According to Hinduism, Your afterlife totally depends upon your ‘Karma’. Secret of death, nobody known the secret of death in our lives because death is such a reality that everyone has to adopt.

Hinduism believes in the rebirth and reincarnation of souls. The souls are immortal and imperishable. A soul is part of a jiva, the limited being, who is subject to the impurities of attachment, delusion and laws of karma. Death is therefore not a great calamity, not an end of all, but a natural process in the existence of a jiva (being) as a separate entity.

The Bhagavad-Gita describes two paths along which souls travel after death. One is the path of the sun, also known as the bright path or the path of gods and the other is the path of the moon, also known as the dark path and the path of ancestors. When a soul travels along the path of the sun, it never return again to ‘mrityulok’ and attains ‘moksha’ while those which travel along the path of the moon return again.

Life and death are both part of what Hindus call ‘maya’ a grand illusion, Hindus believe that when a soul dies, it gets born into a new body. The cycle of death and rebirth ‘samsara’  ends only when a soul realizes its true nature indistinguishable from the absolute godhead, which Hindus call Brahman. This realization ‘moksha’ is liberation, and it may take many lifetimes of effort in a human body to attain.

1. Heaven and Hell

Heaven and Hell
Heaven and Hell

According to the Puranas, which are Hindu sacred texts, there are 14 realms of existence; seven are lower than the human realm and six are higher, putting the material world in which we dwell in the middle.

The higher worlds are Svarga, which means heaven, and the three highest realms constitute Brahmaloka, the world of Brahman, or God. The lower worlds, which are worlds of suffering and depravity, are known as Naraka — a word that comes from the Vedas, the oldest Hindu scriptures. The nether worlds are also known as Yamaloka, the world of Yama, Lord of Justice, who punishes sinners for their sins.

2. The Moment of Death

The Moment of Death
The Moment of Death

Karma, the sum total of a soul’s moral actions throughout its incarnations — is the main determinant of a soul’s direction after death, but other factors come into play. In particular, a person’s state of mind is important. Taking to heart a passage in the ‘Bhagavad Gita’ in which Krishna tells Arjuna that whoever thinks of God at the time of death goes straight to God, many Hindus strive to die thinking higher thoughts.

Those whose thoughts wander may have to pass though the realms of Yama to purify themselves, but they can be aided by the prayers and offerings of relatives, especially during the first two weeks after death.

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4. The Afterlife and Salvation

The Afterlife and Salvation
The Afterlife and Salvation

The realms through which the soul travels after death, even the highest ones, are part of ‘samsara’ are just as impermanent as the earthly realm. Souls leave the lower realms when they have learned the lessons they need to learn.

They leave the higher realms when desire draws them back to the material world, where they generate new karma. This cyclical movement is ceaseless and is generated by a soul’s own belief in its separateness from the Absolute. Salvation comes through the cessation of grasping, desire and belief in this separation.

5. Good and Bad Deaths

Good and Bad Deaths
Good and Bad Deaths

Even though it is just a transition, Hindus aspire to a death that leads to a place of peace and fulfillment rather than one of suffering and pain. A good death is one that occurs at an auspicious time and to which the person can surrender willingly and peacefully. A bad death, on the other hand, is one that is premature or violent.To facilitate a good death, a Brahman priest may help the dying person to stay focused on God, perhaps by chanting the name of Ram mantra. So we can say that death is a part of life which one day or everybody has to come

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