Understanding depth that is for the body, not for the soul.

 These truths about the nature of death come not only from the Bhagavad Gita, the revered text of addressed Vedanta, but also from the Vedanta teachings of five great rishis Shri Rama Krishna and his direct disciple Swami Vivekananda and Swami Aveda Nanda, as well as Sri Aurobindo and Swami Sivananda. 

All five of them are God realized sages who possess tremendous yogic insights into the subtle and causal realms of existence which you Beyond the knowledge base of modern science.

 Now as we go through these videos, one thing you will notice is that despite the sages having lived in different times, the truths of our depth chronicled by them are remarkably consistent with each other. 

This is because the teachings of these sages are not derived from the personal opinions, guesses or beliefs, which naturally tend to be inconsistent, rather than teachings are based upon actual yogic experience on actually witnessing the same realities regarding death in the subtle realm. 

For this reason, the truths about death expressed by these five stages are not only consistent with each other, but also aligned perfectly with the realizations chronicled in the address with antique texts such as the Bhagavad Gita and Upanishads. 

So let us embark on a journey to uncover 12 key vedantic truths about death.

 And we start by listing out the first five in this video. So the first great truth to learn about death is that no one really dies what is called as death is only for the physical body, the soul being eternal persists beyond death, that a man will find that he never really dies, that his Atman his soul persists beyond death, he will have no more fear of death. 

That is only a change of condition. From the scene we pass into the unseen Swami Vivekananda, Complete Works volumes one and five. The soul of man is part of the eternal cosmic energy that exists that is a part of God.

 It is beyond life and death, you will never born and you will never die. Then what is this birth and death that we see around us? These belong to the body because the soul is omnipresent, that is present everywhere and eternal.

 Swami Vivekananda, Complete Works volume to nature, body and mind go to death not we, we neither go nor come. The man Vivekananda is in nature is born and dies, but the self the soul which we see as Vivekananda is never born and never dies.

It is the eternal and unchangeable reality, Swami Vivekananda Complete Works volume seven, life and death are only different names for the same fact the two sides of the one coin, one particular mode of manifestation is what we call life. Another particular mode of manifestation of the same thing is what we call death. 

When the wave rises to the top, it is life and when it falls into the hollow it is death. Both modes of life and death are Maya that is impermanent conditions which are subject to change. Beyond this realm of change lies our true nature.

 our Atman our soul that is never born, which never dies, never changes and never goes or comes, without birth or death, eternal, ever existing, free, unchangeable, and beyond all conditions is the soul of man, the real self of man, Swami Vivekananda, Complete Works volumes 247 and eight. 

The soul is not born nor does it ever done. unborn, eternal changeless and ancient it is not killed when the body is killed. Bhagavad Gita chapter two verse 20. So this is the first truth about death.

 Now the second truth to learn is that death is just like the casting away of a garment. Just as we change our clothes. Similarly, at the time of death, the soul discards the covering of the outer gross physical body, and journeys on clothing in the inner subtle body or such machinery. 

Then after a period of rest in the subtle realm, when the time for rebirth arrives, the soul again manufactures a new physical body for itself, as we throw away our old worn out garments and put on new ones.

 So the living soul after using the body, which is the gross physical garment, throws it away when it is worn out and manufactures a new one at the time of rebirth. 

Bhagavad Gita chapter two verse 22. Death is no longer mysterious when we know that there is an entity which has manufactured this instrument which is dwelling in it Which leaves it when the time comes. 

So death does not mean the annihilation of anything or destruction or reduction into nothingness of anything, but it means disintegration. It means that the instrument which has served its purpose must be thrown away. 

Our bodies are nothing but the instruments or the garments of this soul. Vedanta tells us that when a person dies is not really dead, but he changes his old garment of the physical body and takes on a new one. 

Vedanta says that death means a change. That is a change from one state of consciousness to another state of consciousness, and the soul throws away the physical body at the time of death. 

Just as we throw away our old worn out garments, Swami Aveda Nanda in his book life beyond death, death is only a shedding of the body, not a cessation of the personal existence.

 A man is not dead because he goes into another country and changes his clothes to suit that climate. Sri Aurobindo in his book letters on yoga one This shedding of the physical body arises as a result of the soul's necessity for change. 

The soul requires this change so that it can grow through new life experiences so that it can use the outer conditions of life to chip away at the scum of the ego covering the mind, and thus realize more and more of its true nature. 

It's in finite divine square root. This is the third truth to realize about death. According to Hinduism life is one continuous never ending process. 

That is only a necessary and passing phenomena, which every soul has to pass to gain experience for his further evolution. Just as you move from one house to another, the soul passes from one body to another to gain experiences Swami Sivananda in his book what becomes of soul after death.

 The purpose of rebirth is a progression by experience and evolutionary growth of the soul in nature towards it self finding, that is towards realizing it's in finite divine Saru should or bindo in letters on yoga one nature in her deeper aspect as a conscious spiritual part is concerned with the growth by experience with the spiritual development of the soul she has in her charge.

