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Last night, my great-grandmother passed Nearly 100 years old. As a Jain woman born and raised in India, she grew wise, kind, and mindful. She adopted the practice of “yoga”. But not the physical like we know it to be. It was in the way of her mind, words, heart, and soul. She was never diagnosed with chronic disease, it was the inevitable aging process that led her through this journey. It got me thinking, my Mom died at the age of 46. My great-grandma lived a life more than two times as long as mine. And even though this is true, even though she reached nearly a century upon this earth it doesn’t makes the loss any easier. My grandma, her daughter, is now losing her Mom. Just like I did. It doesn’t matter the age, a loss like this always leads to suffering. But this is temporary. I trust this. Her practices taught me that. In Jainism, death leads ultimately to the liberation of the soul into an individual state of total knowledge and bliss. The aim of Jain spiritual endeavor is to liberate the soul (jiva), which is believed to leave the physical body with one’s karmic matter. Send energy to all that is, to all that is not, to all that could be. Because life can change in an instant.

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