Pacific Northwest Theosophist

centered thoughts

October 1995

death illusion

Death, as some ordinarily conceive of it as a final end, is but an illusion. We are a composite of essences which interpenetrate each other. (St. Paul spoke of the divisions of body, soul, and spirit.) That which dies is but the lowest husk of our sublime constitution. That which is our personality also passes; but our individuality, our soul, survives to come into rebirth again. Beyond that, our spirit, our divine god-spark, sustains us through All. -- PNT

Sleep and death are brothers. -- Greek Saying

Those who are wise in spiritual things grieve neither for the dead nor for the living. I myself never was not, nor thou, nor all the princes of the earth; nor shall we ever hereafter cease to be. As the lord of this mortal frame experienceth therein infancy, youth, old age, so in future incarnations will it meet the same. -- The Song of the Lord

Our birth is but a sleep and a forgetting;
The Soul that rises with us, our life's Star,
Hath had elsewhere its setting,
And cometh from afar:
Not in entire forgetfulness,
And not in utter nakedness,
But trailing clouds of glory do we come
From God, who is our home. -- William Wordsworth

You will never fully understand death nor its mysteries as long as you concentrate your attention on the bodies in which this flame of consciousness enwraps itself. Follow the consciousness within you, become acquainted with yourself, know yourself better, follows this flame of consciousness inwards, ever more inwards, which also means upwards; and then you will no longer fear death. -- G. de Purucker

We ought not say 'life and death' but birth and death. -- L. Wright

Death is simply a longer sleep than we experience every night of our lives, after which the soul wakes again in a new body. -- A Student

Death is Change

There is no death! What seems so is transition;
This life of mortal breath
Is but a suburb of the life elysian,
Whose portal we call Death. -- H. W. Longfellow

There is hardly a human being whose Ego does not hold free intercourse, during the sleep of his body, with those whom it loved and lost. -- H.P. Blavatsky

In other words, let us constantly be adjusting ourselves to the eternal and to the real, so that no outer circumstance, be it death or any other change, can ever make us feel that we are losing hold on immortality, or colour with shrinking fear our thoughts and feelings with regard to an inevitable which is supremely glorious. -- G. Arundale

The Reality of Life is Life itself, whose beginning is not in the womb, and whose ending is not in the grave. For the years that pass are naught but a moment in eternal life; and the world of matter and all in it is but a dream compared to the awakening which we call the terror of Death. -- Kahlil Gibran

Yea though I walk through the valley of the shadow of death, I willfear no evil: for thou art with me. -- Psalms 23


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