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Most people live life in a sort of a sleep state that many spiritual teachers refer to as the unconscious, and this is said to then cause us to suffer. To enjoy every single moment we must become conscious, and although this process can be long and arduous, it is within everyone's reach. To become more conscious, you have to learn to be vigilant and observe everything with the utmost attention. This will enable you to stay in the present moment, and being present is the key to living a calm and peaceful life. These are among the teachings that Osho passes on in his book Awareness: The Key to Living in Balance, a book that promises to illuminate our entire existence.

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Analysis and key concepts


Most people live their lives unconsciously


Awareness means being completely immersed in the present moment with all five senses, and no distractions


In life, suffering can sometimes seem inevitable. If we want to end our suffering, we have two choices, one of which is destructive, and the other ideal: we can continue to be numb, or we can wake up


The state of mindfulness can keep us in the present moment, where there is no suffering, only enjoyment. To become truly mindful, we need to learn to observe very closely


Focussing on observation is the answer to solving any type of problem


Being mindful is very difficult, but not impossible. The best thing to do is to keep trying, without rushing, stressing or feeling guilty for getting distracted


The only real change is a change of consciousness within us, because there is nothing outside of ourselves that can help




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Many useful tips to:

  • Wake up from the constant sleep state in which most people live their lives.
  • Live mindfully.
  • Let go of suffering.
  • Enjoy every moment.

Born Chandra Mohan Jain, Osho was an Indian spiritual master, who practised in both India and the United States, but was known all over the world for his spiritual teachings. He was originally a professor of philosophy, but left his professorship in 1966, in order to travel the world, and spread his non-conformist message, which was met with both admiration and controversy. In the 1970s, he founded an ashram in India, and in the following decade, he set up a commune in Oregon, USA. He died in 1990. His spiritual teachings, which have been collected in dozens of books and recordings, are based on love, meditation, freedom, creativity, and the importance of celebrating human life.

Publishing house:

St. Martin's Griffin