Is there life after death?
Many are interested in the question of the rebirth of souls or, in other words, is there life after death. People have been interested in this problem, probably, since the beginning of civilization. With the advent of various beliefs and religions, the question of the life of a person after death passed into the plane of dogma and postulates, the belief in which was mandatory. However, with the development of scientific thought, from the time of the Renaissance, this topic was raised again. And so far people have not come to a common opinion about whether life exists after death. We will consider this question from the point of view of science, various religions and some respected sages - practically our contemporaries.
Scientific point of view
I think everyone has heard today that people who survived clinical death experienced similar visions. Most speak of a dark tunnel at the end of which light appears. Someone flies up to this spot of light, while others fall down, but also toward the light. It would seem that here it is proof - this very light and similarity of sensations.However, scientists are not inclined to see this as evidence that life after death exists. Science explains this phenomenon by the processes occurring in the brain during clinical death. For example, scientists explain the flight or fall by violations of the function of the so-called vestibular analyzer, that is, the part of the brain responsible for the perception of space. The analyzer stops processing signals coming to it from the outside and, as a result, a person stops receiving objective data about the position of his body in space. Thus, if we describe from a scientific point of view life after death, the facts do not confirm the existence of such. However, it can be argued that clinical death is not physical death, and no one knows what is really behind this trait.
What does the church say about it?
From the point of view of the Orthodox Church, life after death is viewed in a completely different way. Any priest will tell you that neither the soul nor the body will die, but they will not be reborn either. After physical death, the soul flies out of the body and hovers in areas accessible only to it alone. As for the body, it must be buried, because the soul, in the opinion of all believers, will definitely return to this body at the appointed time.The appointed time is the second coming of the Savior, when the souls of all the dead will return to the bodies that belong to them until the moment of physical death. We add that according to the views of Orthodox believers, people used to be immortal, but after breaking the commandments, God thus punished them. Well, this theory we can neither confirm nor deny, because it is built on faith, which cannot be rationally interpreted. Therefore, when we consider life after death from the Orthodox point of view, the evidence here is completely based on faith, and not on veils.
Soul life after death in other religions
Among other religious teachings, the problem of life after death is solved in different ways. In some religions (Islam, Christianity) it is said that the soul goes after death either to heaven or to hell (deserts), followed by resurrection in the body (as in Orthodoxy) or without it. In others (Buddhism, many currents of Hinduism) we are talking about reincarnation or, more simply, the transmigration of souls. At the same time, note that nowhere is there a denial of the very spiritual essence of man. Many Buddhists and Hindus believe that after the death of any living being, the soul leaves its body and moves into another.Depending on how a person or another being lived (this is called karma), the soul enters the body of either a creature that is higher in its development or a lower one. Thus, there is a whole cycle of rebirth, known as the wheel of samsara. Every living being, according to the beliefs of Buddhists, Hare Krishnas, Saivites and representatives of many other religious teachings, should strive to break free from this wheel in order to achieve liberation.
The opinion of the sages
If we turn to some highly respected spiritual teachers, they consider the problem of life after death from a slightly different angle. Probably, many of you have heard of Raman Maharshi, an Indian sage who lived in southern India near Mount Aru in the early to middle of the 20th century. He spoke little enough, preferring to spend most of his time in silence, which he taught to those who addressed him with questions. To the question of whether there is a rebirth of souls, the Maharshi answered: “Why think about other births? The truth is that there is no birth, no death ... " You can interpret these words in different ways, I understood them so that life is here - in front of us, it was, is and always will be, manifesting itself in the billions of creatures living on the earth at the same time.And there is no point in worrying about such matters as reincarnation, because everything that a person needs is already known.
Why do people believe in reincarnation
Another great Indian sage, who lived a little later Maharshi, whose name was Nisargadatta Maharaj, spoke of reincarnation much more definitely. He said that the only thing that remains with us all our lives is the feeling that we are alive, that we are, we are present in this world. The body is changing, the thoughts - too, and only “I am” remains. After death, the body dies, and with it the mind and the life force will gradually dissolve in the outside world and mix with it so that no creature can be reborn in the same body. And since there is nothing to be reborn, then such a thing as reincarnation simply does not exist. There is only a consciousness, “I am”, which at each moment of time manifests itself in billions and trillions of beings on the planet. And theories about rebirth and rebirth are due only to people's fear of losing their own ego.