I saw this in a Greek Orthodox monastery: “If you die before you die, you will not die when you die”
What can they mean by it?
One possibility: If you accept the fact that there is no personal “you”, that we are all essentially part of the “Oneness” of the universe, that is, if before you die you accept that your earthly identity is an illusion (“if you die before you die”), then, when you die, it will not be a big deal, you are not really dying (“you will not die when you die”)
But, that is strange, coming from Greek Orthodox monks, since Christianity (at least the version told to the masses) says that you have a unique soul that continues after you die, so in some sense you still have a unique identity after death, which goes against the “Oneness” interpretation. (Unless the Greek Orthodox monks have a different theory about the world and the afterlife than what they tell the masses.)
Anyway, what do you guys think they could mean by the above phrase?