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In this all-time best seller, Osho discusses the mystical
insights found in the ancient Tantric writings, and the many significant
Tantric meditation techniques that are as relevant to the modern-day
seeker as they were to those in earlier times.
As always, Osho
brings his own unique blend of wisdom, humor, and thought-provoking
inspiration to even this complex subject, making it accessible to the
widest possible audience. 

 

 


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Dec 07, 2010

Beautiful and powerful. OSHO teaches tantra through Tilopa's Song of Mahamudra, laying it out piece by piece, layer by layer and then unpacking each line and showing how it applies to our lives. Very contemporary teachings, very clear and uncompromising.

i appreciate how simple and outrageous OSHO's teachings are. i was a bit baffled by a few things...one, why he aligns or compares Tantra to Mahayana instead of Vajrayana, which he doesn't even mention. second, for so much nondual nondual nondual Beautiful and powerful. OSHO teaches tantra through Tilopa's Song of Mahamudra, laying it out piece by piece, layer by layer and then unpacking each line and showing how it applies to our lives. Very contemporary teachings, very clear and uncompromising.

i appreciate how simple and outrageous OSHO's teachings are. i was a bit baffled by a few things...one, why he aligns or compares Tantra to Mahayana instead of Vajrayana, which he doesn't even mention. second, for so much nondual nondual nondual he seems to be fixated on the duality of yoga vs. tantra. i understand his points about mantra being a re-conditioning of the mind rather than seeing through the root causes of delusion, but mantra practice isn't always about replacing thoughts, sometimes it's a practice of surrender, like with a deity practice. so it's actually a doorway into being just like meditation because you eventually drop the technique and sit in emptiness.

"Mahamudra is an experience of nothingness; simply, you are not, and when you are not, then who is there to suffer? Who is there to be in pain and anguish? Who is there to be depressed and sad, and who is there to be happy and blissful? Buddha says that if you feel you are blissful you will become again a victim of suffering, because you are still there. When you are not, completely not, utterly not, then there is no suffering and no bliss---and this is real bliss." (16)

"Mahamudra rests on naught.
Without making an effort
but remaining loose and natural...

This is the whole method of Tilopa, and the whole method of Tantra: without making an effort--because if you make an effort, the ego is strengthened. If you make an effort, you come in." (21)

"Don't fight with yourself; be loose. Don't try to make a structure around yourself of character, of morality. Don't discipline yourself too much; otherwise your very discipline will become the bondage. Remain loose, floating, move with the situation; respond to the situation. Don't move with a character jacket around you; don't move with a fixed attitude...

But the whole society teaches you to impose something or other: be good, be moral, be this and that. Tantra is absolutely beyond society, culture and civilization. It says if you are too cultured you will lose all that is natural, and then you will be a mechanical thing, not floating, not flowing. So don't force a structure around you, live moment to moment, live with alertness." (22)

"Gurdjieff used to say that only one thing is needed: not to be identified with that which comes and goes. The morning comes, the noon comes, the evening comes, and they go; the night comes and again and the morning. You abide: not as you, because that too is a thought--as pure consciousness; not your name, because that too is a thought, not your body, because one day you will realize that too is a thought. Just pure consciousness, with no form, just the purity, just the formlessness and namelessness, just the very phenomenon of being aware--only that abides." (33)

"There is no need to stop the mind. Thoughts are rootless, homeless vagabonds; you need not be worried about them. Simply watch, watch without looking at them, simply look." (48)

"Be aware! Feel the difference between action and activity. And when activity takes hold of you--in fact it should be called a possession when the activity possesses you like a ghost...And activity is a ghost, it comes from the past, it is dead--when activity possesses you and you become feverish, then become more aware; that's all you can do. Watch it. Even if you have to do it, do it with full awareness. Smoke, but smoke with full awareness so that you can see what you are doing...

