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A most wonderful book
on 5 December 2011
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.