People are always scared of the so-called “how-to books”. How to live happily ever after, how to love, how to brush your teeth..so many of them, so many reasons to be scared. And we won’t even argue that 99% of them are pure garbage. Keep in mind, we are saying it without any hesitations.
But there are some lucky exceptions. Maybe they won’t teach you how to live a happy and mindful life, but they sure will show you some new ideas and the ways of thinking. Even if not useful, but really interesting. I can name dozens of such books, but today is all about Osho, an Indian mystic, guru and spiritual teacher, who wrote some really special books. And if you don’t believe me – check it yourself and share in the comments below.
Let’s decide together, if there is something special in the Osho books or all these are just empty words?
1. Courage: The Joy of Living Dangerously
Just read the title again – sounds pretty reasonable, right? It surely does. A minimum of meaningless and obvious words is well combined with the real wisdom we all know, but can’t admit to yourself. Just think about it.
Courage means going into the unknown in spite of all the fears
2. Love, Freedom, and Aloneness: A New Vision of Relating
This one is the best, believe me. Look around – have ever been in love? What is love? Are you in love right now? Are you actually capable of loving and feeling love toward others? Hmmm..maybe it’s something wrong with you? Right, there is something wrong with all of us. Osho highlights the important question in this book – love is inside, Love yourself. Don’t be afraid of loneliness. Share you love with the world. Just try.
I teach self-love. But remember, self-love does not mean egotistical pride, not at all. In fact, it means just the opposite. The person who loves himself finds that there is no self in him. Love always melts the self–that is one of the alchemical secrets to be learned, understood, experienced.
3. Intuition: Knowing Beyond Logic
For everybody, who is familiar with intuition or just curious. This author has some pretty unusual thought for you.
When the body functions spontaneously, that is called instinct. When the soul functions spontaneously, that is called intuition.
4. Emotional Wellness
How to handle your strong emotions effectively? Have a look.
Gibran says: Once I asked such a scarecrow, “I can understand the farmer who made you—he needs you. I can understand the poor animals—they don’t have great intelligence to see that you are bogus. But in the rain, in the sun, in the hot summer, in the cold winter, you remain standing here: for what?” And the scarecrow said, “You don’t know my joy. Just to make those animals afraid is such a joy that it is worth suffering rain, suffering sun, suffering heat, winter, everything. I am making thousands of animals afraid! I know I am bogus, there is nothing inside me, but I don’t care about that. My joy is in making others afraid.” I want to ask you: Would you like to be just like this bogus man—nothing inside, making somebody afraid, making somebody happy, making somebody humiliated, making somebody respectful? Is your life only for others? Will you ever look inside?
5. Creativity: Unleashing the Forces Within
In the modern world being creative is like having everything you need. Be unique, be special, be creative demands the world and we are trying our best to fit in here. And now it’s time to throw your books like “50 ways to creative life just in one day” and to listen to the wise neb, whose works are a great mix of western and eastern culture.
Creativity is the greatest rebellion in existence.