felt most relevant and "enlightening" to me. Some good ideas and alternative practice structures for people who struggle to get into a regular sitting practice. ...more
May 21, 2010 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
An A to Z book of meditation from the Master of Masters.don't just read it..own it!! ...more
Robert Geer
Apr 19, 2012 rated it it was amazing
Recommended to Robert by: Osho
Love + Meditation = Compassion :))
Dec 11, 2012 rated it liked it
A objective look of meditation, acting as the eye of the storm where you can focus your discipline and attention. Found it straight forward and helpful.
Mar 23, 2010 rated it really liked it
good meditation strategies, straight to the point..
Stacey Jean Smith
Nov 17, 2010 rated it it was amazing
i will be reading this again. :)
May 21, 2011 rated it it was amazing
Must Real for Every human being
Chetan Misal
Aug 15, 2011 rated it it was amazing
.... rajneesh has the powerful words...
Mar 09, 2012 rated it it was amazing
thoroughly enjoyed this book which taught me you can meditate anywhere, anyhow, anyway...
Tony Kaldas
Jan 29, 2013 rated it it was amazing
Osho as usual is a person who always gives you the truth in your face!
Oct 14, 2014 rated it it was amazing
I bought this book not knowing anything about meditation or the self or whatever spirituality is about. In fact I don't know what made me buy it. I didn't even like books at that time. BUT I'M SO GRATEFUL I DID. Osho's simple words shook my perception of life to its core. I tried a some of the meditations techniques but quickly dropped. I found myself more interested in the philosophy and the author's ideas about the self, society and religion. I still come back to this book once a while. Highly ...more
Oday Kingsavanh
Jul 30, 2013 rated it really liked it
A great how-to book for meditation. He also tells meaningful stories that make you think. Over all, you can't go wrong reading Osho books. He has great insights and wisdom that will challenge and help you to step out of your comfort zones. ...more
Dec 01, 2010 added it
Read it in Portuguese.
Claudius Odermatt
May 13, 2013 rated it it was amazing
Loved it.
A lot was said with great insight.
Time to put this knowledge into practical use.
Peace and Love <3
Aaron Jardin
Great book to help with meditations.
Abhishek Shekhar
Since the book is written by directly converting Osho's discourses, it has repetitions of same thoughts as if someone is talking to you. You might like it sometimes but other times it's just redundant. IF someone is talking to you then it happens naturally, the person repeats himself when he sees you loosing the thought or may be he comes back to original thought. But in book it becomes boring. As you have already read it. Also there are contradictions like in one chapter it says Mind and body a ...more
Peaceful Archer
Oct 12, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Reading this book is in itself an act of meditation. You literally meditate as you go through the book. It puts you in a meditative state that lasts few days after reading the book.

It includes a lot of meditation technique, but here is my favorite technique of all time:

Atisha says: start being compassionate. And the method is, when you breathe in - listen carefully, it is one of the greatest methods - when you breathe in, think that you are breathing in all the miseries of all the people in the
Juan Camilo Giraldo
Aug 15, 2016 rated it it was amazing
This book was a huge influence in the way I see and experience meditation. Before this book I thought that meditation was kind of a TABU or something that you achieve by doing Yoga or aromatic candles. Now I understand the true meaning of meditation, meditation means to always watching your surroundings but more important, watching yourself inside. You don't need any posture to achieve that state you just have to close your eyes and open your ears. So I am more than thankful to this great author ...more
Helen Quinn
Oct 25, 2015 rated it it was amazing
I also want to add currently reading. This is not a book you read then put down. It is a guide to Osho's various meditations, an incredible insight to what is meditation, how to approach it and some of the active meditations he created. It does not cover them all but this marvelous book gives the reader a taste of OSHO meditations. ...more
Fernando Chanez
Dec 23, 2008 rated it it was amazing
Nov 08, 2009 rated it liked it
Different meditation techniques with some explanation of why and how they work. An amusing read, but I am not sure that it is fully applicable to our times.
Shakti nagpal
Mar 19, 2012 rated it it was ok
not ready for so much change so just buyed it and read hardly 10 page :P...
Roger Guillén
Good tips for meditation
Liked so much...............
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Pavan Kumar
Jul 09, 2013 rated it really liked it
Shelves: meditation
it is a wonderful book on meditation
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Rajneesh (born Chandra Mohan Jain, 11 December 1931 – 19 January 1990) and latter rebranded as Osho was leader of the Rajneesh movement. During his lifetime he was viewed as a controversial new religious movement leader and mystic.

In the 1960s he traveled throughout India as a public speaker and was a vocal critic of socialism, Mahatma Gandhi, and Hindu religious orthodoxy.

Rajneesh emphasized the

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