It was Friday night 1st March 2013, I went to bed about 12:30 am as usual. Few minutes after going to bed I fell asleep. I do not remember what happened during most of the sleep, except the early morning phase of it typically 4:00 am onward. I found myself traveling in a bus, its windows were open and I was lying on a berth at the front part of the bus. There was a woman about 50 years old siting beside me. She said, “Wind is very cold, let us close the windows”. I closed the window and another woman at the back also closed the window with little difficulty. I do not remember what happened for a little duration. After this duration, the woman who was earlier siting beside me was now siting at the back with a man. She asked him to light a matchstick and said to him, “if the flame of the matchstick persists, then you will remain alive, else you will die”. The man lit the matchstick and flame persisted. In the mean time I was on the floor and was trying to light the matchstick. My few attempts to light the matchstick failed, I finally managed to light the matchstick, but flame lasted for a moment and died out. I tried to light the matchstick again. My few attempts failed again. I managed to light the matchstick finally, but flame lasted for a moment and died out again. At that moment I realized that my time is over! I accepted it! I did not try to light the matchstick again. Soon I was lying on the floor and my voice got blocked. I was trying to speak out but all in vain. My left hand was on standing position with the support of my elbow on the floor. My face was turned towards left. Some liquid moved from the left part of my throat and came towards left part to my jaw. My left hand fell down on the floor and my face turned towards left little bit more and I was no more. That very moment when I died in my dream world, my eyes got opened in my real world finding myself alive. I was not frightened. I looked the time in my cell phone, it was 5:30 am. I got up and sat on the bed and started thinking about what I have just witnessed.
Life is a journey it starts at birth and ends at death. Once we enter in the starting station, the final destination is inevitable. How much time is left before reaching the final destination in unknown. It can be a moment, a second, a minute, an hour, a day, a week, a month, a year, a decade, several decades, a half century or if you are lucky, then a century or so. But irrespective of how much time we have the final destination is bound to come. In this journey we meet many peoples and visit many places and we do some good work and some bad work. Every moment of this journey is precious, a moment gone can not be retrieved back. However, we human beings ravel our minds with all kind of mental defilement. We foster enmity, hatred, jealousy, anger, ill-will, lust, craving, clinging etc. And these mental defilement rewards us with sorrow, lamentation, misery, grief, despair, distress, and suffering. We waste lot of our precious time running away from sufferings without realizing that we are victims of our own minds and mental habits which we have fostered at least since our birth. We use our minds to study and understand the world around us but we become so much deluded with ourselves that we never use our mind to understand ourselves. Mind is so much central to our lives that it will not be wrong to say that man is mind and mind is man (gender neutral). So we need to tame our minds to make ourselves happy rather than running away from the misery. Mental defilement can not be countered by mental defilement themselves. In order to counter mental defilement we need to foster morality, forgiveness, mindfulness, wisdom, compassion, love, and fraternity which in turn will reward us with peace, happiness, and bliss and we shall have more time to enjoy our journey. Our lives are inextricably linked with each other, let us break all the barriers namely ethnic, religious, cultural, racial discrimination, caste discrimination, language discrimination, gender discrimination which are created solely by our births having no other basis, between man to man (gender neutral). Let us put an end to the exploitation of poor by rich, under-developed by developed, weak by strong. Let us help each other and make this journey a wonderful experience for us and make this world kingdom of righteousness and a lovely, beautiful place to live!
One of my friend suggested me to write about this dream. At first, I thought its a weird idea to write about death and give some meaning to life. However, later on, I decided to pen it and leave it to the readers to pass the judgment on weirdness. I hope I did not disappoint you. Be happy!