By Niraj Bidawatka
This headline in today’s morning newspaper caught my attention and when I read the story, I found out that it was talking about the forthcoming action thriller “In Time” starring Justin Timberlake and Olivia Wilde. The article reported that, “The film is an action thriller that envisions a futuristic society in which humans are genetically engineered to stop ageing at 25 and can theoretically live forever. As a result, the film sports a dream cast – one in which every character, no matter his or her actual age, is played by a young actor. The movie’s conceit also presented some peculiar challenges for the cast. For instance, Justin Timberlake, 30, who plays a murder suspect named Will, had to imagine the 27-year-old Olivia Wilde as his character’s 50 year old mother. Nonetheless the two actors had to find a way to convince the audience that Olivia’s character Rachel is Will’s mum.”
The article mentions the words “humans … can theoretically live forever” because the reporter is being cautious since he has no idea that it is not only theoretically but also “practically” possible to live forever. Any intelligent man would wish that he may live forever and stop ageing beyond 25 and this is exactly what the filmmaker is envisioning. The Bhagavad-gita gives the solution to this problem of becoming old and ultimately dying.
However, one cannot stop death and old age in this material world as the film envisions. The spiritual world is the only such place where one can live forever without ever becoming old. The Bhagavad-gita
(8.20) informs us of another sky which is transcendental to the visible material sky. There is no birth, old age, disease and death in that spiritual sky and innumerable spiritual planets, inhabited by innumerable liberated souls, are floating in it. One stops ageing beyond youth-hood in that spiritual realm. The planet earth, on which we are staying, is a material planet because it is made up of matter. Matter is always dead whereas spirit is always full of life. Therefore one cannot escape death in the material world whereas one remains eternally alive in the spiritual world. Since one gets a spiritual body in Krishna’s planet, which is the supreme planet in the spiritual sky, one does not grow beyond the apparent age of 25-years and remains free from death.
As the body grows old it starts giving trouble in various forms such as physical ailments, sagging skin, various diseases, mental disorders due to the ageing body, graying hair, etc. Therefore nobody wants to grow old nor does anybody wish to die. But those who are less intelligent accept old age, disease and death to be a part of life and being thus conditioned, they work hard day-in-and-day-out and ultimately die, leaving behind the fruits of their labor. But the wise want a permanent solution to the problems of old age and death.
We find information in the Mahabharata, that during the war of Kuruksetra, although Krishna was 125-years-old, He appeared to be a 25-year-old young man. This is so because Krishna’s body is spiritual in nature. It is not made up of matter such as earth, water, fire, air and ether. Krishna’s body is made up sat (eternity), cit (knowledge) and ānanda (bliss).
Krishna-loka, the spiritual abode of Krishna, is divided into Vrindavana, Mathura and Dvarka. The authorized scriptures reveal that Krishna does not age beyond 16-years in Vrindavana. Therefore Krishna is also known as Kishora (adolescent) and Radharani as Kishori in Vrindavana. Krishna, in His original form, never leaves Vrindavana. Thus the original form of Krishna never ages beyond adolescence. It is His Vāsudeva expansion in Dvarka that exhibits the youth-hood aspect. The activities of Krishna in the war of Mahabharata are part of His Dvarka pastimes.
Each one of us, notwithstanding whether a Christian or a Muslim or a Hindu or a saint or a sinner, is a part and parcel of Krishna and therefore we can also possess a spiritual body by transferring ourselves to the transcendental world. The Bhagavad-gita informs that one who always chants the holy name of Krishna can transfer himself to the spiritual world at the time of death. So please chant Hare Krishna and live forever without growing old.
Some people argue that they want to live forever in this body itself – “So will your Hare Krishna mantra be able to do that?” The answer is that it is not possible to live forever in this body because this body, being made up of matter, is destructible. One has to give up this body in order to get a spiritual body, which is indestructible. Just die once and then, no more death!Also Read: Experiencing The Soul The Real Cause Of Stress Who Am I? The Size Of The Soul Life On Other Planets As Per Vedas Om Versus Hare Krishna – Which Is Better? World Cup Cricket Ball Fetches $145100 A Letter To My Friend Iqbal: Shankaracharya’s Impersonalism