“Death itself is a thought. All are afraid of death! To live without knowing your true nature is death, therefore all are dead. If you take yourself to be the body and mind only, you will die! When you discover yourself as awareness, the fear of death will not trouble you any longer. We fear physical death, therefore we also somehow fear life itself.
Like Ramana, you too can witness your own death. He welcomed the approach of death, embracing the attitude, ‘Let the body die. Let’s see what happens.’ The body became like a corpse, yet he realized there was some power inside which remained unaltered. In that moment he knew – death was a myth.
Years later, shortly before Sri Ramana’s body fell away, some devotees pleaded with him, ‘Bhagavan, please don’t leave us!’
‘Where can I go? I am always here,’ was his reply.
What Is remains eternally its unalterable Self. Yes, body falls, mind dissolves, breath merges with the air, but spirit remains – immutable.”
Before I Am