Life After Death

The way one lives today, determines one’s tomorrow

4/30/2015 2:56:48 PM
written By : Anu Pursram Print

Life has always fascinated man and death has held him in awe. This, however, has not quelled his curiosity regarding where one goes after death. Most humans are so busy with their day-to-day lives that they fail to address a very important question, ‘What happens after one sheds this physical body?’ There are some contemplative individuals who are curious regarding afterlife, but they lack the required knowledge to answer this question.

Scriptures and traditions prescribe rituals or prayers for their departed family members. The Parsis offer prayers for their ancestors for a fortnight in the month of August. The Catholics celebrate All Souls Day when they pray for their departed loved ones. But the inquiring and doubting mind requires proof of the type of existence after death. If one contemplates on the issue, one realises that the way one lives today, determines one’s tomorrow. 

Subtle body and regions of existence

When a person dies only the physical body ceases to exist, while the rest of his existence or consciousness continues. The existence of the person minus the physical body is known as the subtle body (linga deha) and it comprises the mental, causal (intellect) and supra-causal (subtle ego) bodies. These bodies are akin to the layers of an onion. On death, this subtle body goes to one of the 13 subtle planes of existence other than the Earth plane depending on the deeds and the desires of the individual. While there exist seven negative planes and seven positive planes, the Earth plane is the only physical plane of existence in the Universe and is also the first plane in the hierarchy of the positive planes.

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