Thursday, January 7, 2016

‘(Don’t Fear) The Reaper’

The best way to explore a place is on foot. I prefer running around and exploring areas on foot. 
One of the routes in this town is very scenic. It has beautiful houses, I get to cross some cheerful people on the way and lots of trees. There is also a very scenic cemetery on that route and if you are not observant enough the chances are that you will miss it.  

I am chicken and I can't just stroll around in the cemeteries for kicks. I am from the mountains where every house has its own favorite ghost story. So naturally cemeteries scare me and yet I find them very fascinating. My intrigue is only limited to fascination (I am not obsessed with them). Some of them are just too beautiful with fresh flowers around them every day.  What really interests me is looking at tombstones and reading the inscriptions. I find this feeling of walking above the ground where a few hundreds have been laid to rest very overwhelming. 
There is a sense of peace there. It makes you a little retrospective about your life and what lies ahead.

I was talking to a friend about cemeteries when she quickly pointed out that this fascination could be because of my culture where we cremate the dead. She has a point there. We as Hindus cremate our dead. This is because we believe that body perishes whereas Atman lives forever. 
Another explanation that my grand dad gave me as a child was that Agni (Fire) has a special status among the Five Elements and is considered the purest of pure. All the remaining elements become impure eventually. For example, we use water for cleaning which makes it impure, Air after being inhaled becomes CO2 and cannot support life .
Fire is the only exception and for this reason and is considered very sacred, Fire is used to liberate the body back to its origins in the Pancha Mahabhootas
I am not sure what it is but the whole concept is just so fascinating. What really piques my interest is how we all have an idea (or at least thought of) about what we want once we are no more. You can't just stay unaffected. 

I don't find death fascinating. I find life more interesting than death. It is finality. The ultimate truth. Life is what needs figuring out. It is challenging, exciting and it keeps me on its toes.

Ah life, I love your craziness and you just make me go weak on my knees.

A few days ago I tweeted this. I found it quite interesting. Give it a read:
In words of Alan Watts -Human beings are the only species that hoards its dead. Interesting thought to think about

The post title is a beautiful song about the inevitability of death and the futility of being scared of it. The song is by Blue Oyster Cult and is just simply great. 

P.S: Just when I was typing the last line explaining the blog post title the song started playing on Accu-radio in the background ( Must have been a sign, what say?


  1. Such an interesting post! I find cemeteries fascinating too, in an eerie sort of way. I don't believe in ghosts or spirits, but still get equally drawn to and scared of spooky stories. I love the late night chat sessions when you are in a group and everyone recounts a ghost story.

    You are spot on here: " Life is what needs figuring out. It is challenging, exciting and it keeps me on its toes." Couldn't agree more. I fear death. A LOT. But when look at it rationally, I understand that the fear is really unfounded. No one can escape death, and when you do die, you will not even know it, except perhaps for the last few seconds. It's more troubling for those you left behind. But then the thought makes me paranoid about the deaths of the people I can't live without.

    1. @MadeToMisfit: Yeah, the fear is just futile but we are all humans.
      Yes, I think it is harder on the people who are left behind but then it is like relocation where you pick your baggage and move on. The world which is left behind find its rhythm slowly and steadily..

  2. Didnt know about the exact reason for cremating our dead..... your grand pa made quite a point.

  3. @Jai: Yeah, I guess thats what they believed in... It is very interesting once you start reading in to it..