Death - An Inside Story - A book for all those who shall die
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We don't think enough about our own death that is certain.
Life and Death are happening every instant in our body.
Death Blow - An Introduction - Swami Nisarga
We all want to live well, and when it is time, die well too. This is the essence of most human aspirations.
Humans have achieved much in terms of living well. We have managed to acquire more comfort and convenience than any other generation in the past. However, when it comes to dying well, it cannot be said that we die in any way better than our ancestors.
disparity between the way we treat life and death in our societies.
life is mostly considered a success that is to be sung and celebrated, but death is considered a failure that is to be shunned.
even after having lived a full lifetime, people are clueless about simple questions about life—like, where did we come from and where are we going.
Death being preceded by excessive and often aggressive medical interventions has become the new norm.
One afternoon, almost four decades ago, Sadhguru, then a ‘young man at his cocky best’, had a deep spiritual experience that changed his world view and life entirely. ‘Suddenly, what I had thought all my life was me was all around. I did not know which was me and which was not me.’ It also made him deeply ecstatic.
This spiritual realization also brought back a flood of memories of his past lives and a deep understanding of the process of life and death.
This experience made Sadhguru set out with a plan to teach the whole world to live as joyfully and ecstatically as he does.
Sadhguru said that if the moment of death is handled properly— if there was proper preparation, proper guidance and perhaps some outside help as well— then, in spiritual terms, even that which probably did not happen in life could happen in death. This was a revelation to me. I had never heard of anyone speak of death as a spiritual possibility.
In the first part of the book— Life and Death in One Breath— Sadhguru describes the essential mechanism of life and death using several approaches.
He also talks about the different kinds of deaths and what choices we have in death.
He concludes by describing the highest form of death— the dissolution of the Self— which is the goal of all spiritual seekers.
In the second part of the book—The Gracefulness of Death— Sadhguru clarifies what a ‘good’ death is and what preparations we can make for it.
In the third part of the book— Life after Death— Sadhguru talks about ghosts and spirits He also talks about the process of reincarnation, what passes on from one birth to another and what is lost.
PART I - Life and Death in One Breath
Life and death live in me at once
Never held one above the other
When one stands far, life I offer
In closeness, only death I deal
In death of the limited
Will the deathless be
How to tell the fools
Of my taintless evil.
chapter 1 - What Is Death
Death is the most fundamental question. Yet, people can ignore it, avoid it and just live on in their ignorance simply because all kinds of idiotic stories have been spread in the world in the name of religion.
Death: The Most Fundamental Question
Do you know you will die one day?
One of the biggest human follies is to engage with death in the third person, as though it is an abstract event that happens to other people, not us.
Do you know that about 160,000 people in the world, who were alive yesterday, are not there today?
Each second, two people die in the world.
And one day, it is going to happen to you and me too.
This knowledge is inbuilt in every human being. Yet, we think we have an unlimited lease of life.
The five Pandava princes, who are the protagonists, are lost in the forests. Severely starved and parched, they scour the nearby hills for water and food. They spot a lake and, as they try to drink from it, they are confronted by a yaksha (a celestial being). who insists they answer his questions first. Refusing to be stopped by a mere bird, one by one, they try to drink from the lake and drop dead.
Only Yudhishthira, the eldest of them, is left.
Yudhishthira ignores his thirst and engages with the yaksha, who fires a volley of questions about life at him. One of those questions being, ‘What is the biggest wonder of life?’ Without hesitation, Yudhishthira famously answers, ‘Hundreds and thousands of living beings meet death at every moment, yet the foolish man thinks himself deathless and does not prepare for death. This is the biggest wonder of life.’
The yaksha is pleased with this answer, so he allows him to drink from the lake and also restores the lives of his dead brothers.