Author Topic: Ramana Maharshi says Sleep is temporary death and Death is longer sleep  (Read 2529 times)


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News of someone’s death was brought to Sri Bhagavan.

He said,“Good. The dead are indeed happy. They have got rid of the troublesome overgrowth - the body.The dead man does not grieve.

The survivors grieve for the man who is dead. Do men fear sleep? On the contrary sleep is courted and on waking up every man says that he slept happily. One prepares the bed for sound sleep. Sleep is temporary death. Death is longer sleep. If the man dies while yet alive he need not grieve over others’ death. One’s existence is evident with or without the body, as in waking, dream and sleep. Then why should one desire continuance of the bodily shackles? Let the man find out his undying Self and die and be immortal and happy.”



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Dear prasanth,

Yes. Shakespeare said: Death is but a sleep and a forgetting.

The dead do not ever grieve.  Only the survivors grieve for the dead.
For some people like those suffering from terminal cancer, death is a

Arunachala Siva.