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Euthanasia is our birthright

Wednesday, March 14, 2018
By Osho

Euthanasia, or the freedom to choose your death, should be accepted. Every hospital should have a place for dying people, and those who have chosen to die should be given special consideration and help. Their death should be beautiful.

One month should be given to those who do not wish to live any longer. Fix the age limit to 75 or 80 years.  The time should be spent in hospital with all facilities and training in meditation to prepare for a happy death.  If he changes his mind during that period, he should be free to go home to his family and friends.
Emotional people cannot remain emotional for one month. Most people who commit suicide, if they had waited one moment longer, would not have committed suicide at all. It is out of anger, jealousy, hatred or something that makes them forget the value of life.

Euthanasia will be with the permission of the medical board. One month’s rest in the hospital — every kind of help that can be given to the person to become calm and quiet — and all friends and family coming to meet him because he is going on a long journey. There is no question of preventing him; he has lived long, and does not want to go on living, his work is finished. He should be taught meditation in this one month, so that he can do meditation while death comes. And for death, medical help should be given so it comes like a sleep — slowly, slowly, side by side with meditation, sleep — going deeper. We can change thousands of people’s deaths into enlightenment.

Euthanasia is becoming more and more a need, because with medical science progressing, people are living longer. Hippocrates gave the oath to the medical profession that you have to help life in every case. He couldn’t have known that a day could come when out of 10 children, all 10 would survive. Now that is happening. In America, there are thousands of people in hospitals just lying in their beds with all kinds of instruments connected to them. Many are on artificial breathing machines. What is the point? There are many people dying on the streets, starving — why not tend to them?

Force is in every way undemocratic. So I want it to be a very rational thing. Make s 80 years; then life is lived enough. Children are grown up.... You are retired; you don’t know what to do. That is why old people are so irritable: because they don’t have any work, respect or dignity. They are unhappy and shout at the slightest provocation. These are simply their frustrations that are showing; the real thing is they want to die. But they cannot even say it. It is unchristian, it is irreligious — the very idea of death.

They should be given freedom, but not only to die; they should be given the freedom of one month’s training in how to die. In that training, meditation and physical care should be a basic part. They should die healthy, whole, silent and peaceful — slowly slipping deep into sleep. And if meditation is joined with sleep, they may die enlightened. They may know that only the body is left behind, and they are part of eternity.

Their death will be better than ordinary death, because in ordinary death, you don’t have the chance of becoming enlightened.

Abridged from Socrates Poisoned Again After 25 Centuries/ Osho Times International/ Courtesy: Osho International Foundation/

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