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THE MYSTERY OF SPIRITS AND GHOSTS (Part-9)


If you haven’t read the previous parts of this article then, I recommend you to read those first for better understanding of the subject.  

Read here –: Part-1 , Part-2 , Part-3 , Part-4 , Part-5 , Part-6 , Part-7 , Part-8

In the last post of this series, we have completed the sub-topic "Logical explanation for the existence of ghosts & spirits" of this series.

In this post we will start a new & final sub-topic of this series named "Spiritual perspective on the existence of ghost & spirits”.


Other than scientific & logical explanation; we must consider the spiritual perspective in this matter.


Why “Spiritual Perspective”?


Well, the spiritual view-point that we are going to adopt for discussing about spirits & ghosts, traces back its origin from ancient texts written nearly 5000-3000 years ago.

Though the ancient scriptures are very old but, they were written by great scholars and reveals many things that can shake the fields of modern science.

These scriptures contain so much high moral values that even in this modern era, we often use the teachings and quotes from these scriptures while giving some examples.

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Therefore, ignoring such an important thing in our discussion related to a mysterious topic will be a foolish thing.

So, here we will use the facts that are written in the ancient scriptures of India, known as “Vedas”.


Human Body as per the “Vedas”


As per the Vedas; the 5 kinds of sheaths or, “Kosha” and the life force (Prana) that has again 5 kinds of manifestation forms a living human body.


Prana (The Life force)

“Prana” or, the “life force” is nothing but, “air” (Or, “Vayu”, in Sanskrit) along with its subtle manifestation. It enters the body with the first breath and starts escaping the body after death.

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Manifestation of the life force


In between life and death, the physical body interacts with the life force within. The air that we inhale and exhale is also a kind of “life force” but, despite of this, there are other 4 kinds of “Prana” exist within the body.

The 5 kinds of manifestation of the “Prana” are named as follows-:
  1. Samana Vayu
  2. Prana Vayu
  3. Udhana Vayu
  4. Apana Vayu
  5. Vyana Vayu


Kosha (The Sheaths)


Other than the “Prana”, the 5 types of sheaths or “Kosha” makes the physical body along with the subtle body. They are named as follows -:
  1. Annamaya kosha (Food sheath)
  2. Pranamaya kosha (Subtle air sheath)
  3. Jyanamaya kosha (Knowledge sheath)
  4. Vigyanamaya kosha (Intellect sheath)
  5. Anandamaya kosha (Bliss sheath)

From these 5 koshas, if we remove the food sheath (Annamaya kosha) then, the remaining four forms the subtle body.


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Five sheaths in human body


Our physical body is also called as the “Gross body” or, “Causal body” because it experiences pain & pleasures depending upon the past deeds (Karma).


The journey after death


When the physical body dies, it is actually the “Annamaya kosha” or, “Food sheath” that died and not the subtle one.

The subtle or, astral body can’t be seen because it is nothing but a form of energy, called “Spiritual energy” or, “Spirit”.


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It can be imagined as the body that we see as ourselves in dreams.

Astral body only feels attachments and various emotions towards certain things and especially, a deep sense of attachment with its physical body but, it exactly can’t able to define the relation behind such attachment or, emotions.

For analogy, assume the astral body as the “Hard disk” that has all the information within it but, without a processing unit (CPU)

Connection between “Prana” and “Astral body”


After death of a person, the subtle body including “Pranamaya kosha” leaves the physical body (Annamaya kosha).

The “Pranamaya kosha” is responsible for the functioning of “Prana” in the physical body and therefore, after death, the life force gradually starts escaping the physical body.

Just after the death, the “Prana” responsible for maintain temperature and breathing, known as “Samana Vayu”, leaves the body. 

However, the other 4 “Pranas” remain with the body and as long as there is any trace of “Prana” present with the physical body, the astral body (Spirit) constantly feels the immense amount of attraction towards it.

After 30 to 60 minutes of death, the “Prana Vayu” leaves the body. Now, in between this gap, one can resurrect the body and there are many such medical cases where, doctors are able to make a person alive by some means like electrical shocks etc.

This is the time when people claim to experience OBEs (Out of Body Experiences) or, NDEs (Near Death Experiences).

In very rare cases; the “Prana Vayu” leaves the body after an hour of death and hence, there are very rare case where people get back to life even after one hour of death.

But, whatever may the case, people often forgot many things from experiences like NDEs & OBEs and for them, its just like a dream. So, there are very few cases where people strongly claim to have some esoteric experiences, i.e., NDEs & OBEs.


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After 6 to 12 hours of death, “Uddana Vayu” (Another manifestation of “Prana”) exits.

Till there is “Uddana vayu” in the body, there are some tantric processes by means of which the body can be resurrected. There are no such medical techniques that can do so.

However, reviving the body, by any means, after the exit of “Uddana vayu” is practically impossible.

After “Uddana vayu”, somewhere in between 12 to 18 hours, another manifestation of “Prana” known as “Apana Vayu” exits.

Finally, the last but, not the least kind of “Prana” known as “Vyana vayu” remains in the body.

“Vyana vayu” continues its exiting process thereby, which can take up to 11 to 14 days in case of normal death and can also be extended up to 48 to 60 days in case of unnatural deaths like accidents etc.

As “Vyana vayu” is the preservative nature of the life force itself; therefore, one can notice changes like growing of nails and facial hairs in dead body even after 5 to 6 days of death.

This confirms the presence of some sort of life force in the body even after few days of death.


Cremation & Death rituals in Hinduism 


In Hindu religion; people used to burn the body in fire and turn it into ashes. This process helps a lot to the astral body to feel that he/she is dead because cremation transforms the whole body into ashes within some hours dissipating all forms of “Prana” in the air.


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Cremation ground in India


Without a body, the subtle body feels separation and wanders in the dream like state but, still it feels the attraction towards their dearest relatives, favorite objects, worst enemies etc.

The “Spirit” experiences many dimensions without any boundaries of time & space. They can even able to communicate with their dearest one through dreams and sometimes, they also give indications of good/bad future events.

Therefore, death rituals (also known as “Sraddh”) is very important in Hinduism because, when the relatives of the departed ones do this, the spirit of that person feels very happy. It clears their dilemma and made their journey to next life easier.


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Death rituals in Hinduism


(We’ll discuss this in our future posts, with some more details)

An astral body experiences good & sweet dreams that can be otherwise called as “Heaven” and nightmares that can be interpreted as “Hell”, according to its “Karma” and also shares the dream with its ancestors (also known as “Pitri”).

As the concept of “Time” is not there, thus, it doesn’t matter if someone is alive or, dead and in either case they can visit the astral bodies of past and future.

Therefore, sometimes we see people, who are on the verge of death claim to have visions of their ancestors who might have departed from their childhood.

It may seem paradoxical because, we are very much familiar with the concept of time and three-dimensional space that, thinking anything beyond seems impractical to us.

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