“When a man dies,
What does not leave him?
The voice of a dead man
Goes into fire,
His breath into wind,
His eyes into the sun,
His mind into the moon,
His hearing into the quarters of heaven,
His body into the earth,
His spirit into space,
The hairs of his head into plants,
And his blood and semen are placed in water,
What then becomes of this person?
What remains is action.
Its quality becomes fate.
One becomes good by good action,
Bad by bad action.”
- Upanishads (c. B.C. 800)
“The Supreme Personality of Godhead said:
While speaking learned words,
you are mourning
for what is not worthy of grief.
Those who are wise lament
neither for the living nor for the dead.
Never was there a time when I did not exist,
nor you, nor all the kings;
nor in the future shall any of us cease to be.”
“Those who are seers of the truth
that of the nonexistent (the material body)
there is no endurance
and of the eternal (the soul)
there is no change.
This they have concluded
by studying the nature of both.
That which pervades the entire body
you should know to be indestructible.
No one is able to destroy that imperishable soul.
The material of the indestructible, immeasurable
and eternal living entity
is sure to come to an end;
therefore, fight, O descendant of Bharata.”
- Bhagavad Gita