Courage: The Joy of Living Dangerously; Osho

96999It is quintessential Osho.

Like some of the other books in the series, it’s a call to discover all that’s forgotten while we go about living our lives the way we have learnt to, or have been told to. Like many such similar books, it sounds wonderfully real and true, while we ponder the practicality of it all. And such cynicism is ironical, after having read the book.

Osho talks of courage – the opposite of fear. And elsewhere he talks of fear as the absence of love. Somewhere, in my head, courage becomes love and love becomes courage.

Like other books in the series, the tone in  Courage: The Joy of Living Dangerously is conversational, I believe the entire series has been adapted from his talks, and little has been done to adapt it to ‘book form’. That’s special about this series.

There are no specific “how-tos” in the book, so if you are looking for something on those lines, you will be disappointed, though, at the end of the book, there is a list of a few techniques of mediation. All through the book, you will find something that will ask of you, a personal reflection; something like:

In the hands of the heart the intellect becomes intelligent. It is a transformation, a total transformation of energy. Then the person does not become an intellectual, he simply becomes wise.

or,

[…] brave people are nothing but cowards upside down.

Interspersed with anecdotes and jokes, Osho makes a good case for living a life that way we really want to but we are either unaware of the fact or have no idea how. There’s call to action, a teasing sarcasm, generous humour, and a seriousness of simplicity. The ideas may come across as radical even, at times, yet it is enjoyable read, if this kind of subject is interesting for you.

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