Life and death are both processes of gaining more and more fresh experiences in the
progress of evolution tending towards the fruition of the wishes of the experiencer. Life is a
scene where the individual puts on the dress or the form of a certain amount of desires special
environment which can be fulfilled in the special environment afforded by it; and death is the
time when the individual goes behind the screen and puts on a new dress to appear in another
scene of life in order to fulfill another quality of desires which cannot find the required
atmosphere for fruition in the present life, but demand a fresh suitable environment. Hence,
when properly understood, neither of them is dreadful. Both are necessary processes of breaking
barriers and tearing the veils in the path to Perfection. To the ignorant man, however, both are
dreadful experiences. He imagines death to be more dreadful.

From "May I answer that" by Swami Sivananda (1987-1963). More Informations on Swami Sivananda: on the Website of Divine Life Society, Photographs of Swami Sivananda, German Pages on Swami Sivananda

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  • Life is the Self. Death is for the body only and not for the Self. Self is eternal and beyond space and time.
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