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What happens to your consciousness when you die?

do you know that you are dead?


  1. Depends. No one is really sure. However the most logical would be the same as before you were born; It would cease to be/exist. If by some luck theist’s are right, then we may go to another world, be reincarnated, etc.

  2. Our body is compose of flesh, soul, and spirit. The flesh is our shell. the soul is our senses and our spirit is the real you. God talks to us in our spirit. Why? Good question! Because He is spirit. The consciousness is part of our senses that will go with our spirit when we die. I’m not a living dead. I have Jesus in my heart who gave me life to eternal. So, we are trinity in the same way.

  3. I suspect you don’t. Consciousness seems to be a biochemical function. I hope we are reconstituted in some other form, but I can’t imagine what it will be like. I am also aware that this is most likely wishful thinking. But in some moods the idea that we just go pop like a bubble seems silly.
    To which the spiritual answer is mindfulness. Live in this moment, the one you are sure you are alive in. Live it to the full, and that is eternal life. What the future holds is out of our hands and there is nothing we can do about it. But “all shall be well and all manner of thing shall be well”.
    This is my last answer of the day. It’s gone midnight and I should be asleep. In a few minutes I will be. But I won’t know that I’ve been asleep untilI I wake up again.
    Unless I don’t, in which case …..????

  4. If the infamous “Tibetan Book of the Dead” is to be believed,
    you enter a sort of dream-like state: your soul is able to re-
    spond and react to very specific, detailed directions of what’s necessary to cleanse yourself of any and all wrong-doings,
    in order to prepare yourself to enter another life.
    And how well you listen will determine what sort of life you
    will enter into next.

  5. Bg 15.8 P The Yoga of the Supreme Person
    Here the living entity is described as isvara, the controller of his own body. If he likes, he can change his body to a higher grade, and if he likes he can move to a lower class. Minute independence is there. The change his body undergoes depends upon him. At the time of death, the consciousness he has created will carry him on to the next type of body. If he has made his consciousness like that of a cat or dog, he is sure to change to a cat’s or dog’s body. And, if he has fixed his consciousness on godly consciousness, he will be transferred to Krsnaloka in the spiritual world and will associate with Krsna. It is a false claim that after the annihilation of this body everything is finished. The individual soul is transmigrating from one body to another, and his present body and present activities are the background of his next body. One gets a different body according to karma, and he has to quit this body in due course. It is stated here that the subtle body, which carries the conception of the next body, develops another body in the next life. This process of transmigrating from one body to another and struggling while in the body is called karsati or struggle for existence.
    SB 4.12.18 P Dhruva Maharaja Goes Back to Godhead
    An important word in this verse is mukta-lingah. Mukta means “liberated,” and linga means “the subtle body.” When a man dies, he quits the gross body, but the subtle body of mind, intelligence and ego carries him to a new body. While existing in the present body, the same subtle body carries him from one stage of life to another (for example, from childhood to boyhood) by mental development. The mental condition of a baby is different from that of a boy, the mental condition of a boy is different from that of a young man, and the mental condition of a young man is different from that of an old man. So at death the process of changing bodies takes place due to the subtle body; the mind, intelligence and ego carry the soul from one gross body to another. This is called transmigration of the soul. But there is another stage, when one becomes liberated even from the subtle body; at that time the living entity is competent and fully prepared to be transferred to the transcendental or spiritual world.
    SB 4.28.17 P Puranjana Becomes a Woman in the Next Life
    It is clear in this verse that at the time of death thoughts of material enjoyment do not go away. This indicates that the living entity, the soul, is carried by the subtle body–mind, intelligence and ego. Due to false ego, the living entity still wants to enjoy the material world, and for want of material enjoyment he becomes sorry or sad. He still makes intellectual plans to further his existence, and therefore, although he gives up the gross body, he is carried by the subtle body to another gross body. The transmigration of the subtle body is never visible to material eyes; therefore when one gives up the gross body, we think that he is finished. Plans for material enjoyment are made by the subtle body, and the gross body is the instrument for enjoying these plans. Thus the gross body can be compared to the wife, for the wife is the agent for all kinds of sense gratification. Because of long association with the gross body, the living entity becomes very sad to be separated from it. The mental activity of the living entity obliges him to accept another gross body and continue his material existence.

  6. The same thing that happens to a wave when it returns to the ocean.
    The matter you are made out of essentially disperses back into the universe to be used again. It no longer exhibits the order and organization it had prior and thus your consciousness (the infinitely complex electrochemical processes occurring within that material) ceases to exist as it was. It seems an alarming conclusion but as someone noted earlier, what pain or discomfort or sadness (or any sensation for that matter) did you feel before you were born? Nothing. You have already not existed. Not existing again will be the same. This brief transient moment of consciousness is a rare and beautiful thing. It is infinitesimal. Do what you will with it 🙂

    I believe we're built up again little by little to reincarnate.


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