The Death phenomenon
The death process with human beings can differ greatly. With physical eyes, the observer sees only the gentle falling asleep, or the long and great suffering which can be caused by the separation of body and soul. But he does not see how the separation really takes place. This separation must occur, however, even though it can be very painful with some people. For the soul can take nothing material along with it into the world beyond. The more a soul is buried in matter and the more its heart is attached to this world (the longing for wealth, fame and honour, etc.), the more it is tied to the body with strong bands. These must be forcefully torn apart at the separation. There are people, of course, who tried to lead a good life which was pleasing to God. There are others who did not concern themselves with God's commands and led a bad life on earth. But both seemed to go over peacefully. But that is deceiving! The good one was taken in with grace and ushered on the path to bliss, which leads to the heavens. But the bad one did not use his remaining days on earth. His fate, which he caused himself, is not promising, so long as he is not prepared to show remorse and does not regret his misdeeds.
Some people have the unusual gift of the second sight (see reference in the chapter on health). In the death process, these people can see the separation of the soul from the body, the form of the soul, the surrounding loved ones, and even the angel of death. In the little book "Beyond the Threshold" some examples of passing over into the world beyond are described. This is to make this separation as vivid as possible for you and to provide comfort in knowing how death can be a gentle transition from earthly to spiritual life.
On dying, now a few examples from the original text follow:
Death can be easy or difficult
[GGJ.02.226,05] "Such is the case also with dying. People with strong ties to earthly life, whose sole concern is the world, having much to suffer already during their short earthly life, often become sick in soul and thereafter certainly scone in body, and are in great misery. And they have often to contend with unbearable pain before separation from body, passing from the body in a severely numbing pain that often lingers afterwards for lengthy periods, especially with souls that wallowed in physical comfort in the world. Whereas souls who in the world had reached the commendable conclusion that all the treasures of the world are of no use to it - since they have to sink into death with the body, having freed themselves from Adam's old scar as much as possible and having instead found God's "Atman" within them, nurturing same with all care, - have firstly very little of any kind of sickness to withstand.
 Once the soul's life is tied to its spirit, in time its body also shall assume a spiritual direction and hence become less sensitive to impressions from the outer material world. Because every sickness usually arises from the shearing of some tie with the world. In short, through the life-hungry soul the body is stuffed with a thousand diverse needs. If, on account of climactic or a thousand other conditions, it cannot obtain satisfaction, then one or the other band must be broken, soon making the body sick and to suffer exceedingly, and with it the soul, which ultimately and together with the body is the bearer of the larger part of the pain.
 If however the soul, through much self-depravation has trained to do without much of the death-bearing world-habitat, then there shall ultimately not be many bands left between the dead goods of the world and the body, and not much shall be left over for painful rupturing. If therewith the basis for many physical sicknesses is lifted, then I Myself would like to see from where these should enter the body and the sensible soul.
said: "When you will live in such a way that your soul will be completely reborn in his spirit, that spirit will quickly and easily be able to settle with all impure spirits that are still in your flesh, and then you will die a blissful death, also what concerns the body. But someone who in general will indeed seriously live and act according to My teaching, but besides that will still secretly fall back into his old habits, yes, then he also will not be able to reach the complete rebirth of his soul in the spirit, and finally during his passing away, with all humility and patience, he will have to accept that he still will have to struggle with many sorrows. Because then, the suffering will be the fire which will purify the life's gold of men from many dross. Because that which is spiritually impure cannot enter Heaven, which is as much as saying the following: the pure Spirit from God cannot unite completely with the soul until this soul has completely and forever banned everything out of himself that belongs to matter and its judgment. Indeed, whoever wants to separate with a blissful bodily death from this world must take this well into account.
 Besides that, you should be moderate in eating and drinking and not be eager for artificial delicacies, then you will keep the health of your body for a long time, and death will be as the pleasant falling asleep of a worker who became tired in the true vineyard of God. The soul will thereby float away happily and clear-sightedly from the bodily envelopment that has become frail, and will be led into the indescribable happiness of the Heavens by many friends, and he will be endlessly happy and cheerful because he finally is delivered from this world and its misery.
