Families turn to their spiritual gurus to help ease the pain of loved ones who are critically ill and alone in hospital
Mumbai: Death can be the end of life. But no one wants to die alone; not even those in critical areas quarantined.
With life at its charms, people turn to their gurus, religious leaders, and leaders. The lockdown borders have led to the shrines being closed and the family may not be at their bedside, but moments before the final farewell and eventual death take place in the Zoom Rooms.
âPeople die alone. Many have unfulfilled desires, unfinished plans. They are afraid. I advise them on video calls to maintain samatha bhaav (constant calm) and ekagatta (peace of mind), âsaid Monk Jain Namramuniji Maharajsaheb. The Jain manglik, the most auspicious song, is also recited. âI see them smile and many die within seconds. Sometimes I’m singing and the nurse interrupts me and asks me to stop, âhe added. Almost 900 people have contacted this monk for the final prayers in online video meetings.
Acharya Vimalsagarji Maharajsaheb, who also receives calls from those who are anxious and unprepared for the impending final farewell, said: âWe make them understand that this is the time to break all ties, reflect and apologize. for hatred, revenge and any wrongdoing. . They find much peace in the prayers sung during the call. Babulal Jain, a true source of information in Jainism, said, âOur monks cannot use cell phones, but their followers are in despair and are reaching out for video calls. With the temples closed, the monks have passed through this difficult period … “
The Church has also received calls from families of critical patients. âOur priests organize video prayer calls that are scheduled through the family. An ICU nurse picks up the phone. Some priests visit Covid intensive care units with PPE kits. We see ourselves as front-line workers available for the spiritual needs of the people, âsaid Father Nigel Barrett, spokesperson for the Archdiocese of Bombay.
Sadhguru Jaggi Vasudev, who also receives calls from those nearing the end of life, advises: âTo eliminate the jerky of death, a simple thing to do is to have a lamp – preferably with ghee, but you can also use butter – burning 24 hours a day next to that person … You can also set up some kind of universal chanting – something like Brahmananda Swarupa – at a very soft volume. Consecrated sound like this in the background will also ensure that jerky removal can be avoided.
Sikh families with critically ill patients turn to their religious leaders and special prayers are held at the gurudwara premises. Maharashtra Sikh Association official Bal Malkit Singh said, âAlthough there is no video call or Zoom session, family members recite Waheguru Simran’s soothing paath.
Maulana Khalilur Rahman Noorie said that when the mosque is contacted about a critically ill patient, the name is mentioned in prayers and âdua karte hai ki dava kaam kareâ.