The concept of “immortality” lies deep in the core of Indian spirituality and the religious traditions of many other cultures. Its probably not a coincidence that one of the first and, still, most influential books on the history of yoga is entitled, Yoga: Immortality and Freedom by Mircea Eliade (you can read the book online here)
Most of the time, this refers to some part of a person – the soul, spirit or otherwise – that lives on forever after the physical body decays. That we are able to recognize and ponder our mortality and the suffering of the physical body, is an integral part of why, in the first place, we seek to practice religion (covered here).
I mean, no one ever took the concept of immortality LITERALLY, did they? Perhaps not. Until now. Check out the trailer for a new movie that opens tonight in New York City on the science of Aging: To Age or Not To Age – a film by Robert Kane Pappas. At the center of this film is likely the so-called longevity gene known as SIRT1 (covered earlier here).