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The law of preservation of matter and energy states that matter and energy cannot be destroyed. One form may be converted into another, but nothing really disappears. Nothing can be created and nothing can be destroyed or annihilated.
The five elements cannot be destroyed. They only go back to be reconstituted into other forms. The subtle body cannot be annihilated. The subtle body, the organs of knowledge, mind, intellect and ego-sense, can only be reconstituted into another form. The causal body with its vasanas does not disappear. The three bodies, motivated by an unrealized karmic account, travel and find new opportunities to express themselves. The merits (punas) and demerits (papas) accrued through life stay in the karmic account and must find a new home until they will at some point be realized. According to the dictates of this karmic account, the jiva gains another body in which he or she performs actions accumulating more merits and demerits, which in turn cause it to acquire another body. The individual (jiva), who is composed of awareness plus the three bodies, does not die. The physical body decomposes and the elements return to the pool of elements. The bodies travel, but awareness does not travel. Jiva leaves one body and assumes another body, propelled by the pressure of vasanas. Nothing disappears. Only appearances changes.
We are born crying and we continue to cry, moving from sorrow to sorrow until the day we die. This is the wheel of suffering (samsara chakra) which keeps us going over and over again experiencing pleasures and pain until we realize we are not the doer. Identification with the doer provides a “placeholder” for the karmic account. When we realize self, we know we are not the doer, and we no longer take ownership of the karmic account. There is no doer to reap results of past actions and so there is no need for the experiencer. There simply is nobody to act out vasanas. There is no rebirth of the self-realized (jnani). There is no cause for taking another body.
Suicide Is Not the Answer
Some people feel that death may provide relief in this cycle of recurrent human existence. But death does not release anybody from problems. You only move on to the next birth until you understand that your identity is actionlessness and that you are not bound by action and its result.
Knowledge is the only true end of suffering appearances – the cycle of experience – ends only with knowledge. Prior to self-realization we believe in experience and the endless parade of sorrow with brief intermittent periods of pleasure. The hypnotism of experience can only be corrected by firm understanding that, “I am awareness.” Prior to such understanding we identify with experience, build our apparent image of self out of it and feel victimized by this ignorance.
Through spiritual paths you cannot reach the self. There are many spiritual techniques and they can lead you to a purer mind and a less stressful life, but the real goal is to realize yourself as the self. For that there is no path, but there is a path. Vedanta is that pathless path.
What is real, the self (atma), does not end. What is unreal (anatma) never becomes real. So while reality does not end, ignorance does.
~ Paul Badhur