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The recently released book “What Now, Adam?: The Book of Men” by Osho is an absolute gold nugget for every man out there looking to be the strongest version of himself.
At this episode in our collective lives, manhood is faced with a big challenge. Women have begun liberating themselves from old ideas and concepts of who they have to be and what they can or cannot do. Now it is onto us as men to really ask ourselves “What now, Adam?”
We are faced with deciding which archetypes and values are true to ourselves. Do we want to continue living through the same experiences again that have repeated themselves over the last 100, 1000 and more years in our (hu)man history?
The following book review will give you a brief view into each chapter of the book. However I can only speak from experience that this book is a must read from cover to cover. Many of the Osho books I read in the end only had a few key messages for me to take away. But the anecdotes, the jokes in between and the process of learning something through different variations of words and stories is simply essential for true understanding.
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Now let’s continue with the short book review to give you an idea what jewels of wisdom are stored in this book for you.
The first impression of the book is a four part split. Part 1 is called “Adam”, Part 2 “Adam and Eve”, Part 3 “Adam in the World” and Part 4 “The New Man”. Each of the four parts has 6 subsections with different archetypes. These 6 subsections or chapters have one or more questions in them that Osho addressed. The parts seem to be progressing from the most unconscious to the “enlightened” archetypes. Let’s get deeper into it.
The Preface by Osho sheds light on the fact that the total and whole man we are all to become will be able to move into both science and religion easily and with fluidity. No separation shall be made that divides us. The meeting of science and religion will lay the foundation for “the new man”.
In the Introduction the Editors share that we have been conditioned to fight a permanent inner war between the two polarities, like materialism and spirituality, instead of uniting them. We as men have been taught to function in a competitive world and to win the struggle for the symbols our society worships: money, success, fame, power, status, etc.
To balance ourselves, the discovery and re-integration of our “inner woman” has to happen. If we are to escape global suicide, there is but only one way: Men have to come out of being functioning, mechanical robots into self-love and awareness of their real nature.
PART 1: ADAM
THE FIRST MAN
The essence of the chapter on “The First Man” is that God is not outside of life but that God is this life. From the innocence of the child, one has to go through the “pilgrimage” of losing track, only to finally start seeking the real again. You first need to feel that you miss something inside of you to really desire it. That’s why the child loses its “unconscious bliss” when it grows up and to re-discover it later on in a much more “aware form” – in that which is always there.
Osho also points out that institutionalized religions like Christianity and even Buddhism are simply fear-based concepts that are only “religion” for the cowards. Real religion needs great courage and if there is no master that is alive, religion becomes dead and the cowards gather around worshipping the scripture.
Guilt and sin are heavily propagated by the Western religions and they are what makes us afraid and very easy to exploit. There are no sins, only mistakes. Osho teaches us to go make mistakes because it is the only way we can learn.
This is exactly what Adam did: He disobeyed God. And for that he is no sinner but actually the first saint. Adam will make many mistakes and learn from them, to come back as “Christ”. Seeing the misery that comes from the ego will bring you to surrender. For this there is no shortcut. Nobody else can make these experiences for you. You will do them yourself.
In this chapter Osho goes on to point out that the idea of suicide is something that comes to everybody who demonstrates intelligence because we are in such a rut every day. So we ask ourselves what we are doing this for and if it will always go on that way. You start questioning your purpose as an individual and you choose your own identity.
This freedom can be confusing. A slave lives a very easy life: he simply follows what the master says, like a little robot. The solution is not to commit suicide yourself but to let your past commit suicide. Living moment to moment with a kind of desirelessness is the solution.
After these two archetypes, Osho also goes into a few more.
Here are a few more key takeaways from it:
- Duty and responsibility are not the same. Duty is what we “have to do” and essentially don’t really want to do for ourselves. It is other-oriented, while responsibility is self-oriented. Responsibility comes from the heart.
- Man is so unconscious that he is nothing but the sum of his habits. Instead of responding, we merely react in a mechanical way. When we start “responsive-ly” we come out of being a machine and we are born as a man. The man of awareness acts, the unaware man reacts.
