The Knowledge of Pain

Three recent incidents gave me an insight of something what nature/god gave us but what we turned into a complication that multiplies itself due to our ability of thinking and learning.

In the first incident I met a very great person. Great in his achievements and spiritual status. He is one of those few people who has been in touch with me for quite many years no matter where he was in his material status. We always discussed life, spirituality, religion and a lot more things. He is middle-aged and has seen a lot of success in life and not many failures after that. He was crippled by accidents and ill-health right from his younger years but his management covered this fact well so that people wont it. As time passed by his ailments increased and the pain resulted in frequent hospitalizations and complications that never seemed to decrease. In our recent conversations we discussed more about his health that his career leading him to question me something painful but straightforward "How long was he going to live?" . The question baffled me not because of its essence but mainly due to the stage of fearlessness he always had reached due to the uncertainty of his ever-worsening health. He never feared death nor loved life much but he has always expressed his urge to finish his work and leave a mark behind unlike a happiness that a normal person would seek in material sense. I asked him the reason for suddenly asking me such a question. Despite being of a positive person always I wanted to know what made him think of the remains of his life suddenly! He said that he had been through a rigorous routine of consulting doctors within the country and outside India to know the source of his medical complications. After some positive talk and discussions the depressing thought was dampened and in the next meetings he didn't discuss life or death.

In the second incident there was this person who everyone knew was on his deathbed, but he had been there many times... so he had hopes. He wanted healings apart from the medical support system he was already under. Since he had been under this condition many times before he was sure of getting cured again and get back to his work, earn more money and leave more property for his family. He was known for his practicality and shrewdness in life. Apparently he would never make a decision or analysis that was only based on emotions or faith but I always used to think that he asked for healings to feel positivity more than the healing energies. Whenever I heal, I have never healed to cure. I have rather healed to enhance the souls wish to lead the path it has chosen. This time I received a message from him that he had enough of treatment and wished to leave his mortal self. He died 2 hours after the healing commenced without any pain or suffering. I visited the hospital to pay condolonces as I had to leave for some other work later and I saw this third incident where a baby who was badly injured on head was been taken inside for treatment. It was crying and screaming due to the pain but emerged smiling with a bandaged head trying to respond to playful relatives.

I couldn't stop thinking of what I had seen this short span. My memories of various accidents I had seen and experienced started flashing in front of me. I started wondering if I would be a confused person on deathbed or as I am. I wondered if people whom I respect or follow for their acceptance of life would be the same when they were closer to death. Would they be strong enough to endure or anticipation of whatever experience death brings? It is scientific and natural that a body goes into a state of painlessness if there is really a state of pain that goes beyond our endurance limits. It’s a lift saving mechanism triggered by our brain so that adverse body reactions due to pain don’t result in a death which might not be the only way in that moment. Be is accident or disease when we are in pain many people faint or go into a coma. Sometimes his painless state is also induced by doctors using painkillers on treatments as simple as a tooth-removal procedure to a complicated surgery. So for sure all this had to do with some kind of pain. But is it really the physical pain that shatters our decisions or beliefs, or is it something else?

I feel that knowing the reason of our pain is more frightening or painful than the pain itself. A child will fall down a staircase and still be smiling after an hour. An animal who is a victim of an accident might limp and heal its wounds with time and natural instincts. But if the same thing happens to an over-thinking adult person, there is a lot of fear, worry and anxiety which leads to more pain and collapse of our system. Its our knowledge of the wound, health or disease that makes us think a lot. We start to anticipate conditions that that might not be there at all, but we start imagining things and start following a certain pattern of diagnosis psychologically leading to an entire different set of problems. Our limited knowledge about our condition exceeds the ignorance about that problem in the state of panic. this leads us to taking advises from more doctors and well-wishers. The time we should spend in resting and getting healed is rather burnt in the flames of anxiety and fear. This waste of energy and time cripples us more, complicating the problem. Not to mention that the negative thought actually leads us to the problem we never were in.

All this doesn't mean that we shouldn't go through a good clinical diagnosis, treatment and our own analysis to decide the procedure for cure. But certainly we shouldn't confuse ourselves with too many advices nor on the knowledge that is not complete. What is required is such is case is mainly to decide about the path you want to take. Its better to decide on two paths instead of multiple ones because ideally any number of choices always boils down to two choices at its final stage.

Overcoming the fear of that unknown experience of death is something we all have to endure, but this wont be achieved unless we are consciousness about who we are and have been and what we want from life. The path to Moksha or Nirvana has these small steps at the end of each life we live, where we should be fearless and accepting to realize that death is not about anticipation its only about a happening which we have to go through without our choice. The pain of going through life or death will surely be minimized if we think less about the pain the both endure, and find out ways to ignore that pain to move on.



Photo credits: , Nikhil Gangavane.

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Thanks for your replies and the discussion. Its a really interesting topic but again I would add, that when we talk about the INSTANT or the MOMENT when we die which we are not seeing the process we again might be wrong. Scientifically time changes as we move close to or away from gravitational pull. I would like to imagine that time we know would have nothing to do with our spirit because it will have a very insignificant mass compared to our physical state. So the moment might be like an hour or maybe a lot lesser than the moment.

