There is a soul. Ironically, it was the skeptical world of science that has helped prove the theological doctrine of the spiritual world. The moment of astral disembodiment in which the energy of the soul leaves the body has been captured by legendary Russian scientist, Konstantin Korotkov. A bio-electrographic camera was utilized to photograph an individual at the exact time of death. Using the gas discharge visualization method, an advanced technique of Kirlian photography shows the life force of the person leaving the body gradually.
According to Korotkov, the navel, and the head, are the parts of the body to first lose their life force, or rather, their soul. The groin and the heart are the last two areas of the body where the spirit resides before finally heading on to the great unknown. Korotkov has speculated that "the soul" of those who suffer a violent and unexpected death, may manifest itself in a state of confusion in your power settings and return to the body in the days post death. Although this is a frightening notion, the surplus of unused energy must find a home before it can gradually enter the energy fields that surround us.
Korotkov says that this energy imaging technique could be used to watch all kinds of imbalances biophysical and diagnose in real time and also to show if a person does have psychic powers or is a fraud. The SyFy channel show, Ghost Hunters, employs similar equipment for determining the validity of paranormal activity.
This technique, which measures real-time and stimulated radiation amplified by the electromagnetic field, is a more advanced version of the technology developed for measuring Semyon Kirlian aura. Korotkov's observations confirm, as originally proposed by Kirili, that "stimulated electrophonic light around the tips of the fingers of the human being contains a coherent and comprehensive statement of a person, both physically and psychologically."
These mechanisms allow the measurement of a person's bioenergy field as it changes when someone else directs his attention although it is backwards and not consciously perceived. Even the CIA has been rumoured to covertly use these techniques in long term surveillance operations.
However, activists had argued that Krill's process proves that cell phone use and their negative radiation can often be carcinogenic, which several studies have apparently confirmed.
Despite the opposition, Korotkov is optimistic that this new scientific field, which is a pioneer, is taking hold. In Russia, some schools are teaching children to recognize and use energy not as a suspect but as a metaphysical quantifiable fact.
In the United States, the health and wellness movement has exploded over the last decade as millions of believers have come to practice disciplines structured around the notion that our soul is a manifestation of measurable levels of energy flowing through the human body and the space it occupies.
Perhaps one day, we will not only view the departure of the energy, but be able to follow it to its ethereal destination.
What Happens to the Soul After Death?
The word soul brings to mind, the thought of something immaterial, immortal and profound. It is the most enigmatic and most abstruse of all concepts discussed by different religions of the world. These religions not only acknowledge the existence of the soul, but also speak of the soul as the core around which religious philosophies revolve. They address it as the deepest level of a being’s existence, as the ultimate level of consciousness, as that part of a being, which is separate from its body and mind. The soul is defined as that part of a being that continues to live on even after its physical death. Hence the significance of the concept of the soul in religious teachings is paramount. The fact that almost every single religion in the world discusses the notion of the soul, confirms its existence, at least from a spiritual perspective, though there isn’t scientific proof to support theories of where they go after death. However, many who have been revived from death have reported having conscious experiences while they were medically dead. Where were they going? Scientists have not figured it out. The best clues they have are the religious beliefs that predict what happens after death.
The concept of the soul or the “atman” is of supreme importance in Hinduism. According to Hinduism every man has three types of bodies or “shareeras”, namely, the “sthoola shareera” or the physical body, the “sookshma shareera” or the subtle body and the “karana shareera” or the casual, omnipresent body. The soul is different from these three bodies. It is merely the experiencer or the observer of the three bodies. It is the true and inner self of a being and is all pervading, omnipresent and infinite. The religion advocates that, the soul is in fact the “Brahman” or god and that a person’s life cycle becomes complete, when he attains the realisation, that he is one with the Brahman. According to Hinduism, the creator/god imparted bits of himself to human beings. Because the nature of god is infinite and omnipresent so is the nature of the bits that he imparted to humans. When a human being attains the realization of “aham brahmasmi” or “I am god” the true purpose of his life is served and he attains moksha or salvation. He then becomes one with god. Hinduism speaks of the soul as that part of a human being, which is infinite, timeless and omnipotent. Thus the soul has no birth or death. When a person dies the soul leaves the body and enters a new body. This cycle of birth and death is repeated until the person realizes that he is god. Once this supreme realization is attained the soul, which is infinite in nature, dissolves into the creator who is also infinite in nature. It then becomes all pervading and timeless.
Buddhism does not believe in the existence of an eternal soul. Buddha believed that the search for soul was an obstacle to self-realisation.
According to Islam, when a person dies, the angel of death descends on earth. The angel then takes the soul out of the deceased and leads it to “barsakh”, which is a place between heaven and earth. If the deceased is a good soul then he is taken to “Allah” or god who then sends him back to earth to watch the funeral. When the body of the deceased is placed in the grave the soul inserts itself between the body and the shroud. This is done so that questioning can take place. After this, a good soul is sent to heaven where he re-joins his loved ones who passed away before him and a bad soul is punished severely.
Judaism strongly believes in the existence of the soul. The Torah asserts that the soul, which is the spiritual energy in a being, will not cease to exist merely because the physical body ceases to exist. The human soul is the most complex soul as per Judaism. As per the religion, the human soul has five levels or dimensions, namely, the “Nafesh” which connotes the physical body, the “Rauch” which relates to emotions and personality, “Neshamah” which relates to the intellect, the “Chayah” which relates to desire, will, commitment and faith and the “Yechidah” which is the true essence of the soul. The “Yechidah” is that part of god, WHICH is in the human being. The religion also advocates that every person has two souls i.e.; the godly soul and the animal soul, that life is a struggle to find balance between the two souls. According to the Torah, the purpose of a physical life for the soul is to perform “Mitzvoth” or godly deeds. When a person performs mitzvot his soul is elevated to higher levels. When a person dies his/her soul goes through judgement after which a good soul proceeds to heaven or the Garden of Eden and a bad soul is sent to hell where it suffers.
Christianity is another religion that strongly believes in an after life. However, what happens to the soul after death is topic that has been debated widely. Certain schools of Christianity believe in the immortality and separate identity of the soul and declare that the soul continues to live after death. Conversely, other schools of Christianity believe that the soul is put to sleep when death takes place and that the soul will be awakened only when the Kingdom of Christ comes again. The Bible quotes as thus “for the living know that they will die; but the dead know nothing”. According to the Holy Bible, when Jesus comes again, the dead will be resurrected and the good shall be raised to an immortal life and the wicked shall be condemned.
As mentioned in the beginning, the notion of the soul is inscrutable and puzzling. Most religions advocate that the soul is immortal and separate from the physical body. They perceive it as the connection between man and god. What actually happens to the soul after death is not something that can be deciphered by man. Even science fails to give a rational explanation to this concept. The only conclusion that can be drawn is this; the soul continues its journey even after death.