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The Spiritual

"From the first, nothing is"
Buddha


"A donkey with a load of holy books is still a donkey"
Sufi Proverb


"Drink your tea slowly and reverently, as if it is the axis on which the world earth revolves - slowly, evenly, without rushing toward the future; Live the actual moment. Only this moment is life"
Thich Nhat Hahn


"If you begin to understand what you are without trying to change it, then what you are undergoes a transformation"
J.Krishnamurthi


"From the first, nothing is"
Buddha


"A donkey with a load of holy books is still a donkey"
Sufi Proverb


"Drink your tea slowly and reverently, as if it is the axis on which the world earth revolves - slowly, evenly, without rushing toward the future; Live the actual moment. Only this moment is life"
Thich Nhat Hahn


"If you begin to understand what you are without trying to change it, then what you are undergoes a transformation"
J.Krishnamurthi


"From the first, nothing is"
Buddha


"A donkey with a load of holy books is still a donkey"
Sufi Proverb


"Drink your tea slowly and reverently, as if it is the axis on which the world earth revolves - slowly, evenly, without rushing toward the future; Live the actual moment. Only this moment is life"
Thich Nhat Hahn


"If you begin to understand what you are without trying to change it, then what you are undergoes a transformation"
J.Krishnamurthi


"From the first, nothing is"
Buddha


"A donkey with a load of holy books is still a donkey"
Sufi Proverb


"Drink your tea slowly and reverently, as if it is the axis on which the world earth revolves - slowly, evenly, without rushing toward the future; Live the actual moment. Only this moment is life"
Thich Nhat Hahn


"If you begin to understand what you are without trying to change it, then what you are undergoes a transformation"
J.Krishnamurthi


"From the first, nothing is"
Buddha


"A donkey with a load of holy books is still a donkey"
Sufi Proverb


"Drink your tea slowly and reverently, as if it is the axis on which the world earth revolves - slowly, evenly, without rushing toward the future; Live the actual moment. Only this moment is life"
Thich Nhat Hahn


"If you begin to understand what you are without trying to change it, then what you are undergoes a transformation"
J.Krishnamurthi


"From the first, nothing is"
Buddha


"A donkey with a load of holy books is still a donkey"
Sufi Proverb


"Drink your tea slowly and reverently, as if it is the axis on which the world earth revolves - slowly, evenly, without rushing toward the future; Live the actual moment. Only this moment is life"
Thich Nhat Hahn


"If you begin to understand what you are without trying to change it, then what you are undergoes a transformation"
J.Krishnamurthi


"From the first, nothing is"
Buddha


"A donkey with a load of holy books is still a donkey"
Sufi Proverb


"Drink your tea slowly and reverently, as if it is the axis on which the world earth revolves - slowly, evenly, without rushing toward the future; Live the actual moment. Only this moment is life"
Thich Nhat Hahn


"If you begin to understand what you are without trying to change it, then what you are undergoes a transformation"
J.Krishnamurthi


"From the first, nothing is"
Buddha


"A donkey with a load of holy books is still a donkey"
Sufi Proverb


"Drink your tea slowly and reverently, as if it is the axis on which the world earth revolves - slowly, evenly, without rushing toward the future; Live the actual moment. Only this moment is life"
Thich Nhat Hahn


"If you begin to understand what you are without trying to change it, then what you are undergoes a transformation"
J.Krishnamurthi


"From the first, nothing is"
Buddha


"A donkey with a load of holy books is still a donkey"
Sufi Proverb


"Drink your tea slowly and reverently, as if it is the axis on which the world earth revolves - slowly, evenly, without rushing toward the future; Live the actual moment. Only this moment is life"
Thich Nhat Hahn


"If you begin to understand what you are without trying to change it, then what you are undergoes a transformation"
J.Krishnamurthi


"From the first, nothing is"
Buddha


"A donkey with a load of holy books is still a donkey"
Sufi Proverb


"Drink your tea slowly and reverently, as if it is the axis on which the world earth revolves - slowly, evenly, without rushing toward the future; Live the actual moment. Only this moment is life"
Thich Nhat Hahn


"If you begin to understand what you are without trying to change it, then what you are undergoes a transformation"
J.Krishnamurthi


