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of the Light Body
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Table of combinations = causes of Death
Death by Nikolai Kalmakov * Nicholas Kalmakoff * c. 1913
|Light Source P'taah||"When you die, you exit this time-space-continuum in a certain way to go back to the Void. And then from there comes the choice. But of course, the tricky part is knowing that the choices are already made and the other lifetimes are already occurring. And that is a difficult one to wrap one's consciousness around!"|
"Two only, among the forty meditational practices, are always and under all circumstances beneficial:
— Berthold Brecht
"Do not fear death so much, but rather the inadequate life."
~~ Raghuvansha, 8.87
"Wise men say that death is the natural state, while life is a change or effect."
The ashes of the average cremated body weigh nine pounds.
|— Nathaniel Hawthorne|| "We sometimes congratulate ourselves in the moment of waking from a troubled dream; |
it may be so the moment after death ."
| ― Old Path White Clouds 1926-
Thich Nhat Hanh
QUOTATION from (2003) No Death, No Fear
“The day my mother died I wrote in my journal, "A serious misfortune of my
life has arrived." I suffered for more than one year after the passing away
of my mother. But one night, in the highlands of Vietnam, I was sleeping in
the hut in my hermitage. I dreamed of my mother. I saw myself sitting with
her, and we were having a wonderful talk. She looked young and beautiful,
her hair flowing down. It was so pleasant to sit there and talk to her as if
she had never died. |
When I woke up it was about two in the morning, and I felt very strongly that I had never lost my mother. The impression that my mother was still with me was very clear. I understood then that the idea of having lost my mother was just an idea. It was obvious in that moment that my mother is always alive in me.
I opened the door and went outside. The entire hillside was bathed in moonlight. It was a hill covered with tea plants, and my hut was set behind the temple halfway up. Walking slowly in the moonlight through the rows of tea plants, I noticed my mother was still with me. She was the moonlight caressing me as she had done so often, very tender, very sweet... wonderful!
Each time my feet touched the earth I knew my mother was there with me. I knew this body was not mine but a living continuation of my mother and my father and my grandparents and great-grandparents. Of all my ancestors. Those feet that I saw as "my" feet were actually "our" feet. Together my mother and I were leaving footprints in the damp soil.
From that moment on, the idea that I had lost my mother no longer existed. All I had to do was look at the palm of my hand, feel the breeze on my face or the earth under my feet to remember that my mother is always with me, available at any time.”
If you are not interested in the subject of death, please do not proceed in reading this page!
This page deals specifically with the phenomenon of the human spirit leaving its temporary physical body, flesh-death.
If you feel obliged to continue that taboo, stop reading now.
|― John Steinbeck||“It's so much darker when a light goes out than it would have been if it had never shone.”|
| Q: Hello Barbara, |
You did a full astrological reading for me almost two years ago now in 2013. I had a quick follow up question. You said I would leave my body at the age of 75. Is that sort of thing set in stone? Here I am at the ripe age of 35 soon to be 36 changing careers ... to try and go to med school. I will be out of med school/residency in about 10 yrs. Madness especially if I am not to live too long. Not sure why this has suddenly been keeping me up at night but it has.
Thanks for a great question. No, the prediction regarding the timing of permission to disconnect from the fleshbody is not set in stone.
It is a default timing only, and default settings are always less powerful than conscious intention.
There are probabilities and likelihoods but there are also extensions and exceptions to the predominant pattern.
It is common to hear of people growing longer life-lines on the palm or returning from near-death experiences when they (suddenly) realized that they have important work to do.
If you're concerned about making full use of prospective medical skills training, and let's say you start active service practice in your mid-forties, then you might discover that the original patterns need revising because you prefer to retain the present fleshbody in order to serve longer. This happens often with great saints who seem to rebound from heart failures and catastrophically stressful physical situations, simply in order to extend the period of their service to humanity.
