More Wisdom of
Ramadahn by Ursula Roberts
and the After-life
is life like in the spirit world?
in the spirit world is firstly a life of happy reunion, then one of
joyous surprise and then one of joyous fulfilment. (It is only in
the lower regions of the first planes that spirits spend their time
in idleness and in foolish pursuits, because they are still held by
the old ideas of the mortal life). In the life of the spirit there
is an availability unto all who desire to gain knowledge, for there
are schools, colleges, and temples of wisdom into which those, who
seek to gain understanding, may enter. They may, if so they wish,
hold within their hands the semblance of any book which has ever
been created by mankind, or they may learn how to seat themselves in
the quietness of the meditative rooms and simply absorb knowledge
into their minds by the quietude of meditation. There is room for
every spirit to find that which he may desire and to find that
fulfilment he or she may be seeking.
So I would say to you, look forward
to your time of transition from the mortal body with expectation and
with joy, in the knowledge that as you leave your body you will meet
those whom you have loved and those who have loved you in the mortal
life, and you will also meet those whom you have loved and who have
loved you before you entered into the mortal existence. You
will also meet spirits who have heard the note sounding in harmony
and in longing from your soul, who come in answer to that sound -
these will be the spirits who are harmonious to your own special
of those who have sinned and feel remorse? How can they know the joy
of which you speak?
This will be one of your difficult
experiences, but because you will be surrounded by the love of
understanding spirits you will be aided by their love and their
sympathy; if they hear you crying with the anguish of regret, or
with a torturing of yourself because you see and realise the result
of that which you have done, loving ones may draw near to comfort
you, saying: “You may undo this by rendering service. Come with us
and we will show you how you may set right some of this which seems
to you to be wrong and is hurting you in this moment of your clear
perceiving”. So they may take you and teach you how to return again
into the atmosphere of your earthly world to shield, to guide, to
strengthen, or to give goodness into the world because you have
become conscious of the inharmony which was created during some part
of your mortal existence.
are some who see with their clairvoyant vision what seem to be
temples in the spirit world - can you tell us of their purpose?
in the places of the spirit the temples and the churches are not so
much dedicated to the seeking of the spirit of God but more to the
concentrating of the power, the light and beauty of the spirit into
a confined space, into which beloveds may come to find a deeper and
fuller communion and communication. So the canopies that cover the
top of such temples are of a very transparent nature, through which
light can stream down upon the seekers from higher spheres and from
higher places. Such temples are invariably of a circular shape,
raised with pillars of light, and from them there will always
outstream a radiant beam of pure light.
There are the green temples,
dedicated unto peace, which will bring unto the seekers a feeling of
great relaxation and peacefulness as they bathe themselves in the
green colouration of such a temple, where the light swirls with a
gentleness of movement.
There are also temples of a blue
colour to which those servers of earth often come when they have
become wearied by their labour of working with mediums and healers
in the earthly plane; resting and meditating in quietude they may
absorb from the blueness of the atmosphere the peace and the energy
which later they may carry again unto the places wherein they serve.
Sometimes persons still in the earthly body may be brought in times
of sleep or trance into such a beautiful blue temple, so that they
can be renewed and absorb the harmony and peace which the blue
colours impart. So do not be surprised, beloved ones, if sometimes
you behold in your inner vision blue clouds swirling around you, or
if you return to your earthly body with the recollection of the
beautiful blue places of the spirit. There are also very, very
beautiful temples of a gentle pale-pink colour, which gently
palpitate in rhythms of light, in radiations of pure soft whiteness,
of pink, of blue and mauve, but which are too delicate for the human
eye to behold. Such temples are the temples of the great Christ
love, the temples of the loving heart, and to these we sometimes
take earth's rejected souls, the unloved and the badly wounded by
the hurts of the earth, so that being bathed in that love some of
their bitterness may be washed away and they may be healed and
When you have your great Christmas
festival, and all the activities of your immediate earthly world are
suspended, many spirits do withdraw into the temples in the higher
regions to replenish themselves, to be recharged with the light and
the love, the peace and the truth that is needed in your earthly
There are many other temples, but
these are those which are most easily comprehended by yourselves,
but if you see in your inward vision, or you behold in your soul-travelling,
temples such as these, then know that it is not just a dream of the
mind but you have been beholding some part of the glory of the
you give us a description of that part of the Summerland in the
spirit world in which you live?*
would describe it in this way. There is a temple situated at the
foot of a mountain, and running through the centre of this temple is
a stream of pure water. Upon the sides of this flowing stream are
mossy banks and little grottos in which Indian spirits may come to
rest, to meditate and to draw fresh power, ere some new ministry is
undertaken on the earth. It is from this stream of healing or
purification that the spirit known as ‘Rushing River’** draws the
influence he endeavours to impart through his medium, for the
stream can be diverted, or used by any individual who so desires.
