Who are Yamduts and Chandragupta ?
What is RIP and why do we confess in a Church ?
How are we punished for our Sins ?
Is the concept of good and bad deeds,heaven and hell a reality or just a subconsciousness of ours?
We all are very much aware of the fact that God is very kind and merciful. He has given us human beings total freedom to find the absolute truth in this world and a state of absolute bliss by following a self-chosen course of action. Neither does God become angry with those who commit mistakes or sins, nor does he punish anyone. Every individual reaps the fruits of one’s own doing through This universe created by God permits the human beings to learn from their own experience and set a benchmark for an improved status in the astral world. Heaven and hell have also been created for this very purpose.
While pronouncing a sentence, a judge has no ill will or hatred towards the accused criminal. On the contrary he (or she) sincerely hopes that the person being punished appreciates the consequences of the committed crime and learns a lesson to never repeat such an act in future, thus spending his life in an upright and correct manner. God is the supreme judge of cosmos. All faiths of the world,all religions of the word are have the same belief that after death the soul of the dead has to go to either heaven or hell.
Hence there should not be any doubt about this concept. The Hindu spirituality also states that in between ‘death and rebirth’, one has to experience heaven or hell based on his cumulative deeds in this world . By Gods will, this system enables us human beings to make amends for the past misdeeds-so that we can improve our future and the upcoming births.
The time span spent by the soul in the astral world is about three years or more depending upon the discretion of the invisible God Almighty,the Supreme Being. About one-third of this time,we human beings spend in sleeping and taking rest. (This is the reason why after someone’s death people pray for them to REST IN PEACE -R.I.P-)
This rest is needed because the soul gets tired and stressed because of of living in this world. That’s right the soul also shares our stress,in fact the main burden is on the soul only.
After death when our soul leaves the body,it is so exhausted, that it is more or less unconscious (inactive).
Hence, immediately after death,our soul being inactive,unconscious and devoid of sensitivity, is not in a position to feel the full impact of the punishment it is due to receive wiz heaven or hell. A patient undergoing surgery under sedation, does not feel any pain. Once the initial period of rest, one-third period of his stay in the astral world is over, the soul ‘awakens’ with renewed freshness and awareness. During this later period the soul reviews the bad and good deeds it has been associated with while inhabiting the body of the deceased person, in heaven or in hell.
The natural system of divine justice devised by God Almighty, does not punish or reward a person immediately after committal of an act of virtue or sin. There is a time-lag between his actions (verbal-mental-physical) and reactions (punishments and rewards as hell and heaven). Just As future acquisition of fruits is ascertained while sowing the seeds, the ultimate punishment or reward (Karma-phal) of good and bad deeds (in thoughts, words and actions) become integrally attached to the soul in concentric layers which unfold one after the other at the appropriate time.Just Like a farmer sows seeds of different plants, which take their own time to mature and bear fruit, acts of virtue and sin cause their effect at the appropriate time. After the soul awakens, the imprints of various good and bad deeds do not merely remain in the storage of his or her memory, but manifests into a consequential product. Throughout our life we commit so many good and bad deeds, which we forget in due course of time, but the soul, as a witness of everything keeps a meticulous record within itself .
Suppose a Thief ignores the voice of his conscience while committing theft. Let us also assume that the stealing goes unnoticed and thereby unpunished in this world.He escapes the punishment and roams about freely in the world. But in his ‘soul’ it is a seed of bad deed that he has sown. After some time, even if he forgets his theft and becomes a normal person his soul keeps it as a permanent record as a file.Whenever a seed is sown, it grows into a tree every-time different in shape and in size. So does an act of sin transform it into misery of hell?
Hell has been described in a variety of ways in the scriptural literature of various faiths. Hell has a connotation related to the personal circumstantial view of an individual in his life, which obviously differs from person to person.The concept of hell varies from person person depending on his activities, lifestyle, habits, interests, actions, surroundings, company,etc.
For a doctor a room filled with filth is like hell, whereas a sweeper is not much affected by the foul smell.
A death sentence, which a martyr or an already dying person hears with a smile, terrifies others.
A sensitive person would find it difficult to forget a minor insult, whereas the most disgraceful treatment given to a thick-skinned shameless person may not affect him at all.
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Therefore, for individuals having different personalities, different types of hell would be required. (A standard model of hell would not serve the purpose). Scriptures mention about the emissaries of death (Yamdut or Yamraja) who forcibly drags the soul towards hell. These so-called messengers of death are not independent beings, but are in fact mental images created by the soul of the dead itself. As and when we humans sow the ‘seeds’ of activities (Karma), our inner-consciousness produces enforcers of divine justice,who we are often scared of. The life-span of these divine prosecutors depends upon the period for which the wrong-doer is required to stay in hell. Having accomplished their job, they become extinct. The wardens created for enforcement of punishment to a particular soul do not stay longer to punish someone else. As a matter of fact in the astral world, all material life ceases to exist and the spiritual one unfolds.
According to spiritual scientists, the conscious mind which dwells on material things dies,and the part of the human brain above the threshold of consciousness survives. This part mainly contains, facts and consequences of all the activities the soul has done though-out its life span, in its true perspective. In this state of mind, the soul becomes totally deprived of all logic and the argumentative power, which in normal course of life justifies each and every action done by us.
Our mental body (Shukshama sharira) co-exists with our physical body and has four components of mind, namely:
Mann (the source of longings,desires and aspiration)
Buddhi (also known as intellect,buddhi is the faculty which creates,stores,manipulates,analyzes the data available and then takes decisions as to which course of action we should follow:
Chitta (which stores the inherent traits , inclinations,habits and temperament of one and all present around us in the materialistic world)
When a man is physically alive in the materialistic world, his mental body remains partly active with the first two exterior shells of mind, namely Mann and Buddhi governing the activities of his physical body. The remaining two secret compartments remain subconscious when man is in the living state. A hypnotist in fact puts the external mind (Man and Buddhi) to sleep and gives hypnotic suggestions to the inner subconscious components (Chitta and Ahankar), which create a real physical experience for the subject. For instance, one is hypnotized and is told that he or she is swimming, he actually believes it and starts moving his hands and legs in the act of swimming. The same holds true in life after death.