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 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 after death?
In this article, we present the answers to these questions obtained through spiritual research done by seekers of the Spiritual Science Research Foundation with highly developed sixth sense (ESP).
What happens after death?
When a person dies the physical body ceases to exist but rest of his existence or consciousness continues which is known as the subtle body. It comprises of the mental, causal (intellect) and supracausal body (super ego). This body then goes to one of the 13 planes of existence other than the Earth plane.
Subtle planes of existence
There are 14 main planes of existence in the Universe. Seven of them are positive planes and seven are negative planes.
The seven positive planes are Heaven and Higher Regions of Heaven. They are occupied by living persons and subtle bodies doing righteous deeds and who are engaged in doing spiritual practice towards God-Realisation as the ultimate in spiritual growth.
The other seven are negative planes commonly known as Hell. They are occupied by the subtle bodies that have done unrighteous deeds and are engaged in spiritual practice according to the negative path to attain supernatural powers. This spiritual power is primarily used to enhance one’s control over others or for negative purposes.
The Earth region is the first plane in the hierarchy of the positive planes.
Importance of subtle components in us
Each one of us is made up of three subtle basic components. These components are spiritual in nature and cannot be seen but they define our personalities. They are:
- Sattva: Purity and knowledge
- Raja: Action and passion
- Tama: Ignorance and inertia
- More attachment to worldly things and selfishness
- More unfulfilled desires
- Feelings of revenge
- Higher amount of sins
- Higher amount of personality defects such as anger, greed, fear, etc.
- A higher amount of ego: By ego we mean how much a person identifies himself with his individuality in the form of his body, mind and intellect as opposed to the soul within
- Resulting in lower spiritual level
In an average person in the current era, the basic subtle tama component is as high as 50%. The ‘weight’ of the subtle body is primarily a function of the amount of the subtle basic tama component in our being.
Attributes affecting our destination after death
The more we are filled with the raja and tama components the more we display the following characteristics which add to our ‘weight’ and impact which region we go to after death:
The above facts give us a fair idea of the possible after-death consequences of how we live our lives. Only with spiritual practice or with extreme merits can one go to the higher planes of existence and avoid unhappiness and punishment enjoying higher levels of happiness. Once we go to the lower regions such as the Nether region or Hell, we stay there and experience severe unhappiness for centuries until we completely pay for our sins by suffering the intense punishments and get a chance to be reborn on Earth.
To do consistent spiritual practice on the Earth plane according to the 5 basic laws of spiritual practice is a guaranteed way of advancing to higher realms of existence after physical death.