Immortality: Myth or Reality?
“The soul never takes birth and never dies at any time nor does it come into being again when the body is created. The soul is birthless, eternal, imperishable and timeless and is never destroyed when the body is destroyed.”
-The Bhagavad Gita
Is immortality simply a far-fetched concept? Mankind’s feeble attempt at defying and defeating Death? How could all religious texts, all spiritual gurus and all the great ones provide vehement assurance for the concept of immortality if it was nothing more than a pleasant lie to sugar-coat the bitter truth of death? Is there a greater immortality than being remembered for one’s deeds and living on in the memories of others? Is there really a life after death ?
Many have been driven by this strong need to conquer death. It was in the quest to attain immortality that the Chinese king, Qin Shi Huang, took mercury capsules. As fate would have it, these mercury pills resulted in his death instead of gaining him immortality.
You Don't Really Die when You Die!
The accepted truth is that our physical bodies are mortal, but our souls live on. The soul is deathless, endless and timeless. Death is a part of life but the soul exists beyond the realms of life and death.
“Death is a science. Do not be attached to your body. Eventually, all that exists will die” -Master Choa Kok Sui
What Master Choa Kok Sui said, embodies many truths. He refers to death as a science because there is a scientific certainty about death. What has been born, must die. There is no other way about it. Hence, our bodies are not immune to the laws that govern life and death. As the soul is birthless, it is deathless. It is ironical, however, that it is only through our physical death that we can realize our immortality.
Through the Soul-Affirmation prayer, Master Choa Kok Sui helps us realize our true identity:
“You are not the body. You are not the mind. Neither are you the thoughts Nor the emotions. You are the I AM. You are the soul. You are immortal.”
Once you realize this, you know that truth about your inner self and can therefore strive to achieve oneness with your higher soul. The body is a mere instrument or vehicle which is driven by the soul. A person changes his/her body from one incarnation to the next, just like we change clothes from one day to another.
The Real You is Indestructible
Master Choa Kok Sui thus emphasized on the immortality of the soul. The soul is indestructible and enjoys a certain continuity beyond the confines of time. The essence of a person survives death while the mental, emotional and physical bodies of an individual are all mortal. Soul-realization is actually the key to understanding immortality. One has to realize that the I AM or the Eieh (in Hebrew), also known as the So Ham or Tatwamasi (in Sanskrit) is greater than and separate from one’s thoughts, emotions and actions. Master Choa Kok Sui talks of a universal I AM as well as a micro I AM in every being. What remains after one is devoid of all thoughts, emotions and actions, is what is immortal in a person.
The soul, therefore, can neither be killed nor drowned, nor slain nor burnt. The soul continues beyond the grip of time and death and goes forth into immortality.