Osho Attitude Towards Death
Question: Beloved Osho, What is
exactly your attitude about death?
Osho: Kamalesh, a mystic who was
being led to the gallows saw a big crowd running on before him.
"Don't be in such a hurry," he said to them. "I can assure you,
nothing will happen without me."
That's my attitude towards death: it is the greatest joke there
Death has never happened, cannot happen in the very nature
of things, because life is eternal. Life cannot end; it is not a
thing, it is a process. It is not something that begins and
ends; it has no beginning and no end. You have always been here
in different forms, and you will be here in different forms, or,
ultimately, formless. That's how a buddha lives in existence: he
becomes formlessness. He disappears from the gross forms
Death is not there, it is a lie -- but it appears very real. It
only appears very real, it is not. It appears so because you
believe too much in your separate existence. It is in believing
that you are separate from existence that you give reality to
death. Drop this idea of being separate from existence, and
death disappears. If I am one with existence, how can I die?
Existence was there before me and will be there after me. I am
just a ripple in the ocean, and the ripple comes and goes, the
ocean remains, abides.
Yes, you will not be there -- as you are you will not be there.
This form will disappear, but the one who is abiding in this
form will go on abiding, either in other forms or ultimately in
formlessness. Start feeling one with existence, because that's
how it is. That's why my insistence again and again to let the
distinction between the observer and the observed disappear, as
many times during the day as possible. Find a few moments --
whenever you can find, wherever you can find -- and just let
this distinction and difference between the observer and the
Become the tree you are seeing and become the cloud you are
looking at, and slowly slowly you will start laughing at death.
This mystic who was being led to the gallows must have seen the
utter lie of death, he could joke about his own death. He was
being led to the gallows, he saw a big crowd running on before
him; they were going to see the crucifixion....
People are very much interested in such things. If they hear
that somebody is being murdered publicly, thousands of people
will gather to see it. Why this attraction? Deep down you are
all murderers, and this is a vicarious way to enjoy it. That's
why films about murder and violence, detective novels, are so
much in vogue, popular. Unless a film has murder in it and
suicide in it and obscene sex in it, it never becomes a box
office hit. It never succeeds, it fails. Why? -- because nobody
is interested in anything else. These are deep desires in your
Seeing them on the screen, there is a vicarious enjoyment as if
you are doing it; you become identified with the characters in
the film or in the novel. Now this mystic was being led to the
gallows. He saw a big crowd running on before him. "Don't be in
such a hurry," he said to them. "I can assure you nothing will
happen without me. You can walk easily, slowly, there is no
hurry. I am the person they are going to kill, and nothing is
going to happen without me."
This is my attitude about death. Laugh! Let laughter be your
attitude about death. It is a cosmic lie created by man himself,
created by the ego, by selfconsciousness. That's why in nature
no other animal, bird, tree is afraid of death. Only man, and he
makes so much fuss out of it... his whole life trembling. Death
is coming closer, and because of death he cannot allow himself
to live totally. How can you live if you are so afraid? Life is
possible only without fear. Life is possible only with love, not
with fear. And death creates fear.
And who is the culprit? God has not created death, it is man's
own invention. Create the ego, and you have created the other
side of it -- death.
Source: from book “The Book of Wisdom” by Osho
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Death and Dying:
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Life is Purposeless and it is
beautiful that it is purposeless
Osho on Art
of Living so that Death becomes a Celebration
What happens in
death, In the moment of death much is possible
One should die
celebrating - Guidance on helping the dying person
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Osho on Suicide and Mahavira method of Santhara
(causing death to oneself as a spiritual discipline)
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