The Art of Dying | Review




I was discussing philosophy and talking about philosophers in general with my guru. However, I was expressing my ire for people who claim to be philosophers or claim writing a book under the genre of philosophy or spirituality. In point of fact, they are WAY TOO FAR from being philosophers or having the ability of writing philosophical writings. You can know who I’m talking about when you read a peace or a book for them and suddenly they start talking about religions, god, life, death, so on and so forth. Initiate by comparing two things using prepositions like (as, like …) and they’ll never stop for it’s an ongoing process for all their writings. Their whole “”PHILOSOPHICAL EXPERIENCE”” is based on something being like this or that “Religion/God/Life… etc is like Blah, Blah, Blah”.

Not anyone who discusses life and death can become philosopher, not anyone who’s atheist, monotheistic, polytheistic or a wanderer between religions and in search of god, is or can be a philosopher. It’s absolutely your right to write whatever you think about or believe in, in whichever subject, people do this every single second yet they never claim wisdom or philosophy. Let’s get that in our minds please.
Take Voltaire for example; the saying we’ve been uttering since god knows when (Actions Has Consequences) came from what Voltaire philosophically had said in his book Candied “There is no effect without a cause). Now this is philosophy because it was subject to experience and scrutiny by a man who’s eligible to write philosophy.
What Voltaire said is worthy to be written and taught as well. Certainly, you can’t claim philosophy just by linking words together or trashing things or thinking that you are superior on your peers because you read too many books, being Atheist/agnostic, etc, having friends from different cultures and quoting Nietzsche, Plato, Socrates and many others will make you judicious.

I don’t know how or why, but this whole thing brings me to read The Art of Dying.

Whenever I begin to think this book is actually about THE ART OF DYING, Osho strikes me on the head to tell me it’s about the art of LIFE. When you understand the art of life you will automatically understand the art of dying for they are exceedingly linked to each other. The importance of this book lays in this sentence “The greatest Masters have never said anything about life — they have always thrown you back upon yourself.” As a matter of fact, I’ve applied this sentence on everything. In the matters of life and death, you can’t ask someone to teach you about it or read numerous books to tell you what is life and how is death; it’s all on you to puzzle out.

Does God exist?
Simply, we can’t know whether God exists or not, both atheists and theists are mistaken in their remarks, and rationalists are right simply because they seem Cartesian in this regard, distinct with this the divine undisputed issues, and the objectives of humanitarian questions. We don’t know much about the internal mechanism of the world and that makes any kind of the big complaints about the nature of existence and If there was an incentive presence somewhere or not, a lot of people revert that to The School of Natural – A proposal supposed that the progress of the world is whereby to independent operations – But this does not opposed to the existence of a great founder who linked the movement of all things (Deism). As previously noted, perhaps we are all living in a simulation where there is a programmer (God) controls all assets, or perhaps rationalists are right about the presence of a deep power in the existence, in which we don’t realize. It’s not necessarily to be the omnipotent Lord, the knower of the Abrahamic breed, but (hypothetically) despite this, an existed power. Again this is not a scientific question in itself rather than a platonic intellectual experiences forces us to confront the humanitarian questions.

What would you do if you could solve the MYSTERY of life?
I’ve always thought of this question, and I’ve never find a satisfying answer. What Osho said made it perfectly clear to me; how many people intent on committing a suicide? I wanna pick a specific group whom does it out of the lack of understanding for life, who spent most of their life searching and digging for answers and nothing ever satisfies them or maybe they just didn’t want to be satisfied. Osho said: “That is the meaning of mystery. When we say that life is a mystery, we are saying that life is not a problem. A problem can be solved. A mystery is that which cannot be solved. Insolubility is unbuilt. And it is good that life cannot be solved, otherwise what would you do then? Just think of it. If life is not a mystery and somebody comes and explains it to you — then what will you do? There will be nothing left except to commit suicide. Even that will look meaningless.

A lot of substantial points have been discussed in this eye-opening book. I’ll update this review after a second read for it.

I gave it 4/5 because the whole purport could have been summed up in 80 pages; but Osho persevered emphasizing what he had already emphasized, which was really disturbing.

The Art of Dying by Osho
February 1, 2017 – Started Reading
February 20, 2017 – Finished Reading
*I don’t have a copy of the book.

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