Lao tzu ( tao te chinh )( dao de jing ) a very famous philosopher says =
If you can empty your mind of all thoughts
your heart will embrace the tranquility of peace.
Watch the workings of all of creation,
but contemplate their return to the source.
All creatures in the universe
return to the point where they began.
Returning to the source is tranquility
because we submit to Heavens mandate.
Returning to Heavens mandate is called being constant.
Knowing the constant is called ‘enlightenment’.
Not knowing the constant is the source of evil deeds
because we have no roots.
By knowing the constant we can accept things as they are.
By accepting things as they are, we become impartial.
By being impartial, we become one with Heaven.
By being one with Heaven, we become one with Tao.
Being one with Tao, we are no longer concerned about
loosing our life because we know the Tao is constant
and we are one with Tao.
I’m here to learn like you.
I don’t think that fearing death or not fearing it is the point here at all. It is just a statement about how things would be if you enlightened yourself and freeing yourself from fear (all fear) is a nice benefit.
I like this very wise passage a lot, because unlike some other mystical teachings, it does not advocate the total eradicating of the self, the personality. It just says “empty your mind of all thoughts” – a meditative technique. This sounds very powerful, and less easily exploited by unsavory characters who would control people in the name of religion or spirituality.