CERTAINTY OF DEATH
A BUBBLE LIKE EXISTENCE
I was standing on balcony of my home, enjoying the pearl like tiny drop-lets of rain which were quenching the thirst of the parched earth and also putting life in the plants, birds and animals alike. Then after sometimes, small drop-lets, together transformed into running water, after filling the small pits and uneven portions of earth. It was a real sight to see. How rain water, even in small drops could amass and could change into a flowing water, a stream – in fact a genuine natural wonder!
Rain drops were falling on the running water, taking course of water for a while and then dying after coming into contact with an obstruction. Some bubbles survived and moved ahead but their end was sure to be there – somewhere after sometimes. It ignited my reverie. Is not man also like a bubble created by our Creator – a bubble like existence? The life force of a bubble is the air inside but the outer part is still delicate. It could smash while it is impacted against any sold object. Our life too is like a water bubble. It can survive till life-force remains. Life force within our body which gives the body form, life and meaning. Without it, we are just a deadwood. Our body too is not apart from its Creator. On the larger canvas, water could be considered as the means and rain drop the cause and end is the end result of all including the life force of our body as well as that of other creatures on this planet.
In essence, from the above, it could be construed that as the bubble could burst at any time or may be due to dissipation of life force or due to loss of enduring energy, some bubbles could sustain for sometimes, more than other bubbles, yet all bubbles have their end sooner than later. But for sometimes it has its journey within the confines of its source – the water. It has its turns and twists during its sojourn when it is in existence. Similar is the case with other creations of our Creator.
IN HOLY QURAN DEATH HAS BEEN DESCRIBED: So whoever desires to meet his Lord, he should do good deeds and not associate anyone in the worship of his Lord
Man too is created by our Creator and it too lives within the confines of its source but with a distinction that man has propensity to think and discriminate. Due to this potential, man ought to be more self conscious about his existence – that it is there till life force flowing in him is there in his system. He cannot survive even for a moment without this life force. Willpower, endurance and survival of the fittest keep a man afloat and kicking but these too dissolve after some time due to ageing.. This could be due to some accident or any other reason but all have to die on ageing.
LORD SHIVA PREFERRED TO SIT IN THE CREMATION GROUND
Lord Shiva preferred to sit in the cremation ground because He understood entirely about birth, evolution and finally death. But those who live in self defence instinct do not want to think about death. They are of the view that life is merely living and enjoying. Deah does not come in their scheme of things. For such people, human life is just like working of a machine. A machine’s life ends after fair, wear and tear and similar is the life of some humans.
Lord Shiva thought that man could survive and live with minimum needs. He lived on fruits and herbs that are available in forests. He feels elated when Bel Patta and berries are offered at His Lingum. Creations could survive with minimum needs. Humans have a special trait of discrimination – distinguishing between what is right and what is wrong should also delve on the birth and death. Lord Shiva’s assistance is sought whenever a man is in dire need.
Lord Budha too wanted that humans should remember about death. Life follow different stages of death and finally death. That is taking birth, growing, developing and ultimately death. The people who believe in this theory do not believe in the idea of self-preservation. They do not fear death. Shiva also advised his disciples to focus on whatever to be done including contemplation.
NOBODY CAN ESCAPE DEATH
Even the incarnations of Prabhu Ji’s did not remain immune to this final destination – death. There is a story in Bhagwat Puran, Parikshit was the son of Abhimanyu and Uttara – only successor of Pandavas. He was saved by Lord Krishna from the Brahmaastra of Ashthathama. He is said to be a great ruler maintained the Dharma. One day he was very tired after hunting the wild beasts in the forest. He reached the Ashram of great seer Semeeka Maharshi while the Rishi was in deep meditation. Parikshit too felt bad and puts a dead-snake around the neck of the sage when under the ill-influence of Kaliyuga. When, Shrungi Rishi (the son of Semeeka Maharishi) saw this, he, in fit of rage, gave the king a curse. That in seven days Parikshit will die of Takshaka bite. Subsequently, when the sage comes back from his meditative trance and feels sorry for the curse. But what had happened cannot be retrieved. Now that Parishit was given seven days for living but are we given these many days for an assured life? No, fact is, we are not! But we conveniently forget this and do not want to even remember the imminence of death.
