Hello and welcome to episode 142 of The Ask Sri Vishwanath Show. Today is part eight of what happens after death.
This has been quite a long series of videos with lots of great information so I would really recommend that you watch the other seven videos so you can really get a good idea of what we have been talking about. I will give a quick summary but you should also go and read them in detail to get the most information.
In 135 we spoke about the sacrifice of Nachiketa. How a young buy asked his father to sacrifice his best asset, himself. He was sent to the chamber of death where he met Yama who offered him three boons. For his last boon he wanted to know what happened after death. Yama tried unsuccessfully to distract the boy and in the end, revealed his secrets to him.
In 136 we learned that Yama told him that destruction is only going back to the source. How there are some things that die with the body and some things that do not. The spirit never dies. The spirit is what is important and what we should focus on.
We talked about that source, sound and how all creation began with sound. As before we discussed the most powerful sound in the universe, AUM. We talked about how AUM makes up the entire sound matrix and how mediating on it, feeling it vibrating through every part of your body can really help you get back to your consciousness.
In 137 we spoke about the different realms and how heaven is not the final destination. Heaven is a stop of on a transit journey. If you have not formed the gold image then your stop off in heaven will be used to better equip you in your next life. We also learned that a high level of sattvic gunas ensures a better position in heaven with the greatest teachers.
In 138 we talked about the 5 spheres, the earth sphere, lunar sphere, electric sphere, Brahma Lok and the un manifest. We spoke about the difference between matter and force and how it changes between the spheres because the higher the vibrations the hard it is to distinguish between the two. As you go up through the sphere’s the vibrations get higher so in the Brahma Lok and un manifest you cannot distinguish between particles and force.
We learned that once you reach the electric sphere you do not come back. The great ones exist in the Brahma Lok and have power over everything except creation.
In episode 139 we learned about how we are all born through food, sacrifice and rain. The wise ones would create sacrifices of fire to the rain gods so they would bring the rain and the crops would grow.
In episode 140 we learned about time and how there are two types of time: real and apparent. We talked about the life force, prana and how there are two columns of this force called pingala and ida which run around our spines on either sides. We spoke about how we can make use of this life force through Raja yoga which allows us to create a new channel and be more aware of the consciousness.
In episode 141 we spoke about children and the fact that children choose their parents and not the other way around. We spoke about how children do not need instruction to grow up and do great things. They only need a good example and a good environment. If you are a parent I highly recommend this episode as the information in it is really important.
Today I want to talk about the final moments before the consciousness leaves the body. Krishna says “in the end who so ever departs giving up the body and remembering me only reaches me. Remembering whatever being one gives up the body that very being one attains to ever conforming to that being. Therefore remember me at all times. Fixing your mind and intellect on me, rid of all doubts you will surely reach me.”
The great masters have a jiva that leaves at the highest point of the body between the eye brows but most of us are not masters. Some of us can attain it but the rest of us have to work a bit harder at it. So help the person by reciting scripture and keeping images of God in front of them.
So repeat scriptures but sit next to the person and tell them directly. Tell them not to be sad, not to be worried but to be happy. Happy for a life well lived and happy to be finally welcomed into the arms of God. As a family member this is the single most important thing you will ever do for a loved one.
In our day to day lives we get in touch with the world and with people and our own thoughts. The un real world. We indulge in a lot of thinking and gain impressions. The Ganges help by removing doubt, fear, hatred and other thing that come with the world. So by reading one verse of the Bhagavad Gita every day and drinking one drop of the Ganges water you will never have to fear Yama, the god of death.
Long ago everything was focused on the heart of the consciousness and then came the Bhagavad Gita which was knowledge straight from the mouth of Krishna. After that came the Purnanas of which there are 18. Vivekananda said that Hinduism did a great job right up until the Bhagavad Gita but after that the sages decided that it wasn’t good enough so they decided to introduce hell. Nowhere in the Bhagavad Gita will you find any mention of hell because it was all about fearlessness.
Silvester Stallone’s son died about 8 or ten years ago because of a drug overdose. He said that his son appeared to him every day and it really disturbed him. A popular Hindu astrologer went to him and told him that he needed to perform the rites called the Shraddha. It’s a 13 day ritual that is performed after someone dies and after that a lot of people took an interest in it. When you perform the Shraddha it will ensure that the soul that departs will be peaceful. If the souls leaves with sadness it can no longer discriminate between real and unreal.
The great ones say all of your friends, family and relatives can accompany you to the crematory ground. After that the only thing that can follow you is dharma – your consciousness. After you leave the body behind everything else is gone. You leave behind family, friends, money, property and everything except the consciousness- Dharma
This is why it is so important to withdraw the gunas and be detached. Your most important mission should be to decimate between the real and unreal and to form the gold image. Practice dharma and you will be safe. You will get to Brahma Lok and you will never have to come back. You will never have to worry about heaven or hell or anything else. Remember dharma pays off a million times over.
So remember to make sure your loved one pass with only God on their eyes, ears and mouth.
I hope you enjoyed this series. Remember you keep asking questions and I’ll keep answering them.