Preface : At the outset , I want to clear out , why I decided to write an entire research paper about one of the most difficult situation of a Human’s life “ DEATH “ itself. The reason which compelled me to undertake this whole research work was a simply driving Truth called “Death” which none of us can escape. Many people try to hide away from this eternal truth. It is apparent that our ancient ancestors also very deeply tried to understand this human process of death . It was this “ DEATH “ that led mankind to become spiritually aligned . It was this massive truth that made People search for the most complicated answers …. Why Death ?
People abhor the idea of Death , the question however is that “ Whether there is a God or No God , Death is surely there for all of us “. In this mystery we will be trying to find out one of the most complicated things on our planet .Understanding ” THE HUMAN SOUL “ . We will cover topics like Death , Re-Incarnation , Dreams and Re-Births. We will look at all available evidences on the same as well .
I would be sharing texts from the Ancient Egyptian , Ancient Vedas and The Ancient Tibetan texts . This mystery is one of the most researched topics on this Planet . CERN Labs, Geneva has hugely invested in understanding the concept of the Human Soul . What we need to understand is that Our Human Soul also has to follow the Laws of the Universe and of Course “ SCIENCE “ . Everything in our Universe is governed by Laws .
Our Planet revolves around the Sun , as per a Law defined by Gravitational Science , Our Moon revolves around our Earth by the same unknown Gravitational Science . Our Solar System is moving and revolving by itself in an unknown vast Horizon called Space . Everything in this unique Universe is governed by Laws.
Interestingly , all the Ancient Religions like Hinduism , Jainism , Bon , Tibetan Shamanism , Buddhism etc , Mayan , Aztec , Native American beliefs point to a hardcore factor : “ RE-INCARNATION “.
The Belief in Re-Incarnation is not very clear in Ancient Egyptian texts , and most scholars belief that the Ancient Egyptian texts actually mention “ RESURRECTION OF THE SOUL “ . It is an utter lie. The Western scholars from the Abrahamic religions , which believe in this shit called “ RESURRECTION “ have actually attempted to disrupt the actual truth . We will understand the process of Resurrection as well in this mystery.
As we will see through this mystery and the texts , we will witness a massive amount of textual evidence that , infact RE-INCARNATION was the most accepted TRUTH of all times .
It is a fact that , we have innumerable numbers of accounts today and reports of events , where people have been reported to have been re-incarnated , all over the World. Infact , even in religions where they do not believe in the philosophy of Re-incarnation but of an Afterlife of “ HEAVEN / HELL “ , re-incarnations have been reported.
We know that the 3 Abrahamic religions believe in an Afterlife of eternity either in Heaven or Hell ,as per as one’s own Karma . But , does such a thing call a Heaven or Hell exist ? If it does , then why the ancient religions , believed in re-incarnation and not the current set of beliefs of this new so called religions that have come up into existence in the last 3000 years ?
If there is an Afterlife , then why are there so many reported incidents of re-incarnation, throughout the Globe ? People should be happily living in Heaven and Those in Hell must be having a nightmarish situation. But no , we keep coming across stories of re-incarnation .
Another question is , “ If Re-Incarnation is the LAW , then WHY CAN’T EVERYBODY REMEMBER THEIR PAST LIVES ? “ Infact , everybody should have been capable of knowing their past lives , why only a handful of them ? From this point of view , An AFTERLIFE does seem legit . We will look into this serious controversy as well in this mystery .
We will try to address with scientific acumen and detailed textual facts from the ancients texts to search for the ACTUAL TRUTH .
This Mystery might be scary at times and completely Earth shattering for some of you . What we need to understand here is that , Death is not a new phenomenon, people have been dying , since the day , people started arriving onto this planet . Everybody who comes on a pilgrimage here , has to eventually go . Nothing is permanent here . We all have to go and that is a Fact , no religion or their God can deny it.
Whether you raise your ass 5 times a day or 100 times a day , you are bound to get the same result . Nothing changes at all. If your day of leaving has arrived , you will have to go. No amount of prayers will help you . Afterall , people are now dying inside Churches and Mosques more in numbers, than in hospitals . What more evidence is better than this itself.
In history , No temple , No Church , No Mosque has been able to contribute in helping humans cure diseases , they have successfully instead installed a non-sensical faith system that , somebody up in the sky is worried for your welfare . Even if there was somebody watching you all over , why should he/she be bothered at all. If your God is an all knowing God, then why the Hell are you Praying to him or her ? He/She should already know the list of all your problems . Is not it ?
We will find out every truth in this mystery. First we need to go to ancient Egypt, then I will take you to Tibet and Finally the biggest revelation from the Vedas itself which is the final part of this mystery.
First we need to have the basic understanding of KA & BA as mentioned in the ancient Egyptian texts . What is KA & BA , once we understand the basics , we can proceed into much more complicated concepts later on.
The ancient Egyptians believed that a human soul was made up of five parts: the Ren, the Ba, the Ka, the Sheut, and the Jb. In addition to these components of the soul there was the human body (called the ha, occasionally a plural haw, meaning approximately sum of bodily parts). The other souls were aakhu, khaibut, and khat. What the ancient Egyptian texts are actually mentioning is the same “ Chakra System “ which both Indian and Tibetan texts mention. It’s just that , the terminology is different . The biggest problem for us today is that , we have become introverts in our understanding of ancient texts . For example , Hindus are all but too confident that the Vedics texts are the ultimate supreme , however they fail to realize that Ancient Egyptians , Ancient Sumerians or Ancient Assyrians were no lesser in terms of their understanding of this Universe or what our Vedas reveal . We need to understand that The Ancient Egyptian civilization is much older than what the current set of Egyptologists believe.
Further , The Sumerians called themselves “ SUMERU “ which means , “ SU meaning GOOD and Meru meaning people of the Meru mountain – GOOD PEOPLE OF THE MERU MOUNTAIN “ . Hence this knowledge is not just limited to the Vedas , however we are lucky that the Vedas are texts and not hieroglyphs or cuneiforms and hence easier to comprehend , further being written in a language , which is still alive in written and spoken form . Let us start understanding “ THE KA & THE BA “
An important part of the Egyptian soul was thought to be the jb (jib), or heart. The heart was believed to be formed from one drop of blood from the heart of the mother's child, taken at conception.[ To ancient Egyptians, the heart was the seat of emotion, thought, will and intention. This is evidenced by the many expressions in the Egyptian language which incorporate the word jb.
In Egyptian religion, the heart was the key to the afterlife. It was conceived as surviving death in the nether world, where it gave evidence for, or against, its possessor. It was thought that the heart was examined by Anubis and the deities during the Weighing of the Heart ceremony. If the heart weighed more than the feather of Ma'at, it was immediately consumed by the monster Ammit, and the soul becomes eternally restless.
A person's shadow or silhouette, Sheut (šwt in Egyptian), is always present. Because of this, Egyptians surmised that a shadow contains something of the person it represents. Through this association, statues of people and deities were sometimes referred to as shadows.
The shadow was also representative to Egyptians of a figure of death, or servant of Anubis, and was depicted graphically as a small human figure painted completely black. Sometimes people (usually pharaohs) had a shadow box in which part of their Sheut was stored.
As a part of the soul, a person's ren (rn 'name') was given to them at birth and the Egyptians believed that it would live for as long as that name was spoken, which explains why efforts were made to protect it and the practice of placing it in numerous writings. For example, part of the Book of Breathings, a derivative of the Book of the Dead, was a means to ensure the survival of the name. A cartouche (magical rope) often was used to surround the name and protect it. Conversely, the names of deceased enemies of the state, such as Akhenaten, were hacked out of monuments in a form of damnatio memoriae. Sometimes, however, they were removed in order to make room for the economical insertion of the name of a successor, without having to build another monument. The greater the number of places a name was used, the greater the possibility it would survive to be read and spoken.
The 'Bâ' (bꜣ) was everything that makes an individual unique, similar to the notion of 'personality'. (In this sense, inanimate objects could also have a 'Bâ', a unique character, and indeed Old Kingdom pyramids often were called the Bâ of their owner). The Bâ is an aspect of a person that the Egyptians believed would live after the body died, and it is sometimes depicted as a human-headed bird flying out of the tomb to join with the Ka in the afterlife.
In the Coffin Texts one form of the Bâ that comes into existence after death is corporeal, eating, drinking and copulating. Louis Žabkar argued that the Bâ is not part of the person but is the person himself, unlike the soul in Greek, or late Judaic, Christian or Muslim thought. The idea of a purely immaterial existence was so foreign to Egyptian thought that when Christianity spread in Egypt they borrowed the Greek word psyche to describe the concept of soul and not the term Bâ. Žabkar concludes that so particular was the concept of Bâ to ancient Egyptian thought that it ought not to be translated but instead the concept be footnoted or parenthetically explained as one of the modes of existence for a person.
In another mode of existence the Bâ of the deceased is depicted in the Book of Going Forth by Day returning to the mummy and participating in life outside the tomb in non-corporeal form, echoing the solar theology of Re (or Ra) uniting with Osiris each night.
The word bau (bꜣw), plural of the word ba, meant something similar to 'impressiveness', 'power', and 'reputation', particularly of a deity. When a deity intervened in human affairs, it was said that the Bau of the deity were at work [Borghouts 1982].
Ka (vital spark)
The Ka (kꜣ) was the Egyptian concept of vital essence, which distinguishes the difference between a living and a dead person, with death occurring when the ka left the body. The Egyptians believed that Khnum created the bodies of children on a potter's wheel and inserted them into their mothers' bodies. Depending on the region, Egyptians believed that Heqet or Meskhenet was the creator of each person's ka, breathing it into them at the instant of their birth as the part of their soul that made them be alive. This resembles the concept of spirit in other religions.
The Egyptians also believed that the ka was sustained through food and drink. For this reason food and drink offerings were presented to the dead, although it was the kau (kꜣw) within the offerings that was consumed, not the physical aspect. The ka was often represented in Egyptian iconography as a second image of the king, leading earlier works to attempt to translate ka as double.
The Akh (Ꜣḫ "(magically) effective one"), was a concept of the dead that varied over the long history of ancient Egyptian belief.
It was associated with thought, but not as an action of the mind; rather, it was intellect as a living entity. The Akh also played a role in the afterlife. Following the death of the Khat (physical body), the Ba and Ka were reunited to reanimate the Akh. The reanimation of the Akh was only possible if the proper funeral rites were executed and followed by constant offerings. The ritual was termed: se-akh 'to make (a dead person) into an (living) akh.' In this sense, it even developed into a sort of ghost or roaming 'dead being' (when the tomb was not in order any more) during the Twentieth Dynasty. An Akh could do either harm or good to persons still living, depending on the circumstances, causing e.g., nightmares, feelings of guilt, sickness, etc. It could be invoked by prayers or written letters left in the tomb's offering chapel also in order to help living family members, e.g., by intervening in disputes, by making an appeal to other dead persons or deities with any authority to influence things on earth for the better, but also to inflict punishments.
The separation of Akh and the unification of Ka and Ba were brought about after death by having the proper offerings made and knowing the proper, efficacious spell, but there was an attendant risk of dying again. Egyptian funerary literature (such as the Coffin Texts and the Book of the Dead) were intended to aid the deceased in "not dying a second time" and to aid in becoming an akh.
Ancient Egyptians believed that death occurs when a person's Ka leaves the body. Ceremonies conducted by priests after death, including the "opening of the mouth (wp r)", aimed not only to restore a person's physical abilities in death, but also to release a Ba's attachment to the body. This allowed the Ba to be united with the Ka in the afterlife, creating an entity known as an Akh ( "effective one").
Egyptians conceived of an afterlife as quite similar to normal physical existence — but with a difference. The model for this new existence was the journey of the Sun. At night the Sun descended into the Duat (the underworld). Eventually the Sun meets the body of the mummified Osiris. Osiris and the Sun, re-energized by each other, rise to new life for another day. For the deceased, their body and their tomb were their personal Osiris and a personal Duat. For this reason they are often addressed as "Osiris". For this process to work, some sort of bodily preservation was required, to allow the Ba to return during the night, and to rise to new life in the morning. However, the complete ꜣḫs were also thought to appear as stars. Until the Late Period, non-royal Egyptians did not expect to unite with the Sun deity, it being reserved for the royals.
