August 6, 2013 by Jerry Alatalo
“All men know in their very earliest years that beside the good of their animal personality, there is another, a better, a good in life, which is not only independent of the gratification of the appetites of the animal personality, but on the contrary, the greater the renunciation of the welfare of the animal personality the greater the good becomes. This feeling is known to all. This feeling is love.”
– Leo Tolstoy
Every one of us has seen the inevitable transition, what is commonly called death, of family members, friends or someone we knew. Everyone we know is going to transition to spirit. Every living thing is going to transition to spirit. Consider what a magnificent mind that created life and the great mystery of transition to spirit. When one thinks deeply about life and death one is left in simple, total awe.
As a certain amount of unwarranted fear becomes generated with any discussion of death, we will begin this conversation with a prayer.
“So live your life that the fear of death can never enter your heart. Trouble no-one about their religion; respect others in their view, and demand that they respect yours. Love your life, perfect your life, beautify all things in your life. Seek to make your life long and its purpose in the service of the people. Prepare a noble death song for the day when you go over the great divide. Always give a sign of salute when meeting or passing a friend, even a stranger when in a lonely place. Show respect to all people and grovel to none. When you arise in the morning give thanks for the food and the joy of living. If you see no reason for giving thanks, the fault lies only with yourself. Abuse no-one and no thing, for abuse turns the wise ones to fools and robs the Spirit of its vision. When it comes your time to die, be not like those whose hearts are filled with the fear of death, so that when their time comes they weep and pray for a little more time to live their lives over again in a different way. Sing your death song and die like a hero going home.”
It is very interesting to consider the process of life and death. The history of humanity has seen millions of attempts at understanding what the process of living and dying means. What is commonly called death has become the event that people fear more than everything else. Is death something to fear?
We know that it is inevitable for everything that lives. Some look at the transition back to spirit and decide that because it is inevitable it need not be feared. Some consider the transition as going home. Some think that we should think about death much more often, as it gives us a sense of urgency that impels us to stop procrastinating and get to getting things done. There is that old question: “If today was the last day of your life what would you do?” This is a very interesting question when one thinks about it. The question certainly concentrates our attention on what is truly important to us. What would you do if today was the last day of your life?
A similar question is: “Can you live each day as if it were your last?” We can say there have been many who have tried to live each day as if it were their last. God bless those who understand what the ideas and concepts behind such an awareness mean. These are the people who do not believe in wasting any time when they have something that needs to be done. They call that family member or friend now, instead of tomorrow. They write that letter to the editor now, and not in some distant future. They smile at the stranger now, and do not hesitate to bring good feelings to others.
These are the people who have decided to never again miss the opportunity to make a good difference, when and wherever possible. They are the people who understand that quiet time is also important, so they make time for meditation or relaxation. They make good use of their time. Once again, one need not exhaust oneself to use one’s time wisely. It is ok to use time for joy and laughter. Some think that sharing laughter with our family and friends and others is the wisest use of our time. You can use your time however you feel is best for you.
So what happens if this writing is felt by some, who have no desire for seeing a Heaven on Earth, as a type of threat to them? We are talking about those who are about service to self and not service to others. One sees through history those who have stood for unconditional love, and the creation of a better world, for some strange reason get killed. We do not have to name names as we are all well aware of the people killed because they stood up for love. It is very puzzling to try to figure out why humans would kill other humans, because they believed love was the answer to all of humanity’s problems.
Jesus said: “I raised him up. Sealed him with the light/water of the five seals. Death had no power over him ever again. I ascend again to the perfect realm. I completed everything and you have heard it.”
Perhaps our lives are to be lived in a way that we must risk losing our life to save it. How does one explain that statement in an articulate way? If one considers what we see happening on the Earth we inhabit, one must conclude that there will be a certain amount of disagreement with the idea of creating a Heaven on Earth. When one looks at history one finds events like wars which have been fought over material things like valuable natural resources.
When one considers that the most widely known assassinations were of those who were peacemakers, then the potential of such an event is thought about seriously. So what decisions are possible? One option is to stay quiet and eliminate risk. Another option is to go halfway with the effort to create peace, thereby ending up with less than full potential for peace being realized. The option to extend effort full force to create a peaceful world, where unconditional love is known by all, is the option that is both the most dangerous and the highest.
One way of looking at taking the most dangerous and the highest choice is to understand the meaning of Jesus’ words when he said: “Greater Love hath no man than this, that one lay down his life for his friends.”
We will share a little humor with you here, as the discussion has become a bit serious. We were on vacation and in a car with an old friend catching up, and the writer mentioned that it was perhaps his destiny to take on powerful people on Earth to the point where they would kill him. My old friend had a great reply: “You don’t have to do that right away, do you?” Guess you had to be there. There is nothing wrong with a little humor now and then.
There is a time for humor and laughter and there is a time for serious subjects.
The thought of taking on the effort to create Heaven on Earth is one which at this point in life seems like the correct choice. We were hoping to receive some help from retirees whose immense life experience would be of value to this work. As mentioned that has yet to occur so we will move forward. We hope that any words that follow will not convey any form of judging. We are aware that forgiveness is of utmost importance, as we are told to forgive our enemy seventy times seven times. Please forgive everyone for everything. Please forgive yourself.
Jesus said: “And he who shall find the interpretation of the words shall not taste death.”
Continued in Part 9…