Review: Learning to Silence the Mind: Wellness Through Meditation

Learning to Silence the Mind: Wellness Through Meditation
Learning to Silence the Mind: Wellness Through Meditation by Osho
My rating: 2 of 5 stars

“God is a constant search for more and more happiness, joy, and ecstasy.” – Rajneesh (Osho)

If that be true, it seems to me, God must be a process of indulgence in endless materialism. Rather contradictory, but this godman’s definitions have a tendency to be opposed to traditional thought and religion. He is quite clever in his thought and speech, which are recorded in the book, but he caters to his doting audience (American, in this instance) with observations that resonate with their beliefs – for very material reasons. Clearly, if the ‘pursuit of happiness’ be God, Americans must be a very godly people.

“Emptiness is Self.” Another one of his curious observations, presumably equating stillness of the mind, through meditation, to realization of the ‘self.’ Unsupported and unworthy, for it borrows from Buddhism (Tibetan, specifically) while seemingly contradicting that group’s belief that there is no ‘self.’

I read no further. Not recommended at all.

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About Rian Nejar

Rian Nejar is an Indian-American author. He trained and worked as an engineer in India, lived briefly in the Middle East, and arrived in America in the early 90's. After a Master’s degree in electrical engineering in America, he worked as an academic instructor, engineer, entrepreneur, and technical writer over the two decades since. Humbling and Humility ( is his first mainstream nonfiction. He lives and writes in the Southwest United States.
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