Life is the greatest spiritual master, and it teaches us something through all events and experiences. If that is the case, what is the meaning of death? I consider death as the most powerful and radical of all spiritual teachings. Let us laugh at death, let us celebrate death, let us see it as the marriage of time and eternity, the great reunion of the Soul with the Beloved, the open door into immortality. We should not fear it. We should welcome it as the return into our true home, our true original being. What is enlightenment, liberation, awakening, if not the radical acceptance of life? Death is not the opposite of life, it is just the bridge, the doorway into infinity, limitless existance, eternal life, however you want to call it. It is the moment of transition from one expression of life into another expression.
“No weapon can pierce the soul; no fire can burn it; no water can moisten it; nor can any wind wither it….The soul is immutable, all-permeating, ever calm, and immovable — eternally the same. The soul is said to be imponderable, unmanifested, and unchangeable. Therefore, knowing it to be such, thou shouldst not lament” (Bhagavad Gita II:23-25)
Our approach to death shows the spiritual maturity of a person. It defines our whole way of life, the quality of our aliveness and conciousness. There is no way around it: we all will die. Why not look at the lion of death fearlessly? What seems to be a lion is maybe only an illusion. If you really exist, how can something destroy your existence? What if death is not the end, but a messenger of joy, the moment of our greatest reunion?
Take life as it comes and death as it comes. Death is really beautiful; if it were a bad thing, God would not let it happen to us. It is really freedom, an entry into another, higher life. We must utilize this life in order to realize the life beyond this one. Beyond this earth garden is the infinite land wherein we meet those whom we have thought lost. Although we must not seek death, when it comes we should know that it is the final examination for a great reward.
What a glorious thing, when a soul, the wave of God, falls back into the infinite ocean of his original being. Those who really want to celebrate life must also celebrate death, because it is part of the great cycle of being. It is ok to weep and cry if we see the passing of our loved ones. That’s an expression of love. However, death is not a problem. Death is an invitation to a deeper understanding of life. It is our greatest lesson. That’s wisdom and we need to balance our love with wisdom to rise above the suffering and the limitations of this world of dust. What is the passing of a wave from the perspective of the ocean? Just an illusion. No matter how many waves come and go, the ocean remains. We are the human waves within the eternal ocean of existance and the existence lasts forever. We celebrate the birth, so let us also celebrate death to truly embrace the wholeness of life. What seems to be the end is always the beginning, for existence is without beginning and end. You exist in time, but you belong to eternity.
O SON OF THE SUPREME!
I have made death a messenger of joy to thee. Wherefore dost thou grieve? I made the light to shed on thee its splendor. Why dost thou veil thyself therefrom? Bahá’u’lláh, The Hidden Words
See, I have placed before you an open door that no one can shut. Revelation 3:8
© mark david vinzens