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The Art of Dying with Dignity
The art of dying with dignity
SwamiPrabhananda
Introduction

The typical attitude of human beings towards life, old age and death has been painted by Charles Churchill (1731–64) in the following words:

Old age, a second child, by Nature cursed

With more and greater evils than the first,

Weak, sickly, full of pains; in ev'ry breath

Railing at life and yet afraid of death. (p. 98)

Strangely enough, man, in general, cherishes some constitutional in-built beliefs and attitudes. For example, everybody nourishes the idea that he or she will continue to live forever or at least for a long time. In answer to a question by Yaksha, King Yudhisthira of Mahabharata fame said, ‘The wonder of wonders is that everyday living beings are being devoured by Death, but ...

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