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Life Beyond Death
Lectures of Swami Abhedananda
A Great Yogi and Direct Disciple of Sri
Ramakrishna
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Dear Reader,
This book has been reproduced here from the Complete Works of Swami Abhedananda,
Volume 4. The book is now in the public domain in India and the United States, because its
original copyright has expired.
“Life beyond Death” is a collection of lectures delivered by Swami Abhedananda in the
United States. Unlike most books on the subject which mainly record encounters with ghosts
and other kinds of paranormal activities, this book looks at the mystery from a soundly
rational and scientific perspective.
The lectures initially focus on providing rational arguments against the material theory of
consciousness, which states that consciousness originates as a result of brain activity and
therefore once death happens, consciousness also ends and so there is no such thing as a
life beyond death. Later in the book, Swami Abhedananda also rallies against many
dogmatic ideas present in Christian theology regarding the fate of the soul after death: such
as the philosophies of eternal damnation to hell, resurrection of the physical body after death
and the belief that the soul has a birth, but no death.
In doing so Swami Abhedananda who cherished the deepest love and respect for Christ, as
is evident in many of his other writings such as, “Was Christ a Yogi” (from the book How to
be a Yogi?), was striving to place before his American audience, higher and more rational
Vedantic concepts surrounding life beyond the grave, which have been thoroughly
researched by the yogi’s of India over thousands of years. As Swami Abhedananda himself
expresses in this book: “There is no other nation in the world, which has so perfect a
knowledge in these lines as we have in India.”
Since this book is a compendium of different lectures given by Swami Abhedananda,
readers will find many concepts repeated across various chapters. The footnotes found in
this book (except those on pages 47 and 58) have been painstakingly detailed by Swami
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Prajnanananda in the Complete Works, Volume 4. I have reproduced them here, though at
times in an abridged form. So for the complete set of notes and appendices, please refer to
the Complete Works, Volume 4. Wherever possible I have also provided links to the
numerous books detailed by Swami Prajnanananda, all of which can be downloaded for free.
Kind regards,
Pulkit Mathur | Founder, The Spiritual Bee
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About Swami Abhedananda
Swami Abhedananda was one of the 16 direct monastic disciples of Sri Ramakrishna and a
spiritual brother of the famous Swami Vivekananda. He was an intellectual giant and a
person of extraordinary spiritual realizations. This is evident not only from the depth of his
incredible writings, but also from his own initiation experience under Sri Ramakrishna, which
he documents in his autobiography:
“One Sunday morning, I reached the temple garden at Dakshineshwar where I met the great
yogi, Ramakrishna Paramhamsa. After reading my past life he said: ‘You were a great yogi
in your past incarnation.’ Then he initiated me and gave me instructions in concentration and
meditation. He touched my chest and aroused my Kundalini, the ‘Serpent Power’ at the base
of my spinal column, and I went into Samadhi, the state of superconsciousness.”
During his discipleship years under Sri Ramakrishna, Swami Abhedananda became a
trusted spiritual brother of Swami Vivekananda and the two often engaged in many
intellectual discussions on Vedanta philosophy and metaphysics. In 1897 Swami
Vivekananda, invited Swami Abhedananda to the United States and entrusted the reins of
the Vedanta Society of New York, in his capable hands.
After Swami Abhedananda delivered his first public lecture in the West, Swami Vivekananda
was overjoyed and remarked: “Even if I perish out of this plane, my message will be
sounded through these dear lips and the world will hear it.”
The truth of these words will be obvious to anyone who reads Swami Abhedananda’s
voluminous writings on Vedanta Philosophy.
Kind regards,
Pulkit Mathur | Founder, The Spiritual Bee
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TABLE OF CONTENTS
Chapter
Page
1.
Modern Science and Higher Spiritualism……………………………………..
4
2.
Does the Soul Exist after Death………………………………………………..
8
3.
The Scientific View of Death……………………………………………………
21
4.
The Soul after Death…………………………………………………………….
32
5.
Rebirth of the Soul………………………………………………………………
39
6.
The Soul and Its Destiny………………………………………………………..
50
7.
Pre-existence and Reincarnation………………………………………………
56
8.
Pre-existence and Immortality………………………………………………….
67
9.
Science and Immortality………………………………………………………...
74
10.
The Spiritualism………………………………………………………………….
85
11.