After watching, Wild, Wild Country, I purchased a book written about the spiritual guru, Osho, who was featured in the Netflix series.
Knowing that he taught a doctrine of free love, I attempted to steer clear of that topic, and chose ‘Intuition,’ but since the doctrine is, in many ways, at the core of his beliefs about repression, the subject did surface in this book as well.
Overall, though, I felt the book was basically a New Age work. I don’t say that to diminish it because I have read several New Age books and find their philosophy interesting. This book also leans heavily on Eastern and Buddhist teachings, which is no surprise, but Osho does seem to have an issue with Gandhi (a contemporary of Osho), which I did find odd. I presume there is a history between them.
A couple of my favorite quotes from the book were:
Have you ever come across a child who is stupid? It is impossible! But to come across a grown-up who is intelligent is rare; something goes wrong in between.
By your fixing a destination your future is no longer a future, because it is no longer open. Now you have chosen one alternative out of many.
Intuition is only a mirror. It does not create anything, it only reflects. It reflects that which is.
If I were to sum up the teachings of Osho, based on this book, (which I am reluctant to do), he is a believer in living in the moment and listening to one’s ‘inner guide.’ In that regard, his beliefs remind me of Quakerism. Overall, he is a believer in trusting oneself, but his morality is jarring to many Westerners because of his belief in open sexual relationships. He does believe that sexual repression is part of humanity’s problem.
For people who read self-help books, they would find this an enjoyable read, as would people interested in Eastern philosophy.
Rating 4 out of 5. This is an easy read and it flows well, especially considering the book was not written by Osho in the technical sense. It is compiled from his many speeches.