I may die today…


Some people might call me crazy for this thought but I got it out of this new book I am reading, Geshe Kelsang Gyatso’s “Transform your Life“.

So far I have only read a few chapters about Inner Peace and Karma. Also, I love the Buddhist thoughts about reincarnation. And, that if you don’t have fear, you don’t have to worry about your life….and your death. So by saying this mantra, that I may die today, I take off all the fear. But what is happening?

In our samsara, the rebirth cycle in which we are born to different levels depending on our karma and previous lives, we travel from one life to another. We wouldn’t remember any of it consciously, and re-birth might not take place for a while. However, the more stressed and fearful you are about the next one, the less likely you go from this life with a good karma – that is additional to everything else you might have done in your life.

By thinking that you might die today, you are not saying you will or won’t. All you are saying is that you should be prepared for it. So if it happens, go in a good matter. Be prepared. Live your life in a way that if you die today, you don’t have to worry or fear anything. Just let go.

I find this thought very comforting and helpful. It calms me down to think that if I might die today, there is no reason why I should stress or worry now. But on the other hand it doesn’t suggest me to stop living or enjoying myself either. But more relaxed.

I start focusing on the here and now rather than the future or past. I live in the now, worry less and of course enjoy every moment more than before. That combined with Karma means, if you live your life more intensely, each moment more than before, maybe with a strong sense of giving and helping, then you cannot really develop a bad karma, or can you?

And, by thinking you may die today, you take all the fear of it away.

This might be odd for some, but I really find it helpful. Do you?

Love and Kindness,
Volker

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  1. #1 by Natasha on January 29, 2011 - 15:35

    I do find this interesting.
    Yes I do agree with all that you’ve said, except for ‘However, the more stressed and fearful you are about the next one, the less likely you go from this life with a good karma – that is additional to everything else you might have done in your life’. As I doubt being fearful or even stressed about it itself is a wrong doing. But thinking of bad things brings bad karma. and acting out that bad thought, gives even worse Karma.

    Yes we should try to do good everyday. not just looking for good karma. but out of habit. to give back to society.

    Karma, is something we cannot escape. Its more like ‘For every action there is an equal and opposite re-action.” i.e. Newton’s 3rd Law of Motion. 🙂

  2. Volker Ballueder

    #2 by Volker on January 29, 2011 - 19:37

    Hello Natasha,

    thanks for your kind comment. I would agree with it, as Karma is difficult to escape. However, the more we do good things, the better it will be for us to move to a more precious life. Also, it is the fear of death that makes us uncomfortable most of the time, don’t you think?

    Volker

  3. Volker Ballueder

    #3 by Volker on January 29, 2011 - 19:37

    Hello Natasha,

    thanks for your kind comment. I would agree with it, as Karma is difficult to escape. However, the more we do good things, the better it will be for us to move to a more precious life. Also, it is the fear of death that makes us uncomfortable most of the time, don’t you think?

    Volker

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