It has always amazed me how the majority of us avoid talking about the inevitable.
Think about that for a second…
We don’t talk about what’s definitely going to happen.
Because we’re scared of it.
I’ll repeat that: We don’t talk about what’s definitely going to happen because what’s definitely going to happen scares us.
Talk about trying to ignore the elephant in the room!
Talk about suppression!
To be fair, we used to talk about it (I’ll get to what that is in a second).
It used to be closer to home.
We didn’t shy away from it as much (I’m talking more about the west here). It still brought about sadness and grief like nothing else, but we didn’t mask it like we do now.
I’m referring to death.
I purposely delayed telling you, just in case I put you off reading any further. Such are the precautions one needs to take when talking openly about this taboo topic.
How we talk about something plays a powerful role in how we perceive it.
That being said, look at how we’ve badmouthed death over thousands of years, what with social conditioning and religious beliefs and images. Look at how we’ve injected ourselves with fear and repulsion at the idea of it.
I’ve known people who couldn’t sleep through fear of not waking up.
And yet, we only know we’ve been asleep once we’ve woken up from sleep.
My sister’s friend died in his sleep. His parents went to wake him for football practice, and seeing the smile on his face thought he was fooling around.
How wonderful that is.
Let me tell you: death is as organic and natural as the seasons.
And you are not separate from nature.
You have nothing to be afraid of.
How can a snowman enjoy being a snowman if he forever concerns himself with the day he’s going to melt?
Because he will melt. That’s the nature of the substance he’s made of.
It’s time we altered the way we look at this process we’ve come to label as death.
For that’s all it is: It’s a process in life that we have separated from life.
Which is why we say life and death.
But can you see that there is only life?
Again, I will say: death is a process in life.
Life lives! That’s what it does.
The amazing book I Am That – Talks with Sri Nisargadatta Maharaj, says on the front cover:
The real does not die, the unreal never lived.
Once you know that death happens to the body and not to you, you just watch your body falling off like a discarded garment.
The real you is timeless and beyond birth and death. The body will survive as long as it is needed. It is not important that it should live long.
THAT’S ON THE FRONT COVER!
I’m telling you, grasp only the first sentence and your world will be flipped upside down – in an unbelievably positive, life-affirming way.
It’s time we reexamined how we look at death, and that means we need to look at ourselves.
When you do, watch how magical life suddenly becomes.
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