Death, of which every one is aware of is a certain and inevitable event to
happen to every living creature. It is
however, the most feared and dreaded event. To
the dying, it is a mental state of losing
all the worldly possessions which is very difficult
to compromise with. Added to it in certain instances, it
is the agony of living on the last phase of life-a motionless and powerless
mass of flesh. Once the last spark of life leaves the body, the
degenerating process becomes accelerated and it has to be disposed off at the
Renowned sage Bouddhayana says that "death
is inevitable in the case of man is born .... a
creature comes from the unknown and goes to the unknown; so the wise
regard birth and death as equal. Such being
the fact, people give their dues to their mother, father, preceptor, wife, son,
disciples .... and consecrate
their cremation with proper sacrament".
Hindu scriptures have
prescribed 40 Samskaras for the humans, from
conception to cremation, with several milestones called consecrations at
various stages of life. Of these the last samskara known as Anthyeshti, performed after one's
death by the survivors with mixed feeling of love and dread of the departed for
future good and spiritual felicity is
the most elaborate. The gravity of death, the consolation by the survivors, the
need of compromising with death as natural end of one's existence on
earth, the necessity of doing away with the corpse ...
all these have contributed to the evolution
of the Anthyeshti ceremonies. The Garuda Purana gives
a graphic account and explanation for this ritual.
In days of yore, when the
community was agro based and hierarchical, with
lots of time for oneself as well as for the welfare of
community, these rituals were performed and observed in an elaborate manner.
But with the flow of time and the community becoming cyber based and scattered
globally and every one measuring time in terms of earnings per minute, the
procedures have undergone radical changes ...
Yet interestingly the base line remains unaltered, It is in this context that Dharmishta Mithran a Mumbai based
NGO has volunteered to be the torch bearer of carrying this age old practice
with sufficient re- engineering to suit present day trends and has taken upon
itself the noble task of helping the people on funeral and post funeral rites.
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