Death

Death has nothing to do with going away. The sun sets. The moon sets. But they are not gone. — Rumi

Plate death ii

I would like to see the truth clearly before it is too late. Jean-Paul Sartre

Marcus Aurelius

Brief is man’s life and small the nook of the Earth where he lives; brief, too, is the longest posthumous fame, buoyed only by a succession of poor human beings who will very soon die and who know little of themselves, much less of someone who died long ago.

You could leave life right now

You could leave life right now. Let that determine what you do and say and think. If the gods exist, then to abandon human beings is not frightening; the gods would never subject you to harm. And if they don’t exist, or don’t care what happens to us, what would be the point of living in a world without gods or Providence? 

But they do exist, they do care what happens to us, and everything a person needs to avoid real harm they have placed within him. If there were anything harmful on the other side of death, they would have made sure that the ability to avoid it was within you. 

Am I afraid of death?

Stop whatever you’re doing for a moment and ask yourself: Am I afraid of death because I won’t be able to do this anymore?

If it doesn’t harm your character how can it harm your life

If it doesn’t harm your character, how can it harm your life? Nature would not have overlooked such dangers through failing to recognize them, or because it saw them but was powerless to prevent or correct them. Nor would it ever, through inability or incompetence, make such a mistake as to let good and bad things happen indiscriminately to good and bad alike. 

Death happens to good and bad alike

But death and life, success and failure, pain and pleasure, wealth and poverty, all these happen to good and bad alike, and they are neither noble nor shameful—and hence neither good nor bad.

Brief Is man’s life

Brief is man’s life and small the nook of the Earth where he lives; brief, too, is the longest posthumous fame, buoyed only by a succession of poor human beings who will very soon die and who know little of themselves, much less of someone who died long ago.

You boarded, you set sail, you’ve made the passage

You boarded, you set sail, you’ve made the passage. Time to disembark. If it’s for another life, well, there’s nowhere without gods on that side either. If to nothingness, then you no longer have to put up with pain and pleasure, or go on dancing attendance on this battered crate, your body—so much inferior to that which serves it. One is mind and spirit, the other earth and garbage.

Let each thing you would do, say, or intend, be like that of a dying person. Marcus Aurelius

Charles Bukowski

You have to die a few times before you can really live.

We're all going to die, all of us, what a circus!

We're all going to die, all of us, what a circus! That alone should make us love each other but it doesn't. We are terrorized and flattened by trivialities, we are eaten up by nothing.

If you're going to try, go all the way.

If you're going to try, go all the way. Otherwise, don't even start. This could mean losing girlfriends, wives, relatives and maybe even your mind. It could mean not eating for three or four days. It could mean freezing on a park bench. It could mean jail. It could mean derision. It could mean mockery--isolation. Isolation is the gift. 

All the others are a test of your endurance, of how much you really want to do it. And, you'll do it, despite rejection and the worst odds. And it will be better than anything else you can imagine. If you're going to try, go all the way. There is no other feeling like that. You will be alone with the gods, and the nights will flame with fire. You will ride life straight to perfect laughter. It's the only good fight there is.

The shortest distance between two points is often unbearable. — Charles Bukowski

Epictetus

I cannot escape death, but at least I can escape the fear of it.

Let death and exile

Let death and exile, and all other things which appear terrible, be daily before your eyes, but death chiefly; and you will never entertain any abject thought, nor too eagerly covet anything.

Giving it back

Never say about anything, "I have lost it," but only "I have given it back." Is your child dead? It has been given back. Is your wife dead? She has been returned.

In a word, neither death, nor exile, nor pain, nor anything of this kind is the real cause of our doing or not doing any action, but our inward opinions and principles. Epictetus

Heraclitus

When we die, our souls become free. 

Fire, air, water and earth

Fire lives in the death of earth, air lives in the death of fire, water lives in the death of air, and earth in the death of water.

Follow our minds and hearts

A person should not think too much about what will happen after his life. Follow the will of those who sent us into this world; that will is in our minds and our hearts.

The road

The road up and the road down is one and the same.

The beginning is the end. Heraclitus

Anthony de Mello

Whatever is truly alive must die. Look at the flowers; only plastic flowers never die.

Can one be fully human without experiencing tragedy?

Can one be fully human without experiencing tragedy? The only tragedy there is in the world is ignorance; all evil comes from that. The only tragedy there is in the world is unwakefulness and unawareness. From them comes fear, and from fear comes comes everything else, but death is not a tragedy at all.

Dying is wonderful

Dying is wonderful; it's only horrible to people who have never understood life. It's only when you're afraid of life that you fear death. It's only dead people who fear death.

Is there life before death — that is the question!

Have you observed that it is precisely those who do not know what to do with this life who wants another that will last forever?

“But is there life after death or is there not?” persisted a disciple. 

“Is there life before death? — that is the question!”

Whatever is truly alive must die. Look at the flowers; only plastic flowers never die. Anthony de Mello

Osho

Death is a constant reminder – ‘I can come any moment. Be prepared.’ And what is the preparation? The preparation is: live life so totally, so intensely, be so aflame with it that when death comes there is no complaint, there is no grudge.

The question is not of death at all, the question is of life

The question is not of death at all, the question is of life – because we don't know what life is, hence we are afraid that it is going to end one day. We have not even lived. How can you live without knowing what it is? You have neither lived nor loved; you have simply been dragging, vegetating.

