Sadhguru looks at a quote from Colonel Munindra Nath Rai, who lost his life in an attack in Kashmir, and explains how only one who is willing to die can live life totally.
“Make your role so worthy in life that people applaud even after the curtains fall.” They say this was Colonel M N Rai’s WhatsApp status a few weeks ago. This little statement shows the depth of his insight into life. Only a person who is willing to die can live life totally. What you call ‘life’ is just a brief happening. There is no guarantee that you will not die tomorrow. An intelligent being will live with the awareness that it could happen even today. Once you are constantly aware of this, you will come alive.
It does not take enormous intelligence and research, nor do you need education, to find out whether you will die or not. It is inbuilt in every human being the moment one is born. At least by the time you are four or five you know you can die. So, it is not that people are not aware. They are trying to close their eyes to it. It is good to look at it with openness. This is something that needs to be brought into a person’s life early enough, not after death has happened. Because this is not something that you handle at that moment, all of a sudden. When someone has just lost a very dear one, if you now try to preach, you will hurt them even more.
Death is not a surprise. You must remind yourself and introduce this fact into your children’s lives very early. It is not necessary that it needs to happen in your family; it is happening to somebody or the other every day. Just remind your children, “Death is not a calamity; it is a natural process of life.”