We inhabit our bodies for a limited period of time and then we leave it. After we leave the body is disposed off by cremating it, offering it to Agni and then whatever remains after that is offered to the living water of a flowing river or the sea.
In recent times, organ donation is being promoted. Most hospitals have trained personnel whose job is to secure more and more organ donors. And in certain nations, the driving licence is issued with a “organ donor” tick mark. Overall organ donation is a rather touchy topic with emotional overtones, but this post needs to be written. Organ donation while you are still alive, eg a kidney donated to a family member is your conscious choice with your living body. You keep on living with the implications of your choice to donate the organ. You yourself needed it but still you gave it away, this can be considered to be charity. This action of yours is between you and your conscience.
But the organ harvesting after you leave your body, after death, is different. ‘Death’ means when your organs of senses and action have finally shut down and you do not maintain contact with the world. A body on life support is not a living person in the energy sense. Keeping a body on life support, when the soul has decided to leave it, is also cruelty to the soul.
So basically the body dies, when your soul leaves it. Always remember that you are the soul and not the body. You do not need the body anymore thus you have discarded it. ‘Deh Tyag’ in Sanskrit. ‘Deh’ means the body or the manifestation. ‘Tyag’ means to withdraw, renunciate, resign, divorce, abandon, leave sacrifice, quit or forsake. Now this abandoned body is the responsibility of the heirs, your sons, brothers, father or husband. If not these 4 relations, then the nearest male blood relative is responsible. And it is the responsibility of these heirs to dispose off the body left to them as per the rules of Dharma.
As per Dharma this body, in whatever shape has been left, has to be offered as a sacrifice to Agni, Anteyshti. Agni is not just fire, it is the conscious energy which we see as the fire. This Anteyshti is the last of the sixteen Sanskars for a Dharmic person. The Agni has to consume the body and as the body gets consumed the blast of energy propels you, the soul, to the dimension where you will reside till you get born again in this world. The heirs do not have the authority to damage the body or remove its organs or anything.
Even if you have signed a donor card, the moment you leave the body, the body stops being yours, it belongs to your heirs. And you cannot give away what does not belong to you. You cannot sign a donor card to force the heirs away from their Dharmic course of action. In case you have done this, the heirs should not follow the card but follow their Dharma.
Now an example. Recently one of my friend’s grandfather died. He had signed up for his corneas to be removed from the body after death. His heirs did this and then did the cremation etc. And then the trauma began, the youngest child in the family started seeing his great-grandfather around the house crying out that he has gone blind and what did you do to my eyes! As I have mentioned in my earlier posts also, babies and young children can see energies of other dimensions. I helped them cleanse the house talked to the child and counselled the family to offer the final tarpan at the Brahmakapaal, in Badrinath, Uttarakhand. The entire family was so shocked that they went immediately. In that they also offered a special offering with some mantras for making up the loss of the eyes. And another to atone for going against their Dharma and mutilating the body left to them. After these final tarpans the child stopped seeing the departed soul around the house.
However I have no way of determining if the tarpan has restored the energy of the eyes or if it has helped the grandfather get resigned to his fate of being born blind in his next life. The energies of the organ removed will show its effects in the next life, be prepared to live out that life without the organ removed from the dead body you left.
Either way this was a final confirmation for me that organ harvesting from a dead body damages the soul associated with it and is also a negative karma for the heirs. So the final on organ donation is, you can donate to your family members while you are living and continue to live after the donation. But organ harvesting from a brain dead cadaver is a strict no-no.