It is not for the first time that you have asked me this. The same was asked to Buddha, the same was asked to Lao Tzu; the same will be asked again and again, because whenever there is a master…that means he uses death as a method for resurrection. You must die; only then you can be reborn.
Chaos is beautiful because it is the womb; your so-called order is ugly because it protects only the dead. Death is beautiful, dead is not beautiful – remember the difference. Death is beautiful, I repeat, because death is an alive force. Dead is not beautiful because dead is that place from where life has already moved. It is just a ruin. Don’t be a dead one; don’t carry the past. Drop it, and pass through death. You are afraid of death, but you are not afraid of the dead.
Jesus called two fishermen to follow him, and the moment they were getting out of the town a man came running, and he said to the fishermen, “Where are you going? Your father has died. Come back.”
They asked Jesus, “Allow us few days so that we can go and do whatsoever is needed. Our father is dead and the last rituals have to be done.”
Jesus said, “Let the dead bury their dead – you don’t bother, you follow me.”
What is Jesus saying? He is saying the whole town is dead – they will take care: “Let the dead bury their dead. You follow me.”
If you live in the past you are a dead thing, you are not an alive force; and there is only one way to become alive, and that is to die to the past, die to the dead. This is not going to happen once and forever. Once you know the secret, each moment you have to die to the past so no dust gathers on you. Then death becomes a constant reorientation, a constant rebirth.
Always remember: die to the past. Whatsoever has passed has passed. It is no more; it is nowhere. It only clings in the memory; it is only in your mind. Mind is the repository of all that is dead. That’s why mind is the only block for life to flow. The dead bodies accumulate around the flow; they become the block.
All that I am doing here is helping you to learn how to die because that’s the first aspect of how to be reborn. Death is beautiful because life comes out of it fresh like dewdrops. So chaos is being used, and you will feel it around me; and that will always be so, because somewhere or other I am demolishing somebody. In thousands of ways, known to you, unknown to you, I am demolishing you. I am shaking you out of your death, shaking you out of your past, trying to make you more aware and more alive.
In the old ancient Hindu scriptures it is said that a master is a death. They knew that a master has to be a death, because out of that death comes revolution, mutation, transformation, transcendence. Death is an alchemy – it is the most subtle alchemy; nature uses it. When somebody becomes very old and ancient, nature kills him.