Death is already happening.

Whether you face it or not, whether you look at it or not, it is already there.

It is just like breathing.

With each inhalation you are born; with each exhalation you die.

A person who is really living is not in any way afraid of death.

If you are living rightly you are finished with death, you are already too grateful, fulfilled.

But if you have not lived, then the constant worry continues, ‘I have not lived yet and death is coming. And death will stop all; with death there will be no future.’

So one becomes apprehensive, afraid, and tries to avoid death.

In trying to avoid death, one goes on missing life.

Forget about that avoidance.

Live life. In living life, death is avoided.

In living life, you become so fulfilled that if this very moment death comes and the future stops, you will be ready.

You will be happily ready. You have lived your life; you have delighted in existence; you have celebrated it; you are contented. There is no complaint, no grumbling; you don’t have any grudge. You welcome death.

And unless you can welcome death, one thing is certain — you have not lived.

— Harold

We are all guests, but don’t use this beautiful planet as a railway-station guesthouse.

It is not a waiting room.

It is our home for the time being and it will remain the home
for somebody else.

Don’t be so miserly that, “I will be gone — after ten minutes my
train is coming, so who cares if I leave the waiting room dirty?”

Leave this earth a little more beautiful, a little more fragrant, for those unknown guests who will be following you.

— Harold

Alexander said, Yes, tell me your thought, what is it?

I answered, That the sons of dreams outlive the sons of seed.

You are a seer. I have thought so often.

— Mary Renault
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Float at the Gion Festival, Kyoto, Japan.  July 17, 2007.  Photography by Nobuhiro Suhara on Flickr

Manasa Devi, India, Bihar, Gaya District, circa 900

Goddess Tara
Nepal, 11th-12th century

Etruscan art