Tuesday, April 06, 2010

A Different Gift

Afterlife- On this realm.
After one’s death, various rituals are performed on the basis of symbolism. Like in the Hindu mythology, the ash which is the residue and the only remains of the person in this material world besides memories after the funeral pyre dies, is collected. The pot is kept near a drawing representing the person in the guise of a stick figure. Food, an umbrella, a fan and a pair of slippers are given to aid the soul for its final journey where it is judged and tested. The ash is then taken and dissolved in a holy river. Then we believe that the soul reaches a higher place to watch over us or sometimes is reborn. Symbolism. Though this knowledge has been passed on to us through the ancient ways, no one really knows what happens.

Afterlife- A Perception.
What is afterlife?

Do you take up another body and wander the ethereal world?
Does that body have the same organs that you once processed?
Do you feel pain when it is inflicted in the ethereal world?
If you do, do you feel it through your senses?
If you do, aren’t your senses dependent on your organs?
If you don’t, then what good is your body after you die when it is independent of your afterlife?
My answer is, frankly, I don’t know. Irrespective of what the various mythologies quote.

All I’m saying is no one knows what happens in the afterlife. We might not need what we have now then. If we can donate money and the sorts when we are alive and a piece of paper called the 'will' that can transfer everything you own to your loved ones, why hesitate to donate your organs to the needy? Once the inevitable happens, some organs are still functional and can be transplanted to be used on someone else who might require it. This is your chance.

If only I had a chance
To set things right
If only I had a second chance.
To bring darkness to light.
To live my life once again.
To do things that I haven't.
Only, I don’t know if I do.

Not everyone is bestowed with a second chance. But we have the power to bestow a second chance, the gift of life, to someone in need. That power… is within us. The power to become an organ donor. I do not know how useful I am when I’m alive. But I know how useful I can make myself when I’m gone.


I decided to become an organ donor today. And you?

For information on being an organ donor, visit http://www.kghospital.com/pdf/organ_donation.pdf

10 comments:

Anu said...

Do you take up another body and wander the ethereal world? - oh no. no. you come back right here. Numerology calculation suggests that you will be born a rhino. But Jataka Sastra suggests that you will be born an elephant. Then again, the Sheng xiao suggests that you may or may not be a crocodile. But then, you should always take a second opinion. This is not an exact science :D

Does that body have the same organs that you once processed? - ummm... difficult to say given that you are going to be a rhino, an elephant and / or a crocodile at the same time

Do you feel pain when it is inflicted in the ethereal world? - As I already told you, ethereal world doesn't really exist. All my sins are "rewarded" in this world.


If you do, do you feel it through your senses? - oh yes! when I cause harm and I get rich, it gets to my head.

If you do, aren’t your senses dependent on your organs? - I have no clue


If you don’t, then what good is your body after you die when it is independent of your afterlife? - good question. pass.

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good post.

V Rakesh said...

Wonderful message! Very inspirational indeed!

RukmaniRam said...

This: http://xkcd.com/659/ has been my favorite argument yet.

And as a medical scientist, it's hard not to be one.

Shadow said...

nice da...well done! wonderful message! :)

Perception said...

Wow, when I got my license, the guy asked me do you want to be an organ donar? And I was just taken aback, hmmm...i guess No. Can you believe it, that's what I said. But I kept thinking about it for hours, even days. Discussed with Ma, who thought it was a good decision, ofcourse you take the organs to 2nd life apparently, why else would some people be born blind she asked. But now after reading this post, I want to, yes I want to become an organ donar. Thanks for helping me decide :)

Vibushan Lakshminarayan said...

@Anu
You're hired :P

@Rakesh, Shadow
Thanks :)

@RukmaniRam
It aint hard.. it just is not that common

@Perception
Good going :)

VJ said...

:) And i was thinking "where is he going with this"

Love your train of thought! :)

I concur!

Vibushan Lakshminarayan said...

@VJ
:) Danke :)

Kanz said...

Meaningful post... good message macha..

Vibushan L Narayan said...

@Kanz
Thanks man :) hope you there is a take away in this post :)