I have thought about exploring this topic for some time. Now one of my friends has requested me to so as she also had one.
I haven't kept current on my near death readings, but there a number of books I have read in the last 10 years that I found fascinating, and good for sharing with people who may not accept the Vedas or any scripture as authority.
Some people accept the personal testimony of fellow human beings living at this time as meaningful. The fact that most NDEers have similar experiences is compelling to them, whereas they think religious people can be dogmatic.
Prabhupada replied to a devotee who said he was "the most fallen", that he wasn't the "most anything"----implying that this could be another type of vanity. "The most fallen" status is for those pure devotees who have realized it.
I have mentioned this thought before, but I thought I would devote a whole blog about the subject. I want to encourage our shy (?) or unworthy feeling (?) people to share something of who they are and what have experienced. Part of the spiritual and human journey is feeling our life has value, and in making the best use of it.
I share with you here the introduction to the "4th course of Chicken Soup for the Soul" series (copywrite 1997 Jack Canfield). If you like, you can call it "Chickpea Soup for the Soul" .
60 is the age of elder
though whenever called after 50,
requires confronting core issues--
impediments to service as elder and healer.
Same issues as always
but now an urgency,
the last third of life
(this blog is recorded on the full page: quick time player is needed; works best with Firefox or Explorer; if you are using Google Chrome it will automatically play, so if you don't want to listen, mute your speakers.)
down and around
the spiral staircase
to the depths
of my soul
to find my
It is as far
as I can go
coverings of matter,
fire, air, either--
then the false ego:
I, me, mine.
Today, Tuesday marks the 42nd anniversary of Shrila Prabhupada's arrival in the USA, via ship, at Boston Harbor. That is quite a meditation for those of us familiar with the incredible struggle it took for him to get here from India.
Long ago, in a remote village in India, there was a wise sage who lived high on a mountain which overlooked a small village. The villagers would often take a day or two to travel up the mountain to consult with the sage, who was reputed to be a seer and great mystic. People would often report being greatly helped and sometimes healed of certain ailments.
Sensual desires come like waves
trying to wash me out to sea,
but I usually stay on the beach, bruised
but alive, to see low tides peace.
This is a good question for any of us to ask regularly. It means that there are layers of meaning in anything we or anyone does. We have to be introspective to understand our conditioning, and how it negatively impacts our life and our relationships. This is what I understand to be part of the process of "anartha nivritti" or retiring unwanted thinking patterns which manifest as unwanted actions, and sometimes offenses to devotees and Krishna.
Some Ideas and Words to live by:
See your self as more than the body.
You are an eternal soul or the animating consciousness of the body---yet learn to be as present here as possible while you keep your ultimate objective to revive your spirituality.
The ultimate cause of all causes is God (Krishna), and then comes the soul, and then our karma (previous actions), which are facilitated by our genes and our body and life circumstances.
Always remember Krishna and never forget him.