The Undiscovered Country

Exploring the Promise of Death

Death: a difficult subject. But in this remarkable book, Easwaran addresses the lessons death can bring.

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Easwaran sheds light on the perennial questions of time, desire, the nature of the mind, and the realization that the body is only the jacket of the soul, and that in death the body dies, but the person does not. The Undiscovered Country shows there is no real death, only passage.

"Where have I come from? What will happen to me when I die? What is life for? Is death inevitable?" Spurred by these great questions, we seek the supreme discovery - our immortality. This is the universal message of mysticism: Complete understanding of our eternal, spiritual nature can be realized while we are here on earth, in this life."

The style is vintage Easwaran clear, direct, and entertaining. His command of world literature is breathtaking, and he uses it like a virtuoso to make his points…  the effect is to demonstrate the timelessness of the dilemma that is the subject of this book: the nearness of death and our persistent refusal to turn away from our obsession with transitory activities and objects and look it square in the eye.

Yoga International

In this book Sri Easwaran explores one of the certain things in life - death. As they say, the other certain thing is tax. There are IRS manuals to help us understand taxes :) To understand death, in a way it is better understood, this is the book.

Easwaran demystifies the subject of death and helps remove dislike or fear or myriad of other negative emotions we may have about this certainty in life. Death is inevitable. How can one overcome physical death and prepare oneself for the journey beyond death? This book explores them using day to day incidents and examples.

Even if we do not care about death, one or the other time in life, most of us have a glimpse of it much before the real death comes to us. After such an experience, it is normal for many to wonder about death. It may be for a moment or for years. That is one of the times to pick up this book and reflect on the wisdom from someone who spent years preparing for death. In that preparation he led a purposeful life. Sri Easwaran, many thanks to you.