Into the Light of a New Year
Perhaps a hard subject for a New Year, but it actually has to do with new and wondrous beginnings.
This has already been a hard Winter for all beings. It has been very trying, full of storms, and full of health challenges for many. Leaving us longing for Spring.
The number of folks I know who have passed away, and the number of folks I know who have lost loved ones in the last few months is becoming staggering. It is at times like this, that crazy as it may sound, it makes me feel better to look at how similar birth and death are.
When a child is born in proper time, we look at it as a joyous beginning to a new phase of existence, free of the confines of the prenatal experience. Would it not be so much easier if we could look at a timely death, when someone is slipping away after a long illness, or just slipping away after a long life, as the start of a new phase of existence, free of the confines of the pre-mortem experience?
The Yogic Thought on this: "The soul is neither born, nor does it ever die; nor having once existed, does it ever cease to be. The soul is without birth, eternal, immortal, and ageless. It is not destroyed when the body is destroyed."
~ Bhagavad Gita circa 3,000 BC
It all reminds me of Winter and Spring. I choose to think of all of those folks I've known and loved, as being off on a grand, new adventure ... heading off into a glorious, new Spring!!!