Don’t Fear Death – Begin To Live

We constantly seek immortality. We fantasise about having endless time, boundless opportunities and control over our lives. However the fact is that we have limited time and no control over anything beyond ourselves. Fear of death is a common complaint. Whether conscious or subtle this fear haunts everyone. Due to fear of death some people suffer from intense anxiety phobias and panic and their energies are consumed in battling it.

Death is imminent and people try to overcome the fear by accumulating wealth or earn a name by their charitable deeds. Some look after their physical bodies to prolong their physical life. It is important to note why we are scared of it. Introspection reveals that people are scared of death because they have not been able to find meaning in their lives. As a result they harbour feeling of regret, guilt and anger. We experience regret when we have not allowed our inherent potential to blossom.

We get lost in conflicts, traumatic experience, egoistic wars and inhibitions and hence unable to give life our best shot. We tend to feel guilty when we have not loved our close ones fully. In intimate relationships there are some people who end up taking a lot and giving back less. We are being deceitful. One fine day our inner self unleashes guilt and we realise our mistake and feel helpless. In contrast there are people who do not communicate their feelings, needs and wishes in a relationship but end up giving a lot to other person. This creates resentment and anger.  They suppress this anger but it breaks their genuine connection from others.

In order to overcome fear or death we need to constantly find meaning in our existence. We need to ensure that we develop our potential to its maximum against all odds. By reminding ourselves about our capabilities and goals and bringing back our attention to them, we can realise our potential. By finding meaning in our existence we are able to move beyond our narrow ego and prospect of death may not be scary. May be we look at life as a liberating adventure where there are infinite possibilities.

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Balancing of Mind and Heart

For many of us the mind and heart are at loggerheads and the conflict between the two creates confusion. The mind with its objective handling of material world and multiplicity of interaction is ego centric and selfish. But the heart which feels the glow of love gets the glimpse of unity of spirit, it therefore seeks expression through self giving tendencies which unite the two or more persons and makes one selfless and generous.

When the mind encroaches upon the province of the heart it does so by seeking assurance or conviction as a conditional precedent which must be fulfilled before there is release of love. But love is nothing if it not spontaneous. It cannot be conclusion of reasoning. If you want to be certain about the object of love, it is only a form of calculated selfishness. If mind is a treasure house of learning, the heart is a treasure house of spiritual wisdom.

Spiritual understanding is born of a harmony between mind and heart. This harmony of mind and heart does not require the mixing up of their function. It does not imply cross function but cooperative functioning. Their functions are neither identical nor coordinated. The mind and heart must of course be balanced. But this balance cannot be secured by pitching the heart against mind. It can be attained through intelligent adjustment. Such harmony of mind and heart is the most important condition for integral undivided life of spiritual understanding.