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Sunday, November 30, 2014

PHILOSOPHICAL CONNOTATIONS OF 'DEATH'

The other day, when I along with some colleagues went for tea-break in sun-bathed Delhi's winter morning at our office's cafeteria, I couldn't forecast that I had to return with a sad note.

When we were sipping tea in the warmth of Sun, suddenly a car ran over a puppy in front of our eyes. The puppy with its black and white shades was very cute. It was playing leisurely with its mother on the road when the incident happened. When the dogs were on jolly mood, we were keenly observing and discussing how cute the four puppies and we could not even have the slightest hint that death was looming on one of them.

See how death touches any creature on Earth. Some die naturally and some others forcefully and you can't say why one is living above ninety and the other is perished to death in mother's womb itself. The animal kingdom being limited in their faculties may not express the way we humans do. But the basic emotions are same. My eyes welled up with sadness when I saw the mother dog making circles around dead puppy.

Tell me who don't fear death? The famous writer Khushwant Singh wrote in his book "Khushwantnama that "All that I hope for is that when death comes to me it comes quickly, without much pain, like slipping away in sound sleep."

Like he cherished, he died at 99 in sleep on 20th March this year. Quoting a passage in the Mahabharat Khushwant says that the greatest miracle of life is that while we know that death is inevitable, but no one really believes that he too will die one day.

The contemporary Buddhist monk Dalai Lama when asked how one should face the death, he advised 'meditation'. It is easy to say not to fear death, but very difficult to distil it into wisdom. The famous American Indian doctor and new age spiritual guru Deepak Chopra says that the Prince of Death is just behind you. Dr. Chopra even experimented on 'death meditation' during his sojourn in Thailand in 2011. By doing Buddist way of doing meditation on death, Dr. Chopra says that you would constantly know the impermanence of life and certainty of death.

Life is like a passing stream. At every point, there are lot of lessons to learn and lessons on death should not be isolated. We need to maintain inner balance, serenity even in the midst of turbulence. When the mind is prepared for the worst, whatever less damage happens in front of you can not grab peace from you!

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