94 – The Ultimate Transformation …

Why write about Death once more? Because unlike what we are taught, Death can be not only Beautiful but The Ultimate Transformation, and because we need to know this.

Under the promise of “eternal life” of organized religions, outlandish and hard to swallow as this may be, we still think of Death as The End of Life. Add to this the pressure of dominant economic doctrines to ‘enjoy life to the fullest’ by filling it, of course, with possessions, banalities, pleasure because ‘this is the only chance we will ever have to do so’. And so, this is how rational understanding has been suspended; this is how we are utterly confused and mystified when we face the reality of Death.

Nothing teaches us that, although our lives are a fleeting presence in the scheme of the Universe and an eternity in the scheme of the atomic particles, we are a transforming presence, nonetheless.

Nothing teaches us that, every step we take, advances us toward our inexorable dissolution and re-emergence into the unfolding Process from which we emerged.

Nothing teaches us that what we do with our lives, the significance of it is the measure of our re-emergence.

The Primordial Process from which we emerge is unbending about the dissolution of any form of existence, yet it bends to incorporate us back into its fold in equivalent measure to the significance of our existence.

Think of Darwin, Einstein, Da Vinci, Beethoven. How the significance of their lives – the measure of their insights, of their creations, of their visions – live among us, challenging our understanding, stirring us to wonder, expanding the connections in our brains.

Imagine how different we would be if we all knew 1 – that, although transitory, we are a transforming presence in the unfolding chain of Being, 2 – that we emerge out of an ancient and creative Process with the clear purpose to transform ourselves and our world, 3 – that our natural dissolution is but the gate through which we merge back into the ancient Process from where we originally emerged, but in equivalent measure to the significance of what we have done with our lives.

Death is but a Gate into the Ultimate Transformation.

All goes onward and outward, nothing collapses,

And to die is different from what anyone supposed, and luckier.

From Leaves of Grass by Walt Whitman

 

And when you have reached the mountain top, then you shall begin to climb. / And when the earth shall claim your limbs, then shall you truly dance.

From On Death by Kahlil Gibran

Revised November 2019   

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