Meditation on Death

Death is inevitable. And everyday is a day nearer to death. It will come. The whole world seems to conspire to make us all forget this reality. But everything does have an end. And that is what grace gave me today- an awareness of death.

If death is inevitable then nothing remains forever – not power, not wealth, not fame, not loved ones, not ideas, not ideologies. Perhaps it is true that the secret is not in living but in dying.

The guru Anthony De Mello has this one exercise about death. In this exercise, he asks the retreatant to imagine going to one’s wake and then listening to the eulogies. He asks the retreatant to look and listen carefully. To look at the persons present and to listen to what people are saying. It is a good exercise. De Mello promises that if one undergoes such meditation, one will be in touch with one’s ultimate values.

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