Summary of Courage: The Joy of Living Dangerously

What this Book is About?

Cover of the book "Courage: The Joy of Living Dangerously"In this highly acclaimed book “Courage: The joy of Living Dangerously“, Osho defines Courage as not the fearlessness, but going into the unknown in spite of all the fears.

The subtitle of this book is “The joy of living dangerously”, which means to face the fears, to accept the challenges of life, not to run away from it.

This book inspires the reader to be courageous in the real sense and make his/her day-to-day life a great adventure and joyful.

Brief Summary of the Book:

To quote Osho from this book:

The experience of the joy that the unknown brings, the great ecstasy that starts happening with the unknown, makes you strong enough, gives you a certain integrity, makes your intelligence sharp.

In this quote, Osho explains how courage is an adventure into the unknown which brings joy and intelligence to one’s life.

Osho beautifully and poetically explains the real meaning of courage in this book. At another instance in this book, he says the courage is risking the known for the unknown, the familiar for the unfamiliar and the comfortable for the uncomfortable.

He goes on saying that courage is like gambling, one does not know whether one will be able to make it or not. But only the gamblers know what life is!

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This Book has been divided into following 6 chapters (apart from the foreword) for an easy understanding:

  1. What is courage?
    Osho defines and explains the meaning of real courage
  2. When the new door knocks on your door, open it!
    Osho explains why it is important to accept the unknown and ways to do it.
  3. The courage of love
    Osho explains if you love well, fear disappears.
  4. Take yourself out of the crowd
    Osho explains how Meditation is the courage to be silent and alone.
  5. The joy of living dangerously
    Osho shares way to live life having synchronicity between one’s heart and intellect
  6. In search of fearlessness
    Meditation techniques by Osho and his response to some of the questions are included in this section.

Excerpt from this Book

Here are some really insightful words of Osho in this book: “The word courage is very interesting. It comes from a Latin root cor, which means “heart”. So to be courageous means to live with the heart. And weaklings, only weaklings, live with the head; afraid, they create a security of logic around themselves. Fearful, they close every window and door—with theology, concepts, words, theories—and inside those closed doors and windows, they hide.

The way of the heart is the way of courage. It is to live in insecurity; it is to live in love, and trust; it is to move in the unknown. It is leaving the past and allowing the future to be. Courage is to move on dangerous paths. Life is dangerous, and only cowards can avoid the danger—but then, they are already dead. A person who is alive, really alive, vitally alive, will always move into the unknown. There is danger there, but he will take the risk.”

For Whom This Book is For?

Anyone who is interested in exploring the wisdom of Osho for day-to-day life, dive deep into human psychology should read this book. All Osho books encourage readers to bring spirituality to their day-to-day life and this book is no different.

There are more than 100 genuine reviews on Amazon with 4+ rating of this book written with much love by its readers. They share stories of how this book has been transformative in their lives.

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