Should a practitioner of Tao be afraid of birth and death? (89)
As long as there is birth, there must be death. However, a practitioner
of Tao should treat death as returning home. The day of birth for any
life is the starting point of death in the future. Similarly, the day of death
for any life is the starting point of birth in the future. The cycle of yin and
yang, which represents death and birth, regenerates itself eternally.
Even Saints and Sages cannot escape this cycle. Thus a practitioner
of Tao takes birth and death most seriously and also most lightly.
Why? If a practitioner of Tao is not afraid of death, why should he
practice Tao for the eternal life of his soul? If he is indeed afraid
of death, why should he learn to take emotions, desires and the death
of the body lightly? Besides, by practicing Tao, one eventually will
transcend the cycle of birth, death and rebirth. So, a practitioner of
Tao will not be concerned about the length of his life.