“Remembering that I’ll be dead soon is the most important tool I’ve ever encountered to help me make the big choices in life. Because almost everything — all external expectations, all pride, all fear of embarrassment or failure — these things just fall away in the face of death, leaving only what is truly important. Remembering that you are going to die is the best way I know to avoid the trap of thinking you have something to lose. You are already naked. There is no reason not to follow your heart”. Steve Jobs, Stanford, 2005
Liberty of Life
You are already naked
to follow your heart
Elixir of Death
The powder that dries all wounds
return back to God
There was a time in my life when I couldn’t even hear the word death without bursting into tears,into painful, bone marrow deep fear. My father told me over and over as a child that when we die we are nothing. Our bodies shrivel into powder and we are nothing. I would lie awake agonizing over that impossible thought; That one day I would perish into a blackness so profound that I would no longer exist.
He also said that energy was never lost, it only changed form. I was too young to notice the discrepancy between his view of death and his view of life.
I no longer burst into tears. I no longer believe that we will not exist beyond this human life. It’s only taken about 60 years for me to embrace the scientific fact that matter never is lost, and the spiritual belief that the human spirit is never lost, that our souls simply transform as we grow spiritually, spiraling higher and higher, closer and closer to God.“Know thou that every hearing ear, if kept pure and undefiled, must, at all times and from every direction, hearken to the voice that uttereth these holy words: “Verily, we are God’s, and to Him shall we return.” “The mysteries of man’s physical death and of his return have not been divulged, and still remain unread. By the righteousness of God! Were they to be revealed, they would evoke such fear and sorrow that some would perish, while others would be so filled with gladness as to wish for death, and beseech, with unceasing longing, the one true God–exalted be His glory–to hasten their end. …“ http://reference.bahai.org/en/t/b/GWB/gwb-82.html