A recent conversation or a tete-a-tete with a colleague prompted me to revisit my priorities on the question of belief in God and the philosophical stand that I conceived from my past experiences.
It all started with the question of “Swachanda Mrityu”. I was joking that since we do not have any say over our birth, we should at least be given the freedom to decide when to die. I am not referring to suicide in the conventional sense here, but an ability for living things when to call it a day by the most natural means! I am aware that this is by no means any new topic. Rather, it is an age-old tradition for Hindoos to debate the question of death, starting with Nachiketa!
Though, in my pristine youth, I did not realize the beauty of the concept of “Swachanda Mrityu” (remember Bhishma?), I am now intellectually interested in that concept. Perhaps, even in those days people must have been wondering if ever there was a normal way to sign off from the burden of living a full life leading to the concept of “Swachanda Mrityu” ! After all can we blame a person if he wants to resign early or apply for a VRS from life!
This is my first contention with GOD! How dare he not provide us with this choice to exit honorably? I know that many of us have heard stories about how some of our great great grandfathers / great great uncles predicted the exact date/time of their exit. But, not many stories are heard about deciding for themselves the right time for the exit.
This infatuation with Swachanda Mrityu need not be arising out of despair but could be out of a feeling of contentment, the feeling that what needs to be achieved in life has been achieved. Or even out of a feeling that nothing more needs to be experienced in life…
To be continued….