The flame of life – Magzim – On the rocks!

Waves of the sea arise from the sea and dissolve into the sea. Similar is the case of birth and death. There is neither birth nor death but a mere flow of phenomena in which we observe birth and death through self-consciousness or ego.

According to the Vedanta, there is neither creation nor annihilation but constant transformation and manifestation amid cosmic delusion. When the Absolute is observed through the delusive time, space and causation, the creation is manifested. Nothing is created or destroyed.

Flame of life

Flame of life

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When the observer self, the observed reality and the act of observation are merged into oneness, we go beyond eternalism and nihilism.

When the flame is extinguished, it is not annihilated; it only awaits further appearance under appropriate conditions. Not exactly the same flame, as nothing remains the same in two consecutive moments.

Birth cannot mean creation out of nothing; death cannot mean dissolution into nothingness.

Everything is in a continuous process of transformation and hence transitory.

Although, in the ultimate sense, we are neither born nor will die; in the relative sense our self-consciousness is the nucleus around which the physical and mental formations assemble for the time being with a name and a form.

Neuroscience holds that this consciousness is not a product of the chemical and electrical functions of the brain. It has rather an extra cerebral abode. Extensive research on the near-death experiences also proved that this consciousness continues perfectly well even when the biological brain ceases to function.

Our body-mind complex functions like a television set which does not produce the channels but only manifests the same under appropriate conditions. Similarly, our consciousness is manifested or operated through the body-mind mechanism.

Any concept of birth, death or reincarnation centres on the continuity of consciousness. Actually, we continue with separate sense of existence in consciousness alone. Innumerable cells of the body die and are born every moment.

Likewise, we are reborn again and again with fresh inspiration and renewed aspiration towards enlightenment.

Author: Samiksha

Not a bong, 24, a typical libran Samiksha as a growing and confused teenager couldn't, in her wildest of dream imagine of ending up as a writer/sub-editor and definitely not a content specialist. However, fate had its way and she started penning down her randomness during her college days when her professors appointed her as the editor-in chief (which she is still trying to figure out)of their college wall newspaper. She took up being a lifestyle and entertainment sub editor (again, the hows and whys are being investigated)at Hindustan Times while still pursuing her graduation ( bachelors of mass comm and journalism. She quit her job after 3 years of an enriching experience and ventured into writing on citizen centric social set up with Centre for knowledge societies who had appointed her as their design researcher-content. She co authored a book "vision of a civic innovation lab" during her brief tryst with cks. Currently she is earning her bread by working as a Content Specialist with Design Emporia and is happily placed in her fashion and lifestyle cocoon. Besides this, she is finding her unicorn and is a paradoxical mermaid.

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  • Young Chris

    Different religion with different concept about life and death. All i can say is that we know nothing about death, we can only say a little about life. Lets stick with that.