Our destiny is not only associated with the physical dimension, but also with other dimensions – so what happens at the moment of death?
The soul finds its level and its dimension according to the level of purity we have nurtured in the subtle bodies that envelop it and the potency of the soul. We determine this onward destination according to how we have lived our life on Earth. Some of us will come back again to a physical existence, because we have attached ourselves to people and things in this physical world that draw us back again. That is the play of our samskaras.
Some people ask: Can I purify myself at the moment of death so that my vibratory level is in tune with a very fine dimension? It doesn’t work that way, because we cannot achieve something at the last moment. If we study a day before an exam, we may pass, but the outcome will be different if we prepare slowly from Day One. Exams can happen any day. Death can happen any day, or rather any moment. So to prepare ourselves to face the next dimension, it is good to remain in a very pure, fine vibratory level, and that is the vibration of love. It helps to have a lifestyle where we are always prepared for that last moment. Actually, it is not like the exam where we pass or fail, and this is not a reference to heaven and hell. It is a simple vibrational match: if my condition is very light, I will carry on to a lighter realm, whereas if I am carrying samskaric burdens, their weight will pull me back to the physical realm.
In addition to the work we do on ourselves, the ‘guide’ prepares us for this onward journey. Just as a mother gives birth to our physical entity into this physical world, a guide of calibre can give birth to our ‘spiritual entity’ into the higher dimensions known as ‘the brighter world’. This is a very crucial step in the onward destiny of a seeker. The fascinating thing is that we remain alive here in this physical dimension while our spiritual entity is born into ‘the brighter world’. Our spiritual entity can dwell in multiple dimensions. How to understand this? Have you ever been in one place physically but thinking about somewhere else entirely? The mind is in another dimension, right? You may also be remembering someone you love dearly in the back of your mind, so your feeling is somewhere else again. We actually use our capacity to exist in multiple dimensions much more than we might think!
The functions of a mother and a true guide are very similar. The mother nurtures the child within her womb for nine months before giving birth, and the guide nurtures the spiritual child, the seeker, within his mental womb for some time. During this period, the seeker is born in the ‘brighter world’ and his or her life commences in other dimensions.
When we are able to truly stay in the mental sphere of the guide, surrendering everything to him, it takes only seven months for him to deliver us into this brighter world, but the process is generally delayed because we are preoccupied with our own thoughts, feelings and desires. If and when we are able to accept the guide as a spiritual mother, the whole process becomes simple and natural, because we feel love and reverence for him, and naturally surrender just like a baby does to a mother.
But our relationship with the guide generally does not start out with such a high level of acceptance and surrender. We may start by expecting to receive peace of mind, stillness and a happy life, but eventually all those things drop of and we start accepting whatever comes very graciously. In one way, the role of the guide is to help us accept life’s situations with better understanding.
Just as there is tremendous joy when a mother delivers her baby into the physical world, there is also a tremendous joy when the guide delivers the seeker’s spiritual entity into the brighter world. The success of this delivery depends on our ability as seekers: it is not just the guide’s ability to retain the seeker, but also our ability to be retained in the guide’s mental womb due to immense love. Love is always for the sake of love, and the spiritual vacuum we create in our hearts pulls the flow of divine grace towards us.
At the time of our death, when the vehicle of the physical body expires, if we have a spiritual entity, it merges with the soul and subtle bodies. This merging of the soul with the spiritual entity is called mahasamadhi. So the prerequisite for mahasamadhi is to have a spiritual entity. And the prerequisite for that is to build such a relationship with the guide that we remain in his mental womb for at least seven months.
But there can be many other types of death and destinations after death, according to the vibratory blueprint we create during this life. Even among liberated souls, there are those who have a spiritual entity and those who do not have such a spiritual entity in another dimension because they do not have a living guide who can create that entity, and so their deaths and their destinies will be different. Those souls that still carry a burden of samskaras in their subtle bodies will necessarily have to come back to this physical dimension, because of the weight of those impressions. This is not a punishment, just a simple fact that when we are attached to anything on the physical plane of existence, that attachment will pull us back here after death. That process is known as rebirth, which brings us to the next aspect of vibratory compatibility.
Reprinted with permission by Kamlesh D Patel from Designing Destiny, 2019. https://www.daaji.org/designing-destiny/
(Kamlesh D Patel is the fourth spiritual guide in the Sahaj Marg system of Raja Yoga meditation. He travels extensively and is at home with people from all backgrounds and walks of life, giving special attention to the youth of today.)