The Book of the Dead, the collection of spells which aided a person in the afterlife, had the Egyptian name of the Book of going forth by day. They helped people avoid the perils of the afterlife and also aided their existence, containing spells to ensure "not dying a second time in the underworld", and to "grant memory always" to a person. In the Egyptian religion it was possible to die in the afterlife and this death was permanent.
The tomb of Paheri, an Eighteenth dynasty nomarch of Nekhen, has an eloquent description of this existence, and is translated by James Peter Allen as:
Your life happening again, without your ba being kept away from your divine corpse, with your ba being together with the akh ... You shall emerge each day and return each evening. A lamp will be lit for you in the night until the sunlight shines forth on your breast. You shall be told: "Welcome, welcome, into this your house of the living!
In my Mystery “ The Secret of the 7 Great Sages ( Saptarishis ) “ I had shared that inside the King’s Chamber of the Great Pyramid , there is a rectangular Cube “ Sarcophagus “ . We need to understand that our ancient ancestors , who built these Pyramids , extremely sorry , I do not give credit to the Egyptians when it comes to constructing the Great Pyramids , though we know later the Ancient Egyptians or the Early dynasties did , know about the use of the Sarcophagus , while in the following times , the knowledge was entirely lost somehow. But this chamber also has its own share of confusion among many scholars and researchers as to what can the actual use of it. It is known today that , the Chamber was never built as a Tomb for any of the Pharaohs or Queens thereof , so what could be original reason for building of this Chamber inside the Great pyramid of Giza.
THE SECRETS OF INITIATION
“The purpose of the chamber, conventionally referred to as “the burial chamber of the king” remains the subject of scholarly debates .It is believed that the mummy of the king was there as it contains a large sarcophagus as I already mentioned, but no remains of the king’s mummy or his funeral goods have been found and it is assumed that the pyramid was looted.
An analysis of the geometry and dimensions of the passage leading to the “burial chamber” and of the sarcophagus itself leaves no doubt that the sarcophagus was installed in the chamber when this level of the pyramid was being constructed, To carry the sarcophagus in through the Grand Gallery after the pyramid was complete would have been impossible, since its dimensions exceed those of the passage leading to the chamber. This fact alone is sufficient for us to guess that the chamber and the sarcophagus itself were elements of an overall design, well thought out and planned in advance. Mathematical calculations have shown that the position of the chamber within the body of the pyramid, its proportions and the location of the sarcophagus were not coincidental. In the designer’s conception the room in question had a special intended function and was never conceived as the resting-place of the pharaoh’s mummy.
The study of writings surviving from ancient times leaves increasingly less room for doubt that the knowledge embodied in the architecture and religious conceptions of Ancient Egypt had at one time been inherited whole from another, more ancient and more advanced civilization. Reference to this can be found in a passage from the works of Manetho in which he relates how back before the Flood Thoth , the ancient Egyptian God of Wisdom set down in hieroglyphs (the sacred writing) on steles (and tablets) the principles of all ancient knowledge. Much later a descendant of Thoth translated those hieroglyphs into the language of ordinary people.
That cosmic knowledge included an explanation of the place and role of our planet in the solar system a conception, wrapped up in myths, of the evolution of the Universe, the structure of the human organism and all that exists (the KA-BA principle) and also information about the potential of the human mind, the structure of the solar system, the basics of calculating cyclical processes, a map of the stars, and much else besides.
In their book entitled The Orion Mystery, Robert Bauval and Adrian Gilbert produce persuasive calculations to show that at the time the Pyramid of Cheops was completed each of the two pairs of “ventilation shafts” running from the “King’s Chamber” and the “Queen’s Chamber” were precisely oriented on particular stars. The southern shaft of the “Kings Chamber” pointed to Al Nitak (Zeta Orionis),the northern shaft to Alpha Draconis; while the southern shaft of the “Queen’s Chamber” was directed towards Sirius, and the northern shaft to Beta Ursae Minoris ( Fig 87 ).
These alignments were not coincidental and were connected with two factors:
The orientation on the starts at the time of building fixes the date of the construction of the pyramid and the date from which, according to the “Canon” all cycles linked to the main precessional cycle should be calculated.
The shafts pointed to those star systems with which the priests of antiquity had contact.
At one time special crystals were fitted at the point where the shafts come out to the surface. These crystals and the systems of mirror reflectors (one of which has survived and is located behind the door discovered by Gantenbrink) used to receive and transform the energy flow emanating from the stars to which the shafts were pointed. Then the transformed flow came down the shafts into the room where the sarcophagus stood.
On a particular day the priest or pharaoh lay down in the sarcophagus (Fig. 94), and the indentation on the bottom of it in the shape of a human figure oriented his body in such a way that his head (the hypothalamus and hypophysis) were at the focus of the energy field inside the pyramid.
The precise astronomical calculations performed by the priests enabled them to identify in advance the days on which the pharaoh or priest should take his place in the sarcophagus. On the appointed days the “Energy Source” within the pyramid was activated.
The activation of the “Source” was the result of an increase in energy at the core of the planet caused by cosmic influences, the main phaseal planetary states, the gravitational interactions of the planets in the solar system, and also the consequence of the passage of particular energy flows on Earth and in space.
Precise calculations were needed because at the moment when the Earth’s core became more active the flow of energy coming from inside the planet excite the lattice of the “Energy Source” crystal and the “Source” in turn distorted space in the vicinity of the pyramid. The flows of energy coming down the shafts from the stars were amplified by the pyramid and focussed on the (energy projections of the) hypothalamus and hypophysis, resulting in an experience of “Intercourse with the Gods”. In other words, the person’s consciousness was connected to the Noosphere and the Earth’s information systems. This process was accompanied by a sensation of “leaving the body”, flying in the endless expanse of space, visiting other planets and contact with the energy “prints” (KA) of people who had already died, and sometimes also with representatives of other planetary systems towards which the pyramid shafts were directed. Contact with the Noosphere and with members of highly advanced extraterrestrial civilizations (who were taken for gods) provided the opportunity to obtain information about the past and present as well as the possible prospects for the future. On the one hand through such contact the creators of the pyramids learnt about the world and the nature of things, on the other the idea of building the pyramids was put into people’s heads so that there might be a certain degree of influence through the pyramids (antennas) on the minds of those who, in turn, could influence the course of history and evolutionary processes on Earth.
Sadly, over the course of time, the new generations of priests who succeeded the initiates of the Shemsu-Heru era shifted the moral and ethical reference points. Friction and even open hostility arose between the emergent priestly clans. In what had become a political struggle for clan interests the priests began to attract people’s attention with simplified version of doctrine, replacing the ancient knowledge with simpler religious concepts. This led to moral degeneration and the loss of layers of the knowledge that were founded upon highly important spiritual doctrines.
A time came when the level of the knowledge that had come down from the distant past clearly exceeded the moral and ethical level of those who possessed it. This is demonstrated by the fact that, while they had very profound knowledge in the fields of parapsychology, mathematics, astronomy, medicine,100 the Ancients engaged in sacrifice, murder and wars of expansion. With knowledge of a high order at his disposal, a primitive man can do a great deal of damage, not only to himself. As practical evolutionary experience has displayed, the level of morality should correspond to the level of human abilities. It would be even better if the level of a person’s morality was higher than his or her abilities and technical achievements were the result of a rising level of spirituality in the true sense of that word.
The situation that arose in those ancient times required correction, which was accomplished by the Curators indirectly, that is to say, through the hands of the people themselves. In the history of the Egyptian, Mayan, Toltec, Aztec and many other past civilizations, the instrument of correction took the form of internal feuding and raids by neighbouring barbarian tribes that ended with the gradual extermination of those who possessed knowledge.Then, gradually, religion came to take the place of knowledge and fanatics of the new faiths burnt and destroyed thole libraries so as to affirm their new beliefs.
Century followed century and with them the dynasties ruling Ancient Egypt. True knowledge and the real meaning of the powerful practices gradually degenerated into legend and superstition, turning into a sort of “syndrome of power”. Thus the original meaning contained in the knowledge was lost… The partly extant, considerably distorted knowledge that had its origins in the Golden Age “when the gods lived on the Earth” became the foundation of a state religious cult in which the pharaohs remained a link to the world of the gods and thus to the world that had existed in the “first time”. And while in the remote past Ba and Ka had been component elements of the human being, in the later period of Egyptian history the terms were associated with the attributes of power and might possessed by the rulers and gods. This is reflected in the Pyramid Texts, where the god Ra, for example, is said to have fourteen Ka’s.
Ancient knowledge: According to which Ba and Ka were two formative principles — opposite and united, different and homogenous at the same time. In constant proximity to the human being and interacting between themselves, Ba and Ka were two sources of vital energy. The harmonisation of Ba and Ka and their evolution gave rise to the Akh. The Akh is an intermediary between god and people or a lesser divinity capable of interpreting the messages of the gods.
In order to illustrate the character of the changes that took place in people’s thinking, let us return to the ancient knowledge, according to which Ba and Ka were two formative principles — opposite and united, different and homogenous at the same time. In constant proximity to the human being and interacting between themselves, Ba and Ka were two sources of vital energy. The harmonisation of Ba and Ka and their evolution gave rise to the Akh. The Akh is an intermediary between god and people or a lesser divinity capable of interpreting the messages of the gods.
Early on, when discussing the true meaning of the concept of the “Akh”, we stressed that it is in fact something more than just a person, but not, of course, a god. It is a human being with the ability to espy the future at certain moments and to predict it. In other words, the ancient knowledge indicated that conscious harmonisation of Ba and Ka enables a person to develop the exceptional psychic and physical abilities necessary to understand oneself and the world around.
When knowledge was succeeded by religion, the ancient practices were transformed into “magic rituals”. The function of the “King’s Chamber” also changed. In the later religious philosophy of the Egyptians there are already three component elements. Ba and Ka are seen as two particles of the soul.104 The Ba and Ka remained inseparable from a person throughout his life, including the life beyond the grave. When a person died he received a third particle — the Akh.
How, though, was it possible to become like the gods and acquire seven or fourteen Akhs, when a physical person dies only once? In order to reach that level and become god-like, or better to accord with his own divine origins, a pharaoh needed to “die” and be reborn. Such a feat was accomplished through a special initiation that the pharaoh went through several times during his life: on a particular day, accompanied by priests, he ascended the Grand Gallery leading to the chamber and lay down in the sarcophagus.
Here we should digress briefly and mention Ronald Moody’s book Life after Life, which contains the accounts given by people who have experienced clinical death. Practically all of those brought back to life by doctors said that when they died they left their bodies and looked down on them.
Beyond that the stories varied, but many spoke of flying down a “corridor”,at the end of which they encountered a “divine light”. All those who had this experience remarked that their dead relatives came to them to advise them on how to react to what was taking place, while remaining inwardly calm.
During the initiation, as a result of the influence of the pyramid, the pharaoh left his body in a symbolic death. The flight through space to the constellation of Sahu (Orion, towards which the southern shaft was directed) that followed this symbolized a visit to the heavenly Duat. The return to the body represented the pharaoh’s resurrection.
This ritual act of “death and resurrection” led to the birth of an Akh. It was enough to perform this initiation fourteen times for the pharaoh to acquire fourteen Kas and fourteen Akhs.
During initiation the priests who were in the sarcophagus chamber intoned the appropriate texts containing instructions to help the pharaoh to leave his body correctly and, after travelling to the stellar Duat in his “astral body”, to return to his body.
