DEATH, AND BEYOND
can we do about the fact of our own mortality? What does
happen after we die?
In what way — precisely — does
how we live impact what happens to us after we die? What
is the best way to live in order to serve tangible spiritual
growth, as well as our destiny after death?
1: You CAN'T take it with you
your life have a purpose?
If so, is it one that isn't going to get instantly ripped off when
you die? Many of us spend our lives denying death, allowing ourselves
to be completely consumed and distracted by our responsibilities,
our indulgences, and our search for things we cannot take with us
after death in any overt form (knowledge, accomplishment, fame,
or friendship). But death is still coming. We get little support
from culture, society, biology, or even conventional religion for
becoming adequately prepared; indeed, we are actively discouraged
from even considering the matter. In Western society, the “dying
business” at best tends to help us come to the point of acceptance
of death (which already should be true for us right now).
And the “death business” tends to assist the living go on living
rather than assist the dead in their transition, as more informed
key to freedom and happiness in life, in death, and beyond death,
is not a matter of manipulating mind, body, or spirit; such techniques
have limited potential by themselves. Instead, the ultimate key
is based on linking up with the Divine Reality which is always present,
and which transcends life and death, and, through that connection,
allowing the Divine Reality Itself to set us free.
is not about changing ourselves or our situation. It is about Awakening
altogether from the dream of being a separate, limited self — who
is living, who is dying, who is suffering, who is stuck on the wheel
of re-birth. We can make all kinds of improvements while we are
asleep, to our dream character or our dream circumstance, but none
of those changes in the dream represents the same radical freedom
as does Waking Up from the dream. The great revelation of Enlightenment
is that, in Reality, there are no separate selves; there is only
One Being, the Divine Being. Divine Enlightment is to Wake Up out
of the dream of mortality as the One Divine Being, in Whose
Consciouness the realms of life and death are being dreamed spontaneously.
makes your entire life bullshit. Don’t you see? That’s
the problem. The body is going to die, every relation of the
body is going to die. You can’t even depend on it continuing
for another moment while you’re . . . associating with it.
That’s the situation you’re in, but you use fabrications of
mind and so forth, individually and collectively, that distract
you from the fact of it, so that you won’t feel it profoundly.
And so you build up this whole lifetime of endeavors, of attachments,
of things you own, things you do, things you’re known for,
things you know, things you know about — on and on and on.
And it all passes. But in the meantime. . . you bullshit one
Great Matter doesn’t confront you merely in death. It’s just
that in death you are disarmed and you have no choice. While
you are alive, you delude yourself! You fabricate a reality
that’s not altogether true, in order to give yourself a sense
of permanence, continuation, certainty — as if life is about
being enthusiastic, about fulfillment of the next desire.
In fact, you could easily drop dead in any moment. All kinds
of people drop dead every day. And a lot of them haven’t lived
a very long life beforehand. All kinds of terrible things
are being done by human beings to one another and otherwise
by the situation itself.
you can participate in the round of desires and consolations
as much as you are able for a lifetime, however long that
lasts, and then be necessarily confronted by profundity at
the point of death. Or you can go beyond even right now and
exist in that profundity right now. . .
religious life is a great profundity. But the religious life
that people propose for themselves and propose to one another,
generally speaking, is the life of consolation, of distraction,
of arbitrary beliefs that suggest some kind of continuation
(or even permanence) of the present pattern.
not merely the state of the world at the present time — which,
of course, is dreadful — but it’s not merely that which confronts
you and suggests that perhaps you should become serious. Even
if it were not as chaotic as this, the great profundity still
confronts you and you could embrace it — or you could continue
to ignore it. . . . The same profundity that exists in death
is right now. The vortex of fire exists right now. And the
fundamental Light exists right now.
CAN'T Take It With You
2: You WILL take it with you