Bhau on Death
What Is Death?
A Talk by Bhau Kalchuri
In an e-mail of 21st February 2002, Bhau Kalchuri recalled several people who had died during the year. He wrote:
These deaths reminded me of a talk that I gave at the Pilgrim Center on the 28th of January. M.A. [Anita] was especially moved by this talk, and it seems appropriate to include it here.
“Who Am I?” No one can say when this Whim came, because there is no existence of time. So when this Whim came, Creation started. We all know, and we believe that all kingdoms are there: Gas, Stone, Vegetable, Worm, Fish, Bird, and Animal. But we don’t know what they are, or how they have come into Creation.
We are all dreaming, and we only come to know about the Dream by waking up from the Dream. In the Dream we take birth, in the Dream we grow up, in the Dream we do different things, and in the Dream we die. So we forget Reality while in this Dream. And it takes a long time to pass through each kingdom: Gas, Stone, Vegetable, Worm, Fish, Bird, and Animal. All the stages are in the Dream. Births and deaths are also in the Dream. In fact, there is nothing like “birth and death.” It does not happen: No birth, no death. Only one Birth and one Death. When you come into Creation, Birth is there. Death is when you become one with God, become the Reality.
So in order to know Reality, we must wake up from the Dream. How to wake up from the Dream? Only love for God helps us to wake up from the Dream. If we have this one thing, Love, one day we will definitely wake up.
There are good dreams and bad dreams, happy and miserable. Sometimes we are happy. Sometimes we are miserable. But this is all a Dream. On the contrary, what happens? When we are happy, we forget God. We just want more and more happiness, more and more. But when there is suffering, we say, “Oh God!” We remember God.
So whatever we do, it happens because God exists in us all. Without God nothing happens. We are in sound sleep, and we just enjoy.
So how can we get out of that sound sleep?
If someone comes and gives us a slap, then immediately we wake up! Or if we are seeing a happy dream, then we want to prolong it and see it more and more. So it goes on and on. It is really a good fortune that we have come in contact with that One who wakes us up from this Dream.
There are two states: Hell and Heaven. These two states are also states of the Dream. We think that if we go to Heaven, it is very good, and we will enjoy. But these are temporary states. Really speaking, when you go to Paradise, you really enjoy. Paradise means above Hell and Heaven. Those who come in contact with Him, those who remember Him, those who love Him, they cross the limit of Hell and Heaven. There is no Hell and Heaven for them.
Baba would tell us that when one of His lovers would die that “so-and-so has come to Me.”
People would think, “How do people go to Him?”
Once, it so happened that many families had come to Guruprasad. Children were crawling all over. Mothers and fathers were feeling embarrassed because their children were crawling here and there.
Baba looked at the parents, and He smiled. Baba said, “You wonder how these children have come to Me? When I receive a message that someone has died, and I send the reply that they have ‘Come to Me,’ this is one of the ways they ‘Come to Me.’”
There are three ways that people come to Him. Some get Liberation, some get God-Realization, and some come back again to the Dream. But this Dream they see in order to wake up! Those who get Liberation remain in Paradise all the time, and those who get God-Realization become one with God, so they do not come back.
When any Drop comes out of the Ocean, that is the “Birthday” of the Drop. When it merges in the Ocean, that is the end of the “Birth,” and it is the “Death” of the Drop form. So there is only one Birth and one Death, and in between, for ages and ages, there is a long Dream. In this Dream, one passes through the seven kingdoms and the human form, but these are all illusory birthdays.