Death is frightening for all of us. But those who look straight into the face of death are not intimidated. The daredevils of various shows and tricks look directly into the face of death. It has been observed by doctors and scientists that patients who are fearless of death and recover faster than those who are petrified of dying. But why do we feel afraid of one of the natural stage and processes of life?

The answer is that leave alone mastering, we have not yet thought of learning how to die peacefully without any regrets?

And who can die peacefully?- The yogis. The spiritual explorers and philosophers in ancient India delved into the mysteries of death and dying in the same manner as one observes life and birth in nature. It was looked upon as culmination of one complete life. The process of dying is a natural one unless intervened by karmic compulsion and resulting in untimely accidental deaths. If we have lived our current life very well and have done no wrong, then we shall also die well without any fear of dying, or repentance and regret.

So many people brood and think that at the moment of dying, they shall suffer. This is not true. Death is not painful; the thought of death is painful! Unfamiliarity with the knowledge of death gives birth to illogical fears. Like any other event of our life demands sufficient preparation, so does the last chapter or should I say the last page? If we prepare ourselves well before the  predetermined event, in that case we shall be able to confront and tackle the situation dexterously.

So what is required of us? And how should we prepare for it?

The five senses and our mind are the main things that are totally involved with this progression; the physiological aspect follows customarily. Each man acquires his state of consciousness according to the karmas performed. As a result, the state of consciousness in any person is categorized in 7 levels. Like there are 7 chakras in a personality, there are 7 levels of consciousness abbreviated on the spinal cord hence giving that person’s mind that level of corresponding state of consciousness. The lowest three chakras are considered the lower category, the fourth chakra the midpoint and the remaining three chakras considered auspicious and favourable.

Similarly there are 7 strata or levels in the astral world from 1 to 7. Correspondingly, the lowest three worlds are considered inauspicious, the fourth gate or house the midway and the last three worlds or gates of the astral worlds are auspicious and harmonious.

Again each strata/level in the astral world is subdivided into 7 sub strata or 7 bands or 7 degrees of minor elevation. Levels are 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6 and 7. Sub strata-1.0, 1.1, 1.2, 1.3, 1.4, 1.5, 1.6 and 1.7. Then comes the second level 2 with sub strata 2.0, 2.1, 2.2, 2.3…2.7; Next is 3.0, 3.1……………… and lastly the level 7: Sub strata7.0, 7.1……………7.7.

One should lead a clean, honest, pure, generous and spiritual life. The physical, material and spiritual goals and activities should be well balanced or else we suffer in so many ways in this world as well as in the other world also.

Just above the Earth, between the surface of the Earth and eternity, there are 7 skies. After our life expires on Earth, each human being is designated a berth or tier as per his performance on the Earth life. Recall post, “What happens after we die?” The lowest plane is the place of the liars, cheats, murderers, rapists, swindlers, etc. and they are severely punished by God for their abhorrent acts. There is no redemption, but only punishment for them. How are they punished you may ask? They are punished by complete loss of peace and fearlessness. Such bad and condemned souls are always suffering mentally and are all the time restless and agitated. They lack love, compassion and are overladen with hatred, lies, jealousy, fraud, deceit and falsehood. The duration here as punishment is long and durable. They get ‘perceived mental beating’ by the supposed Yamaraj’or Death deity and they are repeatedly questioned and asked whether they will replicate their heinous crimes. The answer always is in the affirmative. Sadly these souls never regret their deplorable acts because their ego is oversized and awareness nil!

The next strata or level is of abusers, tormentors, sex obsessed, thieves, country spies, adultery  doers and even the adulterators. Their condition and situation is more or less similar to level 1 people except in intensity and degrees in their karmas. They are gloated in ego and they fantasize that they are the doers and makers of everything and God’s presence does not prevail at all. Forgiveness from the Almighty God approaches very late for such downfallen souls. They get repeated births for many, many years and take extra-long to clean and refine their Spirit because of so much time that they have spent in vicious and evil actions.

