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... in the morning, and in the night before going to sleep, start a death meditation. Just lie down, put the light off, and start feeling that you are dying. Relax the body and feel that you are dying, so you cannot even move the body - even if you want to move the hand, you cannot. Just go on feeling that you are dying - a four or five-minute feeling that you are dying, dying, and that the body is dead...

...; because we think the body is our life, we think it is terrible. And this is one of the greatest preparations for death. One day death will come: before it comes, you will be ready, you will be ready to die! When buddha was dying, he asked permission from his disciples. He said, 'Now I am ready to die. Within a few minutes I will disappear into myself. If you have to ask something, you can ask it.' They...

..., closed his eyes, and it is said that people could see that his body started dying. They could see that the body was becoming a corpse - and he was alive! The body turns into a corpse: that is the first phase, buddhists say, of death. In the second phase, his thoughts started disappearing. Those who were very very aware, those disciples who were real meditators, could see his thoughts disappearing...

...: N.A. Short Title: N.A. Audio Available: N.A. Video Available: N.A. Length: N.A. [A sannyasin, who is leaving, says: Would you say something about dying? I'm very much engaged with that. I awoke last night and suddenly I saw how absolute it was. I've never seen it before like that - I could hardly get any air. In response to Osho's query she says she likes Kundalini meditation best.] So continue Kundalini...

.... And through this five-minute experience of dying you will feel a totally different quality of life. The body is almost dead - it is a corpse - but you are more alive than ever! And when the body is dead, the mind by and by stops thinking - because all thinking is associated with life. When you are dying, the mind starts dropping. After two or three months you will be able to die within five minutes...

.... The body will be dead and you will have just a pure awareness, a luminous awareness. Just something like a blue light, that's all. You will feel a blue light just near the third-eye centre, just a small blue flame. That is the purest form of life. And when that blue flame starts being felt there, just fall asleep. So your whole night will be transformed into a death meditation, and in the morning you...

... will feel so alive, more than you have ever felt - so young, so fresh, and so full of juice that you can give to the whole world. You will feel so blessed that you can bless the whole world. And this death meditation will make you aware that death is an illusion. It does not really happen - nobody has ever died and nobody can really die. Because we are too much attached to the body, it seems like death...

... disciples could see even that, that his drop had fallen into the ocean. These four stages: first start a simple meditation of five minutes of dying. Then just watching for the blue light to appear at the third eye. Then go to sleep. By and by, you will be able to see all these four stages. Slowly, slowly, you will become aware - and that will be the greatest preparation. And then you can really die...
.... It is not; it is part of you, it is here and now - just in you, progressing, growing. Death is not a fixed point somewhere, it is a growth within you; it is growing constantly. When you are fighting it, it is growing. When you are feeding it, it is growing. When you are escaping from it, it is growing. So whatsoever you do, one thing is constantly going on - that is, you are dying. Whatsoever you do - you are asleep...

... Available: N.A. Length: N.A. NEITHER BY WORK NOR BY PROGENY NOR BY WEALTH, BUT BY RENUNCIATION ALONE IMMORTALITY IS ATTAINED. HIGHER THAN HEAVEN, THE ULTIMATE TRUTH ABIDES IN THE CAVE OF THE HEART, SHINING, AND THE SINCERE SEEKER ATTAINS. For religion, death is the basic problem - not life, because life IS. Life is not a problem; you have it, you are it. But death is a problem. Death is not here and yet...

... is here. Death has not occurred to you, yet it has occurred all around; it will occur to you. Life is the present; death is the future. The present is never the problem - the future is the problem, because future has to be tackled, because future has to be encountered, because future has to be transcended. So man is always face to face with death, not with life. That's why animals have no religion...

..., because they cannot imagine death; they cannot conceive of death. They live, they die, but death is never a problem for them. It is never comprehended, it is never conceived, it is never encountered as a problem in their consciousness. They don't know death - they are alive or they are dead, but they don't know death. When is death known? How is death known? Death is known - you are alive, you are...

... not dead, but there is death somewhere in the future. A dead man has no problem with death, he is already dead. Then death is not a problem. Alive, death faces us somewhere, just around the corner, waits for us. This waiting death - this constant awaiting, somewhere near, just any moment it can happen - is the problem. So man goes on fighting it, and the whole of life becomes just a fight with death...

.... The whole of life is just wasted - just wasted in arranging, in making securities - in defense against death. We cannot be alive, because there is death. We cannot live, we cannot live authentically because death will not allow us to live. How can you live when there is death? When you are going to die, how can you live peacefully? How can you live blissfully? Then every step in life is just a step...

... towards death. Then any movement is a movement towards death, or any movement is a movement of your death coming towards you. Religion has death as the problem - what to do about it? We are doing many things - through wealth, through science, through health, through protection, through medicine, through philosophy, through theology - we are creating many different measures for how to be deathless. We...

... are creating many things, but everything proves futile, meaningless, absurd. Death comes, and every arrangement is just proved futile. It has always been so and it will always be so, because death is not really just in the future, it is also in the past. The moment one is born, death is born within him. Death is not only in the future - if it were only in the future then it could be avoided...

..., but it is part of the past. It is just a process of the same thing which we call birth. Birth is the beginning of death - or, death can be said to be just an ending of the process of birth. So your birth day is also your death day. The beginning is the end, because every beginning implies its end. Every beginning has its end as a seed. If death is just in the future, then it can be avoided...

..., you are relaxing, you are working, you are thinking, you are meditating - whatsoever you do, one thing is certain: death is growing constantly, continuously. It doesn't need your help, it doesn't need you cooperation. It doesn't care about your defenses; it goes on growing. Why? - because it has come into being with your birth; it is part of birth. So death cannot be escaped in the ways man...

... and the human mind have always tried. This UPANISHAD says that death can be escaped, but you can become deathless. You can know something which is immortal, which will never die. So how to know it? Where to search for it, and how to discover it? Because every effort that we know is just meaningless, irrelevant. The UPANISHAD says: Don't fight with death; rather, know that which is life. Don't try to escape...

... from death; rather, try to enter that which is life. The very flame of life must be entered. Don't create the sort of life which is negative; don't go on trying to avoid death - this is negativity. Be positive and try to know what is life. Really, death is not against life. In the dictionary it is; in existence it is not. Death is not against life; death is against birth. Life is something else. Life...

... because you were there before. And the same is the case with death. If you ARE before birth, then you WILL BE after death, because that which is before birth is bound to be after death. Life is something which happens in between birth and death, and beyond birth and death. We must think of life as a river: in this river one point is known as birth, another point is known as death, but the river...

... continues. The river continues beyond death. The river was continuing before birth. This riverlike life must be penetrated - only then we can know that which is deathless. Of course that which is deathless is bound to be birthless... but our whole focus is just misguided. Our whole focus is on how to escape death, now how to know life. It is against death, not for life. This is the only flaw, and because...

... of this we can never know the deathless. We will go on, continue, constantly searching, discovering new methods, new techniques, new ways of how to escape death. And then death will be coming - and death will come. Know life. Jesus has said, "Search for life, for more life. Don't be satisfied with that which is with you as life. Search more, find out more, find IN more - go for more life. We are...

... for less death, we are not for more life; the whole focus is turned towards death. It is like this: If there is darkness, you can do two things - either you can begin to fight with darkness to destroy it, or you can begin to search for light, which is quite a different search. You can fight darkness directly, but then you will be defeated. And darkness will be victorious - not because it is stronger than...

...; you can continue it and you will move in a vicious circle. The more you will be defeated, the more you will be frustrated, the more you will fight with new means - and again you will be defeated. The defeat is not concerned with your power or powerlessness at all. The defeat is because you are fighting something which is not. The same is the case with death. Death is not something positive...

..., it is just absence of life. When life goes somewhere else, death occurs. Death is just the going of something; it is not something which comes to you. Death is not something which comes to you; rather, it is only that life goes somewhere else. The river of life begins to flow somewhere else, and death occurs - death is just an absence. The light is not, darkness happens; the light comes, darkness...

... is not there. So find the light, find life; don't fight with death, don't fight with darkness. Don't be negative; be positive. And by positive, I mean always search for something which is present; never go on any search for something which is absent - you will never find it. Death happens daily, but no one has encountered it, no one has known it. No one can know it, because how can you know it? You are life...

... darkness can be there or light can be there. Light has not known darkness, darkness has not known light, because darkness is simply the absence. So how can light know its own absence? If it is to know, then it must be present. And if it is not present, only then is the absence there - but then light cannot know it. You cannot encounter your own absence - how can you encounter it? Death is your absence...

.... When you are absent, death occurs. So allow me to tell you this way, that death is a social phenomenon, not individual. No individual dies - individual rivers continue somewhere else. But when from this crowd the individual river moves somewhere else, then for this crowd someone has died; for this crowd, someone has become absent. If my friend dies, it means he dies for me; not for himself. Death...

... is a phenomenon which happens to ME, not to him. How can it happen to him? Life cannot face death; life is a movement which has moved somewhere else, so WE face it. Death is a social phenomenon, it is not an individual phenomenon. No one has died ever - but everyone dies, we know everyone dies, because someone becomes suddenly absent. We are here. If I become suddenly absent, I will die - not for me...

..., but for you. For YOU I will be absent. How I can be absent from myself? - it is impossible. The UPANISHADS say, don't fight death, it is fighting absence; rather, search for the presence which is in you. Who is present in you? - find out. What is present in you which you call life? What is there which you call life? From where does it come in you? What is the center, the source of it? Go deep into yourself...

... and find the source. The UPANISHAD says, this source is hidden in the heart. This source of life is hidden in the heart. Go in your heart and find the original source. Once you have known that source then there will be no death for you. Then there will be no fear, then there will be no problem. Once you have known life itself, you have become immortal. You ARE - unconsciously, unknowingly, unaware...

.... Everyone is immortal. Nothing dies, nothing can die - but everyone feels the fear. This fear also comes because of the society, because we see - now today "A" has died and tomorrow "B" will die, and yesterday "C" has died. Then we become aware: "I am going to die." I am going to die - this fear grips the mind because death occurs in a society. Think of it in this...

... way: If you are alone and you have never known any death, will death be a problem for you? If you are alone on an island, have never known any death, never heard about it - will you be aware of death at all? Will you be able to conceive that you are going to die? How can you conceive? - it is a social thing; the society teaches you death. The society shows you that death happens. Alone, you...

... will never be able to know it; alone, you cannot even imagine it. Alone, the very word "death" will be meaningless. And in a certain, subtle way, everyone is deeply aware of this. That's why, howsoever you become aware of death in others, somewhere deep down you continue to think that you are not going to die. Deep down everyone thinks, "Death may occur to anyone else but it is not going...

... to occur to me." That's why so many deaths are occurring yet we continue; we continue to live; otherwise, we would be paralyzed, totally paralyzed. A single death occurring and we would be paralyzed. But somewhere deep down one knows: "It may have occurred to him, but it is not going to occur to me." Everyone goes on deep down believing in something in himself as immortal... it is very...

..., continue, and go on and on - to the very end of the world it can go. Don't move with any desires. Desirelessness is the method to come in, and desirelessness is meditation. Do not desire anything. Even for a single moment, if you are in a desireless moment, you will find yourself in. And then you can encounter the flame of life which is immortality, which is non-dying, which has never been born...

... and will not die. Once known, there will be no fear of death. And when there is no fear of death, only then you can live authentically. Then your life will have a different quality altogether. It will be aware, it will be alive, it will be fresh. It will be blissful, it will be a deep ecstasy, a continuous ecstasy. With no fear, with no longing, with no desire, there will be no pain. There will be no suffering...
.... And then one day the youth moves into old age: he has died again. There are a thousand and one deaths. In fact if you look deeply, penetratingly, you will see each moment you are dying, because each moment you are changing - something is slipping out of your being and something is entering your being. Each moment is a birth and a death. You flow between these two banks, birth and death. Your river of life...

... from the tree - you are dying. Because we are involved in each other, we are parts of each other, we are members of each other. Man is not an island; we are all in a kind of togetherness. And death is happening each moment in millions of ways all around the world. Existence lives through death, existence renews itself through death. Death is the greatest mystery - more mysterious than life, because life...

..., the ordinary way of dying - resisting, fighting. The other way is relaxing, enjoying, ecstatic about it. That's what he calls suicide. Voluntarily, dancing, thrilled by the adventure - that's what he calls suicide. Suicide means being ready of one's own accord, taking a few steps to meet death and embrace death. This is one of the greatest problems each single individual has to decide. Don't die an ordinary...

... it. As you grow old, love becomes difficult because death is coming closer in many ways. Your hairs are turning Grey, your face is getting wrinkles, your body is becoming weak, you are losing something every day. And whatsoever you lose cannot be reclaimed again. You are dying. As you become old, love seems to be almost impossible. And if old people are always thinking about young people as fools, they...

