What happens when we die?
If there is a Soul what happens to it when we die? We are electro-chemical creatures powered by electric current. When our "batteries" die our electric currents stop taking instantly away our magnetic field and soon after all other radiation from our body disappears.
This question has been pondered at least for the past 7,000,000 years if not even longer. As most of us claim that only humans can think we can as well accept this for time being. Thinking though is not the exclusive trait for the to humans as we already know that many others species living on earthy's surface, in it's oceans and even flying are able to think as well. Many of them use also simple tools and are living in " family" groups with some of individuals paired with their "spouses" over their whole life span.
The science is approaching rudimentary set of answers that is explaining most what is happening in all of the related process of life and death slowly forcing the religions to reformulate their ancient interpretations of the writings on claims how the world was created and the role of the Creative forces or God in this process. The slowly opening understanding of the life itself and how it is and can be created will not contradict nor support what we have imagined as the true meaning of life and God.
What happens to our physical body is easy to explain but what about the soul itself if it exists? If it exists is it now free to go and where would it go? We are no closer to the answer today than those who pondered this issue 350,000 years ago in Spain, or already 7,000,000 years ago in Africa or elsewhere on this planet.
The religions have failed to solve this riddle and all of them have created dogmas to define answers that serves them best. Is there a Soul and what happens to it when we die?
Science and politics are not compatible and can never become the same. That is the why we have now over 10,000 religions on the planet and a few new ones are invented every year.
The Egyptians made one of the early religious advise to their people defined as 42 commandments to the people. By reading carefully you recognize that Moses picked the 10 commandments of Christianity from these 42 and the all was repeated when Judaism of Moses broke finally visibly to Christianity with Jesus and Islam with Mohammed. The same shows up in Hinduism and Buddhism but nobody can ever say which one of these all is the egg and which one is the hen!
The modern science is advancing towards recognition that all living creatures and plants are in essence electromagnetic transceivers capable to two way information exchange with the universe. We just have yet to advance to the state where we could knowingly benefit all born and yet to be bron life forms of the collective wisdom of the past.
Here are the original 42 Egyptian commandments divided in three groups:
Transgressions Against Mankind:
- I have not committed murder, neither have I bid any one to slay on my behalf;
- I have not committed rape, neither have I forced any one to commit fornication;
- I have not avenged myself, nor have I burned with rage;
- I have not caused terror, nor have I worked affliction;
- I have caused none to feel pain, nor have I worked grief;
- I have done neither harm nor ill, nor I have caused misery;
- I have done no hurt to man, nor have I wrought harm to beasts;
- I have made none to weep;
- I have had no knowledge of evil, neither have I acted wickedly, nor have I wronged the people;
- I have not stolen, neither have I taken that which does not belong to me, nor that which belongs to another, nor have I taken from the orchards, nor snatched the milk from the mouth of the babe;
- I have not defrauded, neither I have added to the weight of the balance, nor have I made light the weight in the scales;
- I have not laid waste the plowed land, nor trampled down the fields;
- I have not driven the cattle from their pastures, nor have I deprived any of that which was rightfully theirs;
- I have accused no man falsely, nor have I supported any false accusation;
- I have spoken no lies, neither have I spoken falsely to the hurt of another;
- I have never uttered fiery words, nor have I stirred up strife;
- I have not acted guilefully, neither have I dealt deceitfully, nor spoken to deceive to the hurt another;
- I have not spoken scornfully, nor have I set my lips in motion against any man;
- I have not been an eavesdropper;
- I have not stopped my ears against the words of Right and Truth;
- I have not judged hastily, nor have I judged harshly;
- I have committed no crime in the place of Right and Truth;
- I have caused no wrong to be done to the servant by his master;
- I have not been angry without cause;
- I have not turned back water at its springtide, nor stemmed the flow of running water;
- I have not broken the channel of a running water;
- I have never fouled the water, nor have I polluted the land.
