Have you lived before? If there were scientific evidence that human consciousness survives after death - would you live your life differently?
The concept of reincarnation - that our souls may experience many lifetimes over centuries, maybe even thousands of years - has been present in virtually every culture since ancient times. The Egyptians, Greeks, Romans and Aztecs all believed in the "transmigration of souls" from one body to another after death. It's a fundamental precept of Hinduism.
Although reincarnation is not a part of official Christian doctrine, many Christiansbelieve in it or at least accept its possibility. That's not at all surprising; the idea that after death we can live again as another person - maybe as the opposite sex or in a completely different station in life - is intriguing and, for many people, highly appealing.
Is there any truth to it, however? Is reincarnation just an idea? Or is there real evidence to support it?
Examine it with this BBC Documentary
'Supernatural Science: Reincarnations and Previous Lives',
then decide for yourself.
Spiritual perspective on cremation, burial & scattering of ashes
That's a very important topic for all of us!
Every year more than 50 million people die worldwide and the two main forms of funeral rites adopted by most are either cremation or burial. The Parsis (Zoroastrians) in Mumbai, India, a small community, leave their dead out in the open in the Towers of silence to be consumed by vultures. Through spiritual research methodologies, we examine the effect of each of these types of funeral rites from the point of view of helping our ancestors in the afterlife.
Out of all the types of funeral rites to let go of a body, committing it to cremation is the most beneficial. People who have lived relatively good lives, by the very act of burial increase their risk of becoming ghosts in the afterlife.
Sometimes we are attached to the form of funeral rite that our culture is used to. However, the spiritual repercussions of burial and being consumed by vultures needs to be weighed against one’s psychological attachment for a certain funeral rite.
Nowadays there is an increasing trend of people choosing cremation over burial as a funeral rite. The funeral rite of cremation that takes place either on a funeral pyre or in a crematorium does not dispose off the body totally. The remains are commonly known as ashes and are handed back to the family in an urn. The entire process from receiving the ashes to the scattering of the ashes is important from a spiritual point of view. Depending on the process adopted, we can either help our departed loved one to move on in the afterlife or we may be instrumental in their remaining earthbound. However the surviving relatives who receive the ashes in a cremation urn are generally unaware of the spiritually correct way of scattering the ashes.
The way we scatter the ashes of our loved ones after they are cremated, either helps them in the afterlife or obstructs their onward journey. Spiritual research conducted has shown that immersing ashes in water alone can benefit our ancestors. This article also provides information on the reasons behind the spiritually correct methods to be adopted - right from the collection of ashes to its final disposal.
The innumerable recorded cases of past life experiences are proof of the concept of life after death. In all the recorded cases of rebirth, it was found that there was a variable time lag between the death of the person and his next birth on Earth. So, where does the person go after his death till his rebirth on Earth? Is it a single place or are there a variety of places? If so, what are the factors that decide where a particular person will go to after death? In this article, we present the answers to these and other questions about this topic. These answers are obtained from spiritual research done by seekers of SSRF with highly developed sixth sense (ESP).
An Indian point of view ... nevertheless an interesting perspective.
Explore the website of the Spiritual Science Research Foundation (SSRF). There is a lot to discover: How ghosts (demons, devils, negative energies etc.) obstruct spiritual practice, spiritual causes of difficulties in life, test your sixth sense and much more ...
And don't miss the article of spiritual factors that contributed to Bill Gates taking this life path.
For Hindus, death is the beginning of many rituals that must be followed. Unlike many cultures, a family devotes itself to a year of respect after one dies and almost always, the person is cremated and released into a sacred river so that he or she may reach heaven.
If an individual is nearing death, he or she is brought in front of the Tulsi plant, while the floor is cleaned with cow dung (a sacred material) and a bed is made of hay.
Did the ancient Egyptian technology extend into mastery of the afterlife?
