This is a question that has been lingering around for the longest time, and people have been thinking and questioning life after death to scientists, astrologers future readers, and quite literally anyone who could answer it.
Humans have been very attracted to and intrigued with the afterlife. It is something that has spiked curiosity in a lot of people and they have been chasing answers to it.
1. Religious Aspect: Is There Life After Death?
Let us understand the concept of death and the afterlife. The belief systems say that once we die in physical form, we do not really die but the body continues to thrive in cosmic form in the spirit world. So, this implies that the boundary is not set at death, there is an existence for us beyond this boundary on earth, and so we spend eternity in the spiritual realm.
According to a recent study done by a radiation oncologist in the USA, Dr. Jeffrey Long, who also established the “Near Death Experience Research Foundation” in 1998, extensively studied 5000 cases of near-death experiences, which led him to assert and confirm that life continues after death undoubtedly.
When this has been stated then what about our consciousness, what about our souls? If we look at death in different religions, we will see that the cremation process is different and they all have different significance.
The concept of hell and heaven is also defined in different ways and some believe in reincarnation while others do not.
Every religion has different interpretations of death and afterlife and this is how the mystery continues. Islam, Hinduism, or Christianity any religion that we consider has different rituals and follows different theories. Some will burn the body, others bury it, and some might even let it float in holy waters.
2. Chasing the Mystery
But have you ever wondered why are we chasing this answer? Why are we so immersed in seeking the solution? Well, very honestly it is because of the numerous stories and mythologies that go around life after death.
Different people and communities believe in different kinds of things, and they propagate stories based on what they know.
For a number of people it is just the idea of getting this information that will give them solace, they feel that the space of life which is unfulfilled after many attempts will be complete if they know what will happen after they die.
They want to know what will happen to their body, can their body survive later and if so, then how will it.
They correlate the answer of life after death with the meaning of existence, as a lot of people believe that if their purpose in life is not completed before they die, then how is it accomplished?
Because the purpose of life is a very strong concept, and the completion of the goals in life is considered a way to a better life in many societies.
3. Multiverse Theory: Is There Life After Death?
According to the multiverse theory, there are multiple universes and not just one; some say that we exist in a parallel universe simultaneously and others say that when we die from one universe we move to another one.
So, basically, death is not our end but just a transition from one universe to another. Our form of living may change as there is a possibility that we exist in different forms in different universes.
Our life after death is a big question in this sense, even the state of consciousness. It is like an infinite universe setup, where there is no clarity. So, a lot of people in scientific communities just believe in this like they believe in any conspiracy theory.
In Hindu mythology, reincarnation was just limited to Gods earlier because people believed that Lord Krishna was an incarnation of Lord Rama.
In some mythological literature, they say that Lord Vishnu is the reincarnation of Lord Krishna. But then people started to say that they were reincarnated in human forms or sometimes humans were reincarnated in God/cosmic forms.
In this manner, the reincarnation theory shifted from God to humans and people started believing that there is life after death.
People do not really die, their soul just moves from one physical body to another implying that the body dies. The soul is a limitless or endless being that experiences near-death experiences and moves on to the next life.
So, after death, the soul continues to grow and receives more and more enlightenment in the bright light of the celestial kingdom.
This is why some people say that whatever you do will come back to you, if not in this life then probably in another one. Karma is the term that they use for past events and final judgment.
For good deeds, you have good karma, and for bad deeds, you have bad karma. So, depending on the activities that you do or how you treat people; it all is supposed to come back to you.
According to karma, life is like a boomerang. So, whatever you throw comes right back at you. This is why life coaches and gurus always preach that send a good note, a good deed, and gratitude to the universe.
Because you are not really escaping it ever, whatever it is that you are sending will be what you are receiving.
The karma theory goes beyond and actually meets with the purpose of life theory. It is believed that a person with low karma or not-so-good karma is somebody who has not done good enough in life and has not achieved the true purpose or meaning of their life, which is why when they die their physical bodies die but their souls are not liberated.
For somebody who has got a lot of good karma in hand, it is believed that their purpose in their life is fulfilled. Such a person dies easily, peacefully, and without any pain. They do not face any kind of injury, mishap, or accident in life or any near-death experiences.
5. Final Thoughts
We have read above that there are different beliefs that people have about life after death. Some say that it is an infinite process and an eternal life whereas others say that it might stop, but there can be reincarnation after one has visited heaven.
You can believe the afterlife thoughts of different religions and cultures based on what resonates with your thinking. It is a series of age-old questions widely debated and has a lot of theories and even cosmic answers to it.