Death, a process of transformation

Death is a taboo subject in our society. Lies, speaks little of it, looks to other side, and when present trying to everything that entails, wake, cremation ceremonies, funerals and farewells, duel, close..., be as short as possible. What's wrong with death? Why are afraid even to mention it as if it we were invoking it? Montse Simon writes.

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"When an action ends and a desire, a thought, they evaporate, there is a kind of death without the shadow of evil." Now think about the periods of life, childhood, adolescence, youth, in old age. The step from one to another period is a true death. Is there anything this bad? (...) "It will be the death: cessation, interruption or change in all existence." (Marco Aurelio, Thoughts)

In fact death is present everywhere. As he pointed out Marco Aurelio, the transition from a period to another involves a death: dies the child to make way for the young, no one in our society but says: "the child has died and will die after the young man". We see the flowers fall to result in fruits and however we not handicapped by the death of flower. We even see it as a death but that in this case we see the transformation.

Now, when it's people or loved as well when we project our own death, then we tend to connect with feelings of anguish and deep sadness. Of course, there is pain for the loss, the nostalgia that reminds us of what was. But ¿hasta qué punto la forma en la que percibimos la muerte es la que condiciona en verdad el modo en qué nos relacionamos con ella?

And if the death does not exist? When we talk about death project a kind of end, rupture, absolute disappearance and harrowing voidness, the destruction of life. Even if you can imagine a color it is easy to think in black or grey. And the image of death personified in a skeleton, with a black coat and carrying a scythe has come to become an archetypal image. But What happens if instead of defining death as "cessation or life term" ()?RAE) la definimos como “parte del proceso de transformación de la vida”?

Stop a moment to think about it. I propose to first consider some processes of nature:

  1. Water which evaporates and turns into cloud and the cloud in rain, which returns to Earth and feeds the plants, the rivers, the seas--would who or what killed here?, would die the sea?, would die the cloud?, would die rain?
  2. Seed breaking to sprout, which results in a small plant and a huge tree and axle plant gives rise to flowers and flowers are born after the fruit that we eat, or again falling to the ground and decompose it... would die the? do seed?, would die on the floor?, would die the tree, flower, fruit?
  3. The egg developing larva and insect that, at some point, is swallowed by a frog and the frog eaten by a snake... would die on the egg?, do the larva dies?, would die insect?, do the frog dies?...

Where is the limit where transformation happens to be called death and death happens to be understood as end of life? The end of life?

If we stop to observe the examples that we have made or if we even think about people, What dies is the concrete, individual, but life does not die, life follows its course:

"My son, if someone would do a cut this tree at its root, its SAP sangraría, but would continue to live. And the same would happen if you would do it in the middle or in the Cup. But as it is penetrated by life, still stands, baby and revels in life.

If life leaves one of its branches is dried. If it leaves a second, also dry, and if it leaves a third branch, also dries. If it leaves throughout the tree, then the entire tree is dried. Similarly, when life leaves the body, the body dies, but life does not die." (Chāndogua Upaniṣad6.11. (1-3)

When we think death in terms of transformation, inevitably leads us to a much larger and more vast than the concrete and individual life. And at the same time, this invites us to reflect on the life we live. We identify our life with the concrete and particular?, we identify only with the body and the mind?, do we live as individuals separated from others?, who I am and who is he who dies when the body dies?

All such issues are an invitation to life. It turns out that what we call death perhaps is only a process of transformation; However, the mind has a fundamental role in determining the way we live - die. Like the type of flower, fruit, or the distribution of rainfall, they will depend on previous, constraints in the same way our way of dying will also be conditioned by our way of living. They say that when they shot Mahatma Gandhi fell to the ground saying "Sri Ram, Sri Ram". I.e., lived its life with a mind focused on the divine in all beings and died by repeating the name of the divinity.

If the mind creates reality, it is possible that at the time of death we become what we think? And when the time comes that death, how would I find?

Death is part of life and choosing how you'd die, we also choose how we want to live. Life is expressed through the transformation between life and death. Citing close to Jnāneśvara, an Indian Saint of 12th century:

"The desires that you have while you live,
It moran fixed in his heart,
they come to mind at the time of death."

Montse Simon He is a graduate in philosophy, graduate in history of religions and diploma in Sanskrit from Banaras Hindu University. Member of the Association of Yoga and philosophy s'Om) He furthered studies Vedanta and texts of the tradition with pandits and swamis of the vedantina tradition. Teacher of yoga, Sanskrit and Indian philosophy.

If you want to investigate more on the theme of death, Montserrat Simón soon taught a course with practical exercises and readings that facilitate inquiry in self-knowledge and teachings that death can we provide for life:

"The death, a lesson of life"

When: viernes 3 de noviembre, de 19.00 a 21.00h. (del 3 de noviembre al 26 de enero, 10 sesiones)

Where: In Centre-Sun. Atocha, 20, 2º dcha.

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