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A graceful exit

Death comes to everyone. When does it shift into the neighborhood and when it plans to drop in any time for a courtesy visit, one never knows.

india Updated: Apr 21, 2011 23:57 IST
AK Bhargava

Death comes to everyone. When does it shift into the neighborhood and when it plans to drop in any time for a courtesy visit, one never knows.

Ever since I came to know about its moving in the neighborhood, I had been preparing to put up a good show to impress the neighbour and with a graceful appearance. Everyone knows death is a certainty; an event that cannot be avoided by anyone. Still, we do not like to think about it and prepare ourselves for this event that is sure to happen.

At some stage, it is the most welcome thing that can happen to some of us, when it is time to get a new dress and address.

The important thing is that when it is time to go, it should be a graceful event. One should start preparation for this journey much in advance. It cannot happen in the last minutes. Since we do not know when death knocks on the door, we should always be ready to put our best foot forward. We know that if our desires are not fulfilled, we shall get a new body to fulfill them. Hence, to avoid the next birth, one has to get rid of all desires.

Death is the soul or Atma merging with Parmatma. The merger can take place only if one gets enlightened; gives up the ego of I, me and mine, pleasure and sorrows of senses and putting our mind and intellect in Parmatma. Get detached from the world; soul is then no longer chained to the body and its bondage.

However, in reality when death knocks on our door, we are least prepared for it. We are not yet ready to go although all pleasures in life have gone and only the pain remains. We have not planned for it as yet. We plan for lots of things which are uncertain to happen but never for the event which is certain to happen. I have come across an octogenarian worried about the damage to his boundary wall by the ball of children playing outside his house. I am ready to receive my neighbour with grace.