You can definitely extend the lifespan by the power of thought. It is intention which drives the process. Therefore the predictive patterns evident in the Jyotisha nativity are only the default settings. A conscious person using intentional thought is certainly empowered to override the defaults.
Medicine is a high ministry of service. Once you start seeing all the good that you can do in Seva, it's quite reasonable to expect that as a reflective, contemplative, conscious person would want to and be able to extend their default setting for purpose of extending the Seva.
Still, sometime during the mid-seventies, you might have a"close call" that serves as a reminder of opportunity. Basically, you can go then if you want to cross over the dimensional barrier then, if you are ready.
Otherwise, any person who wishes to live longer than the default is free to do so, and the usual fuel that sustains the life extension is a passion for service to humanity.
Wishing you every happiness and success in life's endeavors,
Barbara Pijan Lama, Jyotisha
| Q: Namaste Barbara, |
As a young man of 20 who has come to realize that I have a Jyotisha indicator for early death (Chandra in randhra-bhava) I must admit I'm worried about death coming too soon.
What is the point of having a short life? Why should I bother to set goals or try to develop a career?
It gives me a hopeless feeling and actually some times I feel angry too - like I have been cheated of a full life by some demonic force.
~~ Your faithful reader
Namaste, First of all, as you know, life is eternal = no term, no limits.
The opposite of birth is death; the opposite of death is birth. |
Life itself is not dual.
Life itself is not polarized.
Life itself has no opposite.
At the moment of expiration of the fleshly-container, it happens that the personality - with all of its memories, traits, intelligence, perceptions - simply lifts out of the meat-body.
Most people report a bit of a wiggle-jiggle as the last fibers which connect the dense physical nut (it is like a nut inside a shell) into the core of the larger etheric body do a gentle twist-about and the silver cord snaps. Some compare the tugging feeling to losing a baby tooth, when just a gentle smushy tug allows even a child to easily pull their body away from the outgrown tooth.
It is effortless, instantaneous, and pleasant to suddenly feel light-bodied and begin to float upward. Most entities do stop for a moment, on their way up and out of the Earth bubble, to look back with affection (or not) upon their terrestrial home and their still-meaty relatives and friends.
However the experience of expiration (final breath) and return to the astral community is generally recorded as pleasant and relaxing. Indeed, the leading quality of the death experience is relaxation and relief.
There is absolutely nothing to fear and much to anticipate with happiness.
Wishing you every happiness, healing from sorrow, guidance by inner light, and success in all of life’s endeavors,
~~ BPL Jyotisha
"Trauma" means "dream".
Fleshdeath is a traumatic dreamlike event which requires a radical change of dimensional perception.
The material perceptions recede then disappear. Then the astral perceptions intensify - sometimes aggressively if there is unresolved emotion such as anger affecting the view.
Then if all goes well one can follow the clear light until perceptual arrival at the miraculous spiritual plane.
"Mira" means "see". (mirror, admire)
The entire process has been documented by visionaries in several cultures, and the instructions are available for those who wish to prepare, or to assist others on their journey.
Recommended how-to Flesh-Death Instructions:
IMO, some of the most accessible, compassionate, and practical instructions for managing the transition of self and others are found in the Tibetan Book of Living and Dying by Tsogyal Rinpoche and Andrew Harvey.
Andrew Harvey is one of the best modern spiritual writers in the English language. The instructions are traditional regarding the psychological stages of experience during the passage, but the recommendations for managing these stages are entirely modern. Highly recommended.
Q: Hello Mam |
I am from India. I regularly read your website to understand Jyotish.
Since 2000 I am under Rahu Dasha. From October-2015 my Chandra Bhukti will start.
On your website I read that For Mithun lagn Chandra is lord of Dhana bhav and for such natives there is possibility of premature death in Rahu dasha Chandra bhukti.
I am mithun lagn with Rahu in Dhana bhav. I want to know how much is the possibility of premature death for me....