... with skeletons? Just think of your beloved as a skeleton. And hug the skeleton. Just think of the bones... No, you need youth to be fool you - that's what the old man starts thinking. He is dying. And when death enters from one door, love disappears through another. That's why I say Kabir's statement is strange and of immense value. He says: THE DARKNESS OF NIGHT IS COMING ALONG FAST, AND THE SHADOWS OF LOVE...

... your whole life you have been learning how to die, unless you have not been missing any opportunity to die in love, in friendship, in trust, in surrender. Your mother dies: don't miss that opportunity. When a sannyasin comes to me and says 'My mother is dying, my father is dying' I tell him 'Go and be with your dying father and experience death.' One shrinks away. One wants to think 'My father...

... is dying, not I.' 'Any man's death diminishes me, because I am involved in mankind; and therefore never send to know for whom the bell tolls - it tolls for thee.' Even in the death of a stranger you are dying. Whenever there is death, go close, get involved, allow it, let it happen to you. When your father is dying, when his breathing is becoming hard, feel it, empathize with him. Feel what he is feeling...

..., become him, and let a death happen to you too. And you will be immensely benefited. You will be thankful to your father for his life and for his death too - he gave you much when he was alive and he gave you even more when he died. When your woman is dying, when your man is dying, be close. Feel the heartbeat of a dying friend, a lover, a beloved - let that experience become your experience too...

... Osho The Revolution: The Sword of Love-and-Death Prev Next Osho The Revolution Index Headers Help Home Your browser does not support iframes. The Sword of Love-and-Death From: Osho Date: Fri, 19 February 1978 00:00:00 GMT Book Title: Osho - The Revolution Chapter #: 9 Location: am in Buddha Hall Archive Code: N.A. Short Title: N.A. Audio Available: N.A. Video Available: N.A. Length...

..., THIS IS WHAT I HAVE TO SAY: THE GUEST I LOVE IS INSIDE ME!' FRIEND, HOPE FOR THE GUEST WHILE YOU ARE ALIVE. JUMP INTO EXPERIENCE WHILE YOU ARE ALIVE. THINK AND THINK WHILE YOU ARE ALIVE. WHAT YOU CALL 'SALVATION' BELONGS TO THE TIME BEFORE DEATH. IF YOU DON'T BREAK YOUR ROPES WHILE YOU'RE ALIVE, DO YOU THINK GHOSTS WILL DO IT AFTER? THE IDEA THAT THE SOUL WILL JOIN WITH THE ECSTATIC JUST BECAUSE...

... THE BODY IS ROTTEN - THAT IS ALL FANTASY. WHAT IS FOUND NOW IS FOUND THEN. IF YOU FIND NOTHING NOW, YOU WILL SIMPLY END UP WITH AN APARTMENT IN THE CITY OF DEATH. AND IF YOU MAKE LOVE WITH THE DIVINE NOW, IN THE NEXT LIFE YOU WILL HAVE THE FACE OF SATISFIED DESIRE. THEN PLUNGE INTO THE TRUTH, FIND OUT WHO THE TEACHER IS, BELIEVE IN THE GREAT SOUND! KABIR SAYS THIS: 'WHEN THE GUEST IS BEING SEARCHED...

... FOR, IT IS THE INTENSITY OF THE LONGING FOR THE GUEST THAT DOES ALL THE WORK. LOOK AT ME... YOU WILL SEE A SLAVE OF THAT INTENSITY.' THE greatest mystery in life is not life itself but death. Death is the culmination of life, the ultimate blossoming of life. In death the whole life is summed up, in death you arrive. Life is a pilgrimage towards death. From the very beginning, death is coming. From the morn.en of birth...

..., death has started coming towards you, you have started moving towards death. And the greatest calamity that has happened to the human mind is that he is against death. Being against death means you will miss the greatest mystery. And being against death also means that you will miss life itself - because they are deeply involved in each other; they are not two. Life is growing, death is the flowering...

... of it. The journey and the goal are not separate - the journey ends in the goal. Death has to be taken as the crescendo. Then a different vision arises. then you don't avoid death, then you are not anti-death - then you are thrilled by its mystery and you start enjoying it and contemplating it and meditating on it. And death comes in many ways. When you die, that is only one of the forms of death. When your mother...

... dies, that is a death to you too - because the mother was involved in you, she was occupying a great part of your being. And the mother has died - that part inside you has died. Your father will die, your brother, your sister, your friend. Even when your enemy dies, something will die in you, because the enemy was also involved in you. You will miss something, you will lack something, you will never...

... be the same again. So it is not only in your death that death comes; death comes through many ways. Death is always coming. When your childhood disappears and you become a young man or a young woman, can't you see? Death has happened. The childhood is no more there, the childhood has died, that door is closed. You cannot move back, you cannot recapture it, it is gone for ever: you have died as a child...

... is possible only because of birth and death - and it is each moment that it is happening. It happens very silently. You cannot hear its footsteps, it makes no noise. It goes on happening - and it happens so continuously that you don't see it, it is so obvious. The obvious is forgotten, it becomes part of your life. You only take notice of something which happens suddenly, you only take notice of something...

... which is abrupt. And death is continuous - that's why you don't take any note of it. And these are not the only forms of death; there are even more subtle forms of death. When you fall in love you die. Love is death - death in its purity. And only those who are ready to die will be able to love. If you are afraid to die you will also be afraid to love. That's why love is missing in the world. People...

... go on thinking about love - they fantasize about it but they don't move into it. Because love is death. And death frightens you. Lovers die into each other. And only those who are ready to die into each other become lovers. Others are only playing the game. The game of love is not real love, it is phony. And millions of people go on being phony - because they are afraid of death, therefore they are...

... afraid of love too. And love always brings death in. Love is a door for death and death is a door for love. Or when you meditate, then too you die. Hence people are afraid of going into deep meditation. Every day somebody comes to me: 'Now, Osho, it is happening. And I am frightened, I am frightened to my very roots. Meditation is happening; I feel a kind of disappearance. Now protect me.' He was eager...

... to meditate - when it was not happening he was very worried about it. Now it is happening; that creates worry. And I know why - because when he was reading about meditation and hearing about meditation he became greedy about it, without becoming aware that it will lead one into a deep death. Or you surrender to a master. That is one of the most profound deaths: the ego dies and disappears. These are all...

... deaths, and death is always coming. You must have heard these famous lines of John Donne: 'Any man's death diminishes me, because I am involved in mankind; and therefore never send to know for whom the bell tolls - it tolls for thee.' Whenever anybody dies anywhere, death knocks at your doors too. And not only a human being: a dog dies, a crow dies, or a leaf becomes pale and dies and drops...

... is only a pilgrimage towards death. And only those who are in love with death will be able to know what life is. People don't live - they can't live, they are so frightened of death. I have heard: Ludwig Wittgenstein, a great philosopher, was staying at another great philosopher's house - Bertrand Russell. 'While staying at Bertrand Russell's home one night, Wittgenstein tramped back and forth, keeping...

... the limits of logic too. He knew that there is something beyond logic and he knew that life reveals its mysteries only in death. And he remained fascinated with death his whole life - he was always contemplating whether to commit suicide or not. By 'suicide' he does not mean the ordinary suicide - he is asking whether to disappear or not. And one can disappear in two ways. One, the ordinary way...

... death - reluctant, fighting, angry, in rage, clinging, greedy for life. Die lovingly. Only then will you be able to understand these sutras of Kabir - they are of immense value and of immense splendor. THE DARKNESS OF NIGHT IS COMING ALONG FAST, AND THE SHADOWS OF LOVE CLOSE IN THE BODY AND THE MIND. A very strange statement. TINVIR SANZ KA GAHIRA AVAI CHHAVAI PREM TAN-MAN MEN. THE night is coming...

... fast, the night is becoming darker and darker, all light is disappearing. Life is being drowned by death, death is coming like a flood - CHHAVAI PREM TAN-MAN MEN. But Kabir says: I am surprised that my body and mind are both so full of love. And death is coming - it should not be so. Ordinarily it is not so. When death comes your love disappears absolutely. You become dry like a desert, all...

... that is green in you disappears. How can you love when death is coming? Who can think of love when death knocks on the door? How can you afford to think of love when death is so close by? Love is a luxury - when death is far away you can afford it. In fact lovers think that they are not going to die. Lovers tend to forget about death - they start feeling love is eternal, it is for ever and ever. Love...

... is possible, ordinary love I mean, is possible only when you can think, imagine, that there is no death. Only then is there time and space to show love, to grow love, to reap love. If death is coming... Just think: you are sitting by the side of your beloved holding her hand and suddenly a messenger comes and says that within five minutes you are going to die. The beloved will disappear, she...

... will not be there at all. Your hand may still be in the hand of your woman but your hand will not feel anything at all. Your hand will be a dead hand. You will become cold, all warmth will disappear. Death is coming. Who can think of love? That's why only young people can afford to be in love - death seems to be far away, very distant. If it is going to happen it is so far away, there is no need to worry about...

... have a reason to think so. The reason is, they can now see the foolishness of love. When death is there, love is foolish, love is absurd. If there is no death then love is possible, then love is beautiful. If death is there, what is the point of love? It is only a kind of hallucination. Maybe love is a natural drug that your body secretes; it is chemical. The old man starts thinking - as his juices...

... CLOSE IN THE BODY AND THE MIND. CHHAVAI PREM TAN-MAN MEN. 'My body and mind are becoming over flooded with love.' This is how one should die. If death destroys your love then you have not known real love; then you were really in delusion - that love was not true love. Then you have not yet found your beloved, then you have not seen God in your beloved. Otherwise, as death comes closer, you will feel...

... full of love - over flooded, overflowing. Why? Because now you as a separate entity are going to disappear completely into the Beloved. Then death is no more death, but God. And this is the miracle of meditation, that it transforms death into God. And if meditation can transform death into God, what to say about life? It naturally transforms life into great ecstasy. One should learn how to live...

... and how to die. This is the way to die - full of love, full of prayer, ready to go on that adventure called death. The body will be going; you as a separate phenomenon will disappear into the whole. But that is the hankering of love - love WANTS to disappear, love wants to die, love wants to become one with the whole. It does not want to remain separate. This longing to be one with the whole is love...

.... Remember, if death reminds you of love then you are on the right track. If love reminds you of death then you are on the right track. If your love is possible only by denying death then your love is false. And if the very idea of death destroys your quality of love then you have not yet known what love is. Death and love go together, they are aspects of the same energy. When death fulfills your love...

..., and when in love you are ready to die - when they have the same taste and the same flavor - then for the first time you have really become aware of the mysteries of life, love and death. OPEN THE WINDOW TO THE WEST, AND DISAPPEAR INTO THE AIR INSIDE YOU. 'Open the window to the west...' This is a metaphor. The east represents the rising sun, the birth. And the west represents the setting sun, the death...

.... Kabir says: Open the window to the west. Now get ready, open the window to the west, the sun is going to set. Be quick, open the window to the west, don't miss this beauty of the sunset. You have seen the beauty of a rising sun, now dance with the setting sun. You have lived your life, now live your death. OPEN THE WINDOW TO THE WEST, AND DISAPPEAR INTO THE AIR INSIDE YOU. The original is: DUBAHU PREM...

...-GAGAN MEN - Disappear in the inner sky of love. Open the door for death and disappear into the inner sky of love. Let there be a meeting of death and love, let death and love become one. And then one knows what God is. Yes, the meeting point of love and death is the experience of God. And you go on asking what God is, and you go on asking about God as if it is a question to be answered by some...

... theologian or a philosopher. It is an EXPERIENCE, and only available to the most courageous - because it is a meeting of death and love. OPEN THE WINDOW TO THE WEST, AND DISAPPEAR INTO THE INNER SKY OF LOVE. Then you will know what God is. God is love from one side, and death from another side. And there are two types of religion in the world - religions which have taken the love side of God and emphasized...

... it, and the religions which have taken the death side of God and emphasized it. Christianity has taken the love side, Buddha has taken the death side. Kabir transcends both sides, and says: There is no need to choose. Let both be there - why choose? Let death and love meet. OPEN THE WINDOW TO THE WEST, AND DISAPPEAR INTO THE INNER SKY OF LOVE. DUBAHU PREM-GAGAN MEN. 'Be drowned by both love and death.' Kabir has...

... a very transcending insight. Jesus says 'God is love' - that is the positive side of God. Buddha takes the negative side of God - his path is the path of the negative, via negative. Christ says yes, Buddha says no. And God is both, yes/no. God is both and yet beyond - He cannot be confined in the yes and He cannot be confined in the no. Buddha says 'nirvana'. Nirvana means death - the word literally...

... means 'putting out a lamp'. Nirvana means 'putting out a flame'. Just like that, you disappear in death. Death is God for Buddha. That's why Buddha chose the yellow robe for his monks - yellow is the color of death. The leaves become yellow before they die; the man becomes yellow, the blood disappears from his face before he dies. Yellow is the color of death. Kabir is both Buddha and Christ. He says...

