Tuesday, March 8, 2011

A concept of death as flashed on the f.b. on March 7,2011.

Bishwa Nath Singh

One often fears when talk about death though it is inevitable and has never been an enemy, it is a natural fact of life, a stage of one’s existence, and a transition or doorway between planes of reality. It has its own harmony with nature just as a tree loses its leaves every fall. We don't feel that it is unjust or that the tree failed to stay fully alive when it goes dormant through the winter that is natural.


(Photo of a big crowd of mourners  that had followed the funeral procession of Mahatma Gandhi
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Bishwa Nath Singh :
One can see as how a big crowd of mourners had followed the funeral procession of Mahatma Gandhi when he had passed away in the close of January 1948.Death is a term that is referred to either the termination of life in a living system or t...he state of that organism after that event. It is natural to feel fear of the unknown. In regard to death, this fear may be of what might happen during the process of dying, such as the pain of a terminal illness, nausea, vomiting, or even fearing abandonment by those around one living-being. The fear of death may also be perpetuated by the sadness of the family around the dying person, or the hopelessness of the doctor, or the nurses who feel they may have failed to keep the person alive. However, it is through death that the dying person can be released from the great burden of the diseased body. Neither should doctors and nurses feel they have failed if after every endeavor a patient dies. Actually, it may be better to let a person take the opportunity to die peacefully rather than trying to force him or her to remain alive in a suffering body. In other words, it can be better to make peace with death than try to conquer it. The process of dying can be rough, but it is temporary. The best thing to do is to focus our consciousness as much as we can in a way that will help us reach the highest realm possible after death. Of course, it always may be a little sad to leave our home and loved ones, but if we are going to a bigger and more beautiful home, then what is there to be sorry about passing away. It is joyful to be going to a better place. This sort of joy will also help to divert our attention from any pain that one might be feeling. The primary fear of death does, of course, not know what we will be or where we will go in the afterlife. If you are afraid of where you might go after death, be surrendered and know that fate, or God, will put you where you will best learn whatever you need to learn. The universe is based on compassion. It is not a punishment that we are here, but it is because of our desires for the experience of material existence and bodily sense pleasure. Each life is meant for us to learn more about ourselves, and about who we are. Death is not simply a matter of getting old or sick and then dying. Natural death happens when one has finished doing what he/she had meant to do in his/her life. Actually, to fear death reveals one's misunderstanding of life. It is a fear of knowing one's real self, which is beyond the bodily identification. It is that with which some people hesitate to acquaint themselves. Thus, if a person has known nothing else but one's bodily identity, losing the body can put one into fear. Yet, how can one ever think he was the body when it is plain to see that he came into this temporary world through birth and must leave it through death? All of our possessions, relationships, even our talents and skills are all temporary. So how can our body be anything more? Being afraid of death is like being afraid to give up an old and worn-out garment. In this regard, the mind is the root cause of fear and suffering. However, this fear and anguish can be a gift because it shows where the mind gets caught in the desired model of thinking how things should be. It projects its own level of reality out on the world and its perception of things. When things are not the way we want them to be, or think they should be, the mind has difficulty accepting it and we suffer. We then often get angry, anxious, confused, or fall into fear. To enjoy freedom from suffering, we have to grow beyond our attachments, ego, and desires. Thus, the awareness of our approaching death plays an important role in helping us transcend our temporary worldly attachments, and to increase our development and qualities that are offered through our existence in different bodies or different planes of consciousness. So an important point is that we do not have to be afraid of death, for we are all immortal. When we look around us, this is plain to see. Every winter the trees, plants and grass go dormant and practically die, yet they return to life and display their blooms in the spring. Even if a tree dies and becomes soil, we can see that out of it new life rises from the remnants of its decay. Even if the water of a pond disappears, it forms the steam from which clouds are created, which rain down the potential for new life. We witness many forms of transition of the same energy. It is an endless cycle in which we all participate. In the same way, our physical body is shed at death, but our life persists on another level. Thus, through death we also find renewal. As it is stated in the ancient Bhagavad-gita, "Never was there a time when I (the Supreme Being) did not exist, nor you nor in the future shall any of us cease to be." Furthermore, "The soul can never be cut into pieces by any weapon, nor can he be burned by fire, nor moistened by the wind. This individual soul is unbreakable and insoluble, and can be neither burned nor dried. He is everlasting, all-pervading, unchangeable, immovable and eternally the same. It is said the soul is invisible, inconceivable, immutable, and unchangeableBiologically, death can occur to wholes, to parts of wholes, or to both. For example, it is possible for individual cells and even organs to die, and yet for the organism as a whole to continue to live; many individual cells can live for only a short time, and so most of an organism's cells are continually dying and being replaced by new ones. Conversely it is also possible for the organism to die and for cells and organs to live and to be used for transplantation. In the latter case, though, the still-living tissues must be removed and transplanted quickly or they too will soon die without the support of their host. Some biologists believe that the function of death is primarily to permit the operation of evolution. In particular, identifying the moment of death is important in cases of organ transplant, as organs must be harvested as quickly as possible after death. Historically, attempts to define the exact moment of death have been problematic. Death was once defined as the cessation of heartbeat (cardiac arrest) and of breathing. Today the definition of death is termed as as "clinical death". Today, where a definition of the moment of death is required, we usually turn to "brain death" or "biological death": people are considered dead when the electrical activity in their brain ceases. It is presumed that a stoppage of electrical activity indicates the end of consciousness. The deceased person is usually either cremated or deposited in a tomb, often a hole in the earth, called a grave or burnt till it reduces to ashes that happens during or after a funeral ceremony. Many other funeral customs exist in different cultures. Hinduism believes in the rebirth and reincarnation of souls. The souls are immortal and imperishable. The death is final good-bye of a worldly life for a transition from one level of existence to the other Most religions talk of an afterlife. In fact, almost all concepts of morality are based on what`s going to be meted out to us after we die. So, does that make death a moment of mourning, a sad occasion when we see our loved ones for the last time though it it a moment of celebration, when we prepare to break free of the mortal form and exhilarate in the communion with the eternal.

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.Maha Bhagavatula :
all great people realise the truth of mortality and want to acheive greatness work hard to see their vision come true before its time - Gandhiji was one such

.Bishwa Nath Singh :
‎@M.Bhagavatula ! Thanks.I appreciate.


March 7,2011.

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