"From the first, nothing is"
Buddha


"A donkey with a load of holy books is still a donkey"
Sufi Proverb


"Drink your tea slowly and reverently, as if it is the axis on which the world earth revolves - slowly, evenly, without rushing toward the future; Live the actual moment. Only this moment is life"
Thich Nhat Hahn


"If you begin to understand what you are without trying to change it, then what you are undergoes a transformation"
J.Krishnamurthi


"From the first, nothing is"
Buddha


"A donkey with a load of holy books is still a donkey"
Sufi Proverb


"Drink your tea slowly and reverently, as if it is the axis on which the world earth revolves - slowly, evenly, without rushing toward the future; Live the actual moment. Only this moment is life"
Thich Nhat Hahn


"If you begin to understand what you are without trying to change it, then what you are undergoes a transformation"
J.Krishnamurthi


"From the first, nothing is"
Buddha


"A donkey with a load of holy books is still a donkey"
Sufi Proverb


"Drink your tea slowly and reverently, as if it is the axis on which the world earth revolves - slowly, evenly, without rushing toward the future; Live the actual moment. Only this moment is life"
Thich Nhat Hahn


"If you begin to understand what you are without trying to change it, then what you are undergoes a transformation"
J.Krishnamurthi


"From the first, nothing is"
Buddha


"A donkey with a load of holy books is still a donkey"
Sufi Proverb


"Drink your tea slowly and reverently, as if it is the axis on which the world earth revolves - slowly, evenly, without rushing toward the future; Live the actual moment. Only this moment is life"
Thich Nhat Hahn


"If you begin to understand what you are without trying to change it, then what you are undergoes a transformation"
J.Krishnamurthi


"From the first, nothing is"
Buddha


"A donkey with a load of holy books is still a donkey"
Sufi Proverb


"Drink your tea slowly and reverently, as if it is the axis on which the world earth revolves - slowly, evenly, without rushing toward the future; Live the actual moment. Only this moment is life"
Thich Nhat Hahn


"If you begin to understand what you are without trying to change it, then what you are undergoes a transformation"
J.Krishnamurthi


"From the first, nothing is"
Buddha


"A donkey with a load of holy books is still a donkey"
Sufi Proverb


"Drink your tea slowly and reverently, as if it is the axis on which the world earth revolves - slowly, evenly, without rushing toward the future; Live the actual moment. Only this moment is life"
Thich Nhat Hahn


"If you begin to understand what you are without trying to change it, then what you are undergoes a transformation"
J.Krishnamurthi


The GMR Series

XII: Heaven or Hell: A Matter of Choice

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Do you think that heaven and hell exist? Well, if you think they exist, then they do exist. Thoughts play a crucial role in portraying or creating a reality for us. On one hand, we have physical things and objects that are real in their own existence – ones that we can touch and feel. Then, we have things and objects that exist only in our thoughts and ideals; things that we have never personally seen or experienced but what we “believe” them to be. The latter suits the mind most because it enjoys going into imaginations and dreams. The unknown creates a sense of mystery in the thoughts and the mind engages itself in the “ifs” and “buts” of the mysterious world. The most thought stirring among these so-called supernatural mental drives, are the concepts of afterlife – and heaven and hell.

Before we go deep in to the concept of heaven and hell, let us first look at one of the relevant aspects – fixation of human mind on things based on thoughts, beliefs and ideals. It is imperative that we first understand how the thinking mind acts before we talk about the complexities of it. It also implies that a thinking mind, you the reader, will be trying to understand how a thinking mind works. This is the paradox associated with the attempts to try and put subtle spiritual and natural elements into the words and languages. The realms of spirituality and nature are beyond words and thoughts. However, we need to take refuge in the words here in order to tackle a thinking mind entangled in words and logic. This is the very dilemma of our existence that we are going to address in this article. As you go on reading it, make sure that your understanding does not just remain a thoughtful conclusion but rather an awareness beyond the thinking mind.

