By Sanjay C. Patel
Is it true or is it just for consoling the mourning relatives of the departed? There had been many discussions about life after death. The mystery about the dark tunnel and the blinding light still persists. Although, nearly every religion talks about karma, salvation, life after death & resurrection. But is there a scientific proof to validate the claims of the Holy Scriptures.
But another question which arises here is that is it justified to just disregard the concept of life after death brought forth by the sacred scriptures only because we still are clueless about it? Is it not like arguing against the existence of God on the grounds that ‘I have not found him in my test tube’? The scientific method is an incredibly powerful tool, but like any other tool, it too has its limitations. We observe the physical manifestations of consciousness to cease when the body dies. We don’t observe the spirit to cease to exist because we do not observe the spirit at all. Spirit can be considered as a form of energy. Thus life after death can be analyzed under the light of principle of conservation of energy, which states that ‘Energy can neither be created nor destroyed, it can only be transformed’. The immortality of the soul can said to have spiritual equivalence to the theory.
Quran states that this worldly life is a preparation for the eternal life after death. Bhagvat Gita talks extensively about afterlife. Buddhism also maintains that rebirth takes place without an unchanging self or soul passing from one form to another. Sikhs also believe in reincarnation. Christianity too vouches for life after death and so do Wicca, Zoroastrianism and Judaism.
All these religions came into existence at different point of time. But each of them, in one way or the other upheld the theory of life after death, judgment day, heaven and hell. The belief in life after death not only guarantees success in hereafter but also makes this world peaceful and happy by making individuals more responsible and dutiful in their activities. So, could it possibly be the reason for all the religions vouching for it? One cannot say this for sure. But this idea, even if it is a creation of human mind, could prove to be very helpful in making world a better place to live. If a person has firm belief in eternal life, heaven and hell then she/he wouldnâ€™t do anything to jeopardize her/his future thereby making this world a peaceful place.
Sanjay C. Patel
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