What Are Kids Reading These Days?

 Reading Osho – The First Mentioning of Jaden and Willow Smith in Their New York Times Joined Interview

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When kids confront or – should we better say shock society – with an independent approach to life, with self-confidence and strength, they are immediately catching everybody’s attention, especially when they are celebrities like Jaden and Willow Smith. Since they recommended Osho to a whole young generation, parts of the press and international media have focused on this and here they go again surprising the media when the very first lines in a recent New York Times interview draw the attention again to Osho. 

“Q. What have you been reading?
A. WILLOW: Quantum physics. Osho.
A. JADEN: “The Ancient Secret of the Flower of Life” and ancient texts; things that can’t be pre-dated.”

The international press and media is of course quick in analyzing and judging the two teenagers as as “bizarre” “confusing” and “insane” which makes such a good point of what Osho states when he says:

“When a child enters the school he is far more intelligent than when he comes back from the university. Those twenty years will destroy much that was immensely valuable. The real diamonds will be lost and he will carry just words, jargon, theories, knowledge. He will have sold his intelligence and he will have brought home just dead knowledge, dead weight, dead wood, and he will live with that knowledge his whole life. Still, we don’t have an educational system which helps people to become intelligent.

That’s why all over the world in all the universities there is great ferment, great rebellion. It is a good sign: it simply indicates that the young people of the world are becoming more and more alert that what is called education is not education but a kind of conditioning, a hypnosis. The older generation tries to mold the mind of the new generation. The teacher is just an agent of the older generation. The teacher is respected by the older generation because he is the agent: he corrupts the minds of the new, but the corruption is done with such skill that you will not become aware unless you are really alert, watchful.”

“As a person grows old, he finds himself getting out of touch with the new generation that is growing. The fault is not of the new generation, the fault is of the old man who has nothing but memory, and memory belongs to the past and the past is no longer there. The new generation is more responsive to the present – that creates the gap. The old generation always wants old answers, old scriptures, old saints; the older they are the more true.”

“The old generation has not to teach what it has learnt; the old generation has to help the child to be more intelligent so that he can be capable of spontaneously responding to the new realities which will be coming. The old generation cannot even dream about them, what those realities will be.”

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OSHO: Hsin Hsin Ming: The Zen Understanding of Mind and Consciousness

The Zen Understanding of Mind and Consciousness

Series: OSHO Classics, Paperback: 260 pages, Publisher: Osho Media International
Language: English, ISBN-13: 978-0983640097;  9780880503464

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CoverUnderstanding our minds and consciousness are topics high on everybody’s list of important issues. Science and psychology are delivering every day captivating news of understanding in this area. 

In this extraordinary series of talks, Osho lays out a clear understanding of the difference between mind and consciousness, and the role that the brain plays in the two – a difference that Western science has been struggling to define for decades, but that Zen has known for centuries through first-hand experience. Along the way he also sheds light on the differences between meditation as practice and as a state of being, and what choiceless awareness really means in everyday life and relating.

Osho relates to a classic Zen work, Hsin Hsin Ming, Verses on the Faith-Mind by Sosan [Seng-t’san] which is considered to be the first Chinese Zen document. It is extraordinarily straightforward in its message, cutting straight to the point of where it aims to take the Zen experience – to a state of thought-free awareness in the present moment

“If I were to save only two books from the whole world of the mystics, one would be Sosan’s Hsin Hsin Ming,” Osho says. “It contains the quintessence of Zen, the path of awareness and meditation…the very soul of Zen.”

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OSHO: Meditation for Busy People

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  • Paperback: 166 pages, Publisher: Osho Media International (Oct, 2014)
  • Language: English, ISBN-13: 978-1938755811 and 9780880507738

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Meditation for Busy People offers simple strategies to reduce tension, minimize chronic stress, and quickly relax and unwind. Nobody needs meditation more than people who have no time to meditate. These busy people may have tried meditation but given it up, as it seems so difficult to integrate into a hectic lifestyle. Most traditional meditation techniques were developed thousands of years ago for people living a very different lifestyle than today. Few people today find it easy to just sit down and relax. Meditation for Busy People is filled with methods that can actually be integrated into everyday life. A morning commute becomes a centering exercise, and the street noises outside an apartment window in the city become an aid rather than a distraction to finding the silent space within. Both active and passive meditation techniques are covered, and the aim of all the techniques is to teach the practitioner how to find the stillness in the storm of everyday life. Many methods are specially designed to be integrated into the reader’s everyday routines, so that they soon can tackle even the most hectic day with an attitude of relaxed calm and playfulness.

