The Death Experience
EXCERPT FROM CHAPTER 19, HEAVENS AND HELLS OF THE MIND BY IMRE VALLYON
I am standing on the sea shore. A ship is starting for the ocean. I watch her go until she fades from the horizon. Someone says, “She is gone.” Gone where? The loss of sight is in me, not in the ship. At the moment someone says, “She is gone,” others are watching her coming. Other voices say, “Here she comes!” Such is death.
Death is a beautiful experience. It is birth that is painful. There is no pain or suffering in the process of death. In fact, no matter how much you were suffering before death, at the moment of death you are released from suffering and anguish. Death is a change, a transition, not an end or termination. It is like going out of one room, through a door into another room. This “going through the door” is death.
If you are an ordinary person dying a natural death, you may experience any of the following sensations:
• Going through a door, a passageway, a tunnel, a vacuum, a hole or a funnel.
• Falling into a cave, a pit or a well.
• Rushing through or falling headlong at an incredible speed, from darkness into Light. This is almost like a time-warp or going through a black hole.
• Going rapidly down a path in darkness, at the end of which you see a point of light which increases to a brilliance as you emerge.
If you are dying a natural death you may also hear sounds. The tunnel experience is visionary (from darkness to Light), while this death experience is auditory (from sounds to Silence). You may hear any number of sounds: loud popping in your head, ringing in your ears, roaring, drums, banging noises, the opening and shutting of doors, whistles, shouts, cymbals, bells, flutes, harps, the “swirling of many waters”, tides, musical instruments, thunder, and so on. Colours may also be seen. All of this you can experience also in astral projection and yogic meditation.
Many people do not experience the above sensations. Rather, they have a moment of “unconsciousness” and then suddenly find themselves outside the body, looking down upon it.
The situation is altogether different for a Yogi or a Mystic, for a person who is attuned to Higher Consciousness, Mystical Experience or Cosmic Consciousness. These people do not experience death as ordinary people do, but leave the body without a break in consciousness.
There is no need to fear death, as it holds no pain or terror. The actual death experience is painless and pleasant. You merely step outside your physical body. That is all.