Chapter 14: The Greatest Surgery Possible
But in the mathematics of consciousness the situation is totally different - here the part can become the whole, the whole can become the part, in fact they both are the same. Rather than using the word part, we should say, “You have a miniature being, a small image of the whole, and the body disappears: the small image becomes one with the greater image.” Death is a great excitement but only for those who are working towards it, to make it so. The key is that you have to remain conscious.
I have heard that three friends - a surgeon, a politician, and a jurist, a magistrate - were just chitchatting on a morning walk. And talking of many things, they came to the point of whose profession was the oldest.
The judge said, “Of course mine, because as far as we know, the further back we go we find man more barbarous, more criminal, more animal. I must have been needed to keep the peace, to keep society together, to protect the innocent.
“And the way we see man even today, he is divided into religions, into nations, into races, and into smaller and smaller groups, and they are fighting: there are continuous riots all over the world. Without the system of justice, it would have been impossible to avoid those riots and save humanity.”
Appealing - but the politician laughed. He said, “You can befool others but not me. First, tell me if I was not there who would have created the riots? The politician is a must for every crime.” Although no politician accepts it, what he said was right.
The surgeon said, “You all may be right, but you cannot compete with a surgeon. Surgery happened first. God took out a rib from Adam and made a woman out of it. That was a miraculous surgery. And that has to be exactly in the beginning, you cannot go further back than that.” But even God has to make Adam unconscious to take the bone.
From ancient times there are strange books - which should be known to the whole world. Nearabout five to seven thousand years ago, there was a man in India - Sushrut, and he has written a book on surgery. And the amazing part is that whatever we are doing now is all included in it - the instruments, the methods, everything - also anesthesia.
In the Himalayas there is found a small plant: just a few drops of its juice are enough to keep a man absolutely unconscious for hours. It is still available.
So if in our small surgery, from the very beginning, unconsciousness is absolutely necessary.death is the great surgery. Nothing can be greater: The whole body has to be taken away from the being which has become identified with it and clings to it. In unconsciousness it is possible to do it.
Very few people die consciously, hence the fear; because very few people live consciously, hence the fear. Whatever you want your death to be, let first your life be exactly the same - because death is not separate from life, it is not an end to life, but only a change. Life continues, has continued, will always continue. But forms become useless, old, more a burden than a joy - it is better to give life a new, fresh form.
Death is a blessing; it is not a curse.