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Death and Dying


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1. This life is going to end in a few days, or in a few years. It is not something to cling to. Each moment death is coming closer;before death grabs you, you have to figure out something which is eternal, whichis immortal.
2. It seems obvious thatdeath is the end of life; that is not true. Death is only a beginning of a new life— a refreshment, a rejuvenation. The old body is tired. You need more experiences to become mature. You have to move through many other forms of life, and there are millions of forms of life.
3. Death can be sweet if you move from one body, one existence, one form, with pure awareness into another and higher. Then it is sweet, really sweet.
4. When you encounter death, when you see it face to face, when you don’t avoid, when you don’t dodge, whenyou don’t escape, when you don’t createa cloud around you, when you face it, encounter it, the fact of death, suddenly youbecome aware that death is life. The deeper you move into death, the deeper you move in life because, Heraclitus says, the opposites meet and mingle, they are one.
5. Death makes one understand fear, but itis not the death of somebody else, it is your own death, and that too with the condition that you are conscious.
6. All the riches that you have can be lost, can be stolen, will be lost — one day death will come and will take everything away. When somebody has come to that inner diamond that is one’s own being, death cannot take it away. Death is irrelevant to it. It cannot be stolen, it cannot be lost. Thenone has become iswara, then one has become a holy lord. Then one has become bhagavan.
7. Death is the point at which knowledge fails,and when knowledge fails, mind fails. And when mind fails, thereis a possibility of truthpenetrating you. But people don’t know. When somebody dies you don’t know what to do, you are very embarrassed. When somebody dies it is a great moment to meditate. I always think that each city needs a Death Center. When somebody is dying and his death is very, very imminent he should be moved tothe Death Center. It should be a small temple where people who can go deep in meditation should sit around him, should help him to die, and should participate in his being when he disappears into nothing.
8. If you are identified with anything, you willsuffer death.
9. Life has to be a joy, a dance, a celebration. And when death comes, it has to be welcomed with silence, with serenity — wholeheartedly, not holding anything back. This is a way to kill death itself.
10. Buddhists call these three ‘the messengers of God’: old age, sickness, death — three messengers of God. Why? — because only through these experiences in life do you become aware of death. And if you become aware of death and you start learning how to go into it, how to welcome it, how to receive it, you are released from the bondage, from the wheel of life and death.
11. Whenever you feel death close by, go into it through the door of love, through the door of meditation, through the door of a man dying. And if some day you are dying — and the day is going to come one day — receive it in joy, benediction. And if you can receive deathin joy and benediction, you will attain to the greatest peak, because death is the crescendo of life. Hidden in it is the greatest orgasm, because hidden in it isthe greatest freedom.
12. The basic fear is the fear of death. All other fears are just reflections of the basic fear. All other fears can be reduced to one fear: the fear of death, the fear that, “One day I mayhave to disappear, one day I may have to die. I am, and the day is coming when Iwill not be” — that frightens, that is thefear.
13. Life and death are not two separate phenomena; they aretwo faces of the same coin, two aspects of the samecoin. If you penetratedeeply you will see that life is death and death is life. The moment you are born, you have started dying. And if this is so, then whenyou die you will start living again. If death is implied in life, then life will be implied in death. They belong to each other, they are complementary.
14. If you are trying to escape from death, remember, you will be escaping from life also; that’s why you look so dead. This is the paradox: escape death and you remain dead; face, encounter death and you become alive. At the moment when you face death so deeply, so intensely, that you start feeling that you are dying — not only around, but within also, you feel and touch death — the crisis comes. That is the cross of Jesus, the crisis of dying. Atthat moment, from one world you die — the world of the horizontal, the world of the mind — and you resurrect into another world.
15. Life and death are one — one phenomenon, one energy. Life is the manifestation of that energy, and death is again relaxation. Life is coming to a form, and death is moving again into the formless. The end and the beginning meet. Life is not separate from death, death is not separate from life —they meet and mingle. Even to say they meet is not right because the mind immediately brings: “If there is a meeting then there must be two.” It is not a meeting, it is one phenomenon.
16. If you have lived joyously, you will be ready to welcome death too — invite her for a dance! Death is powerful only over people whohave never lived, who don’t have the courage to relax peacefully in moments of death without any fear — because no accident, no disease, nothing can make even a dent in your consciousness; you are always intact.
17. Death brings to the surface your essential personality.
18. At the time of death, the most important subject in the minds of people who are not conscious is going to be sex — because sex and death are two sides of the same coin.
19. The bardo is suggestions to the dying person: “Now be silent. Leave this life consciously. Rather than death taking it away from you, relax your hold; don’t be defeated bydeath, don’t struggle.Just drop all your attachment. This world is finished for you, and this life is finished for you. There is no point in holding on to it; in holding on to it you will be fighting with death. You cannot win, and a very significant possibility will be missed.
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