A: Namaste, |
Thanks very much for your nice compliments on the materials available at barbarapijan.com I’m very happy to know that you are finding the case-studies and interpretive articles to be useful in your research.
In matters of predicting the occasion of the exit of the consciousness from its temporary attachment to the fleshbody, Jyotisha requires multiple pointers in order to make this prediction viable. Therefore while one possible indicator would be the onset of the bhukti of the ruler of either bhava-2 or bhava-7 counted from radical lagna (not usually from Chandra lagna – usually!) it is required that several additional confirming factors also be detected within the nativity.
If you are concerned about making a comfortable transition from habitual perceptual residence in a fleshbody to a state of weightless freedom and heightened psychic perception, it can be helpful to begin to educate yourself about the flesh-death experience and its next-step state in the resting station.
Most astral travelers report that the period following fleshdeath is remarkably pleasant and enlightening (in the sense of lifting up, past the heavy gravitational force of Earth). The experience is described as deeply healing as well as educational and validating. In order words, a very positive experience. In sum, a single indicator in Jyotisha is never sufficient to make a prediction, and fleshdeath is reported to be a very nice moment upon the cycle of eternal life.
Wishing you every happiness, healing from sorrow, guidance by inner light, and success in all of life’s endeavors,
Barbara Pijan Lama, Jyotisha
Vocabulary for Jyotisha Death
viSa (cf."virus ")
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Metaphorical or symbolic forms of death (acutely felt):
When Shani and Kuja are neither maraka rules-2 nor maraka rules-7 or if the supporting evidence from nodes etc. which would suggest physical death is simply lacking, it is reasonable to expect that as natural maraka they will create A symbolic type of death , such as:
Sometimes these metaphorical deaths are so psycho-emotionally painful that the person wishes they were dead, and they may be suicidal. But actual physical death has stricter rules than these admittedly painful "poetic deaths" (including death of spouse or divorce under period of randhresha-8 ). Death's strict rules almost always require the action of maraka rules-2 + maraka rules-7 confirmed by a temporal-malefic navamsha lord.
from: H. H. Dalai Lama, The Path to Enlightenment, ed. and trans. by Glenn H. Mullin
"The nature of samsaric evolution is not such that death is followed by nothingness, nor that humans are always reborn as humans and insects as insects.
On the contrary, we all carry within us the karmic potencies of all realms of cyclic existence.
Many beings transmigrate from higher to lower realms, others from lower to higher.
The selection of a place of rebirth is not directly in our own hands but is conditioned by our karma and delusions.
They who possess spiritual understanding can control their destiny at the time of death, but for ordinary beings the process is very much an automatic chain reaction of karmic seeds and habitual psychic response patterns....
Our repeated experience of frustration, dissatisfaction and misery does not have external conditions as its root cause.
As a result of this handicap, the mind is controlled principally by afflicted emotions and illusions. Attachment, aversion and ignorance rather than a free spirit, love and wisdom are the guiding forces.
Recognizing this simple truth is the beginning of the spiritual path."
"Who you are is awesome! You are grand and beautiful multidimensional spiritual beings who have created yourselves for the experience of this dimension of reality. And you have forgotten. Well, that is all right. It is all part of the game, the forgetting. Even the pain, even what you consider to be 'death', it is all part of the grand game, just so that you know that you are God."
Pay Attention to Mental and Spiritual Things
H.H. the Dalai Lama
The Path to Enlightenment
edited and translated by Glenn H. Mullin
"The difficulty with a purely materialistic interpretation of life is that, in addition to ignoring an entire dimension of the mind, it does not deal effectively with the problems of this life.
Although it is essential to maintain a reasonable material basis on which to live, the emphasis in one's life should be on cultivating the mental and spiritual causes of happiness.
On the other hand, if one cultivates spiritual qualities such as mental harmony, humility, non-attachment, patience, love, compassion, wisdom and so forth,
There is no need to enter the after-death state empty-handed."
-- Autobiography of a Yogi 1893-1952 Swami Yogananda
"It is foolish to be afraid of death.
