the atman (soul), in the eastern belief system, is eternal, immortal. the phenomenon of (physical) death is, thus, nothing but its disembodiment and its reincarnation in a new body. and what determine as atman s choice of a new body is the law of karma the merits and demerits of one s actions in the present life. the notions of karma and reincarnation constitute the fundamental tenets of indian thinking; though these, like many other doctrinal beliefs, are hard to prove/disprove in purely rationalistic or even empirical terms.
swami muni narayana prasad looks afresh at these age-old doctrinal beliefs from the viewpoint of an advaitin (non-dualist), developing stimulating insights from his studies of the upanishads, the bhagavad gita the brahma sutras and, these besides, the works of his mentor: narayana guru.
contextually, among other questions, his book also dwells on ultimate reality, birth and death, and the two paths: devayana (the path of gods) and pitriyana (the path of manes), which either the souls take to after death. .