Recently, I was rewatching your seminar about the demonic hierarchy, in which you briefly mentioned that your experiences with soul travel had led you to believe that something other than eternal damnation is awaiting you after death. That offhand comment made me curious. With the acknowledgement that none among the living can know the mysteries of death with absolute certainty, what do you think will happen when our bodies go caput?
Do we go to some astral realm, or Hades? Do warriors who fall in battle go to Valhalla? Do all those Tibetan lamas who spend their lives preparing to dissolve their egos in the Clear Light of Reality upon death so that they can reincarnate as bodhisattvas have any idea what they’re talking about? Or is our consciousness purely a byproduct of chemical reactions in the brain, and we will simply return to oblivion when we die? What about Nietzsche’s eternal recurrence?
This may be a bit speculative, but it seems that what people believe about death has a huge impact on the way they live. Billions of people live in fear of eternal damnation and in hope that following the rules laid out in some book and saying the right prayers will be enough for eternal salvation. Others live under the assumption that this world is all there is, and material gratification is the best they can hope for. What do you think?