Most traditional meditation techniques were developed thousands of years ago for people living a very different lifestyle than today. Few people today find it easy to just sit down and relax. Meditation for Busy People is filled with methods that can actually be integrated into everyday life. A morning commute becomes a centering exercise, and the street noises outside an apartment window in the city become an aid rather than a distraction to finding the silent space within. Both active and passive meditation techniques are covered, and the aim of all the techniques is to teach the practitioner how to find the stillness in the storm of everyday life. Many methods are specially designed to be integrated into the reader’s everyday routines, so that they soon can tackle even the most hectic day with an attitude of relaxed calm and playfulness.

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OSHO: Body Mind Balancing: Using Your Mind to Heal Your Body

Body-Mind-BalancingMany everyday discomforts and tensions arise from the fact that we are alienated from our bodies. With the help of Body Mind Balancing, readers will learn to talk to and reconnect with their bodies. After just a short time, readers will begin to appreciate how much the body has been working for them and supporting them, and from this new perspective one can find new ways to work with the body and create a more harmonious balance of body and mind.

The guided meditation and relaxation process, “OSHO Reminding Yourself of the Forgotten Language of Talking to Your BodyMind” is a CD that accompanies the text. Developed by Osho, this meditative therapy guides the listener in reconnecting with his or her body and creating a new and greater sense of well-being.

 

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OSHO: The Search – Finding Your Inner Power, Your Potential

OSHO-The SearchISBN-13: 9781938755941, 9780880503501; Publisher: Osho Media International; Publication date: 7/29/2014; Series: OSHO Classics Series.                                                                                                                             PRINT: Amazon; Barnes&Noble, Books a Million, Book Depository; Other Sources; eBOOKS: Kindle, Nook, BAM!, iBook, Kobo, Others

Human beings have an inbuilt drive or urge to search for the inner power that is needed to reach our true potential. This search is the search for the origins and meaning of life itself. 

We are here, we have life – but we don’t know what life really is. We can feel our energy, but don’t know where this energy comes from and to what goal this energy is going. We are that energy, we have glimpses of its true source and our connection to it, and those glimpses keep us going even when it seems we will never find what we are seeking – but still we do not know what that energy is.

An ancient Zen story symbolizes the search for the source of this life. Zen master Kakuan’s story of The Ten Bulls of Zen is a teaching that uses ten images, each representing a particular step on the journey of experiencing and understanding it means to be a conscious and aware human being.

Osho takes us through this story and its lessons for the traveler on a journey into the inner world – that’s what meditation is all about according to him. But reaching the pure, uncluttered freedom of meditation is not the end. The circle is only complete when the seeker comes back into the marketplace of the world, but as a transformed person.

This is a book that belongs in the hands of everyone who is on the search, beginning the search, or just thinking about the search.

The book is illustrated with ten original images of Gomizen’s Ten Bulls of Zen from the Fuzoku Tenri Library, Tenri University, Japan.

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OSHO: The Book of Women

9781466867369_p0_v1_s600The Book of Women: A Celebration of Women and the Female Spirit 

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  • Series: Foundations of a New Humanity
  • Paperback: 224 pages
  • Publisher: St. Martin’s Griffin (August 5, 2014)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1250006244
  • ISBN-13: 978-1250006240

“The woman should search into her own soul for her own potential and develop it, and she will have a beautiful future.” –Osho In The Book of Women, Osho explores the role of women in our society. Up until now, he says, both religious institutions and politics have remained male-dominated — not only male-dominated but male-chauvinistic. This has created so many of the crises that we see in the world now, brought about by excesses of ambition, competitiveness, and greed. In these pages, Osho challenges readers to reclaim and assert the feminine qualities of love, joy, and celebration to bring a reunion of the intellect and the heart, that is so desperately needed now.

Osho looks to the female spirit in all of us as a way to nurture the soul and cultivate a healthy relationship with spirituality.

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OSHO: The Path of Love

Understanding that Nothing is Perfect in Life

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Kabir is a 15th-century Indian mystic. Born a lower-caste weaver, Kabir opposed superstition, empty ritualism and bigotry. His teachings include scathing attacks against Brahmanical pride, caste prejudice and the very concept of untouchability, as well as exposing the dogmatism and bigotry he perceived around him. Unusually, even for his time, he was embraced by disciples who had been raised in both Hindu and Muslim traditions, who saw in him the embodiment of a life-affirmative approach that transcended the narrow dogmas that divide people and set them against one another.

Here, Osho introduces readers to this extraordinary mystic and his songs, bringing both to light in such a way as to show how they are both timeless and utterly relevant to our time. The path of love as described by Osho, and though the songs of Kabir, is a journey that seeks out and celebrates the divine that is hidden in the ordinary, the love that becomes not just a feeling one has, but ultimately a state of being that one is.

