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Chapter 23: You Are Born As Freedom

To live in the moment needs a thoughtless awareness, because even a small thought is bigger than the smallest atom of time - the moment. Hence my insistence on meditation. It is nothing but a method to drop thoughts and to be available to the present moment.

Live it as deeply as possible. The next moment will be born out of this moment. If you have lived this moment totally, intensely, your next moment is going to be still more golden. And that’s how life goes on growing - otherwise people only grow old.

If you have a goal you will grow old.

If you don’t have a goal you will grow up.

And these are two different processes.

Growing old you reach to death; that is the goal.

Growing up you transcend death, because a man who has been alert, aware, in each moment, he will be capable of being aware even while he is leaving the body. He has lived life, he is not going to miss death either; he will live death too. And death for the man of awareness is the ultimate peak of life. It is not the end but the very climax.

To the goal-oriented man life comes to an end in death - naturally, because now he cannot have any goal. A goal needs the future. The future is finished, death has come, and he has wasted his whole life for some goal. But the tomorrow never comes. And naturally he is shocked that he has wasted his whole life, and this is the goal he has achieved: dying.

The shock of death makes him even more unconscious than he has ever been. Almost everybody before death goes into a coma, becomes unconscious. He has missed life; he cannot experience the climax of life - which is death.

Only a man of awareness realizes a tremendous phenomenon: death comes to him as the ultimate orgasm.

In his awareness he passes death without dying.

He becomes aware of eternity.

Now he knows he has always been here, and he will always be here.

He is part of an eternal existence.

But the goal-oriented people are the most idiotic ones.

Osho,
It is stated that man becomes unconscious at the time of death. Why is this so? Is it due to the terror of death or the process of death?

Neither terror of death nor the process of death make man unconscious. He has been learning unconsciousness his whole life. Death simply gives him the final certificate: “Your learning of unconsciousness is completed; you are falling into a coma.”

But this is not so for the man of awareness.

His learning is totally different.

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