Whena person stops breathing, cells in the body stop receiving oxygen but cells areable to live for some minutes and generate carbon dioxide. Carbon dioxide isacidic and it builds up rupturing sacs inside the cells.
These sacs containenzymes that start to digest cells from inside out. This creates a blister-like fluid which arerich in nutrients. Almost after 7 days, these nutrients fuel bacteria and fungithat further liquefy organs and muscles. The microbes that attack the tissueproduce a bewildering array of more than 400 chemicals and gases includingFreon, benzee, sulfur and the molecule known as carbon tetrachloride.
At thispoint a little bit of flesh is left, which is consumed by maggots and beetles.These insects eat everything except the bones. After some time, protein inbones decomposes too which eventually turns into nothing but dust.Religious views on deathHinduismTheHindus believe in ‘KARMA’ which has profound effect on their ideal andpractices. Karma is thought that all physical and mental activity is areflection of greater cosmic process. It is also the idea that a personbehaviour leads to an appropriate award or punishment, essentially a personbecomes good through good action and therefore bad through bad actions. Karmaalso explains the variances of human personality and development as it must bea result of their deeds in past lives or this life. How a person lives his lifewill affect the reincarnation process.
Hinduism belief in the cycle of life,death and rebirth. One can be born again to all forms of animal life and iscontingent upon the actions and deeds of the previous life. Hinduism has awidespread acceptance of the idea of rebirth, death is not viewed as a passageto eternal life but as a transition to another no state of existence ispermanent only as long as one’s karma prevents a person can stop the cycle whenthey reach ‘MOKSHA’. Theword Moksha is described as liberation and it is said to be a state free fromsuffering and sorrow, the final release from material existence closeness withthe ultimate reality or universal spirit to take place in this existence.
Onewho receives Moksha is in a state of unlimited being awareness and bliss inwhich limitations of one’s individuality and personality are transcended. Mokshais the ultimate goal of the Hindu people. BuddhismBuddhaaccepted the basic Hindu doctrines of reincarnation and karma, as well as thenotion that the ultimate goal of the religious life is to escape the cycle ofdeath and rebirth. Buddha asserted that what keeps bound to the death/rebirthprocess is desire, desire in the sense of wanting or craving anything in theworld. Hence, the goal of getting off the Ferris wheel of reincarnationnecessarily involves freeing oneself from desire. Nirvana is the Buddhist termfor liberation. Nirvana literally means extinction, and it refers to theextinction of all craving, an extinction that allows one to become liberated.
InBuddhism, as well as in Hinduism, life in a corporeal body is viewed negatively,as the source of all suffering. Hence, the goal is to obtain release. InBuddhism, this means abandoning the false sense of self so that the bundle ofmemories and impulses disintegrates, leaving nothing to reincarnate and hencenothing to experience pain. JudaismTraditionalJudaism firmly believes that death is not the end of human existence. However, Judaism is primarily focused on life here andnow rather than on the afterlife, Judaism does not have much dogma about theafterlife, and leaves a great deal of room for personal opinion.Itis possible for an Orthodox Jew to believe that the souls of the righteous deadgo to a place similar to the Christian heaven, or that they are reincarnatedthrough many lifetimes, or that they simply wait until the coming of themessiah, when they will be resurrected. Likewise, Orthodox Jews can believethat the souls of the wicked are tormented by demons of their own creation, orthat wicked souls are simply destroyed at death, ceasing to exist.IslamicDeath, in Islam is like apassage through which you enter another world higher and more advanced than thepresent one.
It is therefore, a birth to an eternal life. From the Islamicpoint of view, there are at least three different interconnected stages oflife. Each one comes after the other. Also, each one is more perfect than theone before. The first is the world of matter in which we are living with bothour body and soul. The second is named the world of Barzakh (intermediate)which is the world of souls with a certain type of body similar to our physicalbody. The third and the final world is the Hereafter in which every soul willunite with its original worldly body.
The world of matter is theplace of action. The third world, i.e.
the Hereafter, in contrast, is the worldof reward and/or punishment. As a matter of fact, the Hereafter is thereflection of the world of matter. Here and hereafter are, therefore, differentinterconnected stages of life. The world of Barzakh is like a small version ofthe Day of Judgment in which the souls of humans will receive their temporaryrewards or punishment. During that period their worldly actions – good or evil-will possibly grow until the Day of Judgment.