Of Life and Death


Fear death?

Or accept it as the last page

of the book called Life?

Relax…don’t panic!

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

and fearlessly.


Long years back

Shri Ramkrishna, the saint of Belur Mutt,

showed how.

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

and transformation

for a newer, better you.




Ashok Misra

*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.)


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