Sunday, December 25, 2005

Meditation : First and Last Freedom

Here is the Editorial Review of the book ' Meditation : First & Last Freedom ' at Amazon : Click here for the book details at amazon & read my answer to the reviewer below :

Editorial Reviews
From Library Journal
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 the Hardcover edition.

Here i would like to say something about the review:


Reviewer : Osho fails to give credit to the traditional concepts he borrows from Hinduism, Zen Buddhism, Taoism, Sufi mysticism, and tantrum tradition."

Me : Really? ; - ) Osho offered the essence of all these traditional concepts to humanity. Isn't it a big credit in itself?

Reviewer : He presents smoking, shaking, laughing, crying, and sexual activity as meditative exercises that can lead students of meditation to inner freedom......

Me : Meditation is an inner science & all meditation techniques works on body/mind unity to give us the taste of beyond. So, osho was one of the most scientific master and that makes him very respectable & lovable.

Reviewer : Readers will find little of substance in this collection of discourses based on sloppy thinking, off-color humor, and gender stereotyping. Not recommended.

Me :
"sloppy thinking, off-color humour & gender stereotying!"
Very funny!
Have you read the book? Are you sure that you were not drunk when reading this book. ; - )


First of all, any writer/editor/librarian is not a right person to talk about a spiritual master like osho. You need to be an enlightened master yourself to have the clarity of vision & only then you can say anything about a master like osho.
Secondly, it would be better if you had offered the reasoning behind this conclusion. Your conclusion is coming from your prejudiced mind. So, first go beyond your social conditioning then you will be in a state to see things clearly.

If you find my blogpost anyhow, i would like to hear your reasoning behind this imaginative conclusion.

Final Conclusion : This is one of the most scientific book on Meditation & i'm saying it because these techniques proved to be very useful to me in finding blissful source within.

And in osho's words (it's good that you added osho's comments with your review) : Osho's words on the discipline of meditation :

Meditation is an adventure, the greatest adventure the human mind can undertake. Meditation is just to be, not doing anything--no action, no thought, no emotion. You just are and it is a sheer delight. From where does this delight come when you are not doing anything? It comes from nowhere, or it comes from everywher. It is uncaused, because existence is made of the stuff called joy!

Meditation is not an Indian method; it is not simply a technique. You cannot learn it. It is a growth: a growth of your total living, outo f your total living. Meditation is not something that can be added to you as you are. It cannot be added to you; it can only come to you through a basic transformation, a mutation. It is a flowering, a growth. Growth is always from the total' it is not an addition. Just like love, it cannot be added to you.

It grows out of you, out of your totality.

You must grow toward meditation.

4 comments:

Jasjit Purewal said...

Hi Rohit

Fools abound and you know the saying 'those who can write , write and those who can't become critics' (read criticize). I think the problem is that this mean in his fear to approach Truth (read as any Master of Wisdom) stumbles over words such as intelligence and intellectualism not knwoing how to tell the difference. Further he does not realize that Osho was right because Hinduism, Zen, Buddhism etc are not religions but philosophies.
His own scant notions of mediation, dancing, singing etc just reveal a fearful, anal man whose own 'repression' has scared him into the arrogance/ignorance he displays. Just a proverbial blind man trying to describe an elephant!
As OSHO puts is plainly "In judging and rejecting ourselves we create pain, not peace." He too is man projecting his own rejection of himself and who better to rpoject it on than the Master who symbolizes inner and outer beauty as inimitably as OSHO does.
One can only wish peace for him.
love
Jasjit

rohitsahib said...

Dear Jasjit, I completely agree with you. Nice to have friends like you who have such clear understanding. ; - )

Cheers, Rohit

Hiren Shah said...

Osho, Krishnamurthy, Shri Aurobino, Vivekanad and Even Mahatma Gandhi have spoken a lot on education which is rearely implemented. What you have written on Education by Osho in the previous post is also intersting but that is just looking at it from one perspective. Osho has also spoken of the right man being in the right job which is the literal meaning of the word education. Maybe you would like to check out my blog on make your passion your profession. I am going to bookmark you.Best of luck. God bless you.

gypcywoman said...

Hi Rohit,

Your blog is a visual treat. Beautiful pictures!

Preeti P