Seek of immortality is a common problem since the first breath of human. We may take into consideration that Adam approached the forbidden tree to become immortal in heavens. So, whether you believe in existanialism or not, in human soul “immortality” is common feature. Great monuments for the excellancy of great kings and emperors were built by the same instinct. Having look at ancient Wonders of the world list, we are pushed to percieve “immortals” and “immortality” anyway. Temples of Gods, heavenly gardens and homes for revival of kings…
We sometimes think about death, and dream about deathless life. Remembering death breaks the continuity, so idea of afterlife is essential. Unfortunately, I have not read about other religions, yet in The Noble Quran the dwellers of heavens will be staying their thrones up to infinity.
In Surah al-Bayyinah (98:8) “Their reward with Allah will be gardens of perpetual residence beneath which rivers flow, wherein they will abide forever, Allah being pleased with them and they with Him. That is for whoever has feared his Lord.”
Anyway, a few weeks ago I read a newspaper clipping about an ancient grave carved in mountain in the name of kings. The news is about restoration and preservation of these graves from the detriment of rains and winds. The heading of the news is “Kings’ Graves Melting”. The graves are still alive for centuries ‘n millienums, however modern man never accepts that these kings are dead, even their tombs and graves may die. Why do we never let someting die in peace?
Were these graves inherited to our generation? Do we possess them? How dare we decide about a grave of a man who died thousands years ago…
In Indonesia, there is a strange (!) custom. Once three years, they open the coffins of their ancestors, reclothing them they pace with the dead bodies in the village. They believe that their ancestors never leave them. So, these ritual is all to show their respect their ancestors, and praise their honours.
The famous mural by Michelangelo on Sistine Chapel ceilings… The cracks on representation of God.. Anything will survive?