- Religion and Philosophy
We Leave It All Behind
What Lies Beyond This Existence?
Someone once said, “I’ve never seen an armored money truck following a hearse.” That saying goes well with another one that was made when two people were discussing a wealthy businessman who had passed away, and one asked, “How much did he leave?” Came the reply, “He left it all.” Since time began, people have prepared for death in a vast array of manners, and it does not matter what religious beliefs, or lack thereof, they all faced the inevitability of death with one common question—what really awaits? And from that one common question comes a myriad of theories and beliefs. Whether one accepts, by faith, a religious belief, or whether one ties themselves to pure atheism and states that life ends at death, and nothing exists beyond that moment, the actual truth is not changed by either adherence. Examining the burial sites of ancient civilizations and following this examining right up to the present, there are certain commonalities. The deceased had loved ones that had gone on before, and they usually had loved ones who were left behind. The ones who had gone before left some beliefs that were shared with those who were following, and those who were left behind were still somewhat uncertain that what they had been told about death and the hereafter was, indeed, fact. After all, most of what anyone believes about death and the hereafter is based on what we are taught in our societies, in our places of worship, by our loved ones, by what we have read, and finally, by what makes the most sense to us at any given time. Powerfully, what we believe does nothing to change reality, and the reality is this—when we die, and not until that moment, we will finally experience the ultimate truth, the definitive answer of what actually lies beyond this existence.
Mysterious Tibetan Rituals
What Happens When We Die?
Like going over a giant waterfall beyond which we have never been, we can tell each other all the stories we want to as we float down the river of life, stories about the idyll waiting for us beyond that waterfall, but nothing sobers us quicker and makes us ask for greater certainty than the final moment before that great waterfall. Put the question off all you want to, or research it all life long, the answers you accept will mostly be based in faith until that moment of transferring to the “Other Side.” I have written before that there are the Four Questions of Life, those being, “Who am I?” - “Where did I come from? - “Why am I here?” - “Where am I going when I leave here?” I, personally, think that the answer to why we are here will only be answered if there is a life beyond this one, a life wherein we are taught that answer. Studying the world’s religions, one encounters so many teachings as to what goes on in the afterlife. In the Tibetan view of the afterlife, there is the belief that all life is on a wheel of reincarnation, and when a person dies, that person will either return to this plane of existence, or stay in the afterworld and progress upward from there. In their view of the afterlife, one progresses from one incarnation to the next until that soul, or energy, is reunited and merges with God. If a person is not spiritually prepared at death, then rather than staying in the afterlife, that person will be reborn here on Earth, and the wheel of life continues with another reincarnation. Belief in reincarnation dates to the beginning of history, so it is nothing new, and there are many fascinating books on the subject, such as The Case for Reincarnation by Joe Fisher. Belief in reincarnation is even mentioned in the Christian Bible. As an example, in one passage, Mark 8:27-28, Jesus asks His disciples who the people say that He is, and the reply is that the people think that Jesus might be John the Baptist, Elijah or some other major prophet. Now, how can Jesus be any other person than who He is? This passage points to the acceptance of a belief in reincarnation by the people of that time and place. In another passage, John 9:2, the disciples of Jesus ask Him, “Rabbi, who sinned, this man or his parents, that he was born blind?” Now, look at the question and read it carefully. What these disciples were repeating was commonly held belief in their time and place, that being, reincarnation, and this question is one based in that belief system, since it details the reincarnation doctrine that we pay in our next life for the uncorrected errors in this one. Thus, their question essentially is asking Jesus, who is paying the “karma debt?” They are asking if this man was born blind because of his sins. What sins? He wasn’t born, then committed some kind of sin, then was struck blind. Keep in mind that this man was born blind. Therefore, in keeping with the teachings of reincarnation, in order to be born blind as a debt to some sin, he would have had to have committed the sins before he was born. Some Christians get upset with me when I say this, because they think such a statement flies in the face of modern Christian teachings of the afterlife, but it does not. What is related in these two passages is simply a matter of historical fact, that being that many people living in the time and place inhabited by Jesus held beliefs based in reincarnation, and the Bible is merely repeating an example of their reactions to life based in their beliefs system at that time. I am not here to argue for or against reincarnation, merely to show that there are many views as to what happens when we leave our physical bodies for the last time. So, what DOES happen when we die?
