Birth and Death: Want to understand the
reason for birth and death... you also need to understand the definition of God, what is atman soul, the
relationship between atman soul and the physical bodily self and the doctrine of
Definition of God:
Almighty God is the sum total of all atmans souls in whole cosmos in their purified state at a given point of time.
This simply reduces to volume... half the size of a thumb as per Bhagavad Gita. Meaning the size of Cosmos at the
time of dissolution of cosmos reduces to half the size of a thumb... Yes!
Does it mean at the time of dissolution of cosmos all atmans souls in
whatever stage of manifestation automatically jump to the last... the 8.4 millionth manifestation. Yes it is
so! Jainism and Mahavira (the 24 Tirthankara of Jainism) do not accept this. But
Lord Krishna in Bhagavad Gita has explicitly clarified so.
It is absolute truth of the cosmos that at the time of dissolution all
atmans souls reach their cosmic end... the stage of salvation! Unless that happens... each and every atman
soul reaches its last manifest end, all atmans souls come back to original pristine pure form... the end of
cosmos cannot occur!
Only then the massive energy in half the size of a thumb unable to contain itself for long explodes with a big bang and starts a
new cosmos... a new beginning altogether!
What is Atman Soul?
God Almighty having exploded himself... all souls atmans in the cosmos start their cosmic travel of 8.4 million
manifestations. Only then these souls atmans can purify themselves and come back to original pristine pure
Similar as metal in an ore cannot separate on its own without the use of
mining machinery... the impurities contained in every soul atman also requires a body to work out its karma.
The need of a body for the soul atman is the real crux of life. And starts cosmic journey of an atman when it
manifests the body of an amoeba (single cell formation)... the first manifest stage in the life of an atman
As time passed it further evolves into multi-cell formation, then insect
life, plant life, animal life and finally atman the soul within manifests the form of a human being. Now
about the relationship between our atman the soul within and the physical self of us... the body!
Relationship between Atman Soul and the physical self... our
In the cosmic system of things it is our soul atman that is governing and not the body. It is our soul atman that
has taken the body and never otherwise. This cosmic travel of 8.4 million manifestations is covered in 96.4 million
earthly years... a long journey indeed for an atman soul!
Doctrine of Karma:
The travel of an atman soul from one manifestation to another is linked by doctrine of karma. It is process of
karma through which next phase of manifestation is decided. As is the residual balance of karma... so shall the
next manifestation be! In the cosmic system of things physical self... the body has not been permitted to know
anything of the previous or the next manifestation.
Only after death of body... atman the soul within manifests a new body.
The body causes bereavement to the family but in the domains of atmans souls nothing has died. It is only
atman the soul within that is switching over to a new manifestation... a new journey altogether. On earthly
plane when body dies... the family weeps but for soul atman it is getting a new blazer when promoted to a
higher class... the next phase of life!
In the world of atmans souls... nothing ever dies! It is as simple as changing of guards at the Buckingham Palace.
The life and death of a being is totally dependent upon theory of karma. As we sow so shall we reap... nothing more
or less! We cannot expect mangoes to grow on a guava tree.
It is only through the process of birth and death of body... our atman
the soul within reaches cosmic end of journey... stage of enlightenment and finally gains moksha salvation. A
stage... when our atman soul comes back to its original pristine pure form. No further manifestations...
cycle of birth and death ceases forever.
Reaching stage of enlightenment announces ceasing of birth and death
forever. A stage... when our atman the soul within finally liberates forever from cycle of birth and death.
The birth and death of body is that ephemeral part of cosmic life over which none has control.
On the spiritual path every human being is expected to walk the nishkama
karma way of life. It is only living life king Janaka way... performing nishkama karma all the way... one
reaches stage of enlightenment and finally gains salvation moksha. Why? Because the fruits of karma are
always meant for the soul atman within and never the body!