||Question - How can
we prepare ourselves for Death?
Osho - DON'T accumulate anything whatever: power, money, prestige, virtue, knowledge, even the so-called spiritual experiences. Don't accumulate. If you don't accumulate you are ready to die any moment, because you have nothing to lose. The fear of death is not really fear of death; the fear of death comes out of the accumulations of life. Then you have too much to lose so you cling to it. That is the meaning of Jesus' saying: Blessed are the poor in spirit.
I don't mean become a beggar, and I don't mean renounce
the world. I mean be in the world but don't be of the world. Don't
accumulate inside, be poor in spirit. Never possess anything -- and then
you are ready to die. Possessiveness is the problem, not life itself.
The more you possess, the more you are afraid to lose. If you don't
possess anything, if your purity, if your spirit is uncontaminated by
anything, if you are simply there alone, you can disappear any moment;
whenever death knocks on the door it will find you ready. You are not
losing anything. By going with death you are not a loser. You may be
moving into a new experience.
But if you accumulate, with that accumulation comes
fear. Each accumulation brings fear in the same proportion...then you
are afraid. Don't accumulate and fear disappears. I don't teach you
renunciation in the old sense; my sannyas is an absolutely new concept.
It teaches you to be in the world and yet to be not of it. Then you are
And if you don't carry the old you will find life absolutely new, incredibly, unbelievably new at each step. Life is new, only the mind is old; and if you look through the mind, life also looks like a repetition, a boring thing. If you don't look through the mind.... Mind means your past, mind means the accumulated experiences, knowledge and everything. Mind means that through which you have passed, but on to which you are still hanging. Mind is a hang-over, dust from the past covering your mirrorlike consciousness. Then when you look through it everything becomes distorted. Mind is the faculty of distortion. If you don't look through the mind you will know that life is eternal. Only mind dies -- without mind you are deathless. Without mind nothing has ever died; life goes on and on and on forever. It has no beginning and no end.
Accumulate, then you have a beginning, and then you will have an end. How to prepare yourself for death.... When I say 'how to prepare for death', I don't mean preparing for the death that will come in the end -- that is very far away. If you prepare for it you will be preparing for the future and again the mind will come in. No, when I say prepare for death, I don't mean the death that will come finally, I mean the death that visits you every moment with each exhalation. Accept this death each moment and you will be ready for the final death when it comes.
Start dying each moment to the past. Clean yourself of the past each moment. Die to the known so that you become available to the unknown. With dying and being reborn each moment you will be able to live life and you will be able to live death also. And that's what spirituality is really all about: to live death intensely, to live life intensely; to live both so passionately that nothing is left behind unlived, not even death. If you live life and death totally, you transcend. In that tremendous passion and intensity of life and death, you transcend duality, you transcend the dichotomy, you come to the One. That One is really the truth. You can call it God, you can call it life, you can call it truth, samadhi, ecstasy, or whatsoever you choose.
Source - Osho Book "The Art of Dying"
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