Tibetan Rituals That Lead To More Questions
Life After Life
If the laws of physics applied, then the one physics law that comes to mind is this: Nothing can be created nor destroyed. Humans do not have the ability to create or destroy anything. Some will say, “Well, if I burn a piece of paper, I have destroyed it.” No, you have merely caused a reaction, and the molecules of the paper are now separated into their molecular components, so that, even though they are now in a changed state, the same amount of atoms that were present in the piece of paper are still in the universe. You have not created nor destroyed anything. You have merely rearranged atoms. Using that same logic, if the laws of physics applied beyond life, then what animates your body is energy, the soul, call it what you will, but that animating “entity” separates from the inanimate “body” at death and goes on to its next place in “existence.” For the basic Christian concept, the body dies, the soul goes to Heaven. Simple. Easy to comprehend. To the Atheist, there is no God, no Heaven, and in most cases, the belief that the identity of the person ceases to exist at death. Simply put, it is completely over, like a flower that grew, bloomed, faded and died, we simply cease to exist, and the vehicle we used in this life, the body, decays and returns to dust. Somewhat fatalistic and finite. Equally easy to comprehend. After all, both beliefs are based in the same thing, faith. For me, and I have written abut this in another of my articles, Does God Exist?, life does not stop at the moment of bodily death. Your physical eyes may close at that moment, but I believe that you will notice absolutely no sensation of time being interrupted. Having been out of my body and into the next realm, even having had interaction with deceased family and friends while there, I am convinced that our existence as “souls” continues uninterrupted. Debate that as you will, but my experience has given me a perspective that is actually not new, since I am not the first person to have an out-of-body experience, and that type of experience has been the source of many writings going back to ancient times. Because there is a vast library of these out-of-body experiences that have been recorded over the centuries, even great discussions, as in the book, Life After Life by Raymond Moody, such metaphysical accounts have been the root of modification of many beliefs systems. Thus, my experience, like so many others who have had the same, has influenced religions down through the ages, and this being mixed in with various religions has produced a colorful tapestry of beliefs regarding the afterlife. Knowing what I personally know, there are still many questions.
Close-Up Of A Ritual Costume
What Is In Control?
I reiterate, nothing will cause a person to want to know the “answers” like the wakening cold water splash of impending death. Put it off, exploring the answer, create self-serving theories and mind-salving philosophies, but they will all fail you at the moment when you see Death staring in the window. Then, at that very moment, you may grasp at air, but at that exact moment, your boat in the river of life will have reached the end of the journey, and you will know that it is the end, resigning yourself in whatever emotion best serves you. What is beyond the waterfall now looms, and nothing can be put off any longer. This is where “What-Is-In-Control” shows all of us that we are not “What-Is-In-Control.” This is the moment where all the control we thought we had becomes ironic and laughable. Like the scene in the play Our Town, we may have the opportunity to say good-bye, to glance backward for a moment, but, at the moment of death, we are on a moving sidewalk that does not require our legs to move us forward to our destiny. We are delivered to the destination without so much as lifting a finger. Postponing the study of death and dying does not postpone anything but our facing reality. Studying ancient emperors, we find examples of the court magicians tasked with finding the elixir of life, the pills of immortality, the fountain of youth. The emperors thought themselves to be all-powerful, and certainly their power could demand that death be ruled by the powerful. We find so many cases where the magic formula that was supposed to make the taker of the formula immortal, and, instead, hastened their death. Laughable in this day and age, since we know that there is nothing that can make us live forever. Life longer? Yes. Forever? No. So, turn away, don’t look, refuse to allow the word “death” to be spoken. But, how silly to ignore the clock on the wall of life, when what it should do is be a friendly reminder that we are here for a purpose other than our own personal greed or desire. And, the clock is ticking. Be mindful of it. Our time here is limited. If you need a reminder, take a walk through any cemetery. Beneath those hallowed grounds lie reminders of lives that, just like yours, meant something. They were born, they were nurtured, they grew, they lived, breathed and loved, and when their clock said it was finished, the part that animated those bodies went on to another plane of existence. What then? Only “What-Is-In-Control” knows...but here are some thoughts.
Tibetan Ritual Dances
Separating The Physical From The Non-Physical
The view of the afterlife has evolved constantly over the centuries. The view that was held by people at the time of Christ was not the same view as was held in the time of Moses. And the Judeo-Christian view most people have today is not at all the same that existed in the time of Christ. Our views and beliefs have changed virtually every generation. Why? For one, we have been exposed to much more science, more medical studies with greater research and more educated minds. These influences have added to the discussion, even though none of this will ever settle the question of the afterlife with a definitive answer that can be accepted as immutable fact. Even in this time in the history of humanity, the answer to that question is still faith-based. However, if there is any credence to my belief that our souls continue to exist, and there is much documentation to suggest that, then the mere fact that they continue on suggests the next thought, and that is, souls are here for a reason, a purpose, and that reason, or purpose, goes with the soul after death. The best analogy I can give is school. We are born, and when we are old enough, we begin an education that is based on levels, or grades. At the end of that education period, we graduate with a degree. Is the “purpose” for the existence of our soul on Earth meant to be an education? If so, what “diploma” do we take with us at the end of it all? Think long on that word “diploma.” It most definitely is NOT money! Remember what I said at the beginning of this, how much did he leave? He left it all. Obviously, we do not take our physical possessions with us. Since we cannot take the physical with us as our “diploma,” what, then, DO we take? We take the non-physical. We take with us... the “non-physical!”
