|Music legend David Bowie dies [of curable cancer]. Did he sing his own epitaph? (BBC)|
|Oh to be like Ven. Sivali, foremost in good karma (Mike Leske, Wat Saket/flickr.com).|
|What's up, Lazarus?|
|Not David Bowie, but clone|
|Four Elements Meditation|
|Rebirth as a nonwhite female.|
The Buddha discussed them in detail as the khandha (Sanskrit skandhas) or "Five Aggregates of Clinging." We cling to them in ourselves and others. Let go. They do not belong to us. Let go and see the liberating truth. The truth will set us free.
|Intermediate state life: Bardo Thodol|
- But what if I don't "believe" in rebirth or reincarnation? It doesn't matter; you'll see it just the same. If you want to believe but just can't, look into the scientific research of this common phenomenon and the work of numerous American researchers like Dr. Ian Stevenson. Anne Frank is alive again and not Jewish this time, as is Edgar Cayce, who is very much New Age not Christian like he was.
|There are countless worlds on 31 planes.|
|I am not a deva. Diva, yes, but not a deva. Or maybe I am as I was in space (BBC).|
|The macrocosm is eerily like the microcosm, space and the kalapa (space.com).|
|Me, from space? That's silly. (Saviour Machine)|
There is no being, no just-existing. Rather, there is only becoming. And it will go on endlessly until we wake up. Those who refuse to wake up, who insist on being and more being and eternal-being, clinging to the impossible, will go right on dreaming with all its attendant suffering. Thanks to the teachings of fully enlightened beings -- samma sam buddhas -- there is an end of suffering. That awakening is called bodhi, "enlightenment," and that ultimate peace is called nirvana, "complete liberation."
|Karma: It's Everywhere You're Going To Be|
Lyrics by David Bowie
|"The Man Who Sold the World" (album)|
Returning like "Lazarus"
|Lazarus (left) dressed in gauzy linen like Bowie is roused out of sleep, raised from the dead, in a miracle Jesus is said to have performed in ancient North Africa (The Raising of Lazarus, 1857, by Léon Joseph Florentin Bonnat).|
David Bowie was probably not a believer in rebirth, reanimation, reincarnation, the relinking consciousness the Buddha and Jesus taught. After all, all mention of it has been removed from modern Christianity, and the necessity of being "born again" to get to heaven has been given another meaning. (See the writings of Edgar Cayce for a discussion of this and biblical evidence of lingering clues in the Bible). No, Bowie was an unbeliever...or was he? Why did he release a song called "Lazarus" just before dying? (Lazarus of Bethany in Christianity was dead but was famously reanimated, brought back to life if only to show that "death" is not what we think it is. Life goes on and on and on).
- VIDEO: David Bowie does "Thank You Notes" in new "Lazarus" (Jimmy Fallon Show)
- VIDEO: Was Lazarus Bowie singing his epitaph? (BBC)
- PHOTOS: A look back at David Bowie's career (BBC)
- Why is rebirth not "reincarnation"?
- Some things are imponderables, but death is not one; it is good to often recollect it