Let things drop; don't drop them. Let activity disappear, don't force it to disappear, because the very effort to force it to disappear is again activity in another form." (82)

"Do naught with the body but relax.
Shut firm the mouth and silent remain;
empty your mind and tink of naught." (Song of Mahamudra)

"Tantra says yes unconditionally....No disappears; from your very being no disappears. When there is no no, how can you fight? How can you be at war? You simply float....When you say a total yes to existence, all of existence is suddenly transformed..." (97).
"The greatest courage in the world is to accept all that life gives to you." (105)
"This very samsara is the nirvana." (106)
"existence gives you life unconditionally" (137)

"Choice is bondage, choicelessness freedom. The moment you choose something, you have fallen into the trap of the world. If you can resist the temptation to choose, if you can remain choicelessly aware, the trap disappears on its own accord." (182)

"Simply wait, just knowing that things cannot be improved; they are already the best the can be. You jst have to enjoy. Everything is ready for the celebration, nothing is lacking. Don't get caught into absurd activities--and spiritual improvement is one of the most absurd activities." (225)

"What do you mean by beauty? You mean that you are affected. When you say something is beautiful you are not saying that something is beautiful; you are saying that you are affected in a nice way; that's all. When you say something is ugly, you are saying that you are affected in an antagonistic way. You are repelled or you are attracted...But it is you, not the object." (186)


"If you remain inside, you will see that everything happens by itself." (228) ...more
5

Sep 19, 2013

Food for the soul definitely. Found answers to many of my questions here. Its a book I'd refer to for the longest time.
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Jun 05, 2017

This is my first try for Osho (maybe the last). The tantra teaching is very meditative, connects you to what is important and what matters (nothing), it grounds you to enjoy the simplicity of the present moment. A bit extreme (like all present oriented teachings) in my opinion the teaching inhibits goal orientation, ambitions, and change.
It is incredibly repetitive, (sometimes boring) you can easily skip through pages even chapters and feel that you're running around the same point.
On the other This is my first try for Osho (maybe the last). The tantra teaching is very meditative, connects you to what is important and what matters (nothing), it grounds you to enjoy the simplicity of the present moment. A bit extreme (like all present oriented teachings) in my opinion the teaching inhibits goal orientation, ambitions, and change.
It is incredibly repetitive, (sometimes boring) you can easily skip through pages even chapters and feel that you're running around the same point.
On the other hand, I have picked a few things Ive learned especially regarding the "not-forcing" meditation to relax, the acceptance of whatever that you're in and the being like hollow bamboo.
I am not sure if I recommend it, but to me it was a nice escape from the stress of studying. Enjoy! ...more
5

Sep 27, 2013

I will read this book 100 times over. The message is so pure and true. It's a great book to live by.
5

Sep 10, 2013

This book contains discourses on the tantric way of Tilopa's song of Mahamudra. One of the best books about spirituality and tantra I've ever read. Very interesting book....
5

Feb 14, 2011

Amazing book, lots of deep insight. Some of it a bit skewed is as often ze case. Not for the spiritually faint.
1

Mar 15, 2018

Don't read it.
Why?
At first, the guru tells you to lose the critical mind. Losing critical mind, I mean, you should lose your ability to question and consider alternative possibilities. They say you shouldn't question anything, then only you can attain the knowledge (but, seriously, why so?).
That's not how it should work, or is it?
Author (or preacher) and readers (or listeners) are adversaries in communication - usually, the author provides enough details and references to facts that address Don't read it.
Why?
At first, the guru tells you to lose the critical mind. Losing critical mind, I mean, you should lose your ability to question and consider alternative possibilities. They say you shouldn't question anything, then only you can attain the knowledge (but, seriously, why so?).
That's not how it should work, or is it?
Author (or preacher) and readers (or listeners) are adversaries in communication - usually, the author provides enough details and references to facts that address all the 'doubts' of readers and make them agreeable. This book is opposite, it first tells the reader to kill the ability to doubt, and prepares the readers to agree whatever the author say in subsequent sections.

