People are scared of Death.
Nobody is an exception to this.
I have remarked in an article that there are two reasons for this.
One is the fear of Pain accompanying Death and another is,
The uncertainty of what would happen after death.
Would we suffer unbearable pain after Death as described in various legends and Religious Text?
What would happen to us after Death?
Are we reborn?
In that case will we be a Human being?
Will what is called as Sins haunt us?
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Indian philosophy answers this on two levels.
One is after death it is observed in Higher Philosophy,that one does not die as the Atman, the soul is eternal and is never affected by pain or births or deaths.
Another view is that, as detailed in Garuda Purana , one is made to go through various punishments for sins and granted heaven for Righteous deeds.
I tend to agree with the former explanation of soul not being touched death as death is only a transition, as Krishna puts it ,”As Human body goes through childhood, youth and old age,
Kaumaaram Yavvanam Jara’ Bhagavad Gita Chapter 2.
But one can never be sure for none is here to report these experiences.
But there are medically recorded experiences of people who have touched the jaws of Death and there are people who have out-of-body experiences.
The former is called Near Death Experience(NDE), the latter,out-of-body experience (OBE)
I have posted a couple of articles on this.
Now there is case well documented where the NDE is explained vividly and he medical team has recorded it with instruments.
In all these case, the philosophical view of Hinduism is reinforced.
People have reported being enveloped in a sheet of white light which felt warm, they have been able to see what is taking place, though they could not perceive, see or hear it with their senses.
The perception has become more acute.
In some cases they have been able to see their ancestors.
The ceremonies conducted by the Hindus state that after death, for twelve days the sukshma sarrera remains near the place of death, can perceive every thing and they leave only after Sabindikarana.on the twelfth day.
And Indian thought says it is Light which is the expression of Life.
The Santhi Mantra says TamasoMaa Jyotir Gamaya, Lead me from Darkness to Light.
Curious to note here is that Living is called Darkness and moving out of the body is Light!
Look at the explanation in the image below of Thirumoolar , A Siddha,in Thirumandiram is Tamil.
Samkhyas and Vedic Thoughts differ only on minor points.
Now read the report of verified Near Death Experience.
In 1991, Atlanta-based singer and songwriter Pam Reynolds felt extremely dizzy, lost her ability to speak, and had difficulty moving her body. A CAT scan showed that she had a giant artery aneurysm—a grossly swollen blood vessel in the wall of her basilar artery, close to the brain stem. If it burst, which could happen at any moment, it would kill her. But the standard surgery to drain and repair it might kill her too.
With no other options, Pam turned to a last, desperate measure offered by neurosurgeon Robert Spetzler at the Barrow Neurological Institute in Phoenix, Arizona. Dr. Spetzler was a specialist and pioneer in hypothermic cardiac arrest—a daring surgical procedure nicknamed “Operation Standstill.” Spetzler would bring Pam’s body down to a temperature so low that she was essentially dead. Her brain would not function, but it would be able to survive longer without oxygen at this temperature. The low temperature would also soften the swollen blood vessels, allowing them to be operated on with less risk of bursting. When the procedure was complete, the surgical team would bring her back to a normal temperature before irreversible damage set in.
Essentially, Pam agreed to die in order to save her life—and in the process had what is perhaps the most famous case of independent corroboration of out of body experience (OBE) perceptions on record. This case is especially important because cardiologist Michael Sabom was able to obtain verification from medical personnel regarding crucial details of the surgical intervention that Pam reported. Here’s what happened.
Pam was brought into the operating room at 7:15 a.m., she was given general anesthesia, and she quickly lost conscious awareness. At this point, Spetzler and his team of more than 20 physicians, nurses, and technicians went to work. They lubricated Pam’s eyes to prevent drying, and taped them shut. They attached EEG electrodes to monitor the electrical activity of her cerebral cortex. They inserted small, molded speakers into her ears and secured them with gauze and tape. The speakers would emit repeated 100-decibel clicks—approximately the noise produced by a speeding express train—eliminating outside sounds and measuring the activity of her brainstem.
At 8:40 a.m., the tray of surgical instruments was uncovered, and Robert Spetzler began cutting through Pam’s skull with a special surgical saw that produced a noise similar to a dental drill. At this moment, Pam later said, she felt herself “pop” out of her body and hover above it, watching as doctors worked on her body.
Although she no longer had use of her eyes and ears, she described her observations in terms of her senses and perceptions. “I thought the way they had my head shaved was very peculiar,” she said. “I expected them to take all of the hair, but they did not.” She also described the Midas Rex bone saw (“The saw thing that I hated the sound of looked like an electric toothbrush and it had a dent in it … ”) and the dental-drill sound it made with considerable accuracy.
Meanwhile, Spetzler was removing the outermost membrane of Pamela’s brain, cutting it open with scissors. At about the same time, a female cardiac surgeon was attempting to locate the femoral artery in Pam’s right groin. Remarkably, Pam later claimed to remember a female voice saying, “We have a problem. Her arteries are too small.” And then a male voice: “Try the other side.” Medical records confirm this conversation, yet Pam could not have heard them.
The cardiac surgeon was right—Pam’s blood vessels were indeed too small to accept the abundant blood flow requested by the cardiopulmonary bypass machine, so at 10:50 a.m., a tube was inserted into Pam’s left femoral artery and connected to the cardiopulmonary bypass machine. The warm blood circulated from the artery into the cylinders of the bypass machine, where it was cooled down before being returned to her body. Her body temperature began to fall, and at 11:05 a.m. Pam’s heart stopped. Her EEG brain waves flattened into total silence. A few minutes later, her brain stem became totally unresponsive, and her body temperature fell to a sepulchral 60 degrees Fahrenheit. At 11:25 a.m., the team tilted up the head of the operating table, turned off the bypass machine, and drained the blood from her body. Pamela Reynolds was clinically dead.
At this point, Pam’s out-of-body adventure transformed into a near-death experience (NDE): She recalls floating out of the operating room and traveling down a tunnel with a light. She saw deceased relatives and friends, including her long-dead grandmother, waiting at the end of this tunnel. She entered the presence of a brilliant, wonderfully warm and loving light, and sensed that her soul was part of God and that everything in existence was created from the light (the breathing of God). But this extraordinary experience ended abruptly, as Reynolds’s deceased uncle led her back to her body—a feeling she described as “plunging into a pool of ice.”
Meanwhile, in the operating room, the surgery had come to an end. When all the blood had drained from Pam’s brain, the aneurysm simply collapsed and Spetzler clipped it off. Soon, the bypass machine was turned on and warm blood was pumped back into her body. As her body temperature started to increase, her brainsteam began to respond to the clicking speakers in her ears and the EEG recorded electrical activity in the cortex. The bypass machine was turned off at 12:32 p.m. Pam’s life had been restored, and she was taken to the recovery room in stable condition at 2:10 p.m.