Four days to die and be reborn!
To live your life fully and authentically, it is absolutely necessary to lose the fear of death. Knowing is power and knowing is liberation too. We become free from that which we have known.
The fear of death has created society, the nation, family and friends. The fear of death has caused us to run after money and has made us ambitious of higher positions.
How can we know there is no death? Until we know that, our fear of death will not go either. Until we know the falsity of death, our lives will remain false. As long as there is fear of death, there cannot be authentic life. As long as we tremble with the fear of death, we cannot summon the capacity to live our lives. One can live only when the shadow of death has disappeared forever.
Generally, no one remains conscious at the moment of death. If, even once, one were to remain conscious, the fear of death would disappear forever. If, just once, a man could see what dying is like, what happens in death, then the next time he would have no fear of death because there would be no death. Not that he would be victorious over death – we can only achieve victory over something which exists. Just by knowing death, it disappears. Then nothing remains over which to be victorious.
We can experiment entering into death of our own free will. And meditation or samadhi is nothing else but that. The experience of entering death voluntarily is meditation, samadhi.
The inevitable and automatic phenomenon of dropping the body that will take place at the time of death – we can willingly experience that through creating a distance, inside, between the self and the body. And through leaving the body from the inside, we can experience the event of death, we can experience death occurring. Because the occurrence of death simply means that in that journey our soul and our body will experience a distinction from each other, just as when a vehicle is left behind and the traveler moves on.
If the body and the consciousness separate, at this very instant, death is finished. With the creation of that distance, you come to know that the body and the consciousness are two separate things; that you will continue to survive in spite of the breaking of the shell that is the body, that there is no question of you breaking, of you disappearing. In that state, even though death will occur, it cannot penetrate inside you – it will occur outside you. It means only that which you are not will die. That which you are will survive.
This is the very meaning of meditation or samadhi: learning how to separate the body from the consciousness. They can be separated because they are separate. They can be known separately because they are separate. That’s why I call meditation a voluntary entry into death. And the man who enters death willingly, encounters it and comes to know that, “Death is there, and yet I am still here.”
In meditation one has to enter slowly within. And gradually, one after another, things begin to drop away. A distance is created with each and every thing, and a moment arrives when it feels as if everything is lying far away at a distance. It will feel as if it is someone else’s corpse lying by the shore – and you exist; the body is lying there and still you exist – separate, totally distinct and different.
Once we experience death face-to-face while we are still alive, we will never have anything to do with death again. Death will keep on coming, but then it will be just like a stopover – it will be like changing clothes, it will be like taking new horses and riding in new bodies and setting out on a new journey, on new paths, into new worlds. But death will never be able to destroy us. This can only be known by encountering death. We will have to know it; we will have to pass through it.
Because we are so very afraid of death, we are not even able to meditate. Many people come to me and say that they are unable to meditate. How shall I tell them that their real problem is something else? Their real problem is the fear of death…and meditation is a process of death. In a state of total meditation, one reaches the same point a dead man does. The only difference is that the dead man reaches there in an unconscious state, while the meditator reaches consciously. This is the only difference. The dead man has no knowledge of what happened, of how the shell broke open and the kernel survived. The meditative seeker knows that the shell and the kernel have become separate.
The fear of death is the basic reason why people cannot go into meditation – there is no other reason. Those who are afraid of death can never enter into samadhi. Samadhi, deep meditation, is a voluntary invitation to death. An invitation is given to death: “Come, I am ready to die. I want to know whether or not I will survive after death. And it is better that I know it consciously, because I won’t be able to know anything if this event occurs in an unconscious state.”
These four days, the whole focus will be on the process of encountering death. I hope that, these four days, many people will come to know how to die, will be able to die.
