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Dr K K Aggarwal

Soul does not leave the body immediately after the death

By Dr K K Aggarwal
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According to Prashna Upanishad, at the time of death, the Prana Vayu (life force and respiration) merges with Udana Vayu (brain stem reflexes) and leaves the body. But this does not happen immediately after clinical death, which is defined as stoppage of heart and respiration. Medically the term used for clinically dead patients is sudden cardiac arrest.

As per the modern medicine, in cardiac arrest, the brain does not die for the next 10 minutes and during this period, if the heart can be revived, life can be brought back.

The revival of patient during this period can be remembered by the ‘Formula of 10’: Within 10 minutes of the stoppage of heart (cardiac arrest), if effective chest compressions are given for the next ten minutes with a speed of 100 per minutes (10X10), 80% of the cardiac arrest victims can be revived.

This period can be much longer in hypothermia state. If the temperature of the body is low, the soul does not leave the body till the temperature is brought back to normal. Today, this property of soul is also used as therapeutic measure where patients who cannot be revived in the first 10 minutes of clinical death are put in a freezing chamber and artificial hypothermia is produced and these patients can then be transported to an advance cardiac centre where even after 24 hours, resuscitation measures can be applied after re-warming the body. Many people have been revived even after 24 hours of cardiac arrest with such a technology.

There are instances in literature where a newborn with hypothermia was declared dead but revived in the cremation ground when the environment heat brought the body temperature to normal and the pressure of the wood worked like cardiac massage.

This aspect of “life after death” is a contribution of the modern science to the Vedic science. Though in Vedic literature, it was well known phenomenon as Savitri brought life back into Satyavan even after his clinical death.

Take home message is that one should not declare a patient dead in the first 10 minutes; give cardiac massage and try reviving him with chest compression cardiopulmonary resuscitation (CPR).

 (Disclaimer: The views expressed in this write up are my own).


Dr Ashok Walia
, Minister of Health Government of Delhi, in his message to the 4th Dil ka Darbar said that telecardiology should now become a part of the facilities in every hospital.

The Darbar was organized by Heart Care Foundation of India in association with Department of AYUSH and various Departments under Health Ministry, Government of Delhi on Sunday at Talkatora Stadium, New Delhi.

 Messages were also received from many dignitaries.

 Shri M. Veerapa Moily, Union Minister of Law said that non-governmental organizations should play an important role in healthcare of poor patients who are unable to meet hospital bills and consultation fees.

 Shri Beni Prasad Verma, Union Minister of Steel, expressed confidence that this endeavor of the Foundation would provide a platform to thousand of heart patients to avail facilities like free checkups, etc.

 Shri Bhoopinder Singh Hooda, Chief Minister of Haryana, said that priority of the government should be to provide free medicines to those people who cannot afford them. Shri Narendra Modi, Chief Minister, Gujarat said that changing lifestyle, stressful event and competitive environment are responsible for most heart diseases. Shri Lal Thanhawla, Chief Minister of Mizoram said that the time has come for the medical fraternity to educate general masses about healthy living.

 Shri Akhilesh Yadav, Chief Minister Uttar Pradesh, said that the efforts of the Foundation to provide facilities of free check-ups to the heart patients and interaction with top cardiologists during the programme are highly commendable.

 The Chief Minister of Kerala, Mr. Oommen Chandy said that in our country where cases of heart ailments are on the rise, the activities of Heart Care Foundation of India are truly inspiring.

 Shri Raj Kumar Chauhan, Minister of PWD, said that NGOs should come forward to organize free health checkup camps for the public. Prof. Kiran Walia, Minister of Social Welfare, Government of Delhi said that telecardiology consultations should also be used for free health checkup camps.   Shri Arvinder Singh Lovely, Minister of Education, Government of Delhi, said that heart awareness should be the priority of every individual.

Inaugurating the Darbar, Shri B Mandal, General Manager, Central Bank of India said that one should follow the laws of nature to prevent cardiac diseases. He said that wild animals do not get heart attack.

Presiding over the function, Shri AK Ganeriwala, IAS, Joint Secretary, AYUSH, said that the death prevention heart care is when you combine allopathy with other systems of medicines.

Padma Shri & Dr. B.C. Roy National Awardee, Dr. KK Aggarwal, President, Heart Care Foundation of India, who is also the Vice President-Elect of National Indian Medical Association, said that everyone after the age of 30 should get their risk of getting heart attack in the next 10 years evaluated and take precautions if the risk is more than 10%. He also demonstrated and conducted a workshop on “How to revive a dead patient.” He said that within 10 minutes of death, it is possible to revive a dead person’s heart by following the formula of 10 i.e. within 10 minutes of death, for the next 10 minutes, one should compress the chest of the deceased person 100 times (10 x 10).

 Guest of Honour, noted singer and composer Ms Shibani Kashyap, said that music is good for recovery of the heart patients. Chanting various sounds is similar to doing meditation.

Dr Ishwar VB Reddy, Director, Morarji Desai National Institute of Yoga, Dr Ramesh Babu Devalla, DG CHRS, Dr Surender Verma, DG, Dept. of Homeopathy in a joint statement said that blockages in the heart is lifestyle disorder and can be prevented utilizing all systems of medicines.

Dr PK Sharma, MOH NDMC and Dr NK Yadav, Director Health MCD South in a joint statement said that one should not consume trans fats in diet and reduce amount of salt intake to prevent future heart diseases.

 Shri Satish Upadhyay, Chairman, Standing Committee on Education, MCD South said that prevention of heart diseases should start right in school age.

Dr NV Kamath, DHS, Shri PK Jaggi, Head of Office Drug Controller Department of Government of Delhi said that one should believe in natural pharmacy and take medicines only when they are required. Others who were present were Hakim Javed-ul-Haq Director General Central Council for Research in Unani Medicine (CCRUM), Dr RK Manchanda, Director General, CCRH, Dr Surender Verma Dy. Director Dept.of ISM & Homeopathy, Dr PK Sharma Medical Officer Health NDMC, Dr NK Yadav Director (Health) MCD South, Director ISM & H, Govt. of NCT of Delhi and Dr NV Kamat Director Health Services.

Eminent faculty on the dais included : Dr RK Manchanda, Dr PK Sharma, Dr Rajesh Malhotra, Dr NK Bhatia, Dr. SV Tripathi, Dr HK Chopra, Dr Manju Gupta, Dr Anupam, Dr Praveen Chandra, Dr Subhash Manchanda, Dr Sameer Srivastava, Dr Yugal Mishra, Dr Praveen Bhatia, Dr Sujay Shad, Dr Neelam Mohan, Dr Ajit Saxena, Dr Saurabh Juneja, Dr BN Sinha, Dr RK Tuli, Dr ZS Mehrwal, Dr JC Katoch, Dr Ishwar V Basava Reddy and  Dr Ramesh Babu Devalla.

Over 2000 heart patients were given consultations and checkups.