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Friday, 16 December 2016

The body is never more alive than when it is dead

Materialists frequently urge as an argument against the persistence of life beyond the stage of death, the assumed fact that everything in nature suffers death, dissolution, and destruction. If such were really the fact, it would be reasonable to argue the death of the soul as a logical conclusion. But, in truth, nothing of this kind happens in nature. Nothing really dies. What is called death, even of the smallest and apparently most inanimate thing, is merely a change of form and condition of the energy and activities which constitute it. Even the body does not die, in the strict sense of the word. The body is not an entity, for it is merely an aggregation of cells, and these cells are merely material vehicles for a certain form of energy which animates and vitalises them. When the soul passes from the body, the units composing the body manifest repulsion for each other, in place of the attraction which formerly held them together. The unifying force which has held them together withdraws its power, and the reverse activity is manifested. As a writer has well said—The body is never more alive than when it is dead. As another writer has said—Death is but an aspect of Life and the destruction of one material form is but a prelude to the building up of another. So the argument of the materialist really lacks its major premise and all reasoning based thereon must be faulty and leading to a false conclusion.

Yogi Ramacharaka