After physical death, does the soul remain conscious and aware of what is going

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  1. ngureco profile image80
    ngurecoposted 9 years ago

    After physical death, does the soul remain conscious and aware of what is going on around it?

    After physical death, does the soul remain conscious and aware of what is going on around it both in heaven and on earth?

  2. C.V.Rajan profile image58
    C.V.Rajanposted 9 years ago

    Yes. That's what Hindu saints say. Depending on the extent of worldly attachment the soul has, it is likely to hover around its dead body, watching its near and dear ones grieving the death! Once the dead body is disposed (burnt or buried), it is said that the journey of the soul begins for "further actions" (going to heaven/ hell/ taking a rebirth or wandering around like a ghost etc).

    There are quite some theories from different schools of Hinduism on this subject.

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    Rad Manposted 9 years ago

    Unfortunately, no soul exists and we know that consciousness stops when the brain is put to sleep. So, we can safely say consciousness ends when the brain dies. Sorry, reality bites.

    1. ptosis profile image65
      ptosisposted 9 years agoin reply to this

      True. If 1 believed has a soul that is not connected to anything physical while alive, then why would 1  believe that it connect physically after death?

    2. lone77star profile image73
      lone77starposted 9 years agoin reply to this

      Being your body sucks. But if it's the only option you've ever known, then your blindness makes the point moot. Ah, but what a delicious awakening it will be when you realize that you're not that hunk of meat.

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      Rad Manposted 9 years agoin reply to this

      I guess imagining you are immortal makes some of us feel better. If that is what you need to do then go for it. I'm strong enough to handle reality.

    4. C.V.Rajan profile image58
      C.V.Rajanposted 9 years agoin reply to this

      Rad man,
      What is the 'real' reality will be known only when one experiences death! Any conclusion right now about reality is really a faith, similar to we people saying something (on what happens after death) based on our faiths!

  4. ptosis profile image65
    ptosisposted 9 years ago

    Is the soul physical? No. Is  the soul consciousness? No. How does a nonphysical  entity interact with something physical? A single photon from a star billions of light-years away has a greater interaction with my body than a nonmaterial  soul. Unless the soul is a neutrino that doesn't interact with matter at all otherwise, I don't know what a soul is.

    In the book “Who's in Charge?”, author Michael Gazzaniga says that our brain's parallel processing is like a committee, there is no head honcho. Unlike in the movie “The Matrix”, there is no Architect - only the Interpreter. Our brains are a convention of contending delegates from which our self identity emerges greater that the sum of individual parts. -

    1. C.V.Rajan profile image58
      C.V.Rajanposted 9 years agoin reply to this

      You concluded your self: "Is the soul consciousness? No." How do you know?

      According to Hinduism, consciousness is the real existence.

  5. lone77star profile image73
    lone77starposted 9 years ago

    It depends. Most of the time, no.

    The spiritual self that is self-concerned is attached to a greater or lesser degree with the separate self and is thus extremely limited. This creates blindness. Quite often, the period between death and rebirth (bardo in Tibetan Buddhism) is filled with a nightmare existence disconnected from reality.

    In order to see all of reality (both physical and spiritual), you need to be Love (altruistic, non-self-concerned). This isn't easy. Self-concern is too well practiced and hard to let go of.

    Too many people think they are physical (flesh and bone), but that's only an apparency. For those who have never had a spiritual experience, the physical is all they know. For those of us who have stepped outside of the flesh, there is no way to view the "self" as purely physical.

    The universe exists, therefore He IS. And "He" is Love.

  6. connorj profile image67
    connorjposted 9 years ago

    I believe it indeed the soul does remain aware after clinical death. I was comatose for a month after being pronounced brain dead and accumulated significant and vivid memories of my experience. Although I was not necessarily in heaven indeed it was a significant and most wonderful experience.

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    Nadia Ribaduposted 9 years ago

    I believe that the soul lives on, but I'm not so sure that that would be such a good thing.  Speaking personally, I want no more awareness, at least of THIS world.  How much worse it would be to be aware of the world, yet because one is dead, one can't do anything about anything but just watch.  I hope that if the soul is conscious, that it's an awareness of another level, another plane not of this world.  Heaven or some in-between zone, such as purgatory or limbo, as Catholics believe, and of which I am.

    The Bible, Ecclesiastes 9:5, says, "... but the dead know nothing.  I hope this is the case.  Dead should mean dead.  LOL...

  8. Paul K Francis profile image83
    Paul K Francisposted 9 years ago

    It is difficult to speculate on what happens after death, but I would like to think that there is some kind of awareness. But no longer having the use of our brains, it would have to be something beyond what we are now capable of thinking about, beyond  understanding or imagining, probably a very beautiful thing. Have a nice day.


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