And now we have a heartline from Florence in Australia:
Dear Master, Recently, I have been saddened as a close friend chose to end his life through euthanasia. VAD (Voluntary Assisted Dying) has just become legal almost all over Australia. He had MND (motor neurone disease) and didn’t have long to live and wanted to skip the end of his terrible suffering. What happens to people’s souls when they make this choice? I have been praying for him. Can we talk about it on Supreme Master TV? Euthanasia is also legal in other countries, including Belgium, Canada, Colombia, Luxembourg, the Netherlands, New Zealand, Portugal (awaiting regulation), and Spain. Love You, Master, so much. Thank You for all that You do. Florence from Australia
Caring Florence, Thank you for your heartline.
Master has some wise words for you: “Compassionate Florence, I feel your grief and confusion and wish to bring you understanding. Whenever someone chooses to end their life unnaturally before their allotted time is up, they disrupt the natural karmic cycles that govern life and death and thus increase their karma for future incarnations. The suffering that comes to us, whether during our lives or at the end of life, is karma to be burned off. If we avoid this through suicide, whether it be assisted or otherwise, the “interest” of the unpaid karma is carried forward and multiplied so it becomes heavier. That is why suicide is never a good idea. Through suicide, we don’t avoid suffering; we just make it worse. I have addressed suicide in a November 26, 2006 lecture titled ‘One Person Can Make a Big Difference’ in Thailand. You may wish to watch this.
‘There are a lot of people that suffer from mental illness and suffer from depression and anxiety and schizophrenia. And a lot of people end up hating this world so much. It's so painful for them, they can't stand to live here anymore, and they decide to take their life and commit suicide. And I worry so much about these people; I worry about what happens to them after they commit suicide. And I wonder if there is anything we can do or say to give them encouragement to alleviate their pain. What kind of prayer we need to say for them, to help them?’
‘Each one is different. Are you working with them?’
‘I'm just around people like that. I know people like that.’
‘Why are you around them? Are you a nurse or something?’
‘People I work with. (Oh!) People from my family. I mean, it's everywhere.’
‘OK, just lend them an ear. Mostly people need to talk, or unwind their pent-up problems. And if you listen, it's already good. And nod now and again. Or tell them to pray. Tell them your experience in life, or somebody else's experience. Or tell them to read my books, or listen to my singing at least. And then it will lift their mood, and then you can talk to them about spiritual practice.’
May you be at peace, my love, along with all the kind people of Australia.”