Dead body given to Science

I have a Dilema! I have put in my will that i do not want a funeral, and when i die i want my body to be given to science

Krshna says that we are not the body, we are the soul. so when the soul has left the body, then the body is useless.

so in Hinduism, is it ok for my body NOT to be cremated?

Please guide, if there are any references to scriptures


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  • Thank you so much for the input, really appreciate.
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    Hare Krsna Prabhuji,


    In addition to what Aniruddha Das prabhuji has said, one more point is - if you are a practicing sadhaka in this birth, and you are initiated, then you have given your body to your guru. You have no right to decide what to do with your body anymore, esp when you will have left the body.

    As a practicing sadhaka, we are trying to follow the scriptures. As per our scriptures, once the soul leaves the body, the body has to be returned to the panch maha bhutas - either by cremation and subsequent immersion of ashes in the ganges, or by putting the body itself in water like they do in Benaras. It is advisable to follow one of the two options.

    Scriptural reference - once Sanatan Goswami was having so much of pus in his wounds (he had some disease) that he thought it would be better to commit suicide. Lord Chaitanya Mahaprabhu, being all knowing, immediately understood and chided him, saying you have surrendered to Me, that means you have given your body to Me, how can you decide to commit suicide now? This body belongs to Me, you cannot decide.

    Your servant,
    Radha Rasamayi DD

  • Hare Krishna

    If you follow Sanatan Dharm then without any doubt your body (cloth of soul) should be disposed (cremented) properly even if you have an off spring or not.

    Secondly there are lot of bodies for science, you do not need to worry for that. 2 people die every second (151,600 every day). Don't fall into unnecessary propoganda. You are devotee, be devoted to the Lordship.

    And lastly your lawyer has executed a wrong will, check Indian Succession Act 1925. You have no control over your body (organs) after you pass away unless you've donated it to any Govt certified institute in right peace of mind (which is also challengable by your off-springs). You only have control over your estate not even bank account because for that you have already nominated somebody at time of sign up. So it's bit technical here.

    I hope I answered your question in simplest way.

    Apologies for offences committed to you.

    Hare Krishna

    Insignificantly Yours
  • Hare Krishna,
    As far as I know... Shaardha karma is done for the soul.
    The Pitris remain in heaven, Pitri Loka or Chandra Loka, for a very long period. The enjoyments in heaven and the peace of the departed soul are enhanced by the performance of the Shraddha ceremony. Likewise the sufferings of the departed soul in worlds other than heaven are mitigated by the performance of the Shraddha ceremony by his sons. Thus, in both cases, the performance of Shraddha is a great help.
    The body is of no use .. they either leave it to be eaten by other creatures or burn it or make it flow in ganges.
    it becomes dust to dust.
    But its for the soul that one does Shaardha karma .. so that the soul leaves the earthly attachments and progresses to higher planets.
    Even If you donate your body.. if your loved ones' do shaardha tarpana offering pinda and food and water ( seseame seeds, rice and water) do daan or read bhagwatam in your name
    your attachements to that body are cut off. Otherwise your soul will keep on retrying to enter the body within 13 days of the death.
    Within the first 13 days of the death which are very crucial the soul should be cut off with all the attachments with the body and his relatives. For that only they do this karma.
    Body is of no use it should not decompose and cause problems to others so they burn it or bury it.
    But the last rights are to be done accordingly.. Otherwise.. the preta can try to enter again into the body. The ghost ( pretatma) looks at its body and feels sad and will cause troubles to the people around.
    body can be given to medical school its a noble idea for the advancement of science. But shaardha karma cannot and shouldn't be avoided ..
    Otherwise your soul cannot get itself detangled from this earthly connections and cannot go ahead into higher planets.
    Hare Krishna.
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