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"Look into the eyes of a child---you cannot find anything deeper. The eyes of a child are an abyss, there is no bottom to them." ---Osho Children have an authentic freedom. They are joyful, playful, and naturally creative. But by the time they grow up, most children have been sacrificed to the gods of "productivity" and good behavior to the extent that only nostalgia for chi "Look into the eyes of a child---you cannot find anything deeper. The eyes of a child are an abyss, there is no bottom to them." ---Osho Children have an authentic freedom. They are joyful, playful, and naturally creative. But by the time they grow up, most children have been sacrificed to the gods of "productivity" and good behavior to the extent that only nostalgia for childhood remains. Osho says, "It is the child's experience that haunts intelligent people their whole life. They want it again---the same innocence, the same wonder, the same beauty." And while each adult generation may vow, with the best of intentions, not to repeat the mistakes of the past, they inevitably find themselves imposing their own inherited limitations on new generations to come. This book calls for a "children's liberation movement" to break through old patterns and create opportunities for an entirely new way of relating as human beings. It is a guide for grown-ups to become aware of their own conditioning as they relate to the children in their lives. And, with that awareness, to learn when to nurture and protect and when to get out of the way, so that children can flower into their highest potential and greatest capacity for joy.


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"Look into the eyes of a child---you cannot find anything deeper. The eyes of a child are an abyss, there is no bottom to them." ---Osho Children have an authentic freedom. They are joyful, playful, and naturally creative. But by the time they grow up, most children have been sacrificed to the gods of "productivity" and good behavior to the extent that only nostalgia for chi "Look into the eyes of a child---you cannot find anything deeper. The eyes of a child are an abyss, there is no bottom to them." ---Osho Children have an authentic freedom. They are joyful, playful, and naturally creative. But by the time they grow up, most children have been sacrificed to the gods of "productivity" and good behavior to the extent that only nostalgia for childhood remains. Osho says, "It is the child's experience that haunts intelligent people their whole life. They want it again---the same innocence, the same wonder, the same beauty." And while each adult generation may vow, with the best of intentions, not to repeat the mistakes of the past, they inevitably find themselves imposing their own inherited limitations on new generations to come. This book calls for a "children's liberation movement" to break through old patterns and create opportunities for an entirely new way of relating as human beings. It is a guide for grown-ups to become aware of their own conditioning as they relate to the children in their lives. And, with that awareness, to learn when to nurture and protect and when to get out of the way, so that children can flower into their highest potential and greatest capacity for joy.

30 review for The Book of Children: Supporting the Freedom and Intelligence of a New Generation

  1. 5 out of 5

    Vui Lên

    3.75 Đọc xong chắc bà con hết dám tạo em bé luôn vì thấy bản thân mình đã từng là những em bé đầy lỗi. Yêu vội, làm nhanh cái gì cũng ào ào máy móc. Nếu mà muốn sống thật, không còn đóng kịch, đóng vai thì phải chọn con đường tỉnh thức, rồi lúc đó hãy tạo ra các em bé. Nhiều góc nhìn sâu sắc, có thể giải phỏng được bạn phần nào với tuổi thơ dữ dội mà bạn từng trải qua.

  2. 5 out of 5

    Orhun

    It's amazing how much knowledge Osho could accumulate in his lifetime. Definitely a must read for anyone. From how to raise a child to how to let your inner child breath and eventually turn into her. Hoping to see a world where the thoughts in this book will be the norm, not some esoteric ideas. It's amazing how much knowledge Osho could accumulate in his lifetime. Definitely a must read for anyone. From how to raise a child to how to let your inner child breath and eventually turn into her. Hoping to see a world where the thoughts in this book will be the norm, not some esoteric ideas.