We may be moving into a technologically and scientifically advanced world, but our primitive schools of religious and ideological beliefs are still as steadfast as a computer system that will not take anything but a certain set of commands. Modernity has brought about technological changes but as human beings, our minds are as primitive as ever. The rush to judgment, based on individual beliefs, is still prevalent. Although the concept of morality is considered to be highly subjective, terms such as “good”, “bad”, “evil”, “just”, “unjust”, “pure”, “perfect” and “imperfect” are still used with relative ease.

In this article, we are looking at something that further illustrates the rigidity of the human mind in terms of beliefs and ideals. It is not the fixation of just one mind that creates problems. When more than one person starts believing in something, it becomes a collective fixation; and then it creates a larger problem. One person’s reality becomes the reality of the whole society or community. It is strange how people, one after another, just start following a concept on impulse. Beware, what they believe in, may indeed be true, or may not. The question is – “How many of them will be able to see or experience that truth for themselves”. Look closely around you and you will see how conveniently we pick up things to believe in and not believe in. These collective realities or beliefs become customs and cultures. Anything outside of these values is considered immoral and anti-social.

There are different thoughts, different beliefs, different cultures and different societies. Some people get amused looking at other people’s cultures and values. Seldom do they think what would have happened if they were born in that culture. If people find themselves to be different from each other then that is because they think different. They think different because they were born and brought up in a different belief system. What they believe in now is not actually what they have known or seen but rather what they have been taught or fed. Then, how can that be considered a reality? And how can a mind that has already been programmed until the age when the brain had fully developed, be able to think or know outside the given boundaries? As we grow up, lots of information comes to us from various channels and sources. We may keep thinking that we are getting smarter or more knowledgeable by the amount of information and experiences we are receiving, but in reality, our whole personality is standing on those unseen and unchecked beliefs that have been in our minds all our lives. We remain caught in our belief system unless until we get a jolt of enlightenment or spiritual awakening. The concept of heaven and hell is closely associated with the concept of morality. And morality is a subjective reality, based on collective belief systems. If your mind was free from divisions and concepts of “good” and “evil”, you would not worry about heaven and hell. They are related.

Life begins with birth and ends with death. This principle of Nature is applicable to animals, birds, vegetation, trees, etc., and also to non-living things because, everything will gradually come to an end. Even the planet earth and the Sun will also die after approximately 5 billion years. If this is the fact, then the heavens and hells would also end some day, especially heavens! If heavens end, then the cycle of re-birth, Gods and demi-god would also end one day. It can be seen that anything that is created has to die one day. Therefore this fact does not need any more explanation.

But the fact is, heavens and hell do exist today. A personal experience as an example at this juncture will shed some light: - Author along with some of his associates were staying in room No. 309/310 at Geeta Bhavan, Hrishikesh during September 2000. During one evening prayer time, some new mantras were being chanted. After the chanting was over, everybody was sitting in a silent meditative pose. All of us assembled there could hear the melodious voices of ladies chanting the same mantras from the atmosphere above for the next 10-15 minutes. It was definitely not the echo of the chanted mantras. It was very distinctly audible. This particular mantra was not well known or popular at Hrishikesh. Therefore there is a possibility that the spirits from the spirit world in Hrishikesh were themselves practicing this new mantra. This goes to prove that the ladies from the first spirit world, that is just above the earth were practicing this new mantra. This continued happening for four consecutive days. Apart from this personal experience, there have been several other instances of such phenomenon. But will we get the answers to questions such as: when and how did the heavens get created and when will they end?

There is something very peculiar about the concept of heaven and hell. Depending on your thoughts and imaginations, each person (or a group of persons as a collective thought) has his or her unique characteristics of heaven and hell. If we look at specific communities and cultures, we will find that their portrayal of heaven and hell are based on the collective beliefs of their members or followers. Hindus believe that their hell (Narak) is situated in the West, while the Parsees (Persian community living in India) have it in the North. The hell of Muslims (Dozhak) has flames of vicious fire. The hell of Christians has demons and Satan rendering excruciating pain and suffering to its occupants. The hell of the Japanese has twelve types of horrifying creatures handing out punishments to the condemned souls. The “Steek” river of Jews is ferocious with dirty water and dangerous creatures. They believe that a mouthful of money in the dead person’s mouth can help him cross it in dreaded times.

Heavens are no different. On the onset, it is opposite of the hell and is supposed to be luxurious and rewarding. Hindus, Christians and Jews all believe in seven heavens. Jews also believe that their heaven is situated somewhere above the Pacific Ocean which has a sumptuous garden (Eden) similar to that of “Nandanvan” of Hindus with pleasant views and sweet fruits. Hindus believe that people get lower and higher levels of the heaven according to the Karmas they have performed in their earthly lives. Muslims believe that their God is sitting on the seventh sky. The “Yang” or heaven of the Chinese is full of golden light and things of great comfort. In the heaven of the Japanese, Lord Buddha is sitting in a Lotus seat surrounded by sages. Travelers to their heaven get to sit among them and attain divine knowledge.

One wonders, if all of these heavens and hells can co-exist and more importantly, the travelers to these places can distinguish their heavens and hells from the others, who controls and directs the traffic and to what destination? Are we talking about some sorts of astrophysical planes that sit invisible in our atmosphere or even in a different dimension? Then, the question whether there is an afterlife further complicates the concept of heaven and hell. If you do not believe in the afterlife at all, you would certainly not believe in the heavens and the hells. What is the point?

If we negate the idea of heaven and hell all together, it will create a moral dilemma in our lives. The idea of heaven and hell is directly associated with the ideas of “good” and “evil” and “virtue” and “sin”. Whether we explicitly accept it or not, the thought of death and afterlife does create an unknown vacuum in our hearts. When we try to do so much in our present lives, the thought that at any moment it can all disappear in an instant, can make us anxious. It is amusing how the life, in its all beauty and glory, as we see it, can render itself null by a stroke of moment. No matter what it is, everything in this world and universe is perishable. Everything, including the mountains, trees, rivers and oceans will one day die. Millions of stars in distant galaxies, million times larger than our planet, die every moment. Millions of others are born. Our sun, the biggest star of our solar system will also one day die. It is a scientific fact. How can we, then, create a certainty in so much uncertainty around us? If death is life’s crude fact (in fact one of the few certainties of life), where does morality stand in the equation? For those who do not believe in the afterlife or rebirth, what use is morality? Morality is a subjective reality in an individual’s mind that rests on presumptions, religious beliefs and fears of known. The real knowledge is absent. Rather than living a mechanical, monotonous and purposeless life based on material things and thoughts, it would be wise to look closely at life itself and ask ourselves why has Nature taken so much trouble in creating so complex a body and brain such as ours, not to mention the extremely intrinsic and self-sustaining eco-system of this planet and the universe. Certainly, the answer cannot be found in logic and arguments. It has to go beyond that – where the logic and arguments cease to exist.

If we try and aspire to do good things in our lives, who are we doing them for? For ourselves, because they give us a sense of achievement and fulfillment; for securing goodwill with that unknown God who will decide where to put us up when we are done with this life? How much of the charity that people do is really for the cause and not for their own fulfillment? Who profits from this and of what benefit is it? Look closely and you will find that in each instance of doing something good, you have been scraping a bit of goodness and satisfaction for yourself – collecting goodwill and deeds for later use, either in this life or the other. The mind may quickly put an argument that it is always good to do something for the others no matter what the intention. Remember, the thinking mind is always at work. The “good” and the “bad” are just perceptions. If there is a perception of doing something for the “others” it will be the evidence of duality of the thinking mind. When so-called “bad” time comes, people say they have done so much good in their lives that God will not be so cruel as to punish them inspite of their virtues. People generally believe that life is all give and take, no matter how good or bad. As mentioned earlier, the problem starts from a collective belief system. Our thoughts do wonders; more so if they are collective thoughts. Since they do wonders, it is not easy to stop them from becoming. That is the obstacle.

We have so far discussed about the superficialities of the thoughts and belief system. Now we will look at the things that the mind can do. Intriguing? The question you may ask here is, “if the mind is so superficial and illusory, how can it do any real work?” Aren’t we contradicting ourselves by first completely discounting the thinking mind and then talking about its powers? True, it does appear as a contradiction at this point. However, remember that if the thoughts did not have any ability to create illusions or illusory realities in our minds, there would not be any problems at all. The real issue is not about discounting the mind but acknowledging its superficialities and coming out of the dreams. When the thoughtless self-awareness happens, the dreams and illusions disappear by themselves. The reality at this point is that a thinking mind is supposed to realize that it is a thinking mind and then try to come out of itself. This is more intriguing. Who is caught in the web of thoughts and who ever will be free? The concept of heaven and hell is closely related to this dilemma of the thinking mind where “I” is a subjective reality, caught in the belief system.

The thinking mind are just an electro-magnetic frequency waves in the brain cells. It becomes stronger when it comes in contact with emitting neurons from the brain. It is this strength, which makes it hard to become free from the thoughts. What we think we are is just a perception or imagination of a personality. We are essentially an integral part of the Nature, the vibrating life force that exists in everything from an atom to a mountain. In its own existence, it is free from any shape or quality. If we were to become completely thoughtless, the emitting neurons from the brain will be free of influence and closely match the vibrations that exist all around us. That is what some people term as a state of “bliss”; enlightenment; mukti; nirvana or eternal silence. Since the thinking mind is an electro-magnetic entity in the brain cells, the neurons that emit in our thinking state are layered with different charges and vibrations, depending on our state of mind at any given time. Have you ever sensed an impending danger; or something strange about a person; or the “feel” of the situation in your daily life? Those are the feelers from the collective thought-influenced neurons emitting in the atmosphere around you. Do you feel any such thing around small babies? No, because they haven’t started thinking yet. Around them, you will feel serene. Some of the today’s so-called new-age spiritual gurus have picked on these characteristics of the mind and started forming their own group of followers. Anything that is based on thoughts related activity such as concentration, imagination, feel, look and experience, is nothing but a trickery of thoughts that creates more chaos in an already chaotic mind.

Look at it this way. The whole universe is one single burst of live energy (do not create a perception of any “energy” here. Word used only in a symbolic gesture). Each particle of the universe is alive and vibrating, including each cell of our body. In its essence, this energy is shapeless and nameless. When the though-induced neurons are fired from the brain, they create a disturbance in the atmosphere. They give a shape to the shapeless vibrating energy. Hindus have created their Gods and demigods through this process. Collectively, they think about something with total concentration and as a result the collective neurons create a forceful image. Since the vibrating energy (symbolic word only) is real in its existence, the new shapes that are created can also be termed real. That is where the complexity starts. Although the energy from which the shape was created is real, the shape (or personality, God, demigod etc.) in itself is not real since it was created from collective thoughts of various people. However, since the life force exists in each particle of this universe, the newly created reality starts functioning in its own right. As more thoughts in the form of prayers, meditation, offerings, chanting and following are produced, this newly created persona starts getting its own characteristics and qualities. So much so that if people expect it to do something for them and give something in return, it actually does so. Old African black magic and voodoo (and other similar practices) are loosely based on this technique. The doll is symbolic. The practitioner concentrates and releases a set of thoughts that start working in the atmosphere. That is why a constant stream of thoughts propels the person continuously towards the cause. Look around you, you will find many examples of collective thoughts at work. Different people are creating and have created different realities for themselves – and their communities. So much so that if you pray to a clean-shaven image of God, a clean-shaven God will appear in your dreams. The same God may appear with a beard and moustache in another person’s dreams if they believed so. The real, eternal God (term used here as a symbolic gesture only) may be sitting somewhere else all together, perhaps feeling lonely. That is why what you think and how much you think really matters. That is why when Buddha says “From the first nothing is…………….” it makes sense.

