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What is Death?

What is Death?

This article is designed to provide answers to a very mystical aspect of our lives- death. It endeavors to shed light on what is death?, why do medically declared dead people sometimes come back to life, what is lost when we die and what stays with us and many more.

The conversation about death is one that is avoided as much as possible because generally, death is seen as a phenomenon that must be shunned. This attitude towards death flows from not knowing what death is- a huge spiritual possibility during which that which was not possible during one’s life could be possible in death.

We human beings have focused our energies on living well- this is evident in the many cutting-edge tools of technology aimed at making our lives better. It is a fact that this generation has seen and known the most comfort compared to any other generation in the history of man yet still unhappiness is constantly becoming a part of our lives. This is because fixing the outside leaves the inside hollow. Inasmuch as we try to live happily, we mut also endeavour to die gracefully but unfortunately, a lot of the people die in great fear! We human beings have not accepted death because we have failed to accept our mortality.

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Attempts by the scientific community to define what death is leaves several gaping holes. Death has been regularly defined as the absence of life- question is; What is life? Death has over the years been told when the breath stopped. The problem with this is that people who were declared dead by this standard found themselves back to life sometimes. We then moved a notch up to when the pulse stopped. People still came back to life per this standard.

This situation has arisen because we are focused on the symptoms of death and not the cause; the exiting of the life energies from the physical body. The mere fact that your heart has stopped, brain showing no activity, and pulse stopping does not mean you are dead. Death is said to have occurred when the vital life energies exit the body completely. The withdrawal of the life energies occurs over a period; all of the life energies do not recede at the same time. For example, one will notice the facial hair of a dead person who shaves regularly grow back within 2 to 3 days even when they have been declared dead. This is also true for finger nails. This is the situation because even though prana vayu may have exited at this stage in the disembodiment/death process, the hair and nails are two parts of the body with no prana vayu even when one is alive- explains why you don’t feel any pains in these parts of the body. Thus, the exiting of prana vayu does not affect these parts until the other vayus have also exited.

Just like life, death has a biological, psychological and metaphysical component to it. If one looks closely without making any meanings in their head, they would notice that death is not something that happens to us one day or suddenly- life and death are in the same breath; every inhalation is life and every exhalation is death. In this life we don’t know if you will become rich, an educated man, a great footballer, a star, but one thing we know for sure is that you are heading straight to your grave! Once you are born, a death sentence hangs on your head, it is only a matter of when, where and how!

Questions about death is the beginning of the spiritual process because it tries to find out what is beyond this life! Spirituality is seeking to touch a dimension which is beyond our body and mind.

Declaring Someone as Dead

Death is a stage in the disembodiment process. We declare someone dead when they don’t respond to us or we cannot have access to them. To the person declared dead, they have only lost their body. For example, the layman will declare a person dead when that person is not responding to his/her stimulus. The medical doctor or physician may not accept this definition of death as he has more sophisticated tools/means to have access to the person who is deemed dead. The spiritual person may also not accept a physician’s definition of death simply because he has even subtler tools/means to have access and even restore life- this is process death is a process that happens over time thus the ability/possibility to intervene and reverse or facilitate same. This generally explains why we declare and not declare people dead.

Why do Medically declared dead People sometimes come back to life

There have been several instances where medically declared dead people have suddenly regained “consciousness”, moved a little, blinked their eyes, among others. Scientist are measuring an entirely spiritual process using physical means. Death is a spiritual process which involves exiting of life energies/prana. The effect of the life energies receding may manifest in the heart, breathe, and other vital life processes curtailing. The fact that someone’s breath has stopped does not mean they are dead- it simply means that the life energy in charge of respiration and pulmonary action is gone however, a large part of the person’s energies may still be vibrant and active.

What Is Lost when One dies?

When a person falls dead, they only lose the physical body and the conscious aspect of the mind body- all the others (subconscious mind, unconscious mind, energy body, etheric body, bliss body) are very much intact.

