Though the ordinary man looks upon death with dread and sadness,
those who have gone before know it as a wondrous experience of peace and freedom.
At death, you forget all the limitations of the physical body and realize how free you are.
For the first few seconds there is a sense of fear – fear of the unknown, of something unfamiliar to the consciousness.
But after that comes a great realization:
the soul feels a joyous sense of relief and freedom.
You know that you exist apart from the mortal body.
Every one of us is going to die someday, so there is no use in being afraid of death.
You don’t feel miserable at the prospect of losing consciousness of your body in sleep;
you accept sleep as a state of freedom to look forward to.
So is death; it is a state of rest, a pension from this life.
There is nothing to fear. When death comes, laugh at it.
Death is only an experience through which you are meant to learn a great lesson: you cannot die.
When a dear one dies, instead of grieving unreasonably,
realize that he has gone on to a higher plane at the will of God,
and that God knows what is best for him. Rejoice that he is free.
Pray that your love and goodwill be messengers of encouragement to him on his forward path.
This attitude is much more helpful.
Of course, we would not be human if we did not miss loved ones;
but in feeling lonesome for them we don’t want selfish attachment to be the cause of keeping them earthbound.
Extreme sorrow prevents a departed soul from going ahead toward greater peace and freedom.
To send your thoughts to loved ones who have passed on, sit quietly in your room and meditate upon God.
When you feel His peace within you, concentrate deeply at the point between the two eyebrows,
and broadcast your love to those dear ones who are gone.
Send to that soul your vibrations of love, and of strength and courage.
If you do this continuously, and if you don’t lose the intensity of your interest in that loved one,
that soul will definitely receive your vibrations.
Such thoughts give your loved ones a sense of well-being, a sense of being loved.
They have not forgotten you any more than you have forgotten them.
Send your thoughts of love and goodwill to your loved ones as often as you feel inclined to do so,
but at least once a year — perhaps on some special anniversary.
Mentally tell them, “We will meet again sometime and continue to develop our divine love and friendship with one another.”
If you send them your loving thoughts continuously now,
someday you will surely meet them again.
You will know that this life is not the end,
but merely one link in the eternal chain of your relationship with your loved ones.