By: Manmeet Kaur Tura
There are various religions with various concepts about the
Those who are of the notion that you live only once may believe it so in three different ways— those who believe that death is the ultimate truth and there is nothing else after that; those who believe that after leaving this world you go to the land of the dead and stay in this afterlife forever; and those who believe that after death you based on your karma either find your way to heaven or to hell.
There are some that believe in rebirth and think you keep returning from the land of the dead (
Ancient Egyptians constructed pyramids because they believed in an eternal afterlife. Ancient Chinese even before Buddhism introduced the thought of rebirth. They have always believed in the land of ancestors where people have to go to after death. Even today, certain religions have the tradition of offering paper money to ancestors to spend in the land of the dead, from where it is nonreturnable.
Historically, in the Vedas, we do not find the concept of rebirth mentioned clearly. There is an entire reference to how our body, after death, returns to nature, just like the prehistoric
The idea of rebirth evolves from the Upanishads and is clearly explained in the Puranas. As per Hindu Vedas some
As a conclusion there are two paths after death: one is the return to this world in a transformed way, or escape to another world. Therefore, Hindu rituals are an amalgamation of fire (for escape) and water (for rebirth). There are rituals like shradh that imply on feeding the ancestors and a promise to help their rebirth. In this
Then there is the concept of voluntary renouncing the body (samadhi), which actually means having a complete control over your own self-termination of life after fulfilling your worldly duties. For example, in the Ramayana Ram submerges himself into the river Sarayu and does not come back after he passes on his kingdom to his children and similarly in the Mahabharata Pandavas walk away into mountains after passing on their kingdom to the next generation. This