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Death As Timeless Reality

Death As Timeless Reality

Thousands of people have been privileged to catch glimpses of the reality that encloses space and time like a vast multidimensional bubble. Some people seem to have contacted this timeless realm through near-death experiences, but it is also accessible in everyday life.

Who you are depends on what world you see yourself living in. Because it is ruled by change, the first world contains sickness, aging, and death as inevitable parts of the scenery; in the second world, where there is only pure being, these are totally absent. Therefore, finding this world within ourselves and experiencing it, even for a moment, could have a profound effect on the process of sickness and aging, if not death itself.

This possibility has always been accepted as fact in the East. In India and China, some spiritual masters are believed to have lived hundreds of years as a result of achieving a state of timeless awareness. The new paradigm assures us that there is a level of Nature where time dissolves, or, to turn it around, where time is created.

This level is extremely enigmatic, even by quantum standards, since it existed before the creation of space and time. The rational mind canít conceive of such a state, because to say that something existed before time began is a contradiction in logic.

Yet the ancient sages believed that direct knowledge of timeless reality is possible. Every generation has affirmed that assertion. Life and death flow into one, and there is neither evolution nor eternity, only Being.

It has taken three generations for a new paradigm to show us that Being is a very real state, existing beyond change and death, a place where the laws of Nature that govern change are overturned.

Death is ultimately just another transformation, from one configuration of matter and energy into another. But unless you can stand outside the arena of change, death represents an end point, an extinction. To escape death ultimately means escaping the worldview that gives death its terrible sense of closure and finality.

Adapted from Ageless Body, Timeless Mind, by Deepak Chopra (Three Rivers Press, 1998).

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Deepak Chopra

Acknowledged as one of the world's greatest leaders in the field of mind body medicine, Deepak Chopra, M.D. continues to transform our understanding of the meaning of health. Chopra is known as a prolific author of over 49 books with 12 best sellers on mind-body health, quantum mechanics, spirituality, and peace. A global force in the field of human empowerment, Dr. Chopra's books have been published in more than 35 languages with more than 20 million copies in print.

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7:01PM PDT on May 7, 2013

Beautiful, timeless, beauty...

6:08PM PDT on May 7, 2013

I never see pop-ups unless there is a video. You can set your browser to block them.

5:57PM PDT on May 7, 2013

Thank you for sharing this alternate view of life and death. After seeing the interview and reading The Power of Myth by Joseph Campbell with Bill Moyers, and having several unusual experiences, I have developed an more open mind. No one can know what happens after the death of our physical body until we die. In the meantime, I intend to strive to live each day as if it is the last and savor each and every moment.

7:20AM PDT on Oct 9, 2012

timelessness, a standstill or loops of tangled webs liked in a tapestry.

3:35PM PDT on Apr 2, 2012

Hmmmmm.

3:30PM PDT on Apr 2, 2012

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3:24PM PDT on Apr 2, 2012

Great article yet again : ) Unfortunately, I am once again frustrated by your site and have caught myself not reading what seem to be interesting articles when I notice they're from your newsletter. The pop ups, automatic video WITH sound on, etc drive me batty! Otherwise, I normally have a couple of care2 articles up simultaneously to come back to when I have time. I'm closing all of them out because it's too chaotic trying to stop all of the automated processes when I reopen my browser with the saved tabs open. I feel so negative complaining, but I think it needs to be voiced! Thanks.

12:36PM PDT on Mar 26, 2012

For such supposed spiritual people...those of the East sure have a huge lack of soul to me.Don't they seem to just want to kill everything they see and eat it?They don't respect life.

9:46AM PDT on Mar 26, 2012

tragic for everyone

8:15AM PDT on Mar 26, 2012

Jane B. Please let us know what learned treatise you are quoting. You know, the one where you get your "facts."

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