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Life, death, karma

Whatever the kind of life’s journey, it comes to an end one day. But it is shocking if it happens abruptly and a little too untimely. Satish Kumar writes.

india Updated: Sep 20, 2012 23:16 IST
Satish Kumar

Whatever the kind of life’s journey, it comes to an end one day. But it is shocking if it happens abruptly and a little too untimely.

A youthful, bubbly and giggling Vijaya, our maid, did her work with great deftness and alacrity. Recently, when we were waiting for her to come to work, we were informed she had left for her heavenly abode. Shocking as it was, we were left with a great sense of loss and wonder why the good and the kind die young!

I experienced some introspection. We all know that death will come to all of us one day. But what we don’t is how, when and where. We want to remain alive to fulfil more and more of our worldly desires and liabilities. And death is the epitome of life.

Some more unanswered questions came to my mind: Why is it that some people with resources to enjoy life die early; and others with scanty means to survive, live a long but miserable life? Perhaps, it is here that the law of karma comes in.

When three persons tread the same slippery slope, why should one slip and crack his head and die while the second one slips, sustains only minor injuries and the third does not slip at all! How is it that after the occurrence of a particular event, the fate of a person is invariably changed for the better or worse. Our karmas are the root cause of our problems. As we sow, so shall we reap.

If you are scared of death, then make the wisest use of the present so as to ensure a happy future, according to the Buddhist way of thinking. Surrender yourself to the will of God and do your duties and don’t expect any reward, says the Gita.

And look at the positive aspect in every situation and stop worrying about the future. Attract positive energy and dispel the negative. Emulate a tree or a flower that rests gracefully in stillness and moves with the wind happily.