This book is a twenty-first century survival manual for the spirit of man, to help him awaken from his deep spiritual sleep. Delightful stories and anecdotes inspired by the Desiderata and penetrating answers to seekers’ questions are interspersed with refreshing, sometimes shocking jokes. Osho delivers these talks with the true swordlike edge and finesse of an enlightened master.
He says, "Desiderata is also a strange document because in such a small space it says so much. It is really made of sutras — just a few hints. Nothing is said very solidly: just a few hints, fingers pointing to the moon…. It can be printed on a small card, a postcard, but it contains all the oceans. It can be of immense help to you on the path; hence I call it Guida Spirituale."
Chapter 1: Go Placidly
Chapter 2: Bliss Is the Consequence
Chapter 3: The Feel of It
Chapter 4: Don’t Compare
Chapter 5: God Never Repeats
Chapter 6: The Virtuous Circle
Chapter 7: Create a Context
Chapter 8: I Say, Rejoice!
Chapter 9: Be Yourself
Chapter 10: Doubt Is a Sword
Chapter 11: Beliefs Are Lies
Chapter 12: The Total Man
Chapter 13: Child of the Universe
Chapter 14: The Only Miracle
Chapter 15: Kiss or Kill
Chapter 16: Surprise Me!
"Mind can go on trying to solve problems, but it cannot solve them. Each solution will bring many more problems in its wake. That is why philosophy has utterly failed. Philosophy is the greatest failure in the world, and it has been such a great wastage of human intelligence that it is almost incalculable because the people with the greatest intelligence have remained involved with philosophical problems. From Aristotle to Wittgenstein, thousands of brilliant people have wasted their whole brilliance for the simple reason that they were trying to solve single problems rather than going to the very root of all.
The mind is the only problem. Hence philosophy comes up with many solutions, many conclusions, but no conclusion is conclusive. Immediately many more problems pop up. Not one single question has been solved by philosophical endeavor, but still philosophy goes on and on moving farther and farther into the desert. It cannot reach the ocean; it is going basically astray. That’s where religion differs.
Religion means not trying to solve particular problems but looking at the root of all the problems and cutting the root. That is what we call meditation: meditation is cutting the root. Meditation is not a solution of any problem in particular; it solves nothing. It simply helps you to get rid of the mind, the problem-creator. It simply helps you to slip out of the mind like a snake slips out of the old skin.
Once you know that you are not the mind, the great transcendence has happened. Suddenly all problems become insignificant; slowly slowly they evaporate. You are left with a profound peace; a great silence prevails. This silence is the solution. This peace is the answer, the answer of all answers.
This is the miracle of religion, or the miracle of meditation to be more particular: that without solving a single problem it solves all the problems, in a single blow. It is a sudden leap, a quantum leap."