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The Awareness Of Death Brings More Life!

Excerpts from a discourse

Gurudev Sri Sri Ravi Shankar

Time and life are such, it comes like a storm and swabs our mind. Let me put it this way: the negativity comes like a storm and takes over our mind and swabs us out. Hasn’t this happened to you? It does happen. Negativity just comes and takes over our mind.

Just being aware that this is happening itself is a big step. It is like an airplane having the facility to takeoff in spite of all the dark clouds. The airplane pierces through the dark clouds and starts flying above clouds. We need to put such a mechanism in our mind (of being aware). When negative clouds come and take over, we should be able to soar high above them.

What helps us to soar above them is wisdom. And what is wisdom? It is knowledge and experience, together. Wisdom is not just knowledge, it is not just experience. It is both – knowledge and experience that this is all temporary, everything and everybody is going to die.

If people only remember that they are going to die, they won’t be greedy, they won’t be jealous, they won’t be angry. The problem of anger, greed, jealousy, attachment, lust, etc., is there because we forget that we are going to die! Or we have never put attention on the fact that we are going to die and that all of this is temporary. Nothing is permanent. Now you can say, “I will never die”, and you go into philosophy, “Okay, it is true that there is something in you that never dies, but at least remember,

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