The third level habitants are those who have committed suicide for some reason and are suffering mentally. The stingy people, scheming people, those fanatical about sex pleasures, petty thieves, angry people and those who do not wish to still reform themselves are pushed in this house, still quite dark and unhappy. As they had sowed, so they reap there. These three levels or houses as we may call them are full of darkness inside outside. They are for the sinners, evil doers, unrepentant, stubborn and ignorant. The duration is stretched until the soul promises to God that he/she will not do such deeds again on Earth. The tragedy is that these souls crave to return to Earth as soon as possible because of their so called vasanas or unfulfilled lust and greed and they try to even jump their parole whenever God is gracious enough.The lower three levels of the astral are jam packed and resemble extended dirty slums of Earth. There is no space, tranquillity, happiness and quietude anywhere.

The fourth strata or house is reserved for those beings, who along with prohibited karmas have also performed some virtuous karmas and there is some light, some peace in this atmosphere unlike the previous three lowest levels. Sometimes there are flashes of light in this region because of arrival of some saintly soul who arrives from the higher levels at the request of these inhabitants. However, this is not a regular feature. The beam of light is the spiritual light of the illumined being and can be seen by others as well, barring those living in the lowest three sections!

The fifth level is of the angels, dwarfs, elves, fairies and other such helpful souls. These beings are gentle and loving souls who were very kind, caring and affectionate even on Earth when they were alive. They can move from one place to another at a quick speed and they have been assigned the task of rescuing people, stopping accidents, creating an alarm by giving a buzz and thus averting mishaps, untimely deaths and unfortunate accidents to others. Basically they put things in order and thus give happiness and peace of mind to others. These souls are the blessed souls and require no penance or redemption.

The sixth level is of the ‘jeevanmukta’ souls. These are those ones who were liberated from various illusory tangles after many, many lives of penance, contemplation, good karmas and various kinds of purification means either at the  end part  of this life or if they were liberated even at an earlier stage of their last life, they had decided to live a reclusive life out of their own choice as they had earned spiritual ecstasy and wished to drown in it.  After attaining ananda they did not wish to come in direct contact with the normal world. In this liberated category come the rishis , munis, tapasvis, maunis, sages, philosphers, some serious scientists and even poets and painters. Such souls continue doing their sadhana even in the astral world and they may or may not fall down from the elevated steps depending on their remaining dormant, hidden desires or wishes.

The seventh sky is of the ‘param mukta’ souls, the serving Masters who have been permanently liberated. They are completely freed of Maya and are not under the influence of any binding factors or mayic forces. The soul resides on a particular tier according to his/ her spiritual achievements. All these beings live here in complete harmony and divine bliss and they shall pursue further advancement as they climb up steps to gain unrelenting ecstasy and complete peace of mind. They worship God in so many forms and meditate more often than anything else and help each other in advancing on their paths.

Again like any other level there are 7 sub strata on the highest sky . Depending on their earning and spiritual attainments, some souls are on level 7.1, some on 7.2 and so on. But there is an exception here. So far except for His Holiness Shri Mahavatar Babaji, there is no soul who has crossed all the sub levels of level 7 of the highest sky and there will be no time when anyone can supersede him because he is aeons ahead of us and no soul can hasten or speed up his/her spiritual progress to catch up with him as it requires a lot of time on Earth and the astral world to earn that much wealth.

Therefore my many, many salutations to this Mahatma, the  shashwat, eternal soul. Blessed are we that we are able to receive direct instructions and teachings from none other than this towering spiritual giant. He is the most humble soul I have ever come across. He is so pure, so gentle  and so holy. That is why God  has prohibited him from mixing with common people and he obliges God in every way by obeying him in the smallest way. In spite of having reached the epitome of all divine qualities and highest incomprehensible spiritual achievements, Mahavatar Babaji has acute compassion and love for all because he understands well how intricate and trapping is the power of God’s Maya. It deludes and traps each one of us. We all suffer because of our  ignorance and he sympathizes with us by helping us all the time by delivering timely directives and messages in so many  direct and understated ways.

