Get ready for a fresh perspective on suicide and suicidal thoughts.
In response to a question from a listener, Thom gives us a lot to contemplate in this episode, including redefining how we think about suicide, introducing the concept of “long suicide,” and reminding us that body death doesn’t mean consciousness death or bring an end to suffering.
He talks about the role Vedic Meditation can have in easing the suffering at the source of suicidal thoughts, and also affirms that you are worthy of, and must seek, professional help if suicidal thoughts have become a regular part of your thinking or if it’s something you feel inclined to act on.
Even if you aren’t contemplating suicide, this is wisdom we should all take on board, for the inevitable occasion when we might be able to influence someone considering a premature end to their life.
If you are struggling with suicidal thoughts or are experiencing a mental health crisis:
In the United States: Dial the 24/7 National Suicide Prevention hotline at 988 or go to SuicidePreventionLifeline.org
In Australia: Dial 13 11 14 or go to https://www.lifeline.org.au/
In all other countries, visit this page for your local prevention hotline: https://blog.opencounseling.com/suicide-hotlines/
[00:45] Where Do Suicidal Thoughts Come From?
[02:06] A - Seeking Help: A Necessary Step for Mental Health
[04:08] Break the Stigma
[05:45] What Happens to Consciousness After Death
[07:35] Nihilism, Atheism, and Suicide
[09:44] Natural Curiosity of Body Death
[11:25] Suicide is Not Self-Destruction
[13:35] Guru Deva - the Supreme Authority in the Vedic Worldview
[15:57] Guru Deva Bestows Epithets
[18:06] Guru Deva Dropped his Body
[20:18] Did Guru Deva Commit Suicide?
[22:23] Why Guru Deva Dropped his Body
[24:29] Cosmic Intelligence and the End of a Physical Body
[26:21] Witness of All Intellects
[28:36] Suicide: An Act of Desperation or Cosmic Intelligence?
[30:32] Zero Effectiveness of Warnings and Campaigns
[33:04] This is Not Suicide
[35:05] We Don't Call It Suicide
[36:46] What You Can Do?
[38:56] How Vedic Meditation Can Help
[41:00] Consciousness Beyond Physical Death: Insights from a Near-Death Experience
[43:03] Live Your Life Without Suffering