Myself: But, Swamiji, will not the spirit break down at the thought of death and the h...eart be overpowered by despondency?
Swamiji: Quite so. At first, the heart will break down, and despondency and gloomy thoughts will occupy your mind. But persist; let days pass like that — and then? Then you will see that new strength has come into the heart, that the constant thought of death is giving you a new life and is making you more and more thoughtful by bringing every moment before your mind's eye the truth of the saying, "Vanity of vanities, all is vanity! " Wait! Let days, months, and years pass, and you will feel that the spirit within is waking up with the strength of a lion, that the little power within has transformed itself into a mighty power! Think of death always, and you will realise the truth of every word I say. What more shall I say in words!
- Swami Vivekananda
THINK OF DEATH ALWAYS AND NEW LIFE WILL COME WITHIN —WORK FOR OTHERS — GOD THE LAST REFUGE
[Shri Surendra Nath Das Gupta]