Wednesday, March 24, 2010

Concept of Our Final Destination

“So will it be with the resurrection of the dead. The body that is sown is perishable, it is raised imperishable; it is sown in dishonour, it is raised in glory; it is sown in weakness, it is raised in power; it is sown a natural body, it is raised a spiritual body. If there is a natural body, there is also a spiritual body………….in a flash, in the twinkling of an eye, at the last trumpet. For the trumpet will sound, the dead will be raised imperishable, and we will be changed. For the perishable must clothe itself with the imperishable, and the mortal with immortality. When the perishable has been clothed with the imperishable, and the mortal with immortality, then the saying that is written will come true: "Death has been swallowed up in victory.”…………. St. Paul 1 Corinthians 15:42-44, 52-54

“Yet there is another unmanifest nature, which is eternal and is transcendental to this manifested and unmanifested matter. It is supreme and is never annihilated. When all in this world is annihilated, that part remains as it is. That which the Vedantins describe as unmanifest and infallible, that which is known as the supreme destination that place from which having attained it, one never returns—that is My supreme abode.”………….
Bhagavad-Gita Chapter 8 verse 20-21

These two verses from the Bible and Bhagavad-Gita clearly define the transition that takes place upon the death of the physical body. Why I chose this subject is because there has been a number of people in the Christian faith who have been asking me, being a raised Catholic, whether I believe in one life and or reincarnation. I tell them I believe in both and there is this bewildered look on their face as though they are talking to a crazy person. Let me make my point very clear. Both scriptures talk the same thing, while St. Paul addresses the end of physical reality from a 'creature perspective' , the Bhagavad-Gita addresses the same from a 'Divine perspective'.

I believe in one life and a judgement, which is continuous from the moment we take a specific manifestation. (as far as I am an individual in a specific body, mind and their related consciousness.) There will be a total annihilation and a transformation, as St. Paul so authentically states, at the time of physical death. The individual consciousness is annihilated from its associated perishable nature. This can be very well understood as practically our entire individual consciousness is derived from a modification resulting from perishable senses and perishable objects. Death is a purging process through which consciousness is freed from all its trappings associated with material manifestation. But just as a nail mark can not be eliminated from beautiful wooden statue into which a nail was driven even by removing the nail, individual consciousness is not fully qualified for final integration with the unsullied Divine plenum. The judgement is the process wherein a divine evaluation, as to the qualification of acceptability, for assimilation into the Divine plenum. For some of you who are students of physics or electrical engineering, you would know that if the Divine plenum is equated to the highest, an exercise must be initiated as to whether the newly encountered potential is totally devoid of any imprinted
and inherent resistance. If there is still resistance then a further purging is essential.

This is the reason I believe in reincarnation or re-manifestation as a purification process. To understand in simpler terms all cleansing, purgation and corrections can only happen at a level below the ultimate pure plenum. All levels below this ‘supreme abode’ are at a created level. We may not understand all created levels and at which level we are operating due to our limited consciousness. But as Lord Krishna says the ultimate destiny is the level described as 'unmanifest and infallible'. All will reach this at the end of ‘Brahma’s day’ but when this singularity will happen we do not know. But our soul must be focused on that 'heaven' when we will sit at the right hand of the Father.

Love to you all

3 comments :

  1. A grand mother, a distant relative,made her children promise that after her death her body was properly cleaned and dressed up in white sari with a nice veil on her head since she wanted to look smart in front of the Lord on the day of judgement!Both the passages are nicely chosen. Thank you.

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  2. SS, the grandmother's intention was good though we may laugh at her philosophical ineptitude. What matters is our thoughts at every moment of our lives.

    Thank you for the sharing.

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  3. I always used to wonderr if it would be exciting once we reach that infallible and ultimate sigularity.Unless we have the two opposing poles where lies the attraction?As of now we live with totally opposed interests and targets and feel the bliss when we feel the oneness even if it is very shortlived.But what shall we do or where shall we be in that divine singularity which would be there forever and ever?

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