Enigmatic Death: Science and Spiritual Quests







Too much obsession with death earns many the nickname of obsessed with death. In society, the preoccupation with death is seen as something morbid. Every normal human being knows that death is inevitable. Ironically, this thought, over time, descends to the depths of the layers of the mind. From birth, death takes position behind a person. It follows the person wherever they go. But death does not strike unless it receives the call of the Supreme Being. Death knows that he will act today or tomorrow. That’s what believers say. Believers also say that death is not an accident. He is predestined and is part of a cosmic conception. According to the great saints, the fact that man is mortal is proved by the fact that he is alive.

May all efforts to stay in the mad rush to reach the zenith of success prove in vain with this great moment of cold: the unpredictable arrival of death. Today, advanced medical science is said to have acquired the ability to predict the death of a terminally ill person. Their predictions don’t always come true. On the other hand, the sudden death of a living and vibrant youngster from heart failure overshadows advances in medical science. So do the deaths of blameless middle-aged people, as well as those of innocent babies. Thoughtful people therefore regard death as the greatest enigma of human life. But science opposes this observation. He says death is a normal biological process like the birth of a baby. This happens for many reasons. The main cause is the end of life due to old age, prolonged illness or unforeseen accidents. In short, death is an inevitable and universal process that eventually occurs in all living things or organisms. Death is the permanent and irreversible cessation of all biological functions in all living things. As part of a natural process, nothing is left of living things after death. What is left of a particular life form normally begins to decompose after death.

Science is straightforward in defining death. According to her, deaths occur for many reasons — the end of the lifespan of animal or plant species — humans included. Then come ailments, fatal injuries and accidents. Unlike religious observations, science does not believe in deaths dictated by fate. He says death can knock out a living being anytime anywhere. Despite the supposedly definitive analysis of death, solving its enigma in a medical environment sometimes appears difficult.

Maverick medical scientists often dream of conquering death. Believers smile pitifully and disagree. They call the atrocious task absurd because it goes against nature. Scientists harbor the idea that humans have the ability to extend human longevity. In addition to highly enriched diets, doc to brain cell genome, and body tissue replenishment, the average human’s longevity may be extended to over 100 years in the near future. To achieve this, they are planning a radically changed medical system and new generation drugs. Even the cloning of human beings may not seem as absurd in the future as it does today. This is because human embryo cloning has been practiced for almost a decade in some countries. But researchers doubt the creation of cloned humans. Ethical questions stand in the way. Scientists fear the global outcry over cloned humans. This is because a cloned human being may not be the cloned sheep like Dolly (1996-2003). It will involve the supreme creations of nature, which are the “most wonderful creations of God”. The attempt to create cloned humans resembles the endeavor of Nazi biologists to breed a super-race through controversial and morally unacceptable eugenics. A special class could have been done by them without fear of death. This is because they would be bred in such a way that they could remain unassailable unless they destroy themselves.

Man is a unique creature. To quote Shakespeare’s Hamlet soliloquies, “To be or not to be — that is the question / Whether it is nobler in the spirit to suffer / The slings and arrows of scandalous fortune / Or to take the weapons against a sea of ​​trouble … “Death impressed and created a kind of fascination in Shakespeare. The greatest enigma and phenomenon of nature returns in the dialogues of the characters of the bard, in plays ranging from “Hamlet” to “King Lear”. We could summarize his observations on death by these lines: “You know it’s common; all that lives must die, / Crossing nature for eternity. In accordance with ancient Indian philosophy, Tagore expresses his love for death, which he believes is God. On the other hand, the greatest modern Bengali poet Jibanananda Das has developed a “romantically strange” love for death. A character from one of his famous poems comes out of his house to kill himself on a half-moon night. He leaves his sweet home with his loving wife and deeply asleep baby. No one could say what had prompted the poet to attempt suicide. It remained a mystery.

Scientists have embarked on another adventure: to create a living being, a human in particular, without the possibility of dying one day. It is a very delicate job. These experiences are fraught with disaster risk. Science fiction has long been populated by humanoids or destructive zombies. There are fears that attempts to create living humans will give way to abnormal, human-hostile humans. Not many people on Earth except for the crazy segments of scientists want to experience this spectacle. Nothing is more beautiful than the natural process of life. Many are born to live a short life. There are precocious children as well as wise old centenarians. Many others are fortunate enough to have long and happy lives.

While discussing death, the topic at one point leads to a spiritual discourse. This is not unexpected. It is the mystery that envelops death that leads people to turn to spiritual aspirations. Civilized humans had long been confused by death. Death played a big role in the life of mankind who lived during the reign of the first civilizations. A common trend presented them — the quest for the afterlife. It was exhibited in the funerary style of the Egyptian emperors and the royal family; and even the common people. It bore no resemblance to the concept of the afterlife of the Eastern religions — especially the Abrahamic religions, including Judaism, Christianity, and Islam. These last three had one characteristic common to them: The Day of Judgment which will decide the people to go to heaven or hell. Zoroastrianism, ancient pagan Hinduism, and a few other religions interpret the afterlife in their own way. Large segments of Hindu and Buddhist believers in general believe in cycles of rebirth. According to their beliefs, rebirth involves a long process. After being born and reborn in various identities and places, the rebirth process is finally coming to an end. According to their writings, the human soul is then freed from the seemingly endless series of rebirths.

After the burial of the monarchs, the members of the Egyptian royal staff left in the temporal world would remain concerned with ensuring the physical comfort of their lords who died in the other world. The dead were none other than kings and queens, princes and princesses, and people in the service of palaces. Mummified royals, especially highly revered rulers, on their journey into the unknown are said to even be accompanied by their favorite pets. Ornate paraphernalia, queen jewelry, diamonds and precious stones, food and drink were also not left out. For them there were the shady oases in the Egyptian deserts. There were only the royal people who were buried there. Later, colossal and tall pyramids would be erected over the concrete chambers containing the bodies. Thousands of years later, saints and sages have compared these majestic burial grounds to humble cemeteries filled with ordinary earthen graves. They found a similarity — the two are the places where a journey to eternity begins.

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