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Outrunning Death - Sikhi

Death is certain, we cannot outrun death. Neither with wealth, power, prayers, science, medicine, yoga etc....

It has always been a fashion to heap blessings for a long life upon people, but in reality, it manifests itself as a curse. A curse on the individual, the family, on society and on Creation itself. If we harbor any doubts, ask the elderly.

People may try to avoid but they cannot ignore the elderly, for they are everywhere.

All these old people struggling to reconcile their desire for living long and the reality of their feeble and meaningless lives.

These old people simply trying to make it through each day at the mercy of others, nothing to do and nowhere to go. Ask them what they wish for? And one will be shocked by the reply, many of them will with sincerity usually reply, 'waiting, for death'.

No one is indispensable. The world was running beautifully before we arrived and will continue to do so long after we leave this world.

As the Guru has taught us, "All that is created, will one day perish." Except the Creator, all else is futile.

Neither science nor religion, neither wealth nor position can help us outrun death only meditation upon and joining into 'Param-Atman' the Creator can save our immortal soul.

The question is why are we trying to outrun death?

Why do we seek to postpone the inevitable?

Imagine the end of our physical lives is like reaching the edge of a great river. Whether we accept it or not, we know that have to cross the river from this bank to the other, where some great unknowns await us. Fearfully we cling precariously to this shore, but as our bodies decay, we often fall into the Like Tweet Pin +1 in river, then repeatedly struggling back to the shore until we become so enfeebled that we can struggle no more. As the Guru shows the path, to become one with God and we will be carried across the river which frightens us so.

Each day is difficult, I suppose they believe a known existence is better than an unknown heaven or hell.

When the god of death and order 'Yama' will come to take our souls across, we fight, and we struggle in vain. Trying to outrun death we try to buy just a little bit more time.

We turn to science and medicine to keep the body somehow and somewhat going and we lean on religion to keep the spirit seemingly alive.

Death is certain, we cannot outrun death. Neither with wealth, power, prayers, science, medicine, yoga etc. or anything else save us, except God. Fear of death is itself death. All we can do is live, a meaningful, healthy life made possible by a healthy diet of food and thoughts, a stimulating lifestyle to keep us stimulated and feeling alive, a workstyle that provides us income, dignity, and meaning, be part of a community that nurtures and whose members supports one another, materially, emotionally, intellectually and spiritually.

The only solution is to go with the immortal Creator slowly distancing ourselves from all that is created. All is created except the Creator.

There is more to life than merely increasing its length.

Say the things that ought to be said, do the things that we wish to do, show our gratitude and love to those that matter, all this while we can before it is too late.

After all, a person who lives his or her life fully and meaningfully is always ready to embrace death at any time.

Death is inevitable, the body dies, so does the mind, and the thoughts it carries, and the soul comes back into the world in another body. But what happens to the soul? For the Guru teaches us that the soul can be liberated. Liberated from the ever-repeating cycle of birth, death and rebirths by merging with Him.

When we abide with our one true companion, shunning all else, our soul shall be redeemed, for when the body dies, the soul will not have to return again as it usually does, rather it will merge with the Creator, who we know as Waheguru.

Gurvinder Singh

Gurvinder Singh is an engineer by education, Industrialist by professional experience. I have travelled and  conducted business both India and abroad (34 countries). 

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