This is only my 2nd Osho (i. e. Rajneesh) book & it's much different than the Tantra-Mahamudra book on Tilopa's Song. It's not as good, not as profound--it's far more earthy, even folksy. Much of it is simple, straightforward, mystical knowledge-eye-opening to newbies, & a refresher for old-timers-for instance, p. 130: "being is doing"-as in Jung's much-repeated Chinese quote about the right person with the right thought having an effect many miles away. However, some of the points made (at least for me) were valuable associations or extrapolations which I had neither encountered before nor reached for myself. For example, p. 78: "The moon reflected in the lake is the beginning of the search for the real moon. If you have never seen the moon reflected in the lake you may never search for the real moon" - commenting on the much-repeated Tibetan Buddhist illustration. But some statements went a bit too far IMHO: p. 132: "Only do that which you enjoy." While similar to Joseph Campbell's famous "follow your bliss," this assertion is too extreme to me-impractical in execution & bordering on hedonism. Other sayings were iconoclastic & controversial. For instance, p. 67: "My own understanding is that man came to know about meditation through sexual orgasm, because in life there is no other moment that comes so close to meditativeness." Further, his discussion on anger & love (p. 158) is, IMHO, over the top. You can form your own opinion of p. 60: "Freedom is a higher value than love" though I think he has a point here. Certain observations, while quite unusual, do seem to strike a chord: p. 27: "Friendship that happens between the 7th & the 14th year is the deepest...never again in life will such friendship happen," which is embedded in his rather convincing exposition of a child's growth--reminiscent of H. Spencer Lewis' "Self-Mastery & Fate with The Cycles of Life", 0912057459." Overall, it's a very easy book to read, though I'm not sure I like the "windows" highlighting certain phrases--similar to magazine articles. There's much knowledge, even wisdom included in this work, but some is too extreme for my taste. A case in point is p. 153: "Personality has to be dropped, only then can individuality arise" which seems to be an extreme view of the relationship between Jung's Persona & his Individuation process. It is difficult to envision someone existing, even fully individuated or enlightened, without a Persona (the set of characteristics one assumes in playing the roles necessitated by society) of some sort unless one were to become a wandering Mahasiddha (see Keith Dowman's "Masters of Enchantment" 089281053X). So, I think this is a valuable book, but the reader needs to keep life in perspective, & discriminating wisdom active, while reading it.
p.s. I evaluate a book on its own merits. There are some who are upset with Rajneesh (Osho means "teacher") for his imperfections, but then Tibetan teacher Chogyam Trungpa as well as many Zen masters in America have also demonstrated such (or worse) faults-as Western society weighs things. While excuses, explanations, & reasons abound, IMHO it is unrealistic to expect one's teachers to be perfect (despite "deity yoga"). The Buddha told his disciples to think for themselves, not to just take his word for things. Biblically: "Judge not lest ye be judged" & financially: "Let the buyer beware."