Thursday, January 21, 2010

Death isn’t about what I possess
but about what I can become.
I see myself as a child of time,
but I may become a child of eternity.
I see my place here on Earth, but I
may be on a journey to the universe.
Human beings have a deep intuition
that our destiny is infinite, but
we fear death because it tests our
wishes and dreams.

We fear to be tested because if we
turn out to be wrong, then all our
aspirations feel empty. Dying isn’t
more real than any other moment, but
it is more definitive. No matter how
rich and gifted you are, death is
the great equalizer.

For the after life to have meaning,
it has to be fully as satisfying as
this life. Bringing money, power,
sex, family, achievement, and physical
pleasure to an end is not a trivial
thing. Much that we love and depend
on will be extinguished when this
life comes to an end. And yet we can
bring something to that moment.

Grace, calm, a patient acceptance of
what’s to come: These are all qualities
that can be cultivated, and when
they are, death is a test we will
not fail. Our fault is not that we
fear death but that we don’t respect
it as a miracle.

The most profound subjects–love,
truth, compassion, birth and death–are
equal. They belong to our destiny but
also to our present life. Ultimately
the goal here is to bring death into
the present and thereby make it equal
to love.

.. Adapted from Life After Death,
The Burden of Proof, by Deepak Chopra
(Harmony Books, 2006) ..

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