  3. 5 out of 5

    Amruta

    There is conservative thinking, there is free thinking, and then there is Osho thinking. Truly, this book does full justice to Osho thinking. Aimed at understanding and nurturing children, this book explains why children do the things they do, and why you cannot force them to do things that they don't. It is an easy read, as the book is in form of a collection of articles and letters by and to Osho. Some of the thoughts in the book are hard to digest for simple people such as ourselves, but if you There is conservative thinking, there is free thinking, and then there is Osho thinking. Truly, this book does full justice to Osho thinking. Aimed at understanding and nurturing children, this book explains why children do the things they do, and why you cannot force them to do things that they don't. It is an easy read, as the book is in form of a collection of articles and letters by and to Osho. Some of the thoughts in the book are hard to digest for simple people such as ourselves, but if you seriously deliberate over most of the thoughts, they do make a lot of sense.

  4. 5 out of 5

    Eugenia Turculet

    I love Osho and his views on the world. There are some challenging ideas in this book that will make people question how valid his views are. But one doesn't have to agree with him. His books are like fresh air, this one in particular, both to understand how you've been treated as a child and how you should treat your children. I love Osho and his views on the world. There are some challenging ideas in this book that will make people question how valid his views are. But one doesn't have to agree with him. His books are like fresh air, this one in particular, both to understand how you've been treated as a child and how you should treat your children.

  5. 5 out of 5

    Genara

    Rubbish! Rubbish! Rubbish! Osho may have mastered meditation, but that's all. Skip this one and thank me for saving your time. He is the least qualified person to give advice on pregnancy, childbirth and motherhood. What a joke! How dare you...?? Rubbish! Rubbish! Rubbish! Osho may have mastered meditation, but that's all. Skip this one and thank me for saving your time. He is the least qualified person to give advice on pregnancy, childbirth and motherhood. What a joke! How dare you...??

  6. 5 out of 5

    Bella

    Paradise lost... Paradise regained To be a child is such a blessing and to become a child again is one of the beautiful things in the world. From the day they are born we have been trying to manipulate them into our ways. Without understanding what we are doing to our lives we start to repeat the pattern in their lives. Osho's talks is an eye opener for us. We could build a better generation of we help our children to grow well. Our job should be that of a Gardner. Water them, manure them, nouris Paradise lost... Paradise regained To be a child is such a blessing and to become a child again is one of the beautiful things in the world. From the day they are born we have been trying to manipulate them into our ways. Without understanding what we are doing to our lives we start to repeat the pattern in their lives. Osho's talks is an eye opener for us. We could build a better generation of we help our children to grow well. Our job should be that of a Gardner. Water them, manure them, nourish them and protect them from danger. Allow a mango tree to be a mango tree, allow ones nature to manifest into its full potential. Just be and let others be... Support and help, the nature knows its way. Never let them make the same mistakes we made. A must read book for all parents and parents to be. let us regain the paradise again

  7. 4 out of 5

    Mapu Susu

    Please, do me a favor, Stranger, Please read this book. You 're so lucky now that you found it. Thank you. Please, do me a favor, Stranger, Please read this book. You 're so lucky now that you found it. Thank you.

