Krishna says to Arjuna in the Gita, “Don’t be afraid. Don’t think that someone is going to die. No one dies; you cannot kill anyone. It is impossible.” In this world, nothing can be destroyed. Existence is eternal. Nothing can be destroyed, not even matter can be destroyed. Destruction is not possible, only change is possible.
Life goes on moving. One wave dies, appears to die, and arises as another wave. Only forms disappear and new forms appear, but nothing dies and nothing is born.
If nothing dies then nothing is born, because death is possible only if something is born. Birth and death are two fallacies. You existed before your birth, otherwise birth would not have been possible. You will exist after your death, otherwise it would not be possible for you to be here and now. But the desire to cling to life creates the fear – the fear of death.
If you drop the desire for life, immediately the fear of death disappears. And when the fear of death disappears, you can know what life is. A mind trembling in fear, in anguish, cannot know. Knowing needs a very calm, unafraid, fearless consciousness. Desire for life means fear of death.
The sutra says: Kill out desire of life, so that the fear of death disappears. And when there is no death, and no clinging to life, you will know what life is, because life has already happened to you. You are it! It is not something extrinsic, it is something intrinsic. It is happening already. You are breathing in it. You are just like a fish in the ocean of life, but not aware of it because your attention is obsessed with the future. Desire means obsession with the future. No desire means living here and now.
And the third sutra:
Kill out desire of comfort.
Desire for happiness – kill it out. It appears very gloomy, sad, life-negative. It is not. The more you desire comfort, the more discomfort will be felt. The more you desire comfort, the more discomfort you are creating for yourself because discomfort is relative to the desire for comfort.
The more you ask for happiness, the more you will be in suffering. The suffering is a shadow. The greater the desire for happiness, the greater will be the shadow. Ask for happiness and you will never get it. You will suffer frustration. Why? – because there is only one way to be happy, and that is to be happy here.
Happiness is not a result, happiness is a way of life.
Happiness is not the end result of desire. Happiness is an attitude, not a desire. You can be happy here if you know how to be, and you will never be happy if you don’t know how to be and you go on desiring it. Happiness is an art. It is a way of life. If you can be silent and aware of the life that is around you and within you this very moment, you will be happy. The birds are singing, the wind is blowing… The trees are happy, the sky is happy; everything in existence is happy except you.