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An essay donated by Harjot Singh

Is death to be feared?

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Do you fear death???

We all say that life is sacred.

All love life.

Everyone says that once we die, we'll go to heaven, but no one wants to die.

The scientific definition of life is: the capacity for growth, functional activity, and continual change until death.

All fear death.

Once one of my friends asked me that is it possible that we become immortal.

It made me think of a story which I heard somewhere. The story goes like this:

Once somebody told Alexander that there is a waterfall, which has water of immortality. Alexander sent his army to search for it. After years of searching the army found the waterfall in a cave. Alexander told his army to stand guard around the cave so that no one other than him can go in. When Alexander went in and was about to drink the water, he heard a voice that said "Please drink the water only after listening to me."

He looked around and saw that it was a pigeon speaking. Seeing a talking pigeon stunned him. The pigeon told him that he drank the water of the waterfall millions of years back. He said that he was very happy at that time. The pigeon did everything he ever wanted to. When he has done all, he found newer things and even did many things which pigeons can't even imagine doing, as he was immortal. He soon got exhausted.

He understood everything he possibly could, but finally became exhausted and wanted to die. He tried everything from drowning to burning but he couldn't die, as he was immortal.

He said that at this moment he was very sad & couldn't enjoy anything, as he knows that he'll never die.

Alexander threw away the water & ran towards the opening of the cave, never  to return. He even got the waterfall buried so that no one should suffer.

It should be very clear by now that it is immortality that is more fearful than death.

The fear of death drives us daily. Have you ever thought that why humans want their own children?? It may not be the most important reason, but one is certainly the fear of death. Every human being knows from the core of his heart that he'll die one day. And the constant urge of immortality leaves him with no other alternative but to live his name through his children.

There is nothing to fear from death. It is because of death that we enjoy everything we do. Death relieves suffering.

Death is also as sacred as life.

Originally posted: 2009-AUG-04
Latest update: 2009-AUG-04
Author: Harjot Singh

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