  8. 4 out of 5

    Akhil Jain

    My fav quotes (not a review): -Page 6 | "“Go now, son. Have a good time … and behave yourself!” “Come on, mother!” said Pedro. “Please decide before I leave which it is going to be!”" -Page 7 | "While slowly walking to school the little boy prays, “Dear God, please do not let me arrive at school late. I pray you, God, let me arrive at school on time…” At this moment he slips on a banana peel and slides down the path for a few meters. Pulling himself up he looks at the sky annoyed and says, “Okay, My fav quotes (not a review): -Page 6 | "“Go now, son. Have a good time … and behave yourself!” “Come on, mother!” said Pedro. “Please decide before I leave which it is going to be!”" -Page 7 | "While slowly walking to school the little boy prays, “Dear God, please do not let me arrive at school late. I pray you, God, let me arrive at school on time…” At this moment he slips on a banana peel and slides down the path for a few meters. Pulling himself up he looks at the sky annoyed and says, “Okay, okay, God, there is no need to push!”" -Page 40 | "A large family was finally able to move into a more spacious home. Sometime later an uncle asked his nephew, “How do you like your new house?” “Just fine,” replied the lad. “My brother and I have our own rooms and so do my sisters. But poor Mom, she’s still stuck in the same room with Dad!”" -Page 41 | "Personality is nothing but an envelope. It comes from a beautiful word, persona; persona means a mask. In Greek dramas the actors used masks. Sona means sound, per means through. They used to speak through the mask; you could not see their real faces, you could only hear their voices. Hence the mask was called a persona because the sound was heard through it, and out of persona comes the word personality." -Page 49 | "And if a child cannot say no to something, his yes is meaningless." -Page 108 "“Mom, do we get our food from God?” “Yes, we do, Barbara.” “And at Christmastime does Santa bring all our presents?” “That’s right.” “And on my birthday the good fairy brings presents?” “Hmm…” “And did the stork bring little brother?” “True.” “Then what the heck does Pop hang around here for?”" -Page 122 "You are proving Charles Darwin wrong—because monkeys were more intelligent than you. At least they went beyond themselves and created humanity. What have you created? Go beyond yourself and create buddhas; only then will Charles Darwin be right and the theory of evolution will be true." -Page 132 "What is learning? Learning is not knowledge. Learning has become too much identified with knowledge—it is just the opposite of knowledge." -Page 134 "better standard of living is not a better standard of life" -Page 148 "through the opposites; that is the way." -Page 163 "Jaina ever asks, “Who created the world?” They have been conditioned, from the very beginning, that the world exists from eternity to eternity; there is nobody who is a creator, and there is no need."

  9. 4 out of 5

    Debora Rocha

    It's an interesting book. Sometimes I found some of the ideas a little conflicting but overall I enjoyed the reading. To me it sounds a little bit like an utopia but definitely we should always try to be a little more open and let people and kids live with more freedom. We tend to try to impose our thinking on everyone's lives and the reality is that we all could be much happier if we focused in personal balance and happiness. I would recommend this book to anyone. It's an interesting book. Sometimes I found some of the ideas a little conflicting but overall I enjoyed the reading. To me it sounds a little bit like an utopia but definitely we should always try to be a little more open and let people and kids live with more freedom. We tend to try to impose our thinking on everyone's lives and the reality is that we all could be much happier if we focused in personal balance and happiness. I would recommend this book to anyone.

  10. 4 out of 5

    Sam

    Zajímavé informace nejen o dětech.

  11. 5 out of 5

    Novi Andriani

    Its a reminder tho, the journey that i have gone through. And now i can see all of those from another point of view, thanks 🤩

  12. 5 out of 5

    Stalin

    A guide to all the aspects of life... really enjoyed reading

  13. 5 out of 5

    Brittany Drake

    Questionable concepts and outdated viewpoints, but has some insights into parenting and the life of kids that I will treasure.

  14. 4 out of 5

    Parinay

    A must read for every individual!

  15. 5 out of 5

    Abhijit Suvarna

    Reading Osho's books are a meditation itself for me .. enjoyed this one too! Reading Osho's books are a meditation itself for me .. enjoyed this one too!

  16. 5 out of 5

    Magdalene Choong

    Controversial, perhaps to the extent of being gibberish to some but incredibly enlightening and inspiring to others, like me.

  17. 4 out of 5

    Kanchan Mandanekar

    Some of the most unconventional meditation exercises and concepts that will make it fun than a serious affair. A must read for anyone interested in the areas of healing and meditating.

