The Problem of Mortality:
Transcending Life and Death in God
OVERVIEW: This course is
an introduction to mortality, death, beyond death, and what a fully
adequate spiritual address to the matter of death would involve.
The course has three parts.
1: You CAN'T Take It With You —
Does your life have a purpose? If so, is it one that isn't going
to get instantly ripped off when you die? Many of us spend our
lives denying death, allowing ourselves to be completely consumed
and distracted by our responsibilities, our indulgences, and
our search for things we cannot take with us after death in
any overt form (knowledge, accomplishment, fame, or friendship).
But death is still coming. We get little support from culture,
society, biology, or even conventional religion for becoming
adequately prepared; indeed, we are actively discouraged from
even considering the matter. In Western society, the “dying
business” at best tends to help us come to the point of acceptance
of death (which already should be true for us right
now). And the “death business” tends to assist the
living go on living rather than assist the dead in their transition,
as more informed cultures do. This part of the course sensitizes
us to our mortality, and encourages us to start preparing now.
2: You WILL Take It With You —What
will occur after we die?
This question can be answered,
on the basis of a large body of reports across the centuries
— on near-death experiences, after-life experiences, reincarnation
experiences, paranormal phenomena, and the direct awareness
of Spiritual Masters — as well as by studying the laws of the
psyche as we observe it in life, to predict its destiny after
death. The report is not all roses, though. In fact, its conclusion
is that there is life after death, and re-birth, but it is also
likely that we are going to suffer greatly during the period
between lives, unless we develop, during our lifetime, a powerful
Spiritual practice that truly links up with God.
3: You CAN Take It With You —What
can we take with us after we die? True wisdom takes into account
both the fact of our mortality and what we are likely to carry
with us after death, and uses the course of a lifetime proactively,
for the purpose of understanding our limits, and linking up
now with That which is greater than life and death. We focus
on three key issues of the after-life, and the means for addressing
these issues: psychic attractors,
which have the power to draw us out of the Presence of God after
death; psychic bullies,
from which we are constantly on the run while alive, and which
can form the stuff of “hells” after death; and our nonrecognition
of all that arises after death as our own mind-forms (as in
a dream). In the Spiritual practice we describe, psychic attractors
are outshined by Divine Distraction;
psychic bullies are “stood up to” and disempowered by unlimited
feeling; and the nonrecognition of conditional reality
as a dream is dealt with by progressive
Waking Up, first by absorption
in God, and then by identification
- Chris Tong,
CAN'T Take It With You, The Practical Spirituality Press,
- Chris Tong,
WILL Take It With You, The Practical Spirituality Press,
- Chris Tong,
CAN Take It With You, The Practical Spirituality Press,
Tibetan Book of Living and Dying, Harper SanFrancisco,
Reprint Edition, 2002.
Adi Da Samraj, Easy
Death, The Dawn Horse Press, 1991.
- Ian Stevenson,
Reincarnation and Biology Intersect, Praeger Publishers,
After Life, Harper SanFrancisco, 2nd edition, 2001.
Rommer, M.D., Blessing
in Disguise: Another Side of the Near-Death Experience,
Llewellyn Publications, 2000.
Adi Da Samraj, The
Seven Stages of Life, The Dawn Horse Press, 2000.