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Joy: The Happiness That Comes from Within

(Osho Insights for a new way of living )

4.23  ·  Rating details ·  1,877 ratings  ·  108 reviews
In Joy, Osho posits that to be joyful is the basic nature of life. Joy is the spiritual dimension of happiness, in which one begins to understand one's intrinsic value and place in the universe. Accepting joy is a decision to "go with the flow," to be grateful to be alive and for all the challenges and opportunities in life, rather than setting conditions or demands for ha ...more
Paperback, 174 pages
Published March 18th 2004 by St. Martin's Griffin (first published 2004)
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Glenn Russell
Oct 29, 2015 rated it it was amazing

I’ve always enjoyed every single page of this marvelous book. In the past couple of days I needed some uplifting reading after returning from a trip where I was struck by the legions of pain-racked faces I encountered on city streets. Here are several Osho quotes linked with comments on what I’ve found true in my own life:

“You are being taught everything, but you are not being taught to be yourself. This is the ugliest form of society possible, because it makes everybody miserable.” ----------
Apr 20, 2013 rated it it was amazing
the day i started this book , it was my rebirth literally . this book made be free from all the intoxication and conditioning induced upon me by the society (parents, teachers,friends). every verse of the book was a celebration, which makes you feel elated . it reveals the secret to real happiness which makes you laugh at your life ,and the english is so simple, soothing. his books contain a special touch which fills your life with nectar. "osho the heroin of literature" ...more
Yossor Jamal
Nov 30, 2014 rated it really liked it
Well if there was 3.7 I would give it that are it's really fun to read and has one of the most beautiful pieces of wisdom ever seen ,,, the problem is it tend to be repetitive and I don't agree with some ideas ... But this being said o did enjoy it much :) ...more
Ganesh Sanal
Sep 21, 2015 rated it really liked it
Recommends it for: People who have the courage to look beyond survival to glimpse the joy of existance
Osho is never just a good read, its a great experience. It makes you do crazy things that a sane man would consider as sheer madness. I took almost six months to finish this comparatively short read and my life during the time was almost always guided by his philosophy of celebrating beauty and freedom. After all the shit that accumulate in my mind from the mortals, I call it a day and spent the evenings at the beautiful beaches and backwaters of Kerala taking refuge at the words of this crazy o ...more
Aug 06, 2012 rated it it was amazing
Osho's writing is like little drops of heaven or something from the beyond. He brings a very radical form of intelligence and thinking to us unlike what you would find from a 'normal' writer. His 'truths' are so true they are sometimes scary but always a breath of fresh air. No intellectual mumbo jumbo, no philosophical tricks, it isn't 'educated' in the academic sense just a refined wisdom that reveals layers of beautiful insight. No wonder he scared a lot of people!! ...more
Aug 26, 2012 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: my-fav
This book taught me a lot. Importantly, it taught me how to be happy from inside.. how not to depend on things or even others in order to be happy.
Once I finished reading the book, I created this simple book trailer to encourage people to read it... hope it does ;)
Jean Renneth
Aug 26, 2010 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
No word can define the enormous teachings and truth to this book's message. Osho truly is radical and I love it. He doesnt advocate a specific religion or organization, he doesnt put anything in a box. He wishes everyone to be himself. Joy, as a way of living. ...more
Sundeep Supertramp
His teachings are so true. That is why people hate him. That is what people hate. People hate the truth. This is gonna be the most memorable read of mine. The examples are the best. The english so easy. Awesome book. A must read.
Feb 19, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: favorites
transcendental. life-changing. moving. you look into yourself, start questioning - which is the goal of this book, to make you think and look deeper into your inner self. look for the truth and it will be found.
Nicole Murray
Oct 04, 2012 rated it it was amazing
I always keep this book around
Shiva Subbiaah kumar
Try to look for happiness, and you are certain to miss it.
Joy was suggested to me a year ago. It was life changing, moving. You can look into yourself, question and look deeper into your inner self.

