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Last year I picked up a great book on Osho’s teachings, called Intuition: Knowing Beyond Logic.

I’d heard so much about Osho it was time I grabbed a copy of something. There were so many books to choose from (I think like over 80!), I didn’t know where to start. After scanning a long list, I went with my gut and picked up Intuition. (Maybe the name of the book was power of suggestion in itself.)

The review on Goodreads convinced me further. A summary of the book:

Intuition deals with the difference between the intellectual, logical mind and the more encompassing realm of spirit. Logic is how the mind knows reality, intuition is how the spirit experiences reality.

Osho’s discussion of these matters is wonderfully lucid, occasionally funny, and thoroughly engrossing. All people have a natural capacity for intuition, but often social conditioning and formal education work against it. People are taught to ignore their instincts rather than to understand and use them as a foundation for individual growth and development – and in the process they undermine the very roots of the innate wisdom that is meant to flower into intuition.

In this volume, Osho pinpoints exactly what intuition is and gives guidelines for how to identify its functioning in others and ourselves. You will learn to distinguish between genuine intuitive insight and the “wishful thinking” that can often lead to mistaken choices and unwanted consequences. Includes many specific exercises and meditations designed to nourish and support each individual’s natural intuitive gifts.

Osho has been described by the Sunday Times of London as one of the “1000 Makers of the 20th Century” and by Sunday Mid-Day (India) as one of the 10 people along with Gandhi, Nehru and Buddha, who have changed the destiny of India.

I was aware there was a lot of controversy around Osho as well, but I didn’t let that stop me from taking in new information.

If he was responsible for the birth of a lot of new ideas and a way of thinking, I was already intrigued.

I was so happy I read the book and I recommend others do too. It will open your mind to something new, get you to trust your intuition, celebrate spirit, and it could also help to serve as explanations for a lot of things you feel you may be experiencing (or have experienced) in your life.

While I picked up the book to learn more and go deeper on the topic of intuition, I was pleasantly surprised to touch on what was a new subject of exploration for me.

Parts of the book touched on equality of women to man and what this means on a sociological level. I wasn’t expecting that, especially not while reading a book called Intuition!

“The woman is neither inferior to man, nor is she superior. They are two different categories of humanity – they cannot be compared. The very comparison is idiotic, and if you start comparing, then you will be in trouble.” Osho

I know there are differences between man and woman (with severe discrimination still seen across the planet) and can see and feel some extent of it around me. Most of the time though, I try to not let these differences personally apply to how I view and treat certain situations. I refused to be a victim of any circumstance, even if it were based on my gender.

Osho touched on this and he was raw and honest on several matters.

I’m glad the book got me thinking about the subject. Perhaps it was time. I’m now allowing and exploring the journey into what it means to be a woman, the differences between us and men, whether all of that matters, how we can begin to shatter stereotype and stand united…

The book was a good starter on the topic of gender equality and how we can attempt to represent this, and when I was done, I scoured the Internet a little. I was curious to see what would come up if I typed in “Osho on Women”.

I found some great excerpts, three of which I’d love to share with you below.

It also got me thinking about my article a couple of weeks ago with Jackson Katz on Violence Against Women – It’s a Men’s Issue.

In it he mentions being a leader in situations and standing up against any type of discrimination or violence. The ability to say the things women can’t say, or be heard saying.

And that’s why the words of Osho also stand out to me.

It was great to see a man not afraid to voice some of these words, and that he had millions of people who followed him and heard his messages.

Please know that I’m not bashing men in any way by posting the excerpts below. In fact, I love men just as much as I love women; I see us all as equals, creatures under the same sky and stars all going through the cycle of life together. Any difference should be celebrated not criticised.

I’m simply posting these because they got me down a journey of thought, and I was inspired and empowered enough to want to share it with others.

As I began diving into more literature touching on this subject, I learned so much about myself, and began to celebrate more parts of myself than I did before.

I felt honored to be a woman; to experience this life in this body. It was time to really stand tall in that, and also be more mindful of the language and messaging we pass down to others, especially in the presence of children.

I hope you enjoy the read. Maybe it might spark something in you too. 😉

1. Half of Humanity Is Deprived of Raising its Consciousness

“Even Buddha denied, Mahavira denied that anyone can reach enlightenment from a woman’s body. I do not see the logic at all. Mahavira was a great logician, but I can see the male chauvinistic mind working behind it. There is no logic at all, why a woman cannot become enlightened. He said that every woman first has to practice religious discipline so that in a next life she is born as a man; then begins the growth toward enlightenment! – and the same is true about all religions.

“I say to you that it does not matter whether you are a man or a woman. What matters is whether you are centered in yourself, silent; whether you are capable of becoming a witness to your own thoughts and emotions, moods. It does not matter whether your body is of man or woman; there is not much difference between a man’s body and a woman’s body – the difference is very little, and it has nothing to do with spirituality.

“I have accepted women for the first time on an equal basis to men. I’m in favor of women’s liberation because I know that unless woman are liberated, men will never be liberated. Their liberation is together, because they are two sides of the same coin. Naturally, many more women will be coming – and only those men will be here who are ready to accept women as their equal.

“No male chauvinists can remain around me.

“It is a family of equal people, with equal dignity.

“If women had been respected in the past, humanity would not have been in such a mess as it is today – because women are half of humanity. Half of humanity has remained undignified, uneducated, deprived of all freedom, all movement. We have hampered, handicapped ourselves. We have destroyed half of ourselves, and if we are in misery then who is to blame?

“I am all in favor of women’s liberation – but not the way the women’s liberation movement is going. It is taking a reactionary attitude, it is not a real revolution. It is trying to imitate man. And remember, imitation never makes you equal; imitation at most will make you carbon copy – but the original is original.”

Osho, Socrates Poisoned Again After 25 Centuries, Talk #21

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2. There Are a Few Differences Between Men and Women

“Most of the differences between men and women are because of thousands of years of conditioning. They are not fundamental to nature, but there are a few differences which give them unique beauty, individuality. Those differences can be counted very easily.

“One is that the woman is capable of producing life; man is not. In that way he is inferior, and that inferiority has played a great role in the domination of women by men. The inferiority complex works in this way: it pretends to be superior – to deceive oneself and to deceive the whole world. So man down the ages has been destroying the woman’s genius, talents, capacities, so that he can prove himself superior – to himself and to the world.

“Because the woman gives birth, for nine months or more she remains absolutely vulnerable, dependent on man. Men have exploited this in a very ugly way. And that is a physiological difference; it makes no difference at all.

“The psychology of the woman is corrupted by man telling her things which are not true, making her a slave to man, reducing her to a secondary citizen of the world. And the reason for that was that he is muscularly more powerful. But the muscular power is part of animality. If that is going to decide the superiority, then any animal is more muscular than a man.”

Osho, The Sword and the Lotus, Talk #5

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3. The Woman Can Be Satisfied with One Love

“But real differences are certainly there, and we have to search for them behind the pile of invented differences. One difference I see is that a woman is more capable of love than a man is. A man’s love is more or less a physical necessity; a woman’s love is not. It is something greater and higher; it is a spiritual experience. That’s why the woman is monogamous and man is polygamous. The man would like to have all the world’s women, and still he would not be satisfied. His discontent is infinite.

“The woman can be satisfied with one love, utterly fulfilled, because she does not look at the body of the man, she looks at his innermost qualities. She does not fall in love with a man who has a beautiful muscular body, she falls in love with a man who has charisma – something indefinable, but immensely attractive – who has a mystery to be explored. She wants her man not to be just a man, but an adventure in discovering consciousness.

Osho, The Sword and the Lotus, Talk #5

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