Nov 1, 2009

No death without birth

One day the Buddha advised Ananda, "If anybody should ask the question as to why death takes place, tell them that death takes place because of birth. If there is no birth then there is no death. If you try to prevent death by force, then you do not understand nature, You are in fact going against the laws of nature."

The setting sun in one country becomes the rising sun in another country. So a setting sun is not the end of the sun. In the same manner, death itself is not the end of a life.

Death is the beginning of a life. Birth brings the death certificate. So if we want to avoid death, we must prevent birth.

Dhammananda, K. S., "Food for the Thinking Mind," Buddhist Missionary Society Malaysia, 1999, P. 432.

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