Intimacy: Trusting Oneself and the Other by Osho


Once again, Osho books are hard to review as they are as simple as they can be. He repeatedly keeps telling of letting go of your conditioning and live in the present without diving yourself between the past and the present. To summarize my insight from this book Intimacy: Trusting Oneself and the Other, Insights for a New Way of Living here is the paragraph that says it all:

“Nobody wants to become dependent. Freedom is the ultimate value. Even love is not higher than freedom. Freedom is the ultimate value, love is next to it. And there is a constant conflict between love and freedom. Love tries to become the ultimate value. It is not. And love tries to destroy freedom, as only then it can become an ultimate value. And those who love freedom become afraid of love.”

Intimacy: Trusting Oneself and the Other by Osho

He also mentions that becoming intimate is to expose yourself and make yourself is vulnerable to others. There is a risk involved, but that is what it takes to be intimate with people. There is another interesting observation “Weakness has a beauty in it as it is tender and soft. When a storm comes, big strong trees will fall, but small plants will simply bend and once the storm passes by they are again smiling and flowering.” He quotes Lao Tzu “Life loves the week”, and Jesus “Be alive and be weak”. A weakness has the beauty of grace, nonviolence, love and forgiveness, and that of no conflict.

If you like reading Osho, you would like this book as well.

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  1. Hello, Anuradha. Thank you for your nice review of Osho's book. While not exactly a fan of Osho's I liked what you have quoted from his book.



  2. I got inspired with what you posted and so I am interested to know Osho's others books. Please recommend a good book he wrote. Thanks in advance!



    • Hi Anne,

      You may like these books by “Osho’
      1. Book of Secrets
      2. Meditation: The first and Last Freedom
      3. Meditation for busy people
      4. Glimpses of a Golden Childhood: The Rebellious Childhood of a Great Enlightened One.


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