The Big Death

in ending there is renewal, is there not? It’s only in death that a new thing
comes into being. I am not giving you comfort. This is not something to be
believed or thought about or intellectually examined and accepted, for then you
will make it into another comfort, as you now believe in reincarnation or
continuity in the hereafter, and so on. But the actual fact is that that which
continues has no rebirth, no renewal. Therefore, in dying every day there is
renewal, there is a rebirth. That is immortality. In death there is
immortality, not the death of which you are afraid, but the death of previous
conclusions, memories, experiences, with which you are identified as the ‘me’.
In the dying of the ‘me’ every minute there is eternity, there is immortality,
there is a thing to be experienced -not to be speculated upon or lectured
about, as you do about reincarnation and all that kind of stuff. When you are
no longer afraid, because every minute there is an ending and therefore a
renewal, then you are open to the unknown. Reality is the unknown. Death is
also the unknown. But to call death beautiful, to say how marvelous it is
because we shall continue in the hereafter and all that nonsense, has no
reality. What has reality is seeing death as it is, an ending; an ending in
which there is renewal, a rebirth, not a continuity. For that which continues
decays; and that which has the power to renew itself is eternal. – J.
Krishnamurti, The Book of Life




Big Death is not the heat death
of an entropic cosmos
world destruction or the murder of multitudes
It is the death of me
inalterable total
the exact center of the universe
disappearing right in the middle of my life
becoming pure philosophy
distorted by memory and dreamsthese words
images on paper
paintings on walls
music and love
in space and time
I made them
from starlight and heartbeats
for you to remember
how it could be
if we lived here


Poem: “The Big Death” by Tullio DeSantis

Image: “The Big Death” by Tullio DeSantis, 2011.



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2 responses to “The Big Death

  1. Brandon Trauger

    The passage before the picture blew my mind. It got me thinking about my belief of what the afterlife is like. Whether God is real should not pertain to this in my eyes because I believe that this life is just a stage in this complex universe that when an individual does pass on, they pass into another realm of life. The author of that passage though was dead on. When there is death there is also rebirth, which in turn is a renewal as an eternal power. Like I said before, whether there is a God or not should not pertain to this, but how would a world this perfect in its original state be created without such a power of a God.

  2. Chasity

    It’s funny how we all perceive death. Death to me is multifaceted. There is the old way to believe in death and the “scientific”. The old way would involve the “mystics”. There was time to prepare the individual, as well as those close to the individual, for their death, because a mystic could see death’s mark upon them. In the old world mystics could see the mark of death as a “black shroud” covering the individual’s face that would darken as the time drew closer for a person to die. Hence, people would hide their faces at the funeral. The more modern ideal of this is the black veils worn at funerals. Death would be celebrated if natural, if not the individual would be mourned out of fear that the spirit would not move on. In this respect, death is a celebration of life and the continuation of it into the out-of-body form.
    As for reincarnation, I believe in no such thing per se, however, I do believe in energy, the “scientific” way. We are nothing but chemical reactions translated into energy. When we die our energy doesn’t die with us, it disperses. As stated via science energy can neither be created nor destroyed. So when we die our energy flows from us into different things and we become a part of those things that have energy, which is everything, hence “reincarnation”.

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