Hidden Karma of the Soul: What Really Happens When We Die

Flight of the Soul

“THERE is not a mental or physical suffering in the life of a mortal which is not the direct fruit and consequence of some sin in a preceding existence.”

“On the other hand, since he does not preserve the slightest recollection of it in his actual life, and feels himself not deserving of such punishment, and therefore thinks he suffers for no guilt of his own, this alone is sufficient to entitle the human soul to the fullest consolation, rest, and bliss in his post-mortem existence.

Death comes to our spiritual selves ever as a deliverer and friend.

Collective Karma

(The Wider Track of the Karmic Law)

Prayer Wheel

In her influential work The Key to Theosophy, H. P. Blavatsky presented the following clarifying principles on this critical subject:

“HPB. According to our teaching all these great social evils, the distinction of classes in Society, and of the sexes in the affairs of life, the unequal distribution of capital and of labour—all are due to what we tersely but truly denominate KARMA.

“ENQUIRER. But, surely, all these evils which seem to fall upon the masses somewhat indiscriminately are not actual merited and INDIVIDUAL Karma?

“HPB. No, they cannot be so strictly defined in their effects as to show that each individual environment, and the particular conditions of life in which each person finds himself, are nothing more than the retributive Karma which the individual generated in a previous life.

We must not lose sight of the fact that every atom is subject to the general law governing the whole body to which it belongs, and here we come upon the wider track of the Karmic law.

The Web of Life

“Do you not perceive that the aggregate of individual Karma becomes that of the nation to which those individuals belong, and further, that the sum total of National Karma is that of the World?

“The evils that you speak of are not peculiar to the individual or even to the Nation, they are more or less universal; and it is upon this broad line of Human interdependence that the law of Karma finds its legitimate and equable issue.”

“ENQUIRER. Do I, then, understand that the law of Karma is not necessarily an individual law?

“HPB. That is just what I mean. It is impossible that Karma could readjust the balance of power in the world’s life and progress, unless it had a broad and general line of action.

It is held as a truth among Theosophists that the interdependence of Humanity is the cause of what is called Distributive Karma, and it is this law which affords the solution to the great question of collective suffering and its relief.

“It is an occult law, moreover, that no man can rise superior to his individual failings, without lifting, be it ever so little, the whole body of which he is an integral part. In the same way, no one can sin, nor suffer the effects of sin, alone. In reality, there is no such thing as ‘Separateness’; and the nearest approach to that selfish state, which the laws of life permit, is in the intent or motive.”

Near-death experiences have been hypothesized in various medical journals in the past, as having the characteristics of hallucinations, but Dr Ackermann and his team, on the contrary, consider them as evidence for the existence of the afterlife and of a form of dualism between mind and body.

What Really Happens When You Die

by Peter Fenwick

Peter Fenwick (born 25 May 1935) is a neuropsychiatrist and neurophysiologist who is known for his pioneering studies of end-of-life phenomena. In this interview he talks about near-death-experiences (NDE), death-bed-visitors and how we can achieve a good death. NDE research is at the cutting edge of consciousness research and offers a convincing model for the understanding of what happens when we die.

Peter Fenwick describes the different transitional phases of the dying process and highlights the importance of letting go at the end of ones life. He offers fascinating insights into common phenomena at the end of life, such as premonitions, seeing a light, death-bed-visions and coincidences. In his opinion everybody should know about death and the dying process, because it is a normal part of living.

Interviewer: Jens Rohrbeck Editor: Werner Huemer Director: Mehmet Yesilgöz © 2018 by thanatos.tv

The doctrine we promulgate being the only true one, must, supported by such evidence as we are preparing to give become ultimately triumphant as every other truth. Yet it is absolutely necessary to inculcate it gradually enforcing its theories, unimpeachable facts for those who know, with direct inferences deducted from and corroborated by the evidence furnished by modern exact science.

“As Above, So Below”

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13 responses to “Hidden Karma of the Soul: What Really Happens When We Die

  1. Great 💖💖💖

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  2. Thank you for this post, TW., sobering to say the least! I think many of us know about the classic, well reported descriptions and scenarios about the death experience – the long tunnel, etc., but I had no idea that there were so many different documented signs of death. Very interesting also, to learn there are classic differences with different cultures, the Japanese one comes to mind. Dr. Fenwick’s study is exhaustive, to say the least, and that he was even able to receive confirmation from a friend having recently crossed over is just amazing. I’ve heard of the term, “karmic agreement” before between people, but this takes that idea to a whole new level – literally 😆. Thank you very much. I think understanding this generates a kind of strength and courage. In the secular world, people with assets prepare for the material side of one’s passing, but I think that on the spiritual path, understanding, awareness and preparation can make us warriors, centered in the understanding that we simply always are, and always do exist in one form, and one realm, or another. NAMASTE ❤️🙏🏾

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    • And thanks for your wonderful help tonight in class. Namaste!

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      • Such a good class last night, grateful to be there. We’re fortunate, having you help us navigate the SD, TW, to digest ideas, the subjects at hand. Most of us wouldn’t even know where to look for any given idea, the SD is so incredibly vast, it’s so easy for us to get shipwrecked 😆. Real glad you’re at the helm, and it’s so much fun! ❤️🖐🏾

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        • thanks ok. Here’s the secret to navigating the SD or other writings: First one has to remember ONE UNIQUE KEYWORD or PHRASE you know is near the reference you want. Try this example from last night – type in search the word “humboldt” (with quotes), add comma, then type either Blavatsky or secret doctrine (without quotes). This should put you on the Monad page in the SD. Simple? 🙂

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          • Yayyy! Success! Only, it did not respond to “ Humboldt”, etc., don’t know why…but I entered, Monad, no quotes, and a long list of pages where the word is addressed in different ways, each with, beginning paragraphs comes up, lovely. Thank you, Odin. I love the font of the hard copy SD I got from the Lodge, but I also have the eBook of both volumes, and using this search mode takes some of that feeling of “it’s all so daunting” away for sure! Really great, thank you! 😍👍🏾

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            • Great, Monad works but gives a huge menu. Try again using “monad of a Humboldt” instead. the unusual word “hornblende”, blavatsky also works well, or if you remember it the phrase “atom of hornblende.” Cheers. Namaste!

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              • Yes! It worked! This is great, it even highlights the section in yellow so you can go right to the point. So glad, Odin, thank you. And, this really explains further, the question I think Ilana asked, if a dog will become human, going further from top of the paragraph, speaking about monadic essence, to the individual monad, getting almost to that point in the animal. Awesome! Now I know better how to zero in on a specific subject in the SD, Odin, you rock, Teacher, thank you so much.. ❤️🤓👍🏾

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                • That system only works well if you already know what you’re looking for, i.e. know the topic covered and at least one unique keyword. There’s also a system when unique keywords are unknown, which is to use “AND” between two words you think might be related to a particular topic — simple example is ‘modern science’ AND ‘astral body’ — with or without quotes.

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