Death Makes Life Possible

TRUTH and fiction are like oil and water: they will never mix.

We must probe for truth often by plunging beneath the slippery surface of illusion to the life-saving waters below.

Trying to understand the life of Buddha, or any advanced Adept, we confront a mystery — since they do walk the Earth with the rest of us.

We must dig beneath this mystery of  immortality, which is not unlike the puzzle of our own existence in many ways.

Like every human being, Gautama was an incarnation of pure spirit, H. P. Blavatsky wrote, yet he had to experience and learn in a human body, “and to be initiated into the world’s secrets like any other mortal.”

After his enlightenment, she says, “He emerged from His secret recess in the Himâlayas, and preached for the first time in the grove of Benares. The same with Jesus: from the age of twelve to thirty years, when He is found preaching the sermon on the Mount — yet nothing is positively said or known of Him.”

Later, an active aspect of his subtle body with all his hard-won wisdom intact and fully awakened, was attached to the soul of Samkarâchârya, says Blavatsky, “the greatest Vedântic teacher of India.”

But what of ourselves, the great masses of uninitiated humanity? Do we also survive as spirits and gain rebirth in a new human form again, however unenlightened our life might be?

Such is the teaching confirmed by ancient adepts. Knowledge of and a life lived by the tenets of Karma and Reincarnation are critical to our survival, and the future of the planet, Theosophy maintains.

“We are outwardly creatures of but a day — within we are eternal,” Blavatsky wrote:  “Learn then well the doctrines of Karma and Reincarnation, and teach, practice, promulgate that system of life and thought which alone can save the coming races.”

A Poem

Robert Prizeman, musical director of the choirband, Libera, set to music the poem “Do not stand at my grave and weep” by Mary Elizabeth Frye.The song uses the same title as the poem and was first published in 2004 in Libera’s album “Free.” Although the origin of the poem was disputed until later in her life, Mary Frye’s authorship was confirmed in 1998 after research by Abigail Van Buren, a newspaper columnist.

Death Makes Life Possible

  • Category: Documentary
  • Genre: Science & Education
  • Director: Marilyn Schlitz
  • Producer: Deepak Chopra & Marilyn Schlitz

‘Death Makes Life Possible’ explores the taboo topic of death and asks the fundamental question: How can understanding death give meaning to our lives? Marilyn Schlitz, is a cultural anthropologist and scientist who sets out to find answers to the ultimate meaning of life, death, and what lies beyond.

“Featuring Deepak Chopra, Mingtong Gu, Julie Beischel, Edgar Mitchell, Dean Radin, Marilyn Schlitz and some of the world’s greatest researchers of consciousness, out-of-body experiences and life-after-death – ‘Death Makes Life Possible’ takes us on a journey of exploration beyond the physical body.

“Facing the fear of death can transform the experience of living. ‘Death Makes Life Possible’ is a must see for anyone who’s going to die.” [USA]

The Institute of Noetic Sciences was formed in 1973 by Apollo 14 astronaut Edgar Mitchell. During his return home, Edgar had an epiphany of interconnectedness that he later discovered was a samadhi experience. It led him to start an organization, IONS, dedicated to exploring the meeting of science and spirituality.

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“By focusing our attention on consciousness, through the lens of research, the Institute seeks to understand the relationship between mind and matter, the formation of worldviews, the nature of transformation, and, ultimately, the next evolution of our human potential. Our core message is one of hope and possibility,” Ms. Schlitz says.

“This new movie will have the capacity to help many people, especially those faced with their own death or that of a loved one,” says the Supervising Producer Angela Murphy: “It can begin to change the way we think about death in our Western world,”

You can participate in many ways, says Ms. Murphy, the Director of Media at the Institute of Noetic Sciences. The inspiration to spread broadcast ancient truths about man and nature, often emerges from many backgrounds, arts and disciplines.


“Do not stand at my grave and weep,
I am not there; I do not sleep.
I am a thousand winds that blow,
I am the diamond glints on snow,
I am the sun on ripened grain,
I am the gentle autumn rain.
When you awaken in the morning’s hush
I am the swift uplifting rush
Of quiet birds in circling flight.
I am the soft star-shine at night.
Do not stand at my grave and cry,
I am not there; I did not die.”

– Mary Elizabeth Frye

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10 responses to “Death Makes Life Possible

  1. Joann Mary Pelliccia

    “Some people leave us with such vivid impressions, having us believe that they were not a part of humanity at all, but Angels Gone Home.”


  2. I just wrote my first two blogs on death and today I found your blog.. it has brought me consolation and I am deeply grateful.. Thank you


  3. dr. relaine winslow

    This is a commercial advertisement for a movie and to enhance the pockets of a few folks.


    • We know the principals behind this project and believe them to be very sincerely motivated to helping humanity primarily, and in search of ways to connect science and religion. This is one of the primary drivers behind the Theosophical Movement also. Thanks for sharing your thoughts.


  4. Thank you for this posting, TW, wonderful. A powerful reminder that this physical context we live in, so able to make us think that it is real, is temporary, and that change is inevitable…change, growth, evolution, our work, our dharma…NAMASTE ALL


  5. Rhoda Mackenzie

    Fabulous. Uplifting. A good reminder for those of us who, at best, live in and out of a continual realization of this truth.


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