Death is the cessation of the connection between our mind and our body.
Although intellectually we all know that one day we shall die, usually we are so reluctant to think of our death that this knowledge does not touch our hearts, and we live our life as if we were going to be in this world forever. As a result, the things of this world – such as material possessions, reputation, popularity, and the pleasures of the senses – become of paramount importance, so we devote almost all our time and energy to obtaining them and engage in many negative actions for their sake. We are so preoccupied with the concerns of this life that there is no or very little room in our mind for genuine spiritual reflexion and practice. When the time of death finally arrives, on our death bed, we discover that by having ignored death all our life we are completely unprepared. All the empires we built become meaningless. We meet death with sadness, despair and even anger. All our efforts and smiles are replaced by dejection; our positive energy is replaced with negative energy. We depart with sadness and tears. Our loved ones are not spared either. A times, we leave them with poverty and tears, having spent all the earnings on our illness.