Hari Om! Namaste!!
Let us continue to explore more esoteric secrets of nature of the Ultimate Reality from the great teachings of Yama(the Lord of Death) to Nachiketa.
Hanta chenmanyate hantugn hatah chet manyate hatam |
Ubhau tau na vijaneetho nayagm hanti na hanyate || – Katopanishat Mantra 1.2.19
Meaning: If slayer thinks of slaying and the slain thinks of being slain, both of them do not know. He neither slays nor he is slain.
This mantra essentially means that one’s body can be killed, not his spirit, i.e. Individual Self. One’s body can be killed, not his Individual Self.
According to our Upanishads, our Individual Self is same as the Universal Self. This is the core of non-dualistic (Advaitha) teaching of our Greatest Realized Master Shri Shankara Bhagavatpadah.
When a person dies, only his body gets killed. But, not himself(i.e. Individual Self). The person’s spirit(Individual Self) escapes during death. It takes another body to burn its karmas and this process of death and birth continue infinitely. This vicious circle is termed as cycle of Samsara in our Scriptures.
The supreme goal in our lives is to escape the the birth and death cycle and to attain the Ultimate Reality Om, so that we will not born again to suffer due to accumulated karmas.
It is important to remember that this secret teaching on life after death is unleashed by none other than the Lord of Death, i.e. Lord Yama himself. Thus, it comes from the authority.
Scientist folks! don’t demand for an evidence or a proof. You cannot prove it by experiment nor experience. Because, we are talking about spirit and death here! Just kidding 😉
Caution: Interpretation and views expressed above are ours own, from our limited understanding of the verse. Authentic traditional meaning of the Upanishads can be grasped by reading authoritative commentary Shaankarabhshya by our Great Realized Master Shri Shankara Bhagavatpadah. So, reader’s discretion is advised.
Om Namah Shivaya ||