It should be stressed that the initiations conducted in the pyramids were full of the most extraordinary and at times truly singular experiences and visions. During the rite another unaccustomed world opened up before the pharaoh, one in which a person felt like a grain of sand and required appropriate help to react to the events that were taking place. So, in order that the experience did not have a negative effect on the pharaoh’s psyche,109 the priests chanted or intoned the “texts of admonition” that guided the pharaoh during the initiation. With the help of these texts, imposed thought-images directed the pharaoh through a specific, pre-prepared scenario. Immediately after the pharaoh left the body, the text pronounced in his name directed his attention to the sky and conducted him to the goal set by the initiation:
'… The king, a Star brilliant and far-travelling… the king appears as a Star…' [Pyramid Texts, Utterance 262]
The reed-floats of the sky are set in place for me, that I may cross by means of them to Ra (the rising sun) at the horizon. I ferry across that I may stand on the east side of the sky, when [Ra] is in [his] northern region among the imperishable stars, who stand at their staffs and sit at their east ... I will stand among them, for the Moon is my brother, the Morning Star is my offspring…' [Pyramid Texts, Utterance 1000–1].
O king, you are this Great Star, the Companion of Orion, who traverses the sky with Orion, who Navigates the (Duat) Netherworld with Osiris; you ascend from the east of the sky, being renewed in your due season, and rejuvenated in your due time. The sky has born you with Orion… [Pyramid Texts, Utterance 882–3]
O king, the sky conceives you with Orion, the dawn-light bears you with Orion… you will regularly ascend with Orion from the eastern region of the sky, you will regularly descend with Orion in the western region of the sky…your third is Sothis… [Pyramid Texts, Utterance 820–2]
'The king has come that he may glorify Orion, that he may set Osiris at the Head…' [Pyramid Texts, Utterance 925]
'May you ascend to the sky, may the sky give birth to you like Orion…' [Pyramid Texts, Utterance 2116]
Despite the fact the thousands of years have passed since and the Great Pyramid has suffered a fair amount of damage, a person today can still experience the states that the pharaoh went through during the initiations. At a certain time the “Source” becomes active, distorting space in the vicinity of the pyramid, and anyone who happens to be in the pyramid at the time can become a witness to extraordinary phenomena. One such occurrence is described in print by the American researcher Alan Landsberg.
This “ Out of Body Initiation “ was the Original Resurrection . The Christian Bible not only complicates this ancient knowledge ,but completely sent this Great Ancient Knowledge out into the dustbin.
However , today in the 21st century , Scientific Research on “ Out of Body Experience ( OBE ) “ is again gaining ground . Infact , research centres have of late being coming up worldwide . To see , one such research centre in UK and to read the innumerable “ Out of Body stories online “ click on to the link of Out of Body Research Foundation >>> http://www.oberf.org/stories_obe.htm
We now head to Tibet and look at ancient Tibetan texts and what the Tibetan texts reveal about Re-Incarnation and Death.
Re-Incarnation as per Tibetan Texts :
Traditional Tibet was a culture nurtured in a land of biting cold. Wood was so scarce that animal dung was routinely used –for fires. In the worst-hit areas of this vast land, native Tibetans dug themselves underground houses in order· to· survive the rigors of winter. It is easy to see why such a culture should have taken to a yoga dedicated to the generation. of body heat. . It is less easy to see why the Tibetan Esoteric Tradition –embraced the rite of Chod. As it is described by Alexandra David-Neel, this macabre ceremony is so dangerous it can sometimes lead to madness or even death. The rite itself is held anywhere that inspires terror-a haunted house or graveyard would be ideal, as would the site of a recent disaster. In Tibet, wild, desolate, barren environments tended to be chosen. The initiate is equipped with a bell, dorje, the ritual dart known as a phurba, a small damaru drum, and the human thighbone trumpet called a kangling. After some lengthy preliminaries aimed, among other things, at calming passions, he evokes a fearsome feminine deity who, if all goes well, emerges from the top of his head and faces him with a vicious sword in her hand.
Evocation has been an important aspect of the Western Esoteric Tradition since the Middle Ages, but the entities called are . usually ·required to aid the conjurer. In this case, however, the deity is ·required to cut off the initiate's head. As she does so with a single· swing of her sword, hungry ghouls begin to· gather. The goddess then embarks on a hideous process of butchery. She removes the initiate's arms and legs, then flays the skin from his entire body. Next she cuts open his stomach and abdomen-so that
his glistening intestines slide 01:1t onto the ground. The ghouls hurl themselves upon the feast. What on earth is going on ·here? The grisly rite of Chod is deemed to be so important that some lamas used to devote years to its practice, wandering into India, Nepal, Bhutan and China in an effort.to find new locations when they had exhausted suitable sites in their native Tibet .One tradition required that it be
performed near 108 lakes and 108 cemeteries. Yet from a Western perspective,it sounds little short of lunacy. For the Hindus however, who are aware about Kundalini Tantra , this is not such new news anyways.
The fact that Chad can be performed more than once suggests the butchery does not involve the participant's physical body. The experience is, in fact, visionary, a trance nightmare voluntarily repeated again and again so that the initiate can feel the teeth of the ghouls ripping the flesh from his bones. and later see himself as a heap of miserable bones in a sea of mud. 1t if anything, this seems almost worse than a physical suicide. At least with suicide you only die once.
To understand Chod and its immense importance to Tibetan esoteric thought, you must first come to terms with a pervasive Tibetan belief touched on earlier the doctrine of reincarnation.
For while the idea of paying off our debts in a future life sounds ridiculous to Western ears, there are case studies that suggest reincarnation is a fact of life. One is that of Imad Elawar.
Imad Elawar was born in Lebanon in a remote, primitive village, the sort of place where time stands still and no one travels very far from home. One day he _claimed he had lived before as someone named Ibrahim Bouhamzy. in a village called Khriby about thirty kilometers·away. Although he repeated the claim over and over, his family did not take him seriously-until Imad bumped into somebody he recognizecl from his past life, a man who actually came from Khriby. Imad's family questioned the man and discovered he once had a neighbor, who was now dead, named Ibrahim Bouhamzy. This gave them the incentive to investigate and they discovered th.at forty-four of forty-seven items of information given by lmad about the Bouhamzy family were completely accurate, including the fact Ibrahim had had an affair with a woman called Jamile.
How did Imad, in a little isolated Lebanese village, know so much ·about what was going on in the life of a family thirty kilometers away? The normal information sources like newspapers or tavern gossip can be confidently ruled out. When Imad Elawar started talking about the Bpuhamzys and his mistress Jamile, he was only two years old.
There have been similar cases of spontaneous past-life recall from all over the world. Shanti Devi, Bishin Chand, and Reena Gupta in India, Joey Verwey in South Africa, Romy Crees in the United States, and many more are all youngsters who started to recall past lives and gave hard, detailed information that was later checked out and shown to be factually accurate.
The founding father of psychiatry, Sigmund Freud, discovered that many emotional problems were rooted in long-forgotten experiences of childhood. He created his famous psychoanalytical method to help patients recall them. His followers added their own techniques, like hypnosis and narcoanalysis, but all had the same broad aim, to regress patients back to early days and help them remember.
The reality of regression is well established. When regressed to an early age, the subject will typically adopt the limited vocabulary of that age and may even begin to speak in a childlike tone. Personality changes occur. Behavior patterns become those of the suggested age level. If a drawing is requested, it shows a childlike technique. Most interesting of all are the handwriting changes, which often conform precisely to handwriting samples produced by the subject when he or she was actually the age suggested.
In one experiment, a twenty-year-old woman regressed by stages switched the chalk to her left hand when it was suggested she had reached the age of six. She was, it transpired, born left-handed, but forced to switch to her right hand once she entered the educational system. The phenomenon of changed handedness has been seen quite frequently in regression experiments, and has arisen spontaneously in cases where the subject had no conscious memory of ever being left-handed. In such cases, parents or older relatives would usually confirm the regression results. The question of handedness strongly suggests regression subjects are not simply acting out an appropriate part. Another series of experiments has proven this conclusively.
The most spectacular of these involved a thirty-year-old male subject who was seated · in a special chair psychologists use to stimulate emotional reaction. It has a catch that causes if to fall backward abruptly into a horizontal position. When regressed to the age of one year, the chair was triggered and the man flung back. As an adult, he would have been expected to extend his arms and legs in a reflex compensatory action. In his regressed state, he screamed, fell back, and urinated in his trousers .
At first, psychiatric regressions of this type stopped at childhood. But then in 1898, an enthusiastic practitioner named Albert de Rochas, a French researcher working in Paris, decided to find out if it was possible to regress someone beyond the point of birth.
Soon patients were reporting memories of experiences within the womb. Eventually de Rochas made the ultimate jump. His subjects were experimentally regressed beyond the womb. Surprisingly, they reported recollections of what appeared to be past lives.
M. de Rochas got little thanks for his discovery. Those in Europe who believed in reincarnation-notably the Theosophists were interested enough in his work, but found it contradicted their doctrine that the minimum period between incarnations was 1,200 years. De Rochas's subjects reported coming back in decades. The British psychiatrist Alexander Cannon brought a little academic respectability to the whole subject. He regressed some 1,400 patients and very gradually came to accept that their past-life memories were genuine.
A few other psychiatrists followed his example; but the profession as a whole quickly abandoned "past-life" regressions as altogether too controversial. The material collected was dismissed as fantasy and th~ whole episode filed away as an unimportant aberration of the human mind. There were suggestions that pseudo memories of this type were rare, perhaps confined to especially creative patients. My own work gives the lie to that notion.. Over three decades, numerous regression experiments have shown that memories of past lives are almost universal.
The question of false memories is more complex .There seems little ·doubt that some of the "memories,, are indeed fantasies created by the subject or drawn from books, plays, or movies long forgotten. But it would be a huge mistake to imagine that all pre-birth regression memories fall into this category. Dr. Arthur Guirdham, formerly chief psychiatrist for Bath, England, had one patient who remembered a past life as a Cathar in France. At the time the information emerged, very little was known about this sect and several details given by the woman were held by historians to be inaccurate. But research over the following decade soon established the woman's memory was right and the historians were wrong. The details, she had given were verified by subsequent discoveries. It is difficult to see how this sort of data can be dismissed as fantasy.
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Death as per the Tibetan Book of the Dead:
In The Tibetan Book of the Dead, there is clear evidence that the mystic lamas have for centuries been aware of the "dense fog" which most subjects experienced and at this juncture we need to know, that the interim period between reincarnations is generally beyond the reach of regression techniques. Why so? We will need a little more time for the scientific community to come up with the answer. Currently we are still lagging far behind in part of scientific innovation to relatively understand , what our ancient ancestors already knew about.
The Tibetan Book of the Dead (more properly translated as "The Book of the Great Liberation") seems to have been written toward the end of the eighth century C.E. Oddly enough, the author of the book, Padma Sambhava, was not Tibetan, although he did dictate it to Ycshe Tsogyal, who was .
It is difficult to find much sensible information about Padma Sambhava, whose life is so encrusted ,with mythology that he is said to have been born as a meteor trailing rainbows from the Land of Bliss. The meteor landed in a lake in what is now Pakistan where it transformed into a giant lotus from which a beautiful boy emerged. This was Padma Sambhava who claimed his mother was Wisdom, his father Compassion, and his country the Dharma of Reality.
Rather more realistically, the adept seems to have been born in India where he established such a saintly reputation that he was invited to visit Tibet by the Emperor Trisong Detsen. The Tibetan culture of the time was extremely aggressive there was a lengthy period during which Tibetan warlords occupied a conquered China-and the emperor was seeking balance in the establishment of his country's first Buddhist monastery.
Padma Sambhava and another Indian named Shantarakshita took charge of the project. Shantarakshita became its abbot, while Padma Sambhava "tamed many Tibetan demons" an expression,which may well symbolize the spread of his spiritual teachings.
Among those teachings was the Great Liberation, a series of doctrines on death and the afterlife states known as bardos( "between" ). Padma Sambhava was believed to have special knowledge of the bardos because he could travel through them at will while still very much alive- a legend, which, as we shall see, could have been rooted in literal truth.
