One of the most popular philosophy that comes from the orthodox history is: “Seeing is believing”. Even in the modern era, this aphorism is put forward to neglect metaphysical subjects such as the soul. The Bhagavad Gita answers all the metaphysical challenges authoritatively which at least needs to be accepted and understood theoretically initially, with logic, the vision gradually converting into reality. Blind faith is clearly condemned in The Bhagavad Gita.
The reason for the existence of atheism is due to lack of presentation of logic behind the truths originating from the scriptures with the biggest challenge as: “Seeing is believing” although the same can also be countered by challenging: “If seeing is believing then show me your mind and intelligence.” However, the challenger knows that the invisibility and subtlety of such entities doesn’t leave him a brainless fool even though theoretically proved and hence such counter exposes the childishness behind the aphorism “Seeing is believing”. Similarly, the invisibility of soul doesn’t make it non-existent. The same has also been concluded from the Bhagavad Gita, which confirms that the soul is invisible, inconceivable and immutable. (BG 2.25).
Therefore it’s clear that just as the subtle elements such as the senses, mind, intelligence, ego, air or ether cannot be detected through the mundane eyes, so can’t be the soul due to its anti-material dimension. What must be doubted is one’s qualification and not the transcendental science. However, soul can be concluded through the symptoms as discussed in the previous article. Even if the soul was to be detectable through material senses and devices, the Vedas define its measurement exactly as 1/10,000th the width of the tip of the hair. Thus the potency of our original identity, the spirit soul, an anti-matter, can be pondered upon bluntly, which is capable of animating a gigantic material body!
The Bhagavad Gita defines death as the final test of life. It explains the phenomenon of death more clearly by mentioning:
vāsāṁsi jīrṇāni yathā vihāya
navāni gṛhṇāti naro ’parāṇi
tathā śarīrāṇi vihāya jīrṇāny
anyāni saṁyāti navāni dehī
“As a person puts on new garments, giving up old ones, the soul similarly accepts new material bodies, giving up the old and useless ones.” (BG 2.22)
The following example graphically helps us to understand the above phenomenon better: Mr. John wears a black coat throughout the office and he eventually takes it off at home and puts on a night wear. In the example Mr. John changes his dress but is neither the black coat nor the night dress. Similarly, we are the spirit soul, not the changing bodies.
dehino ’smin yathā dehe
kaumāraṁ yauvanaṁ jarā
dhīras tatra na muhyati
“As the embodied soul continuously passes, in this body, from boyhood to youth to old age, the soul similarly passes into another body at death. A sober person is not bewildered by such a change.” (BG 2.13)
Modern science states that the body undergoes changes at every moment but the change is inconceivable to our conditioned senses. For instance, no one can detect the exact moment when body grows for it is beyond the calculation and capacity of our senses. This means the body is dying (aging) and a new body is replacing the old one simultaneously, at every moment, irrespective of our will. This constant inconceivable flux of changing bodies, gravitating around the eternal unchanging spirit soul (us), is death.
Therefore, just as Mr. John changes his clothes but is neither of them, similarly throughout the changes from infantry to boyhood to puberty, to adolescent, teenage, adulthood and so on until death, the spirit soul is the same and doesn’t undergo any change. At death it simply discards the old body altogether and ‘accepts’ a new body.
Birthday celebrations are nothing more than celebration of our dying body. This is the reason why in the Islam tradition, birthdays are not festivals for from the beginning of birth, death begins too.
The word ‘accepts’ is significant because the soul is merely under the grip of material nature. No one gets to vote for a body. A dog didn’t vote to get a body to suffer in, neither did the ant nor did the poor hen or cow. Neither did we get a voting option for choosing a man or woman’s body. Readers might therefore be curious about the soul’s destiny and the operating formulas, for an intelligent man always considers the future to plan in advance.
The next article Laws of nature reveals this open yet secret formula and further reveals the transcendental truth of our existence.