If you read the title and thought, “Jamal has lost his mind!” then you’re late. My mind has been gone for centuries now; but, thankfully, I’m slowly regaining it, and you are too. Digressing though, this is a much needed discussion to embark upon. After all, death is the ultimate reality, the doorway out of the illusion.

I was reading the Katha Upanishad earlier, which inspired this piece, as this particular section of the  Upanishads opens with a discussion of death, as the main character Nachiketas, is offered by his father,  Vajashravasa, as a sacrifice, so the latter can taste the virtues of heaven. The entity sacrificed to is the ruler of death, Yama, who offers Nachiketas three wishes (boons) after the latter has spent three, unhospitable days in the underworld.

Now, as a side note, we see many motifs that can be found in Christianity, a father sacrificing his son, like the patriarch Abraham (he was willing to, but didn’t) and even the Christian god, Jehovah (Yahweh-El), who sacrifices his son, Jesus. Then there is the main character’s name, Nachiketas, which is very similar to the Hebrew word for serpent, Nachash, who was cursed to crawl on his belly (i.e. he fell). These two are also similar to the Hindu term Nagas, as in serpent people, or wise ones. Thus, the correlation between the three, clues us to the center theme of higher consciousness and illumination, as in one’s path to them (a fall as a means of rising). And the latter brings us to the story of Christ’s descent into the tomb for three days after crucifixion, and then triumphant resurrection. To give a historical perspective, though, let it be known that the Upanishads appear at least 1500 years before the Common Era, the supposed time of Jesus, and a religion called Christianity.

Back to the story, though, Nachiketas is granted the secrets (3) of the Cosmos, because of his sincerity and zeal for knowing. He is offered riches and dismisses them. Yama even tries to discourage him from pursuing his last wish – to know the secrets of death. After much prodding and offers of worldly fortune and prestige, Nachiketas holds firm in his desire to know the mysteries of death, which greatly pleases Yama. Again, here we find a motif that Christianity borrowed, that which would go on to be called the “passion of Christ,” speaking to the suffering of the latter, or what is also called in mythology, the “hero’s journey.” Nachiketas was willing to suffer for illumination.

Now, we can read all into the meaning of death intended with this story, but I’ll just give you the “Spark Notes.” Death here mentioned, refers to the denial of the illusion one has been thrust into, in order to see the “truth.” It is the dying and diving into the great abyss of limitless potential; it is the seed’s planting beneath the surface, deep into sediment, breaking from its packaging, rooting itself, and piercing the soil as it arises. It is the trip through the doorway, the great journey.

If you are serious about this quest to “know thyself,” then I want you to understand that you are willingly dying, but not in the sense that the masses are. They die by default; they run from spiritual adulthood. Thus, they die a thousand times, whereas your death has purpose, because you choose to die yet while you still live. You have denied the stories and fairytales presented to you as factual since childhood, and chosen to lose yourself in the dark, primal waters of self-realization and illumination. Just as stated in the Bible, in Matthew 16:25, “For whoever wishes to save his life will lose it; but whoever loses his life for My sake will find it.” Further, you must know that the “My” referred to is YOU, as in the Christ-Krishna energy lying within YOU. Your death then, is the dying into your true, Divine self.

This is why all ancient cultures had death rites, because they understood the ultimate reality of death; thus, they venerated it. Even in Sufism we find such passages as “Oh how I long for you to kill me,” which embodies a very advanced version of what we’re dealing with here: an acceptance and appreciation of the institution of death.

Every evening the sun dies, only to be reborn the next morning. Vegetation dies in the fall and winter, only to renew in the spring. Likewise, we must transition, not just physically, but spiritually. Your only purpose here is to “become,” and as the Zen Buddhist axiom states, “I can not teach you Zen until you empty your cup.” The emptying of the cup, then, is the shedding of the matrix, the ego, the false-Self, the death, so that YOU may truly live.

This path of higher consciousness that you are on, therefore, amounts to death being the “sweetest joy.” You are now experiencing and moving into your divinity.

We’ll discuss this more Friday, September 22, in our second installment of Intro to Metaphysics, as we learn and explore how magnificent your purpose and place are in the Cosmos. To reserve your spot in this online class, just click HERE. No matter where you are in the world, you can join live, at 6:30 cst, as we allow our minds to run free and learn! Within 24 hours of signing up for the class, you’ll be emailed instructions on how to access the class.

On a final note, if you’re looking for an excellent introduction to higher learning, then grab my book, The Lies Behind the Tithes: The Keys to Higher Consciousness. Just click HERE.

Well, as always, stay down until you get up, and when you get up, stay down.

Peace and Power,

Brother Jamal