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Today: Death, the Sequel
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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:
  • The Upanishads (Hindu)
  • Thich Nhat Hanh (Buddhism)
  • Cicero (Ancient Rome)
  • The Christian Bible, T. Merton, E. Holmes
  • Orthodox Judaism
  • St. Therese of Lisieux (Christian)
And The Last Words are HIndu and Christian
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Photo by Stephen Bowman
Just as a caterpillar, when coming to the end of
a blade of grass, reaches out to another blade
of grass and draws itself over to it, in the same
way the soul, leaving the body and unwisdom
behind, reaches out to another body and
draws itself over to it.

The Upanishads (c. 600 BC)
Part of the Vedas, forming Hindu scriptures
One day as I was about to step on a dry leaf, I saw the leaf in the ultimate dimension. I saw that it
was not really dead, but is was merging with the moist soil and preparing to appear on the tree
the following spring in another form. I smiled at the leaf and said, "You are pretending."

Everything is pretending to be born and pretending to die, including the leaf I almost stepped on.
The Buddha said, "When conditions are sufficient, the body reveals itself, and we say the body
is. When conditions are not sufficient, the body cannot be perceived by us, and we say the body
is not." The day of our so-called death is a day of our continuation in many other forms.

Excerpted from "Thich Nhat Hanh: Essential Writings"
Orbis Books, 2004
Thich Nhat Hanh (1926-    )
Vietnamese Zen Buddhist monk, teacher, author
That last day does not bring extinction to us, but a change of place.

Marcus Tullius Cicero (c. 106-43, BC)
Roman orator, political theorist, philosopher, writer
Bust depicting
Cicero at about
60 years of age.
Photo by Stephen Bowman
    St. Peter's Square, Vatican City: It is generally accepted
    that St. Peter was crucified, upside down, near the obelisk
    in the center of the Square, during the reign of Nero.
This letter is from Peter, an apostle of
Jesus Christ. I am writing to God’s chosen
people who are living as foreigners in the
provinces of Pontus, Galatia, Cappadocia,
Asia, and Bithynia.God the Father knew
you and chose you long ago, and his Spirit
has made you holy. As a result, you have
obeyed him and have been cleansed by the
blood of Jesus Christ.

May God give you more and more grace
and peace.

All praise to God, the Father of our Lord
Jesus Christ. It is by his great mercy that we
have been born again, because God raised
Jesus Christ from the dead. Now we live
with great expectation, and we have a priceless inheritance—an inheritance that is kept in heaven for
you, pure and undefiled, beyond the reach of change and decay. And through your faith, God is
protecting you by his power until you receive this salvation, which is ready to be revealed on the last day
for all to see.

1 Peter 1: 1-5
Holy Bible, New Living Translation
At the heart of the Christian faith is the conviction that, when death is
accepted in a spirit of faith, and when one's whole life is oriented to
self-giving so that at its end one gladly and freely surrenders it back into
the hands of God the Creator and Redeemer, then death is transformed
into a fulfillment. One conquers death by love -- not by one's own heroic
virtuousness, but by sharing in that love with which Christ accepted death
on the Cross.

...the Christian is one who believes that when he has united his life and
death with Christ's gift of Himself on the Cross...he has gained access to
the grace of the Holy Spirit. Therefore he lives no longer by his own
forfeited and fallen existence, but by the eternal and immortal life that is
given him, in the Spirit, by Christ. He lives "in Christ."

Excerpted from "Thomas Merton: Conjectures of a Guilty Bystander"
An Image Book, 1996
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Photo by Stephen Bowman
Jesus appeared after his physical death to show that the individual life goes on.
It is not lost. It is not absorbed. It continues as it was. No sequence is broken.
There, he said that which is bound on earth is bound in heaven and that which
is loosed on earth is loosed in heaven.

Ernest Holmes (1887-1960)
Founder of the movement known as Religious Science, aka Science of Mind
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One of the fundamental beliefs of Judaism is that life does
not begin with birth nor end with death...

The Lubavitcher Rebbe would often point out that a basic
law of physics (known as the First Law of Thermodynamics)
is that no energy is ever "lost" or destroyed; it only assumes
another form. Is such is the case with physical energy, now
much more so a spiritual entity such as the soul, whose
existence is not limited by time and space nor any of the
other delineators of the physical state...

After death, the soul returns to its Divine Source, together
with all the G-dliness it has "extracted" from the physical
world by using it for meaningful purposes.

From the article, "What Happens After We Die?"
by Shlomo Yaffe and Yanki Tauber
Courtesy of
ChabadofBelAir.org
Photo by Chuck Bowman
I fully expect that I won't be sitting around Heaven doing nothing.
I will still want to be working for the Church, for the good of others.
I'll ask for something to do, and I'm certain that God will agree.
Look at Angels; they are constantly concerned with our welfare,
yet they never take their eyes from God's face, forever lost in the
boundless Ocean that is Love.

St. Therese of Lisieux (1873-1897)
French Carmelite nun, Doctor of the Church
And now, the Last Words:

    We come from Joy;
    we are sustained in Joy,
    and to Joy we will return.

    The Upanishads
    Hindu scriptures

    When my clear goal is
    the eternal life, that life
    must be reachable right
    now, where I am, because
    eternal life is life in and
    with God, and God is
    where I am here and now.

    Henri J. M. Nouwen (1932-1996)
    Dutch Jesuit  priest and author
Photo by Chuck Bowman
St. Therese at the age of 15