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Today: Yes, Death
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Bonus Quote: My life has been one great big joke, a
dance that's walked a song that's spoke, I laugh so
hard I almost choke when I think about myself.
Maya Angelou

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    On today's site:
  • We will be raised (2 Corinthians)
  • Death is not extinguishing the light (Tagore)
  • In the World to Come (Jewish tradition)
  • Our soul thinks of immortality (Sri Chinmoy)
  • To arrive where we started (TS Eliot & Teasdale)
And The Last Word: Bhagavad Gita
And now, the Last Word:
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For God who said, "Let light shine out of darkness," has shone in our hearts to
bring to light the knowledge of the glory of God on the face of (Jesus) Christ. But
we hold this treasure in earthen vessels, that the surpassing power may be of God
and not from us.

So death is at work in us, but life in you. Since, then, we have the same spirit of
faith, according to what is written, "I believed, therefore I spoke," we too believe
and therefore speak, knowing that the one who raised the Lord Jesus will raise us
also with Jesus and place us with you in his presence. Everything indeed is for
you, so that the grace bestowed in abundance on more and more people may cause
the thanksgiving to overflow for the glory of God.

Christian
2 Corinthians 4: 6-7, 12-15
New American Bible
Death is not extinguishing the light; it is putting out the lamp because dawn has come.

Rabindranath Tagore (1861-1941)
Bengali poet, Hindu monotheist, artist, composer, novelist, philosopher,
winner of 1913 Nobel Peace Prize for Literature
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...Finally, once humanity as a whole
has completed its mission of making
the physical world a "dwelling place for
G-d," comes the era of
universal reward
-- the World to Come
(Olam HaBa)...

In the World to Come, the physical
reality will so perfectly "house" and
reflect the Divine reality that it will
transcend the finitude and temporality
which define it today. Thus, while in
today's imperfect world the soul can only
experience "reward" after it departs
from the body and physical life, in the
World to Come, the soul and body will
be reunited, and will together enjoy the
fruits of their labor. Thus the prophets of Israel spoke of a time when all who died will be restored to life;
their bodies will be regenerated and their souls restored to their bodies. "Death will be eradicated forever"
and "the world will be filled with the knowledge of G-d as the water covers the sea."(Isaiah 25:8)...

The veil of physicality, rarified to complete transparency, will no longer conceal the truth of G-d, but will
rather express it and reveal it in an even more profound way than the most lofty spiritual reality.
Goodness and G-dliness will cease to be something we do and achieve, for it will be what we are. Yet our
experience of goodness will be absolute. Body and soul both, reunited as they were before they were
separated by death, will inhabit all the good that we accomplished with our freely chosen actions in the
challenges and concealments of physical life.

Judaism
Excerpted from the article, "What Happens After We Die?"
by Shlomo Yaffe and Yanki Tauber
Courtesy of
ChabadofBelAir.org
Death is not the end
Death can never be the end.

Death is the road.
Life is the traveller.
The Soul is the Guide...

Our mind thinks of death.
Our heart thinks of life
Our soul thinks of Immortality.

Sri Chinmoy (1931-       )
Indian philosopher and guru
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We shall not cease from exploration
and the end of all our exploring
will be to arrive where we started
and know the place for the first time.

T.S. Eliot
(1888-1965)
This English-American poet, in one of his more mystical utterances, speaks of all our
explorations of experience -- be it of inner life, nature, the cosmos, relationships, creativity,
knowledge, poetry, music, or art. In all we are searching for Ultimate Reality, the Divine
Ground from which all our lives derive. Eliot refers both to the perennial quest and the
return to the Godhead from whence we are derived and to which we will return at the end of
our lives. Returning to the Divine Ground after having been awakened by experience, we
understand it for the first time with much greater clarity, depth and joy.

Excerpted from "The Mystic Hours"
by Brother Wayne Teasdale
New World Library, 2004
The soul can never be cut to pieces by any weapon, nor burned
by fire, nor rotted by water, nor weathered away by wind.

The Bhagavad Gita (Song of God)
1st or 2nd century ancient Sanskrit text
Hindu