Karma and the Afterlife
Since I published my views on the afterlife I have received several questions that I will try to answer in this article. I hope this will be the last article on this topic as I would like to get back on the topic of Islam.
Muslims also say there is an afterlife. We don’t agree with them do we? It has no basis for us.
There is enough evidence to prove that there is an afterlife. I have shown several verifiable cases of near death experience in Why I believe in God and the afterlife now. I will keep adding to the list as I find them. Science is based on evidence. If we deny the evidence we would be denying science.
The fact that Muhammad also said there in an afterlife does not make him truthful. At his time everybody believed in the afterlife. He used this belief as a tool to fool and manipulate others.
Why not everyone who has had a NDE has reported seeing the other world?
According to a study of several of hundred NDErs about one in every five of them has had this experience. Why others don’t have it is a puzzle to the researchers. However, we can’t assume that some people have soul and others don’t.
You did not mention karma. Without karma there is no justice.
The rationale behind karma is that if you do evil in this life, in your next reincarnation you will come back as a lower caste or even an animal and will be condemned to a miserable life until you pay your dues to the universe. The problem with this belief is that it precludes God’s unconditional love and therefore His perfection. God’s love is unconditional, in the same way that the light of sun shines on good and bad indiscriminately.
Do you mean that mass murderers like Hitler and Stalin are loved in the same way as Mother Theresa?
Yes. God does not discriminate. He loves everyone in the same way. He even loves animals and trees in the same way that he loves humans. Love is His nature. He can’t help it but to love.
BUT, yes there is a big “but”. Although there is no judgment in God and therefor no punishment every thought, word and deed has a consequence. If you put your hand in fire, it burns. No one is punishing you. You pay the consequence of violating a physical law. In the same way, when we break a spiritual law we suffer the consequence of our action and it happens just as immediately as when we break a physical law. The only difference is that we don’t become aware of it until we leave this world.
The person in this video explains how we pay for our actions. How do people positions?
Our individuality is an illusion. We are all one in essence. Look at your fingers. If you cover their base they seem to be separate and distinct from each other. But they are all fingers of the same hand. When one part of your body is hurt every part of your body feels that hurt. We are made of body and soul. Our souls are bits and pieces of God. Also there is a theory that says all the universe is made of one electron. Particles can be in two or in infinite places at the same time. If that is the case, then you and I and everything in this universe is made of the same particle. Therefore, not only we are spiritually from the same source; we are the same even physically. We can’t see that oneness in this plane of existence. Once we make the passage and enter in the next world we will see everything we did to others we did it to ourselves. Every pain and every joy you give to others will come back to you 100%, not more and not less. However, the other world is timeless. Eternity and one instance are the same. Therefore, even though the pain you caused to others in this world lasted for a short time, you will feel that pain timelessly.
Karma is also based on the principle of cause and effect.
Karma is a form of judgment and punishment. If we are sent back to earth to suffer for the sins we committed in our past life this is punishment. The effect of our action takes place instantly, but we only become aware of it in the other word where the veils are removed.
Another problem with Karma is that it is unjust to punish someone without telling him for what crime he is being punished. If this world is a school, as some religions believe, we must be told what lessons are we supposed to learn. How can a loving God punish people without telling them why and how can we learn anything if we are not told what are the lessons we need to learn?
Karma is a false doctrine and like all false doctrines it is harmful. It makes one indifferent towards the plight of those who suffer. It presupposes that the less fortunate among us deserve their lot.
False beliefs are always harmful. This is perhaps the best parameter to know whether a doctrine is true or false. If a doctrine is beneficial for the society, it is likely that is it true. If it is harmful it is most certainly false. For example, a doctrine that promotes hate and war, like Islam, must be false. Karma promotes class apartheid and casteism.
If you believe your suffering is divinely ordained, striving to improve your life will become a cognitive dissonance. The biggest plague that has hindered the progress of India is casteism which is the result of the belief in karma.
We don’t come to this world to be punished or to learn a lesson, or as Muslims say, to be tested. Our consciousness is not a creation of God; it is a piece of God. It is uncreated and unblemished. It can be soiled, just as water can be soiled. But even the filthiest water can be restored to its pristine purity. This is true also in the case of our soul.
Everything that is in God is also in us. Think of your body. You are made of some 100 trillion cells. Each cell contains the blueprint of all of you. The entirely of your being is present in every cell. Likewise, the entirely of God is present in every person. Each soul is a minute image of God.
We know everything that God knows. That knowledge is hidden to us while we are in this physical form. In this world we live in isolation. We are like a water molecule on the dry land. We don’t have the memory of the ocean from which we came from. But when we go back to our source, we become one with it and remember all its knowledge. Remembering God means re membering with all other souls and rediscovering our oneness with the universe.
