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Death Is A Natural Change Of Body As Per Vedic Teachings

According to Vedic teachings, death is viewed as a natural transition of the body. The Brihadaranyaka Upanishad illustrates this concept by likening the process to the detachment of a fruit from its stalk when the body becomes weakened due to old age or illness. Just as a fruit naturally separates from its tree, the infinite being, disengaging from the physical body, returns to the cycle of life, moving towards new bodies to manifest its vital force, much like it originally came into existence.

Moreover, the cosmos plays an active role in this transition. And the cosmos is an active participant in this exchange: ‘Just as when a king is coming, the guards, charioteers, and village leaders wait for him with varieties of food and drink and mansions ready, saying, ‘Here he comes, here he comes’ so for the person who knows about the results of his work, all the elements wait saying, ‘Here comes Brahman, here he comes.’ This understanding of death aligns with the idea that those who comprehend the consequences of their actions are greeted by the elements, recognizing the essence of Brahman within them.

In the Vedic perspective, death is not viewed as an end but rather as a continuation of the cosmic order. The funeral rites, symbolized as a sacrifice known as antyeshti, mark the culmination of one's journey in this life. This ritual serves as a final offering, providing the individual with a sense of fulfillment for a life well-lived while evoking reverence for the natural cycle of existence in others.