Going through a really challenging and stressful time in my life, I've searched high and low for all sorts of books on meditation, Tibetan Buddhism, mysticism, etc and I find myself so incredibly turned off by the deep intellectual Buddhist philosophy. I need something to give me ease, to help me release the tension, and most Buddhist texts, at least right now, are too heavy for me and essentially useless. Perhaps I've needed that foundation of ease/joy before I can delve into the deeper contemplations.
Osho speaks in such clarity and ease that during my own inner stress/struggle, his book alone was the only one that I found myself glued to, underlining, feeling like the knots in my life and perception were unraveling all at once, immediately.
Joy is not something you can pursue. The more I pursued meditation, Buddhism, etc the harder I tried, the worse I felt. Joy and ease aren't things you can pursue directly. Perhaps what I have been looking for are the tools for letting go. It's something that everyone should have access to, right now, without years of training, rituals, practice, etc that is not practical for most people. Joy is what happens when you let go of the past and forget the future, and just bask in the pleasure of right here and now. When you learn to just take things easy, you let yourself feel love inside yourself and that love can build up into an ambition and clarity/focus to tackle even the most stressful situations in life.
Joy shouldn't take years of mind training, meditation, philosophical insight, years of mystical preliminaries and extensive mystical rituals. Kudos to those who have that time, but I have a family, a job, a home business, a big move, and lots of life changes going on right now, so I need instant relief. Maybe someday I'll have the time to focus on that, but now, as so much is up in the air, I need something simple, something relaxing, to give me that ease and joy. This book does that.