 Therefore, whoever will completely and entirely live and act according to My teaching will also entirely be blessed with its happy results. But whoever will not do this completely and entirely, will also receive the blessing accordingly. Have you, My friend, understood this now?"
A death experience
[GGJ.04.128.03] "When I [Mathael], a disciple of Jesus] was about seven or perhaps already eight years old, five people suddenly died of an epidemic like a plague. They were a neighbour's wife, two of her elder daughters and two otherwise completely healthy young girls.
04] It was however strange that this unusual epidemic only killed otherwise very healthy adult women and young girls. When in the neighbour's house the wife became ill, the two daughters and the two young girls having died on the previous day, the neighbour came to us full of despair and sorrow and implored us to help him, if at all possible, to save his wife's life. My father, who owned a very fine property near Jerusalem and lived there most of the time, also acted as a doctor during emergencies and it was therefore for him a call of duty to respond to his unfortunate neighbour's request. I was not allowed to stay at home as you will readily infer from the fact, that I often recommended quite good remedies to my father as the voices of my spirits often entrusted them to me.
05] My father was very confident that I would be joined by my spirits in the neighbour's house, who would suggest a cure for the critically ill wife and so I was nolens volens (if I wanted to or not) taken along. My father was not mistaken as I actually saw a number of spirits - certainly a mixture of good and bad. This time however there was no recommendation of a healing remedy and a great spirit wearing light grey pleated clothing, said to me, when I passed on the request from my father for a cure: 'Look at this woman who has passed away! Her soul is already hovering above her chest cavity, which is the usual way the soul exits the body!'
06] I now looked more closely at the dying person. From the pit of the chest a white vapour arose, continued to expand above the chest and also became increasingly more intense; but I could not detect any human form. When I looked at it quizzically, the large, light grey spirit said to me: 'Just observe how the soul is departing from its earthly dwelling for ever!' I said, however: 'Why is it that this departing soul has no shape while all of you who are also souls have very proper human images?' The spirit said: 'Just wait a moment; when the soul has left the body completely it will gather itself together properly and will then become quite beautiful and agreeable to look upon!'
07] As I watched the vapour continue to spread and thicken above the patient's chest cavity, the body was still alive and groaned now and then, just like someone who is troubled by a bad dream. After about a quarter of a Roman hour, the vapour cloud, about the size of a twelve year old girl, hovered about two hand-spans above the body of the dying woman, only connected to the chest by a finger-thick column of vapour. The column was of a reddish colour and now and then it would suddenly become longer and then shorten itself again. However after each of these lengthening and shortening cycles, the vapour column became thinner and the body twisted by visibly painful convulsions.
08] After about two hours in Roman time, the column of vapour freed itself completely from the chest cavity and at the lower end it looked like a plant with a fibrous root. At the moment the vapour column became completely separate from the chest and I observed two phenomena. Firstly, the end of the body's death throes and secondly, the instant transmutation of the very white vapour cloud into the easily recognisable image of the neighbour's wife. She was immediately shrouded in a white, pleated shift, greeted all the friendly spirits who were present, but also clearly asked where she now was and what had happened to her. She was also quite astonished to see the pleasant surroundings which she was now enjoying.
09] As I could see nothing of these surroundings. I asked my large light-grey spirit where they were to be seen. The spirit replied: 'You can not see them from your own body because they are merely a figment of the life-time imagination of the person who has passed away and will only gradually assume a greater and more permanent reality!' I was discouraged by these words and the spirit then started to speak in a tongue completely foreign to me. He must however have made a pleasant comment to the unfettered soul because there was a happy look on her face.
