Fear of Death – Part 2 of 2

Can the fear of death be overcome?

Yes, it can. It is actually very simple. All that is needed is a little knowledge and a little experience. This doesn’t mean that there won’t be a little quiver of trepidation when the time comes, but that’s just the body having its say.

Stories and teachings about death and the afterlife are found in sacred writings of most spiritual and religious traditions, so finding a spiritual path and bothering yourself to try to understand the teachings of that path is a good source of knowledge. If an experienced teacher comes with the package, all the better.

Knowledge is a good thing, but personal experience is even more convincing. The practice that will give you the necessary experience to relieve the fear of death, is meditation. The sages tell us that even a little bit of meditation can accomplish this. Unfortunately, what many people think of as meditation isn’t really meditation at all. It is authentic meditation to which the sages refer.

Before you get in a swivet about having to ferret out this meditation business and then go the trouble of doing it, let me reassure you that it is no trouble at all. When I discovered that I didn’t have to twist the body into a pretzel or make it rigid with pain in order to meditate, I got excited. I could actually do this!

With everything one has to do to navigate life, it may seem like a challenge to find the time to meditate, but if I could only convey with words, all the gifts and wonders that it will bring you, you would be jumping up and down with delight, eager to begin.

Through meditation you can reap a huge harvest of benefits and wonders beyond your imagining. All you have to do is do it. It will be the smartest thing you’ve ever done in your life. I speak from experience. But let me be more specific:

♦ Through this practice, you will experience for yourself, that you do not need a body to see, hear, feel, smell or taste.

♦ You do not need a body to go places. In fact, you can go to more places more easily without one.

♦ You will even discover a multitude of undreamed of places that surpass imagination.

♦ With time, possibly only a year or two, you will experience what it is like on the other side of life without having to die for a few minutes and come back.

♦ With this practice, you will discover through your own experience, that your body is just a temporary residence and that YOU NEVER DIE.

Granted, you have to do this practice for a substantial amount of time on a daily basis. Some exceptions are inevitable, but you get my drift.

What Is a Substantial Amount of Time?

You need two hours a day. You can cut this time shorter, but I recommend that you don’t. Most people who cut the time shorter give up out of impatience. We are an instant gratification society. If you are patient and persistent, you might get away with it. If you are young, you may be tempted to put it off. Do not make this mistake. You have advantages now that will go away with age.

If you really want something and it costs more money than you have, you would probably find a way to come up with enough money over time. Well, if you can do that, you can do this practice. Give something else up if you have to. There is always something we do that we don’t really have to be doing. The only reason people don’t do this is because they don’t know what they are missing. Rather than repeating myself, I will send you to this web page to find out more. It opens in a new window.

I can assure you that if you are willing to take a chance that what I am telling you is true (it is) and put the time into it, you will never regret it.

Durga Ma

Fear of Death – Part 1

Are You Afraid of Death?

This is a question I have either been asked, or heard others ask, innumerable times. From person to person, answers to this question vary from yes, to no, to I don’t know, and other similar vagaries of uncertainty, denial or self-deceit. Mostly, we just don’t want to think about it. But then someone close to us dies, and there it is, glaringly conspicuous in its full glory without so much as a word, much less a question, and the mind goes to work to bury it asap. (The mind can be amazingly efficient with its burial processes.)

Those who contemplate this question sincerely will most likely sense a disquieting quiver of trepidation buried somewhere deep inside. This is fear. With very few exceptions, those who actually do bother to contemplate this question seriously, and are able to be honest with themselves, are aware of this sneaky little quiver that tells them that they are afraid of death.

Who Isn’t?

It has been said that even the sages experience this quiver of fear when the time of their death becomes known to them, but being sages, upon letting go of all attachment to the body, they quickly establish equilibrium, all fear abandoned. They know that this fear is coming from the body itself, that they are not bodies, and they know that what comes next is preferable to their current situation. They know this because they have already been there by means of a certain spiritual practice.

Most of those who have had after-death experiences—people who are said to have died for a short time and come back to tell about it—speak of a light that is filled with love, acceptance, family or other loved-ones welcoming them, other notable characters, even God or some “voice” giving them a choice to stay or go back. The scenarios vary, but they have one thing in common: They tell us that they no longer fear death, that there is nothing to fear.

In some after-death experiences, individuals have been “dead” considerably beyond what is medically accepted as an amount of time in which the body can be revived without permanent disability. There are people who have proven this generality to be just that, a generality that doesn’t apply to everyone.

What Is Death, Anyway?

Death takes place when the life force leaves the body. The life force leaves the body when you do.

What about breathing, heartbeat, brain activity, all those things that stop beeping on the monitors?

Through a certain spiritual practice, there are times that these bodily functions stop, sometimes for long periods of time, and you don’t die. So it stands to reason that not breathing and having no heartbeat are, by themselves, not necessarily indicative of death.

Durga Ma