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).

Love This? Never Miss Another Story.


Genoveva M.
Genoveva M G.2 years ago

I am not affraid of death as much as the moment of dying, the fact that nobody knows what is really like at that moment makes me feel affraid.
Also we are all dying from the moment we are born, it is just a matter of time, just different for each of us.

Norma Brooks
Norma Brooks3 years ago

I have had these kind of thoughts for many years and have actually struggled with myself trying to "feel" like my body, "feel" like my age. Often being aware of observing myself. I think I will give up the struggle now after reading this. Thankyou Mr. Chopra

natalie n.
natalie n.3 years ago

i believe that every living thing comes full circle, and it must continue to sustain life.

Lisa P.
Lisa P.3 years ago

Death is terrifying me, but I go through through life after all... Pretty good article. Deepak Chopra is a such a good reference :)

No B.
N B.3 years ago


Fiona T.
Fi T.3 years ago

That seems to be the end; it's in fact another start

Julie W.
Jules W.3 years ago

Thanks so much.

Patricia H.
Patricia H.3 years ago

thanks for posting

David Andrew Murray


rene davis
rene davis3 years ago