Life and Death with Osho

In And Here And Now, Osho debunks the myths and misunderstandings around death, and invites us to experience our eternal inner space that is now and here.

From his book, we bring forth seven quotes on life and death.


We are alive, but we don’t know what life is. And this ignorance makes us believe in the certainty of death. Ignorance is death. The ignorance of life itself becomes the phenomenon of death.

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The soul resides within two bodies – the subtle body (which we cannot see) and the gross body (which we can see). At the time of death, the gross body dies. The body which is made of earth and water, the body which consists of flesh, bones and marrow, drops, dies.

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Knowledge born of your own experience is power, and it is also liberation. It is true victory.

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You become free from whatever you become aware of. You are victorious over whatever you become aware of. Your failure and defeat are just your ignorance, your unawareness. Defeat is caused by ignorance, and when the light of awareness is there, defeat is impossible – the light itself becomes the victory.

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Death and birth are not two different phenomena – they are two ends of the same phenomenon, just like two sides of the same coin. If a man has one side of a coin in his hand, the other side will automatically be in his hand.”

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“When I say there is no truth greater than death, I am drawing your attention to the fact that the phenomenon of death is an enormous reality in this life. But what we call ‘life’ and what we understand as ‘life’ is limited to our personality and this consists of what I describe as ‘I’. This personality will die and what we call ‘life’ will die too. Death is inevitable. Certainly, you will die and I will die, and this life will also be destroyed, turned into dust, erased.”

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In order to understand the states of consciousness and unconsciousness, the first thing that needs to be understood is that they are not opposite states, although normally they are seen as opposites.

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Memories of our past lives have been prevented by nature. There is a reason for it. It is necessary that in the overall system of a man’s life, he forgets most of the things that happen to him. Similarly, we don’t remember all the memories that we create during our lifetime. However, that which you don’t remember is not erased form your mind. Only the connection between your consciousness and that memory are severed.”


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