The question is; what is the importance of rituals that follow after death? How to cremate the dead in today’s age? How to adopt eco-friendly measures while cremating the dead?
Obviously, electric crematoriums are there now. It’s not even a relevant question. It has been recognised since decades now, that the wooden pyre was not meant for an age, where there are eight billion people, and more than a billion Hindus, and Sikhs, and Jains, and Buddhists, and others who want to cremate their dead, by burning their bodies.
The method of burning the dead body on wooden pyre, was not conceived for today’s age. When that practice took shape and form, the world was full of trees. Trees were numerous and men were few, so it was alright to cut down trees and use them as fuel to burn something.
Now trees are few, and men are numerous. And it’s obviously, both stupidity and criminality, to cut down living trees, for the sake of dead people.
And what I am talking of, is not a revolutionary thought either. I suppose many sensible people already choose the electric crematorium. It’s hassle-free, and obviously eco-friendly.
One of the best methods, of disposing-off the dead bodies, is one of the Parsis — they have their towers of silence. The dead body is put there, and vultures and other birds, come over and feast themselves over the dead body. Obviously with changing times, such rituals have to adapt.
Truth is unchangeable, rituals are not.
The mark of a living religion, is that it stoutly defends it’s core, and remains very flexible about everything else.
And dead religions, who have lost their core, become stiff externally.
Do you get this?
The living religion will be very, very flexible. It will have a certain elasticity. And dead religions, because they are dead, will become outwardly very stiff. They will not allow any changes to come with time, because they are afraid. Being dead, they are afraid. They think that if changes are allowed to come, then religion itself would die. No!
A great religion is very, very dynamic.
It responds to the demands of the time.