Death Makes Life Possible
When you are a grandparent, you will no longer be a baby, a teenager, or a young adult. So when it comes time to go to heaven, which of these people is going to show up?
The person you are today isnít the same person you were when you were 10 years old. Certainly your body has changed completely from that of the 10-year-old. None of the molecules in your cells is the same, and neither is your mind. You certainly donít think like a child.
In essence, the 10-year-old you once were is dead. From a 10-year-oldís perspective, the 2-year-old you once were is also dead. The reason that life seems so continuous is that you have memories and desires that tie you to the past, but these too are ever shifting.
Just as your body comes and goes, so does the mind with its fleeting thoughts and emotions. When you are aware of being yourself without being attached to any particular age, youíve found the mysterious observer within who doesnít come and go.
Only witnessing awareness qualifies as that observer–it remains the same while everything else changes. It would be futile to hold on to who you are at this moment in terms of body and mind.
You are dying at every moment so that you can keep creating yourself.
You are not in the world; the world is in you. This, the main tenet of the one reality, also means that you are not in your body; your body is in you. You are not in your mind; your mind is in you. There is no place in the brain where a person can be found.
So when we say that the soul leaves a personís body at the moment of death, it would be more correct to say that the body leaves the soul. The body is already coming and going; now it leaves without coming back.
Adapted from The Book of Secrets, by Deepak Chopra (Harmony Books, 2004).