When you feel and face your 'I-ness' you will be in the same situation as you will be when you die – the same

When you face this 'I-ness' it will disappear. Fear can grip you at this moment, you can be scared. And it happens to many who move in such techniques deeply that they become so afraid that they run out of it. So remember this: when you feel and face your 'I-ness' you will be in the same situation as you will be when you die – the same. Because I is disappearing, and you feel death is occurring to you.

If you know what life is, the fear of death disappears

One is afraid of death because one is unaware of what life is. If you know what life is, the fear of death disappears of its own accord. 

We want only life and not death

Our minds have an insane desire: we want only life and not death. We don’t look at the existential truth, we always cling to our own insane desire. Any desire that goes against nature is insane. And this desire is in almost every living creature, not only human beings. Even the trees are afraid of death, but trees can be forgiven. They are not conscious beings, they are only unconscious – fast asleep.

Death perfect which comes at the moment when you yourself may have thought, ‘It is enough.’

You are absolutely ready because you have lived life so totally, you have known all its mysteries – there is no point in living anymore. Death has come exactly at the right time, when you may have thought to die yourself. I call that death perfect which comes at the moment when you yourself may have thought, ‘It is enough.’

It is time to start searching deeper into yourself for that point which is beyond death

Existence gives so abundantly, it is not miserly. You are just not alert enough to use the opportunity to transform yourself into something immortal, eternal, into some experience which will make you beyond the reach of death. Just fearing death is not of any help. If you see that death is following you, it is time to start searching deeper into yourself for that point which is beyond death. We have been calling that point sat-chit-anand: the truth of your being, the ultimate consciousness of your life, and the tremendous blessing of your coming to flower.

Life is not something that you can go on missing

Life is not something that you can go on missing. Otherwise at the moment of death you will feel the greatest misery and pain, the deepest agony, from missing the whole opportunity that was given to you.

Death is the transfer of the soul from one body to another

These are only outer symptoms. Death is the transfer of the soul from one body to another body, or in cases when a man is fully awakened, from one body to the body of the whole universe. It is a great journey, but you cannot know it from the outside. From outside, only symptoms are available; and those symptoms have made people afraid.

There is only one depth that has to be touched, whether through love or through meditation or through creativity

There is only one depth that has to be touched, whether through love or through meditation or through creativity. The depth is that you are no longer your physical body, and you are no longer your mental body either – just a pure awareness, a pure sky without any clouds, unbounded. Even a simple glimpse into it and death becomes a glorious experience….

Death is always close by. It is almost like your shadow. You may be aware, you may not be aware, but it follows you from the first moment of your life to the very last moment. Death is a process just as life is a process, and they are almost together, like two wheels of a bullock cart. Life cannot exist without death; nor can death exist without life. Osho

Jean-Paul Sartre

Life has no meaning, the moment you
lose the illusion of being eternal.

One always dies too soon — or too late

One always dies too soon — or too late. And yet one’s whole life is complete at that moment, with a line drawn neatly under it, ready for the summing up. You are — your life, and nothing else.

I think of death only with tranquility

I think of death only with tranquility, as an end. I refuse to let death hamper life. Death must enter life only to define it.

I would like to see the truth

I would like to see the truth clearly before it is too late.

To know what life is worth you have to risk it once in a while. Jean-Paul Sartre

Leo Tolstoy

Only those who do not live are not afraid of death.

Death is the destruction of the bodily organs

Death is the destruction of the bodily organs with which I see my world during my life; the destruction of the glass through which I look at this world. The destruction of this glass does not mean the destruction of the eye itself.

Try to live with the part of your soul which understands eternity

Try to live with the part of your soul which understands eternity, which is not afraid of death. And that part of your soul is love.

The more spiritual a life a person leads, the less he is afraid of death

The more spiritual a life a person leads, the less he is afraid of death. For a spiritual person death means setting the spirit free from the body. Such a person knows that the things with which he lives cannot be destroyed.

Life is the constant approach to death

Life is the constant approach to death; therefore, life can be bliss only when death does not seem to be an evil.

There is something in the soul which cannot die

There is something in the soul which cannot die, which cannot be affected by death.

The more deeply you understand life, the less you grieve over the destruction caused by death. Leo Tolstoy

Alan Watts

When we get to thinking of everything in terms of survival and profit value, as we do, then the shapes of scratches on the floor cease to have magic. And most things, in fact, cease to have magic.

Who said you’re supposed to survive?

Now there really isn’t anything radically wrong with being sick or with dying. Who said you’re supposed to survive? Who gave you the idea that it’s a gas to go on and on and on?

And we can’t say that it’s a good thing for everything to go on living. In a very simple demonstration that if we enable everybody to go on living, we overcrowd ourselves.

Death as an amusing arrangement

It’s a far more amusing arrangement for nature to continue the process of life through different individuals than it is always with the same individual, because as each new individual approaches life, life is renewed. And one remembers how fascinating the most ordinary everyday things are to a child, because they see them all as marvellous — because they see them all in a way that is not related to survival and profit.

Nature’s game of being aware of itself

When we get to thinking of everything in terms of survival and profit value, as we do, then the shapes of scratches on the floor cease to have magic. And most things, in fact, cease to have magic.

Now, I’ve arrived!

Unless one is able to live fully in the present, the future is a hoax. There is no point whatever in making plans for a future which you will never be able to enjoy. When your plans mature, you will still be living for some other future beyond. You will never, never be able to sit back with full contentment and say, 'Now, I’ve arrived!' 

Life and death are essential parts of the life cycle. Alan Watts

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