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Understanding Death

Understanding Death

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UnderstandingDeath
 
Beloved Osho,When I was coming for discourse, my heart wastrembling with fear; I felt as if I was going to die.Death seemed to be very close. Later in thediscourse, I felt an infinite joy from some unknownsource. Are these just two colours of love for you,or is it something else? Will you please comment?
haitanya Bharti, death is always close by. It isalmost like your shadow. You may be aware,you may not be aware, but it follows you fromthe first moment of your life to the very lastmoment. Death is a process just as life is aprocess, and they are almost together, just liketwo wheels of a bullock cart. Life cannot existwithout death; neither can death exist without life.Our minds have an insane desire: we want only lifeand not death. We don’t look at the existentialtruth, we always cling to our own insane desire.Any desire that goes against nature is insane. Andthis desire is in almost every living creature, notonly human beings. Even the trees are afraid of death, but trees can be forgiven. They are notconscious beings, they are only unconscious – fastasleep.But you are a little bit awake: you can sense thepresence of death. Hence the possibility opens fora deeper understanding, that life and death are alltogether, two extremes of one energy. Life is theactive force and death is the inactive force. Life isthe positive electricity and death is the negativeelectricity, but they cannot be separated.
 
 You are saying, “When I was coming for discourse,my heart was trembling with fear; I felt as if I wasgoing to die.” Those who are aware that death ispossible at any moment – the very next momentand you may be gone – this awareness is going tohelp you to live this moment as deeply as possible,because death can cut your roots withoutinforming you, without any previous intimationthat “I am coming.” It simply comes. You knowonly when it has happened. But it is not thegreatest misery. The greatest misery is when therewas the chance and the opportunity, you did notlive – you went on postponing.Life is an opportunity. Death is the end of the rope.If you understand death your life will becomeintense and total. But instead of understandingdeath, you become overwhelmed by it. Hence theheart starts trembling with fear. And fear is notgoing to help at all, fear is going to cloud yourmind even more. Out of fear, there has never beenany understanding.So whenever you feel fear, it is a tremendousopportunity to understand that life is momentary,it is ephemeral, it is made of the same stuff asdreams are made of. How real the dream lookswhen you are asleep – in fact, more real than yourexperiences when you are awake. You may neverhave thought about it, but while you are awake youcan doubt: “Perhaps what I am seeing may be justa dream.” I may be a dream, you may be a dream,this whole communion may be happening just as adream. Soon you will be awake and you will find,“My God! It was just a dream.”There is the possibility when you are awake tosuspect, to doubt the reality that surrounds you.But when you are asleep, you cannot even doubtthe existence of the dream. It is so real, it is morereal than reality. Have you ever doubted any
 
dream, thinking that perhaps what you are seeingis a dream? The moment you doubt, you are awake,and the dream is immediately finished. The dreamcan remain there only if you are totally asleep, sodeep that no doubt, no suspicion, can arise in you.But to those who have understood both life anddeath as nothing but two aspects of one reality,the dream and the so-called reality of your wakingconsciousness are not basically different. Just as inthe morning you wake up and the dream life isfinished, one day in death you wake up intoanother reality and all that was real up to then –for seventy years – becomes just a dream. Not evena trace of it is left anywhere in your consciousness.Death is a constant reminder that, “I can come anymoment. Be prepared.” And what is thepreparation? The preparation is: live life so totally,so intensely, be so aflame with it that when deathcomes there is no complaint, there is no grudge. You are absolutely ready because you have livedlife so totally, you have known all its mysteries –there is no point in living anymore. Death has comeexactly at the right time, when you may havethought to die yourself. I call that death perfectwhich comes at the moment when you yourself may have thought, “It is enough.”Death comes and you understand that life has beenlived totally, so now there is no point to go onbreathing and go on waking and sleepingunnecessarily – because nothing new is going tohappen. Now everything is past and there is nofuture. In such a moment, death is a welcomeguest. And unless you are ready to welcome death,know well that you have missed life. Those whofeel sadness and fear about death are the peoplewho have missed the train. But in ourunconsciousness, we are all continuously missingthe train. The train is moving every moment, just in

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