  • ISBN-13: 9780983640073
  • Publisher: Osho Media International
  • Publication date: 5/27/2014
  • Series: OSHO Classics Series
  • Pages: 290

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Now or Never! – It’s All About Change

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AllAboutChange-OSHOIntroduction by John Andrews, M.D., M.B., B.S.M.R.C

This small book is unashamedly addressed to the intelligent people of this threatened planet. It is one man’s vision for a viable humanity; it is one man’s diagnoses of the psychological and social  sicknesses that divide human beings, within and without, into warring factions. In this selection of texts from his talks, Osho outlines the changes he sees as critical if there is to be any future – and in particular, the golden future he knows is within our grasp. The fact that the very survival of the planet is at stake is doubted
by no one – yet, nothing changes. Every attempt to turn away from greed and exploitation, and build a sustainable future, is with met with resistance at every turn – and nothing changes. That we are sacrificing the very existence of the most beautiful flowering of this universe in childishly immature conflicts is widely understood – yet nothing changes. That action is needed now, is accepted by global experts everywhere – and nothing changes. The clock keeps ticking, and the news keeps repeating itself, and even worsening… War, famine, AIDS … chemical weapons, holes in the ozone layer, nuclear weapons … global warming, overpopulation, loss of species… greed, violence, economic meltdown… The tragic fact is that if the intelligent people of the earth don’t stop this process, just who do they think will? The people in power, who currently benefit from today’s insane world? The same tired politics, institutions, churches and “masters of the universe” who got us into this mess in the first place?  It is now or never. It is time for the intelligentsia everywhere to raise its voice against all these stupidities.

In this book, Osho offers a unique perspective on change – where it has to come from in order to be effective, why our efforts to bring about change have failed in the past, and what to expect by way of opposition  from those whose interests are in maintaining the status quo. And he lays out a series of proposals for the practical steps we must take if we are to truly begin to heal the wounds of the planet, and build a new foundation
for creating a paradise – right here, right now – on earth. Many of his proposals are radical – these are radical times, and they call for radical solutions, It is not a question of whether you agree with Osho or not, it is a question of having the guts to ensure that at least his contribution is on the agenda. If the ideas are obviously wrong, then it will be easy to point out how and why, and we can all learn in the process. If the ideas are right, then we will need to find the courage to say so.

Time is running out, and everything we love is at stake. Pretending you didn’t hear a word is not an acceptable excuse. This planet is the inheritance of every one of us. Either we all benefit or we all lose – it is one earth, and one humanity. It our search for survival we must leave no stone unturned. We must examine every option openly, honestly, without prejudice, without superstition, without bias – in fact, simply and scientifically. Osho’s vision is one set of options you will find nowhere else. If it should turn out that we do lose this planet without having thoroughly investigated every avenue before us, Homo sapiens will have been the misnomer of the universe.

 

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OSHO: A Manifesto for a New Humanity

AllAboutChange-OSHOWhen Osho spoke with his secretary about creating a book from selections of his talks titled, The Greatest Challenge: The Golden Future; he gave detailed suggestions concerning subjects and issues he had spoken about that should be included. He specifically wanted the compilation to address the challenges of over-population and global warming, globalization and war, poverty and ecological devastation – challenges that we face today in an increasingly urgent way. This new edition expands on the material originally presented in that publication.

Here is an excerpt from the original notes given by Osho:

The future should not be just a hope and opportunity; those are just lousy words. The future should be absolutely ours – it should be a golden future. We have lived with the idea of a golden past – which was never golden! But we can create a future that is really golden. Now is a great moment. We can manage to have one world. This crisis is a golden crisis, because people change only under conditions of such deep stress. As long as the situation is tolerable, people will tolerate it – but now we are at a point where the situation is not tolerable. There is no more time for commissions and their reports.

The problems are very simple. It is just that it has to be made clear to the whole humanity that these problems are your creation, and you are still creating them. A great awareness has to be spread: “These are the problems you are supporting. Withdraw your support.”
And some practical steps should be taken … for example, if someone wants to be a world citizen, the United Nations should provide world citizen passports, not connected with any nation. Just small steps can have a large impact immediately, they will create an atmosphere.
This crisis has been created by religions and nationalities, and it has come to the point where they cannot exist anymore. If anything is to be done for the future, now is the time. Otherwise the greatest evolution of consciousness in the universe will disappear – and that is not only a loss to the earth, but to the whole of existence. In a million years we have been able to create some possibility of consciousness. But now we don’t have time to wait for nature to go on developing in its slow way. It has eternity, but we don’t have.

If we are going to solve the future and dissolve the problems, then we have to look for the roots in the past. It is our whole past, in all its dimensions, that has brought about this dangerous situation – and nobody talks about that, because no generation before this has ever bothered about the future. Man has always been living the way he wanted, and forced each new generation to live in the same way. This is no longer possible. We have to take a quantum leap – to teach the new generation not to live the same way we have lived. Only then can the future be shifted.

– Osho, It’s All About Change

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19 Days!

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