25. On Death
[To Mrs. Horace Alexander. Recorded by M.D. under November 24, 1932]
I have personally ceased for years to grieve over death at all. The shock is felt when a comrade is torn away from me, but that is purely due to personal attachment which in other words is selfishness. But I immediately recover and realize that death is a deliverance and has to be welcomed, even as a friend is welcomed, and that it means dissolution of the body, not of the indwelling spirit. But I must not philosophize. To be true to you and to myself I had to declare my faith and at the same time to let you know that Mahadev and I and your other friends here were not so indifferent as not to take note of the happenings in your circle.