The question of life after death has been of interest to humanity since time immemorial. We still have not received an answer to it. So what happens to us when we die? Yogi, mystic and sage Sadhguru explains his vision of this issue.
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5 measurements of our body
In yoga, the body is seen as five dimensions or five sheaths:
- Annamaya Kosha.
- Manomaya Kosha.
- Pranamaya Kosha.
- Vinyanamaya Kosha.
- Anandamaya Kosha.
The physical body is Annamaya Kosha. Anna means food, so it is a food body. The next is called Manomaya Kosha or mental body. The third is Pranamaya Kosha, which means the energy body. The physical, mental and energetic body are all physical dimensions of life. For example, you can clearly see that a light bulb is a physical object. Electricity, electrons going through a wire, are also physical. It’s the same with the light that comes from the bulb.
In the same way, the physical body is gross, the mental body is more subtle, and the pranic (energy) body is even more subtle, but they all exist physically. Karma is imprinted on the body, mind and energy. A karmic imprint or karmic structure is the cement that holds you in the physical body. Although karma is partly addiction and even bondage, at the same time, it is only thanks to the karmic substance that you can hold onto the body and be here.
When someone dies, we say, “This person is no more.” And this is not true. The person is simply not who you knew him anymore, but he still exists.
Sadhguru says: “If you want to know the value of life, just realize that it is short.”
The next two dimensions are called Vinyanamaya Kosha and Anandamaya Kosha. Vinyanamaya Kosha is not physical, but related to it. Vinyana means exclusive knowledge or knowledge of that which is beyond sense perception. This is a transitory body – a transition from physical to non-physical, or a connection between them. Anandamaya Kosha is the sheath or body of bliss and is completely non-physical. He has no form.
Is there life after death?
So a person still exists after death. The physical body decomposes, but the mental and pranic bodies continue to exist depending on the force of karma. To get the next incarnation or, roughly speaking, to find a womb for a new round of development, the force of this karma must decrease and become passive. When karma becomes weak due to the fact that it has exhausted itself, then it very easily finds another body. If a person completes the karma assigned to him in this life, he will die peacefully – without illness, accidents or injuries. And he can find another body within literally a few hours.
When someone completes their life cycle and dies peacefully, they do not need to look for a new body – this happens almost instantly. However, if karma remains unfinished, then a person needs much more time. This is what people call ghosts or ghosts. There are countless such beings around you, whether you know about it or not. They simply wait for their karma to weaken and dissipate in order to have a chance to acquire the next body.
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Where do we go when we die?
Our body is part of the Earth. Everything that we have collected in the body is thrown away after death, atom by atom. As for our mind, all the collected information: the subtle body and the subtle plane of the mind, as well as that information called karma – so to speak, our software – still work, but they no longer have a “purpose”. If you enter a pleasant state of existence, it is called paradise. If you find yourself in an unpleasant state of existence, that is called hell. It’s simple.
When you lose your body, you also lose direction. And after that, you only act according to your inclinations, depending on the type of your “software”. In other words, if you are a positive person with bright thoughts, then you will have heaven. And if not, then no. Heaven and hell are not a place of residence, but empirical realities through which life passes, having lost its body and looking for a new incarnation.
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