In the Valley of the Kings, the tombs of Seti I and Tuthmosis III have been closed to the public for over a decade. Arcane funerary texts cover the walls of the tombs with a bewildering list of spells and secrets that allow the deceased to navigate the afterlife.
Among others Dr. Rick Strassman, author of "DMT: The Spirit Molecule", discusses the biochemistry of the death experience and the role of the mysterious pineal gland. Our powerful interaction with DMT is shedding new light on the ancient understanding of the "third eye" or pineal gland as the seat of consciousness. Lon Milo Duquette discusses the strange state of consciousness known as Lucid Dreaming and its unexpected relationship with the afterlife experience.
Could these sacred texts be a magical ladder to heaven?
Watch now "Magical Egypt: Navigating the Afterlife" by John Anthony West.
The Bardo Thodol, Liberation through Hearing in the Intermediate State, traditionally but inaccurately called the Tibetan Book of the Dead, is a funerary text that describes the experiences of the consciousness after death during the interval known as bardo between death and rebirth.
Here is The Tibetan Book of the Dead as an E-book by Summum. English translation by Lāma Kazi Dawa-Samdup. Compiled and Edited by W. Y. Evans-Wentz.
Further The Tibetan Book of the Dead by the University of Virginia Library. Special collection with the original Sanskrit texts, scroll paintings and more.
The following documentary video is worth the time to watch, so I’m sharing it here.
Part 1: A Way of Life reveals the history of The Tibetan Book of the Dead and examines its traditional use in northern India, as well as its acceptance in Western hospices. Shot over a four-month period, the film contains footage of the rites and liturgies for a deceased Ladakhi elder and includes an interview with the Dalai Lama, who shares his views on the book's meaning and importance.
The Tibetan Book of the Dead: A Way of Life - Part 1
This streaming video takes 47 minutes.
Part 2: The Great Liberation follows an old lama and his novice monk as they guide a Himalayan villager into the afterlife using readings from The Tibetan Book of the Dead. The soul's 49-day journey towards rebirth is envisioned through actual photography of rarely seen Buddhist rituals, interwoven with groundbreaking animation by internationally acclaimed filmmaker Ishu Patel.
The Tibetan Book of the Dead: The Great Liberation - Part 2
This is a tomb wall carving, called a relief, showing the journey that a person’s soul takes after death to eternal paradise. A horse helps the soul on it’s journey to the afterlife. The Han people loved long-legged breeds, and called them “Heavenly Horses”.
The ancient Chinese believed that every person has two souls, based on the two vital forces of nature, Yin and Yang. After a person dies, the two souls go separate ways. One soul, called “po” stays in the tomb with the body, where it needs food, protection, entertainment, and special gifts or offerings to make it feel honored. The other soul, called “hun”, travels on a journey to heaven.
This jade disc, called a “bi”, is a heavenly symbol that was meant to protect the person’s body after death. Many jade bi are placed around the body of the Prince in his burial chamber.
When incense is burned, it gives off a fragrant smoke, which would please the soul of the person who died.
And wine cups were used during the funeral ceremony, and were placed in the tomb for the spirit to use during meals in the afterlife.
Clay models of dancers like this one would have been placed in the tomb to entertain the deceased person in the afterlife. In ancient China, dancers wore long, flowing sleeves to make their movements appear even more graceful.
Also sets of miniature bronze bells would have been placed in a person’s tomb to provide music for them in the afterlife.
Dr. Jim Tucker of the University of Virginia’s division of Personality Studies shared his international research into children who report memories of past lives. Such memories are most commonly reported by children, who by the age of six or seven tend to start forgetting these remembrances. The evidence from their investigations suggest it's possible that memories and emotions can carry over from one life into the next.
Dr. Tucker continues the work of pioneering reincarnation researcher Dr. Ian Stevenson, investigating and carefully documenting the lives and stories told by children who claim to remember past lives. Tucker's book, Life Before Life, describes in detail many of the most compelling cases documented over the last 40 years by himself, Stevenson, and their colleagues around the world.