The heavens and hells are created through the same process. The author believes that at a subtle level, these places might exist in the form of a virtual reality. The existence of a solid, physical body and mind are necessary for the creation of these astral places. Science is still struggling to find an answer to the creation of this universe and its expanding nature and it seems unlikely that for long, their attention will go to this area. Since the virtual, thought-based heaven and hell exist, the process of re-birth exists for those who believe in it. The Buddhists book of death, describes the process of death, the intermediate state and rebirth in a scientific way. It exemplifies the vision and experiences associated with death through personal accounts realized in a meditative state. It believes that fundamentally all human beings are suffering (from thought-based realities and illusions) and thus subject to the re-birth. Hindus and orthodox Christians also believe in the process of re-birth. Spiritually, there is no death and no birth for a self-realized person. If the neurons and body cells are free from the influence of the thoughts, the death will be a transformation of natural energy from one state to another. There is no one who has died and there is no one who will be reborn. However, our conceptual and perceptive personality that we create and nurture throughout our lives creates a subtle imagery that stays out of the transformation process. The natural cells of the physical body merge back into the nature while the personality stays. Make no mistake. You are the same person after death that you were when you were alive. Nothing changes. Only the dimensions change. We give this subtle imagery many names such as ghost, apparition etc. The stronger the ego (and thoughts) was of the person when he or she was alive, more the chances of the so-called ghost to be stronger and apparent. Remember the scene in James Redfield’s book “The Celestine Prophecy” in which a soul (in his words, here symbolic only) enters an intermediate state and starts creating an office, which resembled the one, in which it lived when alive?

The author feels that for the creation of heavens at a subtle level, the existence of solid-physical body and mind-holder human beings is necessary. Only then the possibility of creation of mental heavens arise. It means if at all heavens come into existence, it is the human psyche that is responsible for its creation. The mind of a person uses neurons of the brain to get the desired object. The collective effect of many such minds belonging to various religions must have been instrumental in creations of heavens. The energy of the mind and neurons works together, though the functioning of neurons is yet to be researched. Before looking into the proofs of heavens, it would be appropriate to look into the scientifically approved evidences of re-birth, through which evidences we might probably get to know about heavens as well.

There are some noted scientists, namely Dr. J.B. Rhine, Dr. Ian Stevenson, Dolores Cannon, who have researched extensively in this field. Dr. Stevenson, Director of the Department of Psychology, University of Virginia, USA, wrote his first book “Twenty Cases Suggestive of Re-incarnation” in 1996. The book contained examples of re-incarnations in many countries around the world *. Similarly, there are numerous books and personal accounts (some genuine, some hearsay) on living examples of re-incarnation throughout the world. Some people believe in them and some do not. However, the intrigue involved in these investigations cannot be ignored. There are numerous other accounts of personal experiences of seeing ghosts, experiencing unexplained phenomena and intuitive feelings. Dr. Stevenson has so far collected more than 1500 cases of suggestive re-incarnation, investigated from a scientific perspective. Proven or not, this subject will always remain confined to individual beliefs and experiences.

Neurons, through there study, have the ability to contribute towards concrete scientific evidence of rebirth and heavens. Memory of the previous life of any person and also the physical marks on the body can be understood satisfactorily by the study of neurons. Due to the constant chemical and electromagnetic process in the brain, repetitive creation of potential charge takes place. Due to this potential charge, the neurons of every living being keeps transmitting and receiving radio frequencies of various wavelengths from the Universe. From a scientific view, the existence of ghosts and souls is not acceptable. However, there is no denying the existence of various radio frequencies of various wavelengths in the atmosphere. There are also cosmic showers and cosmic energy constantly entering the earth’s atmosphere. Most of these are unknown to science and unexplained. We are not saying that all of these energies are ghosts or apparitions entering the atmosphere. However, more research is required into the phenomenon. Scientists in Australia in 1995 successfully found and measured the electro-magnetic waves emitting from the human brains. There has also been extensive research in how thoughts affect our daily lives and the perception of reality. Although science has been successful to some extent in recognizing the effects of thoughts and beliefs in our individual lives, they have stayed short of separating the thinking mind from the thoughtless human brain. The day this discovery is made, it will be a great step towards fulfillment of human life in its natural form.

The design and functioning of the human brain is extremely complicated and peculiar. It is very difficult for scientists and Neurologists to understand it. Inspite of modern equipments only 10-15% of the brains functioning has been understood. The characteristics and size of neurons vary from place to place in the brain. They also generate different types of frequencies of electro-magnetic energy. According to medical science, a human being is considered to be dead when its brain stops functioning. The frequency, dimension, polarization and type of electro magnetic waves emitted out of the brain of a person at the time of his death could prove to be very useful in defining and studying cases of rebirth, heavens and miracles. Today, the scientists are able to use techniques such as “Functional Magnetic Resonance Imaging” (FMRI) and take live pictures of the brain’s activity. We are also hearing about the experiments done on the effects of mediation (thoughtlessness) on the brain cells. The results are astonishing. However, science is still one step short of recognizing the ego and the thinking mind as separate from the human brain. No fault of their – the scientists are as human and thoughtful, as others. The process will develop itself in due time.

