Posts Tagged ‘life after death’

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…)

All of it: Holy

January 27, 2014

Derrick Brown

Derrick Brown

Poet Derrick Brown‘s captivating seven-minute film, “A Finger, Two Dots Then Me,” is a rumination on love, loss, life after death and the nature of (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…)

Bill and Moira

August 1, 2011

Here is another nice story of a life-after-death encounter between loved ones, as told by author Trudy Harris for Guideposts. I have read or heard hundreds of such stories. Click here to watch a video of Dr. Jannis Amatuzio, author of Forever Ours, brilliantly recount such stories from her own experience.

In my view, life after death is not a question of belief. An enormous amount of evidence overwhelmingly supports it. If someone chooses not to believe in life after death, they haven’t read the thousands of stories like this that are out there and available to all. To dismiss all such stories is to state that all the storytellers are either lying, hallucinating or deluded. Those who have experienced such post-life visits know that what they saw, heard and felt is as real as the computer you’re reading this on.


Bill and Moira were married for more than 40 years. They lived in a beautiful home overlooking a lovely lake and garden.

You could count on seeing them together at Mass each Sunday, and it was only at (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…)

Dr. Janis Amatuzio’s First Encounter With Life After Death

August 22, 2009

Dr. Janis Amatuzio told me a remarkable and powerful story for my book, Sixty Seconds: One Moment Changes Everything. It was this experience that first gave her an inkling of the mysteries that lay beyond life and death. Here is an excerpt, beginning with her bio.


Dr. Janis Amatuzio

Known as the “compassionate coroner,” Dr. Amatuzio writes and speaks about her personal experiences and insights regarding life after death and how to apply those lessons to live a richer, more rewarding life. She is a board-certified forensic pathologist and Chief Medical Examiner of Minnesota’s Anoka County system. Midwest Forensic Pathology, the company she founded, provides private autopsy services to numerous counties in Minnesota and Wisconsin. Her booksForever Ours and Beyond Knowing, feature heartfelt stories of otherworldly experiences from patients transitioning between life and death, their grieving loved ones, police, clergy, and others. Click here to visit Dr. Amatuzio’s website.

I introduced myself and told him I had to start a catheter. As I was feeling for a vein, this man looked at me and said, “You know, doc, I died once.” My first thought was, Whoa, he’s off his rocker, he’s sundowning. He read my thoughts like he was reading a book. He said, “You don’t believe me,” with such sadness that I was terribly embarrassed. I said, “It’s not that I don’t believe you, but you know that’s a pretty extraordinary thing you just said.” He said, “I know. But I did.”

While I was feeling for a vein, I thought, Well, I’m going to be here a long time, I may as well hear a good story. So I asked him to tell me what had happened. He said, “Well, you know I’ve got blood clots in my legs and they like to travel up to my lungs.” I said, “I know, that’s why it’s so important to get this medication into your veins.” He told me he had had a filtering screen put in his interior vena cava, the large vessel that brings the blood from the lower extremities up to the heart, to stop the clots from passing to his lungs.

“That was two years ago,” he said. “And that’s when I died.” I nodded and said, “Yeah, but you’re here now.” He said, “Yep, I came back to life.” I felt a shiver go down my neck and I remember thinking, What is this? But he (more…)