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VINE VOICEon 31 December 2003
If you are new to Osho then you are in for the most beautiful period of your reading and seeking. Although this seems a bold statement, I feel it is understated. In this one book one will learn a lifestyle that is natural and flowing. There are no rules, no golden gems of a 10 point plan. What you get is how to balance a lifestyle of meditation and love. The polarities. Aloneness and relationships. To seemlessly dance between the two. The style is very flowing like a conversation. This is no accident. The book is put together from talks that Osho has given. Some 5000 hours of recordings have been taken. If you loved Eckhart Tolle's the power of now and wish for more reading of that quality, you will find Osho books equally as good. I've read the full 6 books of the insight series. All are brilliant. I recommend Sex matters highly as well. Osho Zen and Osho Tao are also brilliant. However, if I was asked to recommend one essential book for someone new to Osho it would be Love, Freedom and Aloneness. It's hard to really review Osho because you are not quite sure what's really going on. Just by reading you feel something is happening. That something is a resounding "A-ha" to it. I've read carlos Castaneda all of them, I've read most of Stuart Wilde's books which I thought could not be surpassed yet Osho has done this with ease. With Osho there is no fighting within. You start with were you are and remove things very gently. He loves to bring a gentleness to the way you treat life and especially yourself. I've never thought of brushing teeth violently. However, when you compare that to brushing teeth gently, you begin to understand how you treat yourself. A small violence, but still it is there. Osho takes you on a journey of Man, politics and religion, he unravels the contradictions and the subtle cunning under-current of our politicians and religious leaders. He cannot unravel the mystery of life, he embraces the mystery and uncertainty. What I have noticed when reading is the fluidity of the words, sentences and chapters. You know that there is no-one there. Osho stepped aside many years ago. The words are straight from the great unknown, without filters, pure and brilliant. He was a truely brilliant, intelligent man and yet highly evolved in his spirituality or religiousness[not in the sense that we normally associate with this word. Uncluttered with religious dogma.] as he liked to often use. Once you read his biography you will come to know why you perhaps have not heard much about this man. What he has to say in his books, if understood and applied, will make each person a tower of immortal strength that no force on earth will be able to control. That's why the man was banned from so many developed countries towards the end of his life. His words are all there to lead you to becoming enlightened without an intermediatory. This would be a state of such peace tranquility and blissfulness, that the thought of becoming enlightened doesn't scare me any more.

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on 24 January 2006
This is a beautiful book. Osho is an amazing teacher and his words flow effortlessly to the heart. If you are struggling with love, striving for freedom or needing strenghth in aloneness take a look in these pages.
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on 17 February 2013
Fantastic book by the brilliant mystic OSHO. Would marry the man if he was still alive today!!! Book shows how to treat oneself kindly. All too often we are violent to ourselves without realising it...we bully ourselves for not being perfect. This book shows us that we do not need to be perfect...we just need to be ourselves...if we accept and love ourselves, no matter what anyone else thinks, that is all that matters.
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on 7 March 2010
Another excellent work from Osho's lips. OK, there are the usual tirades against religion and society, plus a little exaggeration, humour and teasing but the guidance and advice are well founded. His views on Love and Freedom are bound to trigger interesting debates. The section on Aloneness is very clearly delivered, a very helpful guide to enlightenment through the inward journey. I highly recommend this book.
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on 20 March 2012
Another great insight from Rajneesh which I certianly believe can help others achieve great happiness, contentment and peace when either embrassed in ones aloneness or with a loved one.

I have honestly picked up a new insight into relationships and aloneness and this is why I give this book a 5 star rating!
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on 20 July 2012
this was my first book from Osho
i picked it from my friend as i liked the title..
that was one of the best choices i made in my life
truly i believe this book to be more important than any i read opened my mind into a new direction and deeper in spirituality.....since then i read a lot of Osho material and i think he is truly inspiring and fascinating person....
book was easy to read and to understand...
i think this book is actually good first book for anyone wishing to meet Osho:0
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on 2 June 2010
This book is good for understanding relationships. Conceptually, Osho is very good, and you will likely learn some things. I would have given it 5 stars, but in some areas, he does exaggerate, and is a little idealistic, but overall, it's a good read.
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on 31 January 2015
Wonderful stuff. This book is very clearly laid out and as with all spiritual books worth the paper they are written on the words go straight to the heart. Personal truth is easy to recognise. This book is very good indeed. Highly recommend.
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on 31 May 2013
I chose this rating because the book was advertised as facing the problems of moral change and conduct in the young and offering a new approach. It seems however mainly to offer a disparagement of marriage, as though attacks on Holy Deadlock were not old hat. Didn't get that much out of it except a dislike for the author's pretended uniqueness and claim to novelty. but often echoing no more than Buddhist slogans.
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on 1 January 2014
I like this book as it is, very helpful and good to integrate ones own answers in coming to an understanding of self then going beyond. Jacqueline....
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