From the day we’re born we are taught to plan our life. To make plans for our future. But does that future not include our death? Frankly it amazes me that we’re so focused on how to live a good life that we often forget about dying a good death.
Ironically the only thing guaranteed from the time of our conception is our death.
“What kind of house do you want to live in?” “What kind of car do you want to drive?” “How many kids do you want to have when you’re married?” “Do you want to have a son or a daughter?”
The answer to all these questions is material.
“What do you want to be when you grow up?” The answer to which is always a something and not a someone. Some common answers are “I want to be an Astronaut”, “I want to be the President”, “I want to be rich”. We rarely hear “I want to be the kindest person the world has ever know”, “I want to be the person who puts a smile on other peoples faces”, “I want to be someone who can help others”.
We’re taught to have desires and not to be desire-free. Ironically nothing that our material desires get us can be taken with us when we die. A prince and a pauper die the same.
… Or do they? …
There IS a form of wealth we take with us when we die.
It isn’t measured in dollars or pounds and cannot be traded for anything of material value, but it can get you the highest form of achievement that this world has to offer – a rich death.
The wealth that we can take with us is our Aura. Our Aura our spiritual bank balance. The size of our Aura is directly related to the amount of Energy we have earned during our lifetime. Energy can be earned in many ways, one of the most common being Seva, or service. Service and good deeds towards other living beings (not only humans but also the plants and the animal kingdom) earns you energy in the form gratitude from those you have served. This is one of the reasons that you will find that nearly all saints throughout history, be it Jesus, Mother Theresa or Shirdi Sai Baba, have engaged in some form of service to others.
Another form of wealth we take with us are our Samskaras or impressions. These Samsakars comprises of the knowledge, the experiences and the qualities that we acquire, harness and hone through our lifetime. They may not sound like much but they are extremely significant. The Samskaras we acquire over several past lives become the foundation for our inherent personality in the current life. They are the building blocks of what psychologists classify as the “Nature” component of our personality and become the basis for our core attitudes and perspectives towards life.
In the same manner, the Samskaras amassed in the current life will pave our attitudes in future lifetimes. Samskaras can be both positive and negative. Some humans are born with a generous and charitable nature, while others may be more selfish or scheming by nature. Your mind is a tool that can help you strengthen or erase any Samskara previously acquired as well as help you imprint new ones. You can use this life to develop more positive attitudes and acquire more positive Samskaras. Someone born with the inherent nature for Seva will automatically begin life in a richer position than someone who is born with a selfish materially driven nature.
Just as a positive Samskara can become a blessing over many lifetimes, a negative Samskara can become a cause for grand tragedy. This is why dying with the right Samskaras is very important.
So the question we should all be asking ourselves is not “do we want to live the life of a prince?” but rather “do we want to die the death of a pauper?”
The answer is yours to arrive at, and yours alone.
But a word of friendly advice:
Let us think of today as our birthday and plan our lives with our death in mind.