We easily speak of life, dreams and goals, but hesitate to acknowledge death. We live in a death-denying society, despite the fact that all of us will die, its reality is put off until the last minute. Whereas we do talk about how to prevent death but people are certainly uncomfortable to talk about death.
Is it too painful to discuss? Is it the fear of the unknown because we do not know for certain what happens after death? In a recent survey, posted on the BBC magazine, says, the british dont talk about death because they fear it’. One blog says that the cosmetic industry is all about trying to fool ourselves into believing that we are not as old as we are and this is one way of avoiding the personal dimensions of death.
Does it not make sense if we spoke more about it, then the material things that we fight and struggle for in this life could be viewed more clearly. And the true gifts that we have, love, sharing and celebration, would be put back at the top of our "things to do while I'm here" list?
Osho says, “Meditation is the only way to transcend death. Otherwise man lives in fear, lives in trembling, anxiety and anguish. Unless man comes to know that he is not the body nor the mind but something transcendental to both he remains afraid, scared. And if you are surrounded by death, if your life is just like a small island in the ocean of death, what life you can live? In such fear there is no possibility of life. Life happens only to those who know that life is eternal, that it is forever and forever, that you have been always here and you will be always here.
Meditation reveals to you your Buddhahood. It will not make you Alexander the Great, it will not make you a Rockefeller or a Ford or a Morgan, but it will make you a Christ, a Zarathustra, a Lao Tzu. And these are the people who have really known fulfillment”.
This issue of the online magazine aims to gather views on how to transcend fear and anxiety and go Beyond Life and Death.