Dr KK Aggarwal
A person has pure consciousness state at birth and at death. Even the law says that children and a dying person do not speak a lie and that is because their state of mind is pure consciousness.
Also, those who believe in rebirth, the human soul takes three births. From the Upanishad point of view: firstly as semen, then at birth and lastly at death.
The three phases
1. The semen is the vigour. The man holds this essence of his Self in his own body. When he pours the semen into a woman, he procreates himself. This, indeed, is the first birth of the embodied soul.
2. Coming out of the womb and taking birth as a child is his second birth.
3. The child who is the father’s own Self is made his substitute for performing virtuous deeds. Then the Self of the father, having accomplished his duties and reached his age departs. So, departing hence, he is born again. This is the third birth.
Quotes from Aitareya Upanishad
पुरूषे ह वा अयमादितो गर्भो भवति। यदेतद्रेतस्तदेतत्सर्वेभ्योऽङ्गेभ्यस्तेजः संभूतमात्मन्येवात्मानं बिभर्ति तद्यथा स्त्रियां सिञ्चत्यथैनज्जनयति तदस्य प्रथमं जन्म।।1.4.1।।
तत्स्त्रिया आत्मभूयं गच्छति यथा स्वमङ्गं तथा। तस्मादेनां न हिनस्ति सास्यैतमात्मानमत्र गतं भावयति।।1.4.2।।
सा भावयित्री भावयितव्या भवति तं स्त्री गर्भं बिभर्ति सोऽग्र एव कुमारं जन्मनोऽग्रेऽधिभावयति। स यत्कुमारं जन्मनोऽग्रेऽधिभावयत्यात्मानमेव तद्भावयत्येषां लोकानां सन्तत्या एवं सन्तता हीमेलोकास्तदस्य द्वितीयं जन्म।।1.4.3।।
सोऽस्यायमात्मा पुण्येभ्यः कर्मभ्यः प्रतिधीयते। अथास्यायमितर आत्मा कृतकृत्यो वयोगतः प्रैति स इतः प्रयन्नेव पुनर्जायते तदस्य तृतीयं जन्म।।1.4.4।।
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