Anyone of us who is serious about transforming himself/herself now, and wishes to make a better and purer life, here and afterwards must make immediate right positive changes in his/her life. Instead of explaining directly how should we die, a roundabout route was taken to explain how important it is for us to lead purer lives because our life does not end once the physical body casts off. There is life beyond what we see and perceive. It is important to have a strong conviction in reincarnation and life after death because only after knowing all this a person will be able to reform and he/she will be inspired to accomplish unceasing composure, poise, calmness and happiness which we all are seeking today.

So we return to the main question- how should one die?

Recall from the previous post that mind and breath are inseparable. Wherever our mind is, there will be our breath. We shall be born where our mind is. Death is cessation of breath. The last moment of a man’s life is the exhalation of a breath. The breath exits the body by any 5 openings or holes of the body. The lower 3 chakras are connected to basal desires or vasanas  and correspond to greed, sex, money, hunger, survival instincts and other lower sub human qualities. When the consciousness of a person is low, the mind will be in the lower chakras and the last exhalation or exit of the prana or life force will be from the area of reproductive organs. The prana will make a small inaudible sound while departing and the person will die unwillingly. Maximum people die in this manner and they are the same people who are going to crowd the lower 3 levels in the astral world unfortunately. What they have experienced here, they will continue to feel, perceive and feel up there too!!

Some people’s life force at death terminates and leaves from the mouth. They are the ones who have done partly good karmas and partly bad karmas. Their consciousness belongs to the fourth chakra. This goes to show that their mind was little elevated than most people yet it was wandering at the time of death. Wherever the mind will be, our new birth is sure to be!

Some people after their evolution reach the fifth chakra, their level of consciousness is of higher category and the life force also leaves with ease from the mouth. Some of the people who die suddenly in accidents, in stray cases have however shown their life force terminating from ears or nose.

Holy people who have aroused their third eye or agya chakra  have known to leave the body when their life force was withdrawing from the eyes.

Only those souls who have controlled their mind and senses in many lives by various techniques and have been very faithful to their spiritual masters are able to discard the body willingly and consciously from the crown of their head. The mind and all the senses are in  place and in full control. When the time to leave the physical world comes, the yogi preconceives the time of his death. The relatives and all the departed arrive from the astral world  to receive him and take him along with them to the other side, the true yogi waits until his/her guru arrives.  He is in no hurry and waits for the guru to give directions. When the spiritual master comes, the mind is brought to the place in between the eyebrows and it does not wander or scatter. All the life force in the body is collected and diverted towards the nervous system and then siphoned out of the hole at the crown chakra very peacefully. This yogic kriya is a blessing from the guru and God for all the beautiful, sacred and blessed deeds performed on the Earth by this yogi.

In peace, serenity, forgiveness was a life lived and in tranquillity the body was returned to Mother Earth after the duties were performed gracefully.

In light was a life lived and in light that life vanished. In love was life lived, in divine love and divine bosom a life dissolved….

(A note-With this post we finish the title ‘death and dying’ in occult, rest articles will appear once I return. All the three articles should be read without a break to get the full meaning and a right picture in mind.

I am yet to revise this post thoroughly but it can be done only once I return, but you may continue to send your responses and I shall revert later. Thanks & Rgds.)

13 replies
  1. doodlescribble
    doodlescribble says:

    Hi Sarika Aunty

    Since this is an ensuing article on Death I wished to ask a question which keeps bothering me. Every other day we find some other person getting killed or dying due to someone else’s fault, act of jealousy, anger or violence or irresponsible attitude . Usually the victims in these incidents belong to middle sections of society who prefer to live a simple peaceful life and the accused belong to the strata where law cannot touch them, either politicians, wards of nouveau riche parents.
    I was shocked and dismayed to read this article last sunday.

