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Dance with death

Make the idea of death a part of your daily consciousness and be more humane. The idea of death comes as a 'policing factor' in one's life and one tries to be as good as possible under one's control and sensibility. PP Wangchuk writes.

india Updated: Jun 11, 2012 22:43 IST
PP Wangchuk

Make the idea of death a part of your daily consciousness and be more humane. The idea of death comes as a 'policing factor' in one's life and one tries to be as good as possible under one's control and sensibility.

A recent study backs up this idea. Awareness of death on a day-to-day basis could be indeed of great use in ushering in positive vibes and hence keeps one happier and in control.

Titled, 'When Death is Good for Life', it says a subtle awareness of death on a daily basis could be a promoter of overall well-being. It strengthens the Buddha's message that awareness of death can make one more compassionate with a greater sense for tolerance, brotherhood and equality.

Published in Personality and Social Psychology Review, the study says consciousness to the idea of impermanence of life moulds the behaviour of a human being because his thought process is reshaped and that leads him into acquiring good thoughts and delivering good action.

Calling it "dance with death", the study says it can be a "delicate but potentially elegant stride towards living a good life." When the idea of the impermanence of life sinks into your mind and soul, you take it (death) and face it positively because you will be welcoming it as a process of regeneration and not as a terrifying end! And for those who have been getting hell in this life, any kind of regeneration could be a blessing - and sooner the better.

Those of you who have read L M Montgomery's famous book, 'The Blue Castle', will remember this immortal line, "Who would endure life if it were not for the hope of death."

Maybe, a bit stretched to the extreme, but this kind of attitude fits into the scheme of things for those who are fed up of this life for whatever the reason. If one is sure that his/her life hereafter is going to be a damn good one, why the need to be here a day longer! The sooner one exits, the better.