Deccan Chronicle

Art of conscious birth and death

- Swami Chaitanya Keerti The writer, editor of Osho World, is the author of Mindfulnes­s: The Master Key

Osho left his body on January 19, 1990. His disciples and lovers around the world celebrate this day as The Osho Mahotsav.

There is a unique epitaph on his samadhi, which he had dictated a few weeks before he left his body: Never Born – Never Died Only visited this planet Earth between December 11, 1931 and January 19, 1990 A disciple asked him, “Were you fully conscious of the gap between your last death and this birth?”

Osho said: “Yes, I was fully conscious for those 700 years. I was fully conscious, but it was a consciousn­ess of the gap, of the vacuum, of the emptiness, of nothing happening. Nothing can happen. ‘Happening’ means being embodied. Only if you are in the body can anything happen.”

Osho adds: “So if you are conscious between one life and another, you are only conscious of your consciousn­ess. Nothing — no thought, no desire but the last desire — will have any effect on you. And the effect of your last desire is automatic, because to enter a body again was the last suggestion of your mind; nothing has to be done about it. If one dies fully conscious, with no desire, no thought, then rebirth becomes impossible.” January 19,

The Osho Mahotsav is the punyatithi.

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