Physical death and the
disincarnation of the spirit.
Physical death is part of human life which is arranged in such a way that events occur at the right time, provided natural laws are not opposed in the course of life. Violation of natural laws is a frequent cause of disturbances and instability which, by altering the natural rhythm of life, bring about much suffering to the spirit. Evolution demands time, work, sacrifice. Normally, disincarnation (physical death) occurs in old age. However, to ensure this, it is necessary to take good care of physical and mental health.
Factors of physical death.
Many factors on Earth contribute to premature disincarnation (physical death). Among these are abrupt changes in temperature, earthquakes, air pollution, insalubrity in certain regions, epidemics, sources of contamination, vices and, last but not least, the harmful influence of spirits of the Inferior Astral. There are also certain social phenomena which generate conflicts and wars of extermination. In any event, premature disincarnation (physical death) always represents a lapse in evolution that can only be repaired in one way: by reincarnation.
After physical death, reincarnation is not easy.
However, reincarnation is not an easy problem. Candidates to reincarnation are innumerable and exceed existing possibilities. Hence the need to wait. To avoid wasting time, many spirits, willing to face whatever difficulties they may encounter, decide to incarnate in an unfavourable environment. It is a source of suffering for these spirits to realize that others of the same class, through more effort and better use of their time in earthly life, succeeded in ascending to a higher class. It is not their ascension itself, that causes this suffering, but the realization that it was impossible to accompany them and that the distance separating them became greater on the way to evolution.
Spirits cannot see what happens in higher classes.
Spirits of a certain class are aware to others of their own class and of lower classes. They are unaware, however, of what happens to spirits of higher classes. Those that stay behind or stop lose contact with old, dear friends, comrades of long journeys in previous incarnations, and therefore they suffer like incarnate spirits who see their dear ones die. This contact, however, can be re-established, as those in spiritual worlds well know. But how? The answer is obvious. If a person walks at a slower pace than another, who walks faster, they become further and further apart. And, if the person who is in front is not willing to slow down, the one behind will have to speed up if he wants to reach him. That is precisely what many spirits do when they decide to incarnate and face all earthly sufferings, which they know are transitory. They do so to enrich themselves with knowledge and moral values that will enable them to ascend to the next class. With strong determination and redoubled effort, they succeed in recovering the time lost and fraternally reapproaching those that had surpassed them.
The natural solution is physical death.
Normally, disincarnation (physical death) should occur in old age. The human body is like a flower or a fruit: It is born, grows, blooms, and withers. When it withers, it ceases to be useful to the spirit. The one natural, spontaneous, wise solution therefore would be disincarnation. Only in exceptional instances may disincarnation take place, without loss to the spirit, before man has completed the four stages of earthly existence. For instance, when a spirit belongs to a higher class than the 17th and incarnates on a special mission to awaken mankind or to contribute to moral changes designed to hasten the rhythm of evolution on this planet.
Disincarnation or physical death is a natural phenomenon.
After all, what is disincarnation (physical death)? What does it consist of? How does it occur? Disincarnation (death) is a natural phenomenon in human life. It is the opposite of incarnation. The spirit incarnates the moment it takes hold of the body, at birth. It disincarnates (dies) the moment it leaves the same body definitely. When this happens, the spirit causes the fluidic links, which conveyed life to the physical body, to be disconnected, and withdraws from it along with the astral body.
Sorrow but not despair or mortification.
Let us however not lose sight of the fact that the word "spirit (soul)" applies only to those particles of Force that have already evolved enough to incarnate in a human body. Once it has been abandoned by the spirit, the physical body is but a composite of matter. Its source of life is no longer present. Life having ceased, due to withdrawal of the spirit, the body falls under the domain of chemical laws: it disintegrates, and its molecules go on to make up other forms of life and to compose other organisms. The sorrow of those who survive is only natural in the absence of those who have been deceased. Sorrow indeed, not despair. A feeling of fond remembrance, not one of mortification, is both understandable and admissible. A thorough understanding of evolution is a great blessing. It is the only way to make people view disincarnation (physical death)naturally, recognizing that it is an event as normal as incarnation in the unfolding of human life.
Spirits do not suffer separation.
In as much as disincarnate spirits do not lose sight of their fellow incarnate spirits, they do not suffer separation the way incarnate spirits do. Obviously they cannot talk the way they did before. However, they are endowed with a telepathic sense which enables them to transmit thoughts to incarnate spirits, who receive them as if they were their own. And what is worse: while still subject to earthly influences, a spirit does not transmit thoughts only. It also transmits feelings, many of them morbid, evil, obsessive. Therefore, people should, with the help of noble thoughts, assist their dear ones who have disincarnated to rise to the worlds where they belong, where life is felt realistically without the disturbing influences prevailing on Earth.
It is time we give up the belief that disincarnate spirits need prayers or supplications. This is simply not true. In the spiritual field, where disturbing influences do not exist, life is felt in full reality. The mental soundness of the spirit is complete. The spirit is fully aware of life's eternity and of the process of evolution. Blissful, paradisiacal heavens, probationary purgatories, hells and red-hot boilers, these are all imaginative human creations that common-sense itself repels. The same applies to a supposed divine trial, which is sheer fabrication. There are no gods to try those who disincarnate.
After physical death the spirit should leave Earth's atmosphere.
After leaving Earth's atmosphere, and with it all the factors of confusion and disturbance, the spirit views the good it has done with joy, and its reprehensible actions with deep regret. Cemeteries and churches, where mental evocations of disincarnate spirits take place, are focal points of attraction of spirits of the Inferior Astral, due to the similar fluidic currents formed in those places by the thoughts of incarnate and disincarnate spirits. Therefore, whenever man's presence in such surroundings becomes necessary, he should do so with enlightened awareness in order to avoid taking part in the vibration of those currents. If for instance, one feels a moral obligation to be present at a funeral, he should divert his thoughts from those of the surrounding assembly and elevate them, serenely, clearly, conscientiously to the Superior Astral. That is the goal of all spirits freed from matter and from the fluidic influences derived from inferior emotions so prevalent on Earth.
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