Live a day more,whenever you feel like dying…(Against Suicide)

Himsa is of two kinds explains Shatanand: Parahimsa (injury towards others) and Swahimsa (injury to oneself.)

Never should we commit the act of suicide as our Smrutis say:

Sarvat Evatmanam Gopoyed – ‘Secure thyself’, thus strive to always keep the body and soul intact and never cause either harm.
Human sacrifices are strictly forbidden also. Killing oneself at a place of pilgrimage will never bring salvation as anticipated. God himself has said, ‘Through righteous action, austerities, knowledge, renunciation, Yoga (control of mind), charitable acts and ultimately through Bhakti (devotion), my devotees attain the pleasure of My Dhaam (heaven) and My favour. But never does one attain me through the sacrifice of their bodies.’

There are often ridiculous stories, for example it is said that those who kill themselves in Kashi attain Moksh. But if this was so wouldn’t everyone just live a life of self-indulgence and then at the end of ones life, go to Kashi and commit suicide? These stories are preposterous and should never be accepted.

It is blatantly written that one will never benefit from suicide. Indeed such a person is considered a great sinner and so should not be contemplated even if you are shamed in society for some act committed by oneself.

It is blatantly written that one will never benefit from suicide. Indeed such a person is considered a great sinner and so should not be contemplated even if you are shamed in society for some act committed by oneself.

It should similarly not be undertaken in times of hardship or depression. One may think that they can’t cope in life and so commit suicide as an ‘easy way out’. However by doing so, you are committing yourself to numerous births and deaths in the animal kingdom, through which you will endure endless pain and distress. Human life is the only means to the heavens. If we waste this life we will have to wait an awful long time(1.10376*10^23 human years) before we may again have the chance to secure a place at the Lord’s blessed feet. Therefore we must never waste this precious life that we are given.

Shatanand asks that we do not take the easy way out and that we persist onward by finding refuge in Bhakti(devotion) for only it can lead man to a better life. We must all learn to be satisfied with what we are given in this life. It is a lesson in life to be accepting. To neither elate in times of happiness nor lament in times of sadness.
Sukh (happiness, prosperity) and Dukh (poverty, illness) come and go just as night and day. We must never forget God in times of both hardship and prosperity. We must never become attached to happiness and thus lead oneself away from God. Think of pain as a blessing in disguise for it is a time when we draw closer to God. It makes us realize that true wealth lies in the knowledge of God, in the favour of God and thus God alone is the source of all that is desirable in life. Therefore never become obsessed in material happiness. Become impartial and unaffected in favourable times as well as the unfavorable times. Wealth and prosperity often destroy a person if they are not careful. They feel that they have earned such wealth and that they are therefore somehow above others. Such ego leads to all the enemies of man such as desire, anger, selfishness, intoxication and so on. This is extremely detrimental to the human character.

Attachment or obsession to this wealth and prosperity will make it difficult to adapt to times of hardship. As a result they may feel that suicide is their only option. Therefore it is crucial that people are able to stay level-headed through both times so that the thought of suicide is far from their minds. The act of suicide is totally selfish and despicable as often the person committing the act is leaving a wife and children, which are dependent on that person.

Brahmã lives for 100 years (3.1536 * 10^14 human years). Each year is made up of 365 days. At the end of his 100-year lifespan, prãkrut-pralay occurs, in which the whole brahmãnd (the 14 loks) is destroyed. A new brahmãnd is then created, with a new Brahmã.

Moreover, it receives another human birth in a place where kalyãn is attainable only after passing through the sufferings of the cycle of 8.4 million life forms (after another 350,000,000 prãkrut-pralays). This is the interval before a jeev receives a human birth again.

-Khagol Bhugol Vachanamrut

The fact of the matter is, dying is not a solution, it is like giving up. Life does get better. Die fighting instead of giving up. God is watching you, with you in all your miseries and all your pleasures, just have a little faith, and see the wonders it does for you. And if one does decide to die, why not devote your life to doing something good for others, find a new purpose, the ultimate purpose, live a day more to realize God, take up spirituality to live again.

Refer to : A little act of Kindness.

-Taken From Shikshapatri “The epistle of Precepts” (Download)

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