Monday, 15 July 2013

Life after death

There are innumerable recorded and researched cases of people, who have had past life experiences. This fact clearly points to life after death. Man has had an eternal faith that a world beyond the grave exists and there is life after death. This sentiment is unshakeable, and has been cherished since the times when man started to think. Death cannot be considered as the final thing if we say that the soul is immortal. Death is actually an entrance to a new world, a new life - a life after death.

Modern science, with its limitations, many a times falters in explaining such phenomena. But surprisingly, an increasing number of neurosurgeons and scientists are accepting that research needs to be done over the topic of life after death.

Near death experiences (NDEs)
Near death experiences can be considered as clinical evidences of life after death. Experiences like being out of and floating above the body, light at the end of the tunnel, a glowing light, seeing angelic guides etc. have been common among those experiencing this phenomenon. NDEs signify that as people approach death many sense that it is not the end of their existence but in fact the beginning of another, much beautiful journey.

Let us look at some such experiences. In November 2008, Eben, who had always been fit, woke up one morning with severe back pain, which got too serious in minutes and was later diagnosed as a very rare kind of meningitis. He had a seizure and went into coma. He says he had no memory of anything or awareness of his existence. He remembered seeing a beautiful girl by his side, who reassured him of love and being loved. He saw golden lights and heard beautiful music. And then he entered a black but comforting void and had left the universe behind. But he was then asked to go back. And after seven days he came out of coma. He tried to explain the life after death experience but no one understood. They were just stunned by his recovery.

Anita Moorjani was detected of lymphatic cancer in the final stage. It was declared that she had just a few hours to live. All her organs had failed and she went into coma. Then she felt herself leave her own body. She experienced an amazing lightness. She wanted to be there forever but met her father and friend, both of whom had passed away, who asked her to return, saying that her work on earth was not over. Unwillingly, but knowing that she would be healed, she returned. In four weeks, her tumours reduced by 70%, and in a few weeks, there was no sign of cancer. Her doctors were unable to explain this.

Does Islam, too, speak of life after death?
Islam teaches that a human being not only has a body, but also has a 'spirit' or 'soul'. Just as the body has developed from a small seed or zygote, the spirit too is a seed from which another; higher form of life appears from within us, a form higher than physical life. During life, a person's spirit is given a shape through his deeds, for better or worse. When the person dies, his physical existance is    but his spirit remains, as he or she had moulded it by their deeds when alive. Existence of spirit even after death is the actual life after death.

Practical Benefits

Belief in life after death works as a source of personal security, optimism, and spiritual betterment. Nothing offers more courage than the confidence that there is a better life after death for those who use the present for the betterment of others. Belief in the unlimited opportunities of eternity has enabled many to make sacrifices for the happiness of other beings.

Friday, 12 April 2013

Stories in the Bible is True!

Bible is True
The Bible is one of the world’s oldest religious books and it is emerging that all the stories given in the Bible is true. Although, all of the stories in the book are not related to history, the tales of Jesus are full of life changing facts that can guide people to a deeper perceptiveness of God and His message. The stories given in the Bible interpret truth. But that does not necessarily signify that whatever is written in the story will actually happen in the future.  Most of it is not prophetic.

One may wonder how anyone can so confidently say that some Bible interpretations are absolutely true? This is through a faithful conviction that the Bible is a holy book written by a pure soul directed by God’s Holy Spirit.

Many Christian priests now a day’s do not preach all the sayings in the Holy Bible because they find them difficult to understand and defend. But it is important to study scholarly Bible interpretations and faithfully believe the holy Bible is true.

Now the question is, how can one study and comprehend the message of the Bible? There are a few simple things one can do to understand Bible interpretations.
Bible Interpretations

The easiest rule to understand Bible interpretations is to pray to God and ask him for the wisdom and intellect to do so. Another simple rule to comprehend the Bible is to let the Bible to interpret itself. That is, when you stumble upon a word or concept that is seems unclear, then make use of the rest of the Bible to understand it.  If you meet that word somewhere else in the Bible, study it to make out what it exactly means.

A number of the most serious caveats are in the Bible’s prophecies. One requires caution regarding these.  One should read the Bible very carefully, and by bringing into play this devout  as well as studious effort one will begin to comprehend what some of the signs and codes are about. The more you will read, the more you will grasp.

If you would like to learn more about Bible interpretations, I would encourage you to read God Is Real – The Stunning New Convergence of Science and Spirituality.  It concentrates on all of the major subjects of Bible in a brief and reader friendly approach.  It's even constructive to those who wish to commence their voyage of understanding Bible prophecy, particularly in connection with Genesis.

Monday, 25 March 2013

Yoga is Aimed to Unite the Body, Mind and the Spirit

Owing to the current lifestyle of man, physical labor has taken a backseat and mental pressure has profoundly increased for even young kids. We live in a world where standard of living has increased to such an extent that all one needs to do is to press a button to complete a task. In the present scenario, the long lost ancient practice of yoga has come up as a life savior for many. Yoga is aimed to unite the body, mind and the spirit. Thus, it trains the body physically, mentally as well as spiritually to clean itself. Yoga makes the body fit and flexible and helps the practitioner to relax even in a stressful environment.

In earlier days it was believed that the ultimate purpose of yoga is to achieve salvation. But today’s scientific world propounds that long term yoga practitioners have shown improvement in musculoskeletal and mental health. It has also been stated that regular yoga practice has reportedly decreased symptoms of asthma and has increased brain’s GABA level thereby improving mood and reducing anxiety. 

Now-a-days yoga is being used not only for treating cardiac problems but also for the reducing insomnia, depression, pain, and fatigue among cancer patients. Yoga has also found its usefulness in curing arthritis, schizophrenia, lower back pain, digestive problems, cardiovascular as wells as endocrine diseases. 

Hatha yoga, which is sometimes referred to as the ‘psychophysical yoga’ has proven very beneficial for heart disease. Studies of the effects of this yogic posture on heart disease suggest that yoga may improve symptoms of heart failure, reduce high blood pressure, lower cardiovascular risk factors and enhance cardiac rehabilitation. Hatha yoga creates a balance between mind and body by controlling the breathing process, practicing purification methods, maintaining a definite physical posture and calming the mind through relaxation and meditation. This yogic asana teaches poise, strength and balance and is practiced to improve the body's physical health and clear the mind.

Power Yoga has become very popular among the current generation. This Power Yoga is an extension of AshtangaYoga also known as Vinyasa Yoga. It emphasizes on developing individual's physical flexibility and fosters the desire for self-discipline. Power Yoga is one of forms of Yoga, which leads to a laborious full-body workout while practicing mental stability and concentration. 

Power Yoga aims at improving concentration, increasing flexibility and building and toning the muscles. The workout experience of Power Yoga is very intense as it utilizes the entire body. It requires holding a series of poses and the practitioner has to use the muscles of her/his arms, shoulders, abdomen, back feet, and legs which results in toning and strengthening of the muscles.  It also burns a lot of calories thereby facilitating the practitioners’ weight loss. As the workout in this form of Yoga requires rigorous moves, toxins are also excreted from the body through sweat. The most important benefit of Power Yoga is that it boosts the immune system of the practitioners there by making them more healthy and attuned with their body.