Ardently do today what must be done. Who knows- tomorrow, death comes. – Buddha
A beautiful story on death first.
Buddha was staying in some village when a woman came to him. She was weeping and crying and screaming as her only child had suddenly died. Buddha lived nearby, so the people said, “don’t you cry, and go to Buddha, assuring her that the only person who can save the child is him.
The woman followed and visited Buddha with the dead child, crying, weeping, with the village following her. The disciples started praying in their heads for Buddha to have the compassion to save the child. The disciples were crying but hopeful.
Buddha remained silent and gazed at the dead child, then he looked at the crying mother and said, “Don’t weep, do this one thing, and your child will be alive again.
He said, leave this dead child here, go back to the town, go to every house and ask every family if someone ever died in their family. Once you find someplace where no one has ever died, beg for something to eat- bread, rice, or anything, but only from the house where no one has ever died. The food you receive will revive the child immediately.
The woman was happy and knew a miracle was going to happen. She touched his feet and ran to the village that had a few cottages, and families. She visited one family to another, enquiring, but each family said, “There is not a single house, not only in this village but all over the earth where no one ever died, where people have not suffered death, misery, and the pain and the agony that comes from it.”
Soon the woman realized that Buddha played a trick, and this was impossible, but she kept hoping. So, she went on asking until she had gone around the whole village. Her tears dried, her hope died, but suddenly she felt peace on realizing: anybody that is born has to die. It is only a matter of time, and death itself is inevitable.
*The Book Of Secrets- Osho
Death doesn’t wait for you. It is there. Always. There is no awareness possible without the acceptance of life as is. What seems a tragedy and a loss is the liberation of the soul, only to be born again.
Look closely, and you realize a master hiding in plain sight, giving critical lessons. The wisdom gained from acceptance of something badass as death is true enlightenment. Why wait for the end, when life and death are happening at this very moment. We often hear people realizing the meaning and purpose once they are on death bed.
Below death quotes are worth mentioning:
Money can’t buy life- Bob Marley
This is no way to live- Groucho Marx
Death helps you understand the transient beauty of living. How would you appreciate life had there been no death?
Life would be one incomplete equation had death not bought it to an end. Connections, people, friends, struggles, and stories are all great gifts we possess through living. Death teaches us the importance of these, as they won’t last forever.
All good things come to an end.
The argument being, things may come to an end with the inevitable waiting to happen, but there are several lessons if, accepted in good spirit, hold us in good stead with a clear perspective.
Something powerful and inevitable as death teaches us a lot about life and the way to live and love.
Why not live? You are to be hanged on a wall eventually
He/She was a good human being. Pretty sure, you must have heard this several times at a funeral or after death condolences. Ok, so. It doesn’t change the story of the person gone.
The point being, live fully. The problem being, I’ve never understood what living adequately means. Am I not living, or what is it that I do?
Ok, if you are reading this, there is still time. I’d suggest using every moment of life. Why survive, when you can thrive and live well. Spending the allotted time living a life that you won’t even pay for a single time watch. Is it worth it?
Not suggesting any radical measure of changing everything overnight, but starting things you love, doing stuff that gives you joy.
J.K. Rowling said, and I quote:
To a well-organized mind, death is but the next great adventure.
Everyone would be doing it had it been this easy, but the question you ask yourself is critical.
Would you rather live thinking of What if?, or you would say- “Let’s do it”.
Live as you eat your favorite food or ice cream
This one is simple, yet the most neglected one. Imagine yourself eating your favorite food or ice cream. Now, remember how you leave behind everything at that point. Say your life issues, problems, or things. You get indulged in the lovely moment. You devour it, enjoy it, and just about everything is magical.
Why? Because you are only living in the moment savoring it.
This is the power of now. Your primary focus is what you have in hand.
We can only enjoy life while it happens. Rest is a myth.
The problem is- We identify with our past, and live to anticipate the future. The present moment is lost.
Death teaches us the power of the present moment, as you never know what the next moment has in store.
Live in the moment.
Follow the below quote from Mr. Tolle
Time isn’t precious, because it is an illusion. What you perceive precious is not time, but the one point that is out of time: the Now. That is precious indeed. The more you are focused on time—past and future, the more you miss the Now, the most precious thing there is.
― Eckhart Tolle
Embrace the unpredictability that life offers
You can experience true freedom, only when you embrace the uncertainty offered by life. When you welcome the circumstances of life, you see things in perspective. You live life with a never before known joy because you are ready and fearless.
We base our life on predictable patterns and behaviors. We grow up fed with principles not suited for personal growth. We find joy when our needs and wants are met while avoiding things we don’t want.
We possess a natural tendency of resistance when faced with something unexpected. Nobody relishes an unpleasant situation, but when we are open to situations, chances are we react better. Since we embrace what life gives us, we can carve our path and move forward. Show love to what life gives for your life is not complete without each experience.
Death is similar to having your favorite food. You’ll have it, even when you know, it gets finished after you have it. There is no stopping you because you get pleasure out of it. There is so much to do with life, even when you know it’s going to end someday. The inevitable shouldn’t stop us from having pleasure and learning our lessons. Like you make and want your food tasty and delicious, make life pleasurable and worth living. It is like your favorite play-the curtains will come down, but not before you had a pleasant time.
Leaving with a quote:
“Live your life, do your work, then take your hat” by Henry David Thoreau
For a life worth living, read https://medium.com/the-innovation/how-to-live-like-a-dog-and-become-a-better-human-being-f13ff38e3f82
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Archon,S. Death is Inevitable: A Buddhist Short Story. Retrieved from https://theunboundedspirit.com/death-is-inevitable-a-buddhist-short-story/
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