Also within this temple are kept
scrolls which relate to the further work we plan to do, and special
scrolls or books to which I myself may refer when giving a specific
teaching on a subject unfamiliar to me, but good for those on earth.
This corresponds to a library, and is my place of study and
Within this temple is the hall of
rest wherein many spirits, still joined to their earthly bodies, can
come during sleep or entrancement, to absorb the atmosphere of
peace and inspiration which may help them in their further
progression. At the far end of this temple is a gateway of silver
filigree. We only open this gate at special times of festival or
recreation, and when we do, it reveals a shining pathway by which we
may go upward upon the mountainside to attend festivals of reunion.
There we commune with those of a more advanced nature who give us a
baptism of power, that upon our return we may bring fresh power to
cleanse and harmonise the conditions wherein we work near the
earthly plane itself.
Around this temple is a smooth
grassland with trees; children come and go, and the souls of the
weary sometimes come to rest here. It is not a permanent structure,
but one we have raised for our special work, and when our time of
service unto earth is completed, the temple will dissolve silently
* repeated in
Wisdom of Ramadahn.
who entrances the medium for other work).
have spoken of people waiting on the spirit side of life for
revenge. I expect it also works in reverse - that there are spirits
waiting for the arrival of people from the earth so that they can
say “Thank you for the great goodness you did to me during my life”?
is true, beloved one; however, this comes not within the question of
punishment but rather within the question of appreciation and
reward. There are some spirits who have passed through the
experience of death and have remembered a great hurt or harm that
has been done to them in mortal life, yet by enduring that, they
have developed a quality of the soul which they did not have, and so
they may meet the tormentor with forgiveness. Because they endured
the injustice of the tormentor they developed within themselves a
greater understanding, a greater strength, which gives them the
power to forgive. But even such forgiveness, when it is received by
the tormentor, simply increases his feelings of shame, and makes him
wish to hide himself even further from the light which may be
emitted by such an enlightened one.
you explain the difference between the etheric and the spirit
etheric body is not the spirit body itself. The etheric body is
compounded of the ethers which interpenetrate the whole of your
earthly world. It is the ether of air, rich in oxygen, rich in
life-giving forces, the atmosphere which some of you say is the
source of the electricity at which you marvel. This etheric life
force relates to the earth upon which is sustained each living leaf,
each mighty tree, each living creature, each little insect, each man
and woman - all things that live have their relationship with this
great ether of life.
the food we eat affect our etheric bodies?
food you eat affects the physical body according to the type of
person you are, for some people have an acid system, some an
alkaline system and some are a balance between the two. So there is
the need to eat the type of food which blends with the type of body
belonging to you, because too great a state of acidity or alkalinity
can affect the etheric body.
The centres in the physical body
through which the etheric life force flows in, and spiritual power
is absorbed, are the spleen, the heart, the stomach (solar plexus)
and the forehead.
long a period is the etheric body used, and what happens to it when
it is discarded?
very much depends upon the actual texture of the etheric body
itself. The texture will be heavy if the person has loaded the body
with the harmful influence of unwise food, the unwise taking of
earth's substances such as tobacco, alcohol, drugs, and also if the
person has allowed the heavier passions to influence the body, so
that the etheric body is weighed by the heaviness of the more
material aspects of mortal living. But if the ethereal body has been
lightened by prayer, by pure and harmless living, the spirit will
quickly be able to rise into the purer and the lighter atmosphere of
the spirit life -and according to the swiftness of the rise through
the first plane of the spirit existence, so will be the term of time
before the spirit will relinquish the ethereal body. In those who
are very pure and very good the etheric body may be laid upon one
side in a matter of months, as your earthly time is known. In others
the ethereal may be retained for periods of years, if the spirit
wishes to do important work in the planes that are very near to the
earthly atmosphere. So in the first stages of the spirit experiences
the ethereal body is retained until the spirit no longer needs it,
when it will pass through what is known as the ‘second death’.
