There is no such thing as Death, only transition to a different environment followed by rebirth.This seems to be a difficult thing for the rationalist mind-set to envisage ,although the fear of death is a built in and necessary part of the survival instinct. In the western world death is something not readily spoken of ; it used to be sex which was the taboo subject. Some societies used to leave their aged members in a cold and desolate place in the depths of winter to quietly succumb to the elements and literally freeze to death, or they would often decide to quietly slip away to die themselves when they felt they were becoming a burden to the tribal family.
The whole western world is full of the fear of death and dying, in contrast to to more ancient and pagan view of the orient, where the demise of the departed is celebrated as a release from the limitations and privations of material existence.The identification of the self with the physical body is only too apparent in the morbid fascination with graves and their contents, which is to be seen in any cemetery. This reverence of the memory is not to be decried however, but often involves a reluctance to accept that the life that was, still lives in another dimension. And so let us mourn our losses for a little while but never be sorry for those who are free at last from the hard school of earthly experience.
The idea of the self being essentially the physical body and the last resort of a consciousness, only arose with the perverted doctrine of the Christian Church denying and forbidding teaching the principle of re-incarnation, which was replaced with the bizarre notion of resurrection of the body in the remote future with a paradisiacal existence in between and after, or the opposite according to merit or demerit.Why the old founders of the church found this necessary is open to speculation. It was not due to ignorance because most of them were initiates of a high order in the mystical schools of the time.To ignore the warnings against teaching anything contrary to the established orthodoxy was met by speedy reaction often with violent and fatal results.The Lady Hypatia was one of the first to so meet her end, due to teaching the ancient truths of Plato and Pythagoras .
And so, on the one hand we have the conviction that all ends with death of the body, and on the other the belief in its resurrection and eternal paradise or damnation. Proof unfortunately, is difficult to come by, but in the records of the Psychical Research Society in London there is evidence for life after death filling shelves equivalent to several several lots of The Encyclopaedia Britannica. The only really satisfactory conviction comes via the Faculty of Intuition, which unfortunately is rarely accessible to those educated and conditioned in the rationalist philosophy of our time.There are some interesting accounts of individuals being brought back to life after dying, but of course it is easy to explain it in terms relevant to neurology and brain activity.
A pseudo- immortality is being attempted by transplanting parts of the body, and some progress is being made to prolong life in this way, but even if perfected is likely to be limited if only because of the shortage of spare parts. A more durable form of immortality is that aimed at by those deluded and depraved enough to preserve their personality by a system of Black Magic so that after death they live thousands of years on the lower astral planes, and so to avoid rebirth.
Metaphysical ideas are very ancient and only became available in written form comparatively recently, but were always preserved in a language understood by only a few people priveleged by their long service to humanity and high status in that mystical fraternity The Great White Brotherhood, and hidden in places inaccessible and known only to the few.The symbols in which the ancient language is inscribed can be read on at least three levels of meaning.Certain of them are dealt with in some detail by Helen Blavatsky in her "Secret Doctrine", as "The Stanzas of Dzyan." It is curious how the name "Zion" has been preserved in The Bible.
I have been accused of holding to the belief in successive lives because I cannot bear the thought of being terminated, and thereby asserting the continuance of the self. This is not true, and to hold the belief of the personality as being immortal is ridiculous. Some aspects of it may be permitted to continue for a time after death in order to recapitulate on the life's experience and proceed to attend such institutions of education indicated by such preference, but the rebirth which will inevitably follow, either shortly after"death" or many years later, will always produce a different personality and in an environment calculated most suitable for "evolutionary experience".There is a repository of each life experience on a particular level, and preserved faithfully in that part of mind which is the subconscious. It is called the "sutratma"which is tobe likened to a string of pearls, a very long string, each jewel a life recording. When the string is complete it means that the final inititiation has been gained in the earthly phase of existence in a higher state of consciousness beyond our imagining. It is all under LAW which is built into the metaphysical cosmos in the great variety and possibilities of a complex septenate configuration, as conceived arising from the Primordial Polarity..
The core of individual consciousness is forever, and exists independent of space and time, and was before the so-called Big Bang at the very beginning, and will be after. It is termed the "monad" in metaphysical parlance, and is to be identified with THE MONAD which is the SOURCE of all the recurrent cycles of manifestation without beginning and without end, which being incomprehensible does not help very much in an attempt to explain immortality. A principle tenet of metaphysical thought is to the effect that there are mysteries which must remain intangible to the rational mind. Such irrational notions are of course anathama to a rational mind inhibited by lack of imagination for speculative philosophy. The totality of things defy rational explanation, although science is doing a brave job in trying to do so, but to think that ALL can be wrapped up in little parcels of discreet knowledge to elucidate the WHOLE is hopeless.We can think only in linear terms which at the outset imposes implacable limitation. I think there may be a key in the understanding of abstruseness to be found in higher mathematics, however that is only one aspect.
The monads exist in groups according to their emergence on the same sub-ray of one of the Seven Rays, at the primal fiat CREATE! This subject requires special treatment as some of it is leading into abstractions, and covers billions and billions of years and repeated cycles of creation each one different in some aspects from all the others.So much is a mystery, and will have to remain so until the human phase has been left behind for a higher. Even then, at the very highest level of spiritual development and evolution, the mystery of The Absolute and First Cause is faced, until ALL is absorbed into an ineffable and unimagineable state of ONENESS.
One aspect of immortality lies in the formation of "groups ", each element of consciousness being a cell in a Group Consciousness, every Group in turn is also a cell in an even larger GROUP, and so-on up to levels beyond the consciousness of the Adepts and Cosmic Masters, and yet the sense of individuality remains throughout but on a level somewhat analagous to human subconsciousness when the sublime state of the Logo of a Planet is achieved accessible but appears to be ignored due to lack of interest as the active unit of something greater.
The butterfly emerges from its chrysalis after a period of metamorphosis.There is an analogy to be drawn here with the human phase , if you think about it, but the difference is that it takes us a very, very long time to engage in such a transformation. It is all under LAW which controls every aspect of evolution, it is only a matter of Time, just how much depends on the amount of effort and at some stage how much personal sacrifice we are prepared to exercise. Time is permitted as an "Eternity" which is finite, but which we try to assess as to the interval between the formation and dissolution of the universe. In Hebrew there is no expression "forever", only a very long time. It is a mystery. The subject of immortality is a mystery and a source of irritation to many. The overall picture envisaged in the metaphysical conception of the TOTALITY of existence is a magnificent one, and is far preferable to the limited and barren view of the rationalist .We are immortal, it is all true, I cannot prove any of it; some of it will be proved to you all in good time, but I will not be able to say "I told you so". On second thoughts, maybe I will ?