When asked if there is Life after Death Swami stated “ There is no life anywhere that is not life!” There cant be death because it is all Gods consciousness. The soul never dies. Our fear of death is often an extension of our fear of life. Many of us are afraid of losing our identity at the time of death. Swami Kriyananda states that the soul is a unique aspect of the Divine. He states that we will eventually merge into the Infinite, but we will still know our uniqueness.
I’m not sure that my uniqueness in relation to the Universe is as important to me at time of death than where my next breath will coming from ? or how do I deal with this chronic pain? Will my loved ones be ok without me? Have I been a good person? All these are relevant questions that anyone who is dying or is caring for a dying person may wish to know.
If people are fortunate enough to have hospice working with them during this challenging time, they can be supported and guided through these difficult questions. There is an old saying that “There are no atheists in a fox hole.” I believe that as we approach the finiteness of our existence it is quite natural to seek meaning in and around our lives.
St Paul said that “I die daily.” In a matter of speaking we die and are resurrected with each breath. This is good news! We get lots of “do overs!” Life and death are part of the ongoing continuum of our existence. By spending time in the silence of meditation we are slowly able to look at the hard questions of life and find our answers. They can’t be someone else’s answers. They have to be ours or else we live in confusion and misunderstanding.
Paramhansa Yogananda said that the most important thing we could do is to love.
You can feel love in your heart and the love given to you by others. It is through the experience of silence that you can feel a deep sense of love and at times a deep sense of joy.
This deep sense of love, joy, acceptance and connectedness is what we all wish to come to know. It is ours now if we can silent the monkey mind enough to hear Spirit say. all is love.
Meditation is a form of dying. You are letting go of that which is holding you back. You let go of the body by relaxing and breathing. You let go of the monkey mind and ego through the breath. You may even experience breathlessness for a time. You see, meditation is the practice of dying itself!
Meditation is also about living life to the fullest. We have to let go of so much before we can really experience living. It is one of the greatest gifts I have received working in hospice. The gift of life. After seeing so many people die, it becomes clear that many died with the regret of not living their lives fully
I heard a story once about a man who was on hospice. He had been a heroin addict for most of his life. He was asked if he believed in reincarnation. He wasn’t sure was his answer. He was then asked what he thought he might come back as? He said if he was coming back he wanted to come back as who he currently was. He said that maybe next time he would get it right!
We don’t have to wait until next time to get it right. We can “die” now in meditation and be reborn.
Evening Hospice January 2015: http://www.ananda.org/a-place-called-ananda/guest/6763/evening-hospice/