Physical immortality has been a dream to many for centuries. The Spanish sailed the world in search of the fountain of youth. People have been betrayed, and murdered just for a glimpse of the elixir of life. So is physical immortality possible?
That is the million dollar question. Most everyone wants it and yet we have no clue how to achieve it or if we can. Through out history there have been several approaches to try and gain immortality.
The Fountain of Youth
One of the most famous sought after, solutions for mortality is the fabled fountain of youth. Supposedly the legend started when Ponce De Leon, conquered Puerto Rico. He spent his life in pursuit of it. Yet he never found it. The fountain of youth recently regained its popularity in the film The Fountain The movie provides a very unique approach to the legend. Perhaps the most believable and realistic approach to the legend thus far. The fountain of youth has about the same credibility though as the tooth fairy, or the easter bunny.
More popularly known as the elixir of life. The elixir of life is said to be made from the ground up philosopher’s stone. The legend of the elixir vitae says it grants physical immortality, but it must be imbibed every six months. The drinker of the elixir must also eat food periodically, not because they need it but to keep the stomach from shrinking. The elixir of life has also had brief mention in Hinduism. the elixir was often given as a gift to those worthy of immortality. The elixir in fact has never been proven to exist.
The latest and perhaps most promising thus far, is achieving physical immortality with nano technology. The idea is that the nano bots can constantly repair and maintain your body so that you would never be ill, wounded. It is basically a body in perpetuity. The downside is the technology isn’t anywhere near advanced enough for this yet. The other problem is that this would pretty much guarantee that only the rich could be immortal. Leaving the poor left to die. This of course is in opposition to the popular theory that only the humble and spiritually pure are worthy of immortality.
Immortality Through God
One of the most commonly accepted theories is that we can achieve immortality through God. In the Christian belief system we can achieve spiritual immortality only through the belief and worship of Christ. Well if we are indeed spiritual then technically even if we go to hell we will still be immortal. It will just suck. In Hinduism and Taoism there are immortals. Babaji is believed by many to be an immortal yogi, he achieved his immortality through meditation and becoming one with the true source. Babaji is more than our definition of physical immortality though. Babaji’s “powers” extend to what many of would describe as a God. The nine Taoist immortals, also achieved there immortality through meditation and hermetic life styles.
Who is immortal now though? If you do a quick google search for physical immortality you will find many claiming to have the secret and stating they will in fact never die. Are they lieing? Well if they die then we know they weren’t immortal. So can we achieve physical immortality? It seems it is possible but not probable.