Why some people, especially those who have nurtured a deep attachment with their earthly life, after death, find it difficult to let go of their past existence and get trapped in a miserable Earthbound middle zone, where they're neither able to go back nor are they able to move forward to a new existence in the afterlife, and become what we call as cause operates as they're known in Sanskrit.


Now, besides barriers, there are many other causes why some people get trapped in the prep uni or the go state after death. And in this article, we shall go through five of the important ones. So let us begin. 

The first course on our list is excessive grief of relatives. When a loved one passes away, sometimes people slip into extensive periods of mourning and depression. Well, this is an understandable reaction. 

The sages of Vedanta however, cautioned against it. Grief to long continued does not help but delays the journey of the departed soul.


The one thing that one should not do is hold them back by sorrow or anything else that would pull them nearer to earth or delay their journey to their place of rest.

 Excessive grief of relatives acts as a heavy anchor to weigh down the departed and causes them to get stuck in an Earthbound zone, unable to let go of their past life and move on to higher celestial realms.

 Therefore grief at someone's passing must be minimized. This however, does not imply that we forget those who have passed. 

Rather it means that we regularly send good thoughts and prayers their way and try our best to bring our own life back on track.

 So that those who love us and who have transitioned to the other side may not be unnecessarily troubled overridden our count, the sooner we can put our life back together, the faster they can move on with this, this section thing which causes many departed spirits to get trapped in the pret uni as cause is an excessive attachment to material things. 

Swami abeyta has illustrated this point with a thought provoking example in his book life beyond death. Suppose I build a beautiful house and that house abounds in beautiful furniture. 

And I have devoted most of my time in decorating that house. As a result of all this, I have gotten immensely attached to that house. Now, just imagine the state of my mind at the time of death .

When I suddenly have to let go of everything. Will I be able at that point to adjust and cut the attachments which are spent 40 to 50 years cultivating and nourishing?

likely not?
And so Swami abeyta man tells us that even after death because
of my immense attachment to my home, I would dislike to leave that spot and I would remain right there invisible, and might not be seen by others, but my strong attachment with wholeness In that place, in other words, I would become a ghost. 

So from this example, we can understand how the attachments we breed in this life have the potential to create immense havoc for us in the afterlife.

 It is for this reason that the rishis of Vedanta have laid a tremendous emphasis on cultivating detachment from our material possessions at each and every moment while we're still living.


This ideal of detachment, as we all know is one of the core messages of the Bhagavad Gita.

The third cause for departed souls getting trapped in an Earthbound ghostly condition is an excessive desire for sense enjoyment, such
as an addiction to sex, alcohol, drugs, and even an obsession with food.

 As Swami Sivananda has explained, the passionate man or a woman whose mind is filled with strong sense cravings, and who has spent his or her life in much sensual indulgence in this earth plane, enters the freight loop. 

That is the world of course after death. The reason This happens is because the desires and habits which we spend a lifetime cultivating, do not vanish after death but remain present in the subtle body or the mind.

 And the mind as I've explained in an earlier video survives the death of the physical body, and journeys on with the soul after death. 

Now in the case of people who have lived the self control morally upright spiritual or religious life, such people because they have
kept their sensual desires modest and have filled their mind with higher ideals while living, therefore, after death.

 they find it easy to cut their attachments and are able to journey onto higher spiritual realms, commonly referred to as heaven in most religions. In Hinduism, these heavenly realms are called swagger, poetry, look, the realm of the ancestors, hear the souls enjoy the fruits of their good deeds, and after a period of rest, prepare for the next book. 

Now later in this video, I shall list out some very rational points. About what heaven and hell really are, as explained by the sages of Vedanta. 

But for now, let us carry on with our discussion and see why those with excessive sensual desires become close after death. So in the case of people who have spent their whole life catering to sensual cravings, and whose minds are entirely saturated with animal passions, in the case of such people;
even after death is
lower desires dominate their mind, and as a result, these souls remain Earth bound looking for means to fulfill their animal passions.


To understand this point better consider the example of a person who has spent his entire life satiating his desires for alcohol and sex.

Now, after death, such a person's mind would still be filled with these very same longings, he will still want to eat, drink and enjoy with women.

 But after death, he will find that he no longer has the means that is the physical body to fulfill these desires. For example, now He can no longer walk to a bar and drink liquor, but the long game is still present in his mind.

 And so such people after death enter into a costly state of terrible mental agitation and frustration, and remain bound to Earth desperately searching for ways to gratify their
desires.

Such spirit Swami Aveda Nan has explained in his book usually end up hovering around brothels or they try to take possession of the mind and body of a very weak minded person, such as a medium who has opened himself up to suggestions from the spirit world, or some weak willed friend or relative and drive him or her to drink or engage in other activities so that they can enjoy them as well.

