Sanathana Dharmam- Death

The below section is the translation of the “2nd Chapter” of the Tamil book “Sanathana Dharmam” written by our SarGuru Tiru.SivaSelvaraj.
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When birth taken by soul concludes we call death. If we call birth as beginning then death is the end.
This is law of the world! Nature!
When the movement of our body or machine comes to a conclusion, it stops it functions.
Someone dies in few days of birth. Some fetuses die and then get delivered. Some die after few years of the birth. Some die after many years of the birth.
Do all human die in the same way or at the same time? Taking birth and death are not in same way. Why? We are human races, isn’t?
The Differences in birth and death were due to the karma. Karma is reason for birth; similarly karma is reason for death!?
Reason for death is Aakanamiya karma! Karma that is accumulated after taking birth!
Human takes birth due to Praraptha karma and in this birth if a man seeks and work towards self realization then Aakanmiya karma will cease to exist.
This is the achievement in Gnana! Death can be prevented!? How?
When the soul departs the body we call it as death isn’t it? If we stop the soul from departing?
Understanding and realizing the nature of of soul in our body and making it to stay in the body is the divine accomplishment.
Why soul leaves the body? When the body becomes ineligible or incapable of holding the soul, the soul leaves the body.
Spoiling our body is the main reason. Aging is the natural reason. We our self destroy the body is another reason.
If the quality of the body is reduced soul leaves the body.
If we maintain our body properly, based on the teachings of enlightened masters then body won’t get spoiled. Soul won’t depart.
The main reason for the body to get deteriorated is due to the consumption of non-vegetarian food. Eating of fish, egg, meat and birds is equivalent of paying money to get our death.
Eating Non-vegetarian food is not applicable for human beings! Our digestive system is not designed to digest the non-vegetarian foods.
When we eat non-vegetarian food which cannot be digested easily then our internal body organs and the digestive system is spoiled. Death approaches very fast.
Human body – liver structure not designed to process the non vegetarian food. God has created our body to eat vegetables, grains and fruits.
One who violates the rule of creator, one who acts against the law of the nature will meet the death very soon.
“One who consider all soul as his soul” will become a Mahathma. He is the one who attains god’s grace.
One who kills a animal for flesh is an animal only. One who eats the flesh of other animal is a mobile burial ground. All enlightened masters and saints in this world have advised us to love all living beings. They advised us to show affection to other living beings. They didn’t advise to cut and eat the flesh.
To prevent the death, first step should be to start eating the vegetarian food. Vegetarian food is the food of human beings.
The main reason for us getting newer disease is due to the consumption of Non-Vegetarian food.
When a body is killed, germs infect that body and spread all over easily.
If one consumes the flesh, the germs spread all over the body and become root cause for new diseases.
Are we learning from all these bad experiences!?
Our body parts are so tender. Meat reduces the immunity in our body. Body tends to become hard with meat consumption.
“He who slays naught and rejects flesh eating and in his feet does
All living things with clasped hands adore” – Divine Poem in Thriukural by Saint Thiruvalluvar.
We need to lead a classic life as stated by Thiruvalluvar.
The next habit that welcomes the death is consuming alcohol and drugs.
Drunken man loses his character. Drunken person is not a human being but animal!
All types of drugs spoil liver, Pancreas and Intestine in our body. It worsens the functions of the organs.
If body gets damaged, soul can’t stay in the body. Somehow human beings become mad and wavering mind. People consuming alcohol, smokers, drug addicts have never lived and there is no history of them attaining divinity.
Consuming alcohol spoils the family. Alcohol is not good for family and country. People should change their mind after seeing the advertisement against alcoholism given by government which runs alcohol shops.
Drunken, this name is suitable for many people.
If one wants to overcome death, then he should refine his mind and bring it in evenness. Mind should surrender itself in the god’s feet (Thiruvadi-divine light in the pupil of our eyes) to become pure.
We should not allow the mind to travel in its way; if we want to stop it then it has to be fixed in correct state.
A person who is addicted to the drug, which spoils the mind, destroys the intelligence and spoil the awareness will never attain prosperity or greatness in his life.
Gnanam means improving one’s knowledge and intelligence. How can one addicted to something which spoils, delude the intelligence can overcome the death?
We already have only little and negligible intelligence! Don’t we have to work on it to improve? Do we need to destroy the already existing intelligence?
