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Ramana Maharshi => General topics => Topic started by: Subramanian.R on April 16, 2010, 06:35:26 PM

Title: Who is afraid of death?
Post by: Subramanian.R on April 16, 2010, 06:35:26 PM
There was a concentration camp and there were prisoners during
World War II.  The prisoners were quite happy, playing cards,
carrom and chess and laughing and giggling.  One journalist came
to interview them.  He became aghast seeing the happy nature
of the prisoners.  He asked them:  How come you are all extremely
joyful.  You are going to be executed in a month's time.  Are you
not afraid of the impending death? 

One prisoner looked at the journalist and said:  At least our dates
of execution are known to us in advance.  But what about your case?
You may even be shot dead tomorrow.  Why should we worry about
death at all?  It may happen or it may not happen.  Either way,
we don't care.  We are happy today.  That is all.

One Sanskrit pandit quoted a sloka from a scripture and said
that we are not afraid of death because of our ajnana, ignorance.
Bhagavan Ramana said:  "Oye!  It is not due to that.  It is due
to the truth that in our intuitive knowledge, we are deathless.
That is our real state.  If this intuitive knowledge becomes, the
experiential truth, then we shall fully understand that our intuitive
knowledge is the truth.

Arunachala Siva.