Spiritual Quotes About Dying

When we peruse spiritual quotes about dying, we have the opportunity to try on a more expanded perspective of dying and explore its effect on our well being.

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flower, macro, light When we want to reach out to the perceptions about death and dying which are the most expanded. Which offer us the brightest glimpses of the light always present even around such a dark subject. Which can take us by the hand and offer us vistas beyond what we mostly think and feel about dying.

Then spiritual quotes can give us these expanded glimpses. Glimpses into a parallel universe so full of light and ease and joy. Glimpses into a world so strange and yet so familiar. Glimpses into a realm full of haunting melodies from far away but yet so close.

The issuers of these spiritual quotations must be steeped in some deep deep form of belief to sound so convincing.

A belief so rich that it invites us readers into a state of grace while contemplating dying and all its ramifications.

A belief so sound that it can carry us at least to death's threshold without needing to look back anxiously.

These spiritual quotes are helping us hold our heads high and ready to actually experience the mystery of dying. The mystery of letting go. The mystery of going home.

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Dying is a wild night and a new road.

- Emily Dickinson -



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We grow to heaven.
We don't go to heaven.

- Edgar Cayce -



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The thought of death leaves me in perfect peace,
for I have a firm conviction that our spirit
is a being of indestructible nature;
it works on from eternity to eternity,
it is like the sun, which though
it seems to set to our mortal eyes,
does not really set, but shines on perpetually.

- Johann Wolfgang von Goethe -



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We need, in love,
to practice only this:
letting each other go.

- Rainer Maria Rilke -



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...death is only a horizon,
and a horizon is only the limit of your sight.
Open your eyes to see more clearly...

- William Penn -



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I shall not die of a cold.
I shall die of having lived.

- Willa Cather -



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In Sleep we lie all naked and alone,
in Sleep we are united
at the heart of night and darkness,
and we are strange and beautiful asleep;
for we are dying into the darkness
and we know no death.

- Tom Wolfe -



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People sleep,
and when they die,
they awake.

- Mohammed -



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When the heart weeps for what it has lost,
the soul laughs for what it has found.

- Sufi aphorism -



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It is not all of life to live,
nor yet all of death to die.
For life and death are one,
and only those who will consider
the experience as one
may come to understand or
comprehend what peace indeed means.

- Edgar Cayce -



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If you would indeed behold the spirit of death,
open your heart wide into the body of life.
For life and death are one,
even as the river and the sea are one.

- Kahlil Gibran -



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Of course you don't die.
Nobody dies.
Death doesn't exist.
You only reach a new level of vision,
a new realm of consciousness,
a new unknown world.

- Henry Miller -



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It is clear to me as daylight
that life and death are
but phases of the same thing,
the reverse and obverse of the same coin.

In fact tribulation and death
seem to me to present
a phase far richer
than happiness or life...

Death is as necessary
for a mans growth as life itself.

- Mahatma Gandhi -



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Men who have seen life and death...
as an unbroken continuum,
the swinging pendulum,
have been able to move as freely into death
as they walked through life.
Socrates went to the grave
almost perplexed by his companions' tears.

- Voltaire -



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Because I could not stop for Death --
He kindly stopped for me --
The carriage held but just ourselves
And immortality.

- Emily Dickinson -



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Awareness of approach to death
can be a beautiful thing,
a frame into which
we can put the work of art
that is our life,
our personal masterpiece.

- June Singer -



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Whether it is seen in personal terms
or trans-personal terms,
whether it is Heaven or Nirvana or
Happy Hunting Ground or
the Garden of Paradise,
the weight and authority of tradition maintains
that death is just an alteration
in our state of consciousness,
and that the quality of our
continued existence in the afterlife
depends on the quality
of our living here and now.

- John Smith -



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Birth is not the beginning,
Death is not the end.

- Chuang Tsu -



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We are not only given the body
but we are given the ability
to see beyond the body and
to realize that we are not tied to it forever.

- Anonymous -



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The reality of my life cannot die
for I am indestructible consciousness.

- Paramahansa Yogananda -



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Never the spirit was born;
the spirit shall cease to be never;
Never was time it was not;
End and Beginning are dreams!
Birth-less and deathless and
changeless remaineth the spirit forever.
Death hath not touched it all,
dead though the house of it seems!

- Sir Edwin Arnold -



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Not knowing
when the dawn will come
I open every door.

- Emily Dickinson -



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There are many levels of life
which we cannot see and know,
yet which certainly exist.
There is a larger world,
vast enough to include immortality....
Our spiritual natures belong to this larger world ...
If death is apparently an outward fact,
immortality is an inner certainty.

- Manly P. Hall -



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After your death you will be
what you were before your birth.

- Arthur Schopenhauer -



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...when we finally know we are dying,
and all other sentient beings are dying with us,
we start to have a burning,
almost heartbreaking sense
of the fragility and preciousness
of each moment and each being,
and from this can grow a deep,
clear, limitless compassion for all beings.

- Sogyal Rinpoche -



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The disembodied soul
does not part with Nature
when it leaves the earth;
life but, rather,
it rises to a plane of Nature
which is fuller, richer
and sweeter in every way
than the best of which
the earth dwelling soul dreams.

The dross of materiality burned away
by the astral vibrations,
the soul blossoms and
bears spiritual fruit in the new life.

- Yogi Ramacharaka -



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The breaking of forms
which we call death
releases the consciousness within
for the new adventure
of building other forms
for further growth.

- Joy Mills -



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Thus we live,
forever taking leave.

- Rainer Maria Rilke -



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Dying before dying has
two important consequences:
It liberates the individual
from the fear of death and
influences the actual experience of dying
at the time of biological demise.

- Stanislav Grof -



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Everyone is so afraid of death,
but the real Sufis just laugh:
nothing tyrannizes their hearts.
What strikes the oyster shell
does not damage the pearl.

- Rumi -



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