This might sound as a strange concept to the western mind and also to a lot of Indians. Can you believe there is a place in Varanasi where people come to die? No it is not a hospice. It is the strong belief people have that if they die in Kashi they will attain Moksh or salvation, “release from the cycle of rebirth impelled by the law of karma”.
Kashi Labh Mukti Bhawan in Varanasi is one of the three guesthouses in the city where people check in to die, Mumukshu Bhawan and Ganga Labh Bhawan being the other two. It might be a concept difficult to accept for many but it’s a very popular tradition in India, practiced by many in India. It is not people with terminal disease who come here but it is people who seek redemption for their sins and get salvation.
Mukti Bhawan has had the same manager for 44 years, Bhairav Nath Shukla. During his time there he has seen thousands of people pass through his guesthouse, rich and poor alike, all seeking refuge and a place to spend their final days before they leave our world. All were in the pursuit of inner peace and salvation. Shukla hopes with and for them. Shukla shares with us some recurring life lessons from the over 12000 deaths he has witnessed in his experience as the manager of Mukti Bhawan. These insightful sharing could probably help you come to terms with Life and Living.
Some of his sharings are :
1. Resolve all conflicts before you go.
2. People carry so much baggage all through their life only wanting to drop it at the end.
3. Be willing to seek help from others
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