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To help ease the minds of the countless people who worry about death and dying, or the death of a loved one, a few things need to be explained.

First off, death is not the tragedy that everybody thinks it is. It's simply another part of life. It's just a transition from one place to another; from this physical world, to a non-physical world. Physical death is meaningless, it's arbitrary, it's a joke, it's irrelevant. The physical body is nothing but a temporary vehicle or tool that Consciousness/Awareness/Spirit uses to temporarily experience this physical world. The key word there is "temporarily". Billions and billions of physical bodies have died in the past, and billions more will die in the future. One way, or another, sooner, or later, everybody and everything dies. It's not a big deal. That's just the way this physical world is. It is a world of change and evolution. Nobody can avoid physical death. Nobody. When it's time to leave this physical world, it's time to leave. Do you know of anybody that hasn't died, or that won't die? Then what's the point of getting all upset about it?

We see our mother, father, or some other loved one dying, but the physical body you are worried about dying isn't even your "mother" unless you have the limited perception that the physical body is what she is. You are not the body, and neither is she. You are IN the body, but you are not the body. If you can watch the mind and its thinkingness, then you aren't the mind and its thinkingness. You aren't the experiencer, you are the silent observer. Spirit/Consciousness/Awareness doesn't have a sex; it's not male or female. It doesn't even have a shape. It's non-physical, it's formless, it's timeless, it's eternal, it's infinite. The soul is eternal. In other words, it is never born, and it never dies. It is a timeless foreverness. It cannot be harmed or threatened in any way whatsoever, so worrying about death is a complete waste of time and energy.

"You speak sincerely, but your sorrow has no cause. The wise grieve neither for the living nor for the dead." - Bhagavad Gita 2:11

So yes, sometimes the body suffers, but it really doesn't matter because that's not what we are. We only think and believe the body is "me" because we're unaware of the truth, and we're unaware of the truth because we continue to identify the body and mind as being "me" instead of simply observing and being aware of them. But now that you are aware of the truth, there shouldn't be anything to worry about. The body you see suffering is just that; a body. That's all, nothing more. That body is not your "mother" or "father" because you are not your body either. The real you was never born and it can never die. Never.

"You were never born; you will never die. You have never changed; you can never change. Unborn, eternal, immutable, immemorial, you do not die when the body dies." - Bhagavad Gita 2:20

"Nothing real can be threatened. Nothing unreal exists." - A Course in Miracles

"The real does not die, the unreal never existed." - Nisargadatta Maharaj

According to the incredibly accurate muscle testing (kinesiology) for determining truth from falsehood done by Dr. David Hawkins, the exact time of physical death is already pre-determined at the time of one's physical birth. The exact moment is pre-determined but the means by which is not. If one doesn't look after their health, then it will probably happen by malnutrition and degenerative disease. If one has serious negative karma from this life or a past one, then it will probably happen in some other "negative" manner. If one lives selflessly for the sake of others, then one might die for the sake of others. So the big question is what if you have another 20 years to go? Are those 20 years going to be spent in a state of suffering due to malnutrition and emotional stress, or is it going to be spent in a state of inner peace and well-being?

You simply live your life to the best of your individual ability, for the sake of others, every single day, and then there are no regrets, and there is no reason to fear death. When one lives a life of meaningful purpose for the sake of others every single day, one wouldn't even care if they died the very next day because there would be nothing to regret. When your physical time comes to an end, your time comes to an end. That's not your decision. That's the decision of God/Love/Universe. Nobody gets to decide when the physical body dies so there is no sense worrying about it.

Now this may bring to mind the topic of suicide. Well, to forcefully interfere with the play of life like that just carries heavy karmic consequences. To think you can simply end your karma just like that by purposefully bringing about physical death is another limited perception. Karma does not, and never will, end this way. One will simply be born into yet another physical body, but now one has the automatic karmic effects of that suicide that has to play out. The only way out of personal karma is surrendering personal will (including thinking and thoughts) to that of Love/Selflessness/God/Nature/Universe/Buddha/Self. This is what we call "non-volitional living" and going with the flow.

One physical life is just a continuation of where one left off in the last physical life. What you see in the mirror is your karma. Everybody is born into the exact physical body and life circumstances that suit their individual karma perfectly. There are no accidents, co-incidences, random events, luck, or chaos in the universe. Absolutely every tiny little detail that's happening is karma, whether it's individually or collectively in a group of people. It's all karma, all the time, and there are never exceptions.

"As the same person inhabits the body through childhood, youth, and old age, so too at the time of death he attains another body. The wise are not deluded by these changes." - Bhagavad Gita 2:13

Recommended reading:
The Bhagavad Gita
Translated by Eknath Easwaran