There is nothing in this world more inevitable than death; and there is nothing that causes nearly as much suffering . The dying person suffers, and those who are attached to the dying person suffer. Yet all this suffering is unnecessary; it is due to lack of wisdom.
Our bodies are dying–from the moment of birth. As our bodies grow, we gradually realize that death is inevitable, but we try to keep the thought out of our minds. We carry on as if we will be in this world forever–in this body forever.
So much suffering is connected with death; yet death is not the real cause of the suffering. The real cause is ignorance–the false identification of the body as the self.
But just as great as the suffering caused by this ignorance is the joy that naturally arises when the shackles of ignorance are removed. The heavier the burden, the greater the feeling of relief when that burden is removed. The removal of fear and anguish from the heart creates the experience of real freedom, real liberation. Just as the suffering caused by ignorance can never be described adequately, neither can the joy born out of wisdom.
He who knows that the person or self is actually an eternal, indestructible particle of the element life, which is only temporarily in the material body, cannot be conquered by either his own “death” or the “death” of loved ones.
Radha Krishna Das has been a student and practitioner of yoga philosophy and the yoga lifestyle for the past 35 years. He is inspired to share the profound yoga wisdom, teachings and practices with other individuals who can apply them in their own personal lives to optimize their physical, mental and spiritual well being.
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Maladhar Dasi has intimate knowledge of the dying process and can expertly assist people in knowing what to expect, how to create a plan for a conscious death and how family members can support a loved one who is dying. Maladhar Dasi has assisted many people to die like yogis and has created a sanctuary where people can come to die in a peaceful, conscious way.