Suggestions from Osho to enhance awareness in the moments of dying

Staying conscious while dying

‘How to die consciously’ features suggestions for what you can do in everyday life and also in the time nearing death. In this following extract, Osho provides some suggestions for staying alert when death is imminent….

The Lotus Posture

Thousands of Buddhist monks have died in the sitting lotus posture, because the best way to receive death is in the lotus posture because in the lotus posture you will be fully alert, and because energies will be disappearing; they will be becoming less and less every moment. Death is coming. In a lotus posture you can keep alertness to the very end. And to be alert while you are dying is one of the greatest experiences, the ultimate in orgasm. [1]

Spoken Guidance

When I say death is an illusion I do not mean it is an illusion that happens either to the body or to the soul. I call it a social illusion one which we cultivate in every child. We indoctrinate every child with the idea, ‘You are going to die, and this is how death occurs.’ So by the time a child grows up he has learned all the symptoms of death, and when these symptoms apply to him he just closes his eyes and becomes unconscious. He becomes hypnotized.

Contrary to this is the technique of active meditation – a technique of how to enter death consciously. In Tibet this technique is known as Bardo. Just as people hynotise a man in his dying moment, similarly, people involved in Bardo give anti-hypnotic suggestions to a dying man.

In Bardo, people gather around a man in his dying moments and tell him, ‘You are not dying, because no one has ever died.’ They give him anti-hypnotic suggestions. There will be no weeping, no wailing; nothing else will be done. People will gather around him and a village priest or monk will come and say, ‘You are not dying, because no one has ever died. You will depart relaxed and fully conscious. You will not die, because no one ever dies.’

The person closes his eyes and the entire process is narrated to him: now his life-energy has left his legs, now it has left his hands, now he cannot speak, and so – and yet, the man is told, he still is, he will still remain. And all around him these suggestions are given. The suggestions are simply anti-hypnotic. That means, they are meant to make sure the person does not grab on to the social illusion that he is on the verge of dying. In order to prevent him from doing that, people use Bardo as an antidote. [See OSHO Bardo]

Special Fragrances

There can be many ways of keeping a dying person awake. For example, special kinds of aromas can help a person stay conscious, just as certain kinds of aromas, odours, can make a person unconscious. Incense and benzoin were discovered mainly because they help to keep one awake.

Music and Mantra

A kind of music can be created around a person to make him stay conscious. And there is music that can make a person fall asleep. You come across music that can put you to sleep; there can be music that can keep you awake as well! Certain words, certain mantras can be uttered which can help the person stay awake and not go to sleep.


Certain parts of a dying man’s body can be tapped in order to stop him from falling asleep and keep his consciousness alive. [2]



1) The Book of Wisdom   Osho     (Osho Media International)

2) And Now And Here   Osho   (Rebel Press)


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