The disciples thought what to suggest. Somebody said that, “You can die sitting in a lotus posture. Many masters have died in the lotus posture.”
But Bokuju said, “That is not very unique, because many people have died in that posture.”
Somebody said, “You can die standing.”
He said, “That seems to be appealing.”
But one man objected, he said, “That’s not right, because I know of a Zen master who died standing. It will not be unique.”
Bokuju said, “It is very difficult. Find out quickly because my time is running out, and I cannot delay any longer. So many idiots are here, and you cannot find just one unique way of dying for your beloved master?”
One man suggested, “Nobody has ever died standing on his head. You can do a headstand and die.”
Bokuju said, “Perfectly right!”
He stood on his head and died.
Now the problem was… The disciples said, “What to do?” – because they know what has to be done when a person dies in his bed. But what to do with this fellow who has died standing on his head?
Somebody said, “His elder sister, who is also a great master, lives just close by. It is better to call her and not to interfere, because this is a strange thing. We will be condemned later on if we don’t do the right thing, so it is better to call somebody who can take responsibility.”
The sister came and she said, “Bokuju! From your very childhood you have been mischievous – and this is no time to be mischievous! Just lie down!”
And Bokuju laughed and said, “Okay sister – because I cannot disobey you. I was almost dead. I was just waiting to see what these people would do trying to work out what to do with me after death. But these idiots have brought you here! And you always were a killjoy. You’ve destroyed the whole fun! Now I will die in the ordinary, orthodox way.” And he died.
And his sister did not even look back; she just went away. People said, “But he has died!”
She said, “It was time. He was delaying it. And it is not right to play jokes on existence. At least at the time of death one should be serious. Now he is dead, you do whatever you want to do. Even if he is not dead, finish him off – his time is up.”
Make your life; find out why you are feeling bored. Change! It is such a small life. Take risks, be a gambler – what can you lose? We come with empty hands; we go with empty hands. There is nothing to lose. Just a little time to be playful, to sing a beautiful song, and the time is gone. Each moment is so precious.