Osho on Philosophy of Physical Immortality and Christian Science
Question - Beloved Master, Is there any truth in the philosophy of physical immortality which says that it is only our belief in the inevitability of death which produces old age, disease and death? To what extent do our thoughts manifest results?
Osho - John Fisant, man is afraid of death; hence he goes on creating all kinds of stupid ideas. Physical immortality is sheer nonsense because anything that begins is bound to end. Physical immortality is possible only if you are not born through parents but manufactured in a factory. If you are made out of plastic, if you are not a real man, then there is a possibility. Plastic seems to be the only immortal thing.
So if you don't have skin but plastic instead, if you don't have real blood but synthetic blood which you can change any time -- you can go to the petrol pump -- and all that you have in your body -- your bones, your joints, everything -- is replaceable so whenever there is some problem, things can be replaced; you just have to change a few parts and parts will be available.... You may have to go to the garage for a time; a few things may have to be unscrewed and screwed again. Then you can be physically immortal -- but then you will not be a man, you will be a machine.
If you are born you are bound to die. Yes, it is possible your life can be prolonged -- life HAS been prolonged. As medicine has evolved, as scientific technology has come to help human beings, as we have become more and more aware of the secrets of life, life has been prolonged. It may be prolonged from seventy years to seven hundred years, but then too you will not be physically immortal.
And I don't think many people would like to live seven
hundred years; even seventy years is too much! People start thinking
after a time, "Now it will be better to die." Death is a relief, a
relaxation. Everything wants rest; death is going into rest. Your body
also gets tired, matter also gets tired. It wants to go back to its
original source: water into water and air into air and earth into earth
and fire into fire. Everything wants to go back to its source to rest,
to rejuvenate itself, and come back again. But man has always cherished
these ideas -- physical immortality. And not ordinary people, even
people who are thought to be extraordinary, they also go on having such
For three days it was kept a secret that he had died. They waited: he may be in deep samadhi, he may come back. But after three days when they saw no sign of his coming back and his body started stinking, then they had to bury it. Then they hoped that the mother would be immortal. She lived a long life, but a long life does not mean physical immortality. When she died, again they were shocked. Their whole philosophy was confused by these two persons' deaths.
But one thing is good about death: now you cannot ask
Sri Aurobindo, "Why have you been telling your whole life that physical
immortality is possible, that you know the secret, that you have been
able to bring God into the physical world?"
There are a few people who think that sleep is also just an old habit and they try to reduce it. For centuries they have tried. Yes, it can be reduced, it can be reduced to two hours because two hours is the essential sleep; you also sleep only two hours in a deep way. Somewhere between two and four or three and five you sleep for two hours very deeply; those are the refreshing moments. All dreaming disappears, you are almost dead. Hence the ancients used to say sleep is a small death. But people have been trying to avoid sleep also.
The logic is: if you can avoid sleep then you can one day avoid death too. If sleep is a small death and you have conquered sleep, you will be able to conquer the big sleep, death, too. But why? What is wrong in dying? The people who are afraid of death are the people who have not really lived their lives. They are not afraid of death, they are simply afraid that they have not lived yet and death has come.
Rather than thinking of physical immortality, think of
living your life totally. While you are here, live your life in a
multidimensional richness. And then when death comes you will feel it as
a crescendo, as a peak, as an ultimate -- life reaching to the highest
-- and you will enjoy death as much as you have enjoyed life. You will
be utterly satisfied with death because it will give you rest,
relaxation; it will renew you. It will take away the old garments and it
will give you new garments. But people go on philosophizing. They have
created things like Christian Science, mind over matter. They think that
if you believe that you are not going to die then you will not die.
But death is not your belief; otherwise why do animals
die? They don't believe, they don't believe that they are going to die.
Why do trees die? They don't believe that they are going to die, they
don't have any belief system. Why do stars and suns and moons die? Why
do earths die? They don't believe; death is a universal phenomenon, it
happens everywhere. It is part of life; it is the other side of the
coin. I am not in any support of Christian Science. It is neither
science nor Christian -- it is simply nonsense.
John Fisant, rather than bothering about physical immortality, get in touch with your witnessing soul which watches the body and mind both. It watches life, it watches death; hence it transcends life and death both. Only this witness is immortal because it is never born and it never dies.
The Zen people call it the original face. This witnessing is your original face. And meditation is nothing but an art to discover your original face. You are immortal, but not physically; just in your awareness, in your consciousness you ARE immortal, you are universal.
Source - Osho Book "The Dhammapada, Vol 10"
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