Death

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By Ron McVan

The splendors of the firmament of time may be eclipsed but are extinguished not; like stars to their appointed height they climb, and death is a low mist which cannot blot the brightness it may veil when lofty thought lifts a young heart above its mortal lair, and love and life contend in it for what shall be its earthly doom, the dead live there and move like winds of light on dark and stormy air” ~ P.B. Shelley

It is not beyond the tomb, but in life itself where we are to seek the mysteries of death. It may well be that death is the most enigmatic of all mysteries, as we step from our known physical world back into the eternal astral realms whence we came. Life and Death, as we know them, are but passing phases of existence. Death actually gives freedom to the spirit.

Through this all-too brief life experience we lead a dual existence, an outer physical one, as well as an inner invisible one of thoughts and feelings. The outer, visible life we share with our fellows; our interior thought-life is lived behind a curtain, as it were, and is known only to ourselves. The inner self is divided into two active partnerships. The human ego represents the “I-am-I”, the lower mind with its brain-vehicle, and the body. The eternal higher-self, man’s inner god, is the all-motivating, divine spark of universal life, which is known as “The Ray of Consciousness”. Death and sleep both consist in a disillusion of this partnership. Upon death the ego disintegrates, while the Ray of Consciousness withdraws its vitalizing force from the brain and returns with the soul to the eternal non-corporal realms, which is its natural aspect.

Men in their generations are like the leaves which the winds scatter over the earth: The fresh buds burst forth in the spring. So it is with mortals: one flourishes, another ceases.” ~ Homer

Many people feel that death is a dreadful disaster, when in reality it is not as disastrous as a long, uselessly lived life. A life that accomplishes nothing of significance or presents no problems is a miserable and selfish existence. Only obstacles and adversities offer the opportunity for great achievement. All life is friction. The moment we cease to regard birth and death as horrible dilemmas, the whole matter of coming and going can be seen as a vast and wisely organized plan. As sleep is a “little death”, so birth and death are miniature cycles of existence, but the “Great Death” and the “Great Birth” are the supreme cycles of existence and the grand mystery of life in the physical world. In the non-corporal realms of the soul there is no death, only the coming-to-be and ceasing-to-be of forms in which spirit life manifests.

For what is it to die but to stand naked in wind and to melt into the sun? And what is it to cease breathing, but to free the breath from its restless tides, that it may rise and expand and seek God unencumbered?” ~ Kahlil Gibran

In the play “Julius Caesar,” Shakespeare puts forth a profound statement about death which reads: “Cowards die many times before their deaths; the valiant never taste of death but once. Of all the wonders that I have yet heard it seems to me most strange that man should fear; seeing that death, a necessary end, will come when it will come.” Each man carries with him the race archetype of his actual freedom, however deeply it may be buried under layers of genetically transmitted and culturally acquired imprints which take form as images and symbol. Quite often, it is misleadingly said that we must “save our souls”. Our souls are doing just fine. It is the personality and physical instrument that are asleep to the living presence that we actually are. Only by the disciplines of the mysteries, nature or divine intervention is the soul awakened from its lethargy and stimulated to achieve self liberation.

Man alone has created out of the constant threat of death a will-to-endure, and out of the desire for continuity and immorality in all their conceivable forms, a more meaningful kind of life, in which Man redeems the littleness of individual men.” ~ Lewis Mumford

Nietzsche restored the proper Wotanist Pagan perspective on the subject of death in his masterful work, “Thus Spake Zarathustra”; “Many die too late, and some die too early–yet strange sounds the precept: ‘Die at the right time!’ Die at the right time: so teaches Zarathustra… Everyone regards dying as a great matter; but as yet death is not a festival. Not yet have people learned to inaugurate the finest festivals. The consummating death I show you, which becomes a stimulus and promise to the living. The consummating one dies his death triumphantly, surrounded by hoping and promising ones. Thus should one learn to die; and there should be no festival at which such a dying one does not consecrate the oaths of the living! Thus to die is best; the next best, however, is to die in battle and to sacrifice a great soul….My death, praise I to you, the voluntary death, which comes unto me because I want it. And when shall I want it? He who has a goal and an heir….In your dying shall your spirit and your virtue still shine like an evening afterglow around the earth; otherwise your dying has been unsatisfactory. Thus will I die myself, that ye friends may love the earth more for my sake; and earth will I again become, to have rest in her that bore me…”

It has been attested through the various burial customs over the ages that man, from the very dawn of his culture, was able to abstract himself from the business of the living and ponder the enigma of human destiny. What lies beyond this mortal coil in the greater and infinite plan of spirit, space and time? Since Hyperborean ages it has been believed that man continues to reincarnate on earth until his soul eventually reaches complete spiritual awareness and development. Through the study of the mysteries we find that some may reincarnate as much as 800 times on the earth plane alone. This is a Gnostic belief which has yet to be disproved. The Vikings heroically emphasized this belief with the Wotanist concept of Valhalla. The word “Val” means “slain”. Valhalla, Hall of the Slain. “Valkyries”, a name of the warrior maidens, means, “Chooser of the Slain”. The triple triangle symbol, worn by Wotan’s elite Einherjar warriors, the “Valknut”, translates to “Knot of the Slain”.