No more repaired tires on the body vehicle, no more patchwork living."
-- Czeslaw Milosz,"Classmate", in the volume Second Space
"I asked myself why it is constructed so perversely: so that life is vague and only death is real."
"Gungthang Tenpai Dronme said:
The thoughts that in this year and month
I will put right all my tasks and plans
And then start a perfect dharma practice
Is in fact the devil which brings all downfalls.
The lack of death awareness prevents one from undertaking the practice of dharma. This is very true: If one is not aware of the eventuality of death, one will be totally concerned and preoccupied with the affairs of this lifetime alone, and with actions that are just for the benefit of this lifetime. Such ventures may take all one's time and energy, but no matter how important they appear to be, since they are directly related to this lifetime alone, their benefits are limited--once one leaves the present body, their benefit ends. Even though one might have a best friend, when one has to leave the body, one cannot take the friend along.
...Think that after twenty or thirty years even the Dalai Lama will also be no more. While I am alive, there will be people who are, from the depths of their hearts, prepared to give their lives for my sake, but on the day when I have to leave, I cannot take even one among them with me. Neither will I be able to take any of my possessions, even the body which I have always preserved and protected. This also will be left behind. At that time of my death, what will benefit is only the positive seeds that are imprinted upon my consciousness . No other factors will help at that time." (p.106)
Q: from a client in his seventh decade:
A: a general rule in Jyotisha is that the soul receives permission to separate from the flesh-body * anna-maya-kosha * during Vimshottari Dasha periods of the Marana-karaka-graha * short-form = makara .
Marana-karaka graha = the planetary lords of the second and seventh bhava from the radical lagna. A person who has passed the age of 50 is said to also gain liberation-permission during periods of 2nd and 7th from Chandra lagna. Your two maha-maraka graha = Budha and Mangala while the two maraka-graha from Chandra lagna = Budha and Shani. Budha therefore being a double maraka, in the era of maturity, Budha = empowered to perform the soul-from-flesh separative task
According to the Lahiri ayanamsha, Budha Mahadasha is scheduled to begin on approximately 15-October-1999 and Budha mahadasha will end in March 2002. The swabhukti of Budha-Budha is powerful to bring awareness, and your Budha occupies the 8th-from-Chandra .. So you are having a strong pre-awareness of a naturally occurring event.
Gochara (transiting) Rahu-Ketu often trigger a birth-death event. Rahu Ketu will be highly empowered during the period 20-Oct until 25-Dec in 2001.
Also as I'm sure you know, many people who have lived attentive and fulfilling lives do choose to leave their bodies during the holiest days in their folkways traditions, when family and the family's guardian spirits gather for celebration and feasting. Holy days might be Dasai in Nepal, Christmas in England, or First New Moon in China.
This psycho-spiritual"flight pattern" holds true whether the native is ritually religious or not; it is a subconscious response to the expectation of the presence of Spirit.
So, in addition to the prognostication from Jyotisha we might add the impetus of the period autumn-winter 2001 as coinciding with the traditional time of personal reflection combined with family-gathering that occurs during the winter holidays in the West.
You mention the feeling of wanting to complete outstanding tasks and leave the world better than you found it. Sounds good to me! Indeed, tidying up loose ends and having one's affairs in order seems like a good way to live regardless of the timing of the actual moment of death.
Death will arrive sooner or later; and at that urgent moment of de-materialization , the mentally calming and organizing power of Time will cease to have any power to control the flow of experience. Having lost our protective"Sherman Tank" outer fleshly shells, we can expect to be bombarded by astral overstimulation, which some say feels like emotional radiation - very extreme hot-cold pulses and very intense whirling emotional oscillations. It will be very valuable at that somewhat chaotic time to have at least some vague awareness that one indeed did everything within one's power, whilst on Earth, to settle one's own karmic affairs and make life better for others.
Thus it is good to use the mental-material tool of Time while it is still available to use.