    The victim’s husband asks God what wrong he or his wife had done that they had to pay for so heavily by losing his wife because of someone else’s callous and irresponsible behaviour and these accused live in the luxury of buying the law especially in an anarchy -like and lawless India. When and how will justice be given to the family of the victims, where is God’s Will of removing injustice in such cases? Was the death of the victim pre-destined? Has the victim attained some moksha? As the accused may live for long, the victims’ family will live each passing day hoping against hope of getting an iota of justice in a sad and deplorable country like ours. Atleast in their entire lifetime the victims’ family will live in grief and hurt especially when they will find the accused leading a normal life. Why do we talk of India being spiritually enlightened when we see maximum law breaking incidents almost everyday and these law-breakers nonchalantly roam around freely. Where is God and strength of Indian Spirituality now? Do we have to wait for Death to see the justice being given?


    • spiritinlife
      spiritinlife says:

      Dear Deepanjan, read your comments two times and wish to thank you for reading each article so carefully. I can understand how you feel by reading disturbing articles in newspapers. You have asked many questions and sub-questions for which some may get replied automatically in next post I think, if not they can be answered later in the comment box.

      First of all, the law of karma is unknown to all because it can be accessed or cracked by only the exceptionally, highly attained masters and spiritual teachers. This again is given to them as ‘prasad’ by God for they have done exceptional, superior and sacred deeds. Majority people are under the cloud of ignorance. That’s why we see so much wrong and upsetting stuff everywhere. Having said that, only if and when someone gets to understand the full complication of cause and effects in our lives, will they be deterred by wrong doings and that does not happen too easily, sadly!! Wisdom is required to differentiate right from wrong.

      All I can say is that there are many probablities as answers to this complicated situation because each one’s destiny is unique. And if it was not in the destiny of the killed person to die, God’s compassion is unlimited and God will compensate in so many ways for the premature departure of the person whom we are discussing. And if the law breakers assume that they can go scot free then they are naive. Because no matter how and when, each and every act of each soul is being watched and recorded by the Highest Intelligence which is omnipresent and immortal and will be rewarded or punished when the opportune time approaches.

      And when you say that the family of the deceased will be in grief for life long, nothing could be far from this truth. But what to do, there are so many people who cause so much pain, suffering, hurt and trouble to others without knowing or accepting their blunders. What we as individuals can do is first we must be sympathetic and sensitive to other people’s suffering and needs, yet not get depressed. Instead, we must add a lot of positive vibrations with our pure and good thoughts and deeds in the atmosphere and spread love and peace waves. That is what does not happen in bulk and quantity. Add positive power from your side as much as you can and increase this positivity as you grow older. We can take our own guarantee and have no control over other people’s thoughts or actions so beyond a certain point, have a detached attitude and divert your mind in devotion, tranquility and sacred deeds.
      With love and blessings
      Sarika Aunty

      • Jerry Joseph
        Jerry Joseph says:

        Good question by Deepanjan and great answer also. I was also perplexed by maximum law breaking incidents in this country. If at all the law breakers, the wicked and the corrupt get a feeling that someone is watching over them, then I think our country and this world will be totally different.

        • spiritinlife
          spiritinlife says:

          Dear Jerry, as you are not keeping too well, I suggest that for the time being please do not think too much and do not allow your mind to raise too many question irrelevantly. Conserve your energies. Concentrate on your inner self by being quiet now. All our answers come to us automatically when our mind stops running and stirring all the time.
          Kindly note that I am concentrating and totally focused in planning and organizing my next few posts which are demanding my unbreakable concentration, we are going to escalate our levels hereon on the blog.I need time and energy for this job of mine.Travelling does not stop for me either.
          I will also not be answering to your mails at this point of time as they are not crucial and you must wait. Regarding your insisting on giving you reply to your previous mail in reference to Kundalini Shakti, please leave that to me. I am in a position to decide when and whom to reply and whom not to reply at all.
          At this juncture, your lesson is to quieten your mind so that you are able to absorb the subtleties of the matter being discussed here.
          So please calm down your mind and enjoy the calmness. Overlook the ills of society and concentrate on your own well being and conserve your energy well.

