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Death: An Inside Story By Sadhguru

You know what life is, mostly. But what about Death? Do you know what death is all about? What does it truly mean to die?

We look at death with single-mindedness. It is the end of life, so it is unwelcome. We don’t want to think about it and perhaps even look at it with disdain, not realizing that among all the “life” things, it is one thing that is sure to happen. This book not only makes us see death as an inevitable reality but also explains what it is exactly. And trust me, you don’t know what it is.

All of us have a fear of death. This fear can exist for different reasons, but an undeniable fear is there. Some people fear the uncertainty, some think the entire idea of death is unpleasant while most others identify their entire existence with the body, and so don’t want to lose it. Whatever your reason is, there is an underlying tendency to avoid talking about this grim subject at all.

The Indian civilization is steeped in spirituality. This deep knowledge about life and death has been passed through generations. In ancient India, this knowledge was imparted by Guru (teacher) to shishya (pupil) orally and in person. In this age, the medium might have changed, but we still have that wisdom and truth available to us in the form of this book.

Death by Sadhguru is a revelation. It will dispel your fears and fix all the misinformation and misconceptions about death. The book is not about religion and belief systems. Instead, it sheds light on how death occurs, how life leaves the body, and what is to be done when it’s happening. It also talks about how one should prepare for it during one’s life. Now again, it isn’t gloomy to be thinking about death when one is young. We strive for so many things in life, be it preparing to get into Ivy League schools, building a unicorn start-up, or owning a yacht. We work towards our goals even when there is no surety of achieving them. But death is one goal that sooner or later will get us, so why not be prepared so that we go in the best possible way.

Sadhguru covers a lot of technical and spiritual aspects of death. I think this book is one of the best places to learn about this unavoidable reality of life.

I took quite a bit of time to read this book to absorb what I was learning, but one read is not sufficient. There is so much to assimilate, understand and mull over. A book like this that has knowledge of such magnitude, cannot be grasped by our mind in one read. At least I can say that for myself. There’s just too much information that requires perceptiveness to be grasped, more than intelligence.

Of course, not everyone would like to read it because it’s not something to be read for pleasure or leisure. You’ll be automatically drawn when you are ready for this knowledge. Still, I hope my post about this book plants a seed of interest in your mind.

I can’t emphasize more, this is an important book of our times.

Keep Reading. Chao!


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