The Five Vital Energies

An appreciation of the five vital life energies is fundamental to understanding how the separation of the body occurs. The Human body is a mechanism on five levels; the physical body (food body), the mind body, the energy body, the etheric body and the bliss body. The physical body is made of 72% water, 12% earth, 6% air, 4% fire and 6% space (Akash), the energy body which powers the physical body manifests itself in five vital energies in charge of different life processes. It is manifestation of the receding of these life energies that we call death.

  1. Samaana Vayu: this is in charge of manufacturing heat in your body. It is responsible for regulating your body’s temperature. One can insulate themselves against the harshness of the elements by activating samaana vayu. For example, some yogis are able to live in the Himalayas where temperatures are sub-zero wearing very lose clothing by activating samaana vayu. Samaana vayu is very healing in nature. People with very high samaana vayu have a healing presence! Samaana vayu is also in charge of the digestion process. People with a very vibrant samaana vayu tend to have very good digestive system. Mastering samaana vayu could slow the ageing process. There is a sadhana for activating and enhancing samaana vayu. Samaana vayu is related to the sun.
  2. Prana Vayu: this is in charge of respiration and the thought process. With some level of attention, you will notice that each thought (sweet, good, bad, ugly, etc.) you have alters the way you breath as well as the way the neurones in your mind behave. The close relationship between the thought and the respiratory process is that, the two are all managed by the same life force. Prana vayu is related to the earth. The earth is the only planet in our solar system with a breathable atmosphere.
  3. Udaana vayu: this is in charge of the buoyancy in the body. Udaana vayu makes you less available to gravity- makes your body lighter. For example, you may weigh 64kg but you don’t feel this weight when you are walking! This is because of udaana vayu makes you lighter. There are schools that teach people how to master udaana vayu. Students are able to leap to incredible heights, suspend for sometime, etc. Some athletes through history have also leaped to heights that defied all laws of physics because they mastered udaana. Udaana vayu is in charge of our ability to communicate. It is related to the moon.
  4. Apaana vayu: this is in charge of the excretory and sensory systems. It helps maintain the beauty of your skin and gives it a youthful look. Responsible for cleansing the body at the cellular level. One can eliminate toxic from the body by engaging in sadhana to activate the apaana vayu.
  5. Vyana vayu: it is responsible for knitting the cells in your body together. Vyana is also responsible for locomotion. People with high vyana have the natural ability to walk. High vyana vayu helps delay the rotting process. When your vyana recedes even when you are alive, your skin will fall/peel off. Certain snake venoms have the ability of destroying the vyana. One can maintain a very attractive skin by working on their vyana vayu.

In what Sequence do the life Energies leave the Body?

What we call death is the manifestation of the life energies receding from the body; each life energy exits the body at different times and is accompanied by the curtailment of a life process/processes evident on the dying person.

The Exiting Process of the Vayus

  1. Samaana vayu; this begins to recede from the body as soon as the breath stops. The first thing that happens after the breath and pulse stop is the cooling of the body. Samaana vayu exits the body within approximately 21 to 24 minutes after the breath stops completely
  2. Prana vayu: the prana vayu starts exiting the body when the breath stops. This brings an end to the thought and respiratory processes. The prana vayu exits from the body completely within 48 to 90 minutes after the breath has stopped depending on the nature of death. If death occurred as a result of old age, then the prana vayu exits within 64 minutes. It could take up to 90 minutes if it is a young and vibrant life. This is why cremation and burial should be delayed for at least 1hour 30 minutes.
  3. Udaana vayu: Udaana recedes from the body between 6 to 12 hours after the breath stops. Upon the exit of Udaana, the body assumes its normal weight and becomes heavy. This is because the life energy in charge of the buoyancy in the body is no more. This is why all dead bodies are heavy.
  4. Apaana vayu: the next vital energy to exit is the Apaana vayu. It exits the body between 8 to 18 hours after the breath stops. The sensory aspect of the body stops at this point- the body could feel sensations until this point when upon the exiting of the prana vayu. This explains why dead bodies sometimes move parts of their bodies.
  5. Vyana vayu: this is responsible for preserving the body. The vyana vayu is the preservative nature of the life energies, it is the slowest to exit the body. It could take up to 11 to 14 days if the death was as a result of old age where the life energies became feeble. It death occurred as a result of an accident, when the body was still vibrant, unless the body is totally crushed, the reverberations in the body could linger from 48 to 90 days. This explains why most African and Asian cultures have funeral rites running into 90 days after death- to facilitate the disembodiment process for the dead. During this time, certain processes still go on. It is during this final lap that spiritual practitioners seek to take advantage of.

