Death

(This is a theme that I wil doubtless revisit often in these ramblings!)

As far back as I can remember, I have been afraid of death. I remember even as a young child feeling rage and sorrow that “all this” would one day simply end. That would be that. I never believed stories of an afterlife.

The teachings of non-duality have altered my feelings towards death, radically and viscerally.

“I” am most certainly a fiction: that is point number one. The carefully constructed personality, built out of experiences and memories, is a fiction, and its seeming death need not be mourned.

Point number two: the present is a “moving shifting mysterious event,” as Darryl might put it. Death, no doubt, will also be a moving shifting mysterious event.

Point number 3: death feels like going home, a return to that boundless space from which all of us seemed to “arise” at birth. Going home feels like a relief. No ego to cart around any more.

We will all be liberated when “we” die. It is cool to be liberated in this lifetime, but it may not be such a big deal, except for the deluded ego, that is.

2 thoughts on “Death

  1. The teacher who has the most accurate understanding of things to me is Darryl Bailey, so point 2 covers it all. The human mind appears in the event, plays a natural role in the body but the flowing event is most likely to my mind our true identity and senses of living things pick up on a bit of it. Although an identity isn’t necessary it can be comforting to some human minds.

    • Thanks for your comment. I feel the most “spontaneous” or natural meditation is, as Darryl says, just acknowledging that “you” don’t create anything in the present moment. It is quite wonderful and liberating. “I” don’t create anything about life or death.

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