Reincarnation and Karma [12]– Hell and Heaven: Subjectivity of life after death


After death there is no consciousness of the gross world for the ordinary soul, since such consciousness is directly dependent on the physical body. Though the consciousness of the gross world is thus lost, the impressions of the experiences of the gross world are retained in the mental body; and they continue to express themselves through the semi-subtle world. During the interval between death and the next incarnation, the consciousness of the soul is turned toward these impressions resulting in a vivification of impressions and the revival of corresponding experiences. However, this soul does not become aware of the subtle environment; it is wrapped up in complete subjectivity and absorbed in living through the revived impressions.

-Discourses 7th Ed., 307

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