  2. Shilpa
    Shilpa says:

    Dear Sarika ji,

    Thanks a lot for sharing this very secret and pious information about 7 levels to us. I have read the book Law of the Spirit World and this book also give this same information. Your article was a reconfirmation of this information for me.
    I am amazed to know our dearest Babaji’s highest level of spirituality which is unimaginable to my mind. I am feeling really grateful to Param Guru and God that such a highest level of Guru is guiding us all. I have no words to explain my gratitude towards Babaji. My humblest thousands of salutations to Babaji that he is looking over me and guiding me towards great souls like you for my improvement. I love you Babaji.


    • spiritinlife
      spiritinlife says:

      Dear Shilpa, if you are interested to know then God will bestow a fountain of infinite secretive knowledge, just be a thirsty seeker. Be truthful in your search and go on learning.
      Indeed, we are extremely fortunate to be under the tutelage of none other than Sri Babaji, the holiest of all. Fill your heart with more devotion and love for Babaji and God and you shall succeed.
      Lots of love for you too……
      (P.S personal mails will be answered later please)

  3. midhunpk210
    midhunpk210 says:

    i had some questions arise in my mind when i read the post “What happens after we die?”, after reading this, most of the questions are cleared.

    one should percieve this knowledge, most of people living and doing with expectations and result, if some one know the aftermath, they surely pursue the path of peace and love..

    thanks a lot sarika ji.

  4. Shilpa
    Shilpa says:

    Thank you again babaji..I will try my best to improve my self…Please guide me. And give me wisdom to understand your guidance, so that I can move ahead in the way you show me without any confusion.

    • spiritinlife
      spiritinlife says:

      Dear Shilpa, the road to God Realization begins with purifying one’s whole being. No sadhana, tapasya or yatra is going to bear the ultimate fruit if we do not cleanse ourselves.
      Begin with always living in Truth, speaking the Truth and practicing every word that you imbibe in your practical life.
      Wisdom follows after that. Wisdom comes as a divine Grace and blessing from God. Do good karmas to earn that.
      Confusion is infused in our mind if we do not know what is right and what is wrong. By doing good karmas and living in the Truth, the confusion is gone.
      Be pure, kind and generous. Be truthful to yourself and your conscience and do your meditation and maintaining silence practices continuously.
      God bless you.

  5. midhunpk210
    midhunpk210 says:

    – Blessed are we that we are able to receive direct instructions and teachings from none other than this towering spiritual giant. He is the most humble soul I have ever come across. He is so pure, so gentle and so holy…

  6. Shahid
    Shahid says:

    God is very compassionate to have these lower levels for sinners, thieves and others to reform.

    My humble pranamas to Sri Mahavatar Babaji who has crossed all the sub levels of level 7 of the highest sky and there will be no time when anyone can supersede him. I kiss your lotus feet <3

    Thank you God, masters and mom for all these sacred , online wisdom/knowledge.

  7. Rajesh Shankar
    Rajesh Shankar says:

    Guru Ma, loved the below Text
    “Anyone of us who is serious about transforming himself/herself now, and wishes to make a better and purer life, here and afterwards must make immediate right positive changes in his/her life. Instead of explaining directly how should we die, a roundabout route was taken to explain how important it is for us to lead purer lives because our life does not end once the physical body casts off. There is life beyond what we see and perceive. It is important to have a strong conviction in reincarnation and life after death because only after knowing all this a person will be able to reform and he/she will be inspired to accomplish unceasing composure, poise, calmness and happiness which we all are seeking today.”

    Most of us revolve only around the present life and fail to understand that the present life is just a fraction of the very very long journey of the soul. Reformation undertaken at any age, either at early age or in later stage of life is sure going to have positive impact at least in the next lives , if not the present life.

    Om Namo Bhagavate Vasudevaya.


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