Question: If someone makes an almost impossible attempt to save someone else's life and if he dies in the attempt, is this like suicide?Sri Chinmoy: You have to know the motive. The mother sees that the child is drowning. She may not be able to know that it is God's intention that she stays on earth and looks after her other children. Only she sees that her son is drowning, so she tries to save him. Then, if she dies, this is not suicide.
Sri Chinmoy, The soul and the process of reincarnation, Agni Press, 1977