The Blessed Lord said: You are mourning when there is no cause to lament, and yet you speak words that seem to be wise. The truly wise lament neither for the living nor the dead.
We all grieve the loss of those who have been important to us in our lives. Our family and friends, our beloved pets. None of us is a stranger to grief.
And yet, as my spiritual beliefs developed, I began to wonder why we grieved so deeply because, as the Gita says
…that which is non-existent can never come into being, and that which is can never cease to be. Those who have known the innermost Reality know also the nature of is and is not.
If we truly believe in an afterlife then we must also believe that we are only parted for a little while and that we will meet again. While our beliefs should temper our grief, they often do not, and I speak from experience here.
Bringing spiritual beliefs into congruence with the way we live seems like an almost impossible task, and yet I believe with all my heart that living a congruent life makes us happier, more certain about our purpose.
In that respect, we are all works in progress.
I’m interested in what you think.