Living in Nama Transcends Death
If a child falls sick the parents pray to God to spare his life; they vow that
the child will be dedicated to God if it survives. This means that they will
withdraw their feeling of possession or ownership over their child. How does
it matter then, if the child dies today? It is only for their own happiness that
the parents want the child to survive the illness.
How unwise it is to ask for avoidance of the ultimately inevitable death,
instead of praying for deliverance from the entire cycle of births and deaths!
If death is a certainty for everyone, why should we not aspire that it should
be auspicious? Death which is not followed by rebirth is the most auspicious
death. In fact, to forget one’s real ‘self’, is equivalent to death. You should
not therefore lose any opportunity to attain our objective while our mind,
which is constantly fluctuating, is steady.
We are tormented by conflicting desires. Therefore it is necessary to kill the
desire itself by constant utterance of nama. To remain in nama is to kill
desire, which amounts to transcending death. The real way to avoid death is
to belong to God. There is no fear of death when one realizes God, who is
the destroyer of death. A realized soul is never afraid of death. To be merely
alive is no life at all. One must have some objective or purpose in life, and
that objective should be to remain in constant awareness of God. It should
be considered a very fortunate day when one leaves this body while chanting
In fact, we daily die and are reborn. If we sleep and do not wake up again, it
is certainly death. Therefore, go to bed while chanting nama, so that you will
wake up in His remembrance. However, to remember nama at bed time, you
must have previous practice of it during working hours. Similarly, how can
one remember nama at the time of death, unless one has been in the habit
of constantly chanting it? Let us therefore, start the practice of namasmarana
right from today, this moment.
When Sant Tukaram says, ‘I have seen my death with my own eyes, it
implies the experience of complete destruction of desire.
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