Reincarnation and Karma – The Significance of Death: Continuity of life

1920s

The overwhelming importance of death is derived from man’s attachment to particular forms. But death loses much of its sting and importance, even for the worldly, if one takes a broader view of the course of life. In spite of their transitoriness, there is an unbroken continuity of life through these forms – old ones being discarded and new ones being created for habitation and expression. The recurring incidence of death is matched by the recurring incidence of birth. Old generations are replaced by new ones; life is reborn in new forms, incessantly renewing and refreshing itself. The streams of life, with their ancient origin, are ever advancing onward through the forms that come and go like the waves of the ocean.

-Discourses 7th Ed., p302

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