This essay is an excerpt from my book The Way of The Karma Yogi
Meditating on death can be a great way to experience a sense of awareness and enlightenment, and work towards both our and other people’s happiness and well-being.
We have this life experience only for a short while, and we should make it a priority to live in the present without worrying too much about our past or our future. It’s wise to use our time doing things that are important to us and that make us feel good. We have all been given a golden opportunity of living a human life and we need to make a good use of it, detaching from ephemeral worldly pleasures and irrelevant responsibilities.
Seneca, the Stoic philosopher, also emphasized on the importance of meditating on death. In Moral letters to Lucilius, he writes: “You are younger; but what does that matter? There is no fixed count of our years. You do not know where death awaits you; so be ready for it everywhere.” He’s basically trying to communicate the fact that death is highly uncertain and we never actually know when we may encounter it. So, it’s best to always be prepared for it.
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