The Hindu Way of Approaching Death

January 31, 2016


"Aum krato smara kṛtaṁ smara - AUM, remember what all I did, to become One with you. krato smara kṛtaṁ smara - remember what all you did to become One with Him." The sacred secrets of during and beyond life and death are presented from the bold experiences and words of the Upanishadic Rishis in this mantra 17 of Isavasya Upanishads in Living Advaita Series (25th January 2016). From His Advaitic consciousness, Paramahamsa Nithyananda reveals how this verse introduces the Hindu way of approaching Death. Why do Hindus cremate the body? What is to be remembered when the time of leaving arrives, be it every night. The mantra does not say remember your sins, your good charities, merits or bad acts, but only asks one to remember all the actions one did to unite with AUM, the Supreme Consciousness. This illumines the highest Hindu ideal of knowing oneself to be beyond the mind, actions and the body itself, and the goal, path of human life, being ONENESS with AUM, Consciousness, the Eternal Life. "It only asks you – remember what all you did to achieve oneness with You. Both sides, the Consciousness or Isa, has been asked to remember whatever each did to achieve ONENESS. Remembrance of the goal is only required at the time of Death, for all obstacles, struggles, relationships of life become immaterial and useless when that time arrives. vāyur-anilam amṛtam athedaṁ bhasmāntaṁ śarīram | auṁ krato smara kṛtaṁ smara krato smara kṛtaṁ smara || 17 ||

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