In his book ‘Reflections on Life after Life’ by Raymond Moody, there is a chapter on self-annihilation. On going through that chapter, one gains a lot of insight into this matter of self-annihilation. When we combine with it our understanding of Karma, we have a fairly comprehensive perception of the impropriety of the act.
People who return after a NDE say that they love life as much as the ending of it. So, in spite of the fact that they experience the beatific consciousness on the other side, they have no desire to adopt self-annihilation in order to go there again. On the contrary, they sense the impropriety of ending one’s life in that manner. This is because they come back with the understanding of the profound purpose behind our living on earth – a purpose to be fulfilled with deep feeling for it. One NDEer reported to Raymond Moody that, when he was there, he understood two things expressly forbidden for us to indulge in: self-annihilation and the ending of another’s life – because the first one would be tantamount to throwing God’s gift back in his face and the second would be a matter of interfering with God’s purpose for that person. Another NDEer said that, in case of self-annihilation, he felt there would be the penalty of having to witness the suffering he caused to others by such an act. A third person reported that, after her NDE past a self-annihilation attempt, she was psychologically ‘trapped’ in the situation which provoked her attempt. She had the feeling that the situation in which she was before her ending was being repeated again and again, as if in an endless cycle. The pain was unbearable.
After studying many cases of NDE following self-annihilation attempt, Raymond Moody concludes that all of those people agree on one point: they felt that their attempt to end their lives solved nothing. This is an important message because if people understood that fact, it is very unlikely that they would ever think of self-annihilation as a solution to any problem. Such NDEs also make them come to the conviction that they should never indulge in it anymore. They feel glad that they did not succeed in their attempt. On being asked whether he would ever try to choose to end his life, he said ‘No’ in a categorical manner. He went on further to say that our duration on earth is such a small period of time and there is so much which needs to be done. In contrast, we experience the value of eternity on the other side.
It has also been noticed by those who understand the hidden aspects of Karma that what is left unfinished has to be finished in a new incarnation. In other words, one cannot escape difficulties by being cruel to the innocent body! This matter needs profound understanding of both the hidden and the open content of Karma. Edgar Cayce has a lot to say on why self-annihilation is improper from several points of view, including the aspect of Karma. There are many websites depicting his presentations on this issue.
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