As they say, Time is what keeps things from happening all at once! As soon as the Time factor (Shani) is eliminated, multiple streams of experience are said to converge upon the native, particularly those flowing from frustrated or unresolved relationship expectations. When the lava flow of hot-cold-angry-crazy emotions and a parade of Hungry Ghosts (for example, ex-wives!) starts exploding with vivid and inescapable emotional intensity, one will very much wish that Time was available to make us a nice calendar with breaks for sleep, regular meals, a work schedule etc. But no! No experience of Time or Gravity is available after death! No day and night, up vs down, old and young, awake vs asleep... Thus with Time as with everything else, we don't know what we've got til it's gone!
The most important pre-departure task seems to be forgiveness: the release of any lingering accusations, bitterness, or blame. 14th Dalai Lama 1935- Policy of Kindness Tenzing Gyatso often quotes Buddhagosa , who says:
So perhaps it is a good time to start thinking of"a few things to get in order" :)
Wishing you best success in life and death (and life and death and life and death ...)
Sincerely, Barbara Pijan Lama, Jyotisha
As an astrologer and an incarnate human, I recommend intelligent preparation for flesh-death.
Since very few people in our era possess the spiritual knowledge necessary to transcend physical death, the answer to death questions for most of us is not if but when.
Without death, things would get pretty stale, pretty quickly!
All the major religious traditions offer time-tested wisdom on the death process.
Within the world's religious literature on death, certain texts are particularly accessible.
Jyotisha treats human death with the respect and admiration due an awesomely creative life force.
This page offers a tiny snippet of what Vedic astrology tells us about death and rebirth:
Timing of Physical Death by Maraka Graha:
fleshdeath of body-shell, the musculature, blood, physical coherence =
decease of Mother =
decease of Father =
~~ Bhagavata Purana 10.1.40
A walking man lifts his second leg only after the first has been placed firmly on the ground.
A caterpillar leaves a blade of grass only when it has caught hold of another.
Similarly does the embodied soul, following the course of its destiny, leave the former body only when it has caught hold of the next.
What is a Maraka Graha?
Marana + Karaka = Maraka
Maraka agents signify the act of conscious separation of the wtwrnal spirit from its temporary experience of containerization within the fleshly body.
The usual suspects: maraka 2 and 7
Chandra-lagna for Mother-figure
Surya-lagna for father-figure
The 22nd decanate from the ascendant will denote the nature of one's death via the nature of its lord, ( the humor, place et-cetera. ) Saravali, Ch 47, shloka 22
Periods of maraka planets signify death ONLY when the maraka planet is especially death-empowered during His bhukti.
the minimum conditions for death empowerment of maraka are:
Empowerment to effect death is most frequently created when:
Vimshottari Dasha Periods
Traditionally, the place of Death is generally determined by the Ruler of the Rashi occupied by the Lord of Navamsha ( swamsha ).
~~ Mahabharata, Vana Parva, 193.18
"To keep company with those whom they do not like
and to be separated from those whom they like
as also to deal with the wicked
is the agony which people with long life have to suffer."
Metaphorical or symbolic forms of death (acutely felt):
When Shani and Kuja are neither dhanapati-2 nor yuvatipathi-7 or if the supporting evidence from nodes et-cetera. which would suggest physical death is simply lacking, it is reasonable to expect that as natural maraka they will create A symbolic type of death , such as:
Sometimes these metaphorical deaths are so psycho-emotionally painful that the person wishes they were dead, and they may be suicidal. But actual physical death has stricter rules than these admittedly painful"poetic deaths " (including death of spouse or divorce under period of randhresha-8 ). Death's strict rules almost always require the action of dhanapati-2+yuvatipathi-7 confirmed by a temporal-malefic navamsha lord.
The lord of bhava-8 is not a maraka, per se.
Rahu-Ketu can signal tragic, premature or accidental deaths - but only when they occupy the house of yuvatipathi-7 or dhanapati-2.
