Thou shall NOT die!
Upanishads declare that who you are is – Life energy that moves and expands itself. This is a truth that one needs to internalize especially if you are over sixty, as this truth declares the immortality of all of us. It is our good news!
Immortality is our real nature
“Consciousness is the space where life energy moves and expands”. This phrase needs to be very clearly understood. The immortality of even the people who have not realized they are immortal is declared in this verse, because ‘Consciousness moves and expands’. It does not say ‘where it dissolves or dies’. No! You moved and expanded never took birth or died.
Corruption in love
Consider, for example, the same vast land of planet earth. It is not separate from itself. Only because people put up fences and nations declare boundaries does it become divided, different. It becomes different person’s land, different group’s land, and different nations’ land. In the same way, in your life, the idea of birth, youth, old age, and death, this fencing of times and stages happens because we put restrictions, labels, and boundaries around the energy of life – love.
Restricted expressions of love include:
- Compassion and Care : the friendliness and concern of the mother
- Relationship : the intimate friendliness of a romantic partner
- Loneliness and Old Age : the non-existence of the so-called friendliness or compassion or relationship
- Death : impossibility of any of the above, even a corrupted form of love.
When the life energy is moving and expanding itself in Consciousness, the fragrance of Consciousness is “friendliness”. But when you divide them into different packets, your life energy starts feeling that, ‘One day, when these possibilities are all denied to me, I am dead!’
If your life energy is made to believe that waking up in the morning, having your breakfast, have lunch and dinner, doing a few activities, and sleeping is Life, it is a corruption that happened in the core level of your being, love. This corruption of love makes you believe that at one time you will not be able to perform these activities and that part of your life is “death”. You define your life based on whatever you perceive or are unable to perceive. But your perceptions are not life. They are only your ideas, developed over time and based on wrong understandings.
Life is not based on whatever you are able to perceive or unable to perceive; it is based on what actually exists. And what actually exists is the energy that expresses as pure love without condition or reservation. Sometimes, your mother may not show friendliness. That does not mean she has lost her love for you. Sometimes the life energy may not provide the breakfast you want. That does not mean it has killed you.
Labelling corrupts the truth
Actually, what you experience with your mother or beloved, the moment when you are in death-bed, everything takes on a different, more accurate perspective. But, during life, when you categorize and stipulate, you separate them, divide them, label them individually, differently. That labelling makes you feel you have life or you don’t have life. But it isn’t the labeling that gives you life.
If you believe eating is life, when you are not able to eat any more due to diabetes or hypertension or any other obesity disease, you feel your life is over, you are dead. If you think sex is life, when your body is no longer capable of performing, you think you are dead. So, whatever fence or judgment you make and label your life force energy with, misidentifying it as ordinary love, as self limiting life, that concept corrupts the truth that “you just move and expand in space”.
Only a person who understands this truth – ‘I neither have life nor have death’ – can really not get attached to anything including their body. Non-attachment is possible only when you understand that “the life energy moves and expands itself in space supporting all activities”.
- ‘What is the life energy, “Maatharishva” (मातरिश्वा), Upanishads declare, which is in me, which will just move and expand when I leave this body?
- What is that which entered into this body to use this body, which will move from this body and expand itself when I leave this body?
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