... 'Why choose? God is both.' But why have Christ and Buddha chosen? Because if you don't choose you look very illogical. God, both love and death? It looks absurd - it does not fit with our categories of thinking. God, both light and darkness? God, both creative and destructive? God, both good and evil? It doesn't fit. Because it doesn't fit, we create the devil. Christians have created the devil...

... the Christians had to invent the devil. The devil is just a scapegoat to unburden God, so God remains pure love and the devil becomes pure hate. But in life nothing is pure, all is mixed. Life and death are mixed, love and hate are mixed, creativity and destructiveness are mixed, war and peace are mixed, men and women are mixed. It is a great mixing of the polar opposites. Christ's choice for love...

... is the choice of a positive mind. Christ is very positive; his religion is a positive religion. Buddha's choice is for the negative, he is a negative mind. But both have chosen - and when you choose, something has to be left outside the choice. Kabir is courageous enough to be absurd. He says God is both: love and death. OPEN THE WINDOW TO THE WEST, AND DISAPPEAR INTO THE AIR INSIDE YOU. NEAR YOUR BREASTBONE...

... THERE IS AN OPEN FLOWER. CHET-KAMAL-DAL RAS PIYO RE. Just at the innermost core of your being there is a lotus of consciousness, full of the juice of immortality. NEAR YOUR BREASTBONE THERE IS AN OPEN FLOWER. But that flower can be experienced only when love and death are experienced together - otherwise not. That flower blooms only when love gives it nourishment and death showers on it like rain. When love...

... and death both enter into the flower it opens - otherwise not. The perfect flowering of a human consciousness is of love and death. NEAR YOUR BREASTBONE THERE IS AN OPEN FLOWER. DRINK THE HONEY THAT IS ALL AROUND THAT FLOWER. THE original is very beautiful: CHET-KAMAL-DAL RAS PIYO RE - 'Be conscious of the flower that you have been carrying within yourself for ages. Let death awaken you, and let love give...

... you the ecstasy of awakening.' Both are needed - the shock of death is needed to awaken you, and also the nourishment of love. If there is only the shock of death you may fall into a coma. If there is only the nourishment of love you will go into hallucinations. The shock of death will not allow you to go into hallucinations, into any inner lsd-trip. And love and the nourishment of love...

... will not allow you to dry up because of death. You will remain green because of love and you will remain alert because of death. Have you observed it? Whenever you are in danger you become more aware. In fact that is the reason why people sometimes love to be in danger. When you are driving a car, there arises a longing to go faster and faster. When you are going at a hundred miles per hour there is great...

... awareness. All thinking disappears - when you are going at a hundred and twenty miles per hour, how can you think? Mind stops. Mind cannot afford to think, it is too risky - the thought may distract you, and there is death. You have to be absolutely alert, on guard. That's why people go mountain climbing - it helps awareness. They may not be consciously searching for awareness, but those who know, they...

... say man seeks dangers just to feel the thrill of consciousness. Whenever death is close by you become aware. And whenever there is love you bloom. Alone, love will take you into hallucinations, dreams, fantasies. Alone, death will make you aware, but so frightened that you will shrink, that your inner source will close. They are both needed together. And that is the method of Kabir, and that's my...

... method too. The work that we are doing here is going to prepare you so that you can... OPEN THE WINDOW TO THE WEST, AND DISAPPEAR INTO THE LOVE SKY WITHIN YOU. NEAR YOUR BREASTBONE THERE IS AN OPEN FLOWER. DRINK THE HONEY THAT IS ALL AROUND THAT FLOWER. WAVES ARE COMING IN... If you allow these two things - if you allow this paradox, if you allow this absurdity of death and love both throbbing in you...

..., dancing in you hand in hand - then, then you will experience... WAVES ARE COMING IN. The original is far better: LAHAR LEHU YA TAN MAN MEN - 'Let the divine flood this, THIS body.' This very body the Buddha. You need not go anywhere else; you need not have any heavenly body, you need not become an angel. In this very body, in this very ordinary body, the extraordinary happens. Just allow love and death...

... together, and waves start coming in, waves from the beyond. LAHAR LEHU YE TAN MAN MEN. And this very body becomes a dance, a vibration, a streaming energy, a pulsation. Then it breathes in the divine, then it beats in the divine. Then this very body is transformed. Then: This very body the Buddha. WAVES ARE COMING IN: THERE IS SO MUCH MAGNIFICENCE NEAR THE OCEAN. If you allow death and love to happen...

...: SOUND OF IMMENSE SEASHELLS! Kabir says: If you have followed me up to now, and if you have opened the window to the west and you are ready to disappear into love, then... LISTEN: SOUND OF IMMENSE SEASHELLS! SOUND OF BELLS KABIR SAYS, 'FRIEND, LISTEN, THIS IS WHAT I HAVE TO SAY: THE GUEST I LOVE IS INSIDE ME!' The host is the guest. When love and death meet in you, the host and the guest are known...

... and the sought, the knower and the known, the host and the guest. Why this division? This division exists because of an inner and far deeper division, the division between love and death. When that division disappears, all divisions disappear. Let me repeat it: There is only one division in life, and that is the division between love and death. All other divisions are by-products of it. Once the fundamental...

... say 'Yes, when death comes we will try.' But you will not be able to do it when death comes; you will not be prepared for it. And death comes so suddenly. Death is always an accident, because it comes without informing you, without warning you. When it comes, it comes - and suddenly it is there and all is finished. Unless your whole life has been a preparation for it you will miss the point, unless...

.... And, slowly slowly, knowing death in its many aspects, you will come to recognize it as a friend, not as an enemy; as a great rest and relaxation. It is not against life. It is only because of death that life is possible. Without death, life will not be possible. When a rose flower is disappearing in the evening, its petals are falling, sit there and meditate. Feel yourself as a flower with your petals...

... falling. Early in the morning when the sun rises and the stars disappear, feel yourself disappearing with all the stars. And when the sun has risen and the dewdrops on the grass leaves start disappearing, feel yourself disappearing like the dewdrops. Feel death in as many ways as possible. Become a great experience of death. And you have to do the same with love. Not only experience your own love...

..., your culture prohibits it. Love is the greatest flowering on this earth. No rose is as beautiful as the energy between two lovers. Eyes are needed to see it and the heart is needed to feel it. No moon has anything compared to that light which arises between two lovers. Nourish yourself from all kinds of love experiences. Love and death both have to be experienced and then you will become rich...

.... Then you will attain to great peaks of joy. And finally, only then will you be able to know God - because God is the experience of love and death together, in a single instant. Kabir says: SADHO BHAI, JIVAT HI KARO ASHA. Hope while you are alive. Do something while you are alive! FRIEND, HOPE FOR THE GUEST WHILE YOU ARE ALIVE. Don't postpone it. People go on postponing - they say 'Yes, when the time...

... comes we will see; we will pray, we will meditate. And I am still young and death is far away.' And then people have created philosophies. People are more interested in what happens after death than in what happens before death. There are hundreds of books written all over the world in all the languages about the mystery of what happens after death. People are very interested. People come to me, they...

... write letters to me: 'Tell us something - what happens after death?' And I tell them 'First see what happens BEFORE death! "After" is not a relevant question. You are alive: just see what is happening right now.' But they are not interested in the right-now; their mind is always spinning and weaving about the future. The mind is a distraction from reality. FRIEND, HOPE FOR THE GUEST WHILE...

... but firmly 'Excuse me sir, but I think his answer is very good.' 'How?' shot back the minister. The bureaucrat replied 'It is short, accurate, and raises no controversy.' The really religious person is a rebel and raises MUCH controversy; he is controversial. Kabir created much controversy while he was alive - because for centuries the Indian mind has been thinking about what happens after death...

.... The Indian mind has become focused so much on the life beyond death, the afterlife, that it has completely forgotten to live right now. It has completely forgotten how to live in this moment; the afterlife has become its obsession. Kabir says: FRIEND, HOPE FOR THE GUEST WHILE YOU ARE ALIVE. Don't think that when you are dead you will go to paradise, to heaven. You will remain the same wherever you are...

.... Death is not going to transform anything, unless you become rich through the experience of life and death every moment. JUMP INTO EXPERIENCE WHILE YOU ARE ALIVE. THINK AND THINK WHILE YOU ARE ALIVE. JIVAT SAMAZE JIVAT BOOZE. The original is far deeper than the translation. It does not say 'Think and think while you are alive.' It says 'Understand and be' - JIVAT SAMAZE JIVAT BOOZE. Understanding...

... from the knowledge. When understanding comes, you become one with it. 'Understand and be' says Kabir. WHAT YOU CALL 'SALVATION' BELONGS TO THE TIME BEFORE DEATH. Don't look for any salvation in the afterlife. Salvation is HERE, because salvation is through experience. Salvation is not through renunciation, salvation is not through virtue, salvation is not through doing good to people. Salvation is through...

... life becomes a service. It comes effortlessly. WHAT YOU CALL 'SALVATION' BELONGS TO THE TIME BEFORE DEATH. Because the body is the occasion to experience, the mind is the occasion to experience. These are opportunities, gifts from God - and you go on missing. Experience as much as you can, experience all that is available, don't be afraid and shy. Don't be afraid of ANYTHING. Wherever you feel...

... BEFORE DEATH. IF YOU DON'T BREAK YOUR ROPES WHILE YOU'RE ALIVE, DO YOU THINK GHOSTS WILL DO IT AFTER? If you cannot know truth while alive, how will you be able to know truth when you are dead? Life gives you three-dimensional opportunities - of the body, of the mind, of the soul. Death will take two dimensions away from you - your life will be one-dimensional, of the soul only. This three- dimensional...

... MILA TO TABAHUN MILEGA. WHAT IS FOUND NOW IS FOUND THEN. IF YOU FIND NOTHING NOW, YOU WILL SIMPLY END UP WITH AN APARTMENT IN THE CITY OF DEATH. AND IF YOU MAKE LOVE WITH THE DIVINE NOW, IN THE NEXT LIFE YOU WILL HAVE THE FACE OF SATISFIED DESIRE. But the love has to be made now. There is no other time, now is the only time. And there is no other space, here is the only space. If you can make love...

... difficult to go into your own inside, because you will be going into love and death - which frightens, which scares. The master does not give. you anything, he simply gives you your own being. He gives you that which you already have. He takes away, certainly, a few things from you - your fear, your unconfidence in yourself, your doubt in your possibility, in your capacity, in your potential. He takes...

... is a sword. And you can also create your own sword. The sword is created by two energies: love and death. Generated by PreciseInfo ™ ...
.... And because of this clinging we are unable to know what death is. Not only that, we are unable to know what life is too. The man who is not able to know death will not be able to know life either, because deep down they are two branches of the same tree, If you are afraid of death, basically you will remain - because it is life that brings death. It is through living that you come to dying. You would like...

... and dying go on together your whole life. The moment you start breathing you start dying too. EACH moment there is life and there is death - two wheels of the same cart. They go together. They are simultaneous. You cannot put them so far apart - seventy years is too much distance. You cannot put them so far apart - they are there every moment. Every moment something is being born in you and something...

... rest. But dying and living continue together. To see it in that light will bring great insight to you. Each moment both are there. So there is no need to be afraid. It is not that death is going to happen somewhere in the future. The future creates problems: It is going to happen somewhere in the future - how to protect yourself? How to create Great China Walls against it? What arrangements should...

.... But see, there is a corollary to it. If you only see the peak then you will be very much afraid of death, because you will not have any experience of it. Then death will remain unknown forever. Only when you are dying, then you will come across it. Then it will be too much and too new, and too unfamiliar and unknown, and it will shock you very much. So the people who are death-against and only see...

... trouble for us? Yes, you are a bother - ninety-six years old - but that will be even more bothersome, dying in the middle of January. Please eat!" So the old man laughed, he resumed eating, but when it became warm again he stopped, and not long after quietly toppled over and died. Death, too, is then a game, something to be played with. Then you are not afraid. There is nothing to be afraid...

... think of the disciples saying, "This will be a nuisance, sir, dying in the middle of January. It is so cold and it will be a great bother for all of us to go to the funeral." Just see the point of it, the humour of it - as if life and death are nothing but jokes, as if the old man is just going to play an act, as if it is not truth! That's how it is. SIMPLY as if he is going to play an act...

... of No Title. When you take death also with humour, you have already gone beyond it. And to go beyond life and death is to go into your reality. Another anecdote: When Tozan was dying a monk said to him, "Master, your four elements are out of harmony, but is there anyone who is never ill?" "There is," said Tozan. He was very ill. The whole body was just disintegrating. The four elements...

... OF THIS." And this message is to a dying man, remember. The Master is saying, "While you are dying, think only of this. Before death, solve one thing: that you are not suffering. And then when you are entering into death, go on questioning, 'Who is this who is not suffering?"' "Who am I?" as Raman Maharshi used to say: "Who am I?" Think only of this while death happens...

