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Saturday, October 08, 2011

DEATH IS THE END OF MELODRAMA OF LIFE !!

Recently I was crippled with the sudden death of my aunt who died accidentally when the horse carrying her slipped  into the valley when their family was on a pilgrimage  to famous Kedarnath Temple in Uttarakhund. The manner of death really shocked me and threw me out of gear for some weeks. After limping back to normalcy, I turned more spiritual. The incident had taken me to a new level of wisdom about uncertainty of life. I felt the  so called predicting business about future is nothing but a farce. What lies ahead of next moment is flatly unpredictable.


Deepak Chopra says that the Prince of Death is just behind you all the time.   He says that the only difference is method of execution and length of reprieve.

In spirituality, death is not given much credence. We see many people who are perturbed to amass wealth in the name of security. To grab the world of possessions they stop enjoying life of present moment and adopt to whatever means they find shortest and loose moral compass.

One great person sagely said that " live the life everyday as if it is your last day". In such a living,  you reap the benefits of distilled wisdom of our enlightened masters. We need not frighten about death when it is an inescapable event of life. What we have to educate ourselves is to rise above beasty existence and fine-tune all the faculties endowed by the Almighty.

Why the Spiritual Gurus shot into fame is not due to the fact that they preach well but they stand by their teachings as living examples.  What common people generally perceive is that spirituality is for older people is squarely wrong. Spirituality means realizing our potential. What we need is perseverance and overcome the procrastination. We should not riddle our minds with too many dogmas. Sky is the only limit for human endeavour. All great personalities who lived on this planet have taught this great lesson.

Steve Jobs, the iconic CEO of Apple Computers who died due to pancreatic cancer is so pragmatic in his ideology. “In his famous 2005 Stanford University speech, he says that “ When I was 17, I read a quote that went something like: "If you live each day as if it was your last, someday you'll most certainly be right." It made an impression on me, and since then, for the past 33 years, I have looked in the mirror every morning and asked myself: "If today were the last day of my life, would I want to do what I am about to do today?" And whenever the answer has been "No" for too many days in a row, I know I need to change something.

On death, jobs says that “ remembering that I'll be dead soon is the most important tool I've ever encountered to help me make the big choices in life. Because almost everything — all external expectations, all pride, all fear of embarrassment or failure - these things just fall away in the face of death, leaving only what is truly important. Remembering that you are going to die is the best way I know to avoid the trap of thinking you have something to lose.

He further says that “no one wants to die. Even people who want to go to heaven don't want to die to get there. And yet death is the destination we all share. No one has ever escaped it. And that is as it should be, because Death is very likely the single best invention of Life. It is Life's change agent. It clears out the old to make way for the new.

About life, Jobs says that “your time is limited, so don't waste it living someone else's life. Don't be trapped by dogma — which is living with the results of other people's thinking. Don't let the noise of others' opinions drown out your own inner voice. And most important, have the courage to follow your heart and intuition.”  

So fear not death which comes to you and you can't escape !

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