Although Tibetan Buddhisn1 appeared and spread in the eighth century C.E , there was a pendulum swing in the ninth century that resulted in so much persecution that the new religion ,vas almost strangled at birth. It seems Padma Sambhava anticipated this development and hid several of his most important texts, including the Great Liberation, at various locations throughout the country. The
Great Liberation re1nained hidden for close to five hundred years before it was rediscovered in the spiritual renaissance of the fourteenth century. It was during this renaissance that the body of Tibetan doctrine on birth, death and rebirth was developed.
Western science has recently discovered what Tibetans seem to have known for centuries that death is not an event, but a process. Several minutes after your heart has stopped beating, doctors can still record a mini-electrocardiogram by probing for signals from inside the cardiac cavity. Three hours later, your pupils will still contract violently in reaction to pilocarpine drops exactly as they would in life. Your muscles will still shorten if someone taps them repeatedly. Surgeons can incise a viable graft from the skin tissue anywhere on your body within twenty-four hours. They can achieve a viable bone graft forty-eight hours later, and a viable arterial graft even after seventy-two hours. Clearly life does not cease all at once; cellular death can be long delayed.
Even on the macroscopic level, it has become evident that death is a process. Electrical activity in the brain continues for four minutes or more after the heart stops. There have been cases of revival after hours and even days during which there was no discernable breathing or heartbeat. Although there are telling milestones like livor mortis during which gravity pools the blood in the body cavities and rigor mortis which causes temporary rigidity of the muscles, it now seems we cannot be absolutely sure of death until the corpse begins to putrify due to bacteriological action.
The Tibetan view of the death process is even more detailed and far more subtle than our own. According to these ancient doctrines, this is what you will experience as you die. First, you wiii feel weakness and sinking, followed by. a melting sensation as your body seems to shrivel. Shapes become indistinct as your vision blurs. It is as if you were looking at the world under water. Everything becomes fluid and unclear.
Next, it wiii seem as if your body has begun to desiccate, but this is the least of your worries·since by now you will be starting to feel numb. Here you have the beginning of a general loss of sensation. Sights and sounds fade as your eyes and ears cease to function. You feel yourself ~o be surrounded by whirling smoke (the featureless fog experienced by my regression subject). Soon afterward, you begin to feel cold.
At this point the first change in your change in your mental processes becomes evident. You find your thoughts are beginning to dim. You are no longer quite so interested, or even aware, of what is happening to you. Your breathing weakens and your sense of smell fades away. You seem to be surrounded by sparks.
Now your breathing stops altogether. Your tongue seems to be thickening and you no longer taste anything. Even skin sensation- the sense of touch-has gone. You might be living inside a candle flame that is flickering just prior to going out.
In Western terms, you are now clinically dead. Heartbeat has stopped, blood circulation ceased, and the brain flat-lined. But you still retain consciousness (although clearly not of the world around you) and there is still activity, unsuspected by Western science, in the subtle rtsa channels. This is particularly notable in the dbu-ma central channel and in its associated heart chakra.
Although the chatter of your thoughts has .dimmed and you have lost sensory perception of the physical world, you retain an awareness of a vast sky illuminated first by moonlight, then by bright-orange sunlight. Both perceptions are illusory. They are your respective interpretations of a pearl-drop of masculine energy sliding down the n1idline from the crown chakra into the heart, and a red drop of feminine energy rising from the genital chakra to lodge in the heart chakra as well. As these two drops meet, they envelop the consciousness itself and create an awareness unlike anything you experienced during your lifetime, a sort of luminous darkness. At this point you lose consciousness altogether.
Or, at least, you experience something more or less equivalent to passing out or falling asleep. But consciousness does not exactly fade· away. Instead it undergoes a change. Your awareness passes into what the Tibetans refer to as the ''clear light," a mystical form of all-embracing consciousness few of us are likely to have encountered before.
The two side channels twine around the chakras established in the central channel. Tibetans understand them as forming a sort of knot to hold the chakras in place. The knot of your heart chakra was tied at the moment of your conception and firmly maintained throughout your entire life. Now it begins to unravel.
When the knot unravels completely, the last remnant of your consciousness finally departs from your body. Here, from the Tibetan perspective, is the real moment of death, something that has occurred far later than the clinical death detected by Western physicians. Now you are about as dead as you are ever going to get. Unsupported by the processes of your physical body or subtle energy system your mind has become so tenuous that it is scarcely detectable, even to yourself. Your awareness is so subtle that it has
But this is not the end depends on your level of spiritual evolution. If you have arrived at an understanding of the true nature of reality and developed yourself sufficiently to withstand the experience, you will be able to recognize and abide in the "clear light." Without your physical body and energy system, you have become the quintessence· of consciousness and, as such have become one with the Mind of God that manifests the universe. You have passed beyond the need to reincarnate. You have achieved the enlightenment of Buddhahood. You have reached nirvana.
Although offered, so to speak, at every death, this transcendental experience remains beyond the rest of us. For most, the level of consciousness is so subtle that, we never recognize it. We look through it and pass beyond it in utter ignorance of its importance. Although the effort needed to attain nirvana is minimal, it is never made and paradise, once again, is lost. Some see the "clear light" for what it is but pull away from it, fearing the dissolution of the old structures and habit patterns that an acceptance of this level of consciousness entails. In so doing, they condemn themselves to another turn of the reincarnation wheel and the inevitable suffering it entails.
Withdrawal from the ''clear light" state, either through ignorance or fear, involves a temporary loss of consciousness. You awaken to darkness an awareness of darkness without the slightest suspicion of the prize you have just lost. Your essential self, ·that divine spark of bodiless consciousness, has begun to rebuild the structures you require to take your place once again in the-phenomenal world.
But· there are still opportunities· to reach nirvana. As you emerge from your brief foray into the "clear light," you become aware of what is going on around you. Your innermost self has built a new body, but it is a tenuous, imn1aterial body like that of a spirit or a dream. Your senses return so you can now see and hear those gathered around your deathbed. But you cannot communicate with them. You have already forgotten the sensations of your dissolution. It is as if you had a brief period of unconsciousness before emerging from your body like a ghost.
Some people with a strong attachment to the circumstances of their last life become earthbound at this stage. They wander in their ghost body trying vainly to influence events in the physical world. Occasionally their presence impinges on those left behind and the result is a haunting. More often they drift into the dreams of a relative or loved one. But most of us avoid haunting.
There is an urge to move on and an experience of unearthly lights and sounds. You are moving into a new realm of postmortem experience more intense and vivid than anything you have known on earth. "
But intense and vivid though it is, this is the experience of a dream. According to Tibetan doctrine, both the-heavens and the hells of your immediate afterlife are self-created, as are the deities and demons encountered there.
The Tibetan texts chart a period of seven days during which dreams of the deceased are concerned largely with mild, benevolent deities and a further five when the deities become wrathful. You can find graphic descriptions of these deities in the Tibetan texts (notably in any of the excellent English-language translations now available of The Tibetan Book of the Dead), but they are of little more than academic interest to the Western world. The Tibetans knew well that the bardo visions have no objective reality, but represent unconscious projections of the individual's hopes and fears. The shapes they take are culturally conditioned. This means that while Tibetans might be expected to see something very similar to the visions described, Westerners by and large will not.
THE SECRET OF THE DREAM WORLDS :
In 1999, Hollywood released The Matrix, one of the most remarkable movies ever made. It starred Keanu Reeves and was billed as an action sci-fi thriller, but its basic premise was something with which many Tibetans are familiar.
In The Matrix, Reeves's character lives normally in a modern American city until he learns his life and everything around him is actually an elaborate illusion. A war between humanity and intelligent machines devastated the planet before the machines won. But the machines needed electrical power and decided to use the remnants of humanity as biological batteries. (Like all living organisms, the human body does indeed produce a small electrical charge.)
To keep humans quiet, their bodies were stored in nutrient tanks and their brains linked to an elaborate computer program designed to generate the illusion that everyone was living a normal life. Since the illusion was fed directly into the cerebral cortex the dream world (called the matrix) was accepted as physically real by all but a few who managed, with enormous effort, to see through it.
There were two aspects of this n1ovie of enormous interest to occultists. First, the illusory world had its own rules that could not be broken (like the laws of physics), until, that is, you realized your reality was an illusion. Even then, just knowing you were part of an artificial matrix was not enough-you had to feel it, body and soul. This required substantial training. Only then could you perform miracles like catching bullets or leaping safely from tall buildings.
The second aspect of interest arose out of the movie's plotline. Keanu Reeves became part of a small group .dedicated to breaking down the matrix and allowing humanity to experience the genuine, if somewhat gruesome, reality behind it. But one member of the group eventually turned traitor. He did a deal with the machines running the matrix, changed sides, and worked to n1aintain the status quo. His motive was fascinating. He preferred a comfortable life within the illusory matrix than the harsh reality outside it.
Tibetan Buddhists also believe the solid-seeming world around us is an illusion, albeit one maintained by mind rather than a machine. Like the heroes of The Matrix, a small number of them work hard to break through the illusion to the reality beyond, and some have high hopes that all of humanity will eventually realize the way things really are. They are also aware, from bitter personal experience, that simply believing the world to be unreal is not enough to change anything. Rigorous effort and yogic training are both required to break down the conditioning that holds us in our natural "matrix.''
Most ·intriguing of all, Tibetan philosophers have tackled one of the most difficult questions to arise out of the doctrines of Buddhism. if all is illusion, what is the point of morality and correct behavior? Their 'answer is twofold. First, experience shows that "correct behavior" and "morality" are important in escaping the illusion. Secondly, those of us who remain locked in the unreal ·world of sangsara have no option but to obey its rules, just as those who failed to recognize the matrix- for what it was were forced to function within its rigid program. While the illusion is maintained, we have the choice of generating positive karma and consequently improving the quality of our future life.
Tibetan sorcerers go one step further. Like the characters in. The Matrix, they prefer the illusory world to the reality beyond (at least for now), but study its mechanics in order to perform miracles. In essence, they believe that if our world is the product of mind, then control of the mind must lead to control of our environment; what is made by mind can be changed by mind. These are extraordinary ideas and it is valid to ask where they came from. While we are at it, we might also ask where Tibetan mystics obtained such detailed information about the after death bardo stares. and the subtle body energies that underpin such practices as lung-gom-pa ( The Ability to walk at a fast pace as if in a hypnotic trance ) or tumo ( The ability to generate Body Heat beyond human imagination ). The answer lies in the country's history.
Now we head towards the VEDAS . Even more explosive details will emerge here. And far more scarier things we will learn from the Vedas.
THE SECRET OF THE ASTRAL PROJECTION : THE SECRETS FROM THE VEDAS
"As a man casts off old clothes and puts on new ones, so the embodied self, casting off old bodies proceeds to other and new ones." - Bhagavad Gita
At this juncture I wonder “Of the source of life ? I can give you no idea. I do not know and I have never met anyone who did. But does that matter? “
All thinking men are agreed that there must be a creative power behind the Universe; whether we think of that Power as a personal God or just the power of creation, does not seem to be a matter of great importance. There are many who still like to think of God as a venerable old man with a beard, an idealistic figure based on the highest that each person can imagine, but with unlimited powers and an understanding of justice that is unequalled amongst men. Who shall say that such an idea is foolish? It may satisfy many but it has no foundation in fact, for no man lives whom can speak with knowledge of either the creation of the universe or of that thing which we call life.’
From the Vedic stand point although we cannot analyse life, we can contact it. Who has not seen an animal or a human, living one minute and dead the next? What has happened during that minute? Certainly something has gone out of the body which one saw in action, and left behind the still flesh, which, even as one looks, seems to start to disintegrate and return to Mother Earth. So we can recognise life as a fact, although we may not be able to understand it, and certainly we cannot create it as we can so many other things in these enlightened days. The mind of man has produced many synthetic aids to nature, but not synthetic life. The world of science tells us that life is found in all the four kingdoms of nature – the mineral, vegetable, animal and human kingdoms. We do not need to be told that there is life in the animal and human Kingdoms - we can see that for ourselves - but it is more difficult to credit that there is life in the mineral and vegetable kingdoms also. Reliable sources tell us that even rocks have life and that when the life-force is withdrawn from such rocks, they commence to decay; in time they crumble and return to the dust, much has a human body does, though the process takes a longer time. It is certainly easier for us to accept the fact that vegetables have life than that rocks have, for when they are withdrawn from the ground, the source of life in their case, we see for ourselves that they wither and die; in due time they become dust, as do all living things when the life-force is withdrawn.
