Is It Okay to Donate Your Organs?
Sadhguru speaks about how organ donation can be a possibility for an individual to make a difference in another life, even after one’s death. However, he reminds us that every human organ is designed to last a lifetime. We should strive to create a culture where we learn to take care of our bodies for our lifetime.
Sadhguru: In Southern India there is a proverbial statement of how a coconut tree is useful when it’s alive and when it’s… when it’s dead. Every part of the coconut tree is useful both when it’s alive and even after its life. Similarly a human being has the opportunity that when we are alive we can be absolutely useful and contributory to life around us and similarly we can be even after life is up. Organ donation is such a possibility that if we can make a difference for another life even after our life is over, it’s a great possibility that human being should make use of.
There is no in… I’m sorry we’ll leave that. In our culture… (Talks aside – Is it on?)
Swami: No, one second, konjam front. Ready.
Sadhguru: In our culture there is no glorification after death; within a few hours after a person’s demise, his body is anyway burnt, cremation is the way. So when that’s… that is so if we can make use of the dead people’s organs to transform another life it’s definitely a wonderful thing but there is also another dimension to this.
Every human organ is designed to last a lifetime. Why are we developing a culture that human organs are failing half way down? So this is a culture that we have to develop that individual people have to take responsibility to see that their bodies last for their lifetime. Bringing that culture also is important. You drink your liver to rot and then you want somebody else’s li… liver. This could generate an unhealthy trend and there is also a mat… there is also a market place which will evolve out of this and that could open up many dangerous possibilities.
So, organ donation is a fantastic thing on the individual basis, but on the larger context we must be conscious and careful to see that this wonderful act of making a difference for another life does not develop into a huge market and bring all the other ugly things at… associated with it.