Is the question, is there life after death, still unanswered?

Answer by Niraj Bidawatka:

In the circle of learned men, this question never arises because the educated and learned men are very well aware about the existence of life after death. It is only in the society of foolish men that this answer remains unanswered.

Those who are educated in the modern system, are unaware of this basic fact because they are not given any education about the soul. Unless one is taught about the existence of soul, one cannot factually understand that there is life after death.

The modern education system is simply churning out hard-working asses. Such innocent persons are unfortunately being given such an education, which revolves around the bodily concept of life – even so-called highly educated persons holding so-called exalted degrees and designations such as Doctors, PhDs, Judges, etc. do not know about the existence of the soul.

Dr. J. Stilson Judah

Srila Prabhupada with Dr. J. Stilson Judah

Whereas, even an uneducated fool in the Vedic society knew about life after death. The Bhagavad Gita gives complete information about the soul and about the existence of life after death. The Bhagavad Gita was spoken to Arjuna, who was speaking like an ignorant fool, and the first subject, which Krishna touched upon, was the existence of soul and informed him that there is life after death. If one talks foolishly, like Arjuna was doing, the first lesson that needs to be taught to him is that about the existence of life after death. Not only does life after death exist, but before this present life also, we have had innumerable lives.

So life after death exists. Complete information is available in the books of our spiritual master, His Divine Grace A. C. Bhaktivedanta Swami Prabhupada, Founder Acharya of the International Society for Krishna Consciousness. You may also read the following blog-posts for a complete understanding of the cycle of birth and death:

Is the question, is there life after death, still unanswered?

3 thoughts on “Is the question, is there life after death, still unanswered?

  1. This is a very tough subject which will not be understood so easily even in vedic society.
    ‘Ishwara anugraha deva pumsam advaita vasana’
    Due to worldly samskara…one is entangled within the realm of body mind identification.
    Life certainly exists after death. But what it really means is were we need to enquire.

    A conditioned mind never want to enquire.

    Surprisingly this is our daily experience when we leave our body while sleeping…shushupti avasta…but how many realize it.

    This has been mentioned very elaborately in Mandukya upanishad…avastha triyam.

    Thanks Niraj for evoking in me a sath vicharana.

    Nice subject for vicharana.


  2. Yes, I agree, that this is not a simple topic. Although we would like to have a simple and easy reply to non-believers, we could betray the very profound truths of our tradition by doing so. Any person who does not examine their life is usually living in fear of death and so wants the comfort of the soul living beyond death. In the Bhagavad Gita, Krishna clearly teaches that this is an erroneous way of living life. Krishna teaches us about samsara and the cycles of rebirth that we easily fall into and that shroud us in ignorance and we might conclude that he is teaching about the rebirth of the soul thereby. But Krishna also teaches a higher truth above and beyond attachment to either the body and the mind (and that includes what we conventionally consider to be the soul). Only Krishna (or the True Self) actually exists and so, even the individuated soul is nothing but a conglomeration of the gunas which is another way of saying that it is ever changing, without a center and impermanent. That is not who we truly are. So we might say that there is a soul that survives the body but if our conception of that soul includes any details of our (ego) identity, it is a mere illusion like a wave cresting upon the ocean.


  3. Could you please be more specific where in the ISKCON literature one may learn most detailed accounts about the process of death? Are there any in-depth accounts in the Vaishnava literature of the very process of dying comparable, say, to the Bardo Thödol of Tibetan Buddhism, that are very specific about what happens to the mind and consciousness, what reactions the decomposing elements arouse in the buddhi etc.? It seems that these Buddhist observations are very reliable as the scientists researching Near-Death Experiences (or clinical death) have already confirmed much of what has been stated in these centuries-old text.


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