Whether you personally believe in reincarnation or not, the stories Tucker presents are fascinating and intriguing, but give them a more serious consideration, and you may find them to be more than a little bit unsettling.
Mandala "Wheel of Life"
Today I found this very interesting interview with Dr. Tucker by the Wisconsin Public Radio program "To the Best of Our Knowledge" November 20th 2005. Find him in segment two of the program entitled The Meaning of Life: In the Beginning. The interview begins at 29:20 in the segment. To listen the whole broadcasting program takes 52 minutes. But it is very worth it in my opinion. (English)
Here is another new interview with Dr. Tucker. You can download it in the MP3 format or listen this podcast right now. It runs forty four minutes. (English)
For the foreseeable future, there can be no absolute scientific proof of reincarnation, and none against it. It is up to the individual whether they take a personal stand or not on the issue.
But for those interested in the subject, it is desirable to have as much information about the evidence to date and the various schools of thought.
This FAQ (short for "Frequently Asked Questions") was created to provide answers for the many common questions people have about reincarnation and also to give as wide a background to the subject as possible in terms of scientific, religious and mystical exploration.
Reincarnation FAQ by Richard Holmes - information from a very wide variety of sources on reincarnation and common misconceptions about it. (English)
It is the characteristic of the tomb of Ramesses III that it contains, along with a catalogue of well known motifs completely unique representations of which some present an equivalence to the iconography of the "House of Millions of Years" of Ramesses III at Medinet Habu. All these scenes still today in fact create quite exceptional interest in the tomb.
At the beginning of the tomb, the visitor is welcomed by a double representation of the goddess Ma'at reproduced on the embrasure of the door on both sides of the passage (photo MM). Knelt on the sign of the neb basket, the goddess with winged arms, spread in the sign of protection, is associated with the reproduction of the heraldic plants of Upper and Lower Egypt.
Besides his major title of "Divine Father in the Temple of Amenhotep III", Amenemonet also calls himself "wab-priest", "Lector-Priest" and "Divine Father in the Temple of Ptah-Sokaris". The deceased is portrayed in his tomb accompanied by his wife, the Chantress of Amun, Nefertari, and by five children. Being unable to link the deceased to a known family, we can only speculate as to the exact time when he lived.
In the final scene of the funerary procession, farewell is bid to two mummies which are standing before a stylised representation of the tomb, topped by a small pyramid. Amenemonet's wife, Nefertari, laments at the foot of the first coffin which is supported by the wab-priest Ptahmes.
Behind the mummies, stands a stela of which the upper part shows the deceased worshipping Re-Horakhty. The god is sitting in front of an offering table and holds the ankh and the was-sceptre.
OsirisNet is mainly devoted to the Tombs and Mastabas of Ancient Egypt.
You will find:
• Tombs of the Pharaohs, Queens and Princes
• Tombs of the Noblemen
• Tombs of the Craftsmen at Deir el Medineh
• Tombs of the time of the "heretic" Akhenaten
• Tombs of the Middle Kingdom in Asswan
• Mastabas : the tombs of the Old Kingdom
• Monuments : various temples and monuments
• Tombs of El Kab
• Tombs of El Bersheh
• Tombs of the Oases
• Virtual Reality 3D Tomb
“Please don’t think I’m crazy, but…” is how most conversations typically begin around the subject of After Death Communication (ADC). Although I have experienced ADC’s in the form of dreams, I have counseled many people who are looking for permission to share how their deceased loved-one has “visited” them from the other side. Most of the research in this area has been done from a qualitative (e.g., structured interviews) approach (Devers and Robinson, 2002; Guggenheim, 1997; LaGrand, 1997), which is an excellent way for people to begin telling their stories and comparing similar experiences with other bereft people. Yet, are there others ways to statistically measure the frequency and uniqueness of such experiences? In other words, are ADC’s random or purposeful to specific types of populations or bereavement groups?
