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Interpretive Paragraphs for Death 4

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Sociology
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SOCY1097
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Elaine Tarutis

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Interpretive Paragraph for Dialogue with Death
In Easwaran’s Dialogue with Death, Chapter twelve, “The Lesson of the Lilac,” discusses
the purpose to our lives and how to overcome death. Easwaran reasons that the reason we must
look for moksha (release from rebirth) is because life is too short. He says, “If we could only see
how narrow life is, how petty, how quickly ended, we would concentrate all our effort on
escaping from it once and for all. When I read this line, I immediately understood what he was
trying to say (Note that this is not necessarily mean I agree with all his views). It is like our life
is a song on a record. There are parts of the song that we love but the best and happiest part is at
the end. However the record keeps skipping before it hits that part. This is how I believe
Easwaran views our “too short” lives; our records keep skipping and starting over before we get
to any good part in the song so we might as well put all our efforts into stopping the annoying
skipping record and finally give ourselves peace. This is the whole goal of our lives according to
Easwaran;”to pass beyond the reach of death”(202) and find moksha. In order to pass beyond
death we must no longer identify ourselves with our bodies and know that we “do not die when
the body dies” (211). A lot of Easwaran’s ideas come from the Bhagavad Gita, such as the idea
of separation of self and reaching moksha.

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Interpretive Paragraph for Dialogue with Death In Easwaran’s Dialogue with Death, Chapter twelve, “The Lesson of the Lilac,” discusses the purpose to our lives and how to overcome death. Easwaran reasons that the reason we must look for moksha (release from rebirth) is because life is too short. He says, “If we could only see how narrow life is, how petty, how quickly ended, we would concentrate all our effort on escaping from it once and for all. When I read this line, I immediately understood what he was trying to say (Note that this is not necessarily mean I agree with all his views). It is like our life is a song on a record. There are parts of the song that we love but the best and happiest p
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