Posts Tagged ‘afterlife’

Is There Life After Delivery?

February 26, 2015


Those who do not believe in God because they do not see evidence of God’s existence in the surface events of life would do well to consider these wise words from Charles Webster Leadbeater:

It is one of the commonest of mistakes to consider that the limit of our power of perception is also the limit of all there is to perceive.

I do not know who wrote the following allegory, but it is certainly delivers Leadbetter’s message loud and clear.


In a mother’s womb were two babies. One asked the other, “Do you believe in life after delivery?” The other replied, “Why, of course. There has to be something after delivery. Maybe we are here to prepare ourselves for what we will be later.”

“Nonsense” said the first. “There is no life after delivery. What kind of life would that be?”

The second said, “I don’t know, but there will be more light than (more…)

Three Things That Atheists Believe

February 2, 2012

Logic demands that atheists believe the following three points:

1) All the God-realized saints and sages through the ages were either delusional or lying.
Countless spiritual seekers throughout the centuries have achieved self-realization: the direct experience of oneness with God and all creation. Many of these mystics have attained astonishing powers in the process and were able to perform miracles that defy the laws of physics. Such stories have been well documented. For instance, Paramahansa Yogananda’s spiritual classic, Autobiography of a Yogi, first published in 1946, offers dozens of accounts of miraculous feats, many of which personally involved the author.

Ordinary people also experience the Divine. Moments away from death from Hodgkin’s Lymphoma six years ago today, Anita Moorjani underwent (more…)

A Father’s Gift

October 9, 2011

Lori Anne Yang

I really liked this post by my friend, Lori Anne Yang. I heard from Lori less than an hour after this happened and she was still shaking from the wonder of it all.


My husband, Alan, lost his father when he was only three years old. He died suddenly and unexpectedly of complications from stomach surgery. Alan never knew his father, and his strongest memory from that time is of himself playing alone with his Matchbox cars in the hallway of the hospital where his father passed away.

Alan inherited his father’s watch, which is very precious to him, and he wears it every day. He rarely (more…)

Is There a Heaven, or Just Heaven on Earth?

May 1, 2011

Is there life after death? Of course. As Paramahansa Yogananda explained during a 1938 talk in Encinitas, California:

You are beholding only the middle of life; you do not see the beginning or the end. It isn’t even reasonable to assume that death is the end—that we who are so intelligent and full of life cease to exist as soon as we fall asleep in death. The whole human being is a cluster of the creative thoughts and consciousness of God, which physical death cannot destroy. If death were the end, then there is no God, and there are no realized masters—it is all a pack of lies. The great ones wouldn’t urge you to become better, for what would be the use if, good or bad, we are all junked at the end of life? What would be the value of the scriptures? Why should good men try to be even better? There would be no justice whatsoever if this present existence is all there is to each individual life. What of those souls who lived only a few years, or lived in blind or crippled bodies?

Even if you are virtually certain that the only thing waiting for you at the end of your life is, well, the end of your life, it is tremendously worthwhile to pursue enlightenment through whatever spiritual path feels like home to you. After all, wouldn’t you (more…)

Life After Death After Life

December 30, 2009

Paramahansa Yogananda

In chapter 43 of his spiritual classic, Autobiography of a YogiParamahansa Yogananda recalls the miraculous day when his guru, Swami Sri Yukteswar, revealed to him the details of the afterlife.

I found this chapter both thrilling and uplifting. I love the idea that we continue to learn and grow and improve ourselves through countless lifetimes, whether we are incarnated or not.

So which would you prefer, an eternity of playing the harp on fluffy clouds or the worlds within worlds described by Yogananda’s guru?

Here is a long excerpt from that chapter.

“As prophets are sent on earth to help men work out their physical karma, so I have been directed by God to serve on an astral planet as a savior,” Sri Yukteswar explained. “It is called Hiranyaloka or ‘Illumined Astral Planet.’ There I am aiding advanced beings to rid themselves of astral karma and thus attain liberation from astral rebirths. The dwellers on Hiranyaloka are highly developed spiritually; all of them had acquired, in their last earth-incarnation, the meditation-given power of consciously leaving their physical bodies at death. No one can enter Hiranyaloka unless (more…)