RYS 200, 300, 500 in Rishikesh
And when we understand this, then there's no time to lose... then we become passionate about how to spend our life, how to live. Suddenly, life has a certain importance to it which it hadn't before. The past years it has become important to me that I spend my time correctly, while before it wasn't. Before, I thought I had time to waste and now I know that I haven't; that to reach where I want to reach every minute is of importance and a human life seems all too short.
But as important as it is to realize our mortality, so it is to realize our immortality. It's not possible to be at ease with death as long as we keep on nourishing our attachments, whether to our own thoughts and emotions or to others.
That's why in yoga we're taught detachment. It is not to make yogis emotionally crippled, but so that we will grow emotionally mature enough to accept the conditions of life, to accept things as what they are and let go of that which needs to... that detachment is the only freedom there is and opposite to what one may believe, it make you more loving, more accepting.
For me personally, this has been one of the most liberating realizations on my journey. To gracefully accept that I will die and that my loved ones will one day no longer be with me, nor I with them. That the house I live in will have other people living there and my personal universe will dissolve, just like others before me have and like I probably have done thousands of time on my karmic journey of birth and death...
When I was younger, I would burst into tears by the mere thought of someone I loved dying... it created absolute panic in me, because I had not accepted my own mortality, so how could I accept another's? It was not possible. Become friends with death... because strange as it may be; nothing ever really dies anyway. Quantum physics have already established that energy never disappears, it just takes on another form, a new birth.