There is a secret behind it and that should be understood. There is a certain mathematics behind it, and this mathematics is very interesting. We have never seen ourselves dying. We have seen others dying, and that reinforces the idea that we will have to die too. For example, a raindrop is there with thousands of other drops, and then the sun’s rays fall strongly on one of them and it turns into vapor which disappears. The other drops think it has died and they are right – because they had seen the drop just a little while ago, and now it is gone. But the drop still exists in the clouds. Yet how are the other drops to know this until they themselves become the cloud? By now that drop must have fallen into the sea and become a drop again. But how can the other drops know this until they themselves set out on that journey?
When we see somebody dying around us, we think the person is no more, that yet another man has died. We don’t realize that the man has simply evaporated, that he has entered the subtle, and then set out on a new journey – that he is a drop which has evaporated, only to become a drop once again. How are we to see this? All we feel is that one more person is lost, that one more person is dead. Thus, somebody dies every day; every day some drop is lost. And it slowly becomes a certainty for us that we too will have to die, that, “I too will die.” Then a fear takes hold: “I will die.” This fear grips us because we are looking at others. We live watching others, and that is our problem.
One neither has to be free from death nor does one have to triumph over it. One needs to know death. The very knowing becomes freedom, the knowing itself becomes the victory. That’s why knowing is power, knowing is freedom, knowing is victory. Knowing death causes it to dissolve; then suddenly, for the first time, we become connected with life.
That’s why the first thing about meditation is that it is a voluntary entry into death. The second thing is that one who enters into death willingly, finds, all of a sudden, entrance into life. Even though he goes in search of death, instead of meeting death he actually finds ultimate life. Even though, for the purpose of his search he enters the mansion of death, he actually ends up in the temple of life. And one who escapes from the mansion of death never reaches the temple of life.
Both things happen simultaneously: to enter death voluntarily is meditation, and the one who enters death voluntarily attains to life. That means: one who encounters death ultimately finds that death has disappeared and he is in life’s embrace. This looks quite contrary – that you go in search of death and come across life, but it is not.
What we call life and what we call death – both are part of one greater life. I am breathing. A breath comes out; a breath goes in. The same breath that comes out goes back in after a while, and the breath that goes in comes out after a while. Breathing in is life, breathing out is death. But both are steps of one greater life – like left and right, walking side by side. Birth is one step, death is another step, but if we could see, if we could penetrate inside, then we would have a glimpse of the greater life.
These four days, in our meditations, we will experiment with entering into death. And we will come to know many of its dimensions.
When: September 27, 6 pm - September 30, 6 pm
Cost: Eur 270.- (including veg.food and accommodation)
Sudheer P. Niet
Sudheer is an experienced meditator and teacher of meditation. Over the past 40 years, he has used many different meditation techniques and has helped hundreds of people to get the knack of meditation. He has been on this journey of meditation with the Indian mystic, Osho, the Buddha of our times, who developed a science of transformation for the modern man.
Sudheer received training in self-hypnosis from Dr. Brian Alman, a student of Milton Erickson, M.D., the father of modern hypnosis. He trained in NLP and Hypnosis in Pune, India with Prabodhi and Premananda, as well as with H. Hoenderdos, a student of Richard Bandler, one of the developers of NLP, Neuro-Linguistic Programming.
Sudheer currently facilitates a range of meditation groups and OSHO Meditative Therapy courses as well as courses around conscious living & dying in the Osho Meditation Resort, India and around the world.
Some feedback about Sudheer’s courses:
Sudheer is a teacher and a person who is full of love, peace, kindness, compassion, wisdom, and he shares it with others.
He has taught me how to be more in the moment, bringing a variety of examples of whatever activities (eating, playing with my child, etc.). It was a complete turning point in my life; to learn about living and being in the moment. Moreover, Sudheer gave me a taste of knowledge. What it means to be conscious of yourself and others. Although I feel that I still have a long way to go but he helped me to start this journey, and it is wonderful!
I learned from him the skills that are so valuable in my daily life: the ability to listen and speak through my heart, by becoming aware of the difference between what is heard through my mind and what is to listen through my heart.
Sudheer is a facilitator who for whatever course he does, he always touches your heart, bringing his total love and paying attention to the participants. My profound respect, gratitude and thankfulness to him! (Katrin)