Osho left his body on 19th January 1990. This day is celebrated as Osho’s Mahaparinirvana Day.
The term “Mahaparinirvana” is derived from the Buddhist term “Nirvana”. Nirvana means enlightenment. Nirvana means a Buddha is in the body. He has attained to illumination, he has become a knower, but he is still in the body, the body of imperfection. He is still in the world of imperfect parts. Then when he leaves the body, when he simply disappears into the ultimate emptiness, it is MAHAPARINIRVANA. Now imperfection disappears, now there is no individuality, now he is whole.
Osho says One day, one golden day, you will disappear and only the buddha will remain in place of you. That will be the greatest height of your blossoming, the greatest golden moment of your thousands of lives. Beyond that is only the cosmos. First, become the buddha. This is called NIRVANA. Then take a jump into the cosmos, and disappear into the blue sky. This is called MAHAPARINIRVANA – the great enlightenment. The first is called Enlightenment, the second is called The Great Enlightenment. Then you are not, even the buddha is not. Only the existence is, with all its glory, with all its majesty, with all its flowers blossoming, its beauty, its truth, its divineness spread all over the cosmos. Then you will become one with the whole, not part of the whole. To become one with the whole is the only holiness.
THE FIRST TIME I SAW A DEAD HUMAN BEING WAS WHEN I SAW MY DEAD GRANDMOTHER. SHE LAY THERE AND LOOKED SO WHITE AND PEACEFUL, SO SILENT AND HAPPY, OPEN AND CLOSED AT THE SAME TIME. I WAS JEALOUS, BUT AT THE SAME TIME AFRAID. I THOUGHT SHE MUST BE SO LONELY. I COULD NOT REACH HER ANY MORE.
WHEN I SAW YOU, DEAR OSHO, ON YOUR BIRTHDAY DARSHAN, I HAD EXACTLY THE SAME FEELINGS. DID YOU NOT FEEL VERY VERY LONELY BETWEEN ALL THE NOISES, SHATTERINGS, MOVINGS? YOU WERE SO FAR AND IN HOLY SILENCE — AS NEVER BEFORE FOR ME.
ARE YOU DEAD AND ALIVE AT THE SAME TIME?
The question is from Ma Prem Aranyo.
Death is beautiful, as beautiful as life – if you just know how to communicate with death. It is beautiful because it is relaxation. It is beautiful because the person has fallen back into the source of existence – to relax, to rest, to be ready to come back again.
A wave rises in the ocean, then falls back into the ocean, then rises again. It will have another day; it will be born again in some other form. And then it falls again and disappears. Death is just disappearing into the source. Death is going to the unmanifested.
Death is falling asleep into God. You will bloom again. You will again see the sun and the moon, and again and again till you become a Buddha – till you are capable of dying consciously, till you are capable of relaxing consciously, knowingly, into God. Then there is no coming back. That is utter death, that is ultimate death.
The ordinary death is a temporary death; you will be coming back again. When a Buddha dies, he dies forever. His death has the quality of eternity. But even the temporary death is beautiful. And you are right, Aranyo, I am dead and alive at the same time. As a person, I am dead. As somebody, I am dead. As nobody, I am alive.
You say: “THE FIRST TIME I SAW A DEAD HUMAN BEING WAS WHEN I SAW MY DEAD GRANDMOTHER. SHE LAY THERE AND LOOKED SO WHITE AND PEACEFUL, SO SILENT, SO HAPPY, OPEN AND CLOSED AT THE SAME TIME. I WAS JEALOUS BUT AT THE SAME TIME AFRAID.”
Remember, that may be your relationship with me too, jealous and at the same time afraid too. You will have to put your fear aside, because the fear can prevent you – can prevent you from enjoying this opportunity that is available to you.
It is very difficult to find a nobody; you have found one. And unless you also become a nobody, go on remembering you are missing the opportunity. Die as I have died, and then you will be alive as I am alive. There is a life which has nothing to do with any person. There is a life which has nothing to do with any self. There is a life of emptiness, innocent and virgin. I make it available to you. Put your fears aside, come closer to me. Let me become your death and your resurrection.
A Zen master, Bunon has said, “While living, be a dead man, be thoroughly dead, and behave as you like and all is well.”
This is an excerpt from the transcript of a public discourse by Osho in Gautam Buddha Hall, Shree Rajneesh Ashram, Pune, India.
The Diamond Sutra
Chapter title: Love Released
22 December 1977 am in Buddha Hall
Osho has spoken on ‘life, death, body, buddha, Meditation, Enlightenment, Nirvana, Mahaparinirvana’ in His discourses. Some of these can be referred to in the following books/discourses: