Who will update Facebook when I die?

As I was browsing through updates on my Facebook page today, I suddenly wondered: If I die, who will update my Facebook page?

We are all born the same way, but we die in such different, exciting, unimaginable ways! And in similar exciting, unimaginable ways, we also survive. While one person dies in a freak car crash, another miraculously survives. Every year, hundreds of thousands of people survive the battle of tough diseases like cancer, while some die of a simple fever. Some die as soon as they are born, and some break world records for living the longest. Weirdest are the cases of those who remember instances from past lives, some predict deaths, and some wake up from years of coma only to see that others around have moved on!

Who is managing, or as some sadists would say, mismanaging all of this? Who keeps a record of who died when and who is due to be born to which parents? There must be some superpower somewhere. Any non-believer reading this article would simply give a scientific molecular theory and put a sense of logic behind the working of this universe. And a believer like me will then ask, that’s fine, but who brings all of these scientific elements together?

The battle between science and religion will continue.

As I was browsing through the most recent updates on my Facebook page today, I thought about what will happen to my account on Facebook, twitter, google plus and what have you when I am dead? If I die suddenly of a heart failure, or a car accident, who will update my Facebook page? I am usually so prompt! The world knows when I wake up in the morning, which guy I thought was very cute when I saw him drive past as I sat in my balcony to read the morning newspaper, when I had a bad day at work, whom did I fight with, which gadget I bought….gosh!

The list is just endless. When this life ends, one of the most important events of all, I won’t be able to share it on Facebook! If I imagine for a second that my spirit will post for me, then I will end up scaring all the 200 something friends I have!

As I wondered about all this in a comical way and thought of asking this question to my friends on facebook, I laid my hands on the pocket-size version of the Bhagwad Gita I have. Bhagwad Gita is the voice of Lord Krishna. It carries the messages of Lord Krishna as were given to Arjuna by him at the epic battle of Mahabharata. I didn’t know that the Gita will have an answer to my questions on status updates!

The truth is that atman, or the soul, is beyond status updates and photo uploads. The soul travels millions of years and thousands of bodies from one part of the universe to the other. Lord Krishna in the epic battle of Mahabharata explains to his disciple Arjuna the journey of the soul.

Krishna says to Arjuna while explaining the power and purity of the soul that it is beyond life and death, beyond relationships, beyond love and hatred, peace and war, happiness and sadness, victory and defeat, me and you. The soul is just the most extraordinary desire of the sages who spend years searching for it, and the toughest riddle for those who attempt to solve it.

The soul is nitya (always exists) and shashvat (permanent) according to Krishna. It is never born and never dies.

“na jayate mriyate va kadacin

nayam bhutva bhavita va na bhuyah

ajo nityah sasvato ’yam purano

na hanyate hanyamane sarire”

Krishna says that the soul is neither born, nor does it die. It has not come into being and will not! Soul is ever-existing, eternal and does not die with the physical body.

“vasamsi jirnani yatha vihaya

navani grhnati naro’parani

tatha sarirani vihaya jirnany

anyani samyati navani dehi”

Krishna simplifies further by saying that the soul leaves one body and enters another, just as we change our clothes every day!

“nainam chindanti shastrani

nainam dahati pavakah

na chainam kledayanty apo

na sosayati marutah”

Weapons cannot cut into the soul, fire cannot burn its existence, water is not capable to moisten the soul, and the wind cannot blow it away.

And that was my answer. That my soul’s journey will not end with this body. It will go beyond. Into another life, another name, and yes, another Facebook account!

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Manu Arya

If I knew the answer to ‘who am I’ I would not have had the need to write this bio. But until I do, I can just say that for me, everything in life hangs by a thread of faith and destiny. Add a pinch of hard work to that, and you’ll have your choice of life served on a platter to you!

It’s magic to be born and brought up in India of today. A society that offers a blend of traditional with the modern, mystic with logic, religion with secularism, and science with faith; India is the place to be! For several years, people from across the world have knocked at India’s doors whenever they needed a bit of soul-searching. But today’s soul-searching comes with a twist! While India is no more just a land of snake-charmers and elephants, it continues to offer its vibrant culture, traditions and history to the world in a modernized, re-packaged manner.  I welcome you to join me in my journey of soul-searching in the current times. I can guarantee you that even if we get lost, we’ll get somewhere!


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