Human being should think. If one is not able to think and remains in the unconsciousness state then he is a zombie.
Drunken prepare himself to be a dead person in a very fast way.
Smoker also welcomes the cancer step by step.
Innocent people follow the stupid people’s blabber; consuming drugs can lead to ecstasy. These innocents spoil themselves.
If consumption of narcotic substances increases then it will lead to weakness in the nervous system. Person will go mad.
Siddhas and Saadus(Saints) encourages the human being to live in a discipline way. They emphasized us to lead a discipline life. No one has attained self realization by consuming drugs.
If man want to live as human being, to overcome the death he should not follow any bad habit and lead a virtuous life. This is the teaching of siddhas.
Thinking it as a social status today’s younger generation start consuming alcohol. Society’s depravation starts here.
All ways are open for human beings to get spoiled.
Hey! Human! Behave like a human!?
“By the destruction of one’s body, the capability of body to hold soul is also destroyed
So one can’t attain Gnana(divine wisdom) effectively
I get to know the way to develop the body
I developed the body and so do the soul.”
Thirumoolar recited this in Thirumandiram which is called Tamil mantra. It’s tamil Vedam. As recited by incomparable saint Thirumoolar, we’ll all live in a good and virtuous path which develops our body with good character and by this we develop our soul.
The next reason for death is lust. A man with lust on woman and live with excess sexual enjoyment will die soon.
One who lives in sensual pleasure will not attain the Supreme Lord or Supreme bliss. The example for destruction due to lust on woman is the epic Ramayana. Raavana despite being a great devotee of Lord lost the blissful life due to lust on woman.
Our epics and stories teach many lessons on this. We should only have limited sensual delight.
We who live with woman, given birth by a woman, and we should renounce desire on woman. This is intelligence.
One should not hate woman! It was only told to renounce desire or lust on woman! One male should live with only one female! This is culture of India. Our culture! Way of living.
Our holy land is where women live with great chaste and virtue and by considering their husband as their soul. Because of the life of these great women our land’s holiness have increased.
Sanathana dharma originated from our mother land which teaches the humans the way of living in this world.
“If not family life, it’s not right way of living”
“One man should live with one women and viceversa and there should be complete faithfulness”
This Discipline which is thought by lady saint Avvai is and eminent, excellent and noble one
“Twice a day
Twice a week
Twice a month
Twice a year”
If one live in this way, he/she can live without disease and death, this is told by saints.
Excretion should be done twice a day.
Take oil bath twice a week.
Monthly twice one can have intercourse with spouse.
Yearly twice one should consume medicine to prevent vomiting.
If anyone follows this, he can live a physically health life for 100 years.
There are many like this, our ancestors told many rules to avoid diseases.
“If one have lusty look at a woman he will die.
If one have godly look at a woman he will attain Gnana. “
Our saints have looked at all women like mother. Before attaining Gnana they see the woman as Mother Goddess Vaalai – KanyaKumari who feeds the eligible devotee with divine milk or Amirtham. This is our culture.
How one feels death?! There are 3 states faint-sleep-death. Fainting is when consciousness gets out of the track. Soul struggling to get equilibrium in our body leads to faintness. Consciousness is not present for very short time.
Sleep – This is the time our body organs take rest. Soul becomes unconscious. It’s time to rest itself in the middle part of the body. Consciousness is at very low level.
Death is when soul can no longer stay in the body, it leaves the body. Is death in our hand!? Yes We can stop it!?
We should be in a state where Aakaanmya karma(Karma that we get in this present birth) will not affect us, which is the root cause for death. We should take care to avoid soul from departing the body.
God has kept the soul in the body in a very safe place. It’s intelligent to keep it safely at that place itself.
If we keep it there itself ever, that is called achievement of Gnana! Meditation!
Reason for taking birth is not to attain death! To overcome death! That is called Gnana.
This is what conveyed in Sanathana dharma. All human beings should work hard to avoid death.
Saint RamalingaVallalar says “One who sleeps and forgot to woke up” is death of a person.
In the present world human beings run behind food. He lives to eat, he earns money for that. All human beings knowingly or unknowingly live to eat. Human beings take birth to eat.
Work done only for food is work done to face death!? So today a man works only for his food and the result he gets by all his hard work is death only.
“One should not die” this is the teaching of siddhars.
One who attains deathlessness is sanmarkee.”

Reader Comments (1)

  1. BG Venkatesh August 3, 2013 at 5:36 am

    reflects the reality – good article

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