The more I read Osho, the more I like him and his books like this one The Book of Man. Probably because he gives words to what I think is the way to live, to be alive. To be free of our conditioning, the conditioning that comes from all touch points in our lives. Beginning with the family, religion, society, country, politicians, priests, teachers, friends, and partners. Conditioning that tells 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.
The Book of Man by Osho
This philosophy repeats in all Osho books. A 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 Book of Man, in the chapter where he describes the man as a ‘beggar’ for attention, he quotes the example of Mahatma 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 the poor. But his goat was washed twice with Lux toilet soap (a luxury in those days, which not many people could afford), Goat was given milk of a cow to drink, dry fruits, and fruits.
The Goat’s daily food in those days cost 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 was that he traveled alone in a compartment of 60 people. Making it costlier than traveling in first class. All this for attention.
Updates on The Book of Man
A collection of discourses by Osho on the nature of man and masculinity. It was first published in 1969.
Explores various roles that men play in society, from father to husband to politician. Challenges that men face, such as the pressure to be strong and successful, and the need to balance their masculine and feminine energies.
Osho’s message to men is one of liberation and self-acceptance. He encourages men to drop their masks and live authentically, to embrace their emotions, and to connect with their inner feminine. Challenges men to take responsibility for creating a more peaceful and just world.
Key takeaways from The Book of Man:
- Men are not defined by their roles in society but are individuals with unique gifts and talents.
- Men need to embrace their emotions, both positive and negative. Should not be afraid to cry, to feel pain, or to express their love.
- Men need to connect with their inner feminine. Helps them to become more balanced and compassionate.
- Men need to take responsibility for creating a more peaceful and just world. By working to end violence, poverty, and discrimination.
It’s always a pleasure to read rebels like Osho. Any other rebels who can be read….?
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