The term "suicide" may induce an impression of
abrupt surprise in your mind.
It seems that the annual rate of suicides has progressively
increased over the years in this modern civilization. In Japan
alone, more than 30,000 people commit suicide each year and
those deaths represent four times the number of deaths by
It is not the purpose of this chapter to discuss the reasons for this
increasing number of suicide deaths. Rather, we shall examine
suicide from a spiritual aspect.
Most of us who have read the other chapters may interpret
suicide as a "failure to achieve the goals which were
planned by ourselves before we were born and, in order to avoid facing the
misery of this material world, we have decided to die and
return to the spiritual world."
Generally speaking, most suicides may fit within this
interpretation. However, this motivation is very selfish. The
Spirit says there is another view of suicide.
As examples, we present the cases when one commits suicide to save another's life in exchange for one's
own life, or one chooses death to release one's family and friends from nursing
and worrying over his terminal or excruciating illness. If the reason for
the suicide is caring for others, then suicide is regarded as in
compliance with the Spiritual Ethics.
As stated in "Basis of Decision Making," the determination
of whether suicide is justifiable or not depends on one's
motivation - whether it is based on love or not.
In the case of a Japanese warrior (samurai) committing
hara-kiri just to maintain his feudal lord's honor that is based on
nothing but egoistic motivation. Hence, he certainly could not
avoid going straight to hell (a world which consists of lower vibration
To commit suicide against one's incurable and debilitating
illness, one may possess an intention to free himself from the pain as
soon as possible for one's own sake, while another may wish to relieve the hardship endured by his
caregivers. For outsiders, it may seem to be the same commission of suicide. However,
although the results may be the same, it is obvious which is driven by love or
It is not easy to sacrifice your life for
others. Unless you profoundly understand spiritualism and
devote yourself daily to being kind and helpful to others, you
would not be able to decide to end your life for the
sake of others at the critical moment.
On the other hand, it is relatively easy to
commit suicide to escape from one's own pain and sufferings.
Since we have
been given our precious souls (derived by the Creator) to learn all of these invaluable
lessons, we should seek our own true values to help others and
have reverence for our life.