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Bhagavad Gita Chapter 2, Verse’s 27 and 28
“For one who has taken his birth, death is certain; and for one who is dead, birth is certain. Therefore, in the unavoidable discharge of your duty, you should not lament.”
“All created beings are unmanifest in their beginning, manifest in their interim state, and unmanifest again when they are annihilated. So what need is there for lamentation?”
The marketing behind yoga states that yoga should give us a better quality of life. The truth is, Yoga prepares us for death. Every exhale we take, is an experience of death. Each practice is an experience of death. Pranayama, Asanas, Yoga Nidra – All are a feeling of submission and death. Yoga Nidra specifically is a great example of death. When you “wake up” you’re not sure if you were sleeping, awake, conscious etc. Each time we chant OM, is a new death experience. Each recitation is a new endpoint of life where death takes hold. There is a beginning, middle and end, just like death.
Only one thing is for sure, we all die. We think about death, we know about it…but we never prepare for it. We plan a funeral, but on the deepest layer, we are never truly aware that we will die.
All spiritual traditions emphasize us to look at death in a holistic manner. So all practices we do in yoga, prepare us to die with awareness. All fears, anxieties, tension come out at the time of death, and that moment defines how we have lived our lives. Socrates, Jesus Christ and many more have emphasized this. Jesus and many others warned not to mourn the dead, as this starts a new beginning. The above verse from the Bhagavad Gita states the same. Death is certain after birth, and after death, birth is certain for them as well. This is unavoidable. Many times during deep practices such as yoga nidra, regression to past lives can occur. When we empty all that we are holding onto now, it leads toward knowledge of the past.
All of the practices will allow us to empty all that is not needed. All fears, anxieties, tension etc. and allow us to not only live a better life, but die in a more peaceful and aware manner.