The Gateways of Exit

The human being is a mechanism on several levels; physical body, mind body, energy body, etheric body and bliss body. The physical body is basically a heap of food and is referred to as food body. The mind body is responsible for determining various aspects of your being including your skin colour, your hair, and various aspects of you that make you the unique being you are- this is because a huge silo of memory is kept. The energy body manifests itself in five main forms- determines largely one’s quality of life. The etheric body is a transitory body from the physical to non-physical. The last one is the bliss body. This is entirely a non-physical dimension of your being. It is called bliss because anytime one touches this dimension, they become blissful so it is described by our experience with it.

The energy system in the body has a number of intersection points known as Chakras; 114 in total, 112 within the body and 2 outside the body. The Chakras are categorised into 7 main types of 16 each. The level of activation of these chakras determines the quality of life that one will lead as well as how energy moves out of the body at death which determines the quality of death.

For you to leave your physical body consciously, you must known the science of how life got entangled with the body otherwise you cannot leave consciously.

Leaving the body via the Root Chakra

A person who lives life wantonly in no awareness may leave their body through the lowest chakra (The root chakra). Such exit is accompanied by the passing of urine and/or excreta. This is not a good way to die- resisting death. Someone who consciously leaves their body via the root chakra could be reborn with immense psychic powers. This is however a rare occurrence.

Leaving the body via the Sacral Chakra

One who exits the body via the second chakra could be reborn with immense creative abilities. This chakra is the womb of all creation.

Leaving via the Solar Plexus

Someone who exits their body through the solar plexus chakra can be reborn with a very organised sense of action. They could become a great business person or Army General in their next life.

Leaving the body via the Heart Chakra

One who exits the body through the heart chakra could be reborn a prodigy at music and/or arts. They could become a poet or great devotee. This chakra has the ability to gain access to all the other chakras hence one could become a polymath.

Leaving via the Throat Chakra

To exit through the throat chakra is very rare. Someone who exits through the throat chakra could reborn with an incredible perception of this world and the beyond. They will exist in an absolute state of dispassion and fearlessness in their involvement with all aspects of life. A phenomenal sense of clarity will be predominant in them.

Leaving via the Eye Chakra

The eye chakra although is a higher chakra compared to the throat chakra is more common for most people to exit through it than the throat chakra. Someone who leaves their body via the third eye could be born very great at engineering and science.

Leaving via the Crown Chakra The Crown Chakra is the highest chakra. It is the unformed part of the head that ‘breathes’ when children are born. That is where the life force enters the body through. However, this pathway closes around 4 years of age. This means, leaving through this chakra is no longer automatic but will depend on how one lied their life. A fully conscious person will exit their body through the crown chakra- that is the best way to leave. This could sometimes leave a hole at the crown upon the person leaving the body. Anyone who leaves their body through the crown chakra was fully conscious at the time of death. If you want to leave your body in full awareness, you must lie a life of awareness. One who is conscious could chose which way to leave, whilst one who was unconscious does not have this luxury.

Life and death are two sides of the same coin- only because there is life, we know death. Life is a certain vibrant state of the life energies while death represents a state of inertia of the life energies. We die everyday just that the process culminates in the breath and heart stopping one day. The process of death itself was set forth immediate we were born. The first thing we did upon birth was to breath in air/life and the last thing we shall do is to breath out. Death is mercy to man indeed!

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