What made me close the book in the midway is the Guru references things that are from uncredible sources. (Let me tell you two you might want to debate: 1) He says Jesus visited India and learned Yoga -- he treats it as a matter of fact, but others don't believe so. 2) He talks about a couple of psychokinesis shows and makes inferences on them, but in my findings on credible sources, they were all proven fake.)

Some parts are about spiritual ideas that are based on Buddhism match with the other texts I have read, so rating 2 stars instead of 1 star.

I would rather read from other Buddhist who have the view that 'If science proves some belief of Buddhism wrong, then Buddhism will have to change'. I do so not because 'science can prove beliefs wrong', at least they consider the possibility that 'some religious beliefs can be wrong', instead of saying 'all are facts, you must accept it without questioning any.' ...more
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Nov 09, 2019

Life is wild. Love is wild. And existence is absolutely wild.

Author starts by admitting that he will have conflicts in his thoughts and boy what a truthful admittance.

Putting conflict aside, this book is too random. There's no consistency or stream of thoughts.

Osho is trying to say same thing again and again of how to let go of the ego and how to be aware and rise above "me" , but he can't resist not bringing in other's . In his own imagination he has created how the world view of Mohammadens, Life is wild. Love is wild. And existence is absolutely wild.

Author starts by admitting that he will have conflicts in his thoughts and boy what a truthful admittance.

Putting conflict aside, this book is too random. There's no consistency or stream of thoughts.

Osho is trying to say same thing again and again of how to let go of the ego and how to be aware and rise above "me" , but he can't resist not bringing in other's . In his own imagination he has created how the world view of Mohammadens, hindus , jews, yogis and bhuddists are and tben he goes on challenging this own assumptions.

This is more like random thoughts put on paper without much concrete philosophy or wisdome behind it.

These were some wild thoughts which are good for some wild distractions maybe.

...more
4

Aug 09, 2017

Serie di discorsi di Osho in cui il Maestro traccia le linee della sua filosofia esistenziali a partire dalla canzone di Mahamudra di Tilopa. Non si tratta di uno scritto organico ma di una serie di discorsi tenuti in occasioni diverse. Perciò il libro non è scevro di ripetizioni e contraddizioni come sempre capita in questi casti. Alla fine però la filosofia di Osho - lasciarsi andare al flusso della vita fino quasi a perdere la propria coscienza individuale senza tarpare nessuna parte di se - Serie di discorsi di Osho in cui il Maestro traccia le linee della sua filosofia esistenziali a partire dalla canzone di Mahamudra di Tilopa. Non si tratta di uno scritto organico ma di una serie di discorsi tenuti in occasioni diverse. Perciò il libro non è scevro di ripetizioni e contraddizioni come sempre capita in questi casti. Alla fine però la filosofia di Osho - lasciarsi andare al flusso della vita fino quasi a perdere la propria coscienza individuale senza tarpare nessuna parte di se - è forte e chiara, e il messaggio interessante. Interessante perché è antitetico ai sistemi religiosi correnti e però profondamente intriso di spiritualità e rispetto per la condizione umana.
Insomma: meglio osso degli oshoidi che gli sono succeduti. ...more
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Mar 21, 2018

Osho is bullsh*t. Read Krishnamurti.. Osho is never a clear writer. you can never understand he is a relicious or not. He only writes same winding words for money. cant be like WOOW when you read any of his books..
5

Nov 10, 2017

Never have I read such profound things put in such simple way. Truly enlightening.
4

May 07, 2019

Dolandırıcı olsa da kendisi öğretileri ve sözleri doğru:D
5

Jun 05, 2018

I only got to the second chapter because the knowledge was so dense. It was amazing. I had to put it down in between pages to absorb the information. Great book!
4

Jul 01, 2016

A beautiful and interesting read. Osho offers a great perspective on how to live our lives to the fullest, without getting hung up on preconditioning and fantasies from this culture. It is the tearing away of faux-reality and the embracing of all that exists past the minds view. A great book. One you can read again and again.
4

Aug 12, 2009

I learned a lot from this book and it's great. HIGHLY Recommended.

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