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So if awareness enters into the waking state and all your actions in this state start to happen meditatively, then you have become free of one body. Then you have to take the same process into the dream state. This means to take awareness into the dream state too; to take awareness, a meditative state, into your dreaming and into your sleeping states.

Buddha has said, “Even in sleep, be meditative. Turn over in your sleep meditatively, dream meditatively” – but this cannot happen just like that. First, your meditativeness must enter into your waking state, then you are standing at the threshold of the dream state. Then, from that opening you can bring awareness to the dream state also.

If you have become meditatively aware in your waking state, you can also slowly bring the arrow of awareness into your dreams. Then you will dream, and you will know that you are dreaming. Then your dream cannot last long because if you are seeing it with awareness, you will laugh at your own insanity; your insanity will be revealed to you. Then the days of your dream life are numbered. The dreams of a person who has become aware begin to wither away, to disintegrate. To go on dreaming, sleep is needed, unconsciousness is necessary.

And when your dream has been broken through awareness, then you will be standing at the third door – of sushupti, the sleep state. As you are right now, you cannot conceive of such a state. You will think, “How can I meditate in my sleep? When I am completely asleep, not awake at all, how can I meditate?” But no, when you have experienced awareness in the dream state, you will be able to bring it into the third state. The day when you are aware even in your sleep state…. By becoming aware in the dream state you become free of the subtle body, and by becoming aware in the sleep state you become free of the causal body.

Krishna says in the Gita that a yogin, a meditator, is awake even when everyone else is asleep. What is sleep for others is a waking state for him. And this statement is about this very thing, this third state in meditation. When someone becomes conscious, aware and meditative even in the sleep state, he is free of the three bodies. At the moment of his death he will die consciously, aware, because now he has become aware in the sleeping state – and that is the state in which death happens. He will die with awareness, consciously.

When the time came for Buddha to die, he said, “Today, my death is coming. Today it is clear to me that everything in me is about to dissolve. So if you have anything to ask, ask it now.”

Hearing this, everyone became very sad, their hearts sank. The idea of asking anything was impossible. People started crying and weeping in grief.

Buddha said, “Don’t waste your time crying, because I will not be able to stay here much longer. The whole thing is becoming so obvious to me inside: it is becoming as clear as when a lamp is about to run out of fuel. If you have eyes, you will be able to see clearly that the fuel in the lamp is running out, the flame is about to burn out. Don’t cry and weep.”

From Osho, Flight of the Alone to the Alone, Chapter 11

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