Articles - Death
What is death?
In the words of Peter
Pan - "to die would be an awfully big adventure!"
It is! Buddhists believe
that they can control their future destiny by preparing for their
What is death?
Many of us fear death
because we are afraid of the unknown, or we are afraid to leave
our safe, familiar world behind.
And rightly so! I mean,
who really wants to leave behind a loving and caring family, or
a mansion with all the latest cons that took a lifetime to accumulate?
Who really wants to die - to never, ever return to this reality?
Not many of us 'really'
want to die, but regardless of whether we want to or not, we will,
and it will be to our best advantage if we were to learn a bit about
it. But where do we begin?
Let's begin here
What's death all about? Why do we die?
Here is an interesting
piece I read by Dr Tipster (http://www.doctortipster.com/8201-telomeres-and-ageing-study-reveals-how-we-age.html):
"All our body
cells divide in order to replace dead, malfunctioning or aged cells.
When cells divide, they forward a copy of their DNA to the daughter
cells. Since the DNA molecule is very large, it needs to be condensed
to fit inside the cell nucleus, giving birth to chromosomes. Each
chromosome presents at its end a telomere which shortens with each
cell division. Previous studies have shown that when telomeres are
too short, they reach a critical minimum length that makes cells
unable to divide anymore."
So, according to the
above information, our bodies are not designed to last forever.
So when our body can
no longer renew itself and it dies, what happens to the energy force
that dwells within? Does it die also, or does it go somewhere else?
Moreover, what is this energy force? Where does it come from? Does
it have any other names?
First of all, this
energy force is often termed - Soul, Spirit, Consciousness; and
this minute spark (for that is what it is), forms part of a huge
energy force that is so bright, it is fearful.
Does this energy force
die when our body dies - like the spark of a battery - poof - no
Lord Krsna says that
the Soul is imperishable and that it always existed, and do you
know what? I believe Him - just because He said so! And when you
receive instructions from Lord Krsna on how to perform a specific
function and it turns out to be 'true', you, too, will believe Him!
Lord Krsna also said that when we die, we are simply giving up our
old, useless bodies, for shiny, new bodies.
Buddhists believe this
also. They view death the same way they view changing your clothes.
Throughout my research
I have found that when we die, we are indeed, reborn into a new
life with a new body and we do this so that we can learn - of different
life experiences - from animals to enlightened beings - we must
experience it all. Why?
Each time we learn
something, a tiny lightbulb turns itself on inside our heads and
we have realized a truth, but we can only learn such truths according
to the life experience we are having at the time. Thus, after many
life and death experiences, we evolve to a stage where our minds
have become light with many truths and we are able to merge with
and stay in the Light of Heaven without the need to be reborn into
another experience - unless we choose to help others find their
Peace and Light