..., because death will take EVERYTHING away. If only THIS question can be carried into death, if this inquiry can be carried while you are dying, you can attain to samadhi, you can attain to the great fruit of enlightenment . "THINK ONLY OF THIS. YOU WILL NEED NO MORE." The Master is right, exactly so it is. You will not need anything more if you can do only two things: disidentification from life...

... - the snowflake into the pure air. But you will be there and more so. When the river disappears into the ocean, it is not dying - it is becoming the ocean, it is spreading, it is becoming bigger, huge, enormous, infinite. Death, if you cling to life, will look like death. If you don't cling to life, death will look like a transformation, a freedom. You are freed from the imprisonment of form, you become...

... it is utterly crazy. Zen is right because it is so paradoxical. Life is a paradox. Anything that is true to life is going to be a great paradox. Yes, life has to be lived, and death to be died. Living, penetrate into the deepest core of life. Dying, penetrate again to the deepest core of death. And the deepest core is the same - it is the essential mind. 'Life' is not a noun, remember; neither is 'death...

..., YOU ARE FACING THAT SICKNESS SQUARELY. YOU MAY NOT KNOW EXACTLY WHO IS SUFFERING, BUT QUESTION YOURSELF: WHAT IS THE ESSENCE OF THIS MIND? THINK ONLY OF THIS. YOU WILL NEED NO MORE. COVET NOTHING. YOUR END WHICH IS ENDLESS IS AS A SNOWFLAKE DISSOLVING IN PURE AIR." DEATH IS NOT THE ENEMY. It appears to be so because we cling too much to life. The fear of death arises out of the clinging...

... to become stagnant frozen, so that you don't flow, so that death never happens. You would like to get stuck somewhere on the way, so that you never come to the ocean and disappear. A man who is afraid of death clings to life too much; but the irony is that even if he clings too much to life, he is not able to see what life is. His clinging to life becomes a barrier to understanding life too. He cannot...

... understand death, he cannot understand life; he remains in a deep misunderstanding, in a great ignorance. So this is one of the most fundamental things to see: that death is not the enemy. Death cannot be the enemy. In fact, the enemy exists not. The whole existence is one. All is friendly. All is yours, it belongs to you and you belong to it. You are not strangers here. Existence has given birth to you...

...; existence has mothered you. So when you die, you simply go back to the original source to rest and to be born again. Death is like a rest. Life is activity: death is rest. And without rest activity is not possible. Life is like the day and death is like the night. And without the night, the day cannot exist on its own. It is night that prepares you for the day, it is night that rejuvenates you, gives you...

... energy back. You move in your deep sleep to the very point where death will lead you. Every night you go into death - it is a small death - hence in the morning you feel so alive. Unfortunate are those people who don't die every night. In the morning they are more tired than they were when they went to bed. They were dreaming, they were still clinging to life in their dreams. They didn't go in a let-go...

.... They didn't allow death to take possession of them and mend many things and give rest, relaxation, new energy. These are the unfortunate people. The fortunate people are those who go into a tremendously deep sleep, a dreamless sleep. In the morning they are again alive, ready to face life in its manifold forms, full of joy, full of response, ready to take any challenge that life proposes. Death...

... is like the night. Life is yang and death is yin. Life is male, death is female. Life is aggression, ambition - a great effort to conquer many things. And death is relaxation from all aggression - an inward journey. One relaxes into oneself. Zen people call it 'the asylum of rest'. Life is an adventure; you go away from yourself, you go farther and farther away. The farther away you are, the more...

... and bored. That adventure no longer appeals. You relax into yourself, you come back. The closer you come to yourself, the more happy you become. The more you forget about happiness, the more happy you become. The day you stop seeking and searching for happiness, you are happy. Life is a promise for happiness, but only a promise. It never fulfills. Death fulfills it. Hence, I repeat: death is not the enemy...

.... Death is your home where you come after many many journeys - tired, frustrated, exhausted - to seek shelter, to seek rest, to gain again the lost vitality. One thing. Second thing: life and death are not so much apart as we think. You think life happened the day you were born, and death will happen the day you die. So there is a seventy or eighty or one hundred years' gap. It is not so. Birthing...

... is dying. Dying and living are together. In seventy years' time you are finished with this dying and living. You are tired of the game. You would like to go home. You have played with sand castles. You have argued, fought for your sand castles: This is mine and that is thine, and enough is enough! Evening has come and the sun is setting and you want to come home. After seventy years you slip into deep...

... be made so it doesn't happen to you, or at least so it can be postponed a little more? But it is already happening! It is not a question in the future. It has been happening since you have been here. You cannot postpone it, you cannot do anything about it! There is no way to do anything about it. It is the very process of life - dying is part of the very process of life. For example, it comes very very...

... prominent and loud and bold when you make love. Naturally, because love gives you the feeling of life. But have you watched? After each love act you become depressed. Relaxed, silent, but a kind of frustration is also there. At the peak of your love you are at the peak of life, and then suddenly you fall into death. Each love act brings life to a peak, and, naturally, gives you a glimpse into the abyss...

... of death that is surrounding it. The valley of death is very clear when the peak of life is very high. Out of this experience, two types of culture have arisen in the world. One is sex-against, and one is death-against. The sex-against culture emphasizes more the frustration that follows the sex act. It is more concerned with the valley. It says, "Look, nothing is achieved, only frustration...

... of celibacy and BRAHMACHARYA has arisen because of that second part. It is there! People who are sex-against see only it. People who are death-against don't see it. People who are death-against, they simply see the peak, they don't look into the valley. Once the peak is there, they close their eyes and go into sleep. They don't think about the valley. The valley is there, but they have chosen only the peak...

... the peak of life, the orgasmic peak of the sex act, will avoid the valley, they will not look into it. Then ultimately, one day, that valley is there. They are very afraid. Hence, in the West, where sex has become more free and people are less sex-against, they are more death-against. They are fighting against death. Somehow death has to be destroyed. In the East, people are sex-against. They look only...

... into the valley. They don't look at the peak; they say the peak is just illusory. Because they look into the valley, they have become more and more death-prone, ready to die. In fact, waiting to die; in fact, hoping to die, desiring to die, dreaming to die. In the East the greatest ideal is how to die so utterly that you are never born again. That is the ultimate death. In the West the idea is how to create...

... oblivious of the valley." He will see both as they are. He will not choose. Not to choose is Zen. To be choiceless is Zen: to see things as they are in their totality - good and bad, heaven and hell, life and death, day and night, summer and winter - to see them as they are. Zen is not an either/or philosophy. It does not give you a choice because it says, "If you choose, you will always...

...-against is always afraid of the vengeance of sex - it can explode any moment. And the man who is afraid of death, death-against, is naturally always trembling death is coming. He knows, there is a tacit understanding. Whether you see it or not, it makes no difference. Just not seeing it will not make it disappear. It is there. You know it is there and it is coming. And it is coming closer every moment...

.... The man who is sex-against will be afraid of sexuality erupting any moment in his consciousness. And the man who is death-against will be afraid of death coming any day and possessing him and destroying him. Both kinds of people remain fear-oriented; and both kinds of people remain in a fighting state, continuously conflicting. They never come to a calm tranquillity, an equilibrium. Equilibrium is when...

.... It cannot disappear, there is no way for it to disappear. If you love life too much and you don't want to see the fact of death... death is there hanging around like a shadow. Zen says: See both - they are one piece, they are together. Seeing them together, without any choice, without any prejudice, you transcend them. Seeing them together, you are no more identified with life and no more identified...

... with death. When you are not identified, you are free, you are liberated. Identification is what imprisonment is. Let this be understood perfectly, because that is the root cause of all our misery, slavery. Identification - this word is very significant. It means you get identified with a part. You become one with one part of life, that part you start thinking of as if it is the whole. Nothing is wrong...

... losers, we have been fighting. We choose a small part and claim that this is the whole. We choose life, we take life out of its basic context - death - and we say, "This is me. I am life." Now you are getting into trouble. You will be encaged in this identification. How will you manage death then? - and it is there, and it is happening every moment, and it is going to take you unawares...

... I am" or "THAT I am." You simply remain a witness. You see life as passing, you see death as passing, you see sex as passing, you see frustration, joy, success, failure. You go on seeing; you remain a pure seer. You don't get hooked with anything; you don't claim "I am this." WITHOUT claiming, who are you? Without confining and defining yourself, without giving a limitation...

... times you will feel very high. Watching all this duality, by and by you will see that you are beyond all these dual pairs of things. And so is a pair - life and death. And so is a pair - mind and body. And so is a pair - the world and NIRVANA. ALL are dual pairs. When you can see thoroughly, when you can see transparently, and you don't choose, you are something transcendental - the witness...

.... That witness is never born and never dies. Death and life come into that witness' vision, but that witness is eternal. It was there before you were born, and it will be there when you are gone. You have been coming into the world millions of times, and you may yet be coming - and still you have never come. The world appears in you just like a reflection appears in a mirror. Nothing, in fact, happens...

... have become attached to life. You think it is very valuable. And because you become attached, you think of death as the enemy, the robber. Death is coming and it will rob you of ALL your gold, of all the precious stones that you have carried all along. It will take all the dust off your mirror - and that's all you have been thinking is YOUR LIFE. Hence, you are afraid. If you see the point, death...

... is a friend. In fact, a far greater friend than life itself. Why do I say so? I say so because in life you get attached, you collect dust. Death takes all your attachments and all your dust away. If you can see the point, you will feel tremendously grateful to death. What you cannot do, death does for you. That's why if you can do it, then there is no death for you; then there is no need for death. If a man...

... can clean his consciousness through meditation, then he will never die. I'm not saying that he will not die in the body - that is a natural thing. But he will never come across death. Death happens only to the dust that collects on the mirror. The mirror never dies! The mirror itself is undying. This witnessing is an undying process, it is eternal. The traveller continues; only the clothes become...

.... It takes all the nonsense thoughts that you have collected, accumulated - all the junk that you go on carrying in your head. And your head is suffering, is very heavy, and you are miserable, but still you go on carrying it thinking that it is valuable. Death is a great friend, it unburdens you. It unburdens you of all that you have accumulated. Once this unburdening is allowed voluntarily, death becomes...

... samadhi. If you don't allow it voluntarily, then death is not a samadhi, it is a pain. Now see the point. The same thing can be utter pain, and the same thing can be utter joy. It depends on your interpretation - how you look at things, how you penetrate a certain experience, how deep you go into it. If you are a clinger, very possessive, then death will be very painful and will be a great anguish. You...

... will suffer. You will not suffer because of death, you will suffer because of your clinging, because of your possessiveness, because of your attachments, because of your greed, and all that. But if you are not a clinger, you are not very possessive, you are not greedy, you are not egoistic, you are not aggressive, suddenly death's quality has changed. It comes like a fresh breeze of God. It comes...

... and cleanses you. It gives you a great rest much needed. It purifies you. It takes you into the eternal source from where you will rise again. If you go voluntarily into it you will rise in a better form, because you have learned something from the last form. If you don't go voluntarily, then too death will throw you into the furnace, will burn you, but forcibly, and you will come back again into the same...

... and he learned it. And he went on learning and learning and learning.... And one day he has finished all forms. He has gone through all forms - watching, choicelessly alert, keeping his mirror bright, un-clouded, he has come through all the forms. And he has now come to a point where no more learning is needed. He has learned the lesson. Then he disappears. Then death becomes nirvana. Then he spreads...

... of the cosmic mind, a blessing, a peace. He does not come any more, he has gone beyond the point of return. This is the ultimate learning. But one has to go through all the forms. And death brings a great lesson, far greater than life. And death brings a very intense possibility to understand, because life is spread long range - death comes in a very very potential way in a very short time. In a single moment...

... it shakes you. If you are not alert you will miss that moment, the moment is very tiny. If you are alert, then that very moment becomes a door into the divine. ONCE YOU ARE NOT ATTACHED TO DEATH, once you are not afraid of death, death becomes a game, a play. Listen to this beautiful story: Almost blind at the age of ninety-six and no longer able to teach or work about the monastery, Zen Master Yamamoto...

... decided it was time to die, so he stopped eating. When asked by his monks why he refused his food, he replied that he had out-lived his usefulness and was only a bother to everybody. Now ninety-six... it is enough. And the old man thinks that now it is time to die, so he stops eating food. Death is just a rest. It is time to rest. He starts preparing to retire. This is the understanding that is needed...

.... The disciples told him, "If you die now" - it was January and very cold - "when it is so cold, everybody will be uncomfortable at your funeral and you will be an even greater nuisance, so please eat!" Those were also great people. Mm? - the reason they give: "Please just think of the cold. You will be dying, it is January and much too cold, and you will be a greater nuisance to all...

