Hinduism and Organ Donation

There are many references that support the concept of organ donaiton in Hindu scriptures. Daan is the original word in Sanskrit for donation meaning selfless giving. In the list of the ten Niyamas (virtuous acts) Daan comes third. Life after death is a strong belief of Hindus and is an oingoing process of rebirth. The law of karma decides which way the soul will go in the next life.

Organ donation is an integral part of the Hindu way of life, as guided by the Vedas. That which sustains is accepted and promoted as Dharma (righteous living). Scientific treatises form an important part of the Vedas – Sage Charake deals with internal medicine while Sage Sushruta includes features of organ and limb transplants.

“…it is said that the soul is invinsible…knowing this you should not grive for the body.”
Bhagavad Gita, chapter 2:25

Religious views Information obtained from UK Transplant

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