finally happens to the etheric body?
dissolves, even as the physical body dissolves when your mortal body
is discarded and is laid into the sands of the desert, or into the
body of the earth, or is submitted unto the cleansing action of
fire; then the elements of the body return unto the elements of the
earth, and the mineral matter is reabsorbed into the soil of the
earth itself. Even so is the etheric body which returns to the
etheric atmosphere, when it has been discarded by the spirit - the
elements dissolve into the etheric atmosphere quite quickly, and
disappear and vanish entirely away.
some kind of ‘memorial’ service take place for the second death?
who love and who companion such a soul may sometimes come to be with
the one who is moving on to another state of existence, but the
dying is painless and swift. There is a discarding, a transmutation
and a development of the finer bodies - then the close resemblance
to the mortal and physical body ceases to be so strong, and in the
higher states of the spirit growth the mental and emotional body
tends to expand more into the shape of a shining globe, and the
etheric body is no longer needed. But if a spirit who has gained
this higher degree of unfoldment wishes to converse or to
communicate with earth's people, then such a spirit must use the
etheric body of another, because it is not possible to conjoin
closely into earth's heavier existence without the intermediary link
of the etheric body.
have said that the mental body sometimes withdraws before the
etheric body. Where does the mental body go, and is it separate from
the physical body?
can separate from the physical body. In some forms of illness in
your world a person's physical body continues to eat, sleep and
walk, but the memory and ability to communicate are absent. This is
because part of the soul body is separated from the purely physical
one. It is similar to what happens in your earth if something severs
your arm; you can continue to exist and your ethereal arm also
continues to exist, although you may say it is not there because you
cannot see or use it. After death has taken place we take these
souls to what is the equivalent of a hospital in the first plane of
the spirit existence, and there they rest and wait until the energy
within the physical body dies and the whole soul body can be
you explain what happens when a human being enters the spirit word?
there comes about a death through age, or through the body being
destroyed by means of disease, then we know that such a one is going
to be reborn here into the region of the spirit. Then a watcher will
be appointed to wait for the time when the spirit is ready to be
released from its hold on the physical, dying body. The watcher will
then send forth a call, drawing in another group of spirits who
will, as it were, wrap that one in wrappings of their love, and
convey it to a place wherein it may rest in peace. There a place is
prepared, often a simple room in one of the spirit temples, dressed
with blossoms and flowers from the gardens of healing, and into
which we bring objects dear and familiar to the beloved. The mother,
father or other loving spirits will sit silently waiting beside the
new-born soul until the deep state of rest ceases to hold the
consciousness. As they awaken, they behold the smiling faces of
those lost long ago, but who wait now to welcome them into the
newness of spirit. Therefore I would say to you, a death to you on
earth is to us a birth into the spirit.
Often as I have beheld such renewed
souls wakening from the dream of death I have seen like cords
tugging at the heart. As the souls feel this pulling vibration, they
know that some beloved still in the earthly life grieves and wants
to see or to hear from them . . . in that moment they are drawn back
again swiftly into the vibration of the earthly life, to be
momentarily reunited with the one who has called them in their
moment of sadness or of sorrow. But in their coming do they not
impart to the mourner a touch of their joy, a moment of their
gladness, bringing some comfort to the mourner?
To you who are in the earthly life
we would say: do not be ashamed because sometimes you feel a
gladness enter into your heart at a time when you feel you should be
sad. Those who have passed through the change of death would like
you to share with them your love and gladness that their freedom
from the mortal body has been established. For how can life continue
from everlasting unto everlasting unless it be through little
deaths, through little resurrections, little sleeps and awakenings,
times of revelation, times of renewal, and wondrous times of praise?
But it would seem that in your
mortal life there is little understanding of this truth, for when a
beloved is coming to the time when the soul is leaving the body . .