Most ADC's are subtle, so it is very helpful to know what the different signs are, in order to be able to recognize any sign that you may be receiving. And it is OK to ask for a specific sign in order to be able to recognize the sign as being an ADC when you get it.
Today in the News: One woman said her dead grandmother appears to her in dreams. Another said she's received messages on her answering machine from her dead son. A man said he suspects his late son returned to tuck a penny into a penknife for him to find.
An after-death communication is a spiritual experience that occurs when a person is contacted directly and spontaneously by a family member or friend who has died. During their seven years of research, Bill and Judy Guggenheim collected more than 3,300 firsthand reports from people who believe they have been contacted by a deceased loved one. Their book, Hello From Heaven, documents many such experiences.
Excerpts of the book "Hello From Heaven" by Near-Death Experiences & the Afterlife. (English)
In Tibet it is commonly held that death is not something that awaits us in some distant future, but something we bring into the world with us at the very moment we are conceived. Our lives run up against death at every step. However, even the seeming finality of death need not be strictly negative; rather, in the religious traditions of Tibet, death is said to provide a unique opportunity for spiritual growth. In fact, the ultimate aim of Tibetan religious practice is the transformation of death into an immortal state of benefit to others. Among Tibet's many and varied religious traditions are found certain esoteric teachings that address the art and science of compassionate death. To these traditions belong the wisdom of the Tibetan Books of the Dead. In many respects, these popular texts are manuals of practical instructions for the dying, who are immediately facing death; for those who have died, who are wandering in the intermediate state between lives; and for the living, who are left behind to continue without their loved ones.
I am delighted that some of the great treasures of Tibetan sacred literature and ritual art relating to death and dying have been assembled for display. In this first exhibition of its kind at the University of Virginia Library, there are examples of many significant items, both literary and artistic, from the wealth of its Tibetan collection as well as through the generosity of institutional and private lenders. It is my hope that this exhibition will help to encourage more widespread interest in the valuable culture of Tibet so that the world might one day see it flourish again.
P. Jeffrey Hopkins, Professor, Department of Religious Studies, University of Virginia
This book is the first English language translation of the famous Tibetan death text, The Great Liberation upon Hearing in the Intermediate State. Also known as the Bardo Thodol which means "liberation by hearing on the after death plane" (Bardo: after death plane, Thodol or Thotrol: liberation by hearing), it was originally written in the Tibetan language and is meant to be a guide for those who have died as they transition from their former life to a new destination.
Der Bardo Thödol, bekannter unter dem Titel "Das tibetische Buch der Toten" ist dazu der Grundlagentext, der sich in erster Linie an den Laien richtet, d.h. an Menschen die nur wenig Zeit für ihre spirituelle Weiterentwicklung aufwenden können und über eher negatives Karma verfügen. Es legt einen Leitfaden in die Hand, wie man mit den Phänomenen, die während des Todes und des Zwischenzustandes auftreten, umgehen sollte, um trotz schlechter Voraussetzungen Befreiung aus dem bedingtem Dasein zu erlangen. Ferner ist es eine Hilfe auch im Umgang mit dem Tod von Freunden, Verwandten und Bekannten, und kann eine wichtige Unterstützung zu richtigem Verhalten im Umgang mit Verstorbenen und zur Trauerarbeit sein.
William James says that at the moment of death we slip out of our physical body as we might an overcoat, that we continue to exist in the form around which our physical bodies originally grew – our spirit body. He says there is no sudden change of personality and our surroundings appear as before. We are, in fact, exactly where we were. And the essence of who we are continues.
Near Death Experience Research Foundation (NDERF) - Jeffrey Long, M.D. is a physician practicing the specialty of radiation oncology (use of radiation to treat cancer) in Tacoma, Washington. Dr. Long serves on the Board of Directors of IANDS (International Association for Near-Death Studies), and is actively involved in NDE research. Dr. Long developed this web site. (English)
Two M.D.s who have popularized the idea that the NDE is proof of life after death are Elizabeth Kübler-Ross (English version) and Raymond Moody. Unfortunately Moody didn't have a website.
