Why Can’t We Have Certainty?

It's scary to admit doubt.I don't want anyone to think me less of a Hindu because deep in my heart I have fear. I wonder if it's all true. I wonder if I'm wrong and death will be nothing but an ending or an emptiness.Some people seem so very certain of their Gods and their beliefs. I wish I could be that way. I wish I could rest in the certainty that death is only a new beginning. But I'm afraid.It's frustrating that there are no solid answers in this life. We have no proof of any … [Read more...]

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The Moment of Death

When I was growing up I was taught that our thoughts at the moment of our death matter. That moment is the one that will set you on the course for whatever comes next, whatever kind of life you'll move to next.For this reason, I don't want to die in my sleep. I want to be aware and in control when death comes for me. As scary and upsetting as it may be, I hope to have the presence of mind to meditate, to think of God, and to turn my trust over to the universe, at the very least to focus on … [Read more...]

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Finding Meaning in Death

For a while, you're a lucky person who has never had anyone close to you die. You feel bad for friends who have struggled with a tragedy. You wish them well. You don't relate to what they're going through. You are the star of the show that is your life and these tragedies are subplots to your story. Always happening to someone else.Then one day death becomes part of your story.It surprises you; going from person who is good at comforting and caring for others through losses to being the … [Read more...]

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Heaven Is For Real

Heaven Is For Real is the title of a book that was written based on the real life story of a little boy who had a near-death experience. He apparently reported to his family that heaven was real and that he had met long-dead relatives. The book is now a movie and Brad and I were subjected to a preview for it when we were in North Carolina.I'm a little saddened that this story and the experience of this little boy is being turned into Christian propaganda. The book and the movie, from what … [Read more...]

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On Death

This might be the biggest subject religion ever has to tackle. Death as the ending of a cycle gives purpose to our lifespan and yet it is also an incredible unknown (and heading into something unknown is, frankly, terrifying).There's a lot that Hinduism has to say about death...Death is an illusion. Our real selves are immortal. Death is like going back stage after a show before coming out for the next one. Time is an illusion and all things that have ever been, are now. Death is … [Read more...]

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