Philosophers trace life still further into an additional kingdom, which they term the super human kingdom, for when man has conquered the human kingdom, his evolution does not come to a sudden end, but goes on upwards, ever upwards, until at last it reaches the source from which it sprang, how many countless ages before this one, no mere man has been able even to guess. They state further that life is progressive, as are all things in nature, and that the goal of life is experience; this it garners and harvests as it progresses through the kingdom of nature from the lowest form in which life is found, to the highest, which can be described as the Perfect Man, or a "man made perfect.
Next we must consider what is the difference between life as found in the mineral kingdom and life as we know it in the animal and human kingdoms. Its essence is undoubtedly the same; for as I have stated, the origin of all life is Divine, but how different is its expression. When life starts functioning as various minerals, it has no individuality as we understand such a thing at the human level. In the lower types of minerals the life-force, after having gained the experience it must obtain, passes into the higher forms; later it passes to the lower type of vegetable and so to the higher types of the same kingdom. All this takes many thousands of years as time is reckoned on this planet, but it is only when life passes from the vegetable to the animal kingdom that any sort of division becomes apparent. Even at this stage there is no individuality but merely a group consciousness or group soul, common to all the different animals of the same species, which works on and directs these animals from without.
When the life-force passes to the human kingdom, an indwelling spirit or ego inhabits each individual body and dictates the thoughts and actions of every human being. At this stage of evolution, group souls have an influence upon races - but none on individuals, who now have free will. To animals man is a super-animal, just as to man; a perfect man is a superman. It is unfortunate to find that this super-animal is inclined to act with cruelty to his younger brothers rather than with compassion and understanding, in fact he seems to be the main cause of the suffering they undergo. If man killed only for the purpose of obtaining food, as animals do, or because a wild animal is threatening to kill him, that might be regarded as conforming to the laws of nature, but he tortures animals by various means so that his women folk may be adorned with furs and feathers, and he kills for what he terms "sport" when he practises his "skill" in marksmanship, regardless of the suffering he may caused to those not so well equipped as himself. All this thoughtless cruelty brings into manifestation the emotion of fear, the most retarding of all emotions. Fear of the super-animal begins in the lowest forms of animal life and continues throughout the animal kingdom, till animals contact man in domestic life, then the fear that was born in the early stages is slowly but surely replaced by love. Until this happens, the progress of animals along the evolutionary path is slow.
Try to imagine the life-force as constituting the water of a slowly moving canal; it is bounded on both sides by the banks of the canal, thus giving the impression of a controlled purpose. There is practically no difference in this stream when passing through the mineral and vegetable kingdoms, but there is a distinct change as it emerges from the canal into the conditions ruling in the animal kingdom. The animal kingdom is a complex structure of different levels of evolution, from microbes and worms, through the wild animals of the jungle, to the animals which man has domesticated. In passing through the animal kingdom the life force acquires the colouration of experience. It takes form as, shall we say, myriads of tadpoles.
The life-force was contained in the larvae which were produced by a frog; in due course it emerged as many thousands of tadpoles. These were born to contact life and to gain experience, which will colour the water that was clear. Many tadpoles die in infancy, never reaching their destiny as frogs, and these units of water may be said to return to the soul groups scarcely coloured at all. Some become frogs, and although through lack of food or for a thousand different reasons their lives may be short, when they eventually come to an end, the units of water comprising these young frogs return to their soul groups, coloured only with the small experience of discomfort or suffering due to the cause of their deaths.
Others live longer and in due course contact human life. The frog learns to fear its tormentors, to run from them, to hide when possible and avoid contact with them. In due course it varies either by a natural death, which in the majority of cases is unlikely, by the unthinking cruelty of the human kingdom or by an attack from one of the natural enemies of frogs, such as snakes. When the units of water comprising these fragments of life return to the compartments, their experience most certainly colours the water, which when it started out was clear, with many colours expressing its sufferings in its diverse forms. The whole experience, blended together, leaves that compartment coloured with the experiences of all the units, none of which has a separate identity, all being part of the complete group' soul.
After one or two lives at this stage of evolution, the life force with its accumulated water experiences passes to the next level. Instead of tens of thousands of tadpoles, it is divided into about ten thousand units of rats, or mice, for example. The rat is born with a fear of the human being and of its natural enemies, for is not the water coloured with the fear that was brought back from the lives lived in the earlier stage. In this series of lives, fear continues to grow. In his early life the rat is taught by bitter experience to avoid man a tall costs, to work by night when man is less of a terror than by day, and if he manages to live to a ripe old age, it is certainly due to his cunning and mastery of methods of circumventing his natural enemies.
The most evolved of this group are the cattle for they are often stall fed in the winter months, and it is generally admitted that the providing of food for an animal does more to gain its confidence and eradicate its natural fear of man than anything else. 'Slowly but surely some of this fear of the human race is obliterated and the group soul is ready to pass into its last stage in the animal world, that of the truly domesticated animals: the horse, the dog, and the cat. The group soul which in the beginning went out seeking experience in the form of approximately ten thousand tadpoles, has gradually but surely divided itself into fewer and fewer parts, until in the last stages of the animal kingdom, it is in two parts only - as two horses, two dogs or two cats.
When the group soul has evolved to the stage where it is divided in half, it is in everyway domesticated and has come to understand man as he really is. Now the possibility of its individualising as a separate human ego becomes a fact. How many lives still have to be lived by this group soul, depends entirely on the human beings to whom these two animals are attached. If one of the two owners of these horses, dogs or cats is not an animal lover and therefore the treatment meted out to the animal is unsympathetic, or cruel, then some of the fear which in the last twenty lives has been partly eradicated, will come back again and more lives must be lived before individualisation can take place. I cannot emphasise too often or too strongly that if people realised how important it is for them to make friends of all domestic animals and do their part in making them understand man, then this, last stage would be reached much more quickly than is often the case.
We need to understand this clearly: no group soul can individualise into a human soul until all fear of the human race has been overcome. Love is not an emotion which relates exclusively to the human kingdom, in its highest form it encompasses all nature, therefore man's part in animal evolution is to see that in the true sense "perfect love casteth out fear" for, without understanding help, the progress of animals on the evolutionary path can be retarded for an unlimited period of time. How does individualisation eventually take place? It can come about in one of two ways; through the pathway of either the heart or the head, which varies with the type of animal.
It can be said that a dog most frequently passes into the human kingdom through love and/or sacrifice. Often a dog is so devoted to his master or to the family of his adoption, that in an emergency his instinct of self-preservation completely deserts him and he sacrifices his life to save that of his master or a member of the family. It is not essential for the dog to have made the supreme sacrifice of its life for the group soul to individualise, when a dog has learned all the lessons it was meant to learn in the animal kingdom and when all fear of the human race has been eradicated, it would be a waste of time for the group soul to continue with more incarnations in animal form. Its destiny is then elsewhere, so a transfer to a new and more enlightened sphere of existence takes place.
The first incarnation in a human body is not necessarily passed in a body as undeveloped as the lowest type of human being on the earth, for often the new ego, through having gained much experience in its last few lives in the animal kingdom - especially one who has given up his own life for a human - has earned the right of a human body slightly more developed than the most undeveloped type found in the world.
A horse individualises in a way similar to that of a dog - by outstanding devotion to its master. Often one has heard of a horse making a stupendous effort when called upon to do so, only to drop down dead when the effort has been successful.
While a dog or horse passes into the human kingdom through devotion and/or sacrifice, so a cat earns the right to live as a higher entity by learning to understand man. In olden days many philosophers said that a dog and a horse earn the right to progress by devotion, whereas a cat employs cunning, the first glimmering of the faculty of reason.
We can see instances of elephants who have been trained to serve man, and monkeys who have lived in the right types of zoological gardens, who obviously qualify in this respect, and in surroundings devoid of fear they have used their brains and so can be said to understand, to a limited extent, the ways of man. Animals, which miss out a life as domesticated animals, go into the lowest form of human body that is known in the world. On the other hand, the group souls of many highly evolved dogs miss out having to inhabit the bodies of the lowest form of human life known, and are born into bodies of a more evolved type of man - probably as members of tribes who for generations have served mankind.
Before passing on to the early lives of the human race with its tremendous differences from life in the animal kingdom, I must mention the case of the animal which individualises as a human being, whilst still occupying an animal body. The transfer from the animal sphere to the human must take place when the right time comes when all fear is gone, and when the love side of the animal has been sufficiently developed. In a case where one dog, which is half a group soul, has died a natural death and where the second half of the group soul, another dog, remains alive but has no more lessons to learn, this dog becomes a human being in everything other than form. Doubtless you have come across cases where a dog in later life seemed 'almost human', where it appeared to understand almost every word that was said to it and where its uncanny understanding of your thoughts and actions savoured of an intuition beyond what you imagined to be possible in an animal. Such a dog is in fact a "human dog"; an animal in form, but a human in intelligence and one able to reason and make decisions for which it alone would be responsible.
The main difference between a human being and an animal is the faculty of reason – and with it the gifts of free will. A man knows the difference between right and wrong; even in his early lives as a human being he can make his own decisions, whereas an animal has to obey the laws of the animal world.
An animal lives by instinct, and outside the limits of instinct it cannot think. A man can choose the evil path, even though he knows it is evil and against the progressive forces that rule the world, but an animal must ever act as its instinct compels it - for such is the Law.
The keynote of the animal kingdom is self preservation. How different is the keynote of the human kingdom, for it is self sacrifice. Although this is the important standard for any human life, there are other laws, which must be understood by those who seek to discover the secrets of the evolutionary path. These are, of course, different from those governing animals and yet, for the first few lives lived by the unevolved man, he is more animal than man. Although he has shaken off his fear of man, the practices brought over from the animal kingdom, where he took what he could by virtue of his brain power or his physical strength, still persist.
The first important law which operates in the human kingdom, is the law of reincarnation. This law asserts that an ego, once individualised, returns again and again to incarnate in a human physical body until such time as he had learned, by experience in all types of surroundings, all the lessons that can be learned under physical conditions. When the lifeforce progresses through the mineral and vegetable kingdoms, this law exists to a limited extent, but it is not very apparent. In the animal kingdom it also exists, still only to a limited extent as there are as yet no separate entities, but it unfolds itself during the period of evolution after the ego has individualised into the human kingdom. ‘ The second important law, which operates for humans though not for animals, is the law of karma often referred to as the law of cause and effect. From the moment that the group soul becomes a separate ego, this Law operates. The law of karma decrees that every thought, word or action that emanates from man, must produce a definite result – either good or bad - and that result must be worked out by us in our lives at the physical level.
According to the law of karma, a selfish act on your part which causes untold misery to another soul, earns a unit of bad karma which must be paid for by your suffering from a similar action at the hand of another, either in this life or in a life to come. In like manner a kind act on your part means that a unit of good karma has been'" earned by you, the result of which must be either a wiping off of a unit of bad karma made by you - the good off setting the bad - or the gift of the same amount of kindness from a different source. When a new ego starts his human lives, the number of foolish or evil actions, thoughts and words naturally far exceed those of a beneficent kind and if the law worked literally, the man would lead a life of perpetual misery and suffering, caused entirely by his own actions, thoughts and words, each producing its just result. Such a life would be intolerable and impossible to live; suicide would soon become the practice amongst young souls.
