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Musings over Death - 5
« on: July 08, 2009, 12:05:01 PM »
Kunti mother of Pandavas prayed to Sri Krishna:  "Give me
again and again sufferings and that will help me to constantly
remember you and abide in Saranagati.  Sufferings and fear
of death are the gateways to Jnana.  Nisargadatta Maharaj
has said that enlightenment would be possible only when
one goes through sufferings.

Dharmaputra was questioned by a Yaksha, an angel, actually
it was Yama in disguise.  He asked:  "What is the funniest
thing in this world?"  Dharmaptura replied:  "In spite of one
seeing people dying everyday and their bodies being carried
to the funeral pyre, still one thinks that this world is permanent and happy abode.  This is the funniest thing in this world."

Bhagavan Ramana has said in Talks:  "Body is another name
for death.  'I' is another name for Immortality.  It is the body
which is afraid of death, because body alone is annihilated in
death, but not the 'I'.

Markandeya found that the sure way to conquer death is to
catch Siva's feet.  He held Siva's feet tight and Yama could
not do anything about it.  Nataraja is stamping on a short fat
demon called Muyalaka and raising his another foot, he is dancing.  This Muyalaka is nothing but delusion or ego or
Apasmara.  Nataraja's dance is the cosmic representation of
conquest of death.  Saiva Siddhantis call it Dying without dying.
Killing the ahankara and living in bliss!

The fear of death drives one in.  The fear of death drives one
out to surrender.

Bhagavan describes this surrender and destruction of ego,
in Arunachala Stuti Panchakam.  He says 'Kolamale Kollum
marunthu.'  Arunachala is the medicine which kills the
ahankara without killing you, once you comprehend It.' -
Arunachala Padigam, Verse 11.

Bhagavan says in Arunachala Aksharamana Malai:  'Have
you not told me to come?  Now, [I have come], measure my
life...'   [Verse 94].

Bhagavan Ramana has also said on many occasions, Nin
Ishtam En Ishtam, Your wish is my wish.

WHAT IS DEATH?  At one place, it is explained as:

Divine Eater And Teacher of Humanity.  D-E-A-T-H.

Maranam bhayam mikkuLa am makkaL aranaga.....
Verse 2 of Sad Darsanam.

Arunachala Siva.