“Birth and death are the bookends of life.”
“We can only escape from the world by outgrowing the world. Death may take man out of the world but only wisdom can take the world out of the man. As long as the human being is obsessed by worldliness, he will suffer from the Karmic consequences of false allegiances. When however, worldliness is transmuted into Spiritual Integrity he is free, even though he still dwells physically among worldly things.”
Manly Palmer Hall
“Each tree and leaf and star show how
The universe is part of this one cry,
Every life is noted and is cherished,
and nothing loved is ever lost or perished.” Madeleine L’Engle
“After death the spirits of human beings (except for those who have sufficiently progressed on the spiritual path and are beyond the fourth plane) reach the semi-subtle sphere. According to their sanskaras** they go to “heaven” or “hell”; and when they achieve the point they had to attain, they can return to earth with a new body (reincarnate); or otherwise they return to the semi-subtle sphere for a certain time. These spirits are, so to say, in the ante-chamber of the semi-subtle sphere and one can enter into contact with them through the means of spirit communication, whether they have achieved their period of joy or pain, and wait for a new rebirth, or whether they are on the point of going to “heaven” or “hell”. The semi-subtle sphere, “heaven” or “hell” with their respective experiences, have no reality. They are merely the joys and pains experienced through the organs of the subtle body.”
“Men come, go, sing and dance, without uttering a word about death. All this is very fine: but, when it comes either to themselves, their wives, their children, or their friends, taking them unawares and unprepared, then what torment, what outcries, what madness and despair.” Michel de Montaigne
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