Are Humans immortal?

   The physical body of human being is immortal. Is this statement scientifically correct? What is the scientific proof that physical body of human being is immortal

    We all are familiar with the scientific law of conservation of energy. It says that nothing can be created and anything that is already there cannot be destroyed. However, the process of transformation of things into different forms is constantly going on in Nature.

  Also, it is established scientific fact that the physical body of human beings, like anything else in Nature, is disintegrated into its constituent elements. These elements thereupon are further absorbed into newer things, like trees, microbes, atmospheric formations etc., and start a new lease of existence in different forms. It is immortality. Nothing of the physical body is destroyed   after death of human being. Further, the physical body under the operation of universal scheme of things tries to perpetuate by genetic duplication. The original life that once originated on Earth is still continuing in the forms of various life-forms. The original hominid that once lived somewhere in Africa, as Anthropology tells us on the basis of available evidence, is still being duplicated in the form of various races of human beings.

  In this way the gross physical body of human being is recycled by absorption, assimilation and transformation. It is immortal. The gross physical body is connected to the desire body by a subtle bridge, and it is the subject that a new fledgling branch of knowledge, called parapsychology, deals with. Instincts, impulses, desires and all sorts of cravings are the motive-force of creation. These are full of life-energy. Without them there is no reason for life to manifest in varied forms. Though the universe as a whole is an ordered apparatus, without these forces there was no scope for this ordered apparatus to come into being. All beauty, love, passion and urge to go ahead in life emanate from desires, and also all ugliness, hate and dark impulses have their origin in desires.

  The raison d’être of the creation ranging from this universe to life in its highest form is desire. If there is no desire there is no reason for life to exist. In human beings, if all traces of desire are eradicated by persistent efforts, as various spiritual disciplines for gaining self-control and mastery over one-self prescribe, then man would not only die like a dry leaf comes off a branch of tree but he would not be born again.

  But we find there is this universal creation and, therefore, there is a wish, a desire that made this creation possible. We associate desire with human being but this force of creation, the force of an urge, is not dependent on any human agency. Though this universal force of creation is received and identified in human beings as desire. This whole universe in its present ordered state is a creation (it is not the creation out of nothing but merely a transformation from one state to another in a cyclic manifestation) and, therefore, it is driven by desires.

  The whole creation is a grand desire. Within this whole there are infinite numbers of self-sustaining and independent constituent parts of desires that are beautifully integrated into this whole. And, not only the grand desire but also these constituent desires that are integrated with this grand urge exist as a hard reality. These have their own world and own rules. These cravings are formed and transformed, and received and transmitted by living creatures, though the creatures themselves merely feel them a part of their own consciousness. Is it true to state that desires exist in universe independent of human beings who feel them? Also, as we have said earlier, is it true to state that thoughts exist in universe independent of human beings who are conscious of them?

  Let us give an analogy to understand the truth of the matter in this respect. We human beings perceive colors, beautiful and of varied hues. Do these colors exist in universe independent of human beings? Yes, they exist. But they do not exist in the form of ‘colors’ as we perceive them. The colors are the corresponding sensations in the brain of human beings of particular frequencies of electromagnetic radiation. Colors exist in Nature, though not as colors but a corresponding reality. Our universe is an apparatus that is full of order and logic, if there is a human being to search and sense these harmonious structures. Even if there is no human being there to sense and ‘certify’ this orderliness of universe, it still exists there as a hard reality. Our universe is a beautiful creation that is still continuing to grow. Our desires are its reflection in our consciousness and even if we are not there to feel them, they exist there.

  The desire-body of human being is an independent formation and remains interwoven with the physical body during the life-time of human being. After his death, this body is released into the desire-world – a fully-fledged world of things and beings made up of desires. After this release, the desire-body remains emotionally attached to the dear ones of the dead person and it does not wish to leave the company of these relatives. However, it is not always possible for this desire-body to get connected with the people living in the physical world. Under certain conditions, like receptivity and open willingness of the living dear ones, this body some times gets connected with them. Then, these persons are said to talk with the dead soul (but it is not soul, depending on the definition of soul). This body remains intact in its desire- world for a certain length of time, like we live for certain period in this physical world. Also, some time, this intact body is assimilated completely by a new born baby and then the child ‘remembers’ events of his past birth.

