- It is well known Steve Jobs had a single book- Autobiography of a Yogi on his iPhone – so much so a copy of it was given to everyone at his funeral. His famous last words were, ‘Oh, Wow. Oh, Wow. Oh, Wow.” Although he was suffering, one wonders who or what he saw unbeknownst to anyone, that so touched him as he gave up his ghost.
- Spiritual master and author of ‘Autobiography of a Yogi’, Paramahansa Yogananda’s last words were “Where Ganges, woods, Himalayan caves, and men dream God — I am hallowed; my body touched that sod.” It is reported, his body showed no sign of decay for 21 days before it was placed into a casket and that he foretold of his coming back to live up in the Himalayas in his next earthly visit.
- Einstein’s personal secretary who was with him at the hospital the day before he passed away on April 17, 1955 recounts how Einstein, bedridden but feeling a little stronger, asked for pages of his equations where he had been endlessly manipulating mathematical symbols in the fading hope that the unified field theory materialize. Einstein did not rise with the morning sun. His final scribbling’s offered no further light on unification. While some may think, he died with unfinished business, others won’t hesitate to say, his soul is (or was) but taking a break…
- Terry Pratchett who amused many with his alternate universe stories tweeted in his last moments,”Terry took Death’s arm and followed him through the doors and on to the black desert under the endless night. The End.” In his books, this character called Death muses- “Humans make life so interesting do you know, that in a universe so full of wonders, they have managed to invent boredom?”
- Finally, the one line story of a dying man whispering last words of advice to his wife, ‘remember dear, every morning when you lift your head from the pillow, you have all that you need!’
Bhaskar Dutta is a writer and IT specialist based in London.