... of us. We will have to go to your funeral - so start eating." This can happen only in a Zen monastery with a Zen Master and Zen disciples. Nobody is worried about the death. Death is okay. The Master is ready to die, but look at the disciples. Those disciples are also very close to enlightenment. They say, "Stop your nonsense! Right now it is not a good time. Why do you want to create...

... of. Then you are not even serious. Look at the non-seriousness of the whole thing. Can you think of something like this happening in the West? Impossible! It can only happen in the East where people have accepted life and death both, as they are. And this can happen only when you know that nobody is going to die - that's why they could joke with the old man, and the old man laughed. He was not offended. Just...

.... "Please don't play it right now, later on you can do it when the days are warmer." The old man laughed, he didn't feel offended. He must have enjoyed it tremendously. This was a great insight in his disciples. Now they even take death humorously. When you start taking death also humorously, you are a man of under-standing. You are, by and by, turning into The Man of No Title, the REAL Man...

... were no more together. It was a kind of riot inside his body, Elements were trying to get free of each other. Tozan was old and dying, and the disciple asks, "Your four elements are out of harmony, but is there anyone who is never ill?" "There is," said Tozan. "Does this one look at YOU?" asked the monk. "It is my function to look at him," answered Tozan. "...

...;How about when you yourself look at him?" asked the monk. "At that moment I see no illness," replied Tozan. In you there are two worlds: the world of birth and death, and the world that is transcendental. Yes, the body can be very ill, and yet there may be no illness in you - if you don't get attached to illness, if you don't get identified with illness, if you don't start thinking...

.... And all your consolations are false; all your consolations are lies. But when a Zen Master writes a letter to somebody who is dying and who has been a disciple to him, he simply states the truth. In fact, when somebody is dying it is time to state the truth, because there may be no more time. At least let him hear the truth before he leaves the world, let him be made alert to what the true fact...

... Master Bassui writes to one of his disciples who is about to die: now this is a great moment. Death is a great moment. It should be used to its total capacity. Death is such a great opportunity, such a creative possibility, that one can be enlightened through it. If you have missed life, okay, but don't miss death. Use the door to look into the divine. The Master wrote: "THE ESSENCE OF YOUR MIND...

... and beyond death. "THE ESSENCE OF YOUR MIND IS NOT BORN," says the Master, "SO IT WILL NEVER DIE." Only that which is born dies; only that which begins ends. If you have one polarity, the other will follow; but if the first polarity is missing, the other cannot be there. If something is there in you which was not born, which was there even before birth, then it will be there even after...

... death. This mirrorlike quality has nothing to do with anybody, nobody has given it to you. It is you, your authentic being. This is the real Man of No Title. The mirror is going to learn many things, is going to be conditioned in many ways - all that will be non-essential. That's why I say if you are a Hindu, you are getting too much attached to the titles. If you are an Indian, again you are getting...

...;LIKE A GOOD ZEN STUDENT, YOU ARE FACING THAT SICKNESS SQUARELY." TO FACE SICKNESS SQUARELY means to go on seeing that you are not it - that's what it means, to face it squarely, to go on seeing that "I am not it." "YOU MAY NOT KNOW EXACTLY WHO IS SUFFERING, BUT question yourself..." Question yourself: Who is suffering? Who is dying? Who has become old? Question, go...

... formless. Then there is great joy. A man who can die like a snowflake disappearing in the pure air is blessed. There is great ecstasy, great silence and peace, utter joy. There is celebration in the very heart of your being. Life has to be used, death has to be used. Everything has to be used to come to this essential mind, because this essential mind IS SATCHIDANANDA - it is truth, it is consciousness...

..., it is bliss. IT MAY LOOK SOMETIMES VERY CRAZY that one has to drop all attachments, even attachment to life. It may look very crazy that one has to transform even death into a love affair. It may look very crazy, but life IS crazy, life is a paradox. John Wheeler has said: "We are talking about things that are absolutely crazy. Can anything that is LESS crazy be right?" Zen is right because...

...' a noun. 'Life' and 'death' are both verbs. 'Existence" is a verb, it is not a noun. Life is a process, death is a process. And who is being processed? Who is moving in this cart of two wheels? Who is the pilgrim? Who is this that goes on travelling through many forms? That essential mind, that no-mind, that mirrorlike quality, that witnessing has to be found in all the ways and through all...
..., and yellow represents death because it represents a dying yellow leaf. And orange is the synthesis of both: it is yellow and red both, it is exactly in the middle. We can say it the other way also, that yellow is one extreme of orange and red is another extreme of orange. Orange is like a bird, and yellow and red are two wings of it. Orange represents synthesis, the greatest synthesis, because there can...

... Available: N.A. Video Available: N.A. Length: N.A. Anand means blissful, narangu means the orange colour - blissful orange (a wave of appreciative laughter). And orange is a very significant metaphor. It means many things, but the most fundamental is that red is the colour of life, yellow is the colour of death, and orange is just in the middle of both. Red represents life because it represents blood...

...'t be any greater synthesis than the synthesis between life and death. Orange also represents love. These are the three things most important: life, death and love. Life starts in birth, it is the beginning, and death is the end; between the two is love. Love is the inner phenomenon that has to happen. Just by being born one is not necessarily capable of love. One may live and die and may never come...

.... to know what love is. To be orange means to be a lover, and such a lover who can love death too. Love for life is very natural, love for death is supernatural. But love is capable of doing that miracle. [A sannyasin asks about her marriage of twenty-eight years, because she has no sexual feeling for her husband but he doesn't like her to go with other men. They don't want to separate because they need...

... of death has to be accepted - not that you are going to die soon, but in a sense everybody is going to die soon. Whenever you die it is soon - thirty years, forty years, but what do forty years mean? It is soon. If you accept the idea, the trouble will disappear. Since your mother died you have been against death, naturally: an eleven-year-old child and the mother dies; how can the child accept death...

...? The mother has been taken away, death is the enemy, and the child has suffered much. So you are angry with death, very angry deep down; that anger is creating the trouble. It has nothing to do with your mother really but with your mother's death. That death came between you and your mother and took your mother away. You must have cried and cried and you must have felt utterly helpless and alone, rejected...

..., thrown into darkness. Since then you have been afraid of death, and that fear of death keeps your energy blocked. You cannot allow yourself to flow because you are afraid that if you allow yourself to go into anything, death may come. You have to keep a hold on yourself, you have to control everything. You have lost your mother; now you don't want to lose more. If you accept death the problem...

... will simply disappear, evaporate. And death has to be accepted; there is no other way. We cannot do anything about death: we have to accept it. And there is no need to do anything either: death is beautiful. But I can understand your problem: how can you accept death as beautiful? It has been the ugliest thing in your life. It has taken your mother, and since then you have felt shattered. Just start...

... understanding that death is a rest. It may have shattered you but it has given your mother a great rest. She must have been born somewhere else; life continues. This body was no more adequate enough to keep her, that's why she died. And it is good that she moved into another house, everybody has to move. So try to understand death as a friend, and start one meditation every night.... For ten minutes, just...

... lying down on the bed, start feeling that you are dying... every night. Within a week you will be able to enter into that feeling and you will be enjoying it. It will be a surprise to you that all this tension in the body will disappear. Let the whole body die, fall asleep dying, and in the morning you will feel so fresh and full of energy. The energy will be flowing harmoniously; it Will not press...
... Osho Gateless Gate: Transcendence of Death Prev Next Osho Gateless Gate Index Headers Help Home Your browser does not support iframes. Transcendence of Death From: Osho Date: Fri, 17 Apr 1971 00:00:00 GMT Book Title: Osho - The Gateless Gate Chapter #: 18 Location: ??? Archive Code: N.A. Short Title: N.A. Audio Available: N.A. Video Available: N.A. Length: N.A. Beloved Kusum, Love. Moment...

... to moment life passes into death. Because it is death. Covered, it appears as life. Uncovered, it is death. Remember this fact always. This is silent meditation. And, when this remembering penetrates even in your dreams you will have a new door opened unto you. Through it in fact, you will be altogether new. And ultimately reborn. . Remembering death gives a new dimension to consciousness. Because...

... to remember death is not natural On the contrary nature has arranged so that one should not be aware of it. Because the moment one transcends death one transcends nature also. And, one cannot transcend death unless one is totally aware of the fact. So be totally aware of death. And it is happening each moment within and without. It is present everywhere. And because it is so obvious one becomes absent...

... to it. Remember and deepen the consciousness. Because as the awareness of death goes deeper one becomes capable of feeling that which is deathless. Really, death is the door - the opening to the deathless. But be conscious of it. Be conscious and transcend. Be conscious and know that which is before birth and after death. And, you are that. 17-4-1971 (To, Mrs. Kusum, C/o. Shree Kapil Mohan Chandhok, Quality Ice...
... THING OF THEIR DYING; YES, EVEN THE HOLLOWEST NUT WANTS TO BE CRACKED. EVERYONE TREATS DEATH AS AN IMPORTANT MATTER: BUT AS YET DEATH IS NOT A FESTIVAL. AS YET, MEN HAVE NOT LEARNED TO CONSECRATE THE FAIREST FESTIVALS. I SHALL SHOW YOU THE CONSUMMATING DEATH, WHICH SHALL BE A SPUR AND A PROMISE TO THE LIVING. THE MAN CONSUMMATING HIS LIFE DIES HIS DEATH TRIUMPHANTLY.... TO DIE THUS IS THE BEST DEATH...

... breathing stopped, his heartbeat stopped. This is a totally different kind of death - so easy and so relaxed, so fulfilled, so grateful to existence. These are the same steps as those of meditation. That's why I said, if you meditate you can experience death without dying: you can come back. It is a passage from the body to the mind, to the heart, to the being. Gautam Buddha died at the right time...

... at the right time. I am dying and you are making a laughing stock of me." But truthfully, dying at the right time is the most beautiful thing in the world. It is part of a long series of events in your life. TO BE SURE,HE WHO NEVER LIVED AT THE RIGHT TIME COULD HARDLY DIE AT THE RIGHT TIME! You are alive. It is difficult to say anything about your death, whether you will die at the right time...

.... If you are born, if you are given the opportunity, then use it to its fullest. BUT EVEN THE SUPERFLUOUS MAKE A GREAT THING OF THEIR DYING; YES, EVEN THE HOLLOWEST NUT WANTS TO BE CRACKED. In fact, the more superfluous a man is, the greater the noise he makes: he wants to make his dying a great thing. He has missed life; only death has remained. I was very friendly with one chief minister, the first...

... Osho Zarathustra A God That Can Dance: Of voluntary death Prev Next Osho Zarathustra A God That Can Dance Index Headers Help Home Your browser does not support iframes. Of voluntary death From: Osho Date: Fri, 4 April 1987 00:00:00 GMT Book Title: Zarathustra A God That Can Dance Chapter #: 16 Location: am in Chuang Tzu Auditorium Archive Code: N.A. Short Title: N.A. Audio Available: N.A. Video...

... Available: N.A. Length: N.A. BELOVED OSHO, OF VOLUNTARY DEATH MANY DIE TOO LATE AND SOME DIE TOO EARLY. STILL THE DOCTRINE SOUNDS STRANGE: 'DIE AT THE RIGHT TIME.' DIE AT THE RIGHT TIME: THUS ZARATHUSTRA TEACHES. TO BE SURE, HE WHO NEVER LIVED AT THE RIGHT TIME COULD HARDLY DIE AT THE RIGHT TIME! BETTER IF HE WERE NEVER TO BE BORN! - THUS I ADVISE THE SUPERFLUOUS. BUT EVEN THE SUPERFLUOUS MAKE A GREAT...

...; BUT THE SECOND BEST IS: TO DIE IN BATTLE AND TO SQUANDER A GREAT SOUL. BUT EQUALLY HATEFUL TO THE FIGHTER AS TO THE VICTOR IS YOUR GRINNING DEATH, WHICH COMES CREEPING UP LIKE A THIEF - AND YET COMES AS MASTER. I COMMEND TO YOU MY SORT OF DEATH, VOLUNTARY DEATH THAT COMES TO ME BECAUSE I WISH IT. AND WHEN SHALL I WISH IT? - HE WHO HAS A GOAL AND AN HEIR WANTS DEATH AT THE TIME MOST FAVORABLE TO HIS GOAL...

... AND HIS HEIR.... MANY A ONE GROWS TOO OLD EVEN FOR HIS TRUTHS AND VICTORIES; A TOOTHLESS MOUTH HAS NO LONGER THE RIGHT TO EVERY TRUTH. AND EVERYONE WHO WANTS GLORY MUST TAKE LEAVE OF HONOUR IN GOOD TIME AND PRACTISE THE DIFFICULT ART OF - GOING AT THE RIGHT TIME.... I WISH PREACHERS OF SPEEDY DEATH WOULD COME! THEY WOULD BE THE FITTING STORM AND SHAKERS OF THE TREES OF LIFE! BUT I HEAR PREACHED ONLY...