. then those of the family and friends will weep, creating a
turbulence of emotion around the departing one, which disturbs the
soul seeking to find peace. Also, amongst the doctors and the nurses
there is an agitation, a fearfulness that the spirit should escape
from the body - and so and there is a hasty use of many instruments
and many ideas, so that the soul might be brought back again into
its control of the mortal body. Therefore, there is not the peace
that allows the soul to go quietly and easily from the body.
a person passes in their sleep, does that give a certain indication
as to the success of that person’s life on earth?
for the spirit has learned to be wise and can easily and naturally
relinquish its hold upon the atoms of the body which it has used. It
is not a reward to the spirit but it is an indication of the harmony
of the spirit.
do the watchers cope when something like a nuclear explosion happens
and all the people are killed at the same time?
individual gives forth a certain sound or note, and the totality of
that sound is like a song which we of the spirit are often able to
hear. Therefore, the watchers will be aware of the total sound of a
group in an earthly place. There will be some in that group whose
note may change because of an intuitive awareness of the fact that
there is soon to be an ending of certain lives. So if there is a
sudden explosion, or a suddenness of death or dying, there will be
some spirits who become aware of what is taking place, and who will
be there to aid those who have left their bodies. Many souls will
not always be immediately aware of the fact that they have died, and
so there will be brought into such a place spirits who are what you
would call ‘recent departures’, who are not guides, or the spirits
of light, but spirits who come, converse and convey to the souls
just died the fact that the dead body they see is indeed dead, and
that they should come away and learn new things. This is a ministry
carried forward continually.
is difficult to know what to say to somebody who has lost a young
person. Have you any words of advice how one could help them?
to them the knowledge that the young life that has been taken from
their care will be continued in the regions of the spirit. What was
being learned, or what was learned, in the earthly life will be
continued through into the life of the spirit; so there is no
wastage, but all continues into another region of learning, living
happens to the souls who are drowned or burnt in world disasters?
are just translated from the condition of drowning, or of burning,
into the new life of the spirit. Those who die in water take a
longer time for progress than do those who die through fire or
burning, because the burning fire releases the spiritual energies
more quickly from the body, whereas the elements of the body
dissolve more slowly when enfolded in water or simply buried in the
earth. Unless the soul has the inner consciousness of leaving the
body and looking for the light of spirit, then it may be tied to the
body for a longer time.
can we do to help those souls?
can do what has been done through many years of your earth's history
which is to pray for their souls, and for those who die in the sea,
sing your sacred songs! Sometimes as an act of remembrance scatter
on the surface of the water symbols of your love and remembrance, to
awaken within their inner consciousness the fact that they are
remembered and they have died.
may we help one who is dying?
may help this process of dying by saying to the soul: “Go in peace;
know that we love you; look toward the light”, so that the soul may
hear your thoughts and may be aware, not of sorrow and sadness, but
of love and peace, for this will help it to be freed easily from the
encasement of the mortal body.
You may also call upon the spirits
whom you know and love, or to the wife, or husband, or brother, or
sister, or any other dearly-loved ones who have preceded this one
through the experience of death, saying: “Please come and protect
and guide this dear one at this moment of death.”
But if you have one whom you know
has been suffering from terrible illness for considerable seasons of
time, and the body is in a state of great pain and weakness, those
of you who understand the usage of the healing energies in your
hands, may use this healing energy to draw the spirit gently,
gently, upward through the body toward the brain, because the
departure of the spirit from the body takes place firstly as a
withdrawal of energy from the feet, then a withdrawal of energy up
the legs, and then a withdrawal of energy upward to the other organs
of the body, until it comes to the seat of intelligence which is the
brain . . . But if you are unable to be present at this time, you
can equally well undertake what is known as absent healing, and
gently in your thoughts stroke the physical body, aiding the
soul to come easily and swiftly from its physical tenement. This
work will be seen by your guides and servers who will try to aid in
It may seem to you that you are
witnessing the suffering of the whole person, but often it is but
the suffering of the mortal body, for the soul is freed from its
body some time before the actual moment of death is completed, but
is still connected to the body some little while before the moment
of death, so your thoughts are heard by the soul, your love is
received by the soul, and your flowers and their perfume may bring
sweetness unto that departing one.
