Often the fear of death comes up, intense and
strong, and the fear of having to leave all this beauty, this
friendship and love.
How is it possible to relax in this certainty of
First, it is possible to relax only when death is a certainty.
Relaxing is difficult when things are uncertain. If you know
that you are going to die today, all fear of death will
disappear. What is the point of wasting time? You have one day
to live: live as intensely as possible, live as totally as
Death may not come. Death cannot come to people who live very
intensely and very totally. And even if it comes, those people
who have lived totally, welcome it because it is a great relief.
They are tired of living, they lived so totally and so
intensely, so death comes like a friend. Just as after
the whole day's hard work night comes as a great relaxation, as
a beautiful sleep, so does death come after life.
Death has nothing ugly about it; you cannot find
If the fear of death comes in, that means there are a few
loopholes that are not filled with living. So those fears of
death are very indicative and helpful. They show you that your
dance has to go a little faster, that you have to burn the torch
of your life from both ends together.
Dance so fast that the dancer disappears and only the dance
Then it is not possible for any fear of death to visit you.
“And the fear of having to leave all this
beauty, this friendship and love.”
If you are totally herenow, who cares about
Tomorrow will take care of itself. Jesus
is right when he prays to God, 'Lord, give me my daily
bread.' He is not even asking for tomorrow, just today is enough
unto itself. And you have to learn that each moment has a
The fear of having to leave it all comes only because you are
not completely living in the moment; otherwise there is no time,
and there is no mind, and there is no space.
Once a merchant was asked,
“How old are you?”
“Three hundred and sixty years old.”
The man could not believe it.
“Please, repeat it. Perhaps I have not heard
The merchant shouted and said,
“Three hundred and sixty years old!”
The man said,
“Forgive me but I cannot believe it. You
don't look more than sixty!”
The merchant said,
“You are also right. As far as the calendar
is concerned I am sixty. But as far as my life is concerned
I have lived six times more than anybody else. In sixty
years I have managed to live three hundred and sixty years.”
It depends on intensity.
There are two ways of living.
One is the way of the buffalo. It lives
horizontally, in a single line.
The other way is of a buddha. He lives
vertically, in height and in depth. Then each moment can
become an eternity.
Don't waste your time in trivia, but live, sing,
dance, love as totally and overflowingly as you are capable of.
No fears will interfere and you will not be
worried what will happen tomorrow. Today is enough unto itself.
Lived, it is so full; it leaves no space to think about anything
else. Life unlived, worries come and fears come.
Just live, love, and make each moment a deep ecstasy.
All fears may disappear...