A more humane method is adopted however whereby, in anyone life, no man is expected to suffer more than he can stand, and the units of bad karma made by him in that life through inexperience, and which have not been paid off or negatived by similar units of good karma, are carried forward for working out in future lives. The result of this arrangement, which may be likened to a bank overdraft, is that during the first two hundred or more incarnations, the man continually adds to that overdraft. But all this time he is creating what we call the voice of conscience. As that still small voice is built up by the experiences the ego gleans in his different human bodies, it does not operate appreciably for many lives.
Here is an example: An unevolved man, knowing little of the ways of the human, but much of the ways of the animal world, desires to possess something owned by another. His animal instinct is to take that which he desires by force. If he is strong enough he tries to do so; a fight ensues; resulting in the death of another human being. The laws of governing man then come into force; the murderer is arrested, tried and put to death. The reservoir of knowledge, which exists at the higher mental level, notes the result of such an action and in a future life, when the same man in a different body wishes to possess something owned by another, he is warned by the voice of experience, his conscience - that if he kills his enemy, he himself will suffer the same fate at the hands of the State. In this manner, gradually, the reservoir of knowledge is built up, each major happening in the lives lived, being registered for the purpose of a warning in a life to come. From this simple explanation it can easily be understood that a man who has a sensitive conscience and who listens to it, must be an old soul, for he could not have an efficient conscience unless he had much experience in the past lives in which his conscience, or reservoir of knowledge, was built up.
For perhaps two hundred lives, each life lived produces more units of bad karma than good. Some are paid off in each life through suffering and misfortune, but the balance is transferred to the overdraft. As ego becomes more evolved (really more experienced) common sense teaches him that evil produces trouble for himself whereas good and kind actions result in happiness and the accumulation of friends. In this manner he evolves to a stage where the number of units of bad karma made in a single life is exceeded by the number of units of good karma earned by good actions; this constitutes a very important stage in a man's development, because from this point on, he becomes a really useful and valuable member of society. In all his future lives, before the new incarnation commences, a small percentage of his overdraft is allotted to him for paying off in that particular life, and that quota must be paid off, in addition to any units of evil karma made in the life itself. Positive acts of kindness will bring him much happiness and help him along the road.
'In ways such as these, all natural laws can be seen to dovetail one into another, rather like the pieces of a jigsaw puzzle. My task is to present to you the pieces of this puzzle, with which you must eventually learn to make a picture.
In order that you may understand how it is possible for the members of the human kingdom to gain all their necessary experience, I want you to accept the following propositions:
That man is an ego, or soul, and in the course of his evolution from an undeveloped state, the savage, to that of a perfect man, he has to use three vehicles of consciousness or bodies. These are known as the mental or mind body, the astral or emotional body and the physical body; the last is the one, which you and I are functioning in and which is visible to the human eye.
That these three bodies are used by us when functioning in the three different states of consciousness, which are the mental plane, the astral plane and the physical plane.
That the home of the ego around which these bodies are drawn, is the upper part of the mental world. This is known as the casual level.
When the ego starts from the casual level for a new incarnation, he has to have one of each of these three bodies. I want you to visualise the ego as a naked man, preparing to clothe himself with his three coverings or bodies. The least dense in texture is the mental body, and this the ego draws round himself from the matter of which the mental world is constructed; this can be likened to the underclothes of a man. The type of mental body that each can get is in accordance with his mental development at the end of his last incarnation, so obviously the mental body of an unevolved man is very different from that of an evolved being, an old soul, one who has had many lives and has gained much experience. The ego next draws around himself a slightly coarser vehicle, made of the latter of the astral world. This body is, as it were, on top of or outside the mental body, and the type of the body is gain in accordance with the man's emotional development.
The astral body therefore can be likened to the man's suit of clothes. A still coarser and denser body is now required and to obtain this, a body has to be found by physical means at the physical level. In other words, a woman, with the assistance of a man, produces a child. This new physical body is also in accordance with the man's deserts, with his karma made in previous lives. The physical body corresponds to the man's overcoat.
So every man you see at the physical level is, as it were, wearing three bodies, each one under the other, but owing to the density of the outside body, the physical, it is impossible to see the other two. When a man dies, all that happens is that he drops his physical body - his overcoat. The man is still there, clothed in his astral and mental bodies; the astral being the denser - is on the outside, the mental is under the astral. Before I explain what actually happens after death, I must tell you a little more about bodies.
The physical body, that which we all see with our eyes, is composed of fairly dense physical matter, but there is also a less dense part of that body, called the etheric double (in ancient Egypt it was referred to as the Ka) which plays a very important part - both during the lifetime and at the death of our physical vehicle. It is not a body in the ordinary sense of the word, in that you cannot live in it, as you can in your physical body; you cannot even see it, unless you have developed the lowest form of clairvoyance - which is called etheric sight.
The matter of which this etheric body is composed, also surrounds our nerves. There is a concept of electricity that the current runs, not along the wire but along a coating of etheric matter, which surrounds it. That is true also of the nerve action of the body; the nerve currents do not actually run along the white thread of the physical nerve, but along a coating of etheric matter, which surrounds it. So that if this coating is removed from the physical nerve, we do not get any sensation. This is what happens when an anaesthetic is used. In the case of a local anaesthetic, the etheric matter which conducts the feeling is driven away a short distance from the particular nerve; the white nerve is still there, plain to see, yet when it is cut, the patient feels nothing.
When a much more powerful general an aesthetic is given for a major operation, which necessitates the patient being unconscious and devoid of feeling for a considerable time, the etheric matter is driven away almost entirely from the dense body. If it is entirely driven out, then the patient dies; this is what has happened when a patient occasionally dies while under the effect of an anaesthetic. A little too much has been given and the etheric matter which has been driven out cannot get back.
This etheric matter, gossamer in texture and extremely elastic, which is such an important part of the physical body, has another function. It acts as a liaison or link between the physical and the astral bodies during sleep. When you, the ego, disconnect yourself from your physical body, lying on the bed, a cord of etheric matter attached to your astral body, with its main bulk remaining in and around the physical body, stretches out as you travel to any part of the world that you wish; however far you go - this physical link with your body on the bed remains. When the time comes for the body to awaken, an S.O.S. is sent out along this etheric cord to you, wherever you are, and you must return to your physical body and re-enter it; then "wake up" and carry on with your duties at this level.
When you go to sleep, you, the ego, slip out of your physical body at the moment when it loses consciousness; you are clothed in your astral body and living in the astral world, under astral plane conditions. You are free to go wherever you will, leaving your physical body on the bed, where it is resting and gaining strength for the next day's work. It is only the limited physical body, which requires rest, in the same way that it requires regular food and drink to sustain it in health and life, you, the ego, need no rest. In your astral body you move about quite easily and can travel to any distance. At the astral level the force of gravity does not exist, so you glide along and it makes no difference whether it is land or sea that you are crossing - as you are not affected by either. The distance you can cover in the few short hours that the physical body is resting, is more or less unlimited; when I tell you that you can travel round the world in about two- and -a-half minutes; it gives you some idea of the speed that can be attained.
The astral body, which is composed of much finer matter than the physical one, is drawn round the ego on his way down into incarnation. It fills what we call the casual body, forming an ovoid of luminous mist. But the physical body, being denser, has a very strong attraction for the astral matter, and draws this closer to it, so that we have an astral reproduction of the physical form in the centre of that ovoid, and there the astral body is just as recognizable by features as the physical body, only it is built of finer matter. When the physical body dies, there is no longer any need for the astral body to adapt itself, so the tendency is for it to remain exactly as it was at the time when the physical body ceased to exist, and not grow any larger. The reason for this is that the astral body is not a vehicle with organs, bones, flesh and blood like the physical, but rather a body of mist.
During his lifetime a man has the opportunity of living under astral plane conditions every time his body is asleep, but in actual fact it is only the man whose standing in evolution is above the average who takes full advantage of these opportunities. The young soul, or un evolved ego, certainly gets out of his body during sleep - he cannot help doing so - but his intelligence (mental or mind body) is not sufficiently developed to furnish him with the amount of knowledge necessary before he can use all his faculties to their highest extent. Therefore he usually hangs about near his sleeping body, waiting for the call to re-enter it when it has slept long enough and wishes to wake - thus he can never become accustomed to astral plane conditions in the same way as the older ego. When a man of this type dies and no longer has a physical body, he feels that he is in a completely strange world. There are times, immediately after death, when such a man craves for the physical life which he knows, but he can do nothing to regain it - for when the etheric matter has all been withdrawn from a physical body, it cannot be put back.
Death of the physical body is caused in numerous ways by illness: when the body finds it impossible to function properly; by old age, when the body is worn out; by accidents in which the vital parts of the body have been irretrievably damaged. In all such cases the etheric part of the physical body has been forced out of the dense part, merely because the dense body can no longer perform its proper functions, and without this body, the etheric double cannot live. At the moment of death, when the heart ceases to beat, the etheric double registers extreme fear and wraps itself round the outside of the astral body in which the man is standing, since he was forced out of the physical body at the time death took place. The etheric part of the physical body knows that the death of the denser part means also death for itself and, in its desire to continue its existence; it clings to the astral body of the man, hoping to survive longer. By an effort of will the man can easily rid himself of this encumbrance. Until he does, he is suspended between the two worlds of consciousness; he cannot function on the physical plane, for he has lost his physical body, and he cannot function properly on the astral plane, because the clinging etheric matter makes it impossible for him either to see or hear properly.
Men who die fearing death often refuse to make the necessary effort of will, which they are told to make by friends who meet them on the other side, but hang on to the remaining particles of physical matter in the hope of continuing their physical existence, the physical life being the only one they know.
It is no use fighting of course, for sooner or later they must let go and make the effort of will that I have mentioned - resisting the inevitable only causes them to be suspended between the two worlds for a much longer time than is necessary. A man who has acquired some knowledge of the subject of death by studying cognate subjects during his lifetime, will at once shake himself free from this encumbrance and take up his life again under, what I may perhaps call permanent astral conditions. I say "permanent" because now that he has lost his physical body and will not get another until the time is ripe for him to reincarnate again and spend another short period of time in the physical world, he will be living under astral plane conditions during the day as well as during the night.
Immediately the effort of will to get rid of the etheric double is made, the etheric matter falls away and starts to disintegrate in much the same way that the dense physical body disintegrates, but whilst it may be months or years before the disintegration of the physical body is complete, the etheric part of it, being much finer and lighter in weight, returns to dust almost immediately. Now that the physical body is no longer attached, the ego is clothed in his astral body and will function in this body as long as he remains in the astral world.
The astral world is the world of emotions and illusions; it is composed of matter which is finer than any gas we know, in which are many degrees of density. The astral body is the vehicle of emotions. Emotions are brought about by vibrations of the astral matter; what are known as the higher emotions - love, gratitude, unselfishness and the like – show themselves to clairvoyant vision as vibrations of the finer matter, whilst the lower emotions - greed, envy, jealousy, selfish love (akin to passion) pride etc. - show as vibrations of relatively much coarser - or denser - matter. As man is, prior to death, so he will be after death, minus only his physical body and without physical - but, owing to the fluidic nature of the astral body, they become forces of great good or evil. Thus a feeling of slight antagonism at the physical level, becomes there sheer hate, with unpleasant results to both parties, whilst one of mild physical affection would draw out a reciprocal outpouring of love, which would produce an amazing atmosphere of harmony and peace. As the astral world is the world of illusion, no time or labour need be used as in the physical world; everything - clothes, food etc. - is produced by thought.
Life there can be one long holiday. We can devote ourselves to whatever we really desire to do and indulge in hobbies to our hearts content. There are no limitations to prevent us acquiring more knowledge, such as insufficient time to study or the physical. Limitations of weak sight or a tired body - there is nothing in the astral body, which can tire.
Whilst our physical bodies sleep, we function at the astral level in our bodies and there meet friends and relations who have died, so it is foolish to try to forget about these people in the daytime, for they are all around us, the only separation being the limitation of consciousness. In many ways it is a pity so few people remember what they do at night; if they did, they would be much less troubled about the state called death - and the wicked, rumours circulated concerning hell and eternal damnation would have no more effect on them than the fear of the ogre in the children's fairy book affects the adult reader.
