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There was a time when I thought I only have a few months to live. So, I started saying goodbye to some people close to me. It was then that I learned that talking about death is taboo in our society. People simply cannot handle it or they refuse to accept that cold truth even though it is as glaring as the fact that the sun will rise in the morning and will have to retire by sunset. Why are people afraid of death, I fathom? Unknowingly, a friend supplied an answer one lunch time, "It's the kids I'm worried about". Another added, "And, where do we go when we die?"
Then, I realized that people prefer to stay mum about it because death opens so many scenarios we cannot control. We are afraid of what will happen to the ones we'll leave behind. (I guess, they will keep on living.). We afraid of where we will go when the dark angel with the infamous hook calls. Though, there have been reports of the after life or reincarnation (whichever belief suits you), there's really no way to call the departed ones to confirm where they head off.
Every time I go to a funeral, I always hear, "He has left us." But, the body still lies in the casket. So, who has left? Definitely, not the body because it still lies there as immobile as a log or in a condensed form as ashes (for those who opted for cremation). I have been taught that it is the soul which leaves the body. Essentially, we are really souls, points of energy. The body is simply like a car we use and we, the souls, are the drivers. Death simply means the car can no longer function. So, the driver (the soul) has to leave so it can continue its journey. Physics supports this, it says, energy cannot be created nor destroyed; it can only be changed from one form to another. (Law of the Conservation of Energy).
Therefore, it's ok to die. A senior dadi (sister) tells us, it's just like going to another room. Well, there's nothing scary there.