Zwei Ärzte haben die Idee populär gemacht, dass es ein Leben nach dem Tod gibt: Elizabeth Kübler-Ross (German version) und Raymond Moody. Leider hat Moody keine Website.
Bild: Hieronymus Bosch (1450 - 1516) "Visions of the Hereafter"
Auf wissenschaftlicher Spurensuche nach dem Jenseits von Harald Zaun, Telepolis. Der Experte für Nahtoderfahrungen Dr. Michael Schröter-Kunhardt über die Software, die uns auf das Leben nach dem Tod vorbereitet, Super-Realität, unseriöse Kollegen und die Ignoranz der Neurobiologie. Ein Interview. (German)
Was sind Indigo Kinder?
Die Bezeichnung Indigokinder stammt von Nancy Anne Trappe, die in der Lage ist, die menschliche Aura wahrzunehmen. Sie nahm nach Auskunft von Jan Tober, einer der beiden Autoren des Buchs "Die Indigo-Kinder", seit Anfang der 80er Jahre wahr, daß vermehrt Kinder zur Welt kamen, die eine dunkelblaue (indigo) Aura aufwiesen. Andere wie Gordon-Michael Scallion sprechen ebenfalls davon, nennen sie aber die blauen Kinder.
Indigo Kinder, ihre Eigenschaften und Hintergründe des Phänomens von Andreas Bunkahle.
Unten die weiterführenden Links beachten.
Indigo Children are the current generation being born today and most of those who are 8 years old or younger. They are different. They have very unique characteristics that set them apart from previous generations of children. The name itself indicates the Life Color they carry in their auras and is indicative of the Third Eye Chakra, which represents intuition and psychic ability. These are the children who are often rebellious to authority, nonconformist, extremely emotionally and sometimes physically sensitive or
fragile, highly talented or academically gifted and often metaphysically gifted as well, usually intuitive, very often labeled ADD, either very empathic and compassionate OR very cold and callous, and are wise beyond their years. Does this sound like yourself or your child?
Ich bin auch dabei. Es stimmt- deine Arbeit ist wunderschön und wir vermissen deine Präsenz. Deshalb besuchen wir dich immer mal wieder und hoffen, dass es dir gut geht. Viele liebe und dankbare Grüße Von Mona
I think the focal point of mainstream religion has changed - http://www.ebook-search-queen.com/ebook/reli/religion+and+ethics.all.html .That’s part of the “see the world in black and white” that the fundamentalists find so important about their “my way or the highway to hell”. Its far easier to use religion as the label for making oneself feel better or more important than someone else. I don’t murder, so I’m better/God loves me more than…
I have to link to this blog because I think that is so important when it comes to manifestation and getting what you want in life. All the great successful people in the world today did some form of visualization. And a vision board is one of the most powerful manifestation tools to date in my opinion.
Looking so Kumbh Mela of 1895 is wonderful, the power of a faith like that, that can make multitudes upon multitudes of the old and weak and the young and frail enter without hesitation or complaint upon such.
Only a supremely powerful intellect could pierce of veil of hypnotic deception to bring the truth to the teeming masses of smooth-brained mouthbreathers that we all must be. Such courage and mental prowess in the mind of a single person. Thank you so much for attempting to free me of my mental prison of hypnotic malaise. His neck must be substantially stronger than the average “man-on-the-street” to…
idk if they are real or not. i’ve never seen them. but as big as this earth is, wt makes you think we’re the only one’s here. we have animals. y wouldn’t there be any other animals we don’t know about? think about it. there is a lot of things we thought were real a long time ago that wasn’t. like the world being flat. n things we thought…
of course mermaids and mermen are real, maybe not thease ones but were d yu think thay got the idea from,if no one believes in thease myths then christmas wouldnt be, all the stories for children wouldnt be oh how sad, and thats coming from me a banshe with a leprichourn for a husband lol..x