Paperback: 272 pages
Publisher: Watkins (June 4, 2013)
Language: English
ISBN-10: 1780285310
ISBN-13: 978-1780285313

Looking for the definitive Osho book on dying consciously and in celebration? Look no further: this is it. And it’s available now, in reputable bookshops and online.

 

This compilation is also the inspiration for the various Sammasati workshops we offer. Having been asked, some time ago, to create this compilation I’m very familiar with the content.

 

Maneesha & Sudheer with The Art of Living and DyingI’m also familiar with many of the books now available on the same subject: I do appreciate them, yet this – the insights of a contemporary mystic – has got to be a one-off. Containing the experiences and understanding of someone who is fully conscious means it’s straight from the source. And the breadth of aspects covered makes it the most comprehensive book of its kind.

As is evident in all his books, Osho’s expression is both profound and simple (though never simplistic) so it is instantly accessible. The mix of the pragmatic (for example, responses to questions from the dying and from their carers) – and the esoteric (such as: we die from one of seven energy centres, according to how much inner growth we’ve managed in a lifetime) – makes for an intriguing blend. Pain as a meditation, and a selection of techniques to enable one to enter dying consciously are interspersed with anecdotes and jokes. The book also addresses the fears, the misconceptions and myths that create our notion of death.

At the same time, the book is not an invitation to take on anything in faith. “I don’t want you to be believers,” Osho reminds the reader. ‘I would like you to experience on your own. I don’t want to convince you. What I am saying is my experience.

As I read it, the bottom line is: Be present to the process called dying: then you will realise that though something in you is dying, you aren’t. ‘Death turns out to be merely a separation’ and you can actually watch that separation of your body from your consciousness. That is, if, you’ve been present to your life and, through meditating, you’ve practiced the art of inner watching.

“I am not saying to you, ‘Believe that there is no death’. I am simply expressing and sharing my experience that there is no death,” Osho states. “It is not an effort to convince you. It is a challenge to come and explore.”

The Art of Living and Dying can be found on Amazon and other online stores and from Cygnus Books in the UK.  Great if you feel to leave a review on Amazon.

Look out for the Book Events with Sudheer and myself related to the release of this book. Check the Calendar for dates and cities.

Here’s a little promo video Sudheer and I did when we were at the Osho International Meditation Resort in Pune India earlier this year:

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