the dead body of a Sikh to be cremated
or buried? What happens to it?
Sikhism does not restrict the way in which
a dead body may be disposed of. People
may bury the body, throw it in water,
cremate it, or treat it in any convenient
but respectful way. None of these methods
helps or harms the soul in any manner.
The soul remains unaffected by any treatment
to the body. Sikhs generally cremate the
dead body just because it is a convenient
way to dispose of the corpse. They do
not do so because it will help the soul
go to Heaven. In contrast, other religious
believe that the disposal of a dead body
is a religious act and that the dead body
has to be treated in the way prescribed
by their religion. Muslims and many Christians
bury the dead body burning it is against
their faith. Hindus generally cremate
their dead or deliver their bodies to
some sacred river or sea.