If you are an introvert or a highly sensitive person, there is a high probability that you love to think about life, yourself, and lead deep existential discussions. This kind of inquisitiveness and curiosity is very characteristic for us and very often leads us as a consequence to the path of personal or spiritual development. And once you're on it, it's impossible not to come across the concept of ego, which seems to confuse everyone from time to time. Despite the many existing definitions of ego, we don't quite know how to interpret them and how to handle them. Then the Book of Ego. Freedom from illusion. by Osho comes to the rescue.
What exactly is ego? Do we need it? Is this something positive or negative? Should we fight against it and can we get rid of it? And if so, what then remains? And what we really are, what is our essence? Such questions can be multiplied indefinitely. I am now wondering how much of my own ego is involved in writing this review, because I have no doubt that it is present in this process. And at the same time I know that if it wasn't involved, maybe this text would never have been written ... 😉 If you also get this type of reflection sometimes, this book will definitely be of your interest.
What is ego?
In the common understanding of ego, it is something that we identify with excessive self-confidence, pride, self-exaltation, self-centeredness, and care for our own social position. And there is some truth in this, but it is a very superficial view that does not really touch the heart of the matter. Because ego is in each of us, also in people who we consider to be extremely modest, humble and prone to serving others. One might even wonder to what extent the behavior of such people is really determined by empathy and the willingness to share something good, and to what extent it is another way to feed their own ego, which likes to be dressed in a socially accepted and admired image. In fact, the only way to total freedom from ego is through enlightenment, which, as you probably know, has been achieved by only a few individuals.
Why is it worth reading?
There are at least 3 reasons why I recommend you this book on ego:
1. In recent months I have read several books on this subject and this definitely goes deepest into the heart of the matter. It was the last of all the positions I reached for and it was only in it that I really found answers to my philosophical questions. This is a book about spirituality (not to be confused with religion), so the answers go far beyond the surface layer of ego on which most other books focus.
2. The message of the book allows you to feel more free with the subject of ego and better accept your own nature, without an unnecessary dose of perfectionism. The ubiquitous fashion of personal development today is a very good phenomenon, but it often puts a lot of pressure on us to be perfect, even deprived of some typically human traits that have developed a negative reputation in a society. We want to change everything at once, remove and add some elements from our everyday lives. The book of ego obviously promotes self-improvement, but in a gradual way, so you can approach the topic with more freedom. We don't have to reach the goal right away, just being on the path of change is of a great value. There will be time for everything.
3. Personally, I really appreciate books that describe important and deep topics in a simple and understandable way. And "Book of ego. Freedom from illusion. " is all about this. It is written in simple language, all topics are discussed in relation to the phenomena and situations that we face every day. Thanks to this, we can translate its content directly into our lives, without wasting time deciphering complicated concepts or mental shortcuts (which, by the way, are usually used to build up the ego of the author 😉). The book is not particularly long, it has just less than 200 pages of small format, so reading it does not take much time. All chapters are also seasoned with numerous humorous stories and anecdotes that make reading extremely fast and pleasant.
About the author
I need to mention that the author himself is already a sufficient recommendation to read this book. Osho, an Indian guru, bravely promoted very important values such as authenticity, love, awareness, personal freedom, and meditation. He was an opponent of unreflective submission to the principles of any systems, whether religious, political or social. At the same time, he did not reject other subjects accompanying humanity, such as sexuality or wealth, which were largely repressed by other currents of spirituality. Thanks to this, his teachings are very well rooted in the realities of life, and following them does not necessarily mean seclusion and life in asceticism. Interestingly, Osho did not write any of his books himself. He was a public speaker and his teachings were recorded and written down by his students and then published in the form of books. These books have been published in large numbers around the world - only in Polish can you find about 50 titles.