Here I have listed some major take away from this great book, those who have read this book may find this helpful. the entire post can be seen in this blog:

From The Book:
From the Foreword
But when you have consciousness, two alternatives are possible: Either you c
May 21, 2012 rated it liked it
A book filled with great ideas and wonderful ways to look upon life, destiny, happiness and joy. The only downside: the same idea is repeated too many times for my personal taste, but many would find that appealing as its purpose is to make sure you understand them, their importance and try to apply them in everyday life.

All in will surely worth your time.
Pradeep Thakur
Yes... absolutely yes! Joy is within you. This work will help you to find out great secret of life within yourself. If you could find Osho's discourse on this would be more influenced. ...more
Xavier Terra
Jul 22, 2015 rated it liked it
Despite Osho writes about joy, being free and meditate, he uses an agressive and heavy approach to write about it.
Vanea Tudor
Dec 07, 2015 rated it really liked it
I enjoyed this book so much, I could read Osho everyday and not get bored by his beautiful craziness :) 4.5*
Mar 16, 2017 rated it it was amazing
live without without without boundary..hard to do, but it is a way of learning and living...
Santiago Valdez
Dec 29, 2011 rated it really liked it
Joy was suggested to me a couple of years ago, I read it then but somehow forgot how strong a message this book carries. I just re-read Joy and I am surprised at how much Osho draws from all sources and is able to bring a new message that captures so much. Happiness, Joy, Bliss are analyzed in the context of today’s society in a powerful but light and very funny way. After reading the book I felt Joy at the possibilities within and many of the feelings became familiar from the first reading; I n ...more
Jan 12, 2008 rated it liked it
I read this in India during a 24 hour scam ordeal when I was feeling anything but happiness and everything felt sinister. I read everything with the perspective of what I was going through and it tainted things a lot. But I like the message. My favorite passage is where he says you should do what you are meant to do. If you had planned to be a painter then opportunity will knock but it will look for you where you would have been had you been a painter. It has no way of knowing you decided to be ...more
Yen Chi
Feb 16, 2016 rated it really liked it
First time to read an Osho's book and I couldn't agree more with a guideline of how to read his books I came across somewhere: Take what we like, ponder what we don't understand and trash the rest. I think it's important for me to keep my mind awake while reading his message, because not everything he says is practically true for me, but it all sounds incredibly convincing. Got some few favorite parts in the book anyway, he helped me make clear about some ideas I had already had in my mind. He's ...more
Craig Williams
Sep 12, 2012 rated it it was amazing
You really can't go wrong with these Osho books if you're in the need for a spiritual colonic! This one mostly deals with how to dispel the notion of attaining happiness, and how one should instead focus on finding the joy within (as corny as that may sound, it makes sense in the book). Great stuff. ...more
Nov 08, 2009 rated it it was amazing
Yet, another good read. If you understand the difference between pleasure, happiness, and joy, there is no need to read the book. If you do not know what is the opposite of joy, or how pain and pleasure are connected, then, please, read the book.
Feb 20, 2008 rated it really liked it
Still working on it. Love that Osho.
Oct 14, 2012 rated it really liked it
Is a mixture of compassion and sense of humor.
Dec 12, 2012 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: philosophy
osho truly resonates with you. I am not a cult follower of osho but some of his philosophies go deep into my mind. everybody should read this book.
Aryne Hornsby
Jan 26, 2013 rated it really liked it
I love Osho everything, and this was no exception.
Feb 25, 2013 rated it it was amazing
It changed me, ever since I've been more at ease, more balanced.
Enjoying life and myself so much more. Everything in this book you allready know but reading it, somehow made it more tangible.
Hemlata Verma
i think what is life
Marni Schecter
Aug 13, 2013 rated it it was amazing
Up in your face modern day philosophy you can use to see it all that much clearer. A must for a briefcase or a purse as a go-to.
Nov 02, 2014 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I read this in some batch. I sip it a little by little, even until the end.
My biggest take: happiness is about freedom.
Dec 30, 2014 rated it liked it
A good read, some take aways.. sounds more like the other book i read intution
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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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“Joy is spiritual. It is different, totally different from pleasure or happiness. It has nothing to do with the outside, with the other, it is an inner phenomenon.” 30 likes
“You are being taught everything, but you are not being taught to be yourself. This is the ugliest form of society possible, because it makes everybody miserable.” 21 likes
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