HOLY BIBLE PROCLAIMS: Set thine house in order; for thou shalt die, and not live.
OUR EGO PUTS A BLANKET COVER
A person under the influence of ego, which fogs our intellect, due to which we forget about the purpose of his life and we forget that he is corporeal – have to leave this planet whenever his time comes. After acquiring power and pelf, he is intoxicated with his possessions so much so that he forgets even his roots and origin and his final destination. Fact remains, our ego is a blanket cover which hides our real self.
SELF AWARENESS REMOVES IGNORANCE
Need is to be totally aware of existence and how we ought to live purposefully, respecting the laws and nature and also respecting the norms set by the society. When this awareness dawns, then the ignorance vanishes under its influence.
REINING IN OUR MIND
We do not want to remember our final destination simply because our mind is trained to ward off of turn away from this thought. Our mind, in fact is trained, to life and living and the intricacies which are experienced in our life. The water bubble like existence is conveniently forgotten.
It is a fact that the one who is born has to die one day. Time and place is not known to us. We want to avoid even talking about the idea of death because we are in perennial fear of death. We’ve to be fully conscious of death. Overcoming fear of death by contemplating it makes it possible to be devoid of any fear thus our attitude towards death and life will change.
Contemplation of death has the following benefits:-
(a) We become bereft of any fear and live a life full of care.
(b) We change our outlook on life and we live a positive oriented life.
(c) Knowing about death means, we know our final destination thus remain away from the lure of material possessions than what is required for our sustenance.
(d) Knowing about death means we have no attachment with the fruits of our actions.
(e) Contemplating about death means we shall endeavour to earn our living honestly and not adopt corrupt practices.
(f) Having awareness of death, we shall live a life full of peace and live all the stages of life with equanimity without fear.
(g) Knowing about death also means we imbibe positive traits in life. These may include love, compassion, empathy etc.
(h) We also would face difficulties of life with a sense of balance. No heightened feelings whenever adversity visits us.
(i) By following a life full of compassion for others, we shall feel ourselves as a living being with a feeling for others who are in pain and not a living body who feels for himself only.
(j) When we have the traits of following life with full intensity, then we adopt intensity for self awareness and for expanding our knowledge.
(k) By following a life which understands life and death eliminates or limits the influence of conditioned mentality about it all.
(l) When we know imminence of death, we also know about the other creations and also about our common Creator.
(m) Following life and its stages, we tend to follow a spiritually inclined life in our life and by doing so we remain connected with our Bhagwan Ji.
(n) And while we reach our final destination, we hardly feel any remorse or unhappiness since we know man is a mortal.
In Bhagwad Gits it has been mentioned : As a person gives up old and worn out garments and accepts new apparel, similarly the embodied soul giving up old and worn out bodies verily accepts new bodies.
After our earthy sojourn,
We mortals traverse to a world unknown,
Where to – guesswork abounds,
Some think few are welcomed to enchanting Heaven,
And the others to burning ‘ghats’ of hell are thrown,
Depending solely on earthy deeds or misdeeds,
Ledger of which are assiduously maintained and screened.
Death is inevitable, then why gets afraid?
Death is a stark reality, then why get sad?
When parting with our kin so dear, finally,
During life too, we experience death in small ways routinely,
The one who has seen the dawn of the day,
Will surely see the dusk of the day.
A mistaken sense of pride,
Egged on by mistaken sense of permanence of life,
Spurs us to cling to this life so tight,
That sometimes, we forget the imminence of our end.
Which is so near but seemingly so far away from sight.
Earthy inning is quite alluring,
Parting with worldly possessions so paining,
Yet, in life, we ought to adopt righteous course,
Why fear, accept the change of garb with courage and without remorse,
A life filled with inner freedom is helpful,
Engrave this idea, eternal sleep is sacred and peaceful
Welcome the eternal sleep when it comes naturally with
For this end is not the end of cycle of life and earth,
But a continuity of a play played by earthlings,
And supervised from His Heavenly abode by Supremebeing;
the one and the only one by whatever name you mention him.