Tibetan Lamas Training In Philosophy Of Life
Journeying On The River Of Life
In my experience on the “other side,” I found that we take with us these non-physical things: emotion, ability for communication, identity and all of our memories. I remember when I was out of my body, and I saw my grandmother, my aunt, and two other friends, all of them deceased, I experienced love for them, joy at seeing them, I communicated with them, and I experienced the memory of who they had been while they existed on Earth. This experience, similarly shared by countless others over the centuries, informs my system of beliefs. Thus, for me, there is no waterfall at the end of this “river of life” that my boat is floating on, but rather, there is a dock where I tie off the boat and step out to a welcoming experience in a better place than exists here. What else does this do for me? It tells me that many who live on Earth will miss their “purpose” for being here, that they will have gotten caught up in their material pursuits, squandering the priceless time on that clock, and will have never taken the time to find out why they were really here in the first place. They will “leave it all” behind when they die, all, that is, except for the non-physical elements of the soul. The soul has an identity created by a “Greater Force,” and that identity has been modified during life so that it takes that complete identity with it at death. This is why souls immediately recognize each other when they arrive on the other side of life. And because they have memory, they remember one another for who they were in the life before death.
Voices From The Other Side
I remember reading a book many years ago titled, Seth Speaks, in which the author claimed to be channeling the spirit of a man who lived at the time of Christ, the spirit being named Seth, and whether one believes the premise of the book, or simply thinks that the author was delusional, one thing I remember from the book’s account was a question posed to Seth and his answer. He said that immediately after death, the soul goes to a place where other souls are waiting to discuss their interactions with that person in the life they just left. As an example, if you had murdered someone, when you died, you went immediately to this “Plane of Reconciliation,” as Seth called it, and you met with the person you had murdered. There, you worked out how to come to some resolution on how you had cut short the destiny of the person you had murdered. Of course, anyone who studies ancient religions will see that this idea, or belief, is not new. In the movie, “My Life,” the main character, played by Michael Keaton, is a man who is dying from cancer, and life has left him extremely bitter. In one scene near the end of the movie, an Asian doctor is talking with him. The doctor obviously believes in reincarnation and tells him, “You must get rid of all this hate and bitterness. All that you are at the very moment you die is the seed for your next life.” Ponderous words. Are our actions actually going to have an impact on our life beyond this one? If you follow the teachings of modern Christianity, you believe that the answer is completely explained in great detail, and that is, your actions here do indeed determine the afterlife situation. Even for those who believe in reincarnation, how you live here on Earth determines a great deal of how you live in the afterlife. And if you are Atheist, then the afterlife may or may not exist, depending on which sect of Atheism you follow. However, even as an Atheist, if all you believe in is the here and now, there is a case to be made for the belief that you will live better in this plane of existence, if you believe that there is a purpose for being here. When you elevate your existence from simply being an evolution of atoms forming into something that is finite and worthless beyond this plane of existence to being something of value in the chain of events that began with the creation of this world, suddenly, your life makes sense. One thing is obvious regardless of your belief system—there have been a lot of humans that have come before you, they all had many of the very same experiences that you are enjoying...and they are all buried. If there is a stone to mark where they are buried, and if there is some bit of memory etched on those burial stones, those stones give silent testimony to life and death, to purpose found, or purpose ignored, to people who knew about the clock on the wall and were accepting, and to people who intentionally disregarded the clock on the wall and tried to fool themselves into believing that it did not matter. I like this analogy. There are two basic types of students—those who get it, study to the best of their ability, and eventually graduate into a useful life filled with making the best of their education; and there are those who thought the entire time they were in school was a waste of their time, dropped out of school and had a struggle all their lives supporting themselves. The former believed in purpose, the latter did not, and the end result becomes obvious at payday.