 It is for this reason that the great gurus of Vedanta with their deep yogic insight into the souls journey after death, have warned us not to make sense enjoyments the sole and highest aim of life as Swami Sivananda has cautioned if you do not wish to enter the pretlow That is the realm of course and undergo sufferings then learn to be wise.

Learn to control the senses lead a well regulated and disciplined life. Do not allow the senses to run right?

 Give up gluttony, meaning and unrestrained indulgence and food, drink and sex. Do not follow the philosophy of flesh, passions and appetites will only torment you when you pass through death.

 If you practice self restraint, you will enter the region of bliss. The fourth and fifth causes for departed spirits getting imprisoned in the ghost state are related, and so we shall examine them together.

 And these last two causes are when people either commit suicide or they die of violent death. Sometimes when people are faced with overwhelming and unsolvable life problems in such dark times, they often contemplate suicide as a way out. 

But this belief that death will somehow free them from their problems is actually deeply flawed and tragically false as the great way down Thick texts that he shall punish and declares, there is in reality, no escape. 

sunless are those words and enveloped in blinding gloom to which all those people who are slaves of their own self go departing from here.

 The reason this is so is because when a person commits suicide or dies in a violent crime, his or her mind at the time of death is either full of the emotions of impatience, disgust, sadness and helplessness, or it is filled with anger, revenge, fear and pain.

 And as Sri Aurobindo has explained in his commentary on the issue, open issue, this turbulent state of mind does not cease with the death of the physical body, but carries on to the afterlife as well.

 And this results in terrible sufferings for the departed soul. When a man dies in great agitation of mind and his last thoughts are full of fear, rage, pain or horror. 

Then the Jeeva ma that is the individual soul which is encased in the search machinery that is the subject The body or the mind, is unable to shake off these impressions from his mind for years, sometimes centuries. 

On account of this disturbed state of mind, these souls after death are unable to pass on to higher happier and more peaceful spiritual realms, and instead remain stuck in a hellish ghostly twilight zone, where they're left continually repeating the last scene of their life. 


It's impressions and it's violent disquiet, and until they have one of these there is no possibility of Shanti meaning peace for their minds. 

It is for this reason that prayer ceremonies such a shot for the peaceful transition of the departed souls are heavily emphasized in Hinduism.

 By sending daily prayers of love, hope and peace their way, we can help a loved one, especially those who have passed in tragic circumstances, to let go of the past and transition on to peaceful realms. 

Now one may ask the question, How exactly do our prayers and mantras help the departed they Help Swami abeyta nan has explained by soothing the mind of the deceased, we can help the spirits because they are nearer to a thought realm. 

If we send them a good thought, we are helping them because thought is a product of the mind. And the departed souls remain in a mental world and so our thoughts can easily reached them. 

Now before we end, let us briefly touch upon what heaven and hell really are, as explained by the sages of Vedanta.

 As we all know, different religions of the world give different descriptions of Heaven and Hell, and many rational persons around the world are often left feeling utterly conflicted.


After all, which one of these descriptions is true? But luckily for us Vedanta philosophy, which is the oldest, deepest and most profound spiritual philosophy in the world, offers the most rational explanation which beautifully reconciles many differences. 

According to the sages of Vedanta, there is not one particular heaven or one particular thing. But there are actually innumerable heavens and hells. 

This is possible because Contrary to popular belief, Heaven and Hell are not actual physical places with hills, trees, mountains and rivers, but their psychological or mental states. 

Remember that the mind accompanies the soul after death and so after death, we actually live in a mental world. Now, depending upon a person's life experiences and their religious disposition, after death, they each experience their own specific type of heaven or hell.

 For more details on how this happens, I would highly recommend reading the book life beyond physical death by Shri Ram Sharma Jr. and the book life beyond death by Swami abeyta.


Now since Heaven and Hell are mental states, therefore the sages of Vedanta say that they are not permanent. What this means is that no soul can recite in heaven eternally, or be condemned to suffer in hell forever, but must necessarily reincarnate from all these heavenly and hellish states in In order to continue on with its evolutionary journey, fulfill its desires and work out its karma. 

Lastly, even though heavens and health exist, the sages of Vedanta tell us that there are only low spiritual realms which ordinary unenlightened souls experience highly evolved souls after death attained to much higher celestial realms which ordinary souls cannot reach.

It is for this reason that the attainment of the lowest spiritual realm of Heaven is never emphasized as a worthy goal in Vedanta. Rather the sages lay the utmost stress that each individual strive to attain to the highest spiritual realm of the in finite satchitananda consciousness, the true and everlasting ocean of God. 

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