... SLOW DEATH AND PATIENCE WITH ALL 'EARTHLY THINGS'. IF ONE ONLY REMAINED IN THE DESERT AND FAR FROM THE GOOD AND JUST! PERHAPS HE WOULD HAVE LEARNED TO LIVE AND LEARNED TO LOVE THE EARTH - AND LAUGHTER AS WELL!... THAT YOUR DEATH MAY NOT BE A BLASPHEMY AGAINST MAN AND THE EARTH, MY FRIENDS; THAT IS WHAT I BEG FROM THE HONEY OF YOUR SOUL. IN YOUR DEATH, YOUR SPIRIT AND YOUR VIRTUE SHOULD STILL GLOW...

... LIKE A SUNSET GLOW AROUND THE EARTH: OTHERWISE YOURS IS A BAD DEATH. THUS I WANT TO DIE MYSELF, THAT YOU FRIENDS MAY LOVE THE EARTH MORE FOR MY SAKE; AND I WANT TO BECOME EARTH AGAIN, THAT I MAY HAVE PEACE IN HER WHO BORE ME. TRULY, ZARATHUSTRA HAD A GOAL, HE THREW HIS BALL: NOW MAY YOU FRIENDS BE THE HEIRS OF MY GOAL, I THROW THE GOLDEN BALL TO YOU. BUT BEST OF ALL I LIKE TO SEE YOU, TOO, THROWING...

... ON THE GOLDEN BALL, MY FRIENDS! SO I SHALL STAY ON EARTH A LITTLE LONGER: FORGIVE ME FOR IT! ... THUS SPAKE ZARATHUSTRA. DEATH IS THE most misunderstood phenomenon. People have thought of death as the end of life. That is the first, basic misunderstanding. Death is not the end, but the beginning of a new life. Yes, it is an end of something that is already dead. It is also a crescendo of what we call life...

..., although very few know what life is. They live, but they live in such ignorance that they never encounter their own life. And it is impossible for these people to know their own death, because death is the ultimate experience of this life, and the beginning experience of another. Death is the door between two lives; one is left behind, one is waiting ahead. There is nothing ugly about death; but man, out...

... of his fear, has made even the word, death ugly and unutterable. People don't like to talk about it. They won't even listen to the word death. The fear has reasons. The fear arises because it is always somebody else who dies. You always see death from the outside, and death is an experience of the innermost being. It is just like watching love from the outside. You may watch for years, but you...

... will not come to know anything of what love is. You may come to know the manifestations of love, but not love itself. We know the same about death. Just the manifestations on the surface - the breathing has stopped, the heart has stopped, the man as he used to talk and walk is no more there: just a corpse is lying there instead of a living body. These are only outer symptoms. Death is the transfer of the soul...

... from one body to another body, or in cases when a man is fully awakened, from one body to the body of the whole universe. It is a great journey, but you cannot know it from the outside. From outside, only symptoms are available; and those symptoms have made people afraid. Those who have known death from inside lose all fear of death. Instead of death being an ugly and fearful thing, it changes...

... into one of the purest, most silent, and most sublime experiences. You experience yourself for the first time without your prison, the body, an experience of absolute freedom... unhampered, uncaged. This kind of death can be known in many ways. One is the usual way - but then you will not be here to report about it. You are gone. You have experienced, but the experience has also gone with you. Fortunately, there are...

... other ways in which you can experience exactly what death is, and yet remain alive. Love is one. In total love, when you are not holding anything back, a kind of death happens. You are no more body, you are no more mind, you are pure spirit. In meditation, the same experience happens of bodilessness, mindlessness, and yet of absolute consciousness, of absolute aliveness. That's why lovers never feel...

... afraid of death. If a lover feels afraid of death, that indicates he has not known love. The meditators never feel afraid of death. If the meditator feels afraid of death it means he has not gone deep into meditation. There is only one depth that has to be touched, whether through love or through meditation or through creativity. The depth is that you are no longer your physical body, and you are...

... no longer your mental body either - just a pure awareness, a pure sky without any clouds, unbounded. Even a simple glimpse into it and death becomes a glorious experience. Zarathustra has a few very important things to say about it. MANY DIE TOO LATE AND SOME DIE TOO EARLY. STILL THE DOCTRINE SOUNDS STRANGE: 'DIE AT THE RIGHT TIME.' When he is saying, MANY DIE TOO LATE, he means they go on living...

... cannot be synonymous with life. It is only vegetation: cabbages and cauliflowers, and the world is so full of cabbages and cauliflowers. Zarathustra says, STILL THE DOCTRINE SOUNDS STRANGE; 'DIE AT THE RIGHT TIME.' One who has lived rightly, intensely and totally, is bound to die at the right time. His death is nothing but a ripening, a harvest. His death is nothing but a fulfillment. He lived so much...

... scriptures, but according to the living sources of their own being. They certainly reach a tremendous ecstasy of fulfillment; their death is a completion - the circle has become complete. Their death has brought them back to another birth. Unless you die at the right time, you will never experience the beauty of death. It will remain only a prejudice, an opinion, what you have heard people say about...

... it. But you don't have your own personal experience. DIE AT THE RIGHT TIME: THUS ZARATHUSTRA TEACHES. For Zarathustra, death is the actualization of your whole potential. Now there is no point of being in the body. You can die joyously, with a smile on your face, with a tremendous mystery in your eyes. Your death will not be felt as untimely; almost 99.9 percent of deaths are untimely, either too late...

..., and with the trees and with the wild animals and the meditators." He looked all around and he saw two saal trees, which are very beautiful trees, and very tall. They were almost like twins, standing side by side. Buddha said, "That place seems to be right. I will die there, just between these two saal trees." The way he says it seems to be that death is simply a decision for him. For a man who has...

... lived fully, death becomes a decision: it is up to him. Death does not come to him; he himself makes his body available for death. It is painful when death comes to you and takes away your body, and all your things are incomplete - your children are not grown up, your daughter was going to be married, your business was not going well. Death has knocked on your door, and you cannot welcome him. Even...

... emperors cannot welcome death, because there is so much still to be invaded, conquered. Greed knows no limits. It goes on asking for more and more. That's why death seems to be such an enemy. But to a man like Gautam Buddha it is simply a choice. He went between those two saal trees, sat there, and said to his disciples, "You will never see me again. This body has lived to its fullest; it needs...

.... But how many people can say that they are dying at the right time? It is never the right time. On all the graves you will find the inscription: "He died untimely." You will not find a single grave with the inscription, "This man died timely." Nobody would like that; even the dead person would stand up and say, "This is not right. You are condemning me to say that I died...

... is known; it is an open secret. You know that you always get only one single moment at a time. You don't get two moments or three moments. If you can live one moment totally, you know the whole secret of life, because always you have only one moment, and you know how to live it. This kind of life is the only right life, and this kind of life can have a crescendo of a right death. Right death has...

... only one tense and that is present. It is always present. Time knows only one place, and that is here. It is always now; it is never then. Those who don't live at the right time cannot die at the right time either, because life and death are not separate. Either death will be an end of an unfulfilled life, of frustration, of despair, of anguish; or it will be a fulfillment of joy, of love...

..., of gratitude, of prayer to the whole existence. BETTER IF HE WERE NEVER TO BE BORN! than not to learn the art of living, than not to reach to the right point of death. Zarathustra says, BETTER IF HE WERE NEVER TO BE BORN! - THUS I ADVISE THE SUPERFLUOUS. Those who don't know life and don't know death, are superfluous. They should not have been born; they have unnecessarily taken the trouble of being born...

... chief minister of Madhya Pradesh, an old man. He told me that his only prayer to God was that he should die as the chief minister. I said, "What will you gain by that? Death is death, whether you die as a beggar or as a chief minister." He said, "You don't understand. If I die as a chief minister my death will be celebrated as a royal state thing. There will be a few days of holiday...

... the prime minister before the Russian revolution, has died." Only his death made people aware that he was alive all this time. The superfluous man has no intrinsic value to his life. That's why he needs something else to give it value - his money, his power, his prestige, something from the outside. Nothing from the outside can make your life richer; nor can it make your death richer. Only the inner...

..., your interior being, your subjectivity, has the power to make your life a dance, and your death the last and the final and the greatest dance. EVERYONE TREATS DEATH AS AN IMPORTANT MATTER: BUT AS YET DEATH IS NOT A FESTIVAL. Perhaps I am the only person, after the twenty-five centuries since Zarathustra, who has made death a festival. Only my people celebrate death; otherwise everywhere...

... it is a mourning. Everywhere it has to be a mourning, because a life unfulfilled, unlived, a wastage.... What is there to celebrate? But if your life has been of love, of creativity, of sharing, of joy, if you have not left any part of your being unlived, your death needs to be a ceremony, a festival. AS YET, MEN HAVE NOT LEARNED TO CONSECRATE THE FAIREST FESTIVALS. I SHALL SHOW YOU THE CONSUMMATING DEATH, WHICH...

... SHALL BE A SPUR AND A PROMISE TO THE LIVING. THE MAN CONSUMMATING HIS LIFE DIES HIS DEATH TRIUMPHANTLY. Death should be a triumph, a victory, a coming home. But for that you have to transform your whole life. You have to live differently - not like a Christian or a Hindu or a Mohammedan - but like a natural human being, without any fear and without any greed. Let this moment be enough unto itself. Don...

...'t sacrifice it for something else in the future, and don't waste it in remembering sweet past memories. Create this moment as sweet and as beautiful as you can; and this way, moment to moment, your life will become a garland of flowers. And when the garland is complete it is time for death, a death which is a ceremony which is a festival - "the fairest of festivals." TO DIE THUS IS THE BEST DEATH...

.... These cowards are not warriors. Scientific technology has destroyed in man so much that it is almost incalculable: for example, the warrior has disappeared; it is no more needed. Machines can do better jobs, and now, even nuclear weapons don't need a pilot. Just Ronald Reagan or his chimpanzee can push the button; the button is in the White House and a certain missile will start moving, carrying with it death...

... there are thirty million people who are dying because of their fatness, and they go on still eating - they are addicted to food. But you will not find a single deer... they all look alike. The warriors were something of the same - their bodies were worth seeing. They took care of their bodies, they took care of their discipline, and just to be a warrior they needed a certain meditation: to be alert...

... as beautiful as a wild animal's; with agility and with great art. Zarathustra is remembering that if you cannot die as a sage, then at least die as a warrior. That is the second best death. BUT EQUALLY HATEFUL TO THE FIGHTER AS TO THE VICTOR IS YOUR GRINNING DEATH, WHICH COMES CREEPING UP LIKE A THIEF - AND YET COMES AS MASTER. I COMMEND TO YOU MY SORT OF DEATH, VOLUNTARY DEATH THAT COMES TO ME BECAUSE...

... I WISH IT. But if you are not a master of your life, then how can you be the master of your death? It is a well-known fact in the East that most great sages announce their death beforehand, and people have misunderstood it: people think that they are predicting, but it is not prediction. They know that they have come to fulfillment and there is no more in life and there is no more to be discovered...

... - their journey is complete. Their declaration, "After seven days, or after three days, or tomorrow, I am going to die," is because they are capable of wishing their death. It is not a prediction. But the whole of the East has been in this confusion: they think it is a prediction. It is not a prediction at all: they could linger, if they wanted, a little more, but they don't want to overdo anything...

.... When something is done to its completion, even the last touches are completed, then it is time to leave, it is time to say goodbye to the earth. AND WHEN SHALL I WISH IT? - HE WHO HAS A GOAL AND AN HEIR WANTS DEATH AT THE TIME MOST FAVORABLE TO HIS GOAL AND HIS HEIR.... MANY A ONE GROWS TOO OLD EVEN FOR HIS TRUTHS AND VICTORIES; A TOOTHLESS MOUTH HAS NO LONGER THE RIGHT TO EVERY TRUTH. AND EVERYONE...

... WHO WANTS GLORY MUST TAKE LEAVE OF HONOUR IN GOOD TIME AND PRACTISE THE DIFFICULT ART OF - GOING AT THE RIGHT TIME.... I WISH PREACHERS OF SPEEDY DEATH WOULD COME! THEY WOULD BE THE FITTING STORM AND SHAKERS OF THE TREES OF LIFE! BUT I HEAR PREACHED ONLY SLOW DEATH AND PATIENCE WITH ALL 'EARTHLY THINGS'.... IF ONE ONLY REMAINED IN THE DESERT AND FAR FROM THE GOOD AND JUST! PERHAPS HE WOULD HAVE...

... LEARNED TO LIVE AND LEARNED TO LOVE THE EARTH - AND LAUGHTER AS WELL!... THAT YOUR DEATH MAY NOT BE A BLASPHEMY AGAINST MAN AND THE EARTH, MY FRIENDS: THAT IS WHAT I BEG FROM THE HONEY OF YOUR SOUL. IN YOUR DEATH, YOUR SPIRIT AND YOUR VIRTUE SHOULD STILL GLOW LIKE A SUNSET GLOW AROUND THE EARTH: OTHERWISE YOURS IS A BAD DEATH. THUS I WANT TO DIE MYSELF, THAT YOU FRIENDS MAY LOVE THE EARTH MORE FOR MY...

