By Kamlesh Tripathi
There lived a Mahatma once upon a time. To whom many people from in and around used to come for spiritual knowledge. One day one person who was particularly famous for his anger and cruelty came up to him and said, ‘Your holiness, my mind is always filled with, bad and dirty thoughts that prompts me to do wrong things. So, can you please help me, keep away from these dirty thoughts? And can you also help me in acquiring some spiritual knowledge?
Mahatama, thought for a while and then said, ‘before I pass on any spiritual knowledge or message of peace I want to caution you, that you’ll die within a month.’
Upon hearing this, the man got a shock of his lifetime. Fear of death almost gripped his mind immediately. He hurriedly went across to his wife and said, ‘I have troubled you a lot in the past but now I want to correct my mistakes. Please forgive me, for as per holy predictions I’m going to die within a month. Therefore I now want to live with you peacefully.’ Then he went to his kids, parents, relatives, friends and neighbours and apologized to everyone and started living with them peacefully.
The change in the state of his mind had changed his behaviour almost in a dramatic way. Everyone then reciprocated to his affection with cordiality and the whole ambience got filled with positivity. But the man had one, regret; that he is going to die within a month.
On the last day of the month Mahatma came to him, and asked about the experience. He replied, ‘Guru ji my mind is always filled with the thought of death, and that has changed the state of my mind to a great extent. Now people love me, and my mind is completely at peace, but I have only one worry and that is I’m going to die now.
Mahatma smiled and said the very thought of death within a month has changed you for good, and everywhere around you there is peace, love and harmony. We all know life is impermanent and through our karmas we can spread a lot of happiness, yet we don’t. You are not going to die soon, but don’t let these beautiful thoughts ever die in you as they have benefitted you so much. Stay happily with everyone. And live in the present, as that is the supreme spiritual knowledge.
Most problems of our life, stems from our belief that we are going to live for a very long time, even, when, every now and then we see death all around.