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The Book of Secrets: 112 Meditations to Discover the Mystery Within [Hardcover]

Osho
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Sept. 14 2010
In this comprehensive and practical guide, the secrets of the ancient science of Tantra become available to a contemporary audience for the first time. Confined to small, hidden mystery schools for centuries, and often misunderstood and misinterpreted today. Tantra is not just a collection of techniques to enhance sexual experience. As Osho shows in these pages, it is a complete science of self-realizatoin, 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 andjoy to every aspect of our daily lives.

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"These techniques will not mention any religious ritual. No temple is needed, you are quite enough of a temple yourself. You are the lab; the whole experiment is to go on within you. This is not religion, this is science. No belief is needed. Only a daringness to experiment is enough; courage to experiment is enough.

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.

Life is a miracle. If you have not known its mystery, that only shows that you do not know the technique for how to approach it." --Osho

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Osho, the philosopher and spiritual leader who rose to prominence in the sixties and seventies, continued teaching and guiding devoted followers up until his death in 1990. Many of Osho's techniques have been preserved by the Osho Foundation, which continues to practice and spread Osho's teachings.

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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars canonical Dec 21 2012
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a perfect complement to a strong awareness of life. some treasures here for the seeker. i would be interested to know the semantic difference between this and the original printing.
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Osho has been the most misunderstood man in India. Most of the people in India don't even want to be associated with him, directly or indirectly. Yet in India's Parliament he is the only 2nd author (other is, of course, Gandhi) whose all work [books, lectures, videos] are available. I have read and listened to this work [Vigyan Bhairav Tantra] many times and to my surprise every time I learned something new. Every revision gives reader a kind of push to achieve something higher and bigger than before. He pushed your imagination beyond unexpected and leads you from darkness to light. A great Master that India ignored but still loved by millions all over the world long after he left this planet.
Each technique is unique and nicely explained. Probably the best anybody could explain. There is something for everybody in this book. For the first time meditation and tantra have not been associated with religion and tantra is explained as "a technique" not owned by one religion or person. He explains each technique as if Shiva is explaining it in first hand to Parvati. Only one word can explain the whole experience of reading this book - AWSOME. Words fall short in explaining the Master and his work.
Lead us from darkness to light. May these religions disappear from this world and good sense prevails on the minds of most destructive of all the creatures, the human beings.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Instrument of liberation Nov. 6 2011
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There are many different philosophies and currents of religious thoughts in this world. But most of them affect only a superficial layer of our mind, making us a little more cultured on the surface at best. This book offers tools, practical tools of first changing the mind and then totally transcending it. What will it give you, what will be the practical result? I don't know it yet. But all those who'd followed the path of yoga, or tantra, or meditation to the end say that there is no greater achievement possible in the whole world, although to reach that goal you'll have to travel alone across many deserts of your mind.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Thoughts are like clouds coming to you... Jan. 24 2014
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Love , love , love Osho, always have done since I was 14, maybe!
His ideas are different and often unique in its approach!
Beautiful language throughout the whole book! I am definitely inspired by his books!
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5.0 out of 5 stars Vintage wine, new bottle Sept. 19 2010
By J. W. Thomas - Published on Amazon.com
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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.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Osho Knows Oct. 3 2011
By southpaw68 - Published on Amazon.com
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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.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Osho will change your life! Feb. 10 2011
By ZuMa - Published on Amazon.com
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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.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Life Changer Dec 15 2010
By John L. - Published on Amazon.com
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After reading this book, not only will your outlook on life change, but so will your life. If you want to know more about life and yourself please get this book. OSHO is/was a great person and the sole purpose of this book is to help you.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Must read Jan. 23 2011
By shiva - Published on Amazon.com
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5000 years old technology explained very very well. fantastic book. No words can measure the value of this book. Phenominal work by osho. Dont just read. make this book a part of yourself.
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