Death……is the only certainity in this uncertain world. Right from the smallest of insects to the largest of the living entity, everyone and everything perishes. Death comes uninvited. No one can give a gurantee that they will die on so and so date and time. According to statistics, 2 people die each second. The causes can be natural or accidental. Some die in their sleep, some die a gruesome death.
Is death the end of life or is it the gateway to a new life?
Popular cultures believe in the afterlife where the soul exits the body. According to one’s karma, one will get a body that his/her consciousness has created at the time of death.
“The living entity in the material world carries his different conceptions of life from one body to another as the air carries aromas”.
If this is the case, a doubt arises- If I need to break the cycle of the birth and death, why not think of God at the moment of death? The answer is: No, it doesn’t work that way. How can one think of something they haven’t thought about so profoundly throughout their life and then suddenly think of God just before you die. One’s mind develops a certain way of thinking depending on the lifestyle. The mind is very fickle. It takes practise to make it go in the direction you want. One may think for a moment that I have controlled the mind, but the very next instant you would have lost control. Practioners of meditation, students would have observed that it doesn’t take time for the mind to get distracted.
Let us forget about the after life. Why worry about that when it is not even in our control. Instead let us take charge of our lives and make it worth living. We can do so by being grateful every morning we wake up. Carrying out chores sincerely. At the end of the day before you retire to bed, ask yourselves-
- Are you satisfied with the way your day went?
- Have you completed whatever you had planned for that day?
- If this was your last day, have you lived it to the fullest?
Living life to the fullest can be interpreted differently by different people. For some, it can be seeking an adventure, for some it may be partying. Whatever it is, they are all external pleasures. One must not forget to journey inwards and realize his status because at the end of day, real happiness is derived from within!
Death is not the greatest loss in life but what dies inside us while we live. Its funny how people realize the value of something only after they lost it. Humans are fragile, physically, mentally and emotionally. All these vulnerabilities make life a very tortuous experience. Despite all the trouble, all the joy that we experience, death is the common denomination in all our lives. Rather than asking what’s after death, we must question how to live this life?
It is death that gives life meaning knowing that someday we are to going to depart, to know that yours days are numbered, that your time is short.
Let this stanza from the wonderful poem “Stopping by the woods on a Snowy Evening” by Robert Frost be a motto for all of us who aspire to leave their footprints on the sands of time:
“The woods are lovely, dark and deep,But I have promises to keep,And miles to go before I sleep,And miles to go before I sleep”.