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Meditation: The First and Last Freedom [Paperback]

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Nov. 18 2004
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 is going on inside and around us. As we acquire the knack, meditation can be our companion wherever we are-at work, at play, at rest.

Meditation contains practical, step-by-step guides to a wide variety of meditation techniques selected by and/or created by Osho, including the unique OSHO Active Meditations which deal with the special tensions of contemporary life. Recognizing that it's almost impossible for most people these days just to stop and sit silently, these meditations - including the Osho Dynamic Meditation and Osho Kundalini Meditation - begin with one or more stages of vigorous physical activity. This brings our physical and mental energies to a peak, so that the following silence is easy -- leaving us alert, refreshed, and newly energized.

Newly revised and resized into a handy portable format, Meditation is the perfect text to begin or continue exploring the joys of meditation.

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Better known as Bhagwan Shree Rajneesh, Osho was a controversial guru from India who attracted a large Western following in the mid-Seventies and Eighties. Although Osho rejects intellectual understanding as a valid approach to meditation, he considers one of the main benefits of meditation to be "intelligence: the ability to respond." Scorning religion and society as barriers to enlightenment, Osho fails to give credit to the traditional concepts he borrows from Hinduism, Zen Buddhism, Taoism, Sufi mysticism, and tantrum tradition. He presents smoking, shaking, laughing, crying, and sexual activity as meditative exercises that can lead students of meditation to inner freedom. Readers will find little of substance in this collection of discourses based on sloppy thinking, off-color humor, and gender stereotyping. Not recommended.
Copyright 1997 Reed Business Information, Inc. --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

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"In Buddha's time, dynamic methods of meditation were not needed. People were more simple, more authentic. Now, people are living a very repressed life, a very unreal life. Just sitting directly in silence won't help." - Osho

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3.0 out of 5 stars More of a money maker than anything else Aug. 14 2002
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Format:Paperback
This book is not really a book by Osho, but more of an extraction of the practical excercies from "The Book of Secrets" by Osho.
If you don't have "The Book of Secrets" get it - its amazing; if you do have it already then this book will be of no use to you, unless you want a summary of "The Book of Secrets" without the good parts.
This book is just a money making racket I think - extracting bits and pieces of Osho's works and putting a fancy title on them. They've already got my cash, hopefully they won't get yours also.
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4.0 out of 5 stars OK Aug. 25 2003
By A Customer
Format:Paperback
PROPERLY WRITTEN AND EXECUTED. IF YOU LIKE TO TRY MANY FORMS OF MEDITATION THEN THIS IS FOR YOU.
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5.0 out of 5 stars the book that began my life March 22 2004
Format:Hardcover
a few weeks ago i just happened to be looking for a book to tell me something about meditation. this was the first one i grabbed off the shelf, and the moment i started to read the back cover i could feel this was the one for me. osho presents methods that are imediately inpacting and easy to understand. he speaks in a language of feeling that everyone can understand. i'm still shocked that whenever i read through a few sentences in this book i'll find myself getting tears in my eyes because i know this is what it's all about. finally acknowledgement. finally appreciation. and it turns out we had it all along
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5.0 out of 5 stars "This will be my bible." July 28 2003
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Format:Hardcover
When Osho was asked whether to print this book, he looked at the content and responded, "Yes, publish it. This will be my bible." And so it has proved to be. Allowing so many of people like me to understand the simple, scientific principles of meditation, and with so many different ways to approach it. A jewel.
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4.0 out of 5 stars The Freedom within Feb. 25 2003
Format:Paperback
Osho has ever been known as a Mystic, enlightened master who worldwide created a rebellion for the sake of man's freedom and meditation. Osho said "Meditation is not something new; you have come with it into the world. Mind is something new, meditation is your nature." Meditation is an adventure itself. The book has notes to reader on how to use the book with a followed chapter on What is meditation. Osho has steps to powerful methods of awakening, Osho Meditative Therapies as:
1.Mystic Rose Meditation with his great logic and instructions for laughter and tears
2. The No mind Meditation with instructions to meditate, stages of gibberish or conscious craziness, witnessing and let go.
3. Guidelines for Born Again
4. Dancing as meditation
5. Laughing Meditation
6. Prayer Meditation
7. Dream mastery
Many more various meditative tips making one count the moments of awareness, making things simple as possible and witnessing - Meditation is your Master Card and Osho just instructs on the tricks of mind in this book. Watching with the Third Eye, Rising in Love, Laughter of Zen, Entering into death, Music as Meditation are some interesting reads in this Osho book leading to first and last freedom - Practical guide of Meditation. A good read.
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5.0 out of 5 stars A must have for every human being Aug. 15 1999
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Format:Paperback
Its hard to utter words about the significance of this book. It is a diamond in an ocean of mud. It is the key to life, if this was a high scool requirenment, the world would be a paradise.No doubt Osho knows what he is talking about, and if it is meditation one in seeking, then this is the book!
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5.0 out of 5 stars Dancing on fire
Osho understood western men as nobody else, especially anybody in the West, and he created meditation techniques which are 100 % effective - but they MUST BE guided by someone who... Read more
Published on June 11 2004 by "dancingonfire"
5.0 out of 5 stars Down-to-earth and practical, a refreshing change.
So many books on meditation seem so serious, or one-dimensional, pitching a specific point of view or practice that feels like it was designed for saints who don't need meditation... Read more
Published on Feb. 24 1998
5.0 out of 5 stars Active Meditations - the future of exercises
I was one of the people who didn't consider themselfs as a spiritual or meditative person. When I got this book a s birthday present I could not stop reading for a moment. Read more
Published on Feb. 9 1998 by 102766.2305@compuserve.com
5.0 out of 5 stars Few book titles so accurately reflect the contents.
This book is perhaps the best introduction to meditation on the market. It takes meditation out the area of religion and all the doo doo associated with it, and puts it right at... Read more
Published on Feb. 4 1998 by 100621.2666@compuserve.com
5.0 out of 5 stars One of the best book about meditation
The most complete, the most updated, the most modern book about meditation. A book made for the contemporary man. Read more
Published on Nov. 13 1997
5.0 out of 5 stars The ultimate book about meditation and it's true meaning.
A loving and beautiful journey along the path to understanding your "self", how "you" got here, what your real self is and how to discover that real self... Read more
Published on Feb. 11 1997
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