Death Has No Reality – Jean Klein

How should I think of death, and how can I cope with the experience of death?

Thought appears in silence and vanishes in silence. Something which appears in something and vanishes in something is nothing other than this something.

Likewise, what you believe yourself to be also appears and vanishes in silence. What you understand by death is really nothing other than a pointer to silence, to life itself. Death has no reality. But if you don’t see it in this way, it remains a stagnant idea in which you are trapped. As long as you take yourself for an independent entity you are submitted to karma. Let us put it another way: before speaking of death, ask yourself what is life. All perception is, only because you are eternal present beingness. This is the background of waking, dreaming and deep sleep. In living knowledge, in this presentness, the problem of death has no meaning.

-Jean Klein

From The Ease of Being, pages 32-33 

You can read more from Jean Klein here.

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