Osho on the similarity between Deep Meditation and Death
The whole of life is yours. Love it, live it to the fullest. That’s the only way to get ready for death.
Then you can live death too, to its fullest; and it is one of the most beautiful experiences. There is nothing comparable to the death experience in life, except deep meditation.
So those who know meditation, they know something of death—that’s the only way to know before dying.
If I am saying there is no more significant experience in life than death, I am saying it, not because I have died and come back to tell you, but because I know that in meditation you move into the same space as death—because in meditation you are no more your physiology, no more your biology, no more your chemistry, no more your psychology. All those are left far away.
You come to your innermost center where there is only pure awareness. That pure awareness will be with you when you die because that cannot be taken away. All these other things which can be taken away, we take away with our own hands in meditation.
So meditation is an experience of death in life.
All the walls are broken and you are free.
For the first time you can open your wings to the existential.