Very few people realize that in the physical world, the average man spends most of his time working in an office or in a shop or on the land, or in some occupation he would not choose, had it not been necessary to earn money for food, for drink and for clothes – both for himself and those dependent on him. It is perhaps just as well that so few people do realise this, as otherwise we should all be extremely discontented; that would be a hindrance to our evolution and would produce trouble everywhere. Only a few fortunate men are able to earn their living at what they like most. A painter or a musician, even though he be left a fortune, will continue with his work because, generally, his work is part of himself and becomes a pleasure.
I shall give you a general outline of some of the conditions found on the astral plane. To the man who during his lifetime thought of little else but business, the next life will tend to be rather dull at first, especially if he has been in the habit of loving money for its own sake. Money is a purely physical thing and useless on the astral plane. This type of man will have to develop some other interest if he is to be really happy, in the next world. If however a man were fond of music in his lifetime, then he will be fond of it after death and he will find many opportunities of satisfying the longings he was unable to satisfy before. If he wishes, the lover of music can spend the whole of his time listening to the finest music the world can produce. Distance is now no limitation; he may listen to an opera in London for a time, then with scarcely a minutes delay he can be listening to another performance in New York or Australia. He can meet the great musicians of the past - unless they have already reincarnated; he can see the mighty thought forms which music on the physical plane produces in the finer matter of the astral world.
Even though during his lifetime he was unable to play, he can now produce music by imagination. On the physical plane there are many people who are able to imagine beautiful passages of music, but are unable to express themselves, owing to the lack of technique. On the astral plane all such people are to be envied indeed, as their natural cravings are for things not dependent on the help of purely physical plane conditions.
For the man who is fond of art, all the masterpieces of the world are at his disposal, whether they be in art galleries or private collections. Many an art lover has long wanted to go to Rome. Think of the hours of delight for him devouring the works of art to be seen there and there alone. He may meet the artists of the past, and it must not be supposed that they lose interest in their work because they have died. Far from it, now they create beautiful thought-forms, for they have no longer to use brushes and canvas to express their art. That was their only method of expression in the physical world, but after death the thought forms they create are just the same as pictures here, just as visible and much more beautiful.
Many artists here have stated that they are always dissatisfied with their work when it is finished, even though the world applauds their genius. They often say: "If only I could express on canvas exactly what my imagination pictures, but never does it come exactly right." On the astral plane the pictures created are exactly what the artist perceives and so the creations of their imagination there are more beautiful than the finest pictures to be found in the world. Lovers of books also have a happy time, for the world's libraries are now open to their inspection.
As an example of what happens to a man after death, take the sort of person who lives entirely for the physical plane life. By that I do not mean anything bad or that he is a man of many vices. On the contrary he is probably an exceedingly popular man during his lifetime, always surrounded by a host of friends and generally spoken well of by all.
Probably his pleasures consist of living well, attending theatres, dances etc, and doing the thousand and one things that go to make up the life of what is termed "a man about town". Undoubtedly he is a successful business man and considered a model husband, but all the same, his life - both business and pleasure - depends on physical things, such as are only obtainable on the physical plane. There are many such people, as everyone who looks around him can see.
After death a man of this type will probably be extremely bored and will have practically nothing to do. He will soon realise that making thought-forms of good dinners and intricate business deals becomes a very unsatisfactory method of killing time, when there are no physical results. He does not get the physical satisfaction to which he is accustomed after a good dinner with choice wines, though he can imagine and even appreciate the taste of dishes and wines, which he used to have on earth. It is impossible for him to feel the same result after drinking alcohol that he felt during his lifetime, however much he may drink, and the feeling of repletion which follows a good dinner on the physical plane, is entirely absent from the "astral" meal. Neither does he obtain much satisfaction from a successful business deal produced in his imagination, when he is unable to use the money so made for. On the astral plane things cannot be bought or sold.
He can make thought - forms of as many thousands of gold pieces as he likes, but what can he do with them? Nothing! He can be likened to a man who had been wrecked on a desert island, surrounded by treasures, invaluable to him could he transport them to a civilised country, but useless in a place where there are no buyers and nothing to be bought. The man on the desert island has one advantage over the man on the astral plane, in as much as there is always the possibility of his being rescued, he may be able to return to his country with his newly found wealth. The "dead" man has no such hope, for when he returns to this plane, he comes as a child without possessions other than the experience gained in his previous lives, experience stored by his higher self in the reservoir of knowledge which, as he gradually evolves, he is more and more able to bring down to the physical level. Similar dissatisfaction is experienced from his accustomed sports. In all probability he played golf; he can still play golf if he wishes, in his new life, but he soon tires of this, for every shot he makes goes to the exact spot he has in mind at the moment of striking the ball. Every round played is a perfect round, never differing from the one before. Every putt is holed automatically, for he makes a thought -form of what he wishes to do and the fluidic astral matter immediately carries out, in form, the thought that his mind expressed. You can easily imagine how boring such a game would soon become and how different from the games played at the physical level, where one day he would play like a master and perhaps the next would be little better than a rabbit. The uncertainty was the charm of the game, and this no longer exists at the astral level.
Consider the man who all his life has been taught that hellfire and eternal damnation are the portion of all who do not come up to the standard of perfection demanded. After death the difficulty of ridding himself of such thoughts causes him to go through much misery. He is continually tortured by the thought that he is being fooled, although assured that such beliefs are untrue. Until he manages to discard them he will be unable to settle down in the new life, where there is so much to be seen and to be learned.
There are others who are miserable because, when they look back on their physical life from this higher level - they realise the number of opportunities they have wasted. This reacts on them in different ways. Some are filled with remorse; others, more sensible, make up their minds not to waste their opportunities next time. Again we find a man who has been supporting a wife and a large family before his death. Probably he has not made adequate provisional for them and he worries how they will manage. This is a very natural thing, but unfortunately it is a very foolish one too. Having laid down his physical body he no longer has any further responsibility at the physical level. No worrying can bring practical help and it reacts on those left behind in a way that makes them more depressed than they need be. He is adding to their troubles instead of lessening them, and a solution of .the problem only comes about when he realises that those he has left behind are separate egos each working out his or her karma, and that probably this trouble they are passing through is an opportunity to pay off some of the bad karma which has to be worked off during this particular lifetime.
There are people in this world who always make trouble for themselves, by worrying about things over which they have no control or by being pessimistic about the future – always feeling sure that the worst will happen. After death such men are the same; they continue to feel depressed and to radiate depression wherever they go. Unfortunately, people with these depressing ideas continue to flock together as they did on the physical plane and still believe what they previously believed, although the lie is, as it were, before their eyes.
Sooner or later men of this type are made to realise their foolishness by those who are ever on the watch for opportunities to help such sad cases; the new teacher must then fill in the gaps he has made through taking away that which he condemned, by offering something more reasonable, more comforting - something which explains not only the present, but the past and future.
Understanding Astral Body Projection : [ YOU ARE NOT DEAD , BUT YOU CAN STILL VISIT THE ASTRAL PLANE ]
WHAT IS ASTRAL PROJECTION?
If you are familiar with studies and practices of yoga and meditation, or are rehearsed in the philosophies of ancient cultures, the concept that each living organism is constructed of several layers of being is not likely all too foreign. For example, the profound teachings of Kundalini yoga honor the existence of the Ten Bodies: the physical body, three mental bodies, and six energy bodies, while Ancient Egyptians believed that the physical body served as a temporary home for ka, or eternal life force, and the ba, also known as the soul. Though variation in name, form, and spiritual meaning of said layers differentiate widely, a common thread woven through beliefs surrounding sheaths of being appears to be that these layers can in fact be separated, whether it be by force or by choice, during an out of body experience.
WHAT IS AN OUT OF BODY EXPERIENCE?
Out of body experiences, otherwise known as OBE, are typically siloed into several often talked about phenomenon categories such as near death experiences where people report leaving their bodies and returning in moments of trauma, illness, or otherwise, lucid dreaming (or the awareness that one is dreaming while doing so), and clairvoyance(the ability to gain information by way of sensory powers beyond touch, ordinary sight, and other senses), but include other incidences beyond description as well.
WHAT IS ASTRAL PROJECTION?
Astral projection is certainly a more powerful and one of the most mystifying forms of OBE, during which one’s soul separates from the physical body and traverses the astral plane with the utmost intention. By leaving the physical body, the astral, or subtle body, can hover and observe a practicioner’s environment, or traverse across the globe and beyond spans of time to wherever intuition seeks. Those practicing astral projection are extremely aware of the extraction of their consciousness from their physical form, as well as the restoration process of bringing one’s soul back to its body. Over the course of time, several successful astral projection methods have revealed, and have revealed themselves as being safe and effective.
HOW TO ASTRAL PROJECT
MONROE INSTITUTE STEPS
Bob Monroe, founder of the leading research organization in the field of human consciousness called The Monroe Institute, penned a body of work titled “Journeys Out of the Body” in 1971 in which he provides a detailed outline for how to astrally project one’s self in seven steps:
Step 1: Relax, both physically and mentally.
Step 2: Enter a hypnagogic state, or half-sleep.
Step 3: Deepen the state by prioritizing mental sensation over physical sensation.
Step 4: Pay attention to the presence of vibration in your environment, which becomes apparent in a state of deep attention.
Step 5: Incur the vibration in your physical body, and relax into its presence. The purpose of this is to gently jiggle the subtle body out of the physical body.
Step 6: Focus your thoughts on leaving the limbs and the torso, and try to do so one at a time.
Step 7: Known as “lifting out,” focus on effortlessly drifting out of your physical body.
THE ROPE TECHNIQUE
Another method called The Rope Technique, was made known by Robert Bruce, founder of the Astral Dynamics movement, and is regarded as being one of the most accessible astral projection modalities. Mahima Rao, metaphysical and consciousness devotee, creates modern “how-to” guides for those wishing to attempt astral projection and other forms of energetic exploration, and maps out the general process in a few steps:
Step 1: Relax the physical body by visualizing each muscle. Step 2: From your space of relaxation, enter a vibrational states; this should feel like an amplified version of a cell phone’s vibration mode pulsations coursing through the body. Step 3: Imagine a rope hanging above you. Step 4: Using the astral, or subtle, body, attempt to hold on to the rope with both hands. The physical body remains completely relaxed. Step 5: Begin to climb the rope, hand over hand, all the while visualizing reaching the ceiling above you. Step 6: Once you are aware of your full exit of the physical body, you are able to explore the astral plane.
ASTRAL PROJECTION: KEYS TO LEARNING
Though astral projection techniques are seemingly quite formulaic, much like the practice of remote viewing, seasoned patrons encourage those new to astral travel to carry out their own research and personal investigation to ensure high-quality experiences and the establishment of intentionality. The understanding of associated nuances and the amount of patience required are paramount for learning how to astral project properly. Once the proper competency has been obtained, astral projection offers those practicing the ability to connect with those living and deceased, and to “see the bigger picture” by viewing one’s own environment and circumstances from a new perspective.
A BRIEF HISTORY OF ASTRAL PROJECTION
Though many references exist to coach interested astral projectors, the performance of these acts is many times assessed as being “new age” or assumed to be a form of black magic. Social constructions built hastily out of fear and misunderstanding pertinent to astral projection and OBEs have become mainstream culture. Dispelling this misconception is thousands of years of documentation. According to Wagner Alegretti, President and Senior Researcher at the International Academy of Consciousness, astral projection dates back 3,000 to 5,000 years by records created by priests in Ancient Egypt; the earlier-referenced ka, or interpretation of the astral body at the time, is depicted in various artistic mediums as a light leaving the physical body.
For centuries, the spiritual system of belief known as Shamanism has thrived off of and been preserved through traditions deeply rooted in the idea that the souls of Shamanic healers leave their host bodies to ask for guidance from higher beings in order to procure healing and clarity which is to be bestowed upon those seeking it, what may be described as a cosmic game of Telephone. Historical references to astral projection lace the texts of many societies and spiritualities, from those written in Middle Age Kingdoms to the Bible.
