You think I am a nut telling you about the art of committing suicide?
Suicide, taking your own life, will bring you to the same life again—maybe even an uglier life than you have right now because such suicide will create its own ugliness in you.
Committing suicide is an ungrateful act towards God. He gives us life as an opportunity to grow, but we throw away the opportunity when we choose death.
If you are really under great tension, then meditation is the way.
Unless you grow, unless you grow and become a Buddha, you will be thrown back into this type of life again and again. This has happened many times before. If you do not become aware and learn how to come out of this cycle of life and death by committing real suicide, this will happen many times more.
Don’t miss this opportunity…to commit real suicide.
Grab this opportunity to learn the real art of real suicide.
What do I mean when I say, ‘real suicide’?
The real art consists not in destroying the body, the body is beautiful; the body has not done any wrong. The soul is beautiful also, the soul has not done any wrong, but between the body and the soul there is something which is neither body nor soul.
This in between phenomenon is the ego and the mind.
It is the ego and the mind that are responsible for you being born again. These are responsible for dragging you back into a new womb. If you commit suicide, when you die you will be thinking of life. Deep down, you want a totally different kind of life—that’s why you are committing suicide—not that you are against life, you are just against this life. You just don’t want to be the way you are, you want so many things—successful relationships, money, power, fame, admiration—but all that has not happened.
This life has failed you and so, you want to destroy this life.
People commit suicide not because they are really finished with life, but because life is not fulfilling their demands, not giving them what they think they deserve. But life always gives you what you deserve, no life ever fulfils all the demands of anybody. Whatever you have, how much you may ever have, you will always feel something is missing, you will always keep wanting something or the other. If you have brains, you may not be beautiful; if you are beautiful, you may not be talented; if you are talented, you may not be famous; if you are famous, you may not have money. You may have all of these, but you may not have peace of mind.
One of the richest men in the world was asked, as he lay dying, “You must be dying a very content man…being the richest man in the world.”
He replied, “I have not fulfilled all my desires. My goals were much higher. I could only achieve 10 percent of my goals.”
Each life you will find the same thing repeated. Some goals and desires are going to remain unfulfilled. The forms will change, but the discontent will remain, bringing rebirth again and again.
I will teach you the right way to commit real suicide.
Not the destruction of the body. The body is a beautiful gift from God. The ego is not a gift from God. The ego is a conditioning created by society. The mind is a conditioning created by society. The soul is a gift, the body is a gift, and sandwiched between the two, the society has played tricks with you. It has created your ego and it has created your mind. The ego, the mind, they fill you with ugliness of ambition, hatred, jealousy, greed, competition, anger, fear and violence. But this ego can be transcended, this mind can be transcended.
This ego is not a must. This mind is not a must. The ego can be set aside. The mind can be set aside. Something drastic has to be done. It is very simple, you just have to know the art of doing it.
Yes, something drastic has to be done, but not physiological suicide. It won’t help; it won’t change you. You will be back again in some other womb. You will only get what you deserve, not what you desire. You will get the womb and the life that you deserve and not what you think you deserve.
Nature knows nothing of suicide.
Dying through suicide is one the most unnatural things to do. Birds do not commit suicide; animals do not commit suicide; plants do not commit suicide—only man is insane enough to commit suicide. Suicide is man’s invention. It is very ugly. And when you do something ugly to yourself you cannot hope that you will get a better life. You will die in an ugly state of mind and you will enter an even uglier womb.
But why do some of us feel the need to commit suicide? Maybe you have lived with wrong kinds of ideas, imposed on you by society, and this conditioning is like being handed a death sentence.
Conditioning is simply stupidity that keeps on perpetuating itself. Parents keep on giving stupidity to their children and the children, in turn, will hand over their stupidity to their children and so on. This is called education, tradition, heritage and culture.
You have to become a Buddha. Becoming a Buddha is the art of questioning everything that is accepted by the society. It is the art of breaking the conditioning.
It is the art of air-conditioning your ego, air conditioning your mind.
It is the art of transforming your life from a complaint into a quest.
Question all that you have been brought up to believe in. Question the way you have lived up to now. Question your robot like existence. Question the values you have accepted. Question your very roots. Question your birth. Question your life.
The birds singing, the stars shining, and the flowers blooming. This wondrous universe throbbing with life and love—is this the place to commit suicide? This is the place to sing, to dance, to celebrate, to love, to be loved and to live now. You just have to learn how.
You have to change the mournful sigh of why…to the joyful cry of wow, now!
If you know how to artfully commit real suicide you will not be born again. You would have learned your lesson. You would have learned whatsoever was to be learned here on this earth, now you are ready for eternal life. Now you are ready to be absorbed by the cosmos to realize you were never separated from the whole, to know you are the Whole.
If you become a yogini you have already committed suicide. Yoga is committing suicide —the real one. It is not destroying the body, because destroying the body is not going to help you—you will be immediately born again somewhere in some other womb. It is only renewing the body. It is not suicide.
Patanjali, the master craftsman, aider and abettor of real suicide, gives you infallible, scientific methods on how to dissolve, how to die, how to commit real suicide. If you kill your self (the ego and the mind) that is real suicide. Patanjali gives you the sure fire method of utilizing the trio of focus (dharana), meditation (dhyana) and contemplation (samadhi), collectively called samyama, to commit slow, but sure suicide.
Buddha, in his Dhammapada, rightly says, “If you can see death, death will not be able to see you.”
The moment you see death, you have transcended death. Then there is no death for you. If you can die before death comes to you, death cannot come to you.
Death is of the ego. Death is of the mind. If the ego exists, death exists. If the mind exists, death exists. The moment the ego disappears, death disappears. The moment the mind disappears, death disappears.
If you think of yourself in terms of non-ego, in terms of non-mind you become deathless. You have always been deathless, only now you will realize that you are deathless.
There is a beautiful paradox: if you cling to the ego/mind life, you will die many times, but if you let your ego and mind die, you will live eternally.
Yoga is the search for the deathless, but that deathless is only possible through the door of death. The death of the ego, the death of the mind, so when the door opens, you are there to see it and float through the open door to the other side, to immortality and the door stays open for you to float in and out, never to be closed again.
Yoga is real suicide because it destroys the ego, it takes you beyond the ego. Yoga is real suicide because it destroys the mind, it takes you beyond the mind. If you are beyond the ego and if you are beyond the mind, you will not be born again. Why be born again and again? Why go on an on in this vicious circle, why not liberate yourself from this circle of life and death right now?
And if you can learn to artfully die, you will be liberated and live. With the death of the mere self, doors of higher mysteries of the real Self will be opened to you. You will be welcomed into the highest echelons of the mysteries of life. That’s what I call the true art of committing suicide: my name for it is yoga.
Life is very precious and the greatest treasure is hidden in it—and that treasure is becoming a witness to your own death!
Death of the ego and mind is the greatest yogasm there is.
So go ahead become a yogin, commit suicide—artfully, today, right now—live in the now and to live forever.
Editor: Hayley Samuelson / Brianna Bemel
Ramanjit Garewal is a Master of yoga and has been teaching classical, traditional and the art of Hatha yoga for more than 20 years. He presently teaches at The Yoga House, a destination for the health conscious in Mumbai, India. His teachers have been: Life, Nature and the Universal Self present in all of us. Thirst, hunger, longing, to know the Self, to realize the Divine, by attaining kaivalya (liberation) have pulled him to yoga.