The purpose of this meditation is to generate a strong feeling of the fact that I will die, and that reliance upon a Spiritual Guide is the way to prepare for this eventuality.

sneezeI made the usual preparations for meditation and then began by thinking about how I will feel when I die. Although I cannot anticipate the circumstances of my death now, I supposed that my death would come about after a short illness, like that of my Aunt who passed away recently. I imagined what my mind would be like when I died, if I was feeling ill. I have a cough and a cold at the moment (like everyone else I know) and it is easy to think ‘Oh I feel so ill! Poor me!’ This is a miserable mind and it is an unhappy mind. It is important to die with a happy mind, so if I am ill before I die, it will be very hard for me to have a happy mind if I am used to being so self-concerned under such conditions.

I made the determination to try and abandon my self concern now and when I am ill in the future, because this will prepare me well for my death. I focused on this for a while and then I wondered about what this means in terms of reliance upon a Spiritual Guide. It seemed to me that by relying on my Spiritual Guide, I will be able to overcome my self-cherishing during transient illnesses. I will also be prepared for the illness that will lead to my death, and be able to keep a peaceful and happy mind throughout my illness and death. This seemed such a wonderful response to illness and death that I focused on it for the rest of the session.

Dedication

May all living beings rely upon their Spiritual Guide and prepare themselves for death every day.

Practice in the Meditation Break

I will try to remember my Guru’s instructions and transform my illnesses into the spiritual path to enlightenment.