Osho - Death is the Crescendo
Osho - Death is the crescendo, the
highest peak that life can attain. In the moment of death much is
possible. If you have been preparing and preparing, meditating and
waiting, then at the moment of death enlightenment is very easily
possible because death and enlightenment are similar. A master, one
who is enlightened, can easily make you enlightened at the moment of
death. Even before, whenever it happens, you have to be ready to die.
What happens in death? Suddenly you are losing your body, suddenly you
are losing your mind. Suddenly you feel you are going away from yourself
all that you believe to be yourself. It is painful, because you feel
you are going to be drowned into emptiness. You will be nowhere now,
because you were always identified with the body and the mind, and you
never knew the beyond; you never knew yourself beyond the body and the
mind. You got so fixed and obsessed with the periphery that the center
was completely forgotten.
In death you have to encounter this fact: that the body is going, now it
cannot be retained any more. The mind is leaving you now you are no
more in control of the mind. The ego is dissolving you cannot even say
I. You tremble with fear, on the verge of nothingness. You will be no
more. But if you have been preparing, if you have been meditating and
preparation means if you have been making all efforts to use death, to
use this abyss of nothingness rather than being pulled into it you
have been getting ready to jump into it, it makes a lot of difference.
If you are being pulled into it, grudgingly you dont want to go into
it and you have been snatched then it is painful. Much anguish! And
the anguish is so intense that you will become unconscious in the moment
of death. Then you miss.
But if you are ready to jump there is no anguish. If you accept and
welcome it, and there is no complaint rather, you are happy and
celebrating that the moment has come, and now I can jump out of this
body which is a limitation, can jump out of this body which is a
confinement, can jump out of this ego which has always been a suffering
if you can welcome, then there is no need to become unconscious.
you can become accepting, welcoming what Buddhists call tathata, to
accept it, and not only to accept, because the word accept is not very
good, deep down some nonacceptance is hidden in it no, if you welcome,
if it is such a celebration, an ecstasy, if it is a benediction, then
you need not become unconscious.
If it is a benediction, you will become perfectly conscious in that
moment. Remember these two things: if you reject, if you say no, you
will become totally unconscious; if you accept, welcome, and say yes
with your full heart, you will become perfectly conscious. Yes to death
makes you perfectly conscious; no to death makes you perfectly
unconscious and these are the two ways of dying. A Buddha dies totally
accepting. There is no resistance, no fight between him and death. Death
is divine; you die fighting.
If a man has been preparing, getting ready, at the moment of death the
master can be miraculously helpful. Just a word at the right moment and
the flame inside suddenly explodes, you become enlightened because the
moment is such, so intense, you are so concentrated at one point.
Discourses on Death and Dying:
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Osho - Is there a
place for Mourning
Osho - How can we
prepare ourselves for Death?
It is very difficult to
accept cutting one limb of the Body
Beloved Osho, What is
exactly your attitude about death
Life is Purposeless and it
is beautiful that it is purposeless
Beloved Osho, I have heard that your Sannyasins Celebrate
One should die
celebrating - Guidance on helping the dying person
Can you talk about facing the death of
each moment and letting Go
Osho on Bardo -
Bardo is the greatest contribution Tibet has made to the world
on Grief over death - If you have not loved the person
deeply, then you will grieve very much