To be born, living, and then, dying, is no trifling.
Beasts are born, do whatever with each other, hence procreate, and then die. Ever a beast.
Were we humans to do the same, and no more, we too would be non-different from the common-lot animals. Is this all that we are - another species of simple animals? Who are we? Are we just some two-footed beasts, and nothing more? What are we? Where do we come from, where do we go? Are we just the body, or something more?
An intelligent person perforce, at some point of time in life, asks such questions of himself or herself. If one does not, one must. Otherwise one may well be dead already, come and gone. Without a coo, ever a cuckoo. An unsung life, its melody lost, sans a thong.
So, why the hell are we here?
We are here for Self-Realization.
That is, we are here to live a joyful life - by getting the Nature of Reality. To understand ourselves. Better still, we are here to "get" the Self - the inner "make" of our life, and the true nature of the universe we live in. In a nutshell, we are not here to be insane with ourselves, or be stupid with others; but to discover our true self - the Universal Self.
Now, the question arises, "How the hell do we get to know whatever all this is?"
Obviously, our normal everyday understanding of things just makes us simple fellows, if not simpletons. That is to say we normally get it only so far that we are "something" alive. And are seemingly but some sort of bumbling biological entities. Soon chemicals! We die.
Where do we go then, after death? In fact, how the hell do we get here?
Are we just a silly folly, here because of a little hanky-panky done by our parents?
Metaphysically, it is held by freemystics of a higher "knowing" everywhere, that until and unless we "get" the Self - our inner reality - we are born again and again, ad infinitum. As a lower, or a higher species, as per our karma. As a direct consequence of our good or bad deeds.
Thus, we either evolve, or we devolve.
And thereof, either we get a basic understanding of who we are, or we do not. If we do, we live and die not entirely a dumb idiot, but with at least with an inkling of and about where we are going hereafter - in the after life, and after death. Or we are lost. Live, and die similarly. In the embrace of Which Is, or lost forever unto what is not.
Simply stated that would imply that we either die knowingly, and peacefully unto the realm of the Ultimate Truth; or we live and die unknowingly, a simplistic superstitious myth.
Without understanding All That Be, we live-die sans closure.
How so? Well, analogically, it's akin the case of an adopted orphan, who, though adjusting fine with his foster family, nevertheless feels an inexplicable pang in his heart to find his biological parents. We have heard of, and read about many a case world over, wherein a man or a woman has searched for his or her biological family for years and years. Sometimes finding it, other times not. Seeking closure of some sort.
It is "closure" that we humans seek, in worldly and other worldly matters.
In other words, we seek answers. To all mundane, and metaphysical, questions that vex us. Lacking closure, that is, unable to get the necessary answer to vital questions that trouble us endlessly, most of us are ever ill at ease, perhaps ceaselessly unhappy. To the extent that we live and die similarly - never at peace with ourselves, or with the world at large.
Hence, we live-die a wrong, wrongly, or a wining wronged thing. Homeless.
Yet it may be said that even a religious nutcase could die happily. For, he or she could believe that a place in heaven is guaranteed him or her just because one has followed one's faith fully. Despite the fact that throughout his or her whole life, all one may have been doing could be merely being a bigot, a buffoon, a beastly bully.
Alternatively, an atheist may live-die happily too. For, unlike the believers, he-she may think we are all a nothing, come-gone a non. A bio-chemical something, maybe not even a thing.
Others with some different ideas about the Ultimate Reality, may well believe that they come from such and such place, and are going thereof, to their tribal god. And that the rest of the people are going to hell, for they are the non-believing lot!
Therefore, each of us is capable of living-dying an untruth.
Then again, it may be asked, "What difference does it make how we live? Knowing, or not knowing What Is? For, eventually, none escapes. And we all die, don't we?"
So, it may not be too illegitimate to think that one could just do whatever the hell one likes - good, bad, ugly or even evil. And that all gods are fairy tales of foolish men! Hence, we are all free to do whatever, however, ever and forever! With no consequences! For, there is no meaning to life, is there?
The Truth is nobody's keep.
It is what it is. So, what is the Universal Truth? That which would be true in all times, at all times, for all times, be it of the past or even in the future? Till the end of times.
From Self-Realization, the postulated Eternal Truth of Life - as known to the sages, yogis, sufis, and unbound spiritual freethinkers and freemystics of the world, especially that of India since the ancient times - in all ages through, every time, is this:
- All is One, Whole.
- Hence, in essence, all's one.
- Therefore, all life is One Life.
- The seen world is a transitory mirage, in One.
- ONE 'that' IS, is indivisible, ever whole, and infinite.
- Born of Infinity, all is forever an unending panorama, till eternity.
- This Forever-ness, from which all is seemingly born, can be known.
- "It" - the Ultimate Reality and Truth - is the birthright of all that is born.
- Hence, we, as human beings, in due karmic period and time, can "get" What Is. For, born of "It", its wholesomeness cannot be denied to us.
- This process is called SELF-REALIZATION. Herein, a blessed and a chosen devotee is "taken" to the Within. And in due time, maybe after innumerable births, one's self-essence is "shown" to be All That Is.
- Thereafter, the self-realized "knowing one", gets it - that at the quantum level, in quintessence, being inseparable from the Whole - the One in All is neither born nor dies. And is ever One, Whole.
- "Tat tvum asi!" - THAT YOU ARE! Beyond the persistent illusion, of the "here" seen mirage of manifest life, we are the forever-ness of existence. Come, nor gone!
Can this Oneness of life be known scientifically too?
Quantum physicists do point us towards this end reality of the universe. That all's an unbroken whole. All "this" that we see as "manifest world" seems real because it is a "persistent illusion". And in quintessence all's just energy, not "matter" as such. Therefore, what we value much "here", eventually, is not much!
Ultimate Reality does not differ much, scientifically or spiritually.
Though of course, like Max Plank, the Nobel-prize-winning physicist, the common lot of naysayers amongst today's theoretical scientists need reach the FINAL UNDERSTANDING that "matter" is "mothered" by Universal Consciousness! Hence, matter is not even energy, but "shakti" (power) of Self-Essence of an "eternally alive" Infinite Consciousness - of That Which Is.
Getting thus the Truth of Existence, we must evolve. From a beast sexing it up in creation and dissolution. Or with such similar imbibed mythical nonsense. T o the Divine Infinitude, that we are in spirit and in truth.
Thereby live, die accordingly.
Ever at peace with others, the world, and with ourselves.
And when time comes for the body and being to go, know firmly and unflinchingly -owing to the personal 'self-realization' of the Eternal Truth - that we, as Allness of the Whole, are never un-whole. In fact, in essence, are forever alive, un-dead, ever on the go!
Thus, it is an honour to be born, to live, and die a forever - Eternally Whole.