Taittiriya Upanishad says thus:–
1. The body
3. mental energy
4. intuition and wisdom
5. pure bliss achieved mainly through meditation..
( Please refer adiyen’s writings about Taittiriya Upanishad in adiyen’s website )
Facing the ”death”
In our society, there is much talk of death and dying because of the premature loss of life due to crime, cancer, AIDS, and the increase in suicide, famine and wars.
Even though many people are uncomfortable talking about death, especially their own of that of someone close,it is certain that it will occur at any moment. But no one knows when it will happen.
Because of this utter uncertainty about the disease which leads to the death and exact time of death, one as to be prepared for it, at all times.
Art of dying
Anyone researching the literature on death & dying, finds lots of books and articles.Valuable as these numerous studies have been in shaping compassionate social attitudes toward the fatally ill
and in clarifying our ways of thinking about our own life and death, most of them lack a spiritual dimension —practical guidance in what may be called the “art” of dying.
Death is a must that we try to conceal, deny and bury, but death will succeed .
In times past when people died amid familiar surroundings of kith and kin , the sight of death was not uncommon.
There were no “old Age homes”, die of one ailment or another.
The full cycle of life was more visible, birth, growth, sickness aging and death.
Today, technological development has brought dehumanisation and alienation to the dying person.It is almost impossible for anyone to hear any last words of dying person .
New drugs appear to keep people alive longer and kill the pain but
they can also diminish the consciousness, making communication very difficult.
Now, people die in the alien world of the modern medical hospital or among strangers in a nursing home,who are dealing with the fear of death themselves.Contemporary medicine’s approach to the dying seems to be dominated by a determined effortto conquer death and delay its advent at all cost.
Thinking of death in Westeners’ angle
In refusing to face death, every one closes his/her mind.eyes/ears.
There is an interesting tendency in Western thinking to dissociate death from life.In Western thinking, the answer to the problem of death is to try to conquer it or postpone its arrival as long as possible, whereas, in ancient and non-western cultures, there is the recognition of the utmost importance of dying as an integral aspect of life.
Thinking of death in Indian culture
In these cultures, the theme of death has had a deep influence on religion, ritual, life, mythology, and philosophy.
For ancient cultures, dying is sometimes seen as a step up in the spiritual hierarchy,a promotion into the world of revered ancestors, powerful spirits or as an upward transition from the complicated earthly life fraught with suffering and problems.
Ancient scriptures say that human life is meant for reviving one’s eternal relationship with Emperuman Sriman Narayan
and to reach His lotus feet without any further births in the world.
All religious injunctions are meant for this awakening
The awakening occurs by processes.
The process of expressing life is growth.
The process of dying is also growth
From the time we enter this world, we are in a process of growth – –
physically, mentally, emotionally and spiritually.
The dying has to occur in order to live again in another form according to one’s papa / punya.
Human life is full of misery,sorrow except some negligible happiness.
This is for all the creatures of the Baghvan from ants to elephants ,from trees to mountains etc etc .
Human form see and go through six changes in this earth:
Human body gets six changes
old age, and
Some examples of growth processes, are graduation from school and finding work,getting into or out of relationships, losing one’s job, moving to a new location,or starting a new profession.
Whatever the situation, it is one of growth, yet it is filled with anxiety and fraught with a sense of danger.
But it is also filled with excitement as well as joy.
Life and death are not demarcated.
They are not conditions existing independent of each other.
They are merely facets of one natural process (growth) both present at any given time.It is the denial of death, as a part of the process, that is partially responsible for people living empty,purposeless lives.
Living each day
Most people live their lives in preparation for tomorrow of in remembering yesterday and meanwhile today is lost.
But if you live each day as if it could be your last, then you could use each day to grow because each day
we are in the dying process preparing for the final growth process – – death.
To understand these processes, we need to have a strong belief system –religious, spiritual and /or philosophical that teaches us who we are, the purpose of life,and where we go after death.
We must have some understanding of who or what dies.
Most people believe they are a body and a mind, and”I”, an ego identified by name,i.e “I am Raj”. “I am Indian”. “I am very charmy ” etc
Who are we ?
A spiritual perspective includes the understanding that we are more than the body:we are spirit/soul JEEVATMA in a body.
Understanding this, is the real preparation for the process of growth called death.
This means remembering the real purpose of life.
This really means developing a higher consciousness by which
we perceive ourselves to be eternal.
To know ”who are we–? ” what should be done ?
In order to work with the concept of knowing who we are, we need to study and examine how our ancient religion and spiritual and philosophical teachings describe death and an after life.
we will find it is a more comforting explanation of the relationship
between life and death than what is offered in many Western religions.
If we are to have true contentment we must free ourselves from the chain of birth and death.
We need to gain knowledge of the self.
Why to get an Acharyan—-?
To do this we should choose an acharyan who will impress us by explaining everything from “who are we “,
Though Vedas, Puranas, Gita etc give all these but an acharyan is necessary.
The purpose of books of knowledge are to train us to understand our position as pure soul but acharyan clears all doubts( adiyen is doing this even through telephone talks)
Geetha Bashyam —-!
Bhagavad-Gita, in which Krishna, the Supreme Lord, lectures instructions on the nature of the self to His student Arjuna who is struck with terror by the task of slaying his kinsmen on the field of battle.
Krishna tells Arjuna that, although the body perishes, the soul cannot be injured and does not die because it is eternal.
Arjuna is informed that knowledge means to know the difference between matter and spirit and the controller of both.
Knowledge is the preparation for facing the process of dying leading to the final process of growth – death.
That is until one engages in devotional service to the Supreme and moves toward ending the cycle of birth and death.
Ending the cycle of birth and death means remembering that we are having relationship with Emperuman to do service to Him in Vaikunta, our true home.
Swami Desikan in ” Srimath Rahasyathraya Saram” explains everything .
A true Vaishnava —that too belongs to Swami Desika Sampradaya should know this grantham by having “kalakshebam ” from an Acharyan ( adiyen delivered kalakshebam for morethan two years thru’ skype )
Let every jeevathma gain this eternal knowledge!
Let every “prapanna” attain “paramapada” which is a house owned by them
Sarvam Sree Hayagreeva preeyathaam
Taittiriya Upanishad says thus:–