Thursday, January 05, 2006

DEATH - An Introduction


I have been always fascinated by DEATH. Its something that I contemplate every night on my bed. There were times, when I have imagined myself to be a corpse lying on my bed without any breath!I may sound abnormal - but that's the truth. I guess I am abnormal anyway - lol!I have decide to write about the most fascinating concept called DEATH. What is DEATH? What happens after DEATH? What is the astral world?What is reincarnation? I will be taking pointers from great spiritual teachers like Swami Sivananda, Swami Vivekananda and Sadhu Vasawani, who have written about "Life After Death".

Swami Sivananda states in his famous book "What Becomes Of The Soul After Death", that the concept of Paraloka-Vidya or the science about the departed souls and their planes of living is a subject of absorbing interest. It is a Mysterious Science which contains many secrets or hidden wonders. It has intimate connection with Panchagni-Vidya or the science of transmigration propounded in the Chandogya Upanishad. The doctrine of reincarnation or metempsychosis, transmigration of the soul and spiritualism come under the Paraloka-Vidya. Everybody is curious and anxious to know this science.

Great scientists, the inventors of many marvellous things, mighty Emperors who have done stupendous works, inspired poets, wonderful artists, many Brahmins, Rishis, Yogis have come and gone. You are all extremely anxious to know what has become to them. Do they still exist? What is there at the other side of death? Have they become non-existent or have they dwindled into an airy nothing? Such questions do arise spontaneously in the hearts of all. The same question arises today as it arose thousands of years ago. No one can stop it, because it is inseparably connected with our nature.

Death is a subject which is of the deepest interest to everyone. One day or other all must die. The terror of death overshadows the lives of all human beings. It brings considerably unnecessary sorrow, suffering and anxiety to the survivors who are anxious to know about the fate of the departed souls.

In the West also this question has aroused a great deal of interest and attention in certain scientific circles. Much investigation has been made. But the researches have, however, been confined more or less to find out whether or not the individuality survives and persists after the dissolution of the physical body. This has been proved in the affirmative by actual communication with the spirit world through science, mediumship etc.

A knowledge of this science will rob death of all its terror and sorrow and enable you to see it in the proper light and to understand its place in the scheme of your evolution. It will certainly goad you to find out suitable methods to conquer death and attain immortality. It will forcibly urge you to take to the study of Brahma-Vidya in right earnest and find out the true Master or illumined sage who can put you in the right path of Truth and explain to you the mysteries of Kaivalya or Brahma-Jnana.

You have suffered very much simply out of ignorance and superstition concerning this most important matter. If you go through this book carefully the veil of ignorance will be removed. You will be freed from the horrors of death.

The one aim of all Yoga Sadhanas is to face death fearlessly and joyfully. A Yogi or a Sage or even a real aspirant has no fear of death. Death is terribly afraid of those who do Japa, meditation and Kirtanam. He and his messengers dare not approach them. Lord Krishna says in the Bhagavad-Gita, “Having come to Me, these Mahatmas come not again to birth, the place of pain and non-eternity; they have gone to the highest bliss” (Chapter VIII-15).

Death is painful to a worldly man. A desireless man never weeps when he dies. A full-blown Jnani never dies. His Prana never departs. Your highest duty is to prepare for a peaceful life hereafter. Conquer the fear of death. Conquest of fear of death, conquest of death is the highest utility of all Spiritual Sadhana. Pray to the Lord to enable you to worship Him in every birth of yours. End the cycle of birth if you want everlasting bliss. Live in the eternal Atman and be happy for ever.

Bhishma had death at his command (Iccha-Mrityu). Savitri brought back Satyavan, her husband, to life through her power of chastity. Markandeya conquered death through worship of Lord Siva. You also can conquer death through devotion, knowledge and power of Brahmacharya.

(To be contd...)


Blogger Ganesh said...

what happened to you regular blog
do kindly mail me


10:07 AM  
Blogger Swahilya said...

Thank you Arjuna. Has Nandi written or spoken anything on Death. Please tell me, I wish to know.

4:36 PM  
Blogger Sriram C S said...

I shall die again and again to know that life is inexhaustible - Tagore. One of my most favourite quotes!!

8:27 PM  
Blogger kitchenette soul said...

Interesting post
after a very long.........time
I was wondering if you planned to close down this blog.

Death---I have been watching it for a while now. Bedside vigils and nights spent in the ICU's have shown me quite a few things. Practical Vedanta is quite different.

will post soon

6:46 PM  
Blogger Parvati said...

