Ovo je jedna vrlo zanimljiva tema koju mnogi ljudi izbjegavaju. Iako se većina deklarira da su vjernici, sve vezano za smrt je tabu o kome se ne priča niti postoji. U Mahabharati je zapisan jedan događaj kada je bog smrti Yamaraja upitao kralja Yudhistira što je najčudnija stvar na ovoj zemlji. Kralj mu je odgovorio da svakoga dana vidimo ili čujemo da stotine i tisuće ljudi umiru i opet mislimo da ćemo mi živjeti vječno.

Piše: Neven Ilak / dharma-spirit.blogspot.com




Smrt je jedina stvar koju ne možemo izbjeći. Kako zastrašujuće zvuči. Ali što ako smrt, kakvu smo stvorili u našim mislima, uopće ne postoji, već postoji samo drugi oblik života koji nikada ne prestaje?

U redu, reći će većina. Ali gdje su dokazi. Ni nevjerni Toma nije povjerovao dok nije vidio Isusa. Pokažite i vjerovati ćemo. Nitko se još nije vratio „od tamo“. I evo dokaza. Ovo je lista knjiga koje su napisali razni autori o vlastitom iskustvu ili znanstvena istraživanja iskustva tik do smrti.

Možda sami naziv iskustvo tik do smrti i nije baš najbolje osmišljen, jer, kao što je i dokazano u nekim od ovih knjiga, smrt ne postoji, pa je bolje nazvati ovo iskustvo kao napuštanje tijela i ponovno vraćanje. Inače, gotovo isto iskustvo ima velika većina ljudi svakoga dana i to se zove spavanje. Za vrijeme sna mi napuštamo tijelo i ponovno se vraćamo.

Neke od ovih knjiga su prevedene na hrvatski. Neke su zanimljivije od drugih. Neke su postali svjetski bestseleri. Većina ovih knjiga su i izvorno napisane na engleskom jeziku. To ne znači da se ovo iskustvo događa samo u SAD-u ili Velikoj Britaniji, već da se o iskustvu napuštanja tijela još uvijek malo govori u drugim kulturama, ili je to toliko uobičajeno da se i nema što za reći. Na Tibetu postoji knjiga koja je napisana (Bardo Thodol – Tibetanska knjiga mrtvih) kao praktična uputa za umiruće i obitelj umirućih.

Nadam se da spominjanje smrti neće razviti negativne osjećaje u vama već će prije razbiti strah od nečega što u stvari i ne postoji – strah od smrti.




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