Or accept it as the last page
of the book called Life?
Let there be no dilemma…nor dread.
Osho said –
When death is a certainty, why fear?
Cool…live the last phase of your life intensely,
purposefully and peacefully
Long years back
Shri Ramkrishna, the saint of Belur Mutt,
Towards the fag end of his life,
the Swami caught a severe throat issue…
unbearably painful, oozing blood ceaselessly
but the Swami didn’t cease
to live intensely.
The doctor pronounced cancer,
cautioned him to take care,
cautioned everyone to be careful
but the sage didn’t cease
to live intensely,
kept serving the humanity, as well as
moving to meet the creator, fearlessly.
Unbelievable, wasn’t that?
Just how he managed to do what he did?
Seems as if he moved, shifted his consciousness
from body to spirit, and thereafter,
to the supreme spirit.
Need any more insights?
Okay, go farther back,
to the epic battlefront,
The Kurukshetra of the Mahabharata times,
where Lord Krishna delivers
the entire cosmic wisdom
to a distressed Arjuna,
terming death as a mere change of clothes –
as we discard the worn out garments for new ones,
the soul quits the worn out body
to acquire a brand new one*.
The soul, of course, is immortal…never dying.
Then why fear death,
the gateway to the transition
for a newer, better you.
*Vasamsi jirnani yatha vihaya navani grhnati naro parani I
Tatha sharirani vihaya jirnani anyani samyati navani dehi II sloka 22
वासांसि जीर्णानि यथा विहाय नवानि ग्रह्णाति नरो पराणि ।
तथा शरीराणि विहाय जीर्णानि अन्यानि संयति नवानि देहि ।। श्लोक २२
(As a man casts off worn out garments and puts on others that are new, so does the embodied self, cast off Its worn out bodies enters into others that are new.)