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Life Beyond
By Dr. Gamini Karunanayake

Life in the Higher Astral Heavens
Books also say that the Astral Cosmos is much larger than the physical Cosmos, and infinitely more beautiful. It is teeming with Astral beings who have arrived from the physical world. The environment there is extremely beautiful, and pleasant. There are beautiful fiowers, streams, waterfalls etc. The fruit trees bear extremely delicious fruits. There are no snakes and insects but birds and butterfiies are present. The climate is always a very comfortable spring time with no extremes of temperature.

The Astral inhabitants are not born from the wombs of a woman, but they automatically arrive in the youthful form and are welcomed into a household occupied by persons who have similar spirituai and mental tendencies. As such there are no differences of opinion of asetious nature and therefore there is always peace and harmony in the household and the community. Friends of previous lives in the physical world recognise each other in the Astral world. One can meet several fathers, mothers, sisters, brothers, wives, husbands and other relatives of previous lives. As such, it is difficult to decide whom to love in particular as all have been connected at sometime or other. That is why all religious teachers advise us to love everybody equally. Communication among all astral world residents is by telepathy or thought transference.

Astral persons can sometimes observe human activities but certain human beings who are spiritually developed can view the Astral world - e.g. Swami Yogananda was able to see the spirit of the mother of one tf his devotees after she died of breast cancer. She was being escorted by astral helpers to her new residence in the Astral world. Her cancer was fully cured. There is extremely melodies 'heavenly music' compared by famous musicians Beethoven, Mozart, Bach, Kabirdas, Mirabhai who are now living in the Astral heavens. They are entertaining vast Astral audien·ces. Most of us living in the physical world are able to contact our dead relatives living in the Astral world. When we are in deep sleep, our Astral body detaches from the physical body and goes to the Astral planes. When we wake up we are not able to recollect, but the Astral beings know this and therefore they do not miss us so much.


The Causal or Brahma Worlds
Astral inhabitants can reincarnate into the physical or causal worlds. Their life span is about 1500 to 2000 years. Our being is composed of three parts. 1) Physical body 2) Astral body 3) Causal body. These three bodies are joined together due to the force of unfulfilled desires. The 'causal body is composed of mind and ideas and is represented by a spark of light.' In Buddhism, the beings in the Brahma lokas are of two types. Those with a body (Rupa) and those with mind only (Nama). Beings of the Physical world can go direct to the Brahma worlds if they have developed their minds in meditation to a very high level. The beings in the causal world are only one step away from total liberation or Nirvana. They have only to apply themselves to get rid of the remaining traces of desires to achieve liberation.

People who accumulate good or wholesome Karma by performing Dana, Seela, Bhavana (Charity, Morality, Meditation) need not unduly fear death, as they will be able to be happy in the life beyond. Others who accumulate bad or unwholesome Karma will have to improve themselves sooner than later, to avoid the consequences in this very life, and in the life beyond.


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