By Humayun Gauhar

After reading my last article, ‘Zainab Goes to Heaven’, a lapsed banker phoned me to say: “Just change Zainab’s name to mine and I had exactly the same experience, more or less.” And an Irani lady told me that two of her relatives went through much the same experience, and one of them also saw her dead relatives who turned their faces away from her, including a recently deceased one, as if to signify that we are not ready to receive you yet because you have come before your time. In short, there are countless people who have experienced a glimpse of life after death, many more than are recorded, because most don’t talk about it lest people think they are crazy.

It has been shown, as in my article ‘Microtubules’ that there is a scientific explanation for the survival of the spirit or ‘consciousness’ as part of the cosmos after we die, akin to the Sufi saying that a drop of water falling into the river becomes the river. And as Shams of Tabriz said: “Every drip of seawater contains within it the entire ocean”. And Iqbal: “God protect the diver into the river of Love, for every drop of the river contains the depth of the river.” Thus the old explanation by scientists and doctors that such experiences are hallucinations triggered by the cortex in the brain to comfort a dying person is getting somewhat old fashioned, like the lament of a person who doesn’t know and therefore cannot explain ‘scientifically’. We have a tendency to deny and even mock anything that we don’t understand. But when there has been so much smoke all over the world for so long, there has got to be a fire. We are slowly beginning to understand that fire, though we will never understand it fully. The good thing is that it will certainly fortify many people’s faith in the Supreme Creator and life in the Hereafter, that death is not the end but another, better and higher beginning.

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I promised in my last article that I would tell you about what Mike Adams has to say about the seven-day clinical death experience of Dr. Eben Alexander, the neurosurgeon whose brain totally shut down, including his cortex. Before his experience, Alexander was, in Adams’s words, “a lifelong ‘science skeptic’. He did not believe in consciousness, free will or the existence of a non-physical spirit…Scientists, including physicists like Stephen Hawking, who say that human beings are nothing more than ‘biological robots’ with no consciousness and free will” hold this same view. By the way, the greatest of them all, Alfred Einstein, did not when he said, “God doesn’t play dice with the universe” because of the incredible balance in it. Such balance doesn’t come by accident, as many scientists believe our universe was created. I can imagine no view that could be more stupid and shortsighted.

Now, says Adams, “There’s a secret much bigger than politics, health, freedom, science or even the entire history of the human race. That secret remains entirely unacknowledged – even condemned – by the scientific community, and yet it the single most important secret about everything that is.

“That secret is simply this: We all survive the physical death of our bodies. Our consciousness lives on, and upon our death in this Earthly dream, our consciousness transcends this physical reality and experiences an existence so amazing and powerful that the human language cannot even begin to describe it.”

After reading Alexander’s book, ‘Proof of Heaven’, Mike Adams says that he “found it both fascinating and also confirming of several important theories that I’ve been developing about the nature of life of the Creator.”

After describing Dr. Alexander’s experience as I did some articles ago, Mike Adams breaks it down to some important facets:

  1. “The experience of the afterlife was so ‘real’ and expansive that the experience of living as a human on Earth seemed like an artificial dream by comparison.”
  2. “There was no time dimension in the afterlife. Time did not ‘flow’ as it does in our universe. An instant could seem like eternity, and consciousness could move through what we perceive to be time without effort. (This idea that all time exists simultaneously has enormous implications in understanding the nature of free will and the multiverse, along with the apparent flow of time experienced by our consciousness in this realm).”
  3. “The fabric of the afterlife was pure love. Love dominated the afterlife to such a huge degree that the overall presence of evil was infinitely small.”
  4. “In the afterlife, all communication was telepathic. There was no need for spoken words, nor even any separation between the self and everything else happening around you.” Just like the Sufi lament, ‘Why this separation between God and me on Earth?’
  5. “The moment you asked a question in your mind, the answers were immediately apparent in breathtaking depth and detail. There was no ‘unknown’ and the mere asking of a question was instantly accompanied by the appearance of its answers.”
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The passage in Alexander’s book that Mike Adams found most interesting is: “… [God] told me that there is not one universe but many – in fact, more than I could conceive – but that love lay at the centre of them all.” (This is exactly what the Quran says). Evil was present in all the other universes as well, but only in the tiniest trace amounts. Evil was necessary because without it free will was impossible, and without free will there could be no growth – no forward movement, no chance for us to become what God longs for us to be. Horrible and all-powerful as evil sometimes seemed to be in a world like ours, in the larger picture love was overwhelmingly dominant, and it would ultimately be triumphant.” If you come to the conclusion that God is Love you wouldn’t be so off the mark. And from this you should realize that the purpose of life on earth is to grow by fighting evil and to acquire as much knowledge as you can.

“What Dr. Alexander’s quote confirms is that our life on planet Earth is a ‘test’ of personal growth, and that the way to make progress in this test is to overcome evil while spreading love and compassion.” Iqbal’s line, ‘Mujhay hai hukm-e-azan, La llaha il Allah’ springs to mind – “I have been ordained to proclaim: ‘There is no God but God’.” That is how you fight evil in your own way wherever you find it.

Adam asks: “Why are we placed here in a world of such evil and surrounded by ignorance, darkness and deception?” His answer: “Earth is a testing ground for souls that have been selected by the Creator for the ultimate test of good versus evil.” Satan always symbolizes evil in the Holy Scriptures.

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Adams “working theory is that our planet Earth is among the highest evil-infested realms in the grand multiverse. Only the most courageous souls agree to come to Earth by being born into human bodies and stripped of their memories”, not something that Dr. Alexander contends. I, myself, am not sure whether souls ‘agree’ to be born on Earth as humans or are simply selected for some reason, perhaps because they are already so advanced that they could cope with evil here and become more advanced, or so retarded that they are sent to Earth to become advanced. I don’t know. As I said, we will find out one day.

Adams goes on to say that “the challenge of life [on Earth] is multifaceted”. We will go into that later, but his theories are most interesting.