 And these souls themselves have a say in the matter. All these good people lament and wonder that unaccountably they and other good people are visited with such meaningless suffering and misfortunes. 

But are they really visited with them by an outside power or by a mechanical law of karma?

 Is it not possible that the soul itself not the outward mind, but the Spirit within has accepted and chosen these things as part of its development, in order to get through the necessary experience at a rapid rate to heal through even at the risk or cost of much damage to the outward life and the body to the growing soul to the spirit within us may not difficulties obstacles and attacks be a means of growth, a means of added strength, enlarge, experience and training for spiritual victory. 

Sri Aurobindo in letters on yoga one, a scientific thinker does not fear death but regards it as a necessity for change or growth. By dead science means a change that is changed from one form into another. in our lifetime, we see that naturally every seventh year we have almost a new body, and every molecule of our body is constantly changing. 

Every microscopic cell in our organism is producing new forms, the old forms are dying and different new forms are coming up. When you plant a tree, you will see how the seed dies before the plant begins to grow. 

So death is the beginning of a new stage of life and therefore, we must not cling to that old belief thinking that we must regard death as the constant enemy of life, but we must regard it as a friend of life. Swami Aveda in life beyond death.

 Death does does not mean inhalation but simply a change of form. From the gross form we move to the subtle, says death is not destiny. 

Action therefore our consciousness does not end with death. This is the true true realize. Vedanta says that there is no such thing as death which means destruction.

 It admits death in the sense of a change of the forms. This kind of death is a constant attendant of life, life is impossible without death, which means the changes of the palms.

 It has been said before that we are dying every moment. And after every seven years, our bodies completely renew all their constitutive elements, but still the form is preserved.

 Although every particle of the body is changed, still, we continue to exist, our continuity is not broken, and we remember things and events that happened 14 or 21 years ago. 

This continuity of the conscious agent or AI cannot be explained by any physical or chemical laws. Vedanta does gives a deathblow to the materialistic theory by saying that thought or feeling or intelligence can never be produced by any mechanical or molecular motion.

 Motion produces motion and nothing else says modern science. As such, how can the motion of the atoms of the body produce consciousness that must be due to some higher power of force. This force is ordinarily called the soul.

 The soul is not subject to the atomic or molecular changes in the body, it is rather the cause of them, it is beyond all changes and consequently is beyond death. The soul is the basis of continuity of the conscious state, and also of the sense of identity in the individual.

 As we survive and retain our individuality after each seven years of change and renewal. So, we will live as individual souls after the final dissolution of the forms of our bodies, Swami Vivekananda in life beyond death, at death, you go out of this physical frame in another kind of body, not physical, and are the same person with the same consciousness. 

Sri Aurobindo in letters on yoga one, birth follows death just as waking follows You will again resume the work that was left off by you in your previous life. Therefore do not be afraid of death, Swami Sivananda in self knowledge. 

Finally, the fifth route to learn about death is that the soul departs the gross physical body cluded in the subtle body or the social machinery. 

This soaks machinery is the carrier for the mind, since the mind accompanies the soul after death, therefore, after death, were still the same person we can think and have memories of our relatives and friends whom we have left behind. 

The Departed are nothing but people who have taken on another more subtle body. This body unlike the gross physical body is fine, but still a man body with hands and feet and so on. The Departed live on this earth in another Akasha or form without being absolutely invisible. 

They also think and have consciousness and everything else like us, Swami Vivekananda Complete Works volume five, the subtle body or soul Sheree is composed of the mind, intellect and egoism. 

The impressions of actions done in various births are embedded in the subtle body. The conjunction of the subtle body with the gross physical body constitutes birth and separation of the subtle body from the gross physical body is depth Swami Sivananda. In all about Hinduism.

 Modern spiritualism, which consists of establishing contact with departed spirits, has given wonderful demonstrations regarding the existence of December did spirits who continue to live even after the dissolution of their gross material forms, it has demonstrated that the souls that have passed out, remember their relatives remember the conditions under which they passed. 

So memory continues, even though the brain and the nervous system are destroyed. Therefore, memory is not the product of the function of the brain, but it is a power of the mind which goes with the soul wherever the soul goes, Swami Vivekananda in life beyond death.

Now before we The small point to mention here is that this practice of becoming a professional medium, and establishing regular contact with departed spirits, although quite prevalent in the West has nevertheless been strongly discouraged by the rishis of Vedanta. 

The reason is because it puts the practitioner at serious risk of developing psychological problems.

 These problems have been detailed by Swami abeyta Nanda in his book life beyond death in chapters 11 and 13, titled spiritualism and Vedanta and the spiritualistic mediumship.

 So these are the first five truths to learn about death. In part two of our understanding death series, we shall visit five more truths which will reveal to us that after death, the loved ones do not travel to some far off place where we cannot reach them, but remain right besides us just like the living. 

This is because after death, the departed reside in a mental world. Therefore, whatever good thoughts we send them, do reach them and bring them immense peace and comfort.

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