Theories of life and death
By Mohan Shenoy
               One of the Hindu theories is that of Ayush
(life span) having been prescribed in the books
of God. This theory states that every man,
woman and child have their Ayush written down
in the book, that is maintained in the heavens, or
written directly on their forehead.

             The God of Death, Yama will send his
Dhootha(s) (dhootha=servant) to grab the soul of
the person whose Ayush has expired and send it
back to enter into another body or take it to
either heaven or hell according to his balance of
paapa or punya.

             Therefore no matter how much one
tries, he will live only to the extent of his Ayush
and not a second less or more. It is no use
grieving over the fact that a man has died,
because he has died due to the expiration of his
ayush. He is bound to die at this time.

             All the events and happenings in one's
life are prescribed even at the time of birth. The
soul brings with it all the paapa and punya
account and thus facilitates the dictation of the
events and happenings in the life of the person
just born. This is called Praarabdha or Fate.

             One's Fate is prescribed at birth time
and hence he or she will suffer according to his
or her fate.

A rationalist would believe that there was only
the cause-form or the raw material left after the
last Pralaya or extinction of the Universe. The
new Universe developed from this cause-form.
             
Adyar Gopal Parivar
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    Some people believe that God created the
Universe from this cause-form. The resultant
Universe is the result-form. This result-form might
have developed on its own properties without the
hand from outside; which means God was not
needed to create the Universe.

    After a while, in the result-form, life appeared
because the conditions became conducive for
development of life. It has taken millions of years for
the Universe to develop its present form.

    This life is part of the result-form or Universe.
This life has the property to multiply on its own.
There are so many ways life multiplies. One form is
division like the bacteria divide and thus multiply.
The amoeba breaks a piece off, which grows into a
new amoeba. There are no males and females in
these low forms of life. Animals have developed sex
organs and they have males and females. Females
usually have eggs, which get fertilized by the males.
The eggs grow within their bodies and they deliver
either eggs or babies. Babies come out of the
eggs.                 
          This life in the baby is from the mother.
When the baby grows up into an adult, it takes part
in reproduction just like its mother and father did.
After it grows to a certain age it (he or she) dies.
The life gets extinguished when the living adult dies.
But life in the rest of the Universe continues.

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