At Church of the churchless - Brian Hines has a post about cheating death. here's the link:
Here, I am taking the same subject from a different perspective. Sant mat offers HOPE. In fact that is the whole point of sant mat. Why follow sant mat? Because if you do - the master will come at the time of heath and take you by the hand to some inner region and from there the master will help you until you reach Sach Khand.
How can anyone resist such an offer? If only it was true! Of course someone could challenge me and say how I know that it is NOT true. Perhaps I am just a cynic and a non-believer. Perhaps sant mat really does offer the truth and perhaps I am just deluded. And maybe santa claus also really exists.
Sant mat requires BELIEF - you must believe. If you believe - then you can convince yourself that the master will come at the time of death and take you by the hand. It's very comforting to know that you are taken care of. And sant mat also says - "You do not need to believe - just meditate and leave your body while living and get to the inner regions while you are alive - then you KNOW."
So sant mat followers will say that they do NOT need to believe - they will see with their own eyes.
Brian - in his posting says that we cannot know. The sant mat follower has to disagree because they will say that sant mat teaches that you can and will KNOW before you die.
Then there are the scriptures. Bulleh Shah says "Bulliah asaah marna nahin, mar javi koi hor." Translation: Oh Bulleh - I am not going to die - let another die (i.e. the body)
So will the master save you from Death? Each person will have their own answer.
What does it mean to be saved anyway? Who is going to be saved or not saved? The soul? and if it is not saved, then what will happen to it?
Saved means that the soul will go to Sach Khand and live forever with the big dude (Sat Purush). It will never take birth again (unless by choice to save others - i.e. help then to get to Sach Khand). Not to be saved means that the soul will be reborn in another body and will continue until it is saved. The idea is that nobody wants to keep on getting reborn because - well - because it's a lot of hassle I guess!
Okay - let's take a new scenario. Let's say that death is the END. No soul, no rebirth - simply the END. Now let's say that I offered you a SECOND CHANCE - that if you follow my special teachings and do my special mediation then you CAN have ANOTHER LIFE. Suddenly now you WANT another life - because it's better than NO LIFE.
Hmmm... this is getting interesting. If there is NO LIFE - then you WANT LIFE. And if you are going to be REBORN (in the charasi - cycle of 84 lakhs) then suddenly you WANT OUT and do not want to be reborn.
It's all just a mind game. The mind wants to WIN - whatever winning means. And all this meaning is created by the mind in the first place. The whole thing is a mind-trap. The mind wants something - it wants mukti - it wants to be saved - because it just likes to acquire things and to achieve things - so it wants to acquire GOD and it wants to achieve liberation.
When you realise the truth for yourself - all this just drops away. You no longer want to be saved. Does this mean that you will not avoid death? No - you will still live your life - and you will avoid death.