Just a question on baha'i burial practice.

Jan 2011
112
Detroit, MI USA
#1
I was wondering about this quote:

The body of man, which has been formed gradually, must similarly be decomposed gradually. This is according to the real and natural order and Divine Law. If it had been better for it to be burned after death, in its very creation it would have been so planned that the body would automatically become ignited after death, be consumed and turned into ashes. But the divine order formulated by the heavenly ordinance is that after death this body shall be transferred from one stage to another different from the preceding one, so that according to the relations which exist in the world, it may gradually combine and mix with other elements, thus going through stages until it arrives in the vegetable kingdom, there turning into plants and flowers, developing into trees of the highest paradise, becoming perfumed and attaining the beauty of colour.
Cremation suppresses it speedily from attainment to these transformations, the elements becoming so quickly decomposed that transformation to these various stages is checked. – Abdu’l-Baha, Star of the West, Volume 7, p. 317.

Abdu'l-Baha said that the deceased body may gradually combine and mix with other elements, thus going through stages until it arrives in the vegetable kingdom, there turning into plants and flowers, developing into trees of the highest paradise, becoming perfumed and attaining the beauty of colour.

But how can that happen if the deceased body is in a coffin/casket?
 
Mar 2013
564
Edwardsville, Illinois, USA
#2
The casket decays eventually. Even before that the flesh will decompose which means microbes consume it. Baha’i teachings say the body should not be embalmed unless required by local law. For that matter, Abdu’l-Baha said in cases where contagious diseases threaten public health, it is permissible to treat the dead as required to preserve the living, even if that means practices such as chemical cremation, so it is not a completely rigid law.
 
Jan 2011
112
Detroit, MI USA
#3
The casket decays eventually. Even before that the flesh will decompose which means microbes consume it. Baha’i teachings say the body should not be embalmed unless required by local law. For that matter, Abdu’l-Baha said in cases where contagious diseases threaten public health, it is permissible to treat the dead as required to preserve the living, even if that means practices such as chemical cremation, so it is not a completely rigid law.
Thanks, I didn't know coffins/caskets decay as well.
 
Sep 2010
4,521
Earth
#4
The casket decays eventually. Even before that the flesh will decompose which means microbes consume it. Baha’i teachings say the body should not be embalmed unless required by local law. For that matter, Abdu’l-Baha said in cases where contagious diseases threaten public health, it is permissible to treat the dead as required to preserve the living, even if that means practices such as chemical cremation, so it is not a completely rigid law.
Thanks, I didn't know coffins/caskets decay as well.
Then there is this; "that the coffin should be of crystal, stone or hard fine wood." ;)

Thus I guess for most of us, it would be a journey in hard fine wood! After all we would want to feed those plants.

Regards Tony
 

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