.... This can be one of the greatest lessons: that if you want a glorious death, not an ugly and contemptible one, you should start living from this very moment. Totality should be your concern: living totally, burning your torch of life from both ends together. By the time you feel fulfilled, you will be able to die totally. You will not cling to life. I have seen many people die. They die like beggars...

..., clinging; they don't want to die because they have not lived yet, and death has come. But when there was life, they wasted it. Now that death has knocked on their doors they have become aware of the wastage of life. But a man who has lived totally will open the doors, will welcome death, because death is not your enemy. It is simply a change of house: from one body into another, from one form...

... into another or, ultimately, from form to the formless life that surrounds the earth. A religious man not only lives religiously, he dies religiously. A man of art lives artfully, and lives not only artfully, but dies too with great art. One Zen master was asking his disciples - his time of death had come - and he said, "Before I go I want to discover some unique way to die. You know me. I don't want...

... that in dying also he will be a nuisance. Where is he?" So the crowd gave way to her, and she told him, "Bokoju, you idiot! You have become enlightened, but you don't forget your mischievousness. Get down from this posture and lie down on the bed in a proper way." Bokoju had to; an elder sister cannot be disobeyed. The people could not believe it. They had checked in every way - his breathing...

... now. And seeing them in a great dilemma, he must have enjoyed it immensely. To die in such a beautiful way, as if you are playing, should be a simple thing for all those who have lived perfectly and totally. Bokoju made death also a beautiful experience, not only for himself but for others too. ... THUS SPAKE ZARATHUSTRA. Okay, Maneesha? Yes, Osho. Generated by PreciseInfo ™ ...
..., both happen. Breathing in, life happens; breathing out, death happens. That's why when a child is born the first thing he does is breathe in, then life starts. And when an old man is dying, the last thing he does is breathe out, then life departs. Breathing out is death, breathing in is life - they are like two wheels of a bullock cart. You live by breathing in as much as you live by breathing out...

.... The breathing out is part of breathing in. You cannot breathe in if you stop breathing out. You cannot live if you stop dying. The man who has understood what his life is allows death to happen; he welcomes it. He dies each moment and each moment he is resurrected. His cross and his resurrection are continually happening as a process. He dies to the past each moment and he is born again and again...

... step towards life, brings death closer. If you live you are coming closer to dying. The ego is afraid to die, hence it is afraid to live also. The ego simply drags. There are many people who are neither alive nor dead. This is worse than anything. A man who is fully alive is full of death also. That is the meaning of Jesus on the cross. Jesus carrying his own cross has not really been understood...

... change. What we call life is just an identification with a certain body, with a certain mind, with a certain attitude, and what we call death is nothing but getting out of that form, out of that body, out of that concept. You change houses. If you get too identified with one house, then changing the house will be very painful. You will think that you are dying because the old house was what you were...

... in its deepest core, they say that death is God. It is not only a rest but a resurrection, a new life, a new beginning; a new door opens. When a Sufi mystic, Bayazid, was dying, people who had gathered around him - his disciples - were suddenly surprised, because when the last moment came his face became radiant, powerfully radiant. It had a beautiful aura. Bayazid was a beautiful man, and his disciples had...

... dying he was so enchanted that his disciples could not understand what he was feeling so happy about. One disciple, Credo, asked, 'Why are you looking so happy? We are crying and weeping.' Socrates said, 'Why should I not be happy? I have known what life is, now I would like to know what death is. I am at the door of a great mystery, and I am thrilled!I am going on a great journey into the unknown...

... the lesson. Then in death gods will be returning back to their homes. WHEN RABBI BIRNHAM LAY DYING, HIS WIFE BURST INTO TEARS. HE SAID, 'WHAT ARE YOU CRYING FOR? MY WHOLE LIFE WAS ONLY THAT I MIGHT LEARN HOW TO DIE.' The whole life...just a training for how to go back home, how to die, how to disappear. Because the moment you disappear, God appears in you. Your presence is God's absence; your absence...

... Osho The Art of Dying: The Art of Dying Prev Next Osho The Art of Dying Index Headers Help Home Your browser does not support iframes. The Art of Dying From: Osho Date: Fri, 11 October 1976 00:00:00 GMT Book Title: The Art of Dying Chapter #: 1 Location: am in Buddha Hall Archive Code: 7610110 Short Title: ART01 Audio Available: Yes Video Available: No Length: 89 mins WHEN RABBI BIRNHAM LAY...

... DYING, HIS WIFE BURST INTO TEARS. HE SAID, 'WHAT ARE YOU CRYING FOR? MY WHOLE LIFE WAS ONLY THAT I MIGHT LEARN HOW TO DIE.' LIFE is in living. It is not a thing, it is a process. There is no way to attain to life except by living it, except by being alive, by flowing, streaming with it. If you are seeking the meaning of life in some dogma, in some philosophy, in some theology, that Is the sure way...

.... The greatest Masters have never said anything about life - they have always thrown you back upon yourself. The second thing to remember is: once you know what life is you will know what death is. Death is also part of the same process. Ordinarily we think death comes at the end, ordinarily we think death is against life, ordinarily we think death is the enemy, but death is not the enemy. And if you think...

... of death as the enemy it simply shows that you have not been able to know what life is. Death and life are two polarities of the same energy, of the same phenomenon - the tide and the ebb, the day and the night, the summer and the winter. They are not separate and not opposites, not contraries; they are complementaries. Death is not the end of life; in fact, it is a completion of one life, the crescendo...

... of one life, the climax, the finale. And once you know your life and its process, then you understand what death is. Death is an organic, integral part of life, and it is very friendly to life. Without it life cannot exist. Life exists because of death; death gives the background. Death is, in fact, a process of renewal. And death happens each moment. The moment you breathe in and the moment you breathe out...

... into the future. If you look into life you will be able to know what death is. If you understand what death is, only then are you able to understand what life is. They are organic. Ordinarily, out of fear, we have created a division. We think that life is good and death is bad. We think that life has to be desired and death is to be avoided. We think somehow we have to protect ourselves against death. This...

... absurd idea creates endless miseries in our lives, because a person who protects himself against death becomes incapable of living. He is the person who is afraid of exhaling, then he cannot inhale and he is stuck. Then he simply drags; his life is no longer a flow, his life is no longer a river. If you really want to live you have to be ready to die. Who is afraid of death in you? Is life afraid...

... of death? It is not possible. How can life 4e afraid of its own integral process? Something else is afraid in you. The ego is afraid in you. Life and death are not opposites; ego and death are opposites. Life and death are not opposites; ego and life are opposites. Ego is against both life and death. The ego is afraid to live and the ego is afraid to die. It is afraid to live because each effort, each...

.... And he says to his disciples, 'You will have to carry your own cross.' The meaning of Jesus carrying his own cross is very simple, nothing but this: everybody has to carry his death continuously, everybody has to die each moment, everybody has to be on the cross because that is the only way to live fully, totally. Whenever you come to a total moment of aliveness, suddenly you will see death there also...

... is going to be a death. Beware!' The death of the ego is not your death. the death of the ego is really your possibility of life. The ego is just a dead crust around you, it has to be broken and thrown away. It comes into being naturally - just as when a traveller passes, dust collects on his clothes, on his body, and he has to take a bath to get rid of the dust. As we move in time, dust of experiences...

..., of knowledge, of lived life, of past, collects. That dust becomes our ego. Accumulated, it becomes a crust around you which has to be broken and thrown away. One has to take a bath continuously - every day, in fact every moment, so that this crust never becomes a prison. The ego is afraid to love because in love, life comes to a peak. But whenever there is a peak of life there is also a peak of death - they...

... to life, to a flame where death will also be as much alive as life. Let it be remembered that death and life both become aflame together, they are never separate. If you are very, very minimally alive, at the minimum, then you can see death and life as being separate. The closer you come to the peak, the closer they start coming. At the very apex they meet and become one. In love, in meditation...

..., in trust, in prayer, wherever life becomes total, death is there. Without death, life cannot become total. But the ego always thinks in divisions, in dualities; it divides everything. Existence is indivisible; it cannot be divided. You were a child, then you became young. Can you demark the line when you became young? Can you demark the point in time where suddenly you were no longer a child and you had...

... - that was your identity. But this doesn't happen, because you know that you are only changing the house, you remain the same. Those who have looked within themselves, those who have found who they are, come to know an eternal, non-ending process. Life is a process, timeless, beyond time. Death is part of it. Death is a continuous revival: a help to life to resurrect again and again, a help to life to get...

... and death. Life and death are two wings for that which is beyond life and death. That which is beyond goes on using life and death as two wheels of a cart, complementaries. It lives through life; it lives through death. Death and life are its processes, like inhalation and exhalation. But something in you is transcendental. THAT ART THOU...that which is transcendental. But we are too identified...

... convinced yet and were about to resume their dispute, but the sun had come up and the dew-drops were leaving the leaves, rising, rising towards the sun and disappearing into it. Everything returns to its original source, has to return to its original source. If you - understand life then you understand death also. Life is a forgetfulness of the original source, and death is again a remembrance. Life...

... is going away from the original source, death is coming back home. Death is not ugly, death is beautiful. But death is beautiful only for those who have lived their life unhindered, uninhibited. unsuppressed. Death is beautiful only for those who have lived their life beautifully, who have not been afraid to live, who have been courageous enough to live - who loved, who danced, who celebrated. Death...

... becomes the ultimate celebration if your life is a celebration. Let me tell you in this way: whatsoever your life was, death reveals it. If you have been miserable in life, death reveals misery. Death is a great revealer. If you have been happy in your life, death reveals happiness. If you have lived only a life of physical comfort and physical pleasure, then of course, death is going to be very...

... uncomfortable and very unpleasant, because the body has to be left. The body is just a temporary abode, a shrine in which we stay for the night and leave in the morning. It is not your permanent abode, it is not your home. So if you have lived just a bodily life and you have never known anything beyond the body, death is going to be very, very ugly, unpleasant, painful. Death is going to be an anguish...

.... But if you have lived a little higher than the body, if you have loved music and poetry, and you have loved, and you have looked at the flowers and the stars, and something of the non-physical has entered into your consciousness, death will not be so bad, death will not be so painful. You can take it with equanimity, but still it cannot be a celebration. If you have touched something of the transcendental...

... in yourself, if you have entered your own nothingness at the centre - the centre of your being, where you are no more a body and no more a mind, where physical pleasures are completely left far away and mental pleasures such as music and poetry and literature and painting, everything, are left far away, you are simply, just pure awareness, consciousness - then death is going to be a great celebration...

..., a great understanding, a great revelation. If you have known anything of the transcendental in you, death will reveal to you the transcendental in the universe - then death is no longer a death but a meeting with God, a date with God. So you can find three expressions about death in the history of human mind. One expression is of the ordinary man who lives attached to his body, who has never known...

... anything greater than the pleasure of food or sex, whose whole life has been nothing but food and sex, who has enjoyed food, has enjoyed sex, whose life has been very primitive, whose life has been very gross, who has lived in the porch of his palace, never entered it, and who had been thinking that this is all life is. At the moment of death he will try to cling. He will resist death, he will fight...

... death. Death will come as the enemy. Hence, all over the world, in all societies, death is depicted as dark, as devilish. In India they say that the messenger of death is very ugly - dark, black - and he comes sitting on a very big ugly buffalo. This is the ordinary attitude. These people have missed, they have not been able to know all the dimensions of life. They have not been able to touch...

... the depths of life and they have not been able to fly to the height of life. They missed the plenitude, they missed the benediction. Then there is a second type of expression. Poets, philosophers, have sometimes said that death is nothing bad, death is nothing evil, it is just restful - a great rest, like sleep. This is better than the first. At least these people have known something beyond the body, they...

... have known something of the mind. They have not had only food and sex, their whole life has not been only in eating and reproducing. They have a little sophistication of the soul, they are a little more aristocratic, more cultured. They say death is like great rest; one is tired and one goes into death and rests. It is restful. But they too are far away from the truth. Those who have known life...

... an explosion of light, the room became full of light, and then it disappeared. When a person has known the transcendental in himself, death is nothing but another face of God. Then death has a dance to it. And unless you become capable of celebrating death itself, remember, you have missed life. The whole life is a preparation for this ultimate. This is the meaning of this beautiful story. WHEN RABBI BIRNHAM...

... LAY DYING, HIS WIFE BURST INTO TEARS. HE SAID, 'WHAT ARE YOU CRYING FOR? MY WHOLE LIFE WAS ONLY THAT I MIGHT LEARN HOW TO DIE.' His whole life had been just a preparation, a preparation to learn the secrets of dying. All religions are nothing but a science - or an art - to teach you how to die. And the only way to teach you how to die is to teach you how to live. They are not separate. If you know...

