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Blessed Self,
Hari OM and Namaste!


THOUGHTS:

LIFE AFTER DEATH - Does it Exist?

The question of whether there is existence after death or not has been a fascinating topic for writers and philosophers in every age. But even highly intellectual thinkers find it difficult to deal with this question because it is not the one that belongs to the realm of the mind and intellect.

     Such transcendental questions cannot be explained by words or established through any of the ordinarily known 'proofs of knowledge' such as direct perception, comparison, and inference. The only way to solve these questions is through the words of wisdom given out by persons of realization, such as the saints and sages.

     In the Bhagavad-gita, the poet-philosopher Vyasa recorded the Vaidika truths as given out by Lord Krsna to Arjuna in the battlefield of life. As part of these teachings, the perennial issue of life and death is exhaustively dealt with. Lord Krsna indicates that death is the total divorce of the subtle body from its physical structure. Therefore, death is the destiny of the body and not a tragedy of our continuing personality. 

     In Hinduism, it has always been emphasized that there is continuity of existence after death. An individual continues in a new embodiment and environment after the death of the physical form. The individuality which undergoes the experiences of birth and death repeatedly is called the jiva. This jiva is the eternal light of Consciousness playing upon and seemingly conditioned by the subtle body comprised of the mind and intellect. This subtle body, which is nothing but a bundle of thoughts, moves out of the physical body when its purpose has been exhausted.

     Even while living in this body, thoughts determine both our physical and subtle movements. And after death, we still pursue the fulfilment of those thoughts which we had while acting through the body.

     When we call the bank for the balance of our account, we do not expect to get the total sum of money that we had deposited till the past, but only the current balance. Similarly, the result of motives and intentions encouraged, positive and negative thoughts entertained, and actions performed, determine the type and texture of our thoughts when we leave the physical body.
 
A human mind is a ledger registering the impressions of the past, indicating the account of debit and credit to be enjoyed in the future.

With Prem and OM
Shivatmananda
 
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