The Departure of the Soul
Frequently Asked Questions
- The five senses of knowledge; (Jnana Indriyas)
- The five senses of action; (Karma Indriyas)
- Manas or mind;
- Prana or principal vital air;
- The five elements viz., ether, air, fire, water and earth, in subtle form.
- the five senses of knowledge
- five senses of action, combined with
- mind (manas),
- prana (vital air)
- the soul and
- the five gross elements in subtle form, proceed out of the body.
Now, there are innumerable veins (nadis) in the body. Out of these, there are 101 veins, which go upwards. Out of these 101 veins, going upwards, there is one special vein, called Brahma nadi.
- The Jivatma, who is to attain moksha, passes through this special Brahma nadi.
- The Jivatma, who passes through the other 100 veins, going upwards, reaches svarga; and enjoys pleasures, in the company of devas.
- The Jivatma, who passes through one of veins, going downwards, is born in samsara this world.
- After enjoying the fruits of his good action, in the heaven, as described above
- TheJivatma enters the clouds. Then, along with the rain from the clouds, he again enters this world
- So as the rain water falls on the earth, he also falls on the earth. There, he then becomes united with the paddy, etc, which is grown in the earth
- The paddy, is made into food, and is eaten by man. So, he also enters the man
- Then, from the man, he (along with the creative fluid of the man), enters the womb of a woman; when the man and woman unite. He is subsequently born from the womb of the woman
The above is described in detail in the Vedas and is called as the vidya of five fires (panchagni vidya). The five fires are:
- svarga or heaven
- The rain cloud
- man and
- woman - as explained above;
- Those, who have done bhakti or prapatti, go by the path of Light to the Moon and then on, they attain moksha or Paramapada. There is no return for them, from the Paramapada.
- Those, who have done good things, like digging ponds for the benefit of the people, performing yagas or giving gifts to the deserving, go through the path of smoke and reach the moon. Thereafter, they enjoy the fruits of their good deeds in svarga. Afterwards, they come down to this world, through the five fires, with a balance of their karmas. Depending upon the balance of the karmas, they are born in this world, as human beings, animals or birds.
- Those, who have done only bad things and have not done any good things, are repeatedly born and re-borm in this world itself, as trees, animals and birds.
- Even a person, who has done prapatti, continues to do good things and also bad things (intentionally or unintentionally) till death. So the Lord waits till a man's death, for the final distribution of the results of his karmas, to his friends and enemies.
- A person, who was earlier a friend, might later become an enemy. Similarly, a person who was an enemy, might later become a friend. So the Lord waits till a person's death, for distribution of his karmas, to his friends and enemies.
You say that, for a person, who has done prapatti, at the time of his death, his papa and punya, (his sins and good deeds) are distributed to his enemies and friends or relatives. But sastras say that a man, who has done good or bad, has to reap the benefit. Is this not conflicting with what you have stated?
Other frequently asked questions
- Vadakalai and Tenkalai
- The Three Secrets
- The Departure of the Soul
- Jivatma and Paramatma
- Karma, Janana and Bhakti Yogas
- Advaita, Visistadvaita and Dvaita
- Iswara – The Lord and Master
- Matter and Creation
- The Eternal Jivatma
- The “Doctrine Special” of Visishtadvaita
- Alwars and Acharyas
- Vedas and Sastras