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Art Of Dying: Talks On Hasidism
The Art of Dying brings Hasidic stories to the contem- porary world in a manner that is fresh and relevant. Osho’s commentaries enrich our understanding of what it means to live, and ultimately to dieOsho chose to study the Hasidic way of life since it is rich in colour, music, and inner transformative experi- ence, with an emphasis on storytelling. Indeed, the Hasidic tradition of storytelling has been popularized by writers such as Martin Buber, Isaac Bashevis Singer and Elie Wiesel. Drawing from Hasidic wisdom, Osho says, “Death and life are two polarities of the same energy, of the same phenomenon – the tide and the ebb, the day and the night, the summer and the winter. They are not separate and not opposites, not contraries; they are complemen- taries. Death is not the end of life; in fact, it is a comple- tion of one life, the crescendo of one life, the climax, the finale. And once you know your life and its process, then you understand what death is.”About the AuthorOsho defies categorization, reflecting everything from the individual’s quest for meaning to the most urgent social and political issues facing society today. His books are not written but are transcribed from record- ings of extemporaneous talks given over a period of thirty-five years. Osho has been described by The Sunday Times in London as one of the “1000 Makers of the 20th Century” and by Sunday Mid-Day in India as one of the ten people – along with Gandhi, Nehru and Buddha – who have changed the destiny of India.Osho aims to create the conditions for the birth of a new kind of human being, characterized as “Zorba the Buddha” – one whose feet are firmly on the ground, yet whose hands can touch the stars. Running like a thread through all aspects of Osho’s talks and meditations is a vision that encompasses both the timeless wisdom of the East and the highest potential of Western science and technology.