Let’s understand how Soul leaves the body. When breathing becomes difficult during death, the Jiva or the individual self in the body goes out, creating noises. The soul, which is the subtle life force, departs from the body as it shuttles between the waking and the sleep states. The supreme soul or para brahman presides over this state. How Soul Leaves the Body
During birth, the soul associates itself with the body and sense perceptions, and during death, it disassociates. It is through this vital force or prana that Man’s faculties function.
With age, the body becomes thin and emaciated due to fever and other ailments. After the body is emaciated by stress and other causes, dyspnoea sets in and at this stage, the soul is ready for its onward journey.
Death is inevitable and can happen at any time. It’s important a Man prepares for death and conduct his life accordingly. No one can escape death. Just as the soul enters the body with the sense perceptions and impressions from the past, at death, the soul leaves, carrying the current life’s karmic imprints. As the soul moves between the waking state and sleeping state, so also with birth and death. Similarly, the soul transmigrates through different bodies through different lifetimes, continuously evolving. Each birth is dependent on th previous life, and the future birth is dependent on the action of the present life.
Based on all the deeds of man, the soul takes on a form and actions accordingly. This process continues till the individual soul merges with the supreme soul.
Process of Detachment -How Soul Leaves the Body
When the soul leaves the body, all the presiding deities of the sense perceptions and organs help the soul depart.
Similarly, when the soul has to enter the body during birth, all the elements, sense perceptions and organs formulate towards a suitable body.
With old age and degeneration, the body becomes weak, and the organs do not perform effectively. It is the body that deteriorates and decays and not the spirit or soul. At death, the organs stop functioning, all the sense perceptions withdraw to the heart, and the process of thinking stops.
The different deities presiding over the organs, and senses gradually merge back with the subtle force. This merging and reappearing occur every day during sleep.
The soul or the self-luminous subtle body carries a sense of perceptions and impressions of life and leaves the gross physical body.