According to Hinduism, self is beyond body. After atma leaves body, it should
have nothing to do with the body. Then, it is better to use this body in service
of other living entities. It should be great seva to donate organs after death
e.g. give someone eyes to see the world. Why some Hindus don't do organ donation
due to religious reasons?
There is saying that Karm ki ghatee attee niyaree hai. Thats if we donate an organ, the receiver can misuse the faculity donated to him/her. It is even in Christ history that he graced a blind with eyes and then regretted it very much as the receiver started going to vaishas kothha.
As Swamiji have already stated below also, we are interfering in His creation by all these unnatural actions. In our life and living if we haven't been of service to His creation, then NISHKAM can not be achieved after the death.
Human birth is the ONLY life form in which you can become liberated. Reason is that you got bound only in human life. It is a principle: You can open the knot only from the place where the knot is bound. Till you get liberated, the human birth (body) is the only tool from where you can get liberated. Precisely therefore, in Scriptures, the ONLY object of human life is stated to be Self/God Realisation !! Logically, therefore, till you get liberated, the possession of human body is like that of trustee by you. You can't mis-use with it or destroy or donate it till its object is fulfilled. This human body thus is a very important tool given to you for a specific reason, and you must not lose anything of it without achieving the purpose for which you have been granted !
Accordingly, it is highly improper to donate organs of human body before or after death...till you have achieved its object viz you have liberated yourSelf. You don't own it. How can we donate what is given to us for a particular purpose by Paramatma? No... We can not.
Jai Shree Krishna
Vyas N B
Body has been put in the same class as clothes [Gita 2 : 22] which when discarded are imparted with by nearly all wearers with the view they serve the needy by doing so.
Here the Question is : WHO DONATES? DOES THE DEAD BODY DONATES ITSELF? OR THE DEHEE (THE ONE WHO LIVED WITH THE BODY)? Please clear it first then answer is readily available for it from your within.
Question asked is ambiguous.
I have serious difference of opinion with you on this issue. I would like to submit humbly my views:
You say "the rights to give away one's wealth and property is only for adults and not for minors, similarly rights to donate body parts lies only with liberated great souls/men. He who has attained salvation / liberation, whose human birth has become a success, he is an "adult" (reached maturity). Others are all minors. Even a liberated, great soul, can donate his eyes while the body is alive only, not after parting from the body. "
One who has attained liberation has nothing more to do with his human body - neither sukrutham nor dushkrutham. Question of donation after discarding the body or while in the body , therefore does not arise. Secondly, every time the Sarira for the next birth is chosen it is done according to the type of body needed to discharge the chosen part of the sanchitha Karma during such next birth. In my understanding, no reference is made to the completeness or incompleteness of the previous body. Therefore according to me there is no question of one taking birth without an eye or with a defective eye.
Donation of the eye is a noble gift. The decision to donate taken before death, credits punya of a very high Dhana to the soul in that particular birth and will fetch him punya phalam in the next birth as I understand it.Donated by others after an individual death will not affect that dead individual, since he had not done that act!
so I feel that donating eye , or for that matter any organ, is a good gesture. I would be inclined to advise the people to donate.
Prof (Major) Ramanujam.
Namaste all. I agree with Gaurav that when the atman leaves the body along with the subtle body, it is the body alone that remains. In my opinion it is a far higher dharma to donate body parts that can benefit others in life than to hold on to them for cremation.
In my opinion it is perfectly legitimate and commendable when someone donates his eyes or
other organs after death (oe, even before death) for the benefit of
someothers. As I understand it, I do not know of any religious bar on such donation. When the religious
scriptures were composed or written down long long time age there was no
facility or technology available for effective donation of organs after
death. So, the belief that religious restrictions stop one from donating
organs is in my opinion a misleading belief and mental block of those who think that the
religion restricts such donations.
Hinduism is for sacrifice for others. Dahichi gave away his bones to make
weapoins for Indra!
But that does not mean that one who does not want to donate his organs is
doing anything wrong. Not donating organs is also a perfectly legitimate and
commendable job. If someone believes that he/ she is too much attached to
his organs and wants to see all organs burnt into ashes after death, he is
doing a perfectly good thing.
What Hindu dharma prescribes is to give away, to sacrifice everything for
some one else. But not all Hindus can practice this prescription in every
respect/ sphere. The same is true of all non-Hindus.
So, why worry about others. If one wants to donate, one should go ahead
without bothering what others or Hindus are doing.
As per Gita, one cannot give or take: God decides who has to give away what
from one's own possession and who does not. The body does not belong really
to the self or a person. All these are only of God. And, God decides
Shree Hari Ram Ram
Gauravji, it is as if Swamiji knew your question was coming... Today's Sadhak
message talks about the same topic...It is attached below - Ram Ram
Is it Proper to Donate One's Eyes after Death?
Questioner: Is it right / proper to donate one's eyes after death?
Swamiji: In my view, after death to donate one's eyes is entirely improper.
Just as the rights to give away one's wealth and property is only for adults and
not for minors, similarly rights to donate body parts lies only with liberated
great souls/men. He who has attained salvation / liberation, whose human birth
has become a success, he is an "adult" (reached maturity). Others are all
minors. Even a liberated, great soul, can donate his eyes while the body is
alive only, not after parting from the body.
Rishi Dadhichi while alive had given his body to Indra for "vajranirmaan". King
Alerk had also donated his eyes to a blind Brahmin while he was alive.
Shaibya shenakapoteeye svamaansam pakshina dadou |
Salarkschshi dattvaa jagaaam gatimuttmaam || (Valmiki. Ayodhya. 12/43)
"King Shaibya in the midst of a fight between a pigeon and a hawk (for
fulfilling the king's promise to save the pigeon's life), the king cut off a
piece of his own flesh to give to the hawk. Similarly, Alark donated to a blind
Brahmin both his eyes, and attained the highest state."
One must not repeated touch, disturb a dead body. By cutting any part of the
body, in the next birth, one does not get that part. Even if one gets that
part, there is something lacking in it or there is some sort of defect that
In some men the previous life's birth marks are also seen in this birth. On the
death of a child if the mother applies garlic on any body part, then that mark
remains even in the next birth.
On the subject of donating your eyes after death, I had asked this question in
the "Shri Givaarnvaagvardhinee Sabha" of Varanasi. They put together their
decision and wrote back to me.
"Purushahutirhyasya priyatama" ... in accordance with several conclusive
statements, oblation and sacrifice of the body is in the fire.
"Surya te chakshurgacchatu" in the beginning there is also a statement - The
fire having the rights over the objects used in sacrifice, i.e. the body,
therefore using your own intelligence to decide on depriving it of a limb, is
not appropriate or right.
When the body is non-existent, and a statue is made of the person, at that time
sea-shells are used as a means to show the imagined place of the eye. By this
it is proven that eye is the root, main body part, and it's existence is
indispensable. Mutilating of the body for donating the eyes is financially
From book in hindi "Satsang ke Phool" by Swami Ramsukhdasji.
NOTE: Due to some terminology being unclear for translation purposes, for
accuracy please read the HINDI message in the link below.
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