"The Book of Secrets" invites us to experience and experiment with everyday life through the awareness of our senses. Osho discusses 112 individual meditation techniques drawn from ancient texts - meditations that focus on consciousness of the present moment. Osho describes each technique in detail and explains how to discover those best suited to each of us and how to integrate them into our daily lives. The new edition of "The Book of Secrets" includes: a DVD with original Osho talk and introduction to meditation; meditation and discussion texts revised and reworked for clarity; elegant new interior design; new introduction; new easy-to-read trim size. In "The Book of Secrets", the secrets of the science of the "Vigyan Bhairav Tantra" texts become available to contemporary audience. Confined to small, hidden mystery schools for centuries and often misunderstood today, tantra is not just a method of enhancing sexual experience, but a complete science of self-realization based on the cumulative wisdom of centuries of exploration into the meaning of life and consciousness. Tantra - the very word means technique - is a set of powerful transformative tools that can be used to bring new meaning and joy to every aspect of our daily live.
These 112 methods are for the whole of humanity-for all the ages that have passed, and for all the ages that have yet to come. I will go on describing each method from as many angles as possible. If you feel any affinity with it, play with it for three days. If you feel that it fits, that something clicks in you, continue it for three months.
If you already own the original edition The Book of Secrets: 112 Keys to the Mystery Within of this classic you may choose not to buy this new 2010 reissue. It does have a sturdier binding than the original, some passages have been edited for greater clarity, and there's a DVD with a talk by Osho bound in the back. If on the other hand you actually treasure as I do this collection of Osho's commentaries on the Vijnana Bhairava Tantra, your original copy will have come apart from rereadings and annotations and you'll be in need of this fresh new orange cover edition. Those new to Osho but ready for a deep plunge into his teachings on meditation will find no better introduction than these talks from his early years as a teacher. Most of the paperback compilations issued in recent years by Osho International have been edited to muffle his unique voice; the real Osho can be encountered here in this volume and on the accompanying DVD. If you think Osho was just some kind of fake guru who owned hundreds of Rolls Royces and whose message was sex orgies for all, much evidence to the contrary is here in this book.
This is Osho's interpretation of the Bikram Tantra. Tantra seeks to go beyond the duality, such as good and evil, and transcend them, which is difficult to understand. He says that Tantra is the only sacred document to accept the body and sex as a springboard to enlightenment. However, Tantra does not often speak of sex.
Clocking in at 1300 pages, Book of Secrets is a long, but easy read with fairly big type. I got tired of reading about these 112 meditation techniques at times, but I forged on. There is DVD with Osho speaking, but I found it boring because he spoke so passively and slowly. Osho suggests picking out the technique which is right for you, which for me would be the one called "dissolving into darkness". These techniques are for enlightenment, which I do not think I'm ready for yet. Osho says that some meditators come to the edge where there ego is going to dissolve into the void, but then turn back for fear of losing it. One should be meditating all the time, which means that you should always do everything with awareness of what your doing whether eating, sleeping, walking, and working.
Regarding dreaming, Osho is not so much impressed with the meaning of dreams. He says that one should learn to control dreams until one learns to gain a yoga sleep without dreams, which is deeper and more refreshing. Dreaming to him is more mind chatter, just like the aimless thoughts that run through the mind, which one should be aware of, but not attached to.
He explores other questions of meditation such as how do you know you are truly enlightened? The mind can trick you into a false enlightenment. Is your search for enlightenment just another ego trip? You have had greed and lust for material things, do you now just want add enlightenment to your possessions? This attitude will not work. One must totally surrender the ego, preferably to a guru. The guru is not so important, but the surrender is. One can achieve enlightenment even with a charlatan guru if you are ready for it. By silencing the mind's thoughts and ridding one's self of desire, bliss is achieved, which is a state of not being in misery.
Love is achieved, but this is not the ordinary love that is mixed with hate that exists in relationships such as marriages. This love is impersonal, passionless, non-attached, and non-dual. He says that this is what Jesus meant by saying that God is love. Osho says that Jesus was a guru living among Jews who did not have any familiarity with Eastern thought of India.
Eastern religions were developed by people who had renounced riches, such as Buddha, because they were bored with the pleasures of this world. Once someone becomes rich and has everything, they suffer from lack of goals and meaning in their lives.
Osho is often critical of marriage, but says that he is not against it. He says that love is spontaneous in the beginning when it is given from an overflowing. Once someone seeks to secure love in a marriage, the love dies because love becomes just a duty. Partners resent each other for making each other into possessions, who actually should be treated as persons who have pure freedom.
Osho will change your life!2011/2/10
This is such a comprehensive delve into the world of Osho, which is to say a journey into a world without beliefs and filters. I am enjoying so much reading this book and am very impressed by the improved quality of this edition. The last edition was very flimsy. Thank you!
Meditation can only change your life for the better.
I have read every sort of self-help book and studied every metaphysical system there is. And this fat volume has brought me more insight and peace than everything else all put together. I don't know now how many times I have been through it cover to cover, and every time find something I feel like I've never seen before. The spine is broken, it is highlighted and underlined, with notes upon notes written in the margins, and small sheets of discovery tucked between its pages like intense rays of glorious sunshine. I have considered getting a new copy so that I can start at the beginning again, though I would truly hate to part with this old friend. It has truly given me the first and only real insight into myself I've ever had. And it has much more to give me, I am sure. I know I still have a very long way to go, but The Book of Secrets (and we are not talking about the Law of Abundance here) is the best guide I could recommend.
If you are looking for step by step guidance to find the best meditation suitable for you, then this is the book. It is one of the most amazing books I've ever read.