... what right living is, you will know what right dying is. So the first thing, or the most fundamental thing is: how to live. Let me tell you a few things. First: your life is your life, it is nobody else's. So don't allow yourself to be dominated by others, don't allow yourself to be dictated to by others, that is a betrayal of life. If you allow yourself to be dictated to by others - maybe your...

..., theories, theologies, and life goes on passing, slipping out of their hands. Then one day suddenly they become afraid of death. When a person is afraid of death, know well that that person has missed life. If he has not missed life there cannot be any fear of death. If a person has lived life, he will be ready to live death also. He will be almost enchanted by the phenomenon of death. When Socrates was...

.... I am simply full of wonder! I cannot wait!' And remember, Socrates was not a religious man; Socrates was not in any way a believer. Somebody asked, 'Are you so certain that the soul will survive after death?' Socrates said, 'I don't know.' To say, 'I don't know' takes the greatest courage in the world. It is very difficult for the language professors to say, 'I don't know'. It is difficult...

... Mohammedan, nor Christian. The being is simply a pure 'is-ness'. The pure 'is-ness' is what I call God. If you can understand your inner divinity you have understood what life is. Otherwise you have not been able yet to decode life. This is the message. The whole life is pointing at one thing, continuously - that you are gods. Once you have understood it, then there is no death. Then you have learned...
... Osho Gateless Gate: Transcendence of Death Through Acceptance Prev Next Osho Gateless Gate Index Headers Help Home Your browser does not support iframes. Transcendence of Death Through Acceptance From: Osho Date: Fri, 15 May 1971 00:00:00 GMT Book Title: Osho - The Gateless Gate Chapter #: 26 Location: ??? Archive Code: N.A. Short Title: N.A. Audio Available: N.A. Video Available: N.A. Length...

...: N.A. Beloved Dhyana Siddhi, Love. Fear cripples consciousness. And, fear is the source of unconsciousness. That is why without transcending fear, no one can attain to full consciousness. But what is fear? Fear is awareness of death without knowing what death is! Fear exists in the gap between you and your death. And if there is no gap, no space, then there is no fear. Do not think death as something outside...

... you. Because it is not. And do not think death as something in the future. Because it is not. Death is within you. Because death is the other side of life. Life cannot exist without death. They both belong to the same energy as positive and negative poles. So do not identify yourself with life, because you are both. The identification with life creates the gap. And, death has nothing to do...
... the hotel in time to throw out the poison; he died. But before dying he had demonstrated, almost all over the world, both these things: the poisons you think can kill man, can kill only if the man is not trained and disciplined in a certain way to keep the poison away from his blood stream; and all the symptoms of death are not at all symptoms of death, they are symptoms only of a body failure. Your...

... deeper life force, elan vital, is eternal. You say,"I am certain that I am going to die one day." How can you be certain? You have not seen death yet, you have seen only symptoms, outward symptoms. You have never seen any life dying. You have seen only a dead body stop functioning; it was always dead, it is nothing new for it. It was a mechanism functioning for a certain period, programmed...

... saying at least before dying, don't die. Die only once, don't die every day; otherwise whenever the bell tolls you die again. How many deaths in such a small life! - so many deaths that there is no time left for living. From one death to another death - there is no gap even where you can breathe. Don't say that "I am going to die one day." First live! And live this very day. And I promise you...

...: N.A. Video Available: N.A. Length: N.A. Question 1: BELOVED OSHO, I KNOW IT IS CERTAIN THAT ONE DAY I AM GOING TO DIE, BUT I DON'T FEEL ANY FEAR - WHY? It is not something exceptional, it is almost the rule. Nobody is afraid of death; otherwise living will become impossible. There is a natural safety measure, and that is something of a very basic nature to be understood. You know that it is always...

... the other who dies, never you. It is always somebody else, but never you. That gives an unconscious foundation for the hope that perhaps you are the exception, everybody dies except you. That's why you don't feel fear. Nature does not want you to feel fear of death for the simple reason that if fear of death becomes overwhelming, you will not be able to live. Life can be lived only if somehow you can go...

... it. The poet does not know the deeper realms of human consciousness. In a way he is saying a truth. Yes, it tolls for thee. But you are hearing it .... You can understand the implication, but that implication will not create fear in you. I can say for certain that even the poet who wrote that was not afraid of death. Even he, hearing the bell tolling, would not have thought that it is tolling for him...

... an inference, not a certainty. You have seen people dying; your grandfather died, your father died, neighbors died, teachers, your professors - people go on dying. You are also one of the members of this dying queue, and the queue is moving. Each time somebody dies you have to move a little closer. You don't know where you are moving, but one thing is certain: whoever moves, it is when somebody dies. Every...

... step in this queue brings you closer to death. But it is an inference. Have you really seen a man die? You will say yes. Almost everybody has seen somebody die. But I say to you emphatically, you have not seen a single man die. You have seen only a man stopping breathing, his heart stopping beating, his pulse disappearing. Yes, you have seen this. And the medical profession will say that the man...

... is dead. But now even the medical profession is not so certain as it used to be. There are at least ten bodies in America being preserved because science has become aware that when somebody stops breathing, if his brain cells can be preserved, if his brain can be preserved from dying - and it simply means that the brain has to be provided nourishment, oxygen, or whatsoever is needed - then the body...

.... But that apart, whether it can bear the shock or not ... even medical science is no longer certain that what we have always called death, is death. Yes, there are symptoms; the man is no longer capable of doing things he used to do. This is a very negative definition of death. Medical science has not been able to provide a positive definition of death: no breathing, no pulse, no heartbeat - can't you see...

... it is all negative? One yogi in India - his name was Brahmayogi - devoted his whole life to prove that all the symptoms that make the medical profession certain about death are wrong. His work was of tremendous value. He practiced methods very ancient in the East, simple methods, but requiring one thing which has disappeared from the world: patience. The methods are very simple, but ... twenty years...

... from seed to death is only twelve weeks at the most. But if you want a tree like the cedars of Lebanon, or the redwoods of California, thousands of years old, reaching hundreds of feet into the sky .... They have a certain pride and a certain personality. The cedars of Lebanon have a grandeur, just like emperors; everything is just pygmy compared to them - but they take time. Four hundred years, five...

.... That's what has happened to the Eastern methods which have proved totally different conclusions about what indicates death. Brahmayogi practiced for thirty years a certain method of breathing which makes you capable of stopping the breath, the pulse and the heartbeat for ten minutes. He exhibited what he attained to almost all the great medical centers in the world, the great universities of the world...

... is not breathing. It can exist without breathing." If it can exist for ten minutes it can exist for ten years. The question is whether life energy can remain separate from breathing, from the heartbeat, the pulse. Brahmayogi's effort was to prove that your symptoms of death are simply symptoms of a body which has become incapable of keeping the life energy in itself. It is not a proof of death...

... that there are certain poisons that if your tongue even touches them, you will die. There is no way to help you, your death is certain. He practiced for that too - not only touching those certain poisons , he would drink cups of those poisons. He baffled the scientists. But in Rangoon an accident happened. His practice had made Brahmayogi capable of containing anything in his stomach for thirty minutes without...

... to say to you is, don't be so certain. Never be certain about anything that you have not experienced. You have not seen anybody really dying. And even if you can see somebody dying then too you cannot be certain - unless you see yourself dying - because these things are so intimate. You can see two persons loving - that does not help in any way for you to become certain what love is. You can seen two...

... it; only then can you be certain. The same is true about death. You will be surprised; why am I comparing death with love? It is not accidental - they are alike, very much alike. In love there is death; the old dies and the new is born. There is a death and there is eternity; death of something non-essential and the revelation of eternity, which is essential. The same is true about death...

.... There is something of love in it. The old dies, the old body disappears, and suddenly there is a new freedom, unbounded. You cannot believe that you can be so huge, that stars can move within you. Love is a tiny death: death is immense love. Love happens between two small individuals: Death happens between two universes. Love makes two individuals one: Death makes two universes one. That's why I have purposely...

... you die? At least follow the natural course of things; first live. Without being alive, nobody can die. I mean unless you have experienced life in its totality, you will not be able to experience death in its totality either, because death is not separate from life. It is just an episode in your life. And there have been many episodes like that in your life. Your life is from one eternity...

... - the beginningless beginning - to another eternity, the endless end. Millions of times the episode of death will happen, but you will be able to experience it only if before it, preceding it, there is the vital experience of life. It is something like you see in schools: they all have blackboards. Why don't they have whiteboards? When I entered my first grade that was my first question. The teacher could...

... not believe that such a small boy ... and he looked embarrassed because he had no answer. I said, "Why are all these boards black? Black is the color of the devil, the color of death, the color of mourning. Why? Why can't you have white boards?" The teacher looked at me and he said, "But nobody ever asked that before." I said, "That has nothing to do with me, whether anybody asked...

.... Exactly that is the case in life. Your life has to have an intensity, because death is a very momentary, fleeting experience. If you have not lived a life of tremendous depth, intensity - so intense that in one moment the whole eternity becomes joined - you will not be able to detect when death comes and when it goes. Death comes and it goes so fast that unless you are in the moment, totally present...

... like to say to you, it is better to be never than to be late. You have always been late. And if you say that you know, "I am going to die one day, I am certain;" you are going to miss again, you will be late. Death will have passed by your side and you will not have been able to detect it. You will remain certain in your knowledge. You will be shocked only when you see that it has happened...

... without even making you alert, giving you no warning, not even knocking on your door. It has passed. Death does not believe in knocking on your doors. It is a very fleeting moment, and it is a momentary thing. Life has a length - death has no length. So please drop this idea that "I am certain." Drop this idea that, "I know that death is coming one day." How do you know? It may come...

..., it may not come. How can you be certain? There is no way. Yes, you see people dying but you are not those people; you may live. This is an inference. What I want to emphasize is, there is an inference, a logical inference. Aristotle, in his logical treatises, takes the example of his own master's master. Plato was his master, and Plato's master was Socrates. So Aristotle takes the example that Socrates...

... that if you can live this very day, death will happen, but not to you, only to your outward imprisonment - your body, the shell in which you are imprisoned. You are not going to die on any day. And fortunately there are only seven days. So I give the guarantee that in these seven days you are not going to die, unless you invent the eighth day, which is very difficult. It is very strange that around...

... - make it an intense day of life. Live each moment, don't leave a single moment unlived. Then only will you become capable of knowing death. When death comes you will be in the moment, available, open. And a man who is open and available to death comes to know in death the most beautiful experience of life - because death is silence, utter silence, abysmal silence. And you ask me, "I am not afraid...

... of it - why?" Nobody is afraid of death. I have never come across a person who is afraid of death. People are afraid of having cancer, people are afraid of having AIDS, people are afraid of becoming blind, people are afraid of becoming crippled; people are afraid of all kinds of things that can happen in old age; they are afraid of old age. Nobody is afraid of death. Death is so clean - why should...

... one be afraid of death? In fact the closer you come to your old age and the closer to death, the more you start hoping that death comes soon. Death is absolute clean, pure. It has never bothered anybody, it has never tortured anybody. And the contrary, it has relieved millions of people from torture, from disease, from concentration camps, from suffering, misery, anguish. Death has been a great friend...

... to the whole of humanity. That's why I say to my sannyasins: When death happens, celebrate! It is the coming of a great friend. Death is not the enemy. Death is very compassionate. It is the universe getting rid of all the junk that you have gathered around yourself and freeing you again, making you again fresh, young, giving you another chance to live - this one you have lost again. Nobody is afraid...

... of death. I have never come across a person who is afraid of death. People are certainly afraid of lying down in strange kinds of beds in the hospitals - legs up, hands down, all kinds of instruments attached to the head and to the chest. People are afraid of all this, but death ... have you seen death doing any harm to anybody ever? Why should anybody be afraid? That's why I said it is not exceptional...

... that you are not afraid. Don't start patting your own back, that "I'm not afraid of death." Nobody is. People are afraid of life, not of death, because life is a problem to be solved. Life has thousands of complexities to be resolved. Life has so many dimensions that you are continuously in a worry ... is the dimension you are moving in the right one, or have you left the right one behind...

... if you are capable of being wild - wild in your love, wild in your song, wild in your dance. This is where fear is. Who is afraid of death? I have never come across such a person. And almost every person I have come across is afraid of life. Drop fear of life .... Because either you can be afraid or you can live; it is up to you. And what is there to be afraid of? You can't lose anything. You have...

... everything to gain. Drop all fears and jump totally into life. Then one day death will come as a welcome guest, not your enemy, and you will enjoy death more than you have enjoyed life, because death has its own beauties. And death is very rare because it happens once in a while - life is everyday. Generated by PreciseInfo ™ ...

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