Hinduism sanctions donating of bodies: Sri Sri Ravi Shankar
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Last Updated: Friday, February 19, 2010, 21:06
  
Itanagar: Donating a body for medical research, as was done after the death of CPI(M) patriarch Jyoti Basu last month, has the sanction of Hindu religion, spiritual leader Sri Sri Ravi Shankar said here today.

"If other body parts are also donated instead of consigning them to flame in usual funerals, there is no harm. The Hindu religion endorses it," he told a press conference.

Asked if Basu, despite being an atheist, was spiritual as he donated his body to serve humanity, the Art of Living guru said he had met Basu once and found him "to be an ardent fan of Swami Vivekananda."

"Nobody can be totally an atheist. As a believer has occasional doubts, so has an atheist a faith line. Unless one knows about the mystery of the whole universe, which is an impossible feat to perform, one cannot be totally atheist. It is easy to call oneself an atheist, but it is a false clam," he said.

To another question, he said both communism and capitalism have failed and humanism would sustain.

PTI


First Published: Friday, February 19, 2010, 21:06


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