The spiritual masters of all ages have described the process of death and re-birth in a very scientific way in their own style. They believed and knew that as living beings, we are bound to form a personality and thus induce an image in the form of electro-magnetic vibrations that differs from that of Nature. If we term the limitless cosmic energy of the universe as the ‘Ultimate Energy Source’; or background source; or the sound of ‘Om’ according to Hindu mythology; or ‘Ambh’ according to the Vedas; or the sound of the big bang according to Science, would be no exaggeration. Existing in the form of vibrations, the cosmic energy has certain frequencies and polarization. According to the Laws of Physics, if any two vibrations or waves having the same frequency, dimension and polarization happen to come together, both the waves become one or merge into each other and the resultant energy is very strong.

Since the word-bound-thought based emotions such as anger, sadness, pleasure, desire and ego are present at the time of death, the resultant imagery in the form of an electro-magnetic vibration, stays in the atmosphere and goes through its own cycle of life and death. Death in this life means birth in an intermediate state, either a heaven or hell or nothing according to the individual’s beliefs; and death in the intermediate state means birth in a new life once again. However, it does not mean that all the babies that are born and have been born to date have all been the results of incarnations. Life, in itself, is self-propagating and becoming. Nature has created the human life and brain for a specific purpose. That will go on regardless. However, that purpose will remain out of the reach of the human brain unless and until the influence of thoughts and ego are eliminated completely. The influence of thoughts and personalities can be seen in the form of evidence from the DNA or hereditary in which the previous traits are carried on in the new life form.

When the thoughts about heaven and hell cease to exist, the heavens and hells will cease to exist as well. Hypothetically, if that happens, the process of rebirth and reincarnation will stop as well (thought-based personalities coming back to life – and not the process of natural birth itself). The human life will be more fulfilling, one and complete, without any differentiations whatsoever. That will be a natural life. The discussions, arguments and writings such as this, will not happen.

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Notes:


1. Though Islam disapproves of rebirth, cases of rebirth in Muslim families in Lebanon and Turkey have been examined by researchers and found them to be true. A boy named Ahmed was born to a Muslim family in a village called Karnile in Lebanon. The child started murmuring about his past life when he was two years old and nobody paid any attention. But as he grew a little older, he started saying that he was Bohamji and lived in the village Kherbi. Even then nobody believed him. One day he recognized a person on the street who was a resident of Kherbi village. When researchers got to know about this case, they took this boy to Kherbi, situated 40 kms. from Karnile. Everything narrated by the child about his previous life was found to be correct. He had died of spinal tuberculosis. He also had weak lungs. He used to express his happiness with great excitement, as he was able to walk properly in the present birth. He recognized all his past family members, friends and relatives in Kherbi. He also narrated some of the incidents of his previous life, which only his relatives knew about. He gave the name of his father and also talked about his friend’s accident. He also recognized the photograph of a deceased brother.

2. Another incident of reincarnation occurred in Istanbul, Turkey and was thoroughly investigated by the scientific research organization of Istanbul. A four-year-old boy named Ismail Atlintralik was called Aabid Suzulus in the previous birth. He lived in a village named Adna, southeast Turkey but was murdered. He had left behind 3 children – Gulshara, Jacky and Hickman. This 4 year old boy used to remember his children and cry. One day the boy Ismail, saw an ice cream vendor Mehmood and questioned him, “you used to sell vegetables, since when have you started selling ice cream?” Mehmood was utterly surprised at this, but his amazement knew no bounds when Ismail continued, “Brother you seem to have forgotten, I am your friend Aabid”. When the press reporters came to know about this news, they took Ismail to Adna village. Ismail recognized his daughter Gulshara. He went to the stable where he was murdered with an axe by a person named Ramzan. He also went to the grave where he was buried. After enquiring with the police, it was confirmed that the murder had taken place and the convict was sent to the gallows. His present uncle was a very cruel man. Once, when he as ill treating Ismail, Ismail retaliated saying “you used to work in my farm and for a long time survived on the food given by me.” After investigation, it became clear that this uncle had received lots of favours from Ismail in his previous birth. This incident sent shock waves within the muslim community at that time. Inspite of such real life proofs of rebirth, the orthodox muslim community still does not believe in rebirth.