The point was about the entire process of our thoughts after knowing that we are going to die. This might be momentary or a huge span of our time. The easiest way is to find out the strength that animals get for giving up food, water or other activities when they know they will die. And that bought to the foundation of this blog to say, that they just know that they will die as good as they had their meal sometime before. So they dont think much about it!



Sorry for diverting from your article's theme.
It was very interesting to read about you experiences and thoughts. It is also something not directly related to photography or microstock, which brings a feeling of real life conversation to the site.

Here is the way I think about the pain, our awareness of it and the related questions you raise. I believe both reactions, the unawareness of the first experience of an unexpected accident and the following fear and pain of expecting something similar in the future, are mechanisms of the human body defense system which is unconscious by its nature. In the first case, when an accident happens for the first time, the mind has no knowledge about the dangers of those circumstances and their possible dreadful results, so the only "reasonable" reaction is to heal the body afterwards, which does not require conscious thinking. To the contrary, the already acquired knowledge of an accident or an injury makes us think and attempt to foresee another similar event, so the thought is actually needed to be careful trying not to end up in the same dangerous situation. So, as any pain, the memorised painful experience is simply a precaution mechanism forcing us to take care next time. Well, then it comes to the intensity of our thoughts and amount of time spent thinking of and predicting dangerous situations, which is very individual, of course. For instance, a soldier should be able to allay his fears and temporarily "forget" about the dangers of going back to the battle field, otherwise he has no chances to succeed with his mission.

I would say fearlessness and pain-dumping skills may be either a great gift from the nature or, sometimes, may be exercised by a person to certain degree, depending on the need and life experiences. Myself, I am more intrigued by our "genetically" coded fears, like the fear of death or, down to earth, merely some "disgusting" insects and animals, which not all of us met face to face in our lifes. :)


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O'kay, then it sounds more like any other matter/substance, not only the human body, has no fear of transforming from one form into another. Take water freezing into ice as an example. Before freezing, it's "alive" and can flow, and afterwards it's "dead" in a crystal state, and of course water does not care nor has any fears of the process. :) It's the simplest example, but one can elaborate to biologically live stuff like grass and trees and so on. I just don't see the use of this type of thinking about death in application to the possible near-death experience in human beings.


What I meant by "the body is aware of its immortality" is that the body is already in a state of fearlessness and peace and doesn't care if it is going to live or die. The mind on the other hand is always struggling with the thought of its own death.


One thing is for sure: "you" or the "I" will be there to experience it... and it will be just the last peculiar experience that "you" wouldn't be able to share with anyone, not in this life at least :)

I wasn't speculating about "the blink of an eye" I said "instantly" which is much faster and has less individual subjectivity to it. There is some physics behind the death of the body and the death of the mind, and something tells me that the two may well be separated in time. Moreover, the body can be sort of rebooted, as we know from the reanimation methods. Now, if I really wanted to speculate about it, I would start talking about thermodynamics slowly taking over the dying body. So, when the heart stops pumping blood through the veins, it appears that there still remains quite some time for the brain (mind) to function and experience whatever is left and whatever it takes before the neural cells are all dying individually (or stop acquiring and analysing as a whole), which is not the same as the death of the body pronounced externally, from outside of it.

Honestly, I don't really see what you mean by saying that "The body is very well aware of its immortality ..." My perception is the body does not know anything at all, except what the live mind thinks of it whilst it can. :)


Grisho,What if death is a process? and a slow process for the dying... just a thought, nothing changes instantly

That's what the mind does - it speculates...what if death is a process, what if it happens in the blink of an eye. You can never know because you won't be there to experience it. There is only one death - the death of the knowledge you have about "you" - your name, your experiences, all your knowledge. There is no death for the body. After "death" it disintegrates into its constituent elements and another form of life will live through it. The body is very well aware of its immortality and if the mind doesn't try to turn this feeling of immortality into an imaginary "soul" the sense of fearlessness will manifest naturally.


What if death is a process? and a slow process for the dying... just a thought, nothing changes instantly


That's the real problem - the knowledge about pain. The mind thinks it knows what pain is but it doesn't. The mind (thought) can only experience dead things, it can't touch anything living. And pain is an expression of life, it's a living thing. It (pain) is not a problem for the body, it can handle it perfectly withought the interference of thought. That's why the body goes into unconscious state or a coma. Because it can handle itself much better without the constant damaging intervention of the mind.

"The pain of going through life or death will surely be minimized if we think less about the pain the both endure, and find out ways to ignore that pain to move on. "

There can't be any pain at the moment of death as the moment of death is the end of the experiencing structure (the "I"). That's why death can't be experienced. Or Life for that matter. Of course the mind wants it all. It wants the "me" to be there at the moment of death so it can experience it. It wants God/Life and the "me" to experience it. But it has to be the one or the other. The "I" has to let go in order for Life/Death/God to be present. So all the talk about near-death experiences is a non-sense. If death really took place there would be no-one to experience it.

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