So if we don’t come to the world to learn, what is the purpose of coming to it at all?
We come here to experience our existence. Things can only be known by their opposites. To experience wetness, there must be dryness. To experience tallness there must be shortness. To experience light, there must be darkness. Therefore, God created this world of polarity so that we experience our being. One hundred years in this world is nothing compared to eternity, which is our real age.
If we come to this world to experience it, why there is so much suffering?
We choose our challenges, but not the details of them. The universe is unpredictable. The material world is subject to Heisenberg’s uncertainty principle. We come here to face what chance throws at us and overcome life’s challenges. The purpose of our life is to struggle, to beat the odds and to succeed.
We don’t come here to have it easy. Our home is in paradise. There we can create with our thoughts and everything is easy. We decide to come here because we want to challenges ourselves.
When we talk about the other world parables come handy. Jesus made plentiful use of them. Let me throw in one. Imagine you are living comfortably in your home. You sleep in a warm bed. When you wake up you can take a hot shower. You pick what you want from the fridge and prepare it on your stove, while your coffee maker brews your fresh coffee. Your breakfast table is full of fresh fruits and anything you need. Life is good and easy, but you want some excitement. So you decide to go camping. You pitch a tent in the wilderness; sleep on the ground in a sleeping bag; bathe in the cold water of the river while mosquitoes eat you alive; you gather, hunt or fish your food and prepare it on bonfire.
Why make your life so hard? Some people go even further and decide to climb a mountain. They put their lives at risk and live the most unforgiving temperatures and terrains. Why anyone would want to do such thing when life at home is so easy? Are they crazy? It is because we like challenge. That is why we come to this world. Just like one chooses to go fishing and another may prefer climbing the Mount Everest, we choose the level of the challenge we want to face in this world. The whole idea of living is to overcome life’s challenges.
This is just a parable. Life is not picnic or camping. There is a mission to our life. Maybe military service is a better example. Soldiers volunteer to serve in the military when they know about its hardship and perils. But there is a purpose to their service. There is a purpose to our life too. We will find it eventually. I found mine some 15 years ago. I know my purpose to come to this world and surviving a deadly fall at the age of 9 when doctors told my parents I will not make it was to help my brothers and sisters in humanity to learn the truth about Islam. But I did not know this until 15 years ago. Even then I did not know that eradicating Islam is the reason I had come to this world. Now that I have found God, I see how everything in my life, my failures, my successes, and my sufferings had prepared me for my mission. I thought I had chosen this goal 15 years ago. Not so! I chose is before being born.
Some people know why they are here. They enjoy their lives and want to make it enjoyable for others. Others miss the point. They cheat, hurt and misbehave. These people will have a rude awakening when the adventure is over and they are called back home. There is no punishment of course, but there will be remorse. They regret for they have lost the opportunity to fulfill their mission.
Let me make another example. Let us say you meet someone in the dark and beat him to death. Maybe he stepped on your toe and you lost it or you wanted to rob him. You then run home happy that no one saw you. A few hours later, you receive a call from police and learn that the person you beat to death was your father. Can you be happy again? Will you not seek punishment for yourself?
Whatever we do to others we do it to ourselves. We only become aware of it once we leave this world. Here people can live without a conscience. Not in the other world!
In one of the near death experiences I heard, a woman said she passed by two gates of different hells before entering the paradise. First, she saw a place of fire, where very evil souls [I suppose the likes of Muhammad and Hitler] were burning. Then she passed by the other gate. This was a desolate place, with red sky and long shadows. It was filled with people absorbed in their thoughts, not aware of others around them. Their faces were filled with sorrow and regret. She said what surprised her was that the gates of both hells were wide open and visible from everywhere inside. But the souls in them did not do any attempt to escape. In another case a man reported he was shown his entire life and was given the choice to enter the paradise or the hell. He said, I could choose to go to paradise but I knew I did not belong there.
Based on what I have learned and understand of the next world, we choose our own punishment. There, souls don’t talk as we do here. They read each others minds. Yes, there is no privacy. All our thoughts and all our lives are exposed to everyone else. Here we can hide our thoughts and even though we are a piece of filth, we can pretend to be holy. This is not possible there.
After learning this, it occurred to me if everyone could read the mind of everyone else here, even this world would be a paradise. Here, when we meet someone, we put a false smile on our face to pretend how happy we are to see them when deep down we may hate their guts or plan to deceive them. If everyone could see the mind of everyone, no one would dare to have a bad thought. No wonder those with NDE who saw the denizens of paradise say everyone loved everyone else. But of course! How can anyone have a different feeling when the whole world can see their thoughts?