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F i ndi ngEt e rni t y

ByDom Gr ande And J odyZi l s k e

The ans wert ot he ques t i on,“ Whathappenswhen we di e?”c an depend on who y ou as k .Some hav es t r ong bel i ef swhi l es ome hav e no bel i ef s .Mos t ,howev er ,ar ej us t unc er t ai n.Ac t orWoodyAl l en ex pr es s ed t hi sambi gui t ywhen he s ai d,“ Idon' tbel i ev ei n t he af t er l i f e,al t hough Iam br i ngi ng a c hange ofunder wear . ” Butwher e do y ou go t of i nd t he ans wer s ? Rel i gi onsabound and al lhav e a di f f er ent t ak e on t he af t er l i f e.Unl es sy ou ar e di r ec t l yi nv ol v ed wi t h a par t i c ul arr el i gi on,t he c hanc est haty ou under s t and anot herr el i gi on’ si deol ogyon t he af t er l i f ei sr emot e.So whatdo t he maj orr el i gi onshav et os ayaboutwhathappenswhen we di e? Her e ar e t he bas i c s : I s l am: Ac c or di ng t ot he I s l am r el i gi on,when peopl e di et hei rs oul sr emai ni nt hei rgr av esunt i l t he “ Las tDay ”( a doc t r i ne oft he Qur ’ an) .I nt he meant i me,t heyex per i enc e ei t her peac e ors uf f er i ng.When t he “ Las tDay ”ar r i v es ,Al l ah wi l ldes t r oyt he wor l d and “ r ai s e al lpeopl e and j i nn t oj udge t hem ac c or di ng t ot hei rdeeds . ”I ft hei rgood deeds out wei gh t he bad,t heywi l lhav e peac e whi l ei nt hei rgr av e and t hen be al l owed i nt o par adi s e af t erj udgment .On t he ot herhand i ft hei rbad deedsar e gr eat er ,t heywi l l f eels uf f er i ng i nt hei rgr av e and be s entt o Hel lt os uf f erphy s i c al l yand s pi r i t ual l y .The DayofJ udgmentc an be des c r i bed asc r os s i ng ov era nar r ow br i dge.Hel li sbeneat h t he br i dge and Par adi s ei sac r os si t .Thos e wei ght ed wi t h bad deedswi l lf al lov erand r emai ni n Hel lf or ev er ,whi l et hos e who c ommi t t ed mor e good deedshav el es sdi f f i c ul t y c r os s i ng. Buddhi s m: Tr adi t i onal l y ,Buddhi s mt eac hest hatupon deat hy ourc ons c i ous nes sev ol v est hr ough a c y c l e ofr ebi r t h,i . e.t r ans mi gr at i on,orr ei nc ar nat i on.Onc et hi shappens ,y ou ar e“ bor n” i nt o a new f or m whi c hi nc l udeshuman,ani malora par t i c ul ars uper nat ur albei ng wi t hi n one oft he f ol l owi ng 6 r eal ms( l i s t ed f r om good t o bad)dependi ng on how muc h good orbad k ar ma i sac c umul at ed: Dev a( God)Real m:Bei ngsi nt hi sr eal mt end t o negl ec twor k i ng t owar dsenl i ght enment due t ot he c omf or tand bl i s sex per i enc ed t her e.Ther ef or e,t heyus e up t he good k ar ma t heyhad ac c umul at ed and f al li nt oal owerr ebi r t h. As ur a( J eal ousGod)Real m:Thi si sa r eal m ofdemi godswho ar et her e bec aus e of t hei rac t i onsofj eal ous y ,s t r uggl e,c ombat ,orr at i onal i z at i on oft he wor l d.Theymay hav e had good i nt ent i onsbutc ommi t t ed ac t i onsr es ul t i ng i n bad k ar ma.Bei ng her e woul d be muc h mor e pl eas antt han t he human r eal m,butt heyar e env i ousoft hos ei n t he Dev ar eal m. Human Real m:Thi sr eal mi shuman ex i s t enc e aswe k now i t .I ti st houghtt o hav e t he mos tadv ant agesofr ebi r t h and c an ens ur e enl i ght enmenti n a per s on’ spr es entor f ut ur e bi r t h asl ong asl i f ei s n’ twas t ed on mat er i al i s m. Ani malReal m:Thi sr eal mi sal s oc ons i der ed t he wor l d we k now ex c epti ti sl i v ed out asan ani mal .Humansc an be s een byt he ani mal s ,j us tasDev asc an be s een by t he As ur a. Pr et a Real m:Thi si sk nown asThe Hungr yGhos tr eal m and c ont ai nss ent i entbei ngs bor n her e due t ot hei rpos s es s i v enes sand des i r e oft hei rpr ev i ousl i f e orl i v es .They ar e al way shungr yand t hi r s t yand c annotbe s at i s f i ed. Hel lReal m:Thi sr eal mc ont ai nst hos e who l i v ed pr ev i ousl i v eswi t hs t r ong hat r ed. Theyar e nott r apped her e per manent l y ,butonl yunt i lt hei rnegat i v ek ar ma i sus ed up. Af t ert hat ,t heywi l lbe r ebor ni nt o anot herr eal m.

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Hi ndui s m: Ac c or di ng t o Hi ndui s m when s omeone di es ,t hei rs oull eav est he bodyand t r av el s t hr ough a v er yl ong and dar kt unnel .Yama,t he god ofdeat h,s endshi s r epr es ent at i v est or et r i ev et hei rs oul st o br i ng bac kt o hi m.Good and bad deeds( or k ar ma)ar er ec or ded and k eptbyYama’ sas s i s t ant ,Chi t r agupt a.Bef or er ei nc ar nat i on happens ,t he s oulei t herf ac espuni s hmenti n hel lorr ewar dsi n heav en dependi ng on i t sgood orbad deeds .Af t ert he puni s hmentorr ewar dt i mef r ame ends ,t he s oult hen bec omesr ei nc ar nat ed ac c or di ng t ot he deedsper f or med i nt he pr ev i ousl i f e.Good k ar ma r es ul t si nar ebi r t h asa human i nt o“ a good f ami l ywi t haj oy ousl i f et i me. ” When t her ei sbad k ar ma,a per s on i sr ebor ni nt he “ f or m ofan ani malora l ower

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