Thursday, July 20, 2006

Death, Life,and Cosmos

As is verified by the modern classic The Tao of Physics, there are anumber of profound parallels between quantum physics and mysticism. I am currently, in fact, writing a (fairly small) book on this fascinating subject. The more that we learn about the world of the ultrananocosmos, the more that mysticism seems to be a parallel path with science in describing the cosmos. That book is quite dated now (I've the 1991 edition), but it is still relevant in so many ways.

The mystic has always cultivated a favorable and positive view of death, because 1) It is inevitable, for birth has always been a guarantee of death. I know some people who have such a huge thanatophobia (terror of death) that they have talked themselves into believing that their current physical bodies will never die, parallel to some very old Taoistuperstitions. In the extremist cult of which I used to be a member, everyone tried to think this way.

And the mystic also embraces death with joy because 2) it is the ultimately sweet and beautiful experience of awakening to a higher Self. It is the one mystical experience guaranteed to everyone. As the "rde" (real-death experiences) studies show, consciousness does survive death, as mystics have always claimed.

And 3) it is merely the continuation of, or return to, a larger life, the timeless existence-- a more real life than that experienced in the maya of earthlife. If you want to talk about the simple joy and fun of mysticism (and it can be a great deal of fun), you should read my novel Luminous Ecstasies and Passions: Journeys into Afterlife, which is a celebration of the sensual, and is all about the upcoming life of eternity, which it describes in great detail.

Of course, we mystics believe that all life is sacred, and we do not, under any conditions, encourage people to commit suicide. Nor can we ever condone murder, although some of us are open to euthanasia under some quite restricted conditions. But, even though we do not encourage death, we believe it, with good foundation, to be an ecstatic experience of transcendental proportions, and to be one of the "highest highs" possible to the human mind.:) While we do not believe that it is moral or ethical to accelerate the death-process, except in Love with a case of unending promise of incurable suffering, we know that, through nature, death will come to each and every one of us at a time already set in our dna by the soulmind.

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