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5.0 out of 5 stars A most wonderful book, 5 Dec 2011
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A. Lount - See all my reviews
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This review is from: The Book of Secrets: 112 Meditations to Discover the Mystery Within (Hardcover)
The 112 techniques in this book are very different and some do not seem to be 'meditations' at all, until you read Osho's fantastic descriptions about why they work when trying to find your true inner self. He touches on all aspects of life and a lot of what he says makes perfect sense, and writes in a simple style that is very easy to follow. Often passages can be repetitive but unlike say most of the teachings by Buddha, this is done in a more conversational style that does not irritate.

It is worth noting that Osho is not affiliated with any particular religion and in fact often states why religion is not the answer and actually detrimental to man's ability to move forward and evolve spiritually. He will often compare meditations and teachings to writings and teachings in other religions, but only to illustrate what he sees as universal truths at the base of many of the worlds religions, which are twisted by the current day priests and guru's preaching doctrine.

I have to point out that I am only about half way through the book (It is a large tome!) and enjoy dipping in and out of it. Just reading the words helps me to remember those feelings of centred-ness from previous meditation sessions, without the need to actually meditate... and this is one of OSHO's central tenets - that it is easy, that no effort should be involved, it is effortless!

If you are fed-up with religion, and want to feel more spiritual; or even if you are atheist and would like to feel more blissful in life - then have a read of this. You don't have to believe in a God or divine nature or even anything outside of 'it's chemicals reacting in the brain', these techniques will help you achieve a happier state of being - which should be the goal for anyone.

A quick note on Osho: Osho as a person makes some rather bizarre claims (such as the number of books he has read), and also has a fairly lavish lifestyle - so it is easy to be turned off the man as a fake guru interested in money and power (though this really does seem not to be the case). However if you ignore the apparent 'cult' side of Osho and just read this book for what it is - techniques of meditation - then you will find it extremely valuable.
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13 of 14 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Beautiful interpretation of Shiva sutras, 18 Dec 2011
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Laura De Giorgio "hypnotherapist" (Canada) - See all my reviews
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This review is from: The Book of Secrets: 112 Meditations to Discover the Mystery Within (Hardcover)
I love Shiva Sutras and have different books related to Shiva Sutras, including Vijnanabhairava or Divine Consciousness, even a set of videos by Nityananda (I like to call him "young Nityananda" to differentiate from the more famous one who has left the body). Each sutra is only a line or two long and it contains a technique one can apply to ultimately experience Self-realization. There are all together 112 sutras - as it is said - all paths lead to God or God-realization - each of these 112 sutras is a technique that may be suitable to a particular individual at a particular point in time. Some people may feel comfortable observing the breath, some may feel more comfortable "loving God with all their hearts, minds, bodies and souls" - regardless of the form they give to the ultimate, or whether they are ready to let go of any forms and contemplate that which is formless, some may be musically oriented and may use music and pauses between sounds to dive into the experience of the Self, and so on. When you use a technique that is appropriate for you, you are bound to experience some noticeable changes within a few short time, often instantly. When you are using a technique which you've been practicing for months or years and nothing is happening, then perhaps that is not the best method for you.

In this Book of Secrets, Osho gives interpretation of each of the sutras through many interesting stories and metaphors. The sutras in themselves are priceless for the spiritual aspirant and I consider, and the interpretations in this book help to bring them closer home. You can meditate upon the sutra, you can apply it, and if your mind is full of preconceived ideas you may or may not appreciate some of the interpretations - and you don't have to accept or reject them, but simply take them as a starting point to trigger the knowledge that already resides deep within you. Ultimately, the true knowledge is not accessed by reading any books, but by diving deep within yourself - however books may help to inspire you and stir you in the right direction.
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13 of 14 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Fantastic !!, 11 May 2011
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All I can say is read the book, for me Osho has all the answers to all the questions I`ve ever had about life ... I do not agree with him 100% but 98%... he can explain in such a simple way anything you ever wanted to know...Thank you.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Interesting, 28 Dec 2012
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As a Zen practitioner for the past 30 years, I found this to be a very inspiring book and would recommend it to anybody who is starting out in meditation or has been doing it for a long time. There is always growth and always something to learn.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Full of wisdom, 21 July 2013
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Great stuff. The only reason for 4 stars instead of 5 is that it is a very thick book, so a bit unwieldy.
Someone has told me it is actually three books in one. It would probably be better to have each separately.
Inevitably more expensive, but would be worth it in my opinion
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Inspiration for your mind and soul..., 28 April 2013
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Amazing book.... Heavy but an interesting and deepfull book, and a really good inspiration..... I can recommended this book .
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5.0 out of 5 stars Awesome reading, 9 Mar 2014
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I bought this book over a year ago and loved it. It's more like the sort of book you study, rather than just plow through. You read a little bit, put it down and then read some more another day. Every page has a lot of meaning so it's worth taking your time with each page, this way you can absorb the greater understanding. Take your time with it, but it's definitely worth the money. AWESOME!
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5.0 out of 5 stars Lovely edition., 10 April 2013
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pete shields "axepete" (Mansfield Notts England) - See all my reviews
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I bought this edition of Osho's Book Of Secrets for a very dear friend, for his 30th birthday.
I could not imagine giving anyone a better gift.
I have had my own copy a good few years now ( the original edition ) and it is a book which helped transform my life.
This particular edition comes with a lovely DVD.
Osho is an amazing soul.
I say " is " because I believe his energy is still very much with us.
There are techniques for everyone in his 112 meditations.
I make a point of reading it most days as it is a superb, substantial, reference book to help keep us attuned to reality in this hectic modern world.
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