What is 'Consciousness'? Is it
our focus or attention?
Consciousness is also termed -
'spirit', soul, ego, spark, energy or life-force, but
for the purpose of this blog, I will refer to it as 'consciousness'.
Upon death the body decays and
returns to the earth, but what happens to our 'consciousness'?
Where does it go?
Does it peeter out like a battery
that runs out of energy?
Does it merge with a stronger energy
Does it wander about - lost in
a whirlpool of past memories and fears?
In the Bhagavad Gita
As-It-Is, Sri Lord Krsna said:
" Never was there a time when I did not exist, nor
you, nor all these kings; nor in the future shall any
of us cease to be."
The above verse tells
me that our Souls ( or consciousness) - those minuscule
specks of energy, have always been around, and that these
souls shall continue to live in the future. In other words,
they never peeter out like a battery does.
Many religious and spiritual orders
believe in a higher or larger source other than our own
life energy, and there are different names for this larger
energy source - The Light, The Source, The Well, Heaven
In light of the above then (ha
- pardon the pun), it would make perfect sense that our
minuscule specks of energy would be drawn to a larger
or higher source - like a moth to a flame. But just like
the moth, we must be careful not to get burnt or eaten
alive in our attempts.
What if we don't see The Light?
What if we missed the boat at the moment of our death?
Will our consciousness wander through life time upon life
time of past memories and fears?
The Psychedelic Experience says
that that is exactly what will happen, and from
my own experience, I concur. According to this amazingly
insightful eBook, If you don't recognize the Primary Clear
Light, you may still have a chance to recognize the Secondary
Clear Light, which can also lead you to liberation.
If you don't recognize the Secondary
Clear Light, then you will wander through the Bardo's
(there are three in total - the first being the Primary
and Secondary Clear Light above), until you are reborn
into another body and life and according to The Tibetan
Book of the Dead (from which The Psychedelic Experience
is derived), it takes 49 days for our consciousness to
go through the Bardos to birth. During this time, the
deceased person has this manual read to them for the duration
by their Spiritual Master or someone whom the deceased
person trusts, if a Spiritual Master is not available.
And so life and death repeat itself
until such time as we are able to not only recognize the
Primary Clear Light above at the moment of our death,
but we will merge and become one with it.
Peace and Light