  It is rebirth of desire-body, that remained intact under suitable conditions, like strong desires, demands, revenge, love and innumerable other circumstances. The desire-bodies in the desire-world spend their appointed lives. Sometimes, they happen to come into contact with the physical world of human beings, under suitable conditions and they are perceived as ‘strange beings’ by human beings. These beings have real existence. Within ourselves, we all have our own such subtle beings. After death, our desire bodies are released into the world of these beings. On completion of its appointed period, the desire-body also gets disintegrated into its constituent elements. These disintegrated elements of desires are again absorbed by growing children in our physical world. Thus the cycle of transformation of desires goes on in Nature. In fact, we ‘receive’ desires, though we feel as if we ourselves are performing this act of desire. We human beings are the meeting place of various forces, desires, thoughts etc. We not only receive desires from other sources, but also we generate and transmit them to others. It is a subject of complexity much more than the problem of Grand Unification of Fundamental forces of physical Nature. So far as it is relevant for human beings to understand and utilize their conclusions in day to day life, this subject has been beautifully dealt with by Lord Buddha, Lord Jesus Christ and many others in their prescriptions. Under certain conditions and in certain places, we sometimes get chocked with certain kind of desire, say desire of hate, or love, as we are simply receiving them as receivers.

  If there is ‘real’ existence of thoughts, desires and physical consciousness of human beings we must be able to fabricate devices that generate and receive these ‘realities’. Is it possible? Why can we not detect any of them today with our modern tools that are able to detect the presence of ‘any form of energy’? If there is this presence of thoughts etc. we must somehow get an indication through our fine instrument. But we do not get any such indication. Is not all this existence of thoughts, desires and physical consciousness a humbug and nonsense? It seems so today. But we should not be in hurry in pronouncing our judgment on the basis of our inability. Yes, we are unable but it should be all the more reasons on our part to be more humble in our judgments and verdicts on things that we do not know. We know today all our ‘thoughts’ or ‘sensations’ of desires are the phenomena occurring in our mind only. We know there are transmissions of impulses of energy through various neurological circuits in our brain. We know these things are phenomena that are interpreted by our ‘mind’ as our ‘sensation of thoughts, desires’ etc.

  But human brain itself is a trans-receiver. It generates and receives thoughts and desires, though we are not able to detect them outside our ‘mind’. Why is it so?

  Brain is made up of matter and thoughts, desires etc. are not made up of matter. However, this matter is able to detect things that are not material (including electro-magnetic energy, which is material). Brain is a very sensitive material tool, which is simply devised by Nature’s evolution. It is conscious of itself. It is possible to fabricate a device that is able to generate and receive thoughts, desires etc. But it has to be likewise sensitive enough; it has to be conscious of itself. It is creating life in laboratory. It is possible but it is not enough to generate or receive thoughts etc. This artificially created life must be ‘sensitive enough’ and it means simply that this life must be organized in the required fashion like brain. Brain has been organized in the manner it is, by life’s evolution operating under the (evolutionary) principles like the ‘struggle for survival’, ‘survival of the fittest’ and ‘inheritance of the acquired traits’ etc. It can be done in laboratory but it is achieving evolutionary traits artificially. Now we have the necessary tool – genes – to accomplish this task in laboratory. It is duplicating – and not only duplicating but refining in a way that is not available in Nature – evolution artificially. It is all possible.

  It all is creating ‘mind’ artificially. But today we quite far from even properly understand the biological structure and functions of human brain. An individual neuron in brain is not self aware but when we put ten billions of them together in a particular manner there, the brain suddenly becomes alive and develops an ego-awareness, which is the signature tune of mind. How biological brain is connected to non-biological mind? Or, mind is simply an operation that is going on in the background of biological brain? Even if this is the case, this non biological operation may be akin to the application software running in the brain’s computer-like hardware. But then this application software also has some linking bridge with the biological brain. There is a long way to go yet. The coming age of science would belong to the understanding of human brain and mind. Not only we have to understand the physical brain, we have to understand the co-relation of physical brain with mind; mind that is conscious, subconscious and unconscious, and beyond that, which we do not know. The human brain is like an electric motor – you supply the power and it moves on; or like a dynamo – you move it and it supplies the power. In neither case it is ‘power’; it simply processes the ‘power’, which exists independently in some form. All this can be done artificially but by undertaking this task in laboratory human being’s understanding of things would completely be changed. By this way he would establish his relationship with Nature in a totally new way; he would transform himself.

