17 March 1984: 33rd Anniversary of Master EK’s Pass-Over
For the completion of his last mission on earth, Master EK chose Pisces full moon day, 17 March 1984, to leave his physical sheath.
Whereas ordinary people tend to get forgotten soon after their departure, the work of incarnations of truth continues to spread. This we can clearly see with the unfoldment of the impact of Master EK inspiring many people all around the globe.
As a little souvenir of Master EK’s teachings you find below a short extract from a lecture of Master EK on “To Die is Not to Die” published in “Know Thyself. Overseas Messages Vol. 3.” And two pictures, one of a collage on a card and another of the Master EK memorial room in Radhamadhavam, Visakhapatnam, India.
And here you find the PDF of the new book “Spiritual Constitution” (Overseas Messages 4) with talks of Master EK.
To Die is Not to Die
First of all, understand that there is a continuity of life passing through birth and death just as a string passing through the pearls. Understand yourself as the continuous string of consciousness and compare the bodies with the pearls. The more you begin to establish in yourself, the more birth and death become false. They are only formalities like our sleep and awakening. Every death is given as a renewal of life. Just as every night we sleep only to begin the work afresh the next day. If we fail to do something today, tomorrow we begin to try once again and succeed.
Life is given to us, it is never proposed by us and we have no right to fear death because this body is not ours, it is not gained by ourselves. It is given to us as an institution, as a school, to gain experience and to progress in evolution. We are permitted to live in it. We are not the owners of it. Even our parents are not its owners. The owner is nature and the indweller is the ego who is called ‘the permanent atom’ in the spiritual science. And He has a beautiful story of man which He has to narrate himself through births and rebirths, and which He has to enact, as a drama at the same time enjoying as the audience of the drama also. Others form the drama to Him and Himself is the audience. This drama is enacted. When the drama is completed, all the emotional and intellectual inequalities and animalism are eliminated from us. Then there is what is called ‘divine life’ which gives us the births and deaths. We do not die when we leave the body; we are not born when the body is born. We live with such a continuous consciousness and go on doing the same work from birth to birth. This is the purpose of death. And as the evolution permits us to understand the significance of death, we will have a more scientific and less emotional understanding of death. This is something about the function of death.