@Arjuna: I think as The Mother and Sri Aurobindo say, "Death of Death" is the goal. Since our souls are anyway immortal, we should see how to destroy Death of the Body on Earth - maybe by making the body too All-Soul, through some alchemy, or rigorous clearly etched out steps of Sadhana?

The body shouldn't disappear like Ramalinga Adigalaar's did, but be able to bear in itself all the Divine Power and Light and be a new body that is immortal and without Death...

Am I living in a fool's paradise?

7:17 PM  
Blogger Parvati said...

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8:36 PM  
Blogger Parvati said...

@Arjuna: One more thing - I think that to run away from the sansaara saagaram that worldly life is, and seek for Mukti or complete freedom from Rebirth reeks of a cowardice, seen from any which way.

I think that where there is darkness, ignorance, weakness, hatred, tamas, inertia, that is where all the enlightened souls should take birth again and again, if not for themselves, for the SAKE OF THE POOR EARTH AND ITS STILL UNENLIGHTENED PEOPLE and give them also the glory of enlightenment.

What is the use of one's spiritual achievements if one just escapes from the difficult world and runs away to a far off birthless heaven?

We need Enlightened Souls ON EARTH, FOR EARTH. Not a mass of ignorant, suffering lot.

In other words, all sorts of selfishness - whether spiritual (as in wanting only once Mukti and fleeing happily away from Earth), or material (about which anyway we know very well), should be consciously shunned by both great Yogis and little people like us.

"Yaam petra inbam perruga ivvaiyagam"

Let all of us be enlightened spiritually and CONTINUE TO LIVE ON EARTH, so that we won't need to look for some heavenly Mukti outside of our beautiful but cursed World..

Our Earth itself will then be a Heaven, there will be no need to escape to yonder heavens of beatitude!

9:12 PM  
Blogger Arjuna_Speaks said...

Ganesh - thanks for ur concern - I shall mail u :)

2:29 PM  
Blogger Arjuna_Speaks said...

Swahilya - I am not sure whether Nandi has written about death - I shall find out and let you know :)

2:30 PM  
Blogger Arjuna_Speaks said...

Kitchennete madam - no I am not planning to close this blog :)...

Looking forward to ur post..

2:30 PM  
Blogger Arjuna_Speaks said...

Parvati - thanks for those wonderful comments :)..

My friend Sriram always says that there are different samadhi states.Classically, there are 4 stages of samadhi. Savikalpa samadhi refers to the early peak experiences of oneness with God. As one spends more time in this state, it evolves into nirvikalpa samadhi, a relatively non-functional state where the person is permanently anchored in oneness. In the 3 rd stage, sahaj samadhi, the physical body becomes attuned to this oneness to the extent that one is now able to function normally while also holding unity-consciousness. In the 4 th stage of soruba samadhi, which is relatively rare, the entire physical body dissolves into light. This process is also known as ascension, and one who has achieved this state is known as an ascended master.

I guess to reach these 4 stages takes time and millions of births..So till we reach the case of Sorubha Samadhi attained by St Ramalinga, we have to practise and make sure we spiritually evolve in our next births.

To your next comment - but Parvati, there are many such worlds..You see only the Earth, there are many universes like this..So I guess, we have some work to do in some other universe too :)..But if you see the advaitic point of this universe - u realize that what ur experiencing now is just a dream and u need to awake to realize the truth... :)

2:45 PM  
Blogger Parvati said...

@Arjuna: I know about our Earth and the work that is needed here. One world at a time, and slowly and steadily all will be done!

But the most important thing is that I do not think that this world is an illusion, a dream or a Maayaa. I think that anything that is of the Supreme Lord, or is HIM, cannot be a dream. And even if it is only a dream, I think that it should be made into a beautiful one instead of a dreadful nightmare as it is now.

We should not run away, Arjuna, with all these excuses of dream, illusion, enlightenment, Mukti.

OUR PRIMARY OBJECTIVE IS TO TRANSFORM OUR LIFE ON EARTH. And for that all spiritual disciplines are valid and useful and mandatory. If the Earth is not important at all, and our lives here have only the purpose of ENDING OUR REBIRTHS HERE BY MUKTI, then why be born at all? We might as well get out of this birth here and now. Immediately.

Purpose of birth on earth cannot ever be cessation of birth, through Mukti or Death.

6:26 PM  

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