Saturday, January 11, 2014

IS THERE AN AFTERLIFE?

DOES DEATH EXIST? 
NEW THEORY SAYS ‘NO’
www.independent.co.uk It’s a question pondered by philosophers, scientists and the devout since the dawn of time: is there an afterlife? While the religious would argue that life on earth is a mere warm up for an eternity spent in heaven or hell, and many scientists would dismiss the concept for lack of proof - one expert claims he has definitive evidence to confirm once and for all that there is indeed life after death. The answer, Professor Robert Lanza says, lies in quantum physics – specifically the theory of biocentrism. 
The evidence lies in the idea that the concept of death is a mere figment of our consciousness. Biocentrism explains that the universe only exists because of an individual’s consciousness of it - essentially life and biology are central to reality, which in turn creates the universe; the universe itself does not create life.

The same applies to the concepts of space and time, which Professor Lanza, from Wake Forest University School of Medicine in North Carolina, describes as “simply tools of the mind”. He explains that with this theory in mind, the concept of death as we know it is “cannot exist in any real sense” as there are no true boundaries by which to define it. Essentially, the idea of dying is something we have long been taught to accept, but in reality it just exists in our minds. 
Professor Lanza says biocentrism is similar to the idea of parallel universes - a concept hypothesised by theoretical physicists. In much the same way as everything that could possibly happen is speculated to be occurring all at once across multiple universes, he says that once we begin to question our preconceived concepts of time and consciousness, the alternatives are huge and could alter the way we think about the world in a way not seen since the 15th century’s “flat earth” debate. 

We believe in death because we have been told we will die. As we associate ourselves with the body, and we know that bodies die, almost all of us fear death. But a new scientific theory suggests that death is not the terminal event we think. Scientists are beginning to realize that an infinite number of realities may exist outside our old classical way of thinking. Professor Robert Lanza claims the theory of biocentrism teaches that death as we know it is an illusion created by our consciousness. “Life is an adventure that transcends our ordinary linear way of thinking. ... when we die, our life becomes a “perennial flower that returns to bloom in the multiverse (meta-universe),” said Professor Lanza. Immortality has always concerned both men and demigods and demons. In the past, the demigods and the demons churned the Ocean of Milk using Mandara Mountain as a churning rod to obtain the nectar of immortality. However, this material brahmana of fourteen worlds, including heaven, is non-eternal. At the time of universal dissolution, all the material universes are destroyed, along with the demigods. The Vedic scriptures give knowledge by which we may become immortal: No more birth, no more death, no more old age, no more disease. The famous stanza of the Brihadaranyaka Upanishad says: “Lead me from the unreal to the real / Lead me from darkness to light / Lead me from death to immortality”. But only the Vaisnavas know about the positive and progressive immortality. (Editor's note).

WHAT DO THE VEDIC TEACHINGS TELL US? 
A barren conception of mere “deathlessness” cannot afford us any knowledge of a positive thing, but only freedom from the negative side. ... How can one become immortal? One must search out his intrinsic location in the universal order. It will not do to attempt to solve only the negative side of life which is full of suffering-birth, death, infirmity, and disease. We should know that there exists a conception of life worth living for. This positive side has been almost totally neglected in most general religious views. For instance, the Buddhist theory is that after liberation, nothing remains. And the Shankarite monist theory of liberation is to lose one's individuality by “becoming one” with the non-differentiated aspect of the Absolute. But in Vaishnavism, immortality is a positive, dynamic existence. Above the non-differentiated Brahman aspect of the absolute, the transcendental variegated experience begins. Situated there in the spiritual plane is the positive Kingdom of God.


Śrīla Bhakti Raksaka Sridhara Mahārāja :
“Sri Sri Prapanna-jivanamrtam”
“Life-Nectar of the Surrendered Souls
Positive and Progressive Immortality”
http://bvml.org/SBRSM/SSPJ/index.htm
Bhaktivedanta Memorial Library

Published by dasavatara das - “Vedic Views on World News”

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