Although most civilizations refer to death with some sort of heaviness, Sadhguru believes that – “Death is a cosmic joke. If you get the joke, falling on the other side will be wonderful.” When we think of death, we experience an overwhelming feeling of fear. But let’s look at it this way – what if dying isn’t as bad as we think? For Sadhguru, this fear of death is only a product of social conditioning.
He believes that death is not something that happens to you sometime in the future, it is happening to you all the time. And that if we are unaware of this fact then we are just plain ignorant. In every moment, both life and death are involved.
According to Sadhguru, if we look at how we have perceived and portrayed death in India, we will see that death is not seen as sinister. The dark thing about death is the loss for the living. If people lose something precious to them – it could be things; it could be people – they will break down. So it is darkness only for the living, but death itself has always been portrayed as a grand event in this culture. It is only now that Indians are imitating the West and walking with heads down when someone dies.
Here are some thought-provoking quotes by Sadhguru on death that will help us gain a deeper understanding of our own selves –
“Most people are investing their whole lifetime just for their material well-being. Dying to live, this is called.”
“The only reason why people have such a fear of death is they know nothing beyond the body.”
“If you work five or ten years for your security, that’s okay. But if you are going to work all your life for your security, you are seeking death because death is the only secure thing in the existence. Life is never secure.”
“Death is the highest relaxation. Life needs a certain amount of tension to keep it going.”
“As we have responsibilities towards the living, we have responsibilities towards the dead. Within a limited period of time after Death, there is room for impacting the Dead.”
“There is no such thing as death. Death is a fiction created by the ignorant or unaware. There is only life, life and life alone, moving from one dimension to another, another and another …”
“Every breath you take, you are getting closer to the grave. But every breath you take, you can also get closer to your liberation.”
“Death is something that happens only once in our lives. It is important that we conduct it well.”
“Once you are constantly aware of your mortality, your spiritual search will be unwavering.”