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When Death Knocks

When Death Knocks

Death isnít about what I possess but about what I can become. Today I see myself as a child of time, but I may become a child of eternity. I see my place here on Earth, but I may be on a journey to the universe. Human beings have a deep intuition that our destiny is infinite, but we fear death because it tests our wishes and dreams.

We fear to be tested because if we turn out to be wrong, then all our aspirations feel empty. Dying isnít more real than any other moment, but it is more definitive. No matter how rich and gifted you are, death is the great equalizer.

For the after life to have meaning, it has to be fully as satisfying as this life. Bringing money, power, sex, family, achievement, and physical pleasure to an end is not a trivial thing. Much that we love and depend on will be extinguished when this life comes to an end. And yet we can bring something to that moment.

Grace, calm, a patient acceptance of whatís to come: These are all qualities that can be cultivated, and when they are, death is a test we will not fail. Our fault is not that we fear death but that we donít respect it as a miracle.

The most profound subjects–love, truth, compassion, birth and death–are equal. They belong to our destiny but also to our present life. Ultimately the goal here is to bring death into the present and thereby make it equal to love.

Adapted from Life After Death: The Burden of Proof, by Deepak Chopra (Harmony Books, 2006).

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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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2:42AM PDT on May 15, 2013

Thanks, very interesting.

9:34AM PDT on Apr 10, 2013

Interesting thoughts

5:23PM PDT on Apr 8, 2013

noted

2:38PM PDT on Apr 8, 2013

I'm not afraid of death or the afterlife, I'm afraid of growing feeble and unable to care for myself.

2:22PM PDT on Apr 8, 2013

Thanx

8:40AM PDT on Apr 8, 2013

ty

6:43AM PDT on Apr 8, 2013

Elaine, I couldn't have said it better! Thanks

2:06AM PDT on Apr 8, 2013

Thank you :)

1:09AM PDT on Apr 8, 2013

Thank you for the article.

10:14AM PDT on Oct 13, 2012

Thanks

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