What this Book is About?
This book “Love Freedom and Aloneness: The Koan of Relationships” is about our relationship to ourselves and others. We have to begin with ourselves and expand it to the others.
This book addresses important aspects like the real love, which is about sharing, not demanding. The importance of Freedom in our life and how love emanates from it. And also rejoicing in our aloneness which is a blissful state.
Brief Summary of the Book:
This book has been divided into following four parts –
Osho explains the meaning of real love in this section. He shares that the English word Love comes from the Sanskrit word lobha, which means greed!
This is strange but Osho explains that it is not a coincidence. Greed digested becomes love. Love is sharing while greed is hoarding. It is an alchemical transformation.
From Relationship to Relating
Osho tells the difference between lust and love. between liking and loving, and much more in this section. He explains that the moment we are no longer dependent on anyone, a deep coolness and silence settles inside.
Osho talks in detail about Freedom in this section. He alerts the reader to be aware of priests and politicians and how they have curtailed sex, the most powerful instinct in the man.
As per Osho, there is a difference between alone and lonely. The former is blissful state while the later is painful. When we are happy and in love with ourselves, we love our aloneness and that brings freedom from dependency over others.
An interesting series of questions asked by Osho Sanyasins ranging from love to relationship, from sex to aloneness have been included along with Osho’s insightful answers to the same in each of the above sections.
Excerpt from this Book
Here are some of the precious words of Osho in this book:
“Love yourself and watch—today, tomorrow, always.
We begin with one of the most profound teachings of Gautama the Buddha:
Just the opposite has been taught to you by all the traditions of the world—all the civilizations, all the cultures, all the churches. They say: Love others, don’t love yourself. And there is a certain cunning strategy behind their teaching.
Love is the nourishment for the soul. Just as food is to the body, so love is to the soul. Without food the body is weak, without love the soul is weak. And no state, no church, no vested interest has ever wanted people to have strong souls, because a person with spiritual energy is bound to be rebellious.
Love makes you rebellious, revolutionary. Love gives you wings to soar high. Love gives you insight into things, so that nobody can deceive you, exploit you, oppress you. And the priests and the politicians survive only on your blood; they survive only on exploitation.
All the priests and politicians are parasites. To make you spiritually weak they have found a sure method, one hundred percent guaranteed, and that is to teach you not to love yourself. Because if a man cannot love himself he cannot love anybody else, either.”
For Whom This Book is For?
Anyone who wants to know the real meaning of love and relationships should read this book. This book emphasizes on exploring one’s individuality and freedom.
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