Socrates - Death and its Mystery - On death
Type of spiritual experience
A description of the experience
quoted in Death and its Mystery, At the Moment of Death; Manifestations and Apparitions of the Dying – Camille Flammarion
No one knows what death is and whether it be not the greatest of all good things for man.
Nevertheless, it is feared as though it were the supreme evil.
Athenians, you have just condemned me to death.
The divine inner voice which my whole life long has never ceased to make itself heard in me has today been silent and I did not defend myself against your accusations. This means that what is happening to me is good.
I am about to suffer the fate to which you have condemned me, but iniquity and infamy will cling to the memory of the judges. I accept my punishment and they theirs. It was thus predestined, and in my belief, all is for the best.
When death comes near to Man, that which is mortal in him is scattered, but that which is immortal and incorruptible withdraws intact.