Some recommended reading from the OSHO Sammasati ‘library’ with comments from Maneesha and/or Amazon reviews. Osho books are shown at the beginning.
Please feel free to add your recommendations including what you particularly appreciate about the book in the Comments section at the end of this page.
Body Mind Balancing: A guide to making friends with your body
Includes a CD with a guided meditative process (with the voice of meditation teacher, Anando Heffley)
Many everyday discomforts and tensions arise from the fact that we are alienated from our bodies. With the help of [this book] we can learn to talk to and reconnect with our bodies. The guided meditation and relaxation process, ‘Reminding yourself of the forgotten language of talking to the body’ is the meditation featured on the Cd – a process that was developed by Osho to guide the listener in reconnecting with his or her body and creating a new and greater sense of well-being.
Chapter Titles: The Intelligence of the Body; Decoding life-negative Conditioning; Basic conditions for well-being; Symptoms & Solutions; The Healing Power of Meditation; The Door to Consciousness; Reminding yourself of the forgotten language of talking to the body.
Learning to Silence the Mind: Wellness through Meditation
St Martin’s Griffin
The mind, says Osho, has the potential to be enormously creative in dealing with the challenges of everyday life, and the problems of the world in which we live. The difficulty, however, is that instead of using the mind as a helpful servant we have largely allowed it to become the master of our lives. Its ambitions, belief systems, and interpretations rule our days and our nights – bringing us into conflict with minds that are different from ours, keeping us awake at night rehashing those conflicts or planning the conflicts of tomorrow, and disturbing our sleep and our dreams. If only there was a way to switch it off and give it a rest! Finding the switch that can silence the mind – not by force or performing some exotic ritual, but through understanding, watchfulness, and a healthy sense of humour – is meditation. A sharper, more relaxed and creative mind – one that can function at the peak of its unique intelligence – is the potential. The book will include a link to tutorials on OSHO Nadabrahma Meditation.
Maturity: The Responsibility of Being Oneself
St Martin’s Griffin
In a culture infatuated with youth and determined to avoid old age at all costs, this book dares to raise a question that has been all but forgotten in the age of Viagra and cosmetic surgery. What benefits might lie in accepting the aging process as natural, rather than trying to hold on to youth and its pleasures all the way to the grave?
Osho takes us back to the roots of what it means to grow up rather than just to grow old. Both in our relationships with others, and in the fulfillment of our own individual destinies, he reminds us of the pleasures that only true maturity can bring. He outlines the ten major growth cycles in human life, from the self-centered universe of the pre-schooler to the flowering of wisdom and compassion in old age.
Osho’s sly sense of humor runs like a red thread through the book, along with a profound compassion and understanding of how easy it is to be distracted from the deeper meaning and purpose of our lives – which is, ultimately, to flower into our own individual uniqueness and maturity with an attitude of celebration and joy.
Anticancer: a new way of life
Dr David Servan-Screiber
The Number One International Bestseller
(from the back cover): All of us have cancer cells in our bodies. But not all of us will develop cancer. [This book] examines what we can do to lower our chances of ever developing the illness, and also explains what to do to increase the chances of recovery from it.
A pioneer is neuroscience [he was also a psychiatrist], when he discovered he had brain cancer his life changed forever. He researched alternative medicine, founding and directing the Centre of Integrative Medicine at the University of Pittsburgh Medical Centre. He does not dismiss conventional medicine, nor is he anti-pharmaceutical: he empowers the reader with the understanding and the tools to tackle cancer alongside conventional treatment – or, better yet, to help avoid cancer altogether.’
I found this book engaging; well-written, lucid, and accessible, with none of the hype that can accompany books with similar -sounding titles. It’s true that in fact finally he was to die of cancer. Yet he was able to live to the fullest for two decades beyond medical expectation. A great read. [See mention of one of his other books, Not the last Goodbye, in the Illness & Pain section]
Cancer and Consciousness: expanding dimensions for the prevention & treatment of cancer
Sigo Press, Boston
A compilation of dialogues, each chapter featuring one individual and their particular perspective. Includes Bernie Siegel (“Patient as Healer,”) Ann Wigmore (“Living Foods”) Christian Kellersmann (“A Biological Approach to Cancer”), Michael Lerner (“Understanding Complementary Medicine”), the Dalai Lama (“Striving for a Gentle Balance”, Elizabeth Kubler-Ross (“Living and Dying with Unconditional Love”) and Dwight McKee (“Cancer as Teacher”).
About the Book: “Offers information and insights into how not to be at war with cancer, but to learn to work with it. The message is a simple one: you do have a choice.”
The Summer before the Dark
“This novel, Doris Lessing’s brilliant excursion into the terrifying stretch of time between youth and old age [has her heroine] on the road to a confrontation with self that lets her, finally, come truly of age.” (from the back cover)
The Economist describes this as “A masterpiece … probably the best book she has written”; I found it absorbing and deeply impacting. A “must-read” for anyone who is confronting ageing.
The Warmth of the Heart Prevents your Body from Rusting
Marie de Hennezel
Subtitled: Ageing without growing old (but much is also applicable to facing dying)
How should we accept aging? It’s inevitable, and yet in Western society the very subject of growing older is shrouded in anxiety and shame. Ageing brings us face to face with our sacred and our mundane, our imperfections and our failures. Here internationally renowned clinical psychologist and bestselling French author Marie de Hennezel shows us how to see the later stages of life through a prism that celebrates our accomplishments and gives us fulfillment in our present. Combining personal anecdotes with psychological theory, philosophy, and eye-opening scientific research from around the world, this thought-provoking and refreshing book provides a brave and uplifting meditation on our later years as they should be lived.
A Year To Live: How To Live This Year As If It Were Your Last
(from the back cover) ‘On his deathbed Socrates exhorted his followers to practice dying as the highest form of wisdom. Levine decided to live this way himself for a whole year, and now he shares with us how such immediacy radically changes our view of the world and forces us to examine our priorities… Levine provides us with a year-long program of intensely practical strategies and powerful guided meditations to help with this work, so that whenever the ultimate moment does arrive for each of us, we will not feel that it has come too soon.