People who go through a NDE present explicit and implicit messages from the perception they receive on the other side. While each of them comes up with a unique presentation, there is a common thread running through all those accounts, giving the experience a robust spiritual content. This is what gives the NDE the respect it deserves. To add strength to this matter, we find resounding support for it from the ancient scriptures of India and other places.
The ancient Indian culture is well known for its application to the esoteric side of life. Sages of those times had deep insight into several non-apparent issues of life such as reincarnation. They have also dealt with the topic of moving into the universal consciousness from the conventional mind; this has a lot of parallels with the afterlife awareness of NDE.
Some NDE people report seeing past lives while being on the other side. One such case was reported by Jean Allan in the case studies collected and presented by Jean Ritchie in her book on NDE. Those perceptions click with the presentations of the Masters like Buddha and Adi Sankara on reincarnation.
The Isha Upanishad talks about the Divine Essence being the Inner Ruler. It says, “The Self is enshrined in the hearts of all.” It goes on to state, “Those who see all creatures in themselves and themselves in all creatures know no fear, neither grief.” Now we see this reflected exactly in the NDE of Evelyn vH (NDE no. 3179, nderf.org): “While out of my body I felt free; as though I had no boundaries. It seemed that I was part of everything and everything was part of me; as though we melted together and were one.”
In the 2nd chapter of the Bhagawad Gita, Lord Krishna says the following:
“The Self is neither born nor It ever ends. It is not extinguished when the body ends. Just as a man casts off his worn-out clothes and puts on new ones, the Self casts off worn-out bodies and enters new ones. The Self is eternal, all pervading, stable, immovable and ancient.”
It is the awareness of these hidden truths that the NDE people sense on the other side that makes them lose the fear of mortality.
Raymond Moody points out (in his book “The Light Beyond”) that many aspects of the NDE are described by the Mormon leaders. One of them says, “The brightness and glory of the next apartment is inexpressible.” This is reflected in the oft repeated NDE statement of being engulfed by the bright and soothing, but not glaring, light. The experience of seeing relatives and friends in the NDE is supported in the Journal of Discourses:
“We have more friends behind the veil than on this side, and they will hail us more joyfully than you were ever welcomed by your parents and friends in this world.”
As is well known, this sentiment is often expressed by many NDE people.
In the Bible (Corinthians) the following lines occur: “We shall not all sleep but we shall all be changed. In a moment, in the twinkling of an eye, at the last trumpet: for the trumpet shall sound and the passed on shall be raised incorruptible.” Here again the serene feelings from NDEs are echoed.
If we are reflective, we not only read the above lines but read between them using our intuition. Then, we wholeheartedly imbibe the spiritual content of NDEs. Related matters are covered in the book "In Quest of the Deeper Self" and in the website http://spirituality.yolasite.com