means not only the conscious departure from the physical body of a realized soul but also the shrine where the physical body is buried.
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"In regard to every matter, my thoughts are always
sublime and exemplary. You must note that Swami's life is in His own hands and not in those of anyone else. If I will it, I
can live for as long as I please. I can also terminate it at will. It is my will that decides and not any other person. The
reason is My purity, selflessness, and divinity. What other testimony is called for? The life of the pure hearted is in their
own hands and not in those of others."
Discourse, 3 July 1993