Friday, June 12, 2009

Life is a Total Thing

"We may rationalize death. Seeing old age coming upon us—gradual senility, losing our memory, and so on—we may say, “Well, life is a process of birth, growth, and decay, and the ending of the physical mechanism is inevitable.” But that doesn’t bring deep understanding of what death is.Death must be something extraordinary, as life is. Life is a total thing. Sorrow, pain, anguish, joy, absurd idea, possession, envy, love, the aching misery of loneliness—all that is life. And to understand death, we must understand the whole of life, not take one fragment of it and live with that fragment, as most of us do. In the very understanding of life there is the understanding of death, because the two are not separate". Jiddu Krishnamurti The Collected Works vol XIII, p 185

**The above excerpt/paragraph is not to be simply accepted or agreed with unconditionally; rather it requires an experiential process of finding out for oneself. However it is most encouraging to think that by fully understanding what life (in "the light of day") really is, personally and trans-personally, one comes to know and understand, more clearly and with deep inner peace, what the other (mysterious & unknown reality) is.


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