10] It seemed odd to me, that this free soul was apparently unconcerned about the fate of her earlier body and began immediately to converse quite fluently with the spirits - but everything was in a very foreign tongue. After a while the two daughters as well as the two hand-maidens who had died were led to her, greeting their former mother/mistress in a most friendly way but not in a manner which indicated that the ones were her two daughters and the others her former maidservants, rather giving the impression of a meeting of genuine, good friends and sisters. All of this took place in a foreign tongue completely incomprehensible to me. However, no one appeared to be at all concerned about their former bodies, which were certainly being honourably cared for, and it also seemed that they could not see any of us who remained behind as mortals.
11] Although it was strange that the soul of the dying woman, immediately after its exit from her body, could still express its amazement about the beautiful surroundings in the Hebrew language but afterwards when she had, so to speak, collected her thoughts and concentrated her mind once more, she made use of a language which, according to my poor knowledge, is not spoken in the whole world by any of its mortal inhabitants.
12] I therefore turned again to my light grey spirit and asked him: 'What are the five new arrivals in your kingdom discussing and what tongue are they using?'
13] The light grey one responded: 'What an inquisitive boy you are! They are talking in this specific language of the spirit world because you are present and they do not wish you to eavesdrop. They are aware, and rightly so, that you are here as someone who can see and converse with the spiritual side of his body just like a Burmese from the mountains of India. They also know and sense that their bodies are still here but they are as unconcerned as you would be about having discarded some old very ragged clothing. You could now show them all the kingdoms on this earth and offer them the prospect of completely healthy lives for a thousand years, but they would still never return to their bodies! However, the conversation they are having would not be understandable to you even if it was in your own tongue because they can now see at this very moment that the great promised Saviour is already present in this physical world, even if only as a tender child. When you are a man, you will recognize Him in Galilee.'
14] This was all the information which the light grey spirit quite courteously and generously imparted to me. That was certainly a very thought-provoking occasion which impressed me, a boy at that time, just as deeply and vividly as I see you all now to be. That the light grey spirit did not tell me a single untruth is proved by the fact that I have now truly found You, My Lord, here and now in Galilee, just as that spirit told me I would.
15] I would just like to have a little explanation of the reason why the soul, at the moment when it takes flight, emerges as a vapour from the chest cavity and why it does not appear as a fully developed human form. - Lord, with Your loving grace and supreme mastery of all aspects of life, could You give us an explanation?"
The sequence of events when the soul leaves the body
[GGJ.04.129.01] I say: "This you should immediately know so please therefore listen! The visible vapour cloud - which is distorted but nevertheless has the size and shape of a present-day human being - is the consequence of the profound distress experienced by the soul at the moment of separation, when the soul, because of all the fear and terror, becomes in a way unconscious for a few moments.
02] It is an extraordinarily stressful activity for the separating soul to try to maintain itself in the consciousness of its own existence. All its elements are subjected to exceptionally intense vibration, so violent that even the spirit's very perceptive inner eye can not make out any specific shapes.
03] A similar phenomenon from nature is to be found in the bass string of a harp. When it is firmly plucked it will quickly vibrate to and fro for a time and during that movement you can only see the string itself as a transparent nebulous thread. When the string stops vibrating, its true form again becomes visible in its rest position.
04] You have the same phenomenon if you consider a buzzing fly whose wings you can only see as wings after the fly has stopped flying and has therefore also stopped buzzing. When it is in flying mode, you only see the fly surrounded by a small misty cloud.
05] When the soul makes its exit at the moment of separation from the destruction of the torn, subsequently unserviceable body, it often vibrates with oscillations as great as a hand span and so quickly that you can accept its speed as one thousand to-and-fro and up-and-down movements in one single moment but when this vibration is taking place, even the most attentive spectator will find it completely impossible to identify any kind of human shape. After a while the soul's movements progressively slow down so that the human shape again becomes visible. Once it has completely returned to its rest position, the state which it achieves immediately after the final separation, it can be seen as a perfect human shape, provided only that it is not been excessively distorted by the variety of sins it has previously committed. - Do you now understand all this?"
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The Death phenomenon. Death can be easy or difficult.
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