Often, you may say: “I will care for
your dear one, I will aid this one when you have gone”; this will
bring reassurance to the soul's remnants of consciousness, who may
still be worrying about a dear child or a dear one left alone in the
old people become blind or deaf, often bed-ridden, it seems they are
not learning anything; why are they not freed by death?
they had been wise they would have sought to learn the lesson of
patience in the earlier years of their lives, but by the goodness of
the Great Power often a longer span is given unto some souls so that
they may learn more complete lessons and bring their treasures of
experience into the spirit realm with them. Therefore, often what
appears to be an unjust or bitter experience is a blessing which
will not be revealed until their life journey is completed.
we carry our earth memories entirely with us into the spirit world?
who have lived wisely in the earthly experience, as they relinquish
the etheric body go through what we call the Halls of Forgetfulness
- the halls where old memories are cleansed away. So, before you
become fully involved in your spiritual body you are taken
through a place of cleansing in which the memory of your disease, or
the memory of your inhibitions, might be slowly washed away, that
you can become a free and a happy spirit in the places of the
spirit. That is why, sometimes, your dear ones of the spirit may try
to return to give to you a message of their love, and you may feel
confused because they do not always remember their age, or their
illness, or their suffering, or whatever troubled them in the
earthly life, and you will not know that they have been through the
Halls of Forgetfulness, which are to eradicate some part of that
you tell us about the homes we may inhabit when we leave our
is difficult to answer, for the homes of the spirit are many and
diverse, and each one is designed to fulfil the needs of the
individual. Because your thoughts and your feelings are creative,
often, without your awareness, you are creating the very home in
which you will dwell, after you leave your mortal body.
When I wander on journeys of
discovery through the many planes of spirit existence, I see the
differing kinds of homes into which the loved ones go. Here and
there, there will be a large building, surrounded by beautiful
gardens filled with peace. In this place there are to be seen those
men or those women who once spent their life within the walls of a
monastery, or within the walls of a convent. They loved the chapels
and the gardens in which the years of their lives passed gently away
in service and in prayer and in contemplation. So these beings,
coming to the closure of their mortal life, go to the semblance of
the place they have created in the regions of the spirit (the
semblance of a monastery or a convent) where they will continue to
lead their lives in love, in unity, in prayerfulness for those who
are still in the earthly world, or who belong to the order which was
once the joy of their life; or they pray and love souls such as
yourselves, who are linked to them by ties of love and recollection.
But they call this place their ‘home’ because it is the reflection
of the place and the home they loved when they were in the mortal
Then again, wandering through the
many places of discovery, I behold sometimes a little dwelling
place, shining with a pearly-white radiance, with windows which
gleam and shine; around this little dwelling there are many blooming
flowers and blossoms, and small paths that twist and turn within a
familiar garden. In such a small dwelling there is a man and a woman
living quietly together, in the peace of the spirit life, in this
replica of the little home that they once had when they were in the
earthly world, sometimes known as a ‘cottage’. It is small, but
shining and beautiful, with a pearly-radiance that is the symbol of
the love they built into their home during their devotion to each
other, and the love they had for their simple home and garden in the
You may say - “Why should they have
so humble a place if they led lives of simple beauty and love and
kindliness; why do they not have a shining large dwelling?” They do
not have it, beloved ones, because they do not want it; they have
what they love and they have what they have created.
you tell us a little about family relationships in the world of the
real love has held together a family in the earthly life and that
reality of love continues into the life of the spirit, then the
family will continue as a group through many experiences and many
spheres of the spirit life. But if the family on the earthly side
has only been held together by a common interest in the possession
of property, or by the common bond of a similar name, or simply by
the bond of duty, then when death dissolves those bonds they may no
longer hold together as a family circle . . . Many persons in the
earthly life remain in a relationship that is not necessarily real
love but one which is compounded of loyalty and duty and sometimes
necessity; although there may be tolerance and understanding in that
relationship, if there is not love then it will not continue here
into the life of the spirit.
What joy there is for those who are
conjoined together again in this unity, this wonderful renewal of
love, for these will find a dwelling in the great open spiritual
fields, often remaining together for long periods of time, simply
exchanging thought and affection. Even as in the mortal life lovers
will sit silently holding hands and looking one to the other for
long periods of time, so in the life of the spirit those who are
bonded by love may often remain seated together in a closeness of
unity and an exchange of lovingness for what may seem to you in the
earthly worlds as months, sometimes years, before eventually they
decide to move on into other spheres of spirit activity, in which
they may serve and grow or learn of other things and of other
After a season in this Summerland,
there may come the experience of reunion with other spirits who have
not necessarily belonged to the family in this earthly life, but who
have known each other in other places and in other experiences.
