- You think about death and you become
disturbed by small things: a headache, an ant crawling on your body.
You become distracted by such small things, small discomforts -- and
you talk about death. Maybe you don't know what death is; maybe you
have only heard the name. And you have seen people dying, but you
yourself have never seen death. In fact, when a person dies you see
him Lying in repose -- silent, relaxed, with no discomfort. You
think death is not a discomfort? You are seeing only a dead person;
you have not seen his inner misery, you have not seen his inner
conflict. You have not seen his inner struggle with death. You have
not seen his inner anguish and turmoil. You just see the dead body
-- painted, dressed well, washed, cleaned.
- Only a person who has enjoyed his life
becomes capable of enjoying his death. And if you are capable of
enjoying your death, you have defeated death. Then there is no more
birth for you and no more death for you -- you have learnt the
- Live deeply, live totally, live wholly, so
when death comes and knocks at your door you are ready -- ready like
a ripe fruit to drop. Just a small breeze comes and the fruit drops;
sometimes even without the breeze the fruit drops from its own
weight and ripeness. Death should be like that. And the readiness
has to come through living.
- The secret is, start living more fully,
more totally. Be more alert so that you can find within yourself
something that is unreachable by death. That is the only shelter,
the only security, the only safety. And if you want to help your
friends and family, let them become aware of this secret.
- While you are alive, be so alive that even
death when it comes cannot kill you. A really alive person
transcends death. Death happens only to dead people. Let me repeat
it: Death happens only to dead people; who are already dead, only to
those people does death happen. A really alive person transcends
death, goes beyond death. Death comes, but misses the target. How
can you kill a person like Buddha? How can you kill a person like
Jesus? How can you kill Krishna with his flute on his lips? --
impossible. Death itself will start dancing around him! His life is
so abundant that death itself will fall in love with him.
- Because of our mind we always divide
everything into opposite polarities. Delusion and enlightenment,
night and day, birth and death, they are all one process but the
mind cannot conceive it. It is intrinsically incapable of conceiving
of the oneness of life and death, of light and darkness.
- When death knocks at your door, all your
certainties will be simply riddles and foolish. Don't cling to any
certainty. Life is uncertain -- its very nature is uncertain. And an
intelligent man always remains uncertain.
- A man of realization knows there is no
death. Death is a fiction, you have never died. Yes, you have
changed your form many times. You have changed your house many
times, many times. But you have never died. Have you ever seen
yourself dying? It is always somebody else who dies.
- The whole function of the master is to
create such energy, such a magnetic force that you are pulled in and
slowly, slowly start disappearing. And a point comes when you have
become one with existence. This I call real death.
- Birth and death are simply devices,
because neither birth is true nor death is true. We have been before
birth, so how can birth be true? And we will be after death, so how
can death be true? Only one thing is true: the consciousness that
comes with you through birth and goes with you through death —
perhaps birth is a door, and death too! Perhaps they are the same
door, just your direction is different.
- At the moment of death all your knowledge
of the world will be lost into thin air. Only one thing will go with
you, and that one thing is being constantly ignored — that is your
self-knowledge, your self-realization. In fact, this is the only
ignorance — ignoring yourself.
- It is always death that comes before your
desires are fulfilled. Even if you live for a thousand years your
desires are not going to be fulfilled.
- Life is spread out over a long time --
seventy years, one hundred years. Death is intense because it is not
spread out -- it is in a single moment. Life has to pass one hundred
years or seventy years, it cannot be so intense. Death comes in a
single moment; it comes whole, not fragmentary. It will be so
intense you cannot know anything more intense. But if you are
afraid, if before death comes you have escaped, if you have become
unconscious because of the fear, you have missed one of the golden
opportunities, the golden gate. If your whole life you have been
accepting things, when death comes, patiently, passively you will
accept and enter into it without any effort to escape. If you can
enter death passively, silently, without any effort, death
disappears. When Krishna, Christ, Buddha, Mahavir say you are
deathless, they are not talking about a doctrine, they are talking
about their own experience.
This can happen here in this camp also, because samadhi is death,
dhyan is death, meditation is death. Many times there will be
moments when you will suddenly feel you are dying. Don't escape,
allow it to happen. If you allow it to happen, death has gone, death
is there no more, and the inner flame, beginningless, endless, has
come into being. It has always been there, now you can feel it. So
this should be the sutra. With fear, hate, jealousy, anything
whatsoever, don't create a problem out of it. Accept it, allow it,
pass through it, and you will defeat all suffering, all death. And
you will become a Jaina- a victorious one.
- You die in misery. Only a few people die
blissfully. And when death becomes a bliss, it is a samadhi. When
death is a relaxation...real relaxation. Deep inside you surrender,
you welcome. You have known life, now you want to know death also.
You have lived life, you have enjoyed it. A great trust has arisen
in you about life -- and you know death is the culmination of life,
the crescendo. It must be beautiful! When the whole journey has been
beautiful, why not the goal? There is no reason to be afraid. When
the whole journey has been such a tremendous joy, why not the end?
It is the culmination. You have come home. You welcome, you are
ready to embrace death. You relax, you simply slip into death.
And that's the moment! If you can die without any fight, you don't
die -- and you are never born again. You have simply slipped out of
the body confinements -- of the world. You live! -- you live
eternally. But then you live as an unembodied existence, with no
limitations, with no boundaries. Body gives you a boundary. Death
takes away all boundaries from you. Body gives you a definition,
makes you a man or a woman, makes you ugly or beautiful, makes you
intelligent or unintelligent, makes you this and that -- body gives
you definition. Death takes all definitions away. It simply leaves
Life undefined is what God is. But to know this death you will have
to know life well.
So if you can accept my suggestion: next time when a beautiful
moment passes by, think in terms of life -- "What a beautiful moment
to live and dance and be alive!" Then one day when death comes, you
will say the same to death: "What a beautiful moment to die!"
Osho Funeral Pyre