March 22, 2012

Death and Spirituality

Manikarnika Varanasi

I am reading quite a bit of different yoga, meditation, health, wellness, spiritual blogs almost every day. There are many inspiring articles. It's great to meet new interesting people from across the world sharing experience on their spiritual journey. Recently I watched an interesting video sharing on the Elephant Journal, from Ben Ralston, a guy from Slovenia for instance. Yet what I am noticing is that not much is being written about death and mortality; such a big part of our day to day life largely ignored.

Death is being looked at differently in different parts of the world. While in the east it is accepted and people accept it as a natural process (especially in India), in the west it is still a taboo, as if didn't even exist.
It frightens people, yet the mystery that it is, is pulling us towards it like a magnet. Who wouldn't want to know what's happening after we die and still be able to continue to live? If there are things which we can't scientifically understand, death is definitely one of them, right next to the life. So where is the connection between the death and spirituality? How can one make use of being aware of his own mortality? There was a sage, an enlighten master, whom once said: " If every human had a part of his brain dedicated to remind him every day about his mortality, this world would be full of enlightened people."

"How can remembering my mortality enhance my life?" Seeing my mortality works like a magnifying glass, it helps me to look closer at life, just a play of contrasts. All the teachings and moralities we have learned can easily be ignored if we want to, we can keep on doing the same nonsense, but we can't bullshit our selves when it comes to death. It is a great awakening tool!
Tell your self  "One day, I will also have to leave"
Try to look deeper and see, how does make you feel?

If you are practicing yoga asanas, you may already know that shavasana; laying down posture at the end of your practices, in Sanskrit means corpse. Probably so we can get a good rest at the end. Life is so beautiful only because one day it will be over. If you are constantly aware of this, you will make a great use of it!

Enhanced by Zemanta


  1. So true. Probably we should all get up and look up in the mirror every morning and say to ourselves " I will also die one day". Think it will make us live more and think about living less.
    (One small correction, its shavasana (for the corpse pose)

    1. Dear Ravi,
      Thank you for taking your time and leaving your insights here for us! What you're saying would definitely make a big difference in the way one experiences his day. Remembering this always brings me very close to life. Without it, we can just go on, not ever realizing that we're actually alive.

      Also thanks for corrections! I'll remember this now :)