Religion received its name from being the science of rebinding man with God to bring man back to his origin.
Eckartshausen. The Cloud upon the Sanctuary ii.
Is there not an appointed time to man upon earth? His days are determined, the number of his months is with thee, and thou has appointed his bounds that he cannot pass. Job vii, 1; xiv, 5.
The law...is to enter mortal bodies and after certain prescribed periods be again set free. Philo of Alexandria
To God again the enfranchised soul must tend; He is her home, her Author and end. No death is hers; when earthly eyes grow dim starlike she soars and Godlike melts in Him.
Publius Vergilius Maro (Virgil).
Those would I teach, and by right reason bring to think of death as but an idle thing. Why thus affrighted by an empty name?...nor dies the Spirit, but new life repeats in other forms, and only changes seats.
Pythagoras. Ovid, Metamorphoses.
Behold, thou hast made my days as an handbreadth. Psalm xxxix, 5.
Life and death are simply a going forth and a coming back...Things that have been endowed with life die; but that which produces life itself never comes to an end. Lieh Tse, i.
...and each part return thither whence it came into the light of day--the breath into the air of heaven, the body into earth. For the body is not ours in fee; we are but lifelong tenants.
So shall I fight, so shall I tread, In this long war beneath the stars; So shall a glory wreathe my head, So shall I faint and show the scars, Until this case, this clogging mould, Be smithied all to kingly gold. John Masefield. A Creed.
The world is afflicted with death and decay, therefore the wise do not grieve, knowing the terms of the world. Sutta-Nipata, iii, 8, 8.
Let not him who seeketh cease until he findeth; and when he findeth he shall wonder; wondering he shall enter the kingdom; entering the kingdom he shall be at Peace.
Extra-canonical Saying of Jesus (Oxyrhynchus Papyrus, 654, 1).
The strongest desire of everything, and the one first implanted by Nature, is to return to its source. And since God is the Source of our soul and has made it like unto Himself...therefore this soul desires above all things to return to Him.
Dante. The Banquet, iv, 12, 6.
Or ever the silver cord be loosed, or the golden bowl be broken, or the pitcher be broken at the fountain, or the wheel broken at the cistern. Then shall the dust return to the earth as it was: and the spirit shall return unto God who gave it. Ecclesiastes xii: 6, 7.
Eric Van Etten
Verily, indeed, when life has left it, this body dies. The life does not die.
Chandogya Upanishad, vi, ii, 3.
The doctrine of the Essenes is that souls are united to their bodies as in prisons, ...but that when they are set free from the bonds of the flesh, they then, as released from a long bondage, rejoice and mount upwards. Josephus. Wars of the Jews, ii, 8, 11.