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Ponder on This by H. H. Shantanand Saraswati

“The fear of death haunts the human mind of even the bravest of people. Everybody, whether great or small, learned or ignorant, fears death; but in fact there is no such thing as death. So-called “death” is nothing but a natural corollary of the phenomenon of birth.

The only way to avoid death is to avoid being born. It is not possible to be born and not to die.

“Actually, the individual Self, living in the body, is immortal. It gives up an old body in order to put on a new body, just as we give up our old clothes and put on new ones. If we are happy to discard an old garment and put on a new one, there is no reason to be unhappy when the self discards an old body and adopts a new one….

“We fear death because, under the influence of ignorance, we have forgotten our real Selves. And it is this forgetting of the divine Self which makes all our troubles for us. It is not God who is the maker of our
troubles.

 
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