  Alan Guth, a cosmologist at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, US, has pointed out that scientific calculations in the field of Boltzmann Brain Problem show that there are an infinite number of ‘free floating’ brains for every ‘ordered’ brain or normal brain, like that of humans. These bizarre brains are referred to as the ‘freaky observers’ in contrast to the ‘ordered observers’ of the universe and serve as valuable reality-check tools in a cosmos where in the far future zillions of bubble universes pop off from one another in an ever-increasing rush through eternity. These predictions are based on the scientific principle that Nature, from the standpoint of energy and probability, tends to do what is easiest and over the eons of time the universe can recur over and over again in an endless cycle of Big Bangs rather than forming a complex universe that is infinite, everlasting one formation and eternally existing the present way. In contrast to this complex formation, it is much easy for Nature to make fragmented parts of the system, say, planets, life, and floating brains. These fragments – in particular the brains – would appear far more frequently than real full-fledged universe, or than us.

  The steps of mankind are moving in this direction and our civilization is living at a critical juncture of life’s history on Earth.

  As we possess desire-body, the great persons (like Jesus Christ, Gautama Buddha etc.) have taught human beings to canalize desires in a particular direction to gain mastery over them and ultimately eradicate them (by dedicating them to certain ideal or by other suitable means). Like physical body, desire-body also is an instrument of eternal element and exists only because there is this eternal element. The desire-body is never destroyed; it is simply disintegrated, recycled, absorbed, assimilated and transformed in cyclic manner.

   The universe is an ordered whole, and therefore, the universe is a grand thought. Not only the universe as a whole is an ordered apparatus, every constituent part of it is an ordered formation, which human beings perceive in their mind as ‘reasoned thoughts’. Whether human beings are there or not to perceive these ‘ordered formations’ as thoughts, has no bearing on their existence. The formations that we know as thoughts have their own world and are governed by their own rules. Every thought that may ever be conceived by human beings and also the thoughts that can never be conceived by them already exist in universe.

  Thought-body also, like desire-body and physical body, gets released from the respective bodies after the appointed period of their life. Thoughts have their own independent world. We all have a thought-body within us. In fact, when we think, we simply ‘receive’ thought. Also we generate thoughts and transmit them to others. There have been people who felt that they simply received a ‘particular’ idea that came to them from outside. All the conceivable thoughts and the thoughts that have not yet been conceived already exist. Thoughts cannot be created. Nor they can be destroyed. Thought-body after death of human being is released in its own world of thoughts. There it lives a life and then is disintegrated to be absorbed again by growing children and adults in the physical world. Thoughts – that are human mind’s equivalence of order already existing in Nature – cannot be created out of nothing and be destroyed into nothing; they are merely assimilated, absorbed, transformed and recycled under their own rules.

  Thoughts are immortal:

  Behind one’s mind, desires and physical body, there is, so to say, a deep cavity, a secret chamber, within one’s heart. This inmost core of heart is not an empty space. There is a highly conscious presence there within this secret chamber. It is secret because, except in a few cases out of million people, one is not aware of its presence. But this presence always remains there in every individual and, occasionally and at the opportune moments in life, this conscious presence comes to the fore of one’s personality and makes its presence felt by making decisive intervention in individual’s affairs. Then, it casts its influence on mind and desires, and, despite strong opposition presented by logic and selfish ends to such interference, takes a crucial decision overruling these objections, which decision unfailingly proves correct and best under the circumstances.

