Wednesday, 13 November 2013

Life is Eternal

The Substance is One and that alone is the Eternal Substance. There is no vanishing, no destruction of it. It is the Supreme Integral Existence. We are the Eternal Substance of that unfragmented Supreme Being. You say a person dies. Where does a man like this one (Dadaji points to himself) go? That's it, there is only one place. Still one's death you think a person has gone somewhere. But, one does not go anywhere. It is under the influence of body consciousness that one thinks in this manner. And for this reason, fear of death makes one feel as if a person goes somewhere on dying. What is the nature of death is a matter we do not understand.
If you know what death is, then you can know what you call life and afterlife, isn't it? He is not born, then what is death to Him? Speak about the body. That body takes birth, in your language. What is correct then? You are unable to see, that is why you are bewildered. Being deluded through inability to understand, is it proper for us to show disbelief? When we are unable to understand the meaning of a calculation or a poem, we do not express disbelief or contempt toward them. In the same way, in the spiritual world such phenomena take place that we can by no means understand, yet we cannot deny the phenomena. It is in our nature to make comments on matters whose importance it is not easy for us to accept. Many applications of science are within our reach. After the inventions of the radio and television, even though we may not understand these means of hearing and seeing distant things, still we have no hesitation in accepting that it is possible to do so. But, we try to belittle what takes place in the spiritual world, especially in this age of the slogan, "Religion is the opium of the people."
There is something called death, as you people call it. But, it is He who leaves the body, and He doesn't go anywhere. His vibration stops in the body. But, until the individual mind function is over, the mind remains dissatisfied and unless and until this mind is fully satisfied, it will continue to come into this world. People who were together, come together again.
In the vacuous region of the heart, which is the Infinite within, two sounds are constantly sounding. When these two sounds go off, the mind shrinks and a person dies. When the mind can resort to another body, it buds forth again. When those two sounds of Mahanam stop, it is death. Then the mind shrinks and the person is merged in pervasive Existence.
Individuals have no Existence of their own because exit from their mortal body is inescapable.
Human beings get crippled in life with so many ups and downs, shocks and jolts, still they do not care to remember Him. Right up to the time of death they carry the burden of hopes and desires, becoming victim of the miseries of repeated births and deaths and unavoidable destiny.
You have come for a few days, not forever. Why should you bother for anything?
Life has no death. Life is Eternal. What you call death or end of life is actually a phase and is concerned only with the body. Body consists of matters which dissolve in time to their original form. But Self has no dissolution.
One has no right to put a violent end to one's own life. Live the normal term of life doing your work, without coveting the wealth of others and enjoying Him.
You need not hunt after death. Try and understand the Origin. If you can reach and grasp the Root, then you will understand the branches. Life is the Play of the Divine and the birth is His Music. Death is a cessation, more precisely a condition or phase. He who has created us has done so for His necessity.
Life is like a Jalebi (Indian delicacy made in a three inch circular design, open in the center, with a seemingly endless narrow tube of dough that circles back over itself again and again. The resulting shape appears initially haphazard and confused, but upon closer inspection is carefully created and orderly. Dipped in thick sugar syrup, it is sweet beyond sweet.).
That which holds the body will return to It's own Abode when It leaves the body. And the reality of the mortals is then merged in that Eternal and Continuous Life Force which never moves from or to any place.
A person (Supreme within) cannot die. The body is mortal, but He is not. He is chanting within you 24 hours a day. When that body is off That (Life) is not off. The mind is caught by Him.
When He leaves the body, He does not go anywhere. And we, a bunch of fools, do all kinds of funeral ceremonies for His benefit! What crazy twaddle you utter. He is in fact All-blissful. Is it possible to do anything for His good through such ceremonies and reciting of incantations? Performing funeral rites is just a business. When Atma (Soul) leaves the body, in your language, only Vivek (Conscience) remains with Him. Then Conscience itself says, why, having received such human life has one remained deprived of the enjoyment of the taste of the Supreme? Conscience alone reminds one of the indwelling Atma. Reciting the incantations of the funeral rites however, cannot touch that Conscience in the least bit. Try to understand the matter. Who is to perform the funeral rights? For whom do we perform these rites? Such rites are only for mercenary interest. We have gotten bound up by a disastrous superstition.
When a person is born, one day he or she must leave the body. The question may arise whether one can prolong keeping the body for two hundred years or four hundred years, but the fact remains that a body must die one day. But, the real thing is that nobody goes elsewhere, only the body changes and transforms while the Soul (Atma) exists. Everything exists in this universe. As you cannot see while the Soul leaves the body, you say it goes away. But there is no space or scope for going beyond this universe. When people visit America or some other continent, you receive information in regards to their whereabouts and you know they are there. Similarly, the one who has the power to see can say when anybody leaves the body that the Soul is there. This body must go. It is a mere appearance. You really see nothing. Today I will tell you one very secret thing. One who knows the way of the preparation of the body constituting Panchabhuta (air, fire, water, earth, ether), the five elements in your language, and as Shastra (scripture) says, knows that these five elements transform and change their forms. For instance, the combination of Hydrogen and Oxygen forms water. Again, under certain conditions Oxygen and Hydrogen separate and go to their former conditions. If we say they vanish, it is not correct. The word transformation or change is more correct.
The most secret mystery is the attachment or, so to say Maya for the body. This is the vital point. We have no attachment for water or Oxygen or Hydrogen, so we do not feel much about their change or transformation as we know their position. We feel sorry for the death of mother, father or son, whoever they may be, because of this attachment. Now you try to understand what is death. Death is nothing but change or transformation of the body. Once you understand what is death, you can realize what a mistake we make when we perform the so-called traditional Sradh (funeral rites) ceremony. There are various kinds of rules and regulations in the Shastra regarding Sradh. That is to say, the Brahmin or the priest, ascertaining the financial position of the party, that is, how much one is inclined to spend, advises likewise. But, the meaning of Sradh which we perform is absolutely wrong.  The deceased for whom we perform Sradh receives nothing. The verses we chant at the time of Sradh, the deceased does not understand this even. The ritualism in the scriptures is all meaningless and full of falsehood. Nobody knows anything. This is nothing, absolutely nothing but the business or trade of the priests. A jungle of superstition misguides us and takes us far from Truth. Try to understand the Origin. If you can catch hold of the Root, then you will understand the branches.
By chanting Mantras, making prayers or blessings for the dead person, how far can we help them or how much may they be benefited by doing all these things? It is very difficult to get rid of such centuries long cherished traditions which have infused not only into this society, but also into them remote corners of humanity.
Action and reaction hold the stage. When the reaction gathers magnitude, one cries for succor (help). Then comes death. But the reaction persists and that leads to rebirth.
Reincarnation? What do you mean by that? When we give up the body, then and there the mind is caught by Him. After that, it is a question of time, maybe just now, maybe one day, maybe few years, you come back in a different body.
How many days we can or do live is not important. How we lived or live is important.  Keep it in mind.
We have come to another's House. We must leave it someday. He (Dadaji), whom you find in front of you, will come and take you off.

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