“Death has its own beauty, as does living. Death has its own poetry; one just has to learn its language, and one has to live in its depth. Then out of sadness itself comes a new kind of joy – which looks almost impossible, but it happens, I have known it.” Bagwan Shree Rajneesh – Death the Greatest Ficton
It is hard to understand this amazing piece of philosophy without knowing who we really are. How the hell can death have its own kind of beauty? How can a new kind of joy come from such deep sadness? I know, it doesn’t make sense to the human mind. And yet the quotation above rings very true to me. I have experienced the beauty that death is and the joy on the other side of the deep sadness.
Years ago, likely twenty-eight of them I was reading a manual written by Charles Berner, the man who created the enlightenment intensive back in 1967. He said people that don’t know who they are have trouble in life. I thought to myself too right!
Decades later, and now being involved in the world of dying, death and grief, I am thinking a similar thought; people who don’t know who they are have trouble in death!
Question: Is it possible that death could also be a spiritual awakening?
Over the thirty odd years I have been a truth seeker I have discovered and awakened to the fact that I am a human being with a mind, a body, and emotions plus ‘something’. That ‘something’ has many names; God, The Divine Self, Essence, Spiritual Self, The One, and the list goes on. In my experience in life and now in death, and having witness many deaths first hand I can say with certainty the ‘something’ we are is more real and ever lasting than our other three more obvious facets.
This ‘something’ though, goes most often unrecognized, unspoken, and mostly unacknowledged here in North America. Whether we believe it or not if we acted like there is in fact ‘something’ other than our mind, emotions, and body our approach to dying and death would most certainly change.
When my dear brother Peter passed away three years ago now I was able to hold him physically, cry with him emotionally, and talk with him about his life while I was recognizing him as the ‘something’ he was, as well as what he was presenting. When he died I was immediately struck with both profound sweetness as his ‘something’ was now free to soar and extreme sorrow that his mind, emotions, and body were no longer available to me as a conduit to Peter.
I have notice too that others I have worked with often say about the body of their loved one – “But that’s not really them.” They too intuiting the ‘something’ their loved one was is no longer resident in their dead body.
If we were to know who we really are and who others really are, though death can be sad for certain, it can also be a celebration as our family member or friend has returned to the ‘something’ they have always been. It doesn’t change the human sorrow – it does however bring the balance of spiritual sweetness to the grief.
Hint: Adopt a spiritual practice you are drawn to and will maintain that will help you discover who you really are – for certain!