The book of Man by Osho
The more I read Osho, I more I like him and his books. Probably because he gives words to what I think is the way to live, to be alive. To be free of our conditionings, the conditionings that come from all touch points in our lives, beginning with the family, the religion, society, country, politicians, priests, teachers, friends, partners. Conditionings that tell us to live the way others expect us to live and in the process destroy the core of our being and not respond to anything that ‘my being’ wants.
This philosophy repeats in all Osho books, I am quoting few quotes that I particularly liked, probably because I relate to what is being conveyed in them:
‘Life can be lived in two ways: either as a calculation – in science, technology, mathematics, economics – or as poetry – in art, music, beauty, love’
‘American mind is most trained in dealing with the world. American society is the first society in human history which is dominated by the businessman…Never before and nowhere else has the businessman dominated’
‘Pornography exists because of the priests, not because of the ‘Playboys’’
‘To live dangerously means to live’
‘The bohemian life is the only life worth living’
‘Creativity is the greatest rebellion in existence’
‘Rebel is a man who does not live like a robot preconditioned by past’
In the chapter where he describes man as a ‘beggar’ for attention, he quotes the example of Mahatama Gandhi and an interesting anecdote : Gandhi had everything available to him, although he lived like a poor man. Sarojini Naidu once went on record to say ‘ To keep him poor, we have to spend treasures on him’. It was not simple poverty, it was a managed show. He drank goat’s milk to show solidarity with poor, but his goat wa washed twice with Lux toilet soap ( a luxury in those days, which not many people could afford), Goat was given milk of cow to drink, dry fruits and fruits. Her daily food in those days costed Rs 10/- per day which was good enough in those days for a man to live for a whole month. He used to travel in third class, but what was not publicized is that he traveled alone in a compartment of 60 people, making it costlier than travel in first class. All this for attention.
Its always a pleasure to read rebels like Osho, any other rebels who can be read….?
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