ASTRAL PROJECTION TODAY
Due to the largely enigmatic nature of OBEs, and more specifically, astral projection, reported instances tend to be shunned and are framed negatively by modern societal norms. Popular belief tends to become invested in labeling anything and everything unexplainable as dangerous. In this case, it is falsely believed that astral projection is a major risk to practicioners’ well-being, and can lead to death, getting lost in the astral plane, or permanent separation of the soul from the body.
Today, several highly respected organizations exist, and are slowly but surely putting such rumors to rest through conducting research. The Parapsychological Association, or PA, was founded in 1957, and has been recognized by and affiliated with the American Association for the Advancement of Science, since 1969. The focus of PA’s misson is to explore and challenge false narratives created around paranormality. Several accredited researchers and institutions, including Dr. Robert Morris of Duke University and Dr. Charles Tart of University of California at Davis, have made headway in the field of out-of-body experiencing. One might say researchers and cultures known for utilizing astral projection are light years ahead of the majority in terms of understanding human consciousness; others may argue this knowledge is hovering just a plane away, attainable to all those open to it.
Now that we have understood the entire concept of Astral body and Astral Plane , let us now find out some of the key answers from our ancient texts .
QUESTION 1 ) Why do Hindus , Jains and Buddhists cremate their dead in Agni ( Fire ) pyre ?
Answer : From the Tibetan texts ,we have noted that the Human Soul does not accept the fact that he/she is already dead and tries to linger around the dead corpse. We have also noted that until the body is completely destroyed by bacterial or fungal parasites and decomposed to the bones , the soul tries to re-enter into the Body . By burning the dead , the process of re-incarnation is preponed . Without any visibility of the mortal body , the Soul realizes that his material instinct is all but over , and a new learning enlightens upon , whereby to accept a new life or complete nirvana , as the case may be as per the Karmic cycles of his / her previous births .
QUESTION 2 ) Why does our ancient texts state that , If a person is sleeping , we should not touch the person or shake the person to wake him/her up , but instead call out their name to wake up ?
Answer : The Vedic and the Tibetan texts highlight that , enlightened souls or what we call as “ OLD SOULS “ who have already re-incarnated before , have the ability to use the astral plane through the astral body during sleep . Infact , it is said that ancient sages including Buddhist monks were capable of appearing in front of people in their sleep and provide them great answers . We already have evidence among many scientist , who found the answers to the Greatest mathematical problems in their Dreams . Let me quote the story of the Sewing Machine . Josef Madersperger, an Austrian tailor found the design of his sewing machine in a dream. Highly enlightened people have long used the Astral Plane to find answer to the most complex questions . Further we need to note that , each of us have an inborn clock running inside our bodies . For example , people who make a habit of waking up at 5 o’clock in the morning , automatically over time , start waking up at 5 o’clock everyday without an alarm clock ( unless the individual is / was in the influence of drugs or alcohol , where the body clock becomes dysfunctional and resulting in early death of the individual . The Body clock is calculating time , so much of drugs , illness , alcohol , stress , unhealthy food and water disturbs the body clock and the Chakra system completely fails . An imbalance between the Body clock and the Chakra system is where the answer for a long life holds . However , Karma takes precedence . For example , a non-smoker, non-alcoholic guy or girl catching cancer or AIDS . In that case the Body clock has been externally disturbed and has no apparent reason to appear to the healthy individual by the habits mentioned already. Further our body clock is factored towards the environment we live in . Radiation for example , due to poisoning of our atmosphere is having a very great impact on our livelihoods . Diseases , which should have occurred are frequently occurring . The Tibetan Buddhists living at High altitudes are saved from the harmful chemicals we are breathing in day in day out . Their tight regime of Tantric Yoga further enhances their live line . A Balance between the Body clock and the Chakra System is what all ancient texts mention. Further , we note that in ancient times , Fertlity was far more higher because of less stress and better environment , but not to discount , they were taking care of their body clocks avoiding eating of various stuff , which we eat today . The Soul needs not junk food , but knowledge for the next life.
QUESTION 3 ) Why is it written in our ancient texts to keep mirrors covered or away from sight before sleeping at night ?
Answer : An average human ( Unless under the influence of alcoholic drugs . Drugs and Alcohol do not allow dreams to appear . Especially the one we call as “ Lucid Dreams “ ) sees 3-4 dreams at night , depending upon the hours of sleep and timing of sleep. Physical exhaustion can however , run down dreaming as well. Ancients considered that Mirrors could be used as Portals . Infact in Tantra , mirrors just like skulls and other human bones are used . Keeping the Mirror in sight during sleep , could disturb the Astral plane of a sleeping human . Duality of the astral body was always to be avoided . Whther scientifically its applicable or not , its debatable . Having said that , certain hours of the night , it is said , Souls who have been at a lost cause , venture out . They require their own privacy . Mirrors provide them portals of entry . Its always debatable , but for the poltergeists view , there might be some truth. While science will discount Ghosts as non-existent , the world of the Supernatural cannot simply be put under the carpet either . We now have , video evidences of the same kind of hauntings being reported in the 21st century .
QUESTION 4 ) Is there a possibility to use the Astral Plane during Sleep to visit places in different parts of the world ?
Answer : The texts reveal that it is . Highly enlightened souls will be able to see places they desire . See the past and the future as well . The problem however is that , what knowledge is acquired in the Astral body in the astral plane , might not be remembered once the physical body wakes up . However , as we very often find ourselves in places or situations , where we feel “ This has already happened to me before ? “ , it might be the astral view of that event which was already seen in the future , many months or years back by the astral body and only to reveal at the current future moment.
QUESTION 5 ) What was the ancient Sarcophagus inside the King’s Chamber in the Great Pyramid used for ?
Answer : It is pretty clear that the ancient Egyptians were aware about the Astral plane . They used it perfectly to make the Out Of Body Experience easier for the ancient priests. The Ancient Priests could thereby collect all necessary forcastings as required for the smooth functioning of the Kingdom of Egypt. In the Secret of the 7 Sages ( Saptarishis ) I had shared multiple accounts of Out Of Body experience of many individuals who spend the night inside the Great Pyramid of Giza including Napoleon Bonaparte .
QUESTION 6 ) Why do Tibetan monks live alone in High caves in the Himalayas away from people ?
Answer : The Tibetan monks are experts in using the Astral Plane . They have found out ways to take the soul out of the Body . As such , they need their bodies to be safely away from other humans , so that the physical body is not misunderstood as being DEAD . This system is called as “ SAMADHI “ . The Soul is out of the Body , but not due to death , but because of the Self instructed technique to launching the Soul into the Astral plane at will . Once they find out , what they were looking for , they re-enter into the Physical body , hence they keep their bodies away from predators and human reach.
Question 7 ) What is the Soul made up of ?
Answer : While we wait for scientific evidence , from the ancient texts we have come to know that , the Soul is exactly opposite to that of matter . Our physical body is built up of Matter – Atoms and Molecules . Applying laws of Physics , we know , if 2 same energies prevail , the physical structure disintegrates . Hence to counter this , The Soul is designed as “ ANTI MATTER “ exactly what CERN Labs in Geneva , Switzerland are researching upon . Two opposites Matter and Anti-Matter , neutralizes the whole universal structure into a completely balanced way .
Question 8 ) Does the Human soul remember what it learnt in its previous life ?
Answer : Worldwide , we have evidence of people with weird birth marks . Some have even displayed birth marks which easily corresponds to bullet injuries . It is an open secret that , though some people are in the second or third re-incarnation as humans , not much can they remember about their earlier past lives , but these birth marks , tend to remind them of their previous life . It is like a coded text which the Soul brings along from its earlier life and codifies it in the new human body as it starts taking shape in the womb . As the child starts growing , the materialistic world tends to blind the Astral body yet again , however the previous lives learnings do not go away . The character of the Child initially takes shape as and what he sees all around . But the cognitive memory takes in and in the later days of his life , his cumulative experience of all lives , will be a part of this judgment process .
Question 9 ) Can life partners from previous lives become your this life’s partner ?
Answer : The Vedic texts reveal that , Marriage is a cycle of 7 Rebirths . Vedic marriages are designed to keep the same partners united over 7 lives , and that is the reason why “ The Bride and the Groom “ circle around the Vedic Hund of Agni ( Fire ) , 7 times to be united for 7 Lives . However , due the Karmic situation , it is possible that one of the partners might not be married to the same soul in the next life. For example , a very devoted wife who gets harassed by a very alcoholic and arrogant husband who treats her like an animal . Due to the Karmic calculation , the lady is destined for a Higher karmic individual in her next life , compared to her husband . The Karmic calculation will be opposite for both .
Question 10 ) Is there anything written that a Male in previous life , will be male in the next life ?
Answer : The Vedas are very clear that , it is not necessary that a male in this life , be born as a male in next life . However , people who have found out the spiritual aspect of this pilgrimage journey on this planet , is bound to be given a choice . Here , we do need to take note that unlike other texts , the Vedas does take note of LGBT births . The Vedas indicate , Karmic influences of other people also decides the fate of the One . Example, A person is as Good as a Saint in this life , but His/ her father or mother or any of the Bloodline has done something unethical and horrendous , the same will be having a bad Karmic influence in this person’s Karmic accomplishments . While LGBT is a scientifically researched topic and is related to genetics , the Karmic angle associated with this as revealed in the Vedas cannot be ruled out .
Question 11 ) Is there any mention of God in deciding the course of the next life for an individual ?
Answer : Amazingly , Both the Vedic and The Tibetan texts seem to point that there is no direct connection with God. In Egyptian texts , however , they mention that the Heart of an individual was weighed , contrary to this , the Eastern texts only highlight Karma ( Action ) as the root cause of all that shall have to be borne in the next life .
Question 12 ) Why is suicide considered as completely abhorrent ?
Answer : The Vedic and the Tibetan view is that , the Soul has a purpose , each time it is given a new body . The Main purpose is to complete its Kamic cycle and achieve Nirvana . Suicide denies one of that same opportunity . The Goal as per the texts is to try to attain a higher state of consciousness in the next life , by learning as much as possible in this life . Suicide is said to be a complete failure . It is also to be noted that Suicide can lead to an opposite cycle . Instead of being born as a human , the soul might have to undergo , an animal lifeform in the next life and restart the cycle all over again. We need to understand , scientifically it does match the Theory of Evolution . From bacteria to fishes to mammals to humans . Perfectly matches the Theory of Evolution . A state of higher consciousness . We also see a particular trend. As we grow older, our priorities keep changing . Our priorities during adolescence completely start from a materialistic origin and as we grow older , we slowly tend to get spiritually aligned . It indicates that the soul invariably is trying us to align to the sacred need for a higher consciousness that awaits for us in the next life . It is often noted that the Greatest Scientists actually had the least social circle. An older soul with multiple pre-births and arriving to this planet with a purpose. This soul already had its preliminary education of its consciousness from its earlier births.
Question 13 ) What is the original meaning of Spirituality ? Is it connected with religion ?
Answer : Spirituality has nothing to do with religion or God . The Tibetan Buddhists do not have a God. They consider Gautama Buddha as an Enlightened Teacher , not as a God. The concept of spirituality is in understanding that Each individual is a Holy Spirit . Depending on the level of consciousness or as the wordings go “ Older Souls or Newer Souls “ , the current life will take a distinct shape . It is for this reason that , not everybody is the same. Those who are aware of this phenomenon align their lives appropriately . Their constant quest would be aligned to greater emphasis to learning , so that at some point , the enlightenment may be achieved , or as the Tibetans call as “ Nirvana “ and Hindus call as “ Moksha “ . Where the Soul becomes a “ Clear Light “ and this made the ancient ancestors to believe that all those who achieved “ Nirvana “ would finally become a Star , A GUIDING STAR for the future generations . Hence , so much emphasis on the Star Maps and the saying “ We are all made up of STARS “. Spirituality is knowing oneself and understanding that , this mortal body is only a cloth which one day we will have to anyway give up .