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Do we get a human birth every time we will die?

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Are we reborn as humans each time we die?

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As per Vedic sciences Hindu philosophy believes in rebirth unless your Sanchit and Prarabdha Karmas are totally exhausted. It also believes in liberation in which once your past karmas debt is over you do not take a rebirth. On the other hand Garuda Purana says that you can be reborn as animals which means you can be born like a donkey or a dog. Vedic science on the other hand says that once you get a human body you will either be liberated or only get another human body. The message of Garuda Purana can be read and interpreted in a different perspective. In mythology humans have been linked to animal tendencies. For example bull is linked to sexual and non sexual desires peacock to vanity etc. Probably people who wrote Garuda Purana meant that if you do not live according to the Shastras you will end up in getting another human body but with animal tendencies and behavior. Disclaimer The views expressed in this write up are my own .

Do we get a human birth each time we die?

By Dr K K Aggarwal
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As per Vedic sciences, Hindu philosophy believes in rebirth unless your Sanchit and Prarabdha Karmas are totally exhausted. It also believes in liberation in which once your past karmas debt is over, you do not take a rebirth. On the other hand, Garuda Purana says that you can take rebirth in animal species, which means you can be born like a donkey or a dog. Vedic science on the other hand says that once you get a human body, you will either be liberated or only get another human body. The message of Garuda Purana can be read and interpreted in a different perspective. In mythology humans are linked to animal tendencies. For example, bull is linked to sexual and non–sexual desires, peacock to vanity etc. Probably, people who wrote Garuda Purana meant that if you do not live according to the Shastras, you will end up in getting another human body but with animal tendencies and behavior.

‘Dharmasaya Dharata’ which means religion is what we practice. Hence, whatever the wise thought was good for health and hygiene has been enforced in the garb of religion. Several religious practices are in reality linked with health and the use of kush grass is no exception. No traditional Hindu Indian pooja ritual is complete without the use of Durva (Doob) and Kush grasses. Durva grass is used for Ganesh pooja and signifies the removal of obstacles from life. The peculiarity of Durva grass is that if you plant it in one area it will proliferate by itself and spread out in a wide area. This implies that a human family should be like the Durva grass, having spontaneous, effortless and obstacle-less growth. The second herb, which is used in pooja, is the kush grass, known for its purity. In Ramayana, Valmiki named Sita’s two sons Luv and Kush. At the time of birth, Valmiki took a blade of kush grass and broke it into two and he named Sita’s first son Kush and other Luv. Kush is a benevolent grass, a symbol of progress and alertness. It is a satvik plant and stands for intelligence. The term ‘kushal buddhi’ originates from the word kush meaning alert, pure and bright mind. In Bhagwad Gita (shloka 6.10), Lord Krishna says that for meditation one should sit on his or her own firm seat that is neither too high nor too low; covered with sacred Kush grass; deer skin and a cloth, one over the other, in a clean area. Kush grass is used to make asanas (a mat for sitting) for worshipping and during yagnas. It is also used in the making of vedi during marriages. The Garuda Purana has described rituals for a Panchak death. It says when the death of a close relative takes place during the period of Panchak, within one year, five family members may die if proper post–death rituals are not observed. These involve the placement of four small ‘dolls’ made of Kush grass (described as the hair of Lord Vishnu) on shoulders and knees of the dead body before cremation. This is accompanied by the chanting of mantras. Garuda Purana also talks about the cremation of a person whose body has not been found as in natural calamities, bomb blasts, drowning, etc. It prescribes that under such circumstances, an effigy of Kush grass should be made to represent the physical body of the deceased and the usual rituals of cremation should be followed. Medically too, this representative cremation is therapeutic as it helps to alleviate sorrow and reduce post traumatic stress disorders in the concerned family members. Sankalp, a firm intent to do something, is a routine ritual in one’s life. When one takes a sankalp to do something, it becomes obligatory for him or her to do it. It is like taking a vow. Kush grass is often held in the hands before taking a sankalp. In Ayurveda, the Kush grass is called Desmostactya bipinnata. It is a clean, pure and brittle grass that grows in abundance in the plains and hills of India. It is acrid, cooling, oleaginous, aphrodisiac, and diuretic and has been known for its use in the treatment of blood disorders, asthma, thirst, jaundice, stone in the urinary bladder, disease of skin, uterus, etc. Traditional Chattisgarh, known for herbal medicines, uses the medicinal properties of Kush grass in many herbal ingredients. Kush sharbat, made from Kush roots, is a routine drink in that area. The traditional healers of Chattisgarh use this preparation for women patients for gynecological disorders. A mala or garland made from the roots of Kush grass is also used for sacred and virtuous activities. Most Hindu believes that Lord Vishnu resides in stone (Shaligram), tulsi plant, peepal tree and kush grass. Every ritual has a significance for health. Whatever is offered to God can be taken in the body for the well–being of the soul. Kush grass root/leaf juice should be consumed by everybody as a health drink. At least it should be offered in the form of a charnamrut whenever a ritual is being performed. The Kush grass has medicinal effects and helps to increase the alertness in the body and in detoxification of the body.

Do we get a human birth every time we will die?

By Dr K K Aggarwal
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As per Vedic sciences, Hindu philosophy believes in rebirth unless your Sanchit and Prarabdha Karmas are totally exhausted.

It also believes in liberation in which once your past karma’s debt is over, you do not take a rebirth.

On the other hand, Garuda Purana says that you can take a birth in animal species which means you can be born like a donkey or a dog. Vedic science on the other hand says that once you get a human body, you will either be liberated or get another human body only.

The message of Garuda Purana can be read and interpreted in a different perspective. In mythology humans are linked to animal tendencies. For example, bull is linked to sexual and non-sexual desires, peacock to vanity etc. Probably, people who wrote Garuda Purana meant that if you do not live according to the Shastras, you may be born as another human body but with animal tendencies and behavior.

Are we reborn as humans each time we die?

By Dr K K Aggarwal
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As per Vedic sciences, Hindu philosophy believes in rebirth unless your Sanchit and Prarabdha Karmas are totally exhausted.

It also believes in liberation in which once your past karmas debt is over, you do not take a rebirth.

On the other hand, Garuda Purana says that you can be reborn as animals, which means you can be born like a donkey or a dog. Vedic science, on the other hand, says that once you get a human body, you will either be liberated or only get another human body.

The message of Garuda Purana can be read and interpreted in a different perspective. In mythology humans have been linked to animal tendencies. For example, bull is linked to sexual and non–sexual desires, peacock to vanity etc. Probably, people who wrote Garuda Purana meant that if you do not live according to the Shastras, you will end up in getting another human body but with animal tendencies and behavior.

Do we get a human birth every time we will die?

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As per Vedic sciences, Hindu philosophy believes in rebirth unless your Sanchit and Prarabdha Karmas are totally exhausted.

It also believes in liberation in which once your past karma’s debt is over, you do not take a rebirth.

Garuda Purana on the other hand says that you can take a birth in animal species which means you can be born like a donkey or a dog. Vedic science on the other hand says that once you get a human body, you will either be liberated or get another human body only.

Garun Puran message can be read and interpreted in a different perspective. In mythology humans are linked to animal tendencies. For example, bull is linked to sexual and non-sexual desires, peacock to vanity etc. Probably, people who wrote Garuda Purana meant that if you do not live according to the Shastras, you will end up in getting another human body but with animal tendencies and behavior.