We are often reminded that some very great people die young. Those who believe in a god that controls our lives ask why Elvis, Michael Jackson, Princess Diana, Buddy Holly and others were “taken” at such a young age.
We even have a phrase and song, “the good die young,” but is there another explanation of this phenomenon? Consider the wisdom of a human who has been consciously reincarnating for centuries.
HH the Dali Lama says:
“Some people – sweet, attractive, strong and healthy – happen to die young. They are masters in disguise teaching us about impermanence.”
As so many have been reflecting on the seemingly premature and sudden death of Michael Jackson, we might do well to pause and consider the Dali Lama’s perspective. After all, he has been choosing to come back again and again for centuries in order to help all people awaken to enlightenment.
All the people mentioned above and many more have shown us that all things including our most precious human lives are impermanent. Right now, you could be taking your last breath. The next thing you experience might be your next breath or your next life.
Barack Obama made a wise decision calling for change because all that we can count on is that everything will change. Nothing is permanent expect perhaps the core essence of our being, something often referred to as our soul.
We sometimes believe that our physical wealth will support us and make us happy, yet money, too, has now been proven to be impermanent. Many people have witnessed their monetary wealth disappear overnight, and yet money still cling to the belief that they need money to be secure or happy.
May we recognize the impermanence of all things. And may we bask in the wonder and adventure of change knowing that the person we meet when we wake up is not the same person who went to sleep last night.