Ayurveda declares that there is a potential life span and the actual life span. The potential life span is what one can live provided one takes care of the mind-body complex properly. The actual life span is what one actually lives and this may be the potential life span or less than it.
It is a misfortune to succumb to untimely death while it is dignifying to welcome timely death.
Timely deathJust as a vehicle, even when properly used and maintained succumbs to wear and tear in due course; so, the body eventually succumbs to the impact of time even if we lead a healthy way of life.
But timely death is a meditative experience, an event that we can welcome and celebrate. Death comes softly like a mother putting a child to sleep. Ayurveda prompts us to ensure a timely death.
Untimely deathJust as a vehicle improperly used and not maintained gets destroyed prematurely, even so the body succumbs to untimely death under the impact of a stressful life.
Untimely death is terrible and a frightening experience. Something we should avoid by applying the tenets of Ayurveda in our life.