The awareness of dying for something great and noble strips death of its absurd character, not only for those who die, but those who survive.” ~ Ignace Lepp

Valhalla is the great hall of Wotan’s chosen heroic warriors and warrior maidens. Only the worthy can ever enter this triumphant domain. What this means is that if one does not prove himself worthy in one physical life span, he would then be destined to return to Midgard (earth) at a future time to repeat the process until he at last reached his highest level of self worth before the gods. The honor of dying nobly is one distinction of which no man should be deprived. Thus developed the tradition that a true Viking must always die with a sword in his hand to ensure that he may reach Valhalla and share eternal rousing with his fellow heroes, demigods and Allfather Wotan.

As light is significant, not because of itself, but because of its relationship to darkness, so death becomes important because of life and life is meaningful because of death. Death is part of life, and life is part of death.” ~ Carl Gustav Jung

A popular belief of ancient philosophers was that life is death and that whatever we see when awake is likewise death; and that what we see when asleep is a dream. The wise seek release, not from the phenomenon of death, but from bondage to ignorance, for ignorance is the most grievous affliction of the soul. The person who fails to do the great work on himself will perish like a dog. There comes a time in some people’s lives when suicide becomes a consideration, if only for a fleeting moment. There are perhaps rare occasions when suicide may in fact be unavoidable, but it is a highly radical extreme and violation against Life Law. In natural death the soul casts off the body; but with suicide, the body casts off the soul. Hence, such an end is termed violent, for the soul is forcibly ejected from its form without the liberation granted by rational procedure.

Millions of people assume it is enough to seek the Truth. It is not. It is essential to seek in the right way. The right way starts with a right frame of mind, with simple receptivity. Everything depends upon the way we take the Truth. No other mystical point is more important than this. The seed must fall on fertile, not rocky ground.” ~ Vernon Howard

In today’s contemporary societies, death and old age are looked upon as a terrible social burden. Many of the wholesome instinctive values about death and aging that our ancestors held for millennium past, that honor for the aged ones, have since become jaded and lost with the dawn of the industrial and consumer age. The moment our consciousness rises above the level of illusion, man is freed from the limitation influences. Old age, need not, and should not, be a period of retrogression or decrease in man’s spiritual and intellectual faculties. At this period of life the body vitality is reduced and this gives greater freedom for the expression of man’s spiritual and intellectual faculties. These can and should be active and expanding until a few hours before ones death.

Sky-rocketing medical costs, inflation, insatiable government taxation and senior health cutbacks, along with deteriorating family structures, have made the thought of old age for many, a looming specter of total dread. Alien religions will never rightfully and truly emancipate the Aryan soul, or any religion that denies Nature’s Laws and the spiritual soul and roots of its species. Those who do not abide by the wisdom of the blood more often will experience the emptiness and fear that comes with a false sense of hope at the hour of death’s calling. As a rule, most do not die well. They struggle desperately against inevitable death, clinging with fear, frenzy and anguish to the living death physical life before that liberating threshold of the unknown. The great Celtic poet William Butler Yeats described it this way:

To seek God too soon is less sinful than to seek God too late; we must love, man, woman or child, we must exhaust ambition, intellect, desire, dedicating all things as they pass, or we come to God with empty hands.”

Nothing is attained by doing nothing, and whatever we do now creates the world in which we exist tomorrow. You feel good not because the world is right, but your world is right because you feel good. Death is not much different, what we have created in thought we create in that other reality. When the moment of death comes, the quality of a man’s innermost thoughts through his lifetime will reveal him to be either of a weaker or a stronger character. In the mystery teachings it has long been a hypothesis that: “The world is a dream in the mind of a deity.” You cannot escape destiny! As Francois Fenelon once stated: “Let the pride of man be stilled; he thinks he is free but he is not.”

A man who is good for anything ought not to calculate the chance of living or dying; he ought only to consider whether in doing anything he is doing right or wrong — acting the part of a good man or bad… For the fear of death is indeed the pretense of wisdom, and not real wisdom, but a pretense of knowing the unknown; and no one knows whether death, which men in their fear apprehend to be the greatest evil, may not be the greatest good.” ~ Socrates

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One thought on “Death

  1. Physics:
    Energy cannot be created or destroyed.
    We were here at the beginning & we will be here to the end.
    Everything that was here at the beginning is still here – including me.
    I fear boredom.
    Oh, please, when I die, do not let me be united with other energy that is boring.
    Oh, Dear God in Heaven, do not let me come back to Earth any time soon, it was so boring.
    Amen.

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