The Soul rejects bodies that have been ravaged by old age
some other disease and dresses himself in new apparel
just as a man throws away old, torn clothes
puts on new clothes.
But if new clothing is needed only when the fabric of old clothes is weakened,
why do young children die?
These “garments” have yet to grow and evolve.
In fact, the body rests on sanskar,
the impressions from action attained in the course of a previous existence.
When the store of sanskar is depleted,
the Self discards the body.
If the sanskar is of two days’ duration only,
the body will be on the brink of death on the second day itself.
Beyond sanskar there is not even a single breath of life;
sanskar is the body
the Self assumes a new body according to his sanskar.
According to the Chandogya Upanishad:
” A man is primarily his will.
As is his will in this life,
so does he become when he departs from it.”
It is the firmness of his will in one life
that determines what a man will be in the next.
Man is thus born in bodies that are shaped by his own will.
So death is a mere physical change:
the Self does not die.
~Revered Gurudev Swami Adgadanand Jee Paramhans~