In this compelling description of the ancient science of karma, award-winning author Jeffrey Armstrong explores reincarnation, the deeper mysteries of the soul, the laws of nature, and the ways in which cause and effect control our lives.
In Western culture, we frequently attribute events to science or to mechanical cause and effect. However, the Enlightened Masters have long taught that such events are actually brought about by the purposeful action of countless devas, or divine beings. These devas surround us in all we do and are constantly deciding upon and delivering to us the results of our actions.
These long-secret laws of karma, excavated from the Vedic wisdom of India, will inform your decisions and broaden your spiritual vision, revealing the profoundly interconnected nature of all that exists.
Light on Death – The Spiritual Art of Dying
All of us die, and most of us are called upon to support loved ones or friends in dying or in grieving a death. We wonder about the nature of this universal phenomenon. Is dying only an uninvited tragedy or can it also be seen as a sacred passage? Can one’s end of life journey be a time of completion and even growth? Light on Death views life as a pilgrimage culminating in the Great Transition at death. Drawing on Eastern insights from the ancient sages of India as well as modern hospice experiences, the author explores a spiritual art of dying in which death is the last and most powerful rite of passage.
Phillip Jones developed his Four Stages of Life Model while helping people of all ages successfully navigate the rite of passage from birth to death. Drawing from ancient Vedic culture and based on India’s venerable Varnasrama system, this model can help anyone balance the conflicting tasks of each stage of life. Jones reveals specific ways to live a spiritual and psychologically sound life in a materialistic culture, and explains, with sensitivity and insight, how to attain peace during lifeﾒs final transition.
The Final Call – Death
Death is a prominent subject matter in Krishna conscious philosophy, since it is our chance to go back to Godhead. Yet, the actual process of dying is an uncomfortable topic that we tend to keep at a respectful distance
death is the one topic that is beyond debate, all scholars can’t help but reach the same conclusion, death is inevitable. So much emphasis is placed on “art of living” in our modern society. People are always interested in new ways to enjoy life, but almost no attention is given to the real goal of our existence, “the art of dying”.
Preface & Acknowledgement
Section One – Understanding Death – The meaning, purpose, death of a devotee and a non-devotee, most important moment of life…
Section Two – Overcoming the Fear of Death, How to overcome death, No death for the soul, What is one’s duty at the time of death, Advice to king Citraketu upon the death of his only son, Men and women are the cause of death for each other, Sinful Ajamil saved from death, …
Section Three – Hell After Death – Description of different hellish planets, Why do people go to hell after death, How is one saved from hell after death…
Section Four – Death and the Lord – Death is another form of Sri Krishna, Sri Krishna and death, The fearful form of the Lord, …
Section Five – Glorious Departures – The death of Citraketu’s son, the death of Srivasa Pandit’s son, The death of Vritrasura, Bharat Maharaj, The glorious departure of Srila Prabhupada, Disappearance of Srila Gour Govinda Swami, Bhakti-tirtha Swami.
Section Six – 6 Appendixes – Srila Prabhupada on death, Q&A on death, Different religious views on death, near-death experience, Why is everyone trying to avoid death?, What happens at the time of death?, What does Mahabharata say about death?