Death is something, which is sure and certain. It is as natural a phenomenon as is life. Every one has to die one day. No one is immortal. One, however, can not know the exact time of death. It defies the element of any systematic or scientific prediction.
In our day to day life we tend to undertake plethora of functions. Some may be to our liking. Some may not be. Yet, we perform these tasks as per our individual, family and vocational obligations. Some bring us real pleasures of life, still others land us in a horn of dilemma or at times, in deep trouble.
It is only when near or dear ones suffer and depart that we understand the relevance and philosophy of the life cycle. This necessary evil invariably creates a vacuum which is difficult to fathom.
Demise of an individual brings us closer to the persona of the deceased, provided we are in a position to correctly assess or evaluate his or her strong points or weaknesses, whims and fancies, or taste and preferences. No one is perfect in this world. One should not aim at being perfect or devoid of worldly pains and privileges. Our urge and quantum of accomplishment should be in keeping with our inclination, attitude and ability.
Sooner we realize the imminence and inevitability of death, the better. Despite the fact that this natural phenomenon emanates grief, misfortune and discomfort, it is necessary for human wellbeing. As long as we live in a given setting, it is well and good. As and when the call comes from HIM, we have to leave. Rather, we are destined to leave. There can not possibly be an iota of resistance.
Everlasting happiness is a misnomer. All of us are born naked. We retreat in the same condition, wrapped in a loin cloth which is bereft of any pocket. Meaning thereby, our urge or expectation for material goods should be strictly in accordance to our need. Our greed should not have an upper hand. In the ultimate analysis, we will be judged according to the goodwill we earn or the good deeds we perform, not on the basis of our ability to flaunt, assemble or accomplish.
We should aim to gulp, whatever we can chew or swallow. Any diversion or digression is not only unhealthy but same also needs to be avoided. Limited desires and expectations enable us to have a propensity to lead to a smooth sailing in a situation of turbulence and catastrophe.
After attending a cremation or burial, we are religiously reminded not to inculcate ill feelings vis -a- vis our fellow beings AND not to forget either the Almighty or death. How many of us actually follow these or act according to these teachings, is anybody’s guess? This is how life goes on till the time we encounter another death or a dead-end. Can we attempt to be courteous and decent or even pretend to be infallible?