Why are most of us afraid of death? Is it because we don’t want to die? Is it because we have fear of the unknown? Does the thought of death give us a feeling of insecurity?
That’s why it’s said that a known devil is better than an unknown angel, eh?
Or, is it that we don’t want to leave our near and dear ones? And, is it that we don’t want to go to any world without them being with us? Given that it is natural for us to feel so, let us ponder on this .Will any of them be ready to come with us, and, even if they are, will we take them along with us? Are we sure that we will go to the same destination? Here also we have no control over our mind, which is attached to this unreal world of attachments…Love for them is beyond and much more powerful than love for their matter-bodies. So, depart in love and ‘detached attachment’…Initial sense of loss is natural, but we need to use is as a tool to introspect and look within to understand that they are all just our travelling-companions upon a certain destination….whether they will be re-born with us…is our guess and our wish or prayer…we can’t have any authentic seal on it!
Given the point that the world beyond death is unknown to us, what about the world here and how? Is it all known to us? Do we know when we get out from home in the morning if we will be victims of an accident because of someone’s rash driving, we will be victims of rape or murder , or we will be victims of a bomblast or an aircrash? What do we know about the dangers lurking behind in our day-to-day life-scenario? What surety is there of our security? This fear of unnatural death is worse than that of natural death.
Death,natural or unnatural, doesn’t always come with prior notice….so what?
Some wise man has said. “ A brave man dies only once but a coward dies many times”. How does it matter if we live a long or a short life? What matters should be whether we live each day as if it were the last day of our lives. Then we would turn to thoughts about God and the impressions of good thoughts, words, actions to carry from this world and make an attempt to pray from the core of our being, all willing to forgive others and ourselves and forget old scores to be settled……the very fear of the life unknown after death is good….is a blessing…for that will turn us to the right path..Nature’s way as designed for us….in our last moments. If we knew for sure about our life after death, that its pre-destined and we cannot try to get a good life and go to a good world, if those stories of hell and heaven had not been retold to us, we would live in this world in the same state of mind till the last moment of our lives. In fact, it is an opportunity given by God to us to redeem ourselves from sin, from depravation and purify ourselves before we leave this world! It’s just like doing ‘ablutions’ when we bathe in the Ganges..it , according to me, implies that,God , the Merciful, has given umpteen opportunities to man to redeem himself, and hence, has given us this fear of the unknown or after life as a life-saver, to shift the little mind into a higher state of consciousness by dissolving it in the Ganges of the Supreme Consciousness. The ablutions are the gratitude we express, the sincere regret we feel, the apologies and amends we make for any bad deeds and prayers for mercy that we do in the last moments of our life.This fear element is required till man completely redeems himself from sin and becomes the image of God and makes this Earth a Paradise to live in by the collective prayers and efforts of all.
A single day lived in gratitude, spiritual upliftment , infinite love and peace within oneself and love for one and all, is worth millions of years of life lived in selfishness, greed, ego, insensitivity and delusion about dos and don’ts of life. That’s why , I think, it is said, that all past impressions of sins committed known and unknown in this and many previous births disappear just like the clouds disappear when the Sun comes out.
So, why worry about the death of our physical bodies, which we have no control over? Why not ponder about the suffocation of the Spirit in us…which is calling out to us ….an S.O.S. call to let it free to manifest in our body, in our mind, and, in our life, in its infinite dimensions, to create a beautiful world for all of us…….the world as a big family…..VASUDEVA KUDUMBAKA……devoid of differences of colour, creed, caste, religion, nationality , and gender?
So, physical death is nothing to fear about, it’s just like relocating to a new place in a new identity. And, the Soul is immortal , and there is only One Soul, which has manifested as many in many bodies. Let’s us live together and Save Our Soul! Not souls! Come One! Come All! The world is your family! Come back Home and live with one and all in harmony, in bliss, in peace, in sensitivity, in empathy, in gratitude, in the willingness to forget and forgive, in divinity…in LOVE….Thus living life as peaceful souls co-existing with one another and with all other species of this Creation is LIFE . Not living like this, but living in hatred and jealousy, revenge and greed, anger and insensitivity, unawareness and lack of commitment, is like a living death, according to me.
LEAD KINDLY LIGHT!
We are the World……We are the children…..