Compassion

The Ultimate Flowering of Love

Osho Insights for a New Way of Living

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St. Martin's Griffin

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In this tenth volume of the popular Insights for a New Way of Living series, Osho examines the nature of compassion from a radically different perspective.  He points out that “passion” lies at the root of the word, and then proceeds to challenge assumptions about what compassion really is. Many so-called acts of compassion, he says, are tainted by a subtle sense of self-importance and desire for recognition. Others are based in the desire not really to help others but to force them to change. Using stories from the lives of Jesus and Buddha and the world of Zen, Osho shows how the path to authentic compassion arises from within, beginning with a deep acceptance and love of oneself.  Only then, says Osho, does compassion flower into a healing force, rooted in the unconditional acceptance of the other as he or she is.

Compassion includes an original, 120-minute talk by Osho on DVD. This visual component enables the reader to experience the direct wisdom and humor of Osho straight from the source.

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Chapter One

Compassion, Energy, and Desire

Buddha lived for forty years after he became enlightened. After all his desires were finished, the ego disappeared, he lived for forty years more. Many times it was asked, “Why are you still in the body?” When the business is finished you should disappear. It looks illogical: Why should Buddha exist in the body even for a moment longer? When there is no desire, how can the body continue?

There is something very deep to be understood. When desire disappears, the energy that was moving in desire remains; it cannot disappear.

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Osho is one of the most provocative and inspiring spiritual teachers of the twentieth century. Known for his revolutionary contribution to the science of inner transformation, the influence of his teachings continues to grow, reaching seekers of all ages in virtually every country of the world. He is the author of many books, including Love, Freedom, Aloneness; The Book of Secrets; and Innocence, Knowledge, and Wonder.

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Compassion
The Ultimate Flowering of Love
Osho

Trade Paperback

Trade Paperback
St. Martin's Press
St. Martin's Griffin
February 2007
Trade Paperback
ISBN: 9780312365684
ISBN10: 0312365683
5 1/2 x 8 1/4 inches, 192 pages, Includes a DVD
$15.99

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St. Martin's Press
St. Martin's Griffin
April 2010
e-Book Agency
ISBN: 9781429907811
ISBN10: 1429907819
5 1/2 x 8 1/4 inches, 192 pages
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