For certain is death for the born, and certain is birth for the dead; therefore over the inevitable thou shouldst not grieve.


Today we witnessed a cremation in Sudan. This is the only crematorium, situated under Umbadda District near Jabel Al Markhiyat and maintained by the Indian community in Omdurman. The crematorium is well designed with cross ventilation and the pyre with dry wood and straw is placed on an iron stand. Ibrahim is well skilled to undertake the cremation till the end. Fortunately this crematorium is available to expatriates like Japanese, Chinese and Hindus from India. We are grateful to Sudan for their open mindedness and extremely thankful to Dr. Anil Kumar Mithani Urologist and President of the Indian Community in Omdurman. Dr.Anil who is a son of the soil, went out of his way to help us.

‘Burn him not up, nor quite consume him, Agni: let not his body or his skin be scattered,
O all possessing Fire, when thou hast matured him, then send him on his way unto the Fathers.
When thou hast made him ready, all possessing Fire, then do thou give him over to the Fathers,
When he attains unto the life that waits him, he shall become subject to the will of gods.
The Sun receive thine eye, the Wind thy Prana (life-principle, breathe); go, as thy merit is, to earth or heaven.
Go, if it be thy lot, unto the waters; go, make thine home in plants with all thy members.’
— Rigveda 10.16

One thought on “For certain is death for the born, and certain is birth for the dead; therefore over the inevitable thou shouldst not grieve.

  1. Great write-up. Makes us humble. During our last trip to Puri we went to the Swargdwar smasan and had the same feeling.

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