Dying Is Not Old Fashioned

Veronica Entwislte - dying

Dying… it never goes out of fashion. We all do it, and for those of us who believe in the Eastern concept of reincarnation, we do it over and over and over again. I often cogitate – Why is it so scary? Why is death the ultimate threat if we do it all the time?

We know we are a limited species, GMO’d in fact. Initially our ancestors programmed us to survive. Then genetic possibilities that could help us to raise the quality of our lives arose. Lifetimes that were once shorter and filled with violence and the fight or flight mentality merged with other more peaceful ways of living. This created a community awareness that gave way to a more agrarian society with housing, villages, towns, and countries. The power to survive sometimes became the power to control resources that we didn’t want to share.

Lifetimes of scrabbling through the ruckus of civilizations taught us bits and pieces en route to realizing ourselves. The fight for resources and the cultivation of ourselves is an odd, if not fascinating dance of ambition to attain a state of peaceful self-realization, and gain access to our wild infinite eternal being.

As we popped off the planet over and over again, different religions have developed through us, through our cultures, and through our lineages. They came through visitations, visions, and our rapport with unseen beings from other dimensions. Apparently we were instructed on right and wrong though history by Caine and Abel, our first famous set of wrangling brothers. Caine killed Abel over resources (or so says the legend) and by doing so the lesson of right and wrong were apparently texted into our DNA forever. Seeds of dissonance such as this are widely sewn through ancient tomes like the Bible.

The Bhagavad Gita, a teaching spiritual epic, puts integrity and spiritual balance at the helm. It is not about life and death, it is about whether we live out our dharma, or personal soul purpose, and whether or not we can feel love no matter how many of the seven deadly sins we are experiencing. Can we feel love? Can we find happiness? Can we develop compassion?

I often re-listen to an interview I conducted with Jack Hawley way back in March of 2011 (recently available on my podcast) where we discussed his book The Bhagavad Gita: A Walkthrough for Westerners and the rich studies of the Bhagavad Gita – an 8,000 (ish) year old spiritual teaching tool. The interview lifts me every time I hear it, presenting the challenges that come along with facing life and death, and living for justice, for love, for the greater good. It’s the stuff we take with us when we all go through that mortal portal.

8000 years after Bhagavad Gita …not much has changed

Here I sit at the Community Co-op cogitating the promise of the 2012 Shift… or is that promise just a rumor? Hmmm… good question. I think about how life is full of subjectivity as I listen to the expensive marketing meant to design our beliefs, desperately fighting for our attention, trying to invade the truth of our own collective thinking. I marvel at this idea.

I marvel that the artists of the world have the courage to unfold their lines and colors unto the world – in their own unique ways. I marvel at creators and mothers with the strength to stand by their rules and intentions. I marvel that we have the courage to stand strong in the face of the opposition.

We are all one – one amazingly faceted being. Just think of that inner pulse, the Divinity, the core of all creation sustaining us. Yet we fuss and fight for “the way” so we can be “secure” against so many others. We buy into the popular mind. My Dad used to refer to battles that were hidden as “pigs fighting in a gunny sack!” I chuckle as I imagine my preferences and emotional reactions to competition and other forms of comparisons that push and pull our peace away from the gunny sack. The pigs inside are our reactions to the world.

Then thoughts of the Bhagavad Gita arise, that marvelous ancient epic of the battle between Arjuna, the warrior with consciousness and his avatar friend Krishna. It became the popular teaching tool 8,000 years ago or so and finally committed to written word about 4,000 years later. As I read it in a distillation, The Bhagavad Gita: A Walkthrough for Westerners, written for greater understanding by Sai Baba devotee Jack Hawley, I am mesmerized that today nothing is externally different, except for maybe electronics and the speed and extent of certain deceptions. But the fight was always truly Arjuna’s. It was he who led the battle against those who felt inclined to take all the money and resources for themselves, Remember people, mortgage swindles. There is far more power in the world than the power granted by the possession of wealth. Arjunas understood that.

But the real battle for a warrior, as it is explained, “…is against evil, greed, cruelty, hate and jealousy,” and “…a mutuality of existence with all other beings.”

Hmmmmm….nothing has changed. I love to muse that the inner journey is really all we have, whether you are the conquered or the conqueror, there is no difference.