Process of Life is Death

Process of life is death; one has to die every moment in order to live. Swami Vivekananda says; “The lamp is constantly burning out, and that is its life. If you want to have life, you have to die every moment for it. Life and death are only different expressions of the same thing looked at from different standpoints; they are the falling and the rising of the same wave, and the two form one whole.”

Swami Vivekananda says that struggle is the sign of life, and that the more we struggle the more we know. It seems to be a paradox that the more we evolve self-consciousness the more we suffer and the more we know. We are like mere puppets being used by consciousness which is seeking its fulfillment.

Hope keeps the flame of life burning in every living-being. So much is the faith of every living-being in hope that they forget the inevitable that is death. Such is the power of hope that a dying man hopes for a longer life and a sick man hopes for a healthy life. The biggest wonder on earth is that we observe others dying now and then, yet think that this will not happen to us. This feeling does not occur with just a few; it is the case with almost every living-being. Although we observe our body growing from being young to becoming old and we observe people dying, still we always hope against the inevitable. However life ends with death. One who takes birth has to die one day.

Dr. Mahesh Chandra Panda

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Dr.Mahesh Chandra Panda Date of Birth:29.02.1948 Qualification:M.B.B.S.,M.D. Retd. (29.02.2008) Chief District Medical Officer Bargarh Orissa India
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10 Responses to Process of Life is Death

  1. I am sorry to say Dr Panda that neither I agree with the title of article nor with the interpretation of Vivekananda’s words. Though it is true that every life ends in death and everybody knows it, but there is no point talking of death. Talking of death is pessimistic and leads to detachment from life. We should live as long we are alive. We must make every effort to promote life, happiness, pleasures of living and usefulness of our body to self and lives of others. Death helps us in getting rid of a body, when it can’t survive, but nobody on this earth is alive to feel death or have ever experienced death. Hence I never relish talking of death and only struggle to delay process of death till I find that a particular body can’t make a happy living. The words, “The lamp is constantly burning out, and that is its life. If you want to have life, you have to die every moment for it. Life and death are only different expressions of the same thing looked at from different standpoints; they are the falling and the rising of the same wave, and the two form one whole.” Lamp’s life is in lighting for which it consumes oil as living organisms require food. Dying every moment means the struggle one has to undertake to earn or for “Survival of fittest”. Waveform of life too means alternate transformation of living and non-living material. Let us enjoy the life as long as we can and forget death. Love to Snigdha.

    • Thanks Dr Goyal for his valuable comment on the article ‘Process of Life is Death’ that though it is true that every life ends in death and everybody knows it, but there is no point talking of death. Talking of death is pessimistic and leads to detachment from life. We should live as long we are alive.

  2. Dr Binod Bihari Naik says:

    Respected Sir,

    Your statement of process of life is death may be correct but here my perception differs to some extent. I feel myself is life and has no death at all.But it depends upon understanding. Literally also it is very clear that: Life is love that illumines the cycle of birth &death and have faith of that energy love. As energy is never exhaustable or perishable but pushable for purposeful of God’s creation; hence it is eternal.So I may not hesitate to mention the process of life is death doesn’t halt but rather to say begins with birth, a continuous process till the energy source becomes transparent and unsullied. But questions arise, how is it possible? Answer is very simple inwards that is clarity of mind and charity in heart and discipline at body level.Though it is out of present topic yet my intellect imbued here that by constant sadhana life is realised and released from entangle of birth and death.As such life is independent,fearless and desireless so to say even wireless…an ever illumine one.

    With regards and thanks
    Your Divine Brother
    Dr Binod Bihari Naik
    Bargarh, Odhisa

  3. Dhandapani Muthuswamy says:

    “One has to die every moment in order to live.” This line only makes different meaning . Death, birth, life and living are huge subjects and can’t be discussed shortly. But the posting is valuable one. Thanks for sharing the post Dr Pandaji.

  4. V Chandra Sekhar says:

    Namaste Dr.Pandaji,

    I have read with great interest your article “Process of Life is Death”. You have summed up the gist of the entire article in your concluding sentence that one who is born has to eventually face the process of dying from which there is no escape.

    Regards
    Sekhar

  5. Prakash Padhan says:

    Respected Sir,

    Art of dying is necessary as like as art of living. Age is dying in every moment. Bhagvad Gita says- jatasya hi dhrubo mrutyu…Death is inevitable. But we shouldn’t fear to die as in Gitanjali of Rabindranath Tagore- jabar dine ei kathati janiye jena jai,ei khane sesh karen jadi sesh karen din taai…Our only journey is towards cremation ground. That is the ultimate truth.

    Prakash

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