One of the biggest challenges we will ever face in our lifetime is the ability to effectively cope with the death of a loved one.
Losing a close family member or very dear friend can be a deeply traumatic event for even the strongest and wisest of us all, so it becomes imperative that we all learn how to cope and power through such occasions.
Hope For A Brighter Future
Fortunately, yogic wisdom not only gives us the insight to handle death but also to immensely grow on such occasions. Imagine being able to turn one of the saddest moments of your life into the most profound and uplifting learning you will ever have.
Well, I can tell you from first-hand experience, this can easily happen when you apply the wisdom I am about to share with you.
Your Loved Ones Remains In Your Heart
Recently I lost my father; the greatest man I have ever known. He was my inspiration, best friend, guru and greatest companion in life, and honestly speaking, there isn’t a single day which goes by when I don’t think about him and the memories we had together.
These memories are always a great source of comfort and encouragement as I continue to face the rest of the world.
So long as someone remains in your heart, they never really leave you; so why the need to ever feel alone? Sure, their physical presence may no longer be here, but knowledge and experience of yoga show the body to be just the outer layer of our existence.
Death Can Only Touch The Body But Nothing Else
Beyond the realms of physical matter, we have elements such as the mind, intellect, ego and higher conscious states. Death cannot touch any facet but the body.
The body is a wonderful instrument for housing our inner being; it is a mind-blowing gift bestowed upon us all, and perhaps we sometimes forget that the body is just a simple entity given by nature.
Think about it, did you create your skin? Did you design your intellect? Did you choose your colour? Did you choose your height? Did you decide what day you were to be born? Did you decide how much hair your head would hold?
Obviously, the answer is no. We have been blessed with every single aspect of our body. A body is made of nature’s elements and one day will return back to its roots. My father started life as a microorganism, which then transmuted into a cell, which then developed into a physical being.
When he passed away, we cremated his body, where he was reduced back to being the size of a microorganism, and finally returned back to his original natural source.
Though the body comes and goes in a transient manner, our inner being (comprising love, feelings, emotions, memories, intelligence, ego, mind etc) remain eternal. Our inner being is the true essence of whom we really are, and no matter which religious or philosophical doctrine you belong to (Islam, Hinduism, Atheism etc), the fact remains, our inner self is nothing more than a series of energy vibrations.
Remembering Einstein’s laws of physics, energy can never be created or destroyed, only moved from one form to another.
Become Aware Of Your True Self
Awareness of our true inner existence, combined with the knowledge of the impermanence of the body, gives a grieving soul an immense amount of comfort and satisfaction.
Hindu funeral rites now actually prescribe that after cremating a person, you then read chapter 2 of the Bhagavad Gita, where Krishna explains the realisation of our true selves, and how the body is a mere tool to be used and then discarded when no longer required.
Grieving is never easy, and coping with the death of someone you truly love and respect can never be resolved by mere words alone. The days after my father passed away, so many people were quick to offer so much advice and wisdom, when all I really wanted was something to fill the void I had inside, without actually speaking any words.
The Beauty Of Life
By delving deeper into the beautiful knowledge of yogic wisdom, what should have been an extremely traumatic experience, actually become a wonder and amazement at this whole adventure we call life. I miss my dad, but I never feel sad, as in reality, he has not gone anywhere, it’s just his body which has been returned back home.
I truly believe if you were to follow what I have written above, you too will effortlessly sail through your current predicament and come out of any lingering feelings of sadness or loss you may feel. There is nothing I am advising you to do which I haven’t followed myself.
When Wisdom As Your Shield, Nothing Can Bring You Down
The yogic scriptures were never meant to be an encyclopedia of thoughts and tales, but a living guide as to how we could overcome any obstacles in life and carry on moving towards our highest destination.
Trust me, when fully immersed in knowledge, there is nothing in life that can even remotely touch you…not even death. Awareness of our true nature is the quickest and most elegant way to sail through life, as it’s only then, you realise that no matter what lies in front of us, it’s nothing compared to the power we have behind us.
Move forward with this thought and I guarantee your burden will be significantly reduced in an instance. The body comes and goes, but true love remains forever.
All my love,