What Should I Do About My Fear of Death?


I’m only 61 and my mother is 97 and still going. I’m so afraid to die, especially that I feel I’m too young. Are you afraid? Is how long we live decided when we are born? I want to live long like her.

—Celene, US


Dear Celene, The number of years we live is determined primarily by our past karma. Yes, you are still relatively young at 61. Because your mother has made it to 97, the chances are good that you will live that long or longer, also. However, nothing is certain, and it is always good to prepare for one’s death ahead of time, by understanding that there really is no such thing as death.

No, I have no fear of death. There really is nothing to be afraid of at all! We simply leave one body, and take up residence in our astral bodies, in the astral regions—waiting and resting there until it is time for us to reincarnate into another body.

If you’d like to know more about how this system works, please read Chapter 43 of Autobiography of a Yogi, in which Yogananda describes exactly what goes on after we let go of our physical bodies in so-called death. You may read it online for free at: https://www.ananda.org/free-inspiration/books/autobiography-of-a-yogi/ It’s wonderful to know the truth about death. As Jesus says: “Know the truth, and the truth will set you free!”