4. SORROW OF DYING:
The third greatest sorrow is that of dying. So far we have not experienced
the sorrow of dying because we have not died so far and hence we have
not experienced the sorrow of death.
Then why are we so scared of dying?
We get scared of that which gives us sorrow. But why are we afraid of
that pain which we have not undergone or not experienced. It is natural
that he who has been bitten by a scorpion and has experienced the excruciating
pain of its sting will always be afraid of a scorpion. But so far we
have not experienced the pain of death yet why is it that a being is
afraid of it incessantly?
In reality the root cause of it is that every being has in previous
births undergone the process of dying. In every birth he died, he had
experienced immense pain therefore in this birth he fears death. All
incidents of sorrow of death in various bodies, of various types and
intensities he has forgotten, but the imprints of the excruciating pain
have been recorded or computerized in his psyche and all these imprints
induce fear of death in this birth.
As a man fears that he will drown himself while bathing in a river or
pond, he sits on the shore and bathes very safely. This man in this
life so far has never been drowned yet why does he fear of getting drowned?
The reason can definitely be this that this man in one or more births
previously might have died due to drowning and he must have experienced
the pain of dying due to drowning. The fact is, if he had died due to
drowning, he has forgotten the incident of the previous birth, but it
is the imprint of the pain of dying due to drowning in his previous
birth that has been recorded in his psyche and so in this birth he is
scared of death while putting his foot in the river water.
A person gets scared of being burnt while lighting coals for a stove.
This man in this birth has never been burnt and has had no experience
of the pain of being burnt yet why does he get scared when he sees fire?
Definitely the reason could be that this man in his past lives had died
due to fire-burns, which he has forgotten. That incident he does not
remember but the imprints of its pain are present in his psyche which
scares him in this birth to death.
Man’s psyche is a wonderful automatic computer in which imprints
of innumerable past lives are recorded. All these imprints manifest
during various incidents in our life as a result of which man experiences
joy/sorrow even in this life.
In the same way a being right since time immemorial till today, has
taken infinite births and has died too. How does a child as soon as
it is born know that it has to suck milk from a particular spot? And
when a mother places her breast against the lips of the infant who teaches
it how to suck the breast? The reason is this that this being in all
its past births had sucked its mother’s breast. It has sucked
so much milk that it could become a gigantic ocean and so it has the
intuition of sucking milk. It does not have to learn the art of sucking
breast milk. The imprints of infinite past lives are present in its
psyche and that has taught him how to suck its mother’s breast.
In the same way a being has died for an infinite number of times right
since time immemorial till today hence the imprints of the sorrow of
death have been stored (computerized) in his psyche which induces fear
of death in every consequent birth.
At the time of death, every individual undergoes
four types of sorrow as mentioned below:
Sorrow of bodily pain.
Sorrow of attachment to relatives.
Sorrow of remembrance of sin.
Sorrow of future worries.