Death is not the end.
Death can never be the end.
Death is the road.
Life is the traveller.
The soul is the guide.
We come from the infinite Life, the Life Divine. This infinite Life stays on earth for a short span of time. After a while, this Life again passes through the corridor of death. When we enter this corridor, the soul leaves the body and goes back to the soul’s region. There the soul will regain the Eternal Life, the Life Divine, which existed before birth, which exists between birth and death, which exists in death and, at the same time, goes beyond death.
Life and death are like two rooms; going from life to death is like going from one room to the other. Life is our living room and death is our bedroom. In our living room, we have to work and be active and show ourselves. In our bedroom, we take rest, we sleep. There we do not have to show our existence to anybody; we are only for ourselves.
A spiritual person knows that death is not an extinction. It is only a long or short rest. Again and again we shall have to come back into the world. We have to work for God here on earth. We have to realise the Highest here on earth. We have to fulfil the Highest here on earth. God will not allow us to waste or squander the potentialities and possibilities of the soul. Impossible.
Kipling’s immortal utterance runs:
They will come back, come back again, As long as the red Earth rolls. He never wasted a leaf or a tree. Do you think He would squander souls?
The soul does not die. We know that we are eternal. We have come from God, we are in God, we are growing into God, and we are going to fulfil God.
When the soul leaves the body, it takes with it the quintessence of the experiences that the body, vital, mind and heart had in this present life.
The body dies, but not the soul. The body sleeps, the soul flies. Let us recollect the soul-stirring words of the Bhagavad Gita:
Weapons cannot cleave the soul, Nor fire consume it, Nor water drench it, Nor wind dry it.
Life for each individual is an act of inspiration and revelation. Life is an experience; even so is death. Our human life is God’s sacred flame mounting towards the highest Source. Human death, the so-called death, is a secret play of God’s Will.
Before death, life is a seeker.
After death, the same life becomes a dreamer.
Before death, life struggles and strives for perfection.
After death, the same life rests and enjoys the divine bliss with the soul.
Before death, life is God’s Promise.
After death, life is God’s inner Assurance.
The Upanishads offer to humanity an unparalleled prayer:
Lead me from the unreal to the Real. Lead me from darkness to Light. Lead me from death to Immortality.
The unreal is the frown of death; the Real is the song of Immortality. Darkness is the colossal pride of death; Light is the life of the illumining and perfecting power of Immortality. Death is the message of nothingness. Immortality is the message of humanity’s liberated oneness with Divinity’s transcendental Height.