~~ Das Goravani
"The death is the gift, not the curse.
The curse would be eternal life here on Earth."
~~ Bhagavata Purana 10.33
Two types of deaths have been considered the most coveted in this world:
The yogic way of giving up the body by control of breath and meditating on the Supreme Reality,
And the second of the brave warrior fighting fearlessly at the forefront of battle.
"The Usual Suspects " for timing of death are the"Maraka" or"Death-inflicting" planets+ dhanapati-2 and yuvatipathi-7 .
Uncommonly, timing of death may occur in the period of one of the"natural maraka": Kuja, Shani, or Rahu. These three natural maraka do have the power, with no other planetary assistance, to effect the physical death.
However, it is rare that a natural maraka works alone. Death is much more likely in a period of Kuja, Shani, or Rahu if these natural maraka also play the role of dhanapati-2 or yuvatipathi-7 in radix. In the case of Rahu, where He gives the effect of radix dhanapati-2 or yuvatipathi-7 .
Vimshottari dasha-bhukti periods of dhanapati-2 and yuvatipathi-7 , and occasionally periods of Kuja, Shani, or Rahu, signify the physical event of death.
Death is also more common when the bhukti of the maraka graha is ALSO the final bhukti of the mahadasha.
For example for Mesha Lagna a where Shukra being dhanapati-2 +yuvatipathi-7 is a powerful makara, the Surya/Shukra period where Shukra is the final bhukti of the entire 6-year Surya Mahadasha, has more maraka potency.
For a Mesha Lagna a nativity, if Shukra is yuti the amplifying maraka Rahu, and the Surya/Zukra bhukti occurs while simultaneously samchara Rahu-Ketu cross a key axis (radix Moon, radix Lagna a, radix nodal axis) then the likelihood of death is much increased.
Shani being the Great Separator, He must play some role in the death. If not as dhanapati-2 or yuvatipathi-7 , then He must transit the temporal maraka rules-2 or yuvatipathi-7 , or transit a key point such as Lagna a.
Normally there are four or five dramatic Jyotisha factors at work at the time of death. Except for birth, death is the most traumatic experience of the lifetime - so, reasonably, death indicators should be highly marked, and vividly suggestive.
Certainly, *not* every occurrence of the bhukti of a maraka planet will trigger death, because several necessary factors must occur simultaneously to satisfy all the rules.
Non-physical types of death:
cycles of self-destruction and rebirth
bhava-8 = "The Departure Lounge"
Three primary indicators for environmental conditions or circumstances of death = Not timing, just environment =
Look first to Randhrasthana for details of departure conditions.
Auspicious planets occupying bhava-8 or good drishti to bhava-8 usually signify a gracious or honorable ending.
Active Marana-karaka (short form"maraka") graha * planets
They don't always snap the cord between body and spirit.
Sometimes they weaken the will thereby weakening the psychic nourishment-pipeline silver"umbilical" cord which connects our psychic body to our flesh-body, making a flesh-body very sad or very sick.
Sickness shows that the spirit is ambivalent about staying connected to this particular cellular constellation body.
Prolonged sickness or slow recovery from an injury, is often spiritually required to bring the system"down for maintenance."
After the spiritual forces regroup and the physical body rebalances, the current incarnation may proceed unimpeded.
Near-death sickness has spiritual, mental, emotional, and physical meaning. A combination of prayer, clean mental health, emotional healing and good medicine, will often cure even quite severe illness under the influence of maraka planets.
There is usually no need to fear when maraka planets dominate -- but on the other hand there is healing work to be done!
Thanks for your Jyotisha advice on handling the loss of my life partner.
However, despite your advice that things can be expected to go fairly well in my remaining earthly future, I continue to experience a terrible sense of anxiety and grief for my irreplaceable loss.
Do you have any suggestions for my regaining my inner peace?
A: TongLen practice works beautifully to alleviate fear/anxiety about almost anything! I'm sure you know the practice from your Vajrayana background.
