Love, Freedom, and Aloneness: The Koan of Relationships

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Macmillan, Dec 13, 2002 - Family & Relationships - 256 pages
In today's world, freedom is our basic condition, and until we learn to live with that freedom, and learn to live by ourselves and with ourselves, we are denying ourselves the possibility of finding love and happiness with someone else.

Love can only happen through freedom and in conjunction with a deep respect for ourselves and the other. Is it possible to be alone and not lonely? Where are the boundaries that define "lust" versus "love"...and can lust ever grow into love? In Love, Freedom, Aloneness you will find unique, radical, and intelligent perspectives on these and other essential questions. In our post-ideological world, where old moralities are out of date, we have a golden opportunity to redefine and revitalize the very foundations of our lives. We have the chance to start afresh with ourselves, our relationships to others, and to find fulfillment and success for the individual and for society as a whole.
In today's world, freedom is our basic condition, and until we learn to live with that freedom, and learn to live by ourselves and with ourselves, we are denying ourselves the possibility of finding love and happiness with someone else.

Love can only happen through freedom and in conjunction with a deep respect for ourselves and the other. Is it possible to be alone and not lonely? Where are the boundaries that define "lust" versus "love"...and can lust ever grow into love? In Love, Freedom, Aloneness you will find unique, radical, and intelligent perspectives on these and other essential questions. In our post-ideological world, where old moralities are out of date, we have a golden opportunity to redefine and revitalize the very foundations of our lives. We have the chance to start afresh with ourselves, our relationships to others, and to find fulfillment and success for the individual and for society as a whole.
 

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Contents

LOVE
1
LoveyDovey
3
Real and UnrealThe First Step
6
The Virtues of Selfishness
17
Attached to Nothing
21
From Relationship to Relating
53
The Honeymoon that Never Ends
55
From Lust to Love to Loving
59
The Fundamental Slavery
109
Beware of the Popes
121
Is There Life After Sex?
128
It Takes a Village
137
ALONENESS
169
Aloneness Is Your Nature
171
Strangers to Ourselves
178
Solitary and Elect
180

Let There Be Spaces
63
The Koan of Relationship
68
FREEDOM
101
Tabula Rasa
103
The Lion and the Sheep
195
Two Women and a Monk
213
Embracing the Paradox
233
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Osho is one of the best-known and most provocative spiritual teachers of the twentieth century. Beginning in the 1970s he captured the attention of young people from the West who wanted to experience meditation and transformation. More than 20 years after his death, the influence of his teachings continues to grow, reaching seekers of all ages in virtually every country of the world.

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