- Nature is innocent. Like the nakedness of Adam was natural, after he ate from the tree of knowledge and he became aware that he had no clothes on, he began to judge and interpret it. Comparison and judgement created division inside of man’s consciousness, so it is split into the conscious and the unconscious part. If we become whole again we unite these separate parts again.
- Sex is natural to us. At some time it comes and at a certain time, the urge and desire for sex dissipates. Repressing our sexual energies is what leads to the perverted “sex maniac” situations that we see in our society.
PART 2: ADAM AND EVE
This second part gives us the following key learnings:
- The world suffers of too much male ego. We have to free the women of the world and the woman within us.
- Go into a deep relationship with only one woman.
- Don’t be boring. Let your woman inspire you to dance.
- You are suffering because of you and not your wife. Love your wife and it will be like a miracle.
- The family is a prison. We are programmed through our families with many ideas that can poison us. Osho recommends living more as a commune where there is no possession of children
- Through the art of meditation you learn to live with yourself and are not dependent and “needy” for another person. When you become attuned to no-mind, love and joy can flower within you.
PART 3: ADAM IN THE WORLD
Those are the essential statements of part 3 that stuck with me:
- No politician can be revolutionary or radical. We don’t need another revolution. Being radical means “concerning the roots”. Only meditation will take you to your roots.
- A rebel is somebody who does not live like a robot that has been conditioned by the past. A rebel lives and allows everybody to live in freedom. You are your own guide and master.
- Man is not only composed of head and heart, but also of being. There will always be a part which is known as the “unknowable”. If you know yourself at your center you will be the richest. Centered into your own being you simply ARE.
- To earn a living, everybody choses his profession. But meditation is life. You can be both and be in this world but not of it.
- The warrior is not after gaining something. He is about a peak of experience. When you are face to face with an enemy and draw your swords you cannot be thinking. This is what the warrior embodies: action without thinking about it. The ultimate warrior is not somebody who fights outside of himself. It is not even a fight. He is facing his inner darkness, his inner enemies. We have to transform these internal enemies into friends. Go inward and be aware.
- The concept of the old man arises because of the repression of sexual expression. So when one reaches the age of 42 where sexual desires begin to merge into a different kind of love and compassion. Facing old age and death we should celebrate and laugh. Cheerfulness is authentic religion.
PART 4: THE NEW MAN
THE NEW MAN
A new man is emerging. A lot of people have been talking about a “better man” which is simply something being added to you. It is only about becoming richer or better which is only rooted in greed. The new man is about cutting off from the past and living in the present. We have to free man totally and absolutely. He will be in tune with God, with what is. The new consciousness will come through you.
Some of the important points of the other archetypes:
- We cannot separate anymore between being either man or woman. The ultimate stage is the unification of male and female into neutral.
- We can use masculinity in two directions: Either destructive or constructive. Destruction and creation are from the same energy and we can decide which of both we want to express. Be total and live in the moment.
- Osho shares that we are all asleep. Religion is an effort to do just that: To become awake and alert. When you come to your center you will be awake.
- The buddha-consciousness is unconditioned, unconditional. It is about getting out of the conditioning and into transcendental consciousness. There are no more questions in his life.
The pinnacle comes with this following archetype:
ZORBA THE BUDDHA
The rebel and the new man is Zorba the Buddha. Mankind has been living in either one of two realities: Either only in the reality of matter or in the reality of the soul. Now it is time to finally realize: We are both of it together. We live in two dimensions which are actually both one. The rebellion of Zorba the Buddha consists in the destruction of division.
By the meeting of Zorba and Buddha, the whole humanity can be saved. Be the rebel. Be Zorba the Buddha.
My experience with this book is one of a deep resonance with what Osho shares with us. I can take away one key statement:
Live life in this moment and unify what seems to be separate.
However, as I mentioned at the beginning, the depth of this statement is hard to grasp. It is actually very likely that you do not really “understand” what this means and how it applies to your life. You have to dive in deeply.
This is why reading the whole book by yourself is so essential: Buy it here on Amazon!
It will take you on this journey to finally become what you truly are.
I am grateful for this beautiful book because it is a scripture that points towards the truth.
Now go and experience yourself.