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Translated teachings of Master Patana

Death is not an end.

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A river never worries about its end, because it knows that once it merges with the ocean, it becomes the ocean itself. It never fears the rocks and twists on its way because it knows they are mere lessons that help it shape its course. Similarly, death should not be seen as a terrifying end but rather as a transformation, a transition to a different form of existence, a different expression of life.

It’s much like how the caterpillar undergoes metamorphosis to become a butterfly. Its existence does not end, rather it transforms. It goes through a period of stillness, a seeming death, only to emerge as a creature of beauty and grace. Death, too, is such a transformative process. It is not the end, but a process of change and evolution, a journey to the next phase of existence.

Just as the day fades into the night and the night blossoms into the day, our lives too are in a continuous cycle of birth and death. You see, we are not just the physical bodies that we inhabit. We are much more than that. We are divine energy, an eternal consciousness that can never be created nor destroyed, only transformed. We are not humans having a spiritual experience, rather we are spiritual beings having a human experience.

Just as how the waves are a part of the ocean, we are part of the cosmic whole. Our true essence, our soul, is indestructible, unfathomable. It is not bound by the constraints of physical existence. This realization, when truly understood and embraced, liberates us from the fear of death.

Death is only a shift, a transition to a different plane of existence. It’s a doorway to the infinite, to the unknown. It’s a sacred journey that every soul must undertake.

Do not fear death, but rather see it as a rite of passage. Live your life to the fullest, embrace every moment, love deeply, give freely, and know that death is not the end but a beautiful beginning. God sends hope in the most desperate moments. The heaviest rain comes out of the darkest clouds.

Just as sleep is a natural part of our daily lives, so too is death a natural part of our existence. Consider the cycle of sleep and wakefulness, and how it mirrors the larger cycle of life and death.

Every night, when we surrender to sleep, we let go of our waking selves. We slip into a state of rest and rejuvenation, where our conscious awareness fades. We enter into a world of dreams, which often bear no relation to the reality we know. In a way, our ‘self’ as we know it, temporarily dies. And yet, we wake up again. The world, once again, comes into focus, and we continue living.

This cycle of sleep and waking is a microcosm of the cycle of life and death. When we die, we surrender our physical bodies, just like we surrender our consciousness when we sleep. Our conscious mind may fade, but our essence, our soul, continues on its journey.

Death, like deep sleep, is a period of rest, rejuvenation, and transformation. It’s a time for our soul to reflect, to learn from our life’s experiences, and to prepare for the next phase of existence. When we awake from this cosmic sleep, we find ourselves in a new reality, perhaps even a new life. This is rebirth, the dawn following the night, the continuation of our journey.

Just as we do not fear sleep, we need not fear death. In both, there is a temporary cessation of consciousness, a break from physical awareness, but we always awaken. We always continue. And in this realization, there is peace. There is understanding. There is liberation.

Death is not a full stop, it is merely a comma, a pause, a rest before the melody of life starts anew. Death is the gateway to eternal life, it is the key that unlocks the door to endless possibilities.

When you understand this, you understand that there is no need to fear death. Instead, it becomes a profound understanding that can greatly enrich your life. Death reminds us to live each moment fully, to celebrate life in its full glory and splendor.

So remember, death is not the end, it is merely a transition, a transformation. Embrace it with understanding, with love, and with acceptance. It’s just another step in your endless journey of existence.

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