December 2017 There is no death but simply a ‘dissolving back into life’, observes Megha Bajaj In the last two weeks, I have attended two condolence prayer meets. Somehow, sitting in that hall, the image of the deceased along with bhajans playing in the background, has had a profound impact on me. The first thing that struck me was how transient life really is! One of the two condolence meets I attended was of a perfectly healthy man in his early forties. He had been doing puja with his family when he suffered a cardiac arrest, and within moments, dissolved back into life through the gateway of death. This made me realise that anything can happen unpredictably. I do not write this with a sense of cynicism or fear. Or even fatalism. I write this completely accepting the design of life _ that which has come, must go and will go. While we are here, hale and hearty, with people who love us and whom we love, we must live life to the fullest. We need to get off social media, gadgets, and other distractions, and give life its due. We must live in the moment, understanding how transient it is and not wasting it thinking, “Oh, we have so much time.” Didn’t a wise man once say, “Live every day like it was your last?” The second thing I have learned from this experience is to travel light. At the end of the day, it’s just dust unto dust. That fight, that failure, that betrayal, has little meaning once we dissolve back into life. Why not use this journey to be happy, to spiritually evolve, to love, and leave behind a legacy? Life is too short and there isn’t enough time to love, where is the time to hate? Life is too short and there isn’t enough time to feel blissful, where is the time to be grumpy, frustrated and resentful? ‘Travel light’ is something I am going to constantly remind myself of. The third, and possibly the most beautiful realisation I have had was that even when people are no longer present on the physical plane—if we just close our eyes and relive our memories with them—they come alive for us with their colours and personalities. Death is of the body and never of the person or the relationship. We do not stop being a daughter just because we have lost a parent; or a spouse, because of the death of a partner. We go on, and with us, they go on as well. I love the way my beloved guru explains it. He says that death is like being in another country, except you cannot fly down to see the person or contact them. It’s like they are living away from you, but whenever you wish to be together, all you need to do is close your eyes and get in touch with them. I came back home, my heart feeling a little heavy. Seeing so many sad people mourning the sudden loss of their beloved had had its effect. I stood against the railing of my balcony and a light breeze seemed to tease me. It seemed to tell me that there is no death. One just dissolves back into life. “Smile little traveller, as there is only so much that you can comprehend. In reality, nothing was created, and nothing ceases; it’s just a game. From me, you emerge, and unto me, you merge.” I felt peaceful enough to express my feelings to you and now, as I conclude this piece, I have a smile on my face and a soft melody in my heart. Dissolving into life is the right way to see this phenomenon called death. An award winning author, film-script writer and poet, Megha is an eternal seeker at heart. She also empowers people to write and get published through her online writing workshop. You can read more on www.WonderofWords.org
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