Donot be afraid of death

EpicurusDo not be afraid of death

(seen by me in dream)

(On a high way two persons are seen walking. One is humming something and the other is curious about what is he humming. The humming person is Charvak and the curious one is Epicurus)

 

Epicurus: hey, sir, what are you humming so sweetly, what is its meaning?

 

Charvak: It is my couplet in Sanskrit. Its meaning is ‘live happily till there is life. For no one is outside the gaze of the Death.

 

Epicurus: by god, this is what I also say. That one should not fear death and that from every other thing there may be some security, but as far as death is concerned we live in city without walls.

 

Charvak: So nice. At least, there is some one person who thinks like me. There in my country every one was against this doctrine of mine. They started by burning my books and ended by burning myself. So there is no use in myself telling something about my own philosophy as there are no takers for my philosophy. So, you tell me something about your own philosophy.

 

Epicurus: Though in my sect one is not supposed to dwell upon one’s own philosophy, I must do that for you as you are such a nice person. My philosophy can be summed up in one basic doctrine: do not be afraid of death.

 

Charvak: but why?

Epicurus: one should be afraid of nothing but bad feeling and bad sensation. When one dies his body as well as soul are dispersed and scattered and one is not in position to feel anything. Since, bad feelings depend on our capacity to feel, and when dead we cannot feel anything; there is nothing to fear.

 

Charvak: but what if one is afraid of the very thought of death?

 

Epicurus: hey, why should one be afraid of anything like death that will come in some future. This kind of fear is unrealistic and sooner one gets out of this, better it is for him.

 

Charvak: but what about a person who is afraid of the very existence of death?

 

Epicurus: in case of one’s own self, it is once again an unfounded fear.

 

Charvak: But what if one is afraid of the death of his near and dear ones?

 

Epicurus: there are two things in such cases. Either one dies prematurely or when one is ripe in age. In case, one dies prematurely, it may be natural and also in some case unnatural due to sickness or accidents. In case, one dies prematurely, but naturally; we must ensure that we all and he or she take care of the said person so much that he lives gloriously like a flower or like a singing bird. So by scrapping death or fear of death, I make it imperative for all of us that we all take care of each other very well.

 

Charvak: but what if one dies due to sickness and accidents?

 

Epicurus: in that case living well with each other and at ease with oneself is all the more necessary and compulsory. I always say that justice is not heaven ordained. It is a compact contract among mankind.

 

Charvak: so there is no use in blaming the gods if one dies due to sickness or accidents or prematurely. It is due to the injustice of society against the individual and also the injustice of individual against one’s own self.

 

Epicurus: yes, it is precisely due to this that I said that death should not be feared. The moment we believe in death all other kind of things like faith, fate and afterlife and rebirth and god-ordained justice come creeping in. To me, only life exists because till the time I am living, death does not exist; and the moment death comes and I die, I do not exist. So it matters not to me whether there is a death or there is no death. To me, it is only life that counts.

 

Charvak: So true. Your philosophy is a great humanist philosophy. You are right, in fact a whole business stands on these bogus ideas. People are duped by the priests and the godmen who exploit their fear of death and the torments in after life and in rebirth.

 

Epicurus: This is why I said that our soul experience pain and agony through our body. And in death our soul is separated and scattered and dispersed away from our body and body itself is also scattered.  So there is no question of pain and agony after death in hell and in rebirth on earth. I donot believe in transmigration of soul, a dogma propagated by Pythagoras.

 

Charvak: well said, sir.

 

Epicurus: Though, in the beginning you said, you would not like to dwell in your philosophy; I see that you got it said by me.

 

Charvak: oh sir, in fact our philosophies though born in far afar land were in fact so similar that we both got carried away.

 

Epicurus: So nice of you that you acknowledged my contribution also, because, you were there on this earth earlier to me.

 

Charvak: So let us recount once again our philosophies. So the first thing is to live joyfully.

 

Epicurus: And the second is to let others also live equally joyously.

 

Charvak: the third is we donot shun happiness for the fear that is  often accompanied by pain.

 

Epicurus: fourthly, likewise we donot shun life for the fear that there is something like cessation of our life which some people call death.

 

Charvak: fifth, take life as it is and as it comes, live simply.

 

Epicurus: and allow and help other also to do that.

 

Charvak: donot be part of any business based on death and heaven and hell and afterlife. And most importantly donot be duped by the businessmen of death.

 

Epicurus: Always remember that you cannot live joyously and justly by yourself or in yourself; unless and until you live with other people joyously and justly.

 

Charvak: Very good. One more thing, donot be befooled by the priestly classes.

 

Epicurus and Charvak both: Always remameber: it is impossible to live a pleasant life without living wisely and justly and it is impossible to live wisely and justly without living a pleasant life.

 

( Note by Krishna menon: I myself subscribe by the doctrine of both these great persons. That is why I have dramatizes some of their thoghts.)

 

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