Breathe out the suffering of all beings.
The rishis say, one's karma ripens so that one may eat.
TongLen often helps one to step forward into the future, allowing one to eat one's karma and enjoy the meal!!
And because TongLen allows one to replace a narrow, relatively ignorant self-concern with a wider, relatively wise awareness of the suffering of others, it burns off karma very quickly. (Karma is a synonym for 'ignorance' or 'separation.' Karma gets permanently burned off when we transform ignorance into wisdom.)
So, any anxiety, at any time, is fair game for TongLen. Bon appetite!
Also, we often feel bitterly disappointed and even spiritually vandalized when a partner, parent, or child has died.
It may be very helpful to walk through an empowering forgiveness exercise, to forgive the partner for dying.
When Amadeus Mozart passed away, he was buried in a churchyard. A couple of days later, the town drunk was walking through the cemetery and heard some strange noise coming from the area where Mozart was buried. Terrified, the drunk ran and got the priest to come and listen to it.
The priest bent close to the grave and heard some faint, unrecognizable music coming from the grave. Frightened, the priest ran and got the town magistrate.
When the magistrate arrived, he bent his ear to the grave, listened for a moment, and said,"Ah, yes, that's Mozart's Ninth Symphony, being played backwards." He listened a while longer, and said,"There's the Eighth Symphony, and it's backwards, too. Most puzzling." So the magistrate kept listening;"There's the Seventh...the Sixth...the Fifth..."
Suddenly the realization of what was happening dawned on the magistrate; he stood up and announced to the crowd that had gathered in the cemetery,"My fellow citizens, there's nothing to worry about.
It's just Mozart, decomposing.
H. H. Dalai Lama ,
Heart of Compassion : A Practical Approach to a Meaningful Life
THE GUEST HOUSE
"...if we remain clinging to this life even for one day, we are misusing our time .
In this way, we can waste months and years on end. Because we don't know when our lives will finish, we should remain mindful and well prepared . Then, even if we die tonight, we will do so without regret.
If we die tonight, the purpose of being well prepared is borne out; if we don't die tonight, there is no harm in being well prepared, because it will still benefit us.
But when we leave the world of humans, we do so without a protector or supporter and the total responsibility falls on us.
We only have our own intelligence to rely on at that time, so we must expend our own effort in order to protect ourselves.
We must put strenuous effort into gaining freedom from the lower migrations, liberation from samsara, freedom from conventional existence and solitary salvation.
The body is compared to a guest house; it is a place to stay for just a short time and not permanently.
At present, the guest of consciousness is staying in the guest house of the body, like renting a place to stay.
When the day comes for consciousness to leave, the guest house of the body must be left behind. Not being attached to friends, the body, wealth and possessions is the practice of the Bodhisattvas."
Attributed to Mary Elizabeth Frye
"Do not stand at my grave and weep
I am not there. I do not sleep.
I an a thousand winds that blow
I am the diamond splints on snow
I am the sunlight on the ripened grain
I am the gentle autumn rain
When you awaken in the morning’s hush
I am the swift uplifting rush
of quiet birds in circled flight.
I am the soft stars that shine at night
Do not stand at my grave and cry
I am not there, I did not die."
14th Dalai Lama 1935- Policy of Kindness Tenzing Gyatso . (2002). The Buddhism of Tibet . Jeffrey Hopkins (Trans. Ed.).
"Cyclic existence means bondage, and liberation means freedom from this bondage. ...The causes of cyclic existence are contaminated actions and afflictions.
If the roots of the afflictions are eliminated and if new actions are not 'accumulated', since there are no affiliations to activate the predispositions of contaminated actions persisting from the past, the causes of cyclic existence have been eliminated.
Then there is freedom from bondage.
Some say that as long as one still has mental physical aggregates wrought by former contaminated actions and afflictions, one has a nirvana with remainder.