  This inmost conscious presence is one’s center of existence; it always remains present and aware of all that passes in secrecy and is his real light. This center is the sole source of morality. It knows what is wrong despite hundred of thousands justifications by mind’s logic. It knows very well what really lies behind all pretensions of outer ego supported by instruments of thoughts and desires. This secret presence is an eternal element within heart (not in the physical sense) of human beings (and within every particle in universe). This element is conscious of self and always remains conscious during succession of countless transmigration. We feel conscious of ourselves at the planes of physical body, desires and thoughts only because there is this eternal element present and because this element is evolved enough to cast its light that percolates at the planes of body, desires and thoughts.

  All founders of religions, great saints, yogis and followers of divine path aim at becoming conscious of this eternal element and all their religious prescriptions etc. are merely elaborate means to secure this end. Once a human being becomes aware of this eternal element, he becomes enlightened and knows the reality of all that exists in the universal scheme of things. No doubts are left for him to be resolved. No conflicts that abound in our world remain there for him. He becomes aware of the secret of consciousness. He knows that consciousness itself is Divine and it exists at different planes, the lowest form being the innate matter itself – where it may be regarded present in a veiled form – and the highest  form being the Supreme Being – where it may be regarded as real essence of all  that exists. He not only knows that the highest plane of consciousness – Divine Being – possesses a state of the highest degree of truth, bliss and consciousness but also enjoys it. Such a realized person also knows that this highest plane of consciousness is a point wherefrom the material universe seems merely an illusory flux in perpetual motion. We may add here that this is merely imagery for understanding the issue involved here.

  Let us quiet our physical body, desires and thoughts and go behind them. How can we do so? What is there behind them? There are numerous names coined by different holy persons and founders of different religions for the ‘secret Presence’ existing behind our gross feelings of physical body, our thoughts and our desires. Sri Aurobindo, a yogi of Pondicherry in India, has coined the name ‘Psychic Being’ for this secret Present; it is a technical term applied by him to a very specific entity and should not be confused with other words (like soul etc.), which are loosely used in various religions.

   We can feel the existence of this ‘Presence’; it can be known, like we know many other things, but it cannot be understood, as we understand many things of our world. However if one is to form a mental conception of this thing, which because of its extraordinary uniqueness is beyond mind and its experience’ spectrum, we may say that this ‘Presence’ is the true centre of human being’s existence. Our thoughts and our desires are not the true ‘we’; of course, these thoughts and desires also have their own true existence, but they surround our true self from all sides like clouds.

  You are to collect yourself and drown to the depths of your heart; it is like plunging deep down. There are coiled countless layers around you, you have to penetrate down through them to the depth, to the bottom, and then suddenly you will find that your Self of all selves, your centre, true ‘you’ are present there. There you will know, like a broad day light, that you have been in very many lives in existence; you heart will cry with joy on finding itself; it will pour out with gratitude to the unbound bliss and divine Presence. Then you will sing with joy and the universe will become a living part of your existence. Do grasp it firmly; do not allow it to be out of your sight even for a moment; it is ‘Psychic Being’, it is you.

  But it is not as easy as it looks. Our physical body clamors to get attention, secure indulgence and meet its needs. What are the needs of our body? They range from basic ones to desirable comforts and much more. These needs are relative in nature. What is a comfort for one may be a basic need for another. One may put his body in such circumstance so as to teach it to treat comforts ad infinitum as its basic needs. Also, one may teach his body to treat basic needs as its comforts. Where rests the limit of the two extremes, the limit to which a body may endure and the limit to which a body may demand comforts?

  The need of physical body, whatever it may be, is not absolute. The body may be made to learn to go to the extremes on both ends; there is no limit to the capacity a body (that is, physical body) may be taught to endure (of course, it cannot be achieved in an ordinary way). It is possible, and there are individuals to prove it, that physical body learns to not only survive but to remain perfectly healthy without taking food, or water, even air to breathe. In the life of Jesus Christ we read him appear in physical body even after his death in crucifixion. In the life of Milarepa, an eleventh century Buddhist monk of Tibet, we find him flying in air. In the Autobiography of a Yogi, we find a yogi in Himalayas walking from one point of mountain to another in the air and being present physically at different places at a single point of time. Even today, in modern scientific age of knowledge, we have living individuals who, on occasions, appear at two places at a single point of time. Of course, these capacities cannot be achieved in a routine ordinary manner.

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