Meaning of Life and Mystery of Death- An Exposition by Sage Sanatsujata in Mahabharata

It would be observed from the foregoing conversation between the King and the Sage that it started with an enquiry into the mystery of death but ended with an explanation on the meaning of life and immortality of one’s own nature. What a change of focus had been brought about by the Guru - from the Unreal to the Real, from Ignorance to Light and from the Ephemeral to the Eternal, echoing the Upanishadic Prayer:

OM, asatoma sadgaMaya | tamasoma jyotirgaMaya |
mrutyorma amrutam gaMaya | OM, shantih, shantih, shantih ||
Om, Lead Me From Unreal To Real,
From Darkness To Light,
From Death To Immortality,
Om Peace Peace Peace!