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Motivational Story In English – fear of death
It is said in the Padma Purana, ‘Whoever takes birth, his death is certain. Therefore, instead of being afraid of death, efforts should be made to make death auspicious through good deeds.
Jain saint Acharya Tulsi used to narrate a Bodh Katha, a fisherman used to catch fish from the sea and earn his living by selling them. One day a merchant came and sat beside him. He asked, ‘Friend, do you have a father?’
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He replied, ‘No, he was swallowed up by a big fish in the sea.’ He asked again, ‘And your elder brother? ‘ The fisherman replied, ‘He got into the sea because the boat sank.’
The merchant again asked, ‘How did Grandfather and Chachaji die?’ The fisherman told that they too had got absorbed in the sea. When the merchant heard this, he said, ‘Friend, this ocean is the cause of your destruction, yet you come and cast a net on its banks. Aren’t you afraid of dying?
The fisherman said, ‘Brother, the day death has to come, it will come. Hardly any one of your family members, grandfather, great-grandfather, father would have come to this sea.
Still they all left. No one has been able to understand when death comes and how it comes. Then why should I be afraid of death unnecessarily?
Lord Mahavira had said, ‘Nanagamo Machumuhasya Atthi’ means death can come from any door, so only the enlightened can be saved from the fear of death.