- 28. I have not cursed nor despised God, nor have I done that which God does abominate;
- 29. I have not vexed or angered God;
- 30. I have not robbed God, nor have I filched that which has been offered in the temples;
- 31. I have not added unto nor have I diminished the offerings which are due;
- 32. I have not purloined the cakes of the gods;
- 33. I have not carried away the offerings made unto the blessed dead;
- 34. I have not disregarded the season for the offerings which are appointed;
- 35. I have not turned away the cattle set apart for sacrifice;
- 36. I have not thwarted the processions of the god;
- 37. I have not slaughtered with evil intent the cattle of the god;
- I have not acted guilefully nor have I acted in insolence;
- I have not been overly proud, nor have I behaved myself with arrogance;
- I have never magnified my condition beyond what was fitting;
- Each day have I labored more than was required of me;
- My name has not come forth to the boat of the Prince
Some of the Eastern religions have managed to stay outside the politics and the brutal power games of the mortal rulers and with that they have had some very practical wisdom to share. This wisdom has penetrated our western religions and are visible to all studying them with open mind.
Those religions attached too tightly to the rulers of the lands are lost as they get abused in endless war games while advancing the earthly glory of the ruling classes. The rulers are blinded by their desire of more and more. The Emperors, Kings, Khaliffs, Ceasars, Kingpins and alike together with their Priests and alike have caused more maiming, torture and killing of people in the name of justice than has been killed for all the other causes and diseases put together. This is the dark side of the religions that is unavoidable only by keeping distance to the ruling classes.
Once in about every few hundred years the western an middle-eastern religions stemming from the same God go to the dark side with disastrous consequences to their own peoples.
The Islam and Christianity both "have a mandate" from the same God to expand and make all nations His followers. The third religion, the tiny Judaism, teaches that this same God will at the end give them all Nations and their peoples as servants for them to enjoy and use as they please.
There is something truly man made in all these three religions. How can the same God instruct two groups to fight each others and then has promised the third one to rule them all and use them as their slaves and servants as they please. Was it a God that wanted the two first groups to kill each others so that the third one would get all their property and then rule the world?
The followers of the more ancient eastern religions have kept on studying their old writings to understand what has been known for thousands of years. Invariably all these religions have the after life in one form or the other. The continuing study of the ancient writings follows a simple engineer's rule: don't waste your time to reinvent the "wheel" again, it was done over 10,000 years ago - but recognize, that the deeper "soul" behind the "wheel" may deserve much more than a casual thought.
In some of the most original religions of the North the human soul is only one of the spiritual entities working together with several distinctly separable and even competing independent spirit bodies that together form the mind of a person and determine all his/her actions as long as the physical body stays alive in the world of the mortals. Human madness follows when one of these spiritual bodies has left the group temporarily and cannot find the way back.
Life after death is critical for all rulers as it is a perfect whip to keep all subjects obedient to the ruler. Religion requires unquestioned loyalty to the scriptures or whatever the current head Rabbi or the aliases are interpreting to be the only truth. The loyalty is a funny thing. It can start innocently from following the acts and opinions of charismatic people. All figurehead leaders are charismatic and intelligent but most of the time they are controlled by their own megalomaniac thoughts of full control over everyone around them.
Adolf Hitler was one of the most revered past practices of mind control of the masses and consequently all politicians and wannabe ones since are mimicking him with varying success. And consequently the world is now full simple minded political leaders with blind followers that do not even know that they too can think if they try.
What Pope the Innocent (created Inquisition) and Hitler knew was known thousands of years before them ( translation from Sanskrit):
He who knows and knows that he knows, is a sage; follow him...
He who knows not and knows that he knows not, is a seeker, teach him...
He who knows and knows not that he knows, is asleep; wake him...
He who knows not and knows not that he knows not, is a fool; shun him...
Hannah Arendt put the essence of this process leading to a complete mind control as follows: "Total loyalty is possible only when fidelity is emptied of all concrete content, from which changes of mind might naturally arise."
