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  1. 1. Hindu Beliefs & Organ Donation<br />Hinduism is the major religion of India<br /> Hinduism is the world’s oldest major religion, and the third largest. <br /> The Hindu’s have very strong beliefs in reincarnation, which is the “recycling of souls.”<br /> Life and death, according to the Hindus, are equal because death is a part of the living because the soul never dies.<br />
  2. 2. KARMA . . .<br />is the belief that every good or bad action a person exhibited on earth will affect that person in the next life.<br />Once a person dies, their soul will continue into the future, based on their experiences in their “earthly form.” <br />When a person dies, the physical body perishes, but the jiva and the soul survive death. Based on KARMA it will either ascend to heaven or hell for a period of time. <br />And then it will return in the form of a human.<br /> <br />
  3. 3. As long as the physical body remains visible, the soul will remain nearby for days or months<br />Cremation of the physical body is a ritual that releases the soul from earth<br />Funeral Rituals<br />After cremation the skull is cracked releasing the soul from the body, and the ashes are thrown into the river.<br />To make certain the soul reaches the other world an eleven-day ritual called shraddha is performed.<br />The shraddha is the first memorial and there is a 31st day and one year memorial<br />
  4. 4. Organ Donation<br />Some Hindus believe when one’s organs are donated or transplanted, the karma of that person will then be transferred.<br />They also feel that because part of the donor’s body still lives on, it may interfere with the soul moving on to the next incarnation.<br />Some have different beliefs.<br />Hindus that prioritize in Moksha feel the body has little to no effect to the soul moving on and poses no obstacle in organ donation.<br />Those with Dharma priorities have more of a compassion for the sick and believe that it is a noble deed to donate an organ to help another.<br />
  5. 5. Meet Lali<br />Laliwas born March 11, 2008 , with two faces, two noses, two pairs of lips and two pairs of eyes in a northern Indian village. She is worshipped as the reincarnation of a Hindu goddess, her father said. (Photo:<br />