J.P. Morgan, Wealthiest Man Of His Time
Power And Wealth Cannot Stop The Clock
J. P. Morgan thought that making more money than anyone else in the world, thus becoming the wealthiest person of his time, would gain him the admiration and friends he craved. At his peak, J.P. Morgan paid Carnegie the equivalent of four-hundred billion dollars in cash to own Carnegie’s industry. Who do you know today who could pull off that monetary feat? No one. Still, like any other human being, he faced life as vulnerable as all other mortals, suffering the loss of his first wife just months after they married and being plagued with rhinophyma which disfigured his nose horribly, forcing him to have all of his portraits retouched. His extreme wealth left him with mental conflicts that ruled him his entire life, and when he died, Morgan was reduced to a mental state of near childlike dependence, bitter at the world, and lonely. His all-consuming passion for making more money than anyone else had created an emptiness that could never be filled, fueling, instead, an ever-growing gulf between Morgan and the everyday people he so wanted as friends. At the extreme opposite end of the spectrum, Mother Theresa gave up the wealth of her family, and found everyone was drawn to her. Mother Theresa will be remembered for the good she did for others while she was in this world. J.P. Morgan is only remembered by financiers who want to see if they can surpass him, having themselves caught the same disease. Am I saying that the deaths of kings and emperors are not mourned? No. Destiny is destiny. For whatever reason a person is born to serve in the capacity of a ruler, or to be extremely wealthy, such a destiny goes back to the four questions of life, and some are born to that purpose. But, emperor or pauper, the inescapable destiny of “end” is the same. J.P. Morgan, with all of his immense power and wealth, could not buy a single day more of life. Different times on the clock, but all finish when their relevant clock hands strike midnight. So, does it matter how you live? How you treat others? What you do for others? What you leave behind? I believe it does. Here’s why.
J.P. Morgan's Disfigured Nose
Wealth Is NOT Evil
Watching the television docu-drama about Bernard Madoff, the famous Wall Street phenomenon who eventually went to prison when his fifty-billion-dollar Ponzi scheme fell apart, I saw the greed for more and more money from those who could never have enough. People invested millions with Madoff, some invested billions, and all of them wanted to make more and more money without really having to do work for their wealth. They wanted to sit back and let Madoff turn their money into more money, and more money, and more money. Millions of dollars was not enough for any of these wealthy investors, and why? What could they not already buy for themselves? How many pairs of pants can one person wear at a time? How many steaks can one person eat at a meal? I am over-simplifying for a reason. What has happened in so many of these lives is that the person involved lost sight of the clock on the wall and felt that they were going to live forever, and that all they had to live for was more and more money. Some will erroneously misquote the Bible and say “money is the root of all evil,” but the Bible does not say that. What it does say is that the “love of money” is the root of all evil. When you love money more than purpose, you are lost.
What Is The Cost Of Happiness?
A writer was traveling through India to visit the Dalai Lama who has His exile government in Dharmsala. Anyone traveling through India is immediately struck by the virtually indescribable poverty of the majority of its citizens. Yet, while looking out the window of his train as they passed through the countryside on their way north, the writer could not help but notice the many poor people who were smiling and even laughing. Puzzled by this seeming contradiction of life, the writer asked the Dalai Lama how this was possible, that people who seemed to have absolutely nothing of material value could find anything to smile or laugh about. The Dalai Lama’s answer was simple, “Their daily needs are met.” My father, who was a preacher, once gave a parable during one of his sermons. He told of a wealthy man who owned some land above a nearby village that was down in a valley. A spring on his land fed the lake that he owned, and the water from that lake spilled over to form a stream that watered the valley below. Everywhere anyone looked, that land was fertile and green. The crops in the valley were abundant and very healthy, and everyone knew that the water was the source of this abundance. One day, the man stood at the top of the hill and looked down into the valley below. He said to himself, “This is water from my spring that brings all this abundance. It is MY water, and since it is so valuable, I should keep it all to myself. Why should they get it for free?” So, he dammed the lake, and the water was reduced to a trickle. Eventually, the crops in the valley failed. Worse yet, the lake became stagnant and polluted, causing the fish to die, and the rot and stench was more than the man could bear. He tore down the dam and released the water to flow again as it had always been before. With time, the crops returned, the abundance returned, and the joy of this land was restored. The moral of the story was obvious about wealth that is shared, but it also brings to mind the benefits to the soul that come from sharing what we have with others, not giving everything away, but sharing the surplus. Milarepa, the great Tibetan mystic once said, “As long as one desire caresses the heart, the soul will return to this plane of existence.”
Bok Tower Gardens
You Leave With An Identity And Memories
In Lake Wales, Florida, there is a virtual Garden of Eden called Bok Tower Gardens. With a beautiful bell tower, reflection pool and bird sanctuary surrounded by lush native plants of Florida, one can bask in the solitude and constant quietness of this meditative garden. The land was donated by Edward W. Bok, editor of the Ladies Home Journal, in 1929, and his tomb is there. On it, there are these words inscribed: “Make the world a bit more beautiful and better place because you have been on it.” Edward Bok came and went. At some point in his life, he saw the clock on the wall, and he thought about his “purpose” for being in this plane of existence. He nurtured his soul by tending to the souls around him. He left here with memories, he left here with an identity...and the material things? He left them all behind.