“Having been born as human beings, we must not waste this opportunity.
At least for a few seconds every day, we must enquire as to who we are.
It is no use taking a return ticket over and over again.
From birth to death, and death to birth is samsara.
But really we have no birth and death.
We must realize that.”
“We exist in Consciousness, and we merge back into it.
We are that consciousness.
This is called sadhana.”
– Swami Muktananda
“Death is not complete annihilation.
It is a pause.
It is like pressing the pause button on a tape recorder.”
-Mata Amritanandamayi (Amma)
“The body dies, but the spirit transcends
it cannot be touched by death.”
“Neither seek death nor fear it,
and when death comes to you it is converted
into a stepping stone to the higher life.”
“Death is but changing of our robes
to wait in wedding garments
at the Eternal’s gate.”
“Death would not be called bad,
O people, if one knew how to truly die.”
Thich Nhat Hanh
“Our greatest fear is that when we die we will become nothing.
Many of us believe that our entire existence is only a life span beginning the moment we are born or conceived and ending the moment we die.
We believe that we are born from nothing and when we die we become nothing.
And so we are filled with fear of annihilation….
“The Buddha has a very different understanding of our existence. It is the understanding that birth and death are notions.
They are not real. The fact that we think they are true makes a powerful illusion that causes our suffering.
The Buddha taught that there is no birth; there is no death; there is no coming; there is no going; there is no same; there is no different; there is no permanent self; there is no annihilation.
We only think there is. When we understand that we cannot be destroyed, we are liberated from fear. It is a great relief.
We can enjoy life and appreciate it in a new way.”
Dilgo Khyentse Rinpoche
“When death finally comes you will welcome it like an old friend,
being aware of how dreamlike and impermanent
the phenomenal world really is.”
– Dilgo Khyentse Rinpoche
“Tell your friend that in his death,
a part of you dies and goes with him.
Wherever he goes,
you also go.
He will not be alone.”
– Jiddu Krishnamurti
Jalal al-Din Rumi
“Goodbyes are only for those who love with their eyes.
Because for those who love with heart and soul
there is no such thing as separation.”
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