Who knows if there is an afterlife? Who really knows? Maybe someone who has been there? Of course they may be imagining it, but you won't convince those who have had the experience of such. Their experiences are life altering, and unlike a dream the memories of their experience lasts their entire lives. 20, 30 years later it remains as vivid as the day it happened. Many have complete healings from terminal conditions and illnesses, recoveries that are inexplicable to the physicians who attended them. Compelling stuff for one interested in the nature of being.snowheight wrote:Afterlife? ... who knows. Who really knows? Do you have any control over this? What difference could it possibly make?
One could apply the same dismissal to non-duality. Who knows if there is anything to the suggestions of kiki and Ananda and Tolle and Adya and Mooji, etc. They have no proof of anything. They just speak from some personal experience; but it could be that they are just imagining this ego structure thing isn't real and that that which thinks it sees a mental structure is just a different aspect of it. It's not my take, but who really knows?
An afterlife? Maybe there is no such thing and there is just life. This human experience may be just one unique expression within life as a whole. So those that have NDE's are not experiencing an afterlife so much as their origins, returning to their natural home after a purposeful adventure. Certainly they experience it as such. And while we are considering who knows what, who knows what experience is closer to truth, and what perspective is more in line with our essential being - or if there even is an essential beingness?
A good question if asked with genuine interest, and one well worth exploring. The thing is one can't really answer that question without at least accepting the possibility that some conscious reality exists beyond this human experience. If it is simply rejected out of hand, and one adopts the belief that one can't actually know anything about it, then that doorway of investigation and exploration is closed. It seems wiser to let doors stay open and let the light leak in where it may.What difference could it possibly make?
An honest investigation will go a long way to lay the matter to rest - either conscious life survives and transcends the death of the body or it doesn't. If it does, what does it mean to the human experience? What does the evidence indicate? Where does it lead? How is it useful to my daily life?
Personally, I've found it revolutionary. It offers a context that makes sense out of a world of pain and suffering. Does it negate the teachings of Tolle and Adya and others? Not in the least. It 'merely' adds greater context to non-duality teachings and the deeper nature of the human experience.
How many have come here having adopted the perspective of non-duality only to find themselves isolated, empty and in a new kind of suffering? Far too many. The context added by an understanding offered through near death studies, fills that emptiness with a genuine sense of love and purpose. It's life altering.
We are all engaged in a search for truth, and while it's difficult to honestly say we 'know' any particular truth, we all build life perspectives as best we can through what feels true based on information and insight - non-duality included. So (respectfully), to restrictively state 'who really knows', seems more likely to be an ego response in favor of an existing perspective endangered by new information.
ps: One of the most consistent experiences of the NDE is the 'life review'. Here is a link to an assemblage of its value both 'there' and here for those open to it and interested in making the most of their human experience. Enjoy.