Joseph Goebbels explained it this way in Nuernberg War Tribunals: "If you (leader) keep on repeating a lie it will become a truth!"
It is wise to know the past - the thoughts of the men and women and their governments as they arose from ashes and soon after burned down again.
As said earlier the eldest prehistoric religious relic has been unearthed in Spain a few years ago signaling that the belief of life after death was already part of the human thinking already 350,000 years ago.
The history averages each 500 years that one of the major religions forgets their inner meaning and turns to politics - the opportunity to grab the earthly power is suddenly available for them just by taking and only a real sage can resist this temptation. This earthly power is deceptively dangerous to carry as it contains more finesses and layers than most are equipped to handle. To compare the average age of the past 17 Empires has been "only" 300 years.
In today's world the Western people believe that the Muslims are the worst war mongerers and expansionists in the world. It does not really matter what is right as the Middles-East contains majority of the oil the World needs and that makes the area a powder keg.
Below are some examples of what our leaders and rulers have thought in the past and how most of current ones still think. The ultimate power resembles a plague as after infection it will never leave you (GW):
"A curse on him who is lax in doing the Lord's work! A curse on him who keeps his sword from bloodshed!" -- Jeremiah 48:10, Motto of Pope Gregory VII (It is not only the Muslims who have a problem with violence and their holy scriptures).
"Kill them all. Let God sort them out!" -- attributed to many, including Pope Innocent III, Abbot Arnold Amaury, and Saint Dominic, at the genocide of the Albigensians. It is also the motto of one but not the other members of the current Zionist Regime in charge of the State of Israel.
"The ink of the scholar is holier than the blood of the martyr." ~ Prophet Muhammad
"I am surrounded by priests who repeat incessantly that their kingdom is not of this world, and yet they lay their hands on everything they can get." -- Napoleon Bonaparte
"I contend that we are both atheists. I just believe in one fewer god than you do. When you understand why you dismiss all the other possible gods, you will understand why I dismiss yours." ~ Stephen Roberts
"We, on our side, are praying to Him to give us victory, because we believe we are right; but those on the other side pray to Him, too, for victory, believing they are right. What must He think of us?" ~ Abraham Lincoln
"Which is it, is man one of God's blunders or is God one of man's?" ~ Nietzsche
"Men will never be free until the last king is strangled with the entrails of the last priest." ~ Denis Diderot
"All great truths begin as blasphemies." ~ George Bernard Shaw
"The philosopher has never killed any priests, whereas the priest has killed a great many philosophers" ~ Denis Diderot
"A man's ethical behavior should be based effectually on sympathy, education, and social ties and needs; no religious basis is necessary. Man would indeed be in a poor way if he had to be restrained by fear of punishment and hope of reward after death." ~ Albert Einstein
"If you talk to God, you are praying. If God talks to you, you have schizophrenia." ~ Thomas Szasz
"It was, of course, a lie what you read about my religious convictions, a lie which is being systematically repeated. I do not believe in a personal god and I have never denied this but have expressed it clearly. If something is in me which can be called religious, then it is the unbounded admiration for the structure of the world so far as our science can reveal it." ~ Albert Einstein
"You know your god is man-made when he hates all the same people you do." ~Anonymous
"Religion is what keeps the poor from murdering the rich." ~ Napoleon
"If child molestation is actually your concern, how come we don't see Bradley tanks knocking down Catholic churches?" ~ Bill Hicks, 1993, referencing the Waco siege
"Religion, comprises a system of wishful illusions together with a disavowal of reality, such as we find in an isolated form nowhere else but in amentia, in a state of blissful hallucinatory confusion."~ Sigmund Freud
"I like your Christ; I do not like your Christians. Your Christians are so unlike your Christ." ~ Mohandas Gandhi
"If god created us in his image we have certainly returned the compliment." ~ Voltaire
The Bible devotes some 500 verses on prayer, less than 500 verses on faith, but over 2000 verses on money and possessions.