3. A book named ‘Living and Dying’ was published in India. This book contains the description of a girl born on 3/12/69 to a Brahmin family in Uttar Pradesh, India. Her name was Swarnalata. When she was three and half years old, some sweepers of her locality happened to visit her father. When Swarnalata saw them, she began asking for pig’s meat. In a Brahmin family where even an ant is not killed, the question of eating pig’s meat just did not arise. Then, from where did Swarnalata hear or learn about this? Her father started scolding her for this unjust demand. To this Lata started narrating about her past life. She said she was born in a sweeper’s family and her name was Shanti. She also gave her husband’s name as Rajinder. She gave the address of the village, which was barely 2 kms. away from her present place of residence. When asked about the cause of death in her previous life, she said, she used to pick charcoal along the railway lines every day. She had died on the day of Ramnavmi. On the day of her death, she had a quarrel with her husband who had beaten her with a broomstick. She was very unhappy that day and while picking charcoal along the railway line, got hit by the train and died. Swarnalata expressed her desire to meet her family and specially her unwed daughter. Some eminent para psychologists, who had dealt with such cases, investigated this case. There was no doubt in their investigation. They concluded that Swarnalata’s narration was absolutely correct. They also concluded that conditioning of the previous life was carried forward in the next. They also found that her physical habits were also that of her past life. She used to stay away from the other children of the family; she also refused to go to school saying that she belonged to a lower caste. Along with this, she was also afraid of trains. In the year 1975 the researchers again met her, but this time though she had memories of her past, she would not get carried away with them. Now, the conditioning of her present birth had become stronger, superceding the memories of her previous birth.

4. A girl named Pushpa was born during June 1965 in Sirsa, India. By the time she was one and a half years old, she started pointing at a house. Later growing older, she said it was the house where she had lived in her previous life. As she grew up and learnt to speak, she called herself as Manjeet Kaur belonging to a Sikh family. She also gave the name of her children. When asked to describe her death, she fearfully said, her mother-in-law used to poison her husband’s ears and then one day her husband murdered her. When researchers investigated the matter, they found that the facts narrated by Manjeet Kaur were absolutely correct and that she was murdered exactly four years prior to Pushpa’s birth.

5. A lady named Mrs. Uttara Huddar was admitted in a local hospital in Nagpur, Maharashtra, India for treatment of some skin ailment. But from then on she started getting a peculiar type of fit. Initiallly, she used to get such attacks for 10-15 minutes, but later the condition grew worse. She started remaining in such a state for 10-15 days. She and the members of her family could only speak English and Marathi. But during the state of fits, she used to speak very fluent Bengali and addressed herself as Sharada from Saptgram, West Bengal. One day, when her brother was clicking her photograph, she suddenly started screaming and running helter skelter. She was somehow coaxed and asked about her fright. She replied that her brother had a snake around his neck and was coming to kill her with the snake. Mrs. Uttara Hudder was an educated lady with an attractive personality and was a lecturer in Marathi in the local university. This peculiar conduct of hers surprised everybody. At last her family referred her to a psychologist for treatment. The psychologist in turn referred the case to Dr. Ian Stevenson. Dr. Stevenson was assisted by para psychologists Dr. R.K. Sinha and Prof. Vipindra Pal in this case. They prepared the case history of Mrs. Huddar. Every time she was under the attack of fits and spoke about her past life it was recorded. After many such experiments, they could prepare the map of her previous life. She (i.e. Sharda) was born in Saptgram. West Bengal approximately 150 years ago. She was brought up by an aunt. Her father Vrijnath Chattopadhyay was the chief priest of a goddess Kali temple. Somnath and Yatindranath were her younger brothers. Her husband Vishwanath, was an ayurvedic doctor. Sharda had suffered two miscarriages. On the 3rd occasion when her pregnancy was in the sixth month, while cleaning her courtyard, she was bitten by a snake and died. All these facts were found correct.

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