Life

“Once you understand that death is not the opposite of life but part of it, an intrinsic part of it, which can never be separated from it – once you accept death as a friend, suddenly a transformation happens.  You are transfigured, your vision now has a new quality in it.  Now there is no fight, no war, you are not fighting against anybody, now you can relax, now you can be at home.  Once death becomes a friend only then does life become a friend also.  This may look paradoxical but it is so, only the appearance is paradoxical.  If death is the enemy, then deep down life is also the enemy, because life leads to death.” ~ Osho, The Art of Living and Dying

“You start dying really when you start breathing, at the same moment.  It is not right to say that death comes in the end, it has always been with you from the very beginning.  It is part of you, it is your innermost center, it grows with you, and one day it comes to a culmination, one day it comes to flowering.  The day of death is not the day of death’s coming, it is the flowering.  Death was growing within you all this time, now it has reached a peak; and once death reaches a peak you disappear back into the origin.” ~ Osho, The Art of Living and Dying

“What is the secret to the art of life?  The secret is this – live in full awareness.  Don’t grope in the darkness; don’t walk in sleep; walk in awareness.  Whatsoever you do, no matter what it is – even if it is as insignificant as opening and closing your eyes – do it thoughtfully, do it with awareness.  Who knows, everything may depend on that tiny action, on opening and closing your eyes.  You may be walking along the road and see a woman, and you may spend your whole life with her!  Even opening and closing your eyes, stay alert.” ~ Osho, The Art of Living and Dying

“A man is really a mature man when he has come to this conclusion: ‘If death is happening to everybody else, then I cannot be an exception.’ Once this conclusion sinks deep into your heart, your life can never be the same again.  You cannot remain attached to life in the old way.  If it is going to be taken away, what is the point of being so possessive?  If it is going to disappear one day, why cling and suffer? If life is not going to remain forever, then why be in such misery, anguish, worry?” ~ Osho, The Art of Living and Dying

“Life is spread out over a long time – seventy years, one hundred years.  Death is intense because it is not spread out – it is in a single moment.  Life has to pass one hundred years or seventy years, it cannot be so intense.  Death comes in a single moment; it comes whole, not fragmentary.  It will be so intense you cannot know anything more intense.  But if you are afraid, if before death comes you have escaped, if you have become unconscious because of the fear, you have missed one of the golden opportunities, the golden gate.  If your whole life you have been accepting things, when death comes, patiently, passively you will accept and enter into it without any effort to escape.  If you can enter death passively, silently, without any effort, death disappears.” ~ Osho, The Art of Living and Dying

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