The Need To Be....

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And I said "You know what "aarti " means....."(the grand finale of an Indian prayer ceremony.....circling of the lit camphor flame in the air) .....

"The need to be....."

They looked askance.....as if I'd spoken Latin or Greek.....

"The mother of all fears....the fear of death.....

The fear that you might cease to be....."

Oh but that won't happen......the men looked at me and said......

The body will die.....but the soul will carry on and be born again.....!

"Where did you pick up such fantastical stories...." I said.....

It's in all the scriptures....they said.....

And started to quote the Bhagavad Gita to me.....

"Dang Krishna"....

I said.....

"I'd rather hear the songs your own heart sings....."