During a conversation with Prasoon Joshi on Unraveling Death, Sadhguru answers a question on the importance of performing death rituals, or shradh. He explains the process in which the physical life energy, or prana, gradually leaves the body and how the actions of the living can impact the experience of the being.
Sadhguru Talks @ In Conversation with the Mystic, Prasoon Joshi with Sadhguru, Mumbai, Mar 2014
Questioner: Sadhguru Namaskar. I just wanted to know what is the importance of doing shradh (Last rites).
Sadhguru: In the manifestation of life, the physical life there is – let me separate this. There is life and physical life for the sake of understanding. The physical life has manifested itself. The physical life energy which generally is referred to as pran or prana has five basic manifestations - there are ten but that’ll complicate – the five basic manifestations. These are called samana, prana, udana, apana and vyana. Within… After… When a person is declared… Let’s say if a doctor is observing and they declared that person at a particular moment that he is dead now, in the next twenty-one to twenty-four minutes samana will start exiting. That means samana is in charge of maintaining temperature in the body. First thing that’s happen… starts happening is body starts cooling down. Somewhere between forty-eight to sixty-four minutes prana exits. After that between six to twelve hours udana exists… exits. Till udana exits there are tantric processes with which we could revive the body, but once udana exits there is a… a micro, micro chance but that is an impractical chance except that it is impossible to revive the body once udana has existed, I mean exited. The next thing is apana – somewhere between eight to eighteen hours this exits. The vyana which is the preservative nature of prana will start exiting from beyond that - it can continue to exit up to eleven to fourteen days if it's a normal death. That is, somebody died of old age, with the feebleness of life they exited. For such a person between eleven to fourteen days certain processes will be happening in the body to show that there is some element of life like nails growing, hair… facial hair these kind of things can be noticed. If someone has died accidentally, or in other words, the life was vibrant and he died – not necessarily totally crushed kind of body – still the body is intact – that body, the reverberations of this life will continue somewhere between forty-eight to ninety days.
So till that time there are things you can do for that life. What is the thing that you can do for that life? See, what has happened with death is your exp… your experience of death is that somebody is gone but the experience of that person is he’s exited the body. And simply because he’s exited the body you have no business with him - you cannot recognize him and if he comes back you will be terrified (Laughter). The people that you love, if they pop up there’ll be terror, not love (Laughs) because your relationship is ei… either with their body or with their conscious mind and emotion. These things have been left behind – the body has been left behind and the conscious intellect and the discerning mind has been left behind.
Now in terms of mind it is just a bunch of information which has certain tendencies of its own – natural tendencies which are finding expression in a certain way. There is no discerning mind. Once there is no discerning mind, if you drop… if you put one drop of pleasantness into this mind which has no dis… discerning capability, no intellect, now this pleasantness will multiply a million fold. If you put a drop of unpleasantness, that unpleasantness will multiply a minion… million fold. It's like your child who doesn’t have the necessary discernment - he goes out to play - he doesn’t know when to come back. Till he’s exhausted and he can't do anymore, till then he wants to play because he has… he doesn’t have the necessary discernment – okay it's time to go....
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