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It is only due to the extreme Grace of Almighty God that the soul acquires a human body. Its only purpose is attaining God. But, after obtaining this body, human being tends to forget his original purpose and gets firmly attached to the body and starts believing in bodily pleasures as being the ultimate. By giving power and importance to the body, he starts relating to it and hence is so attracted to it that its name too becomes dear to him. Of all the bodily pleasures, the most menial is respect-seeking. To attain this, he also indulges in vices like falsehood, manipulation and dishonesty. Due to the love for his body, he desires its praise and compliments from others. He desires to seek self-aggrandizement throughout his life and wishes that after his death, his name and fame remain eternal. He tends to forget that the name given to this body for worldly convenience does not have any existence whatsoever after the body perishes.

All in all, this body worshipping, respect-seeking and eternity of name is of least importance. But due to great inner desire for bodily respect and eternity of name and fame, humans behave in such a manner, not only with themselves and their near and dear ones, but also with those who are the knowledgeable and are following the righteous path shown by the esteemed scholars and scriptures, trying to attain their ultimate goal of being one with the Almighty.

When the body of such an enlightened one dies, in order to continue their remembrance, their body is captured in pictures. Adorned with all pomp and decorations (garlands etc.), the body is taken to the cremation ground. In the interest of immortalizing the mortal name, they erect edifices like structures in the form of memorials. In addition to this, they write exaggerated and one-sided incidents of the deceased being and publish them in the form of biographies and remembrances. On one side, they call themselves followers of that enlightened one and on the other, they do exactly the thing that deterred the deceased when he was alive!

The essence of belief is immortal. Hence, the belief must be in the principle and words of such enlightened ones and not in a mortal body or name. But such misdeeds happen only when desires take the garb of beliefs. Hence, giving undue importance to mortal bodies and not worshipping and praising that eternal, immortal, divine and pristine Almighty Being makes our life useless.

If seen in its true perspective, this body is only a machine producing urine and excretion. Given the best of foods or even prasad of God, it shall leave the body through excretion. Given the best of drinks or even water of holy Gangaji, the same will be passed out as urine. This body is an excretion and urine producing machine till the time there is life and once the death prevails, even touching it requires bathing. In fact, this body is dying every moment. The real and authentic consciousness which is present in the body cannot be captured in pictures. Only the body that is decaying every second can be pictured. That is why the body also does not remain the same as it was, while the picture was taken. Hence, worship of photograph is worship of asat (that which is not real, non-existent, transient, temporary). In the photograph, the body remains lifeless, so the picture of this lifeless collection of bones and tissues is more lifeless than the dead body itself!

Those whom we term as Mahatmas – the enlightened ones – are Mahatmas because of their total renunciation of gratification and not because of their attachment to it. They consider this body as excretory matter. Hence, showering respect over a Mahatma’s body is like respecting excretory matter! Is this right? If someone says that just like we worship God’s photograph, what is wrong in worshipping a Mahatma’s photograph? Then saying this is also not apt because God’s body is Divine and immortal, while that of the Mahatama is made of destructible and perishable matters which we call panch-tattva. God is Omnipresent, hence He is present in the photographs also. But omnipresence (other than body) of Mahatma is due to omnipresence of God Himself. God encompasses all the Mahatmas as well. Hence, worship of God includes worshipping of all the Mahatmas. Hindrance shall be created in the worship of God if the body and photographs of Mahatmas are worshiped and this is strictly against the very principles of Mahatmas. A Mahatma has come to this world to guide the people towards God and not towards himself. The one who guides the people to himself (for worship) is anti-god. In fact, a Mahatma is never limited to a body.

An actual biography is the one which depicts factual matters, meaning which puts forth both the good and bad facts (virtues and vices) of a life in an objective and truthful way. Only the person himself can know the factual incidents of his life. Others shall only derive estimates about it as per their own intellect and this is often not true. The biographies that are written nowadays, more so conceal faults and vices, and depict only unwarranted virtues. As a result, they are actually not the factual, complete and real depiction. In fact, where can we find a better biographical character sketch other than Marayada Purshottam Sri Ram? His biography and character sketch must be given ear to and read and our life must be moulded and lived in accordance with it. We must try and live our life in accordance with the guidance and principles of those whom we consider as Mahatmas.

After thinking over the points mentioned earlier, I would like to humbly make a request to all my acquainted saints and good people. I have made the points on a personal level, meaning that I have prohibited my photographs, pictures, memorials, biographies etc. The sole purpose of this article is to clearly state as to what shall be your duties towards this body at the time when I have become physically debilitated and my body has finally rested.

When this body becomes unfit to move around and in the opinion of doctors has no chance of revival, then it is to be taken to the shores of holy Gangaji. Do not use any medications at such times; make use of only water of holy Ganga and Tulsi. During such period, uninterruptedly chant God’s name and praises and let the holy scriptures like The Bhagavad Gita, Shri Vishnu Shahastra Naam, Sri Ramcharita Manas etc. be read and heard.

When the body is dead, use only Gopichandan and Tulsimala, not flowers, scents or gulal, etc. The body that is dead should be carried in mere cloth as per the saintly traditions and not on the Vaikunthi made of wood, etc.

