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Why Hindus should say Om Sadgati or Om Shanti instead of ‘Rest In Peace’

Why should we Hindus say ”Sadgati” or “ॐ शांति” instead of ”Rest In Peace” ?

We can also use a sacred mantra for the person who is dead.

ॐ पूर्ण॒मदः॒ पूर्ण॒मिदं॒ पूर्णा॒त्पूर्ण॒मुद॒च्यते ।

पूर्ण॒स्य पूर्ण॒मादा॒य पूर्ण॒मेवावशि॒ष्यते॥

ॐ शान्तिः॒ शान्तिः॒ शान्तिः॒॥ – शुक्लयजुर्वेदः, ईशावास्योपनिषद् १.१, बृहदारण्यकोपनिषद् ५.१.

Aum. That (Brahman) is whole. This (jagat) is whole. From that (Brahman) whole, this (jagat) whole has come. This (jagat) whole (in spite of) having come from that (Brahman) whole, Whole (Brahman) alone remains. Aum. May there be Shanti.

वायुरनिलममृतमथेदं भस्मान्त शरीरम् ।

ओ३म् क्रतो स्मर । क्लुिबे स्मर । कृतः स्मर । -Yajur Ved 40.15

This is the time when your Praan vayu is going towards Amrut form vayu (immortality or moksh ).

May this body mix with Agni to turn it into ashes. Oh Pranav form Om/Brahm (Brahm in the form of Atma), remembering my Karmas from childhood onwards I aspire the various Divine Loks.

As Bhagvad Geeta says that…

वासांसि जीर्णानि यथा विहाय नवानि गृह्णाति नरोऽपराणि।

तथा शरीराणि विहाय जीर्णा न्यन्यानि संयाति नवानि देही ।।२.२२।।

Just like people shed worn-out clothes and wear new ones, Likewise, it casting off its worn-out body and enter into a new one !

Hence, the concept of only one life that means an atman resides in heaven after life which they considered as a “peace, doesn’t exist in Hindu Sanskriti. So, I urge all that please stop saying ‘RIP’.

(This article has been compiled from the tweet thread of @elf_of_shiva)

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