EYE ON SPIRITUALITY: MAKING PEACE WITH DEATH
We live in a very changing and anxious world with the Covid scare and with the military industrial complex more interested in weapons and wars and corporate profit than people. Saturn in Capricorn is a bit of a grim reaper and since its entrance in Capricorn and also the entrance of Pluto there, our optimistic Sagittarian view got thrown under the bus. With the Covid crisis in India, my heart sinks everyday when I see another post about a dear one passing.
I am in my 60’s and have many friends in their 70’s and it does not take much to push on something serious. Saturn takes over for everyone at age 70 in the Nasargika Dasha which reflects the natural cycles of life. We have to remember that Saturn is the grand recycling agent that makes sure that there are always fresh cookies coming out of the oven. Who wants to eat 90 year old cookies? What kind of shape are the pressed flowers from thirty years ago that we cherish in an old book that we have saved?
Timing death in Vedic astrology is a very difficult art and is not taught as much as in ancient times. In my first reading with Chakrapani Ullal in 1985, he told me that I would live to 88 and after studying death cycles, I see that he was correct. Yet, I feel that we have a number of X-Factors at work with Covid Bio-weapons being unleashed and news that China wants to build another 25 Wuhan labs for research. Whatever happened to the sanctity for life?
As a Scorpio with Mars in Bharani Nakshatra, connected to Lord Yama, the God of Death and Transformation, I have always had a fascination with death. During one 1.5 year period around 2013-14, I had 20 plus friends and family members pass and I was forced to make peace with death or be dysfunctional. My spiritual Guru has helped a great deal.
It is clearer to me everyday, that we have to live every moment in joy and appreciation for simple things: our walks in nature, the beauty of summer flowers, the enthusiastic yelps of our beloved pet dogs, the smells of fresh baked goods, the hugs from our family and the continued connection with the Divine through our meditation practices. If we turn on the TV and get caught up in their propaganda, we are doomed to live a life of fear and cringing in the corner of our homes. I have acquaintances that so afraid to go out of their house with Covid, that they have not been outside for 15 months. The media has created a mass psychosis that wants us to be glued to the tube for their ratings while they fill our hearts with fear? Is this how we want to live?
My spiritual teacher reflecting on death notes:
We die everyday when we go to sleep. The last thing we think about before we go to sleep is often the first thing that we remember when we wake up.
Death is like sleep. What we think about when we die and when we are reborn create primary desires for the next life. When life is a game and you live it fully then you can embrace death with no fear and not is part of the continuum.
We need to remember to drop every regret from the past and live in the present and see the past as a dream and then you are dying every moment and are renewed.
Are you afraid to go to bed? Are you afraid you will not wake up? Are you afraid of death? If you awaken inside and get a glimpse of your very being then you will not be scared of death and the beyond. The eternal Self is beyond Death.
We have to remember there is no such thing as death. The Soul never ceases to exist and the death is the biggest illusion. Elizabeth Kubler-Ross, in interviewing people who died on the operating table and then are resurrected, reminds us how inspiring the experience can be. She notes that people’s lives are flashed in front of them as they pass but only the moments where they gave unconditional love and were kind. One lady was shown a time at summer camp when she gave up her overnight trip in order to take care of a handicapped lady who could not go. This is the biggest wake-up call in that we need to remember its not about how much stuff we accumulate but how much love and kindness and compassion we deliver everyday!
We all have an expiration date and one of the Secret’s of Death is in people’s Jyotish charts. It is not something I want to predict or feel confident with anymore with so many X – factors in the world. When our time is up, we move on to evolve on another plane. Life is eternal and continues.
The fear of death is paralyzing our planet at the moment but how many are afraid to live. Despite your beliefs, I applaud the states that have re-opened like Florida and where masks are not required and where people are going back to living. Do you want really just cower in your house with a mask on and think you will be spared by the grim reaper? There are politicians that are psychotic like the Governor of Michigan who get off on locking people up and making arbitrary and nonsensical rules that are not based on science.
Dying is nothing more than taking your coat off and changing clothes and leaving a smoky and stuff room and going out into the fresh air and sunlight and being free. The heaviness is released and one is ready to take flight with song.
There is nothing to be apprehensive about with death. It has been going on since time-immemorial and it is just about taking another step into your eternal existence. There is nothing to tremble about. If we live each day as if there will be no other with joy and love and laughter, we will have no regrets. More than ever, it is important to keep telling all of those around us how much we love them and let go of petty fights and bitterness and just realize how precious we all are. Make up with those who you hold grudges with. They may not be here next year.
Move beyond fear and into love. I am reminded of a quote from one of my favorite books, Emmanuel’s Book,
You will not exhaust the love in the universe if you were to absorb it from now until the end of time. Love is all that exists. Love is the universal communication. It is the energy that has created the universe and is keeping it going. God is love. All matter is formed by love. There is an organic love that speaks to everyone if they could but hear. A leaf is held together by the power of love. . . .
The greatest need in a soul is to achieve that loving of self which will bring about the unity wherein the judgements that have cause such pain are eliminated.
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