The way that I have been prohibiting in my living days the feet touching, dandvat pranam, parikrama, garlanding, chanting of my name etc., similarly, after my body dies, consider feet touching, dandvat pranaam, parikrama, garlanding, chanting my name etc., as prohibited.

I altogether condemn taking photographs of this body in its living, dead or last rites’ state.

In the event of its death in some other place or village, it is my hearty wish that the body be kept on a vehicle and brought to the shores of Holy Gangaji and its last rites be done there. In case due to some unavoidable reasons, it is not possible to do so, then, the last rites must be completed in the presence of the Sun (during the daytime), towards the forest or a pathway that leads out of the city, where cows rest etc., in the city or village where the body became lifeless.

When this body becomes still, there should be no waiting for anyone. After the last rites, only devotional songs and loud chanting of the Lord’s name, Divine Name repetition (Naam japa) etc. alone should be done, and the last rites must be completed with absolute simplicity.

During the last rites, all the utilitarian goods (clothes, shoes etc.) should be burnt with this body and the avashishth things (books, kamadalu etc.) should not be kept in prayer room or in the form of remembrance at all. Rather these must be used.

The place where this body’s last rites are done, nothing should be created there in the form of a memorial, to that extent that I even object to you placing stones etc. in that spot. As the place was before the last rites, it should once again be the same after the last rites. After the last rites, the ashes and all other avashishth things should be offered into Gangaji.

Neither should any goushaala (cow protection shed), school, etc., or any service organization be formed in my memory. While the body was living, I have not encouraged and built any structures, buildings etc. for me, and for this I have not inspired anyone either to do so. If any individual, anywhere, shows a building as being created due to an inspiration from me, then consider that to be entirely false.

After this body becomes still, let there be no festival or a celebration etc., and during those days let there be no sweets etc. Just as the sages and ascetics have been bringing bhikshaa (daily meals) in front of me so far, in the same way they should continue to do so. If a good house-holder, out of their own will, bring bhikshaa, then that very same bhikshaa should be accepted, in which there are no sweets. If some ascetic and good families come from out-of-town, then in the arrangements and preparation of their food, let there be no sweets, and their meals too, should be ordinary.

When this body becomes still, let there be no grief or a gathering for mourning etc., rather for seventeen days let there be satsang, singing the glories of the Lord and chanting of His Divine Name, and Divine Name repetition (Bhagwad Naam japa), recitation of the Gita, recitation of Ramcharitra Manas, reading of saints’ divine speeches, reading of Shrimad Bhagwad etc. Only spiritual undertakings must be carried on during this period. In Sanatana Hindu Sankriti (Hindu culture), during these days, these above krtya are main.

When this body becomes still, on the seventeenth day or any other occasion if some gentleman wants to give money-clothes, etc., or anything as a gift, then it should not be taken, in other words, there should be no gifts accepted from anyone, of any kind whatsoever. If someone says that we donate a certain amount to the temple, then consider this sort of thing to be in vain, you must object and oppose this person. If a person sends any gift from some other place, through anyone, then it must not be accepted at all. Rather, refuse it entirely. Not only must no gifts be taken from anyone, but there should also be that alertness, caution, to not give sheets, rent, money etc., to anyone.

When there is objection to taking or doing anything for seventeen days, then what to speak of annual events etc. These are all to be understood as something that I object to. When this body becomes still, anything related to this body, any incidents, remembrance etc., must not be revealed in any form.

Lastly, I humbly request all those saints and good family members that I have encountered, that those things to which I have objected, they should not be done in any situation or circumstance. When this body becomes still, the actions and conduct that is opposed to what I have shared, or by participating in any form of arguments, opposition, differences of opinion, fights, frivolous controversy, etc. he should not become a sinner, or a partner in the sins. Rather with total steadfastness, love, simplicity, mutual trust, and without any deviousness, following the previous instructions, reciting and chanting the holy name of God, the final rites must be completed. When and wherever, there is an opportunity, the instructions provided with regards to this body should be followed by all those associated that are present at that time.

During my lifetime, through my body, speech, mind, knowingly, unknowingly, if anyone experienced any kind of difficulty, then I humbly from my heart and profusely beg your forgiveness. I earnestly hope that you all will forgive me with much generosity.

Ram ……….. Ram ………. Ram …………

Prior to this, I have written my Humble Request (A Will) three times:

(1) Magh Shukla Panchami, V.S. 2036, dated 22 January 1980
(2) Vaishakh Shukla Tritiya, V.S. 2037 dated 17 April 1980
(3) Magh Shukla Panchami, V.S. 2046, dated 31 January 1990.

But I am not entirely satisfied with them, hence, after due research, this fourth Humble Request (A Will) is being written down. So, the previous three Humble Requests (A Will) may be considered as void. I have got this current Humble Request (A will) written by Rajendra Kumar Dhavan and I have read and understood its contents.

Dated Margashirsh Shukla Ekadashi (Geeta Jayanti) V.S. 2054, dated 10 December 1997.

Ram …… Ram ………Ram