This Dark Age

A manual for life in the modern world.

By Daniel Schwindt

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Two paths, and the prolongation of the individual

As a preparatory remark for what follows, we will say that not every being will undergo the posthumous evolution in the same manner or along the same path. Several possibilities will be outlined. And although the focus of the Vedanta is on transcendence and ultimate union, the path to the higher will be that which receives most attention. But that is not the path of the majority, which instead experiences what is more commonly imagined as the ‘afterlife,’ which is essentially a prolongation of the human individuality until the end of the cycle to which it belongs. Such beings do not achieve Deliverance but are ‘preserved’ in perpetuity (which is not the same as Eternity) until the end of the cycle, at which point they come to participate in what Christianity calls the Last Judgement. This particular path, called in Hinduism the pitri-yana, receives its greatest development within the Christian tradition. This is appropriate for a variety of reasons, and we will deal with it on Christianity’s terms when discussing that tradition and its doctrine. For now, we will deal with it only insofar as is necessary to complete the understanding of the path which leads to Deliverance, and to make the proper distinctions for Western readers who will naturally try to fit Eastern conceptions into Western molds. Having delineated our path in this way, we can proceed into a discussion of the processes that occur when the being quits itself of its corporeal body, which is to say, when the individual experiences death.

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