The ABC of Enlightenment: A Spiritual Dictionary For the Here and Now

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Feel the power of words that lead to enlightenment.

The ABC of Enlightenment is Osho's lively – and surprising – ABC of the inner spiritual life. He defines words in contemporary language that lead to practical enlightenment.

But the ABC of Enlightenment is much more – as Osho defines each word, he offers ways readers can experience those words spiritually – often by shocking them out of thinking they already know what the word means so they can more powerfully experience the meaning of the word:

Acceptance – Just for 24 hours, try it – total acceptance, whatsoever happens. Someone insults you, don't react, and see what happens. Suddenly you will feel an energy flowing in you that you have not felt before.

Gurus – Gurus and disciples are mind phenomena. Because you mind needs gurus, there are gurus. ...This is a game. Some people enjoy it so they play it. If you enjoy it, play it deeply; if you don't enjoy it, forget it.

Mantras – Chanting a mantra can only dull your mind; all repetition dulls the mind, makes you silly and stupid. ...The real silence is positive; it has energy in it, it is intelligent, aware, full of life and zest.

Sex – Sex should be more fun than such a serious affair as it has been made in the past. It should be like a game, a play: two persons playing with each other's bodily energies.

Transcendence – You don't have to transcend anything. You have to live everything that is natural to you, and live it fully, without any inhibition. ...Just by living it deeply, a transcendence will come. If you try to transcend, you are going to repress...

The ABC of Enlightenment offers a basic, practical language of words and terms that enlighten and empower.

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Osho defines words in contemporary language that lead to practical enlightenment. In this book, he offers ways readers can experience those words spiritually - often by shocking them out of thinking they already know what the word means so they can more powerfully experience the meaning of the word. Acceptance - Just for 24 hours, try it - total acceptance, whatsoever happens. Someone insults you, don't react, and see what happens. Suddenly you will feel an energy flowing in you that you have not felt before. Gurus - Gurus and disciples are mind phenomena. Because your mind needs gurus, there are gurus...This is a game. Some people enjoy it so they play it. If you enjoy it, play it deeply; if you don't enjoy it, forget it. Mantras - Chanting a mantra can only dull your mind; all repetition dulls the mind, makes you silly and stupid...The real silence is positive; it has energy in it, it is intelligent, aware, full of life and zest. Sex - Sex should be more fun than such a serious affair as it has been made in the past. It should be like a game, a play: two persons playing with each other's bodily energies. Transcendence - You don't have to transcend anything.

You have to live everything that is natural to you, and live it fully, without any inhibition...Just by living it deeply, a transcendence will come. If you try to transcend, you are going to repress...This book offers a basic, practical language of words and terms that enlighten and empower.

About the Author:

In the 1970s, Osho captured the attention of young people in the West who wanted to experience meditation and spiritual transformation. He went on to become one of the famous, most provocative spiritual teachers of the Twentieth Century. Even after his death in 1990, the influence of his teachings continues to grow, reaching seekers of all ages in virtually every country in the world. His works include the Osho Zen Tarot (St. Martins, 0312117337,1995) and Awareness: the Key to Living in Balance (Griffin, 0312275633, 2001).

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