Birth and Death

Q: What is death? Is it not the falling away of the body?

Ramana: Do you not desire that in sleep? What goes wrong then?

Q: But I know I shall wake up!

Ramana: Yes, thought again! There is the preceding thought: 'I shall wake up.' Thoughts rule one's life. Freedom from thoughts is one's true nature: Bliss. Death is a thought and nothing else. One who thinks raises problems. Let the thinker say what happens to him in death. The real "I" is silent. One should not think, "I am this, I am not that." To say "this" or "that" is wrong. They are also limitations. I AM alone is true. Silence is "I."