Sometimes these spirits become known as guides and helpers, and some
are spirits who have loved that one in another life experience, in
centuries which have long gone by. So gradually there may be
established a new, loving group which can be known as a family
group, but not necessarily a family group according to your earthly
we think of our loved ones in spirit we sometimes wonder what work
they are doing? Can you enlighten us about this?
labours are undertaken within the places of the spirit, but you must
not expect your loved ones always to continue in the same work which
they undertook in the earthly existence. The work which they may do
in spirit will be that which has been the secret and unsatisfied
desire of the soul. One who may have wished to sing, but instead
cooked and laboured for the family, when freed from the body will
sing within the heavenly choirs. One who desired to create music
with the fingers and then discovered that the hands were crippled by
disease or stiffened by labour, will come to the ‘music places’ in
spirit and will play (if they so wish) upon an instrument as large
as the largest organ ever visualised, or may play upon instruments
of gold with silver strings, so that their music goes forth like the
sound of silver bells. Those who wished to heal will indeed continue
to create life and harmony wherever it should be needed. Those who,
in the inner searching of the soul, desired only to find their god
(seeking through readings of many books, the praying of many
prayers, and the study of many philosophies) will seek once more in
love for unity with the great Creator of the nights and the days . .
. and shall find the answer to their questions.
you tell us what happens to young people who pass to spirit before
they reach maturity?
young spiritual soul, when separated from the mortal and physical
body, is taken by teachers and loving spirits into the regions of
light and into the gardens of peace, that therein development and
unfoldment may be completed in the care of wise and loving spirits.
Groups of spirit children are trained to come into earth's
atmosphere from time to time to blend their influence with the
influence of earth's dweller. As they do this, so are they able to
shed and share some of the love within the emotional body amongst
earth's people; and they become aware of the heaviness, the
weariness and the loneliness experienced by earth's dwellers.
They come, too, when you are seated
in your times of meditation, or in your little groups seeking to
quicken and develop your psychic and spiritual powers. For as you
sit thus, often a person sinks into stagnation and sleepiness,
instead of peace. But when the groups of children circle round such
a group, then they impart movement, a quickening vibration, power
and joy to the people seated in such a place; as they dance, move
and sing, their vibration often emits a little sparkling dust of
radiant light which may be seen to the clairvoyant eye by some still
in the earthly body. When the children return into their spirit
schools they will be full of questions, asking: “Why are the earthly
dwellers encloaked in grey? Why is the atmosphere of the earthly
world so heavy: Why are my parents who love me well so filled with
tears? What is the purpose of the earthly existence?” The teachers
who love and teach them will try by symbol and by truth to give to
their enquiring minds the answers that they seek. For as these
children learn the truths and understand the lessons, so in the
fullness of time they may be enabled to give to some developing
medium a part of their knowledge and their truth.
These children are not only
conjoined in unity unto their parents or unto the circles of mediums
seeking development, but often they may be brought unto the beds of
those who are sick, who are weary with pain. In each of your great
hospitals there are wise and lovely spirits - women who in their
earthly existence served as nursing nuns or nursing sisters and who
still continue their ministry of love in these places of illness.
When they may need it these lovely souls will send forth a request
unto the spirit children that they may come into these places, to
share their joy with the children who in their bodies are weary with
pain or sickness of the body.
And, sometimes, these spirit
children will minister unto the aged and lonely, conjoining
themselves in unity with an ageing man or woman so that their love
may lighten the burden of loneliness in the heart, and this old one,
waiting quietly for the call to spirit, will be comforted, whenever
that call may come.
is the effect on the spirit of burial of the body in the earth?
often the spirit may linger in the region of the burial place. It
would be good if your people should know this, so that as you walk
through these grey burial places you may sometimes broadcast light
and peace and love through your thoughts unto any who may be held
there in that area. In places such as France and other lands, there
are burial vaults created wherein all members of the family are
placed. In such places, if the spirit is an ignorant one, it may
retain its linkage to the body and be held within the vicinity of
this vault for some considerable time. If this is so, then
communication will not be possible between such departed spirits and
those who may wish to contact them, unless they can draw the spirits
away from their place of rest by establishing a psychic contact.
Here in your own land, as the bodies
are laid to