Death – The Ultimate Truth

first_imgDeath – defined as the end of the life of a person or an organism. A small world with a very clear definition of it but has the greatest impact on any living organisms in the world, especially for human beings. Bhagavad Gita says,“Jatasya hi dhruvo mrityur druvamJanma mritasya chaTasmad apariharye ‘rthe na tvamShochitum arhasi”Means “Death is certain for one which has been born, and rebirth is inevitable for one who has died. Therefore, you should not lament over the inevitable”Every living being is assured of one thing in their life and that is the inevitable death at one point in time. If there is one thing that frightens human beings is the thought of one’s death or those of dear and near ones. Today during these pandemic days all we see around the world is death and destruction of lives. The reality of being close to death all around us has been a part of everyone’s life and that is what forces us to be extra careful and find safety within the four walls of our home. But then it says if it’s our time death will come to us even if we are hiding in the deep and the safest place in the universe.August is a month of destruction and death in Kerala the southernmost state in India for the last 3 years. It all started in 2018 with the big flooding of the state mainly due to mismanagement in opening the dams and reservoirs which ultimately caused the loss of 600 lives. Then in 2019 August, another 100 lives were lost to floods and now in 2020, the state is under the wrath of heavy rains which already claimed more than 30 odd lives, and on Friday incessant rain caused two major disasters in the state. In the early morning of Friday, a landslide happened in one of the tea estates in Munnar which till now claimed 18 lives and another 50 are still missing and is feared to be under the landslide. And in the evening a repatriation flight from Dubai skidded off the runway due to heavy rains and fell into a gorge 35 feet below and 18 people lost their lives as per reports till now. Another 20 odd people are in critical conditions in various hospitals in Calicut. If these are not enough there seems to be no slowing down of the COVID cases in the state for the last few weeks despite very good control in the early periods of the pandemic.When it comes to natural disasters there is nothing or no one to be blamed and it is part and parcel of living in this world. Add to it is the unexpected accidents in the form of a plane crash and that too when the plane is already landed safely in the heavy rains but couldn’t able to avoid the disaster. Remember the 2010 accident in Mangalore where we lost more than 150 lives in more or less similar circumstances. In Calicut, a major tragedy was avoided due to the timely intervention of the local people and the authorities as well as being lucky that the plane didn’t catch fire like the way it happened in Mangalore. If that had happened, we would have been looking at a much higher death toll today.The Bible says “We are hard-pressed on every side, but not crushed; perplexed. But not in despair; persecuted, but not abandoned; struck down, but not destroyed.” These are the words that will give strength to the people of Kerala who are fighting the waves of destruction every year. Their perseverance and positive attitude towards life coupled with their willingness to overcome any obstructions will always stand as a reference point to the rest of the nation and the world. It is this same attitude that prompted the scores of local residents to run towards the dangers to save the lives of fellow human beings which we saw in the hillslopes of Idukki landslides as well as in the plane crash site in Calicut.There will be a lot of blames thrown at different people and institutions but then we have to remember none of it will bring back those who lost their life. But we all can do one thing and that is to have patience and show respect and keep the departed in our prayers as well as pray for the recovery of those who are in hospitals. Death is inevitable but that doesn’t stop us from living our life but it is essential we must always keep in our mind that if it is someone we don’t know today, tomorrow it may be one of us. That’s the way of life and that’s the ultimate truth.last_img read more