An awfully big adventure

Robe cemetery

“To die will be an awfully big adventure.”

J.M. Barrie, Peter Pan.

Back in time

“We cannot banish dangers, but we can banish fears.  We must not demean life by standing in awe of death.” 

~David Sarnoff

Grassy

“Death must be so beautiful. To lie in the soft brown earth, with the grasses waving above one’s head, and listen to silence. To have no yesterday and no tomorrow. To forget time, to forgive life, to be at peace.”
—     Oscar Wilde

Alice

“Let children walk with Nature, let them see the beautiful blendings and communions of death and life, their joyous inseparable unity, as taught in woods and meadows, plains and mountains and streams of our blessed star, and they will learn that death is stingless indeed, and as beautiful as life. ”

~John Muir

Hollyhock

“From my rotting body, flowers shall grow and I am in them and that is eternity.”  ~Edvard Munch

Gently going

“Death is for many of us the gate of hell; but we are inside on the way out, not outside on the way in.”

~George Bernard Shaw

Undisturbed nowpg

“The grave itself is but a covered bridge,
Leading from light to light, through a brief darkness!”
HENRY WADSWORTH LONGFELLOW, The Golden Legend
The cemetery

“Death may be the greatest of all human blessings.”  ~Socrates

As simple as it gets

“While I thought that I was learning how to live, I have been learning how to die.”  ~Leonardo Da Vinci

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6 thoughts on “An awfully big adventure

  1. IMHO it is very important to make oneself clear that everyhing is impermanent, because it’s our non-acceptance of impermanence that makes us suffer.
    However, nothing is born and nothing dies, it’s all a transformative process, everything in a constant flux. Nothing disappears.
    We are like waves of an ocean seeing the shore, fearful to crash on the rocks – but we forget that we are not just waves, but actually we are water all the time. When the wave crashes water is still there. Are the waves separate from the sea? Are they separate from each other? Aren’t they just a part of the entire sea, having a certain shape for a limited amount of time?

    Here a nice quote by Thich Nhat Hanh:
    “If you look deeply into the rain, you can see the cloud. The cloud is not lost; it is transformed into rain, and the rain is transformed into grass and the grass into cows and then to milk and then into the ice cream you eat. Today if you eat an ice cream, give yourself time to look at the ice cream and say: ‘Hello, cloud! I recognize you.'”

    We humans don’t dissolve into nothingness – we just change form into water, air, and all those things that make up our body and still take our part i the whole circle of life.

    • PS: Forgot to say: very nice pictures (have never seen an Australian cemetery before – is this one typical?) and great quotes – I added them to my quote collection!

      • Thanks, and yes and no about it being typical. I have visited a lot of old cemeteries, and this one was different. One obvious difference is that it’s been kept as a historical one, with more recent burials taking place adjacent to the original space. Also, there is no separate section for Catholics or Chinese, as is the case in many other cemeteries of that era. That said, there’s a certain consistency with the type of headstones etc – once again bearing in mind it’s historical, not modern. I’ll dig up some more images I’ve taken over the years, old and new, so you can get a better idea of how we do things Downunder 🙂

  2. Your last comment reminds me of a Pogues song, “the worms go in and the worms come out, the ones that go in are long and thin, the ones that come out are fat and stout, be merry my friends be merry”. Lovely photos, they really give a sense of the atmosphere in the graveyard.

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