  18. 4 out of 5

    Nicky Goodson

    Repetitive waffle, with the occasional addition of some unenlightened common sense. I was hoping this book would provide a slightly abstract, and progressive perspective on how to best facilitate a child's learning. It didn't. While there were a couple of salient sentences on education, and some good points in chapter 5 'teenagers', there is nothing groundbreaking. I would suggest easy-to-read writing style, regularly lauded, reflects the intelligence on anyone who is accrediting this book as a 'm Repetitive waffle, with the occasional addition of some unenlightened common sense. I was hoping this book would provide a slightly abstract, and progressive perspective on how to best facilitate a child's learning. It didn't. While there were a couple of salient sentences on education, and some good points in chapter 5 'teenagers', there is nothing groundbreaking. I would suggest easy-to-read writing style, regularly lauded, reflects the intelligence on anyone who is accrediting this book as a 'must-read' or 'enlightening' text. One paragraph I did however enjoy, went like this: "That's what my idea of true education is. The children should be trained, disciplined, so that they can detect crap. A really intelligent person is a crap detector. He immediately knows, the moment someone says something, whether it is significant or just holy cow dung." Well my crap detector is definitely in the red zone. Although of course, if we are to believe Osho's 'teachings', my crap detection (Osho's indication of intelligence) is my biggest down fall and barrier to being an enlightened person. This book is designed I believe to satisfy the needs of 'wannabe' alternative thinkers, who, in the quest for an eccentric and imaginative perspective, absorb this quotable bullshit, for the satisfaction they gain in seeming provocative at social gatherings... or maybe I'm just too intelligent/unintelligent (Osho blurs the lines) to understand.

  19. 5 out of 5

    Fi's Journey

    One of the best books I have read so far about everything from Osho. Definitely going to read more of his books. "The only way to grow is to accept all good, all bad, the joyful, the sorrowful. Everything that happens to you, you are responsible for. That gives you great freedom." In this book Osho is talking about children; their qualities, conditioning, becoming a teenager, their education, and reconciling with their parents. Again he is provoking and inspiring especially the way he talks ab One of the best books I have read so far about everything from Osho. Definitely going to read more of his books. "The only way to grow is to accept all good, all bad, the joyful, the sorrowful. Everything that happens to you, you are responsible for. That gives you great freedom." In this book Osho is talking about children; their qualities, conditioning, becoming a teenager, their education, and reconciling with their parents. Again he is provoking and inspiring especially the way he talks about 'real' serious issues in today's society. You may not agree with everything he says (and you don't have to) but you've got to admit he has a vast knowledge and style! And I should mention he can be quite funny as well! This is worth reading, not just parents but everyone!

  20. 4 out of 5

    Daniel

    This book give us an idea of how families, eduactional systems and societies have a big influence in the ideas of kids specially at the early years from zero to seven. This kids grow up with those ideas that were not really found by them but given. Osho gives some points about how parents should act like guides and just try to show the path and not to give specific answers to the kids before they even start asking themselves about the misteries in life. I recommend this book i think its an easy This book give us an idea of how families, eduactional systems and societies have a big influence in the ideas of kids specially at the early years from zero to seven. This kids grow up with those ideas that were not really found by them but given. Osho gives some points about how parents should act like guides and just try to show the path and not to give specific answers to the kids before they even start asking themselves about the misteries in life. I recommend this book i think its an easy reading and it shows interesting points of view even though i have to take 2 stars from it because from time to time the simplicity of the arguments are not enough for me. PD. An open mind is required for this reading.

  21. 4 out of 5

    Tc Ipek

    katildigim seyler olsa da ki cogunlukta bunlar net bir bilimsel dayanagi olmayan fikirler beni rahatsiz etti. ancak cocuklara saygi duyulmasi konusu ve bunun izerine insa edilen bir cok seyden dolayi da okunmayi hak ediyor

  22. 4 out of 5

    Yaotl Altan

    Me gustó mucho la originalidad con la que propone educar a les niñes, con conceptos diferentes a lo que solemos hacer en los países occidentales.

  23. 5 out of 5

    Kilroy

    Boyun eğen çocuk, anne babası tarafından, öğretmenleri tarafından, herkes tarafından övülür ve eğlenen çocuk eleştirilir.

  24. 4 out of 5

    Gorav Arya

  25. 4 out of 5

    Ena

  26. 5 out of 5

    Özlem Ekmekçiler

  27. 4 out of 5

    Premprakash

  28. 5 out of 5

    Abdulelah

  29. 4 out of 5

    Kiam

  30. 5 out of 5

    Sonia Bellani

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