Chinmaya Yuva Kendra (CHYK), the youth wing of the Chinmaya Mission, will present their play Death this Saturday. After showing in nine cities across India, the play conceptualised by the All India CHYK Director, Swami Mitrananda, will now premiere in Mumbai.
Death draws inspiration from the Kathopanishad, a scripture that demystifies death and the afterlife. “The whole idea is to help people overcome their fears,” says Anand Lalwani of CHYK, who will also star in the play. “There are many pre-conceived notions about death and what happens after it. Clarity on that subject will give people the courage to deal with it.”
The play revolves around an astronaut, Nachiketa, who comes face to face with death. His journey through space and time unveils several revelations that draw him towards the ultimate truth, which will helps him transcend the experience. One of the characters puts it simply: “If I know how to live, then I don’t have to fear life after death. If there is life after death, I know how to live it, so I'm not scared of dying.”
Lalwani offers an explanation, “When you see a baby who is stuck in debris, but is alive, and his parents are dead, it's simply because it was the baby's destiny to survive. However, the parent’s time was up. Karma is responsible for determining a person’s life span. The Kathopanishad explains this very well.
Through self-education and awareness, one can mentally prepare for death. They can also work on their fears and try to change their destinies by attaining good karma.”