When these no longer remain, there is a nirvana without remainder.
'Without remainder' means that there is no remainder of mental and physical aggregates wrought by contaminated actions and afflictions, but The continuum of consciousness and the continuum of uncontaminated mental and physical aggregates still exist."
~~ 14th Dalai Lama 1935- Policy of Kindness Tenzing Gyatso . (2000).
The Dalai Lama's Book of Wisdom.
"Death is a part of all our lives.
Whether we like it or not, it is bound to happen.
Instead of avoiding thinking about it, it is better to understand its meaning.
We all have the same body, the same human flesh, and therefore we will all die.
There is a big difference, of course, between natural death and accidental death,
but basically death will come sooner or later.
If from the beginning your attitude is
'Yes, death is part of our lives', then it may be easier to face."
~~ Second Sex 1908-1986 Simone de Beauvoir
FROM HER LATER WRITINGS about her mother's death: A Very Easy Death
"I tore myself away
from the safe comfort of certainties
through my love for truth;
and truth rewarded me."
~~ Elizabeth Kubler-Ross
"It is not the end of the physical body that should worry us.
Rather, our concern must be to live while we're alive
– to release our inner selves
from the spiritual death that comes with living
behind a façade designed to conform
to external definitions of who and what we are."
Tsong-ka-pa and Tenzing Gyatso . (1987).
Tantra in Tibet .
Jeffrey Hopkins (Trans. and Ed.)
"If you are able to think about the meaning of cyclic existence in general and human life in particular, then it is possible to discipline the mind through religious practice which is the process of becoming peaceful and anxiety-free.
There is a story in Tibet about an abbot of a monastery who went to give a discourse. A fellow asked the abbot's servant where the abbot had gone, and the servant said,
"He has gone to frighten old men and women."
If you fulfill the value of a human lifetime through engaging in religious practice, then there is no point in worrying about death."
Love of Life
A minister, a priest, and a rabbi die in a car crash.
They go to heaven for orientation.
They are all asked, "When you are in your casket, with friends, family, and congregants mourning over you, what would you like to hear them say?"
Q:Hare Rama Krishna. Pranam Barbara, I read your article on death. Very interesting article on death. I have a clarification request for you. 29th row of the table presented in that article states that "in the sign or Amsa of the 8th house". What is meant by the Amsa of the 8th house? Are you referring to the 8th house in navamsa chart?
I read your article on death. Very interesting article on death. I have a clarification request for you. 29th row of the table presented in that article states that "in the sign or Amsa of the 8th house". What is meant by the Amsa of the 8th house? Are you referring to the 8th house in navamsa chart?
Thanks for your note - great question.
As mentioned in the table heading,
"This chart is copied in its entirety, with no changes from the original, from the generous Jyotisha offerings of : Sri Sarajit Poddar , Jyotish Guru, Sri Jagannath Center --
in item 29, I take the author's reference to "amsha" primarily meaning navamsha, since nava-amsha is the most commonly mentioned predictive amsha, but of course it could mean any designated amsha (portion) of any varga depending on the Jyotishi's viewpoint.
Best wishes for your success in Jyotisha studies,
Sincerely, Barbara Pijan Lama, Jyotisha
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Prayer of Saint Francis of Assisi
Lord, make me an instrument of your peace.
Where there is hatred, let me sow love;
where there is injury, pardon;
where there is doubt, faith;
where there is despair, hope;
where there is darkness, light;
and where there is sadness, joy.
O Divine Master, grant that I may not so much seek
to be consoled as to console;
to be understood as to understand;
to be loved as to love.
For it is in giving that we receive;
it is in pardoning that we are pardoned;
and it is in dying that we are born to eternal life.
Remember to Practice Dying
so that one may be alert and peaceful when the time comes!
He has made everything beautiful in its time.
He has also set eternity in the hearts of men;
yet they cannot fathom what God has done from beginning to end.
-- Book of Ecclesiastes * Koheleth, 3:11
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