There are many references in our scriptures when deads are revived to life using Amrita and Mrita Sanjeevani Vidya..

A common accepted vedic doctrine is that soul (along with manomaya, vijnamaya and aanandmaya kosha) leaves the body when the gross body (sthula sarira) isn't able or fit to keep it. When a person becomes dead then soul along with those koshas already leave the body. Then when person are sprinkled with Amrita how those koshas along with soul return the original body ? How can they have relationship with gross dead body even after they leave the body?

Some of examples of reviving the dead are mentioned in scriptures are:

  • In Valmiki Ramayana Yuddha Kanda Chapter 120 Indra revives the whole dead vanara sena after agnipariksha of Sita (ie. some Vanars revived even after more than 2 weeks after their death).

  • In Sambhava Parva LXXVI of Mahabharata, Shukracharya revives Kacha (son of Brihaspati) when his body pieces are given to jackals, when his body paste is dissolved > in ocean and when his body is reduced to ashes.

  • In Vana Parva CCXLIV Indra revived the dead Gandharvas by sprinkling amrita. There are also many other examples of Shukracharya reviving dead, some sages reviving dead, some great saints of Kaliyuga are also credited of reviving the dead (e.g. Tulsidas).

Hence my questions are:

 How does the soul of person return when Amrita is used?

 How can soul have connection with the dead gross body ?

 Is there any time limit for the use of Amrita and Mrita Sanjeevani Vidya?

Which Vedic doctrine best explains this process?

 What happens when Amrita is used in the dead body of that person who has already taken rebirth?

 Can Shukracharya revive Rishi Dadhichi from Vajra of Indra (Dadhichi's bone) using Mrita Sanjeevani Vidya?

  • "How" may not be answered. This question of me is similar to your question. What exactly happens during Parakaya Pravesha?
    – The Destroyer
    Apr 5, 2016 at 11:45
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    "Can Shukracharya revive " might not be possible to answer for us. Only he could answer it if he sees the question. :D Dec 14, 2017 at 6:54
  • Yes. In the case of Nayanars, they did so many miracles like this, by praising hymns. I already asked certain persons about the same question.
    – user9554
    Dec 14, 2017 at 6:57
  • Actually now I know answer of this question, it's given in Ashwamedha parva of Mahabharata.... I think I should answer it now...
    – Tezz
    Dec 14, 2017 at 8:05

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I will attempt to answer, with help from mAnUkya upanishad. English language, being the most simplistic in grammar, has and uses only 1 word to describe Atma. That 1 word being soul. However, according to vEdAnta, there are several types of Atma. Per mAndUkya upanishad verse ii, Atma is of chatush pAda or of 4 quarters, which are -

  • vaiswAnara Atma = This Atma governs your body when you are in the awake state of being, such as between when you get up from bed in morning till you sleep at night. Into this Atma our mind is sucked into and retained until we go to sleep.
  • taijasa Atma = This Atma governs our body when we are dreaming state during our sleep. When you are asleep at night, and are dreaming, it is this Atma that is 'living' in the body. Into this Atma our mind is sucked into and retained until we move from dreaming state to non-dreaming state in our sleep.
  • pragnyAna Atma = This Atma governs our body when we are in the REM sleep stage during our sleep. That is the state when we are asleep but are not dreaming yet we are breathing and alive. Into this Atma our mind is sucked into and retained until we wake up from sleep. This 'is the lord of all; this is omniscient; this is the in-dwelling controller (of all); this is the source and indeed the origin and dissolution of all beings.' claims verse 6 of mAndUkya upanishad. Therefore, it can be emphasized that so long as this pragnyAna Atma exists, the body is alive or made to live, otherwise the body cannot live or be made alive.

Verse 7 then goes into the 'turiya' state of the Atma, or the 4th pada the 4th quarter of Atma, but for the purpose of this answer, going into it in detail is not necessary and it will suffice to explain what it is by simply stating that it is neither conscious nor unconscious, it exists within us as well as outside us.

Based on above verses of mAndUkya upanishad, it is clear that a body can still be medically alive even if one or all 2 of the above non-turiya Atmas are gone, so long as the pragnyAna Atma is still present, even if it is just a flicker, in the body. Think of it, when someone is 'brain-dead' and is in a vegetative state, it is because that person's 'vaiswAnara Atma' is gone, but other Atmas are still existing in it. So the person is alive, but 'brain-dead' (don't confuse with vaiswAnara Agni, which is needed for digestion). Likewise, if the person is alive but suffering from medical insomnia and cannot sleep at all, his taijasa Atma is gone, but other Atmas are still existing in the body. In the same way, when a person experiences OOBO ('outer body experience' or 'out of body experience'), then it is the 'taijasa' Atma that leaves the body, experiences whatever and comes back to it, because the pragnyAna Atma never left the body.

Medically speaking, researchers currently believe that all the medical functions associated with the vaiswAnara Atma, the taijasa Atma and the pragnyAna Atma as explained by above mentioned verses in the mAndUkya upanishad are handled and generated by the 'Pons' part of the Medulla Oblongata and Cerebellum parts of our brain.

Current research says that in the immediate few minutes after death, the brain is still alive for 3 to 5 minutes after the heart stops breathing. In this study, researches concludes that "it could be possible to reboot the brain for as long as three to five minutes after a human heart stops beating or ceases to show signs of life." This clearly indicates that the Pons part of our brain (which underlies the vaiswAnara, taijasa and pragnyAna Atmas of the upanishad) may still be alive and susceptible to rejuvenation until 3 to 5 minutes after death.

How to rejuvenate this Pons part of brain? No one knows how. Remember the emphasis made above from mAndUkya upanishad that so long as the pragnyAna Atma exists, the body is alive or made to live, otherwise the body cannot live or be made alive. So, could the answer to the above question of how to rejuvenate the body within 3 to 5 minutes of death lie in understanding how to control and operate the pragnyAna Atma within the body? Perhaps our ancients and demi-gods knew that by preventing the pragnyAna Atma from leaving the body and kick-starting the vaiswAna and taijasa Atmas (Pons part of brain), one could rejuvenate a dead body. I think that is very probable.

  • okay, but if 'pragnyAna' atma stays for only 5 minutes, how were the monkies revived after two weeks of death as mentioned in the question?
    – user17294
    Feb 25, 2019 at 3:04
  • 5 minutes in this yuga/era where our heights or personalities were no where near those described in vAlmiki Ramayana. I contest that in treta yuga, it was able to stay in body much longer than what is possible today. Feb 25, 2019 at 20:40

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