Wednesday, February 19, 2014

Why Spirituality is the Answer to Fear Of Death?

Fear of death is quite common. It originates from a person's rather overindulgence in materialistic world without remaining in connect with his inner soul and from tremendous self-belief in his ability to overcome all difficulties. While the latter can also be an attribute of a positive person, it has a tendency of being taken away from the spiritual life.
When i speak of the fear of death, it is because of our inability to accept this reality that we are not immortals. Though we know that even the Lords have had to leave this world for some higher destination, and, we too, might have taken birth and died many times over in the past, still it is difficult to make the feeling of death an integral part of life. And, the fear of death can be removed solely by understanding, accepting and making this fear an integral part of our daily lives. It is only by doing so that we will not be perturbed by the occurrence of this eventuality either to our near and dear ones or ourselves.
We will have to accept and we shall do so that neither we had choice for our birth, nor will we be having one for our death. And, the sages and the learned have mentioned in their texts that this is one of the world and our soul, which is eternal, transcends from one being to another, on this planet and also to the worlds beyond this one which we are not aware of.
Bhagwat Geeta has tried to ameliorate this pain of alienation from our near and dear ones by clearing saying that the soul can not be destroyed and it is only a matter of it changing the bodies just as we change our clothes every day. Here, 'a day' could be a 'a lifespan'. So, there exists no reason for worry or for fear of dying. Dying will take you to a new realm based on your deeds of the current birth. This philosophy of 'karmas' as the binding threads between rebirths has been invoked by ancient sages and philosophers who have emphasized doing of right karmas.
So, nothing much to worry if you consider that death actually means beginning of a new chapter, a new role to play on a new stage. For this reason, it has been said that the current life shall be lived to the fullest without this fear being inculcated in your being. However, at the same time, it has to be remembered that should we faced with any deadly situation, we shall remain in complete composure and be fighting well to ward it off. We shall be surrendering to the will of God and fighting it off at the same time. This might seem paradoxical but actually it is not. Surrendering to the will of the Almighty does not mean surrender to the fear but to get the strength to fight it off resolutely. This will help you not to relapse into anxiety or depression but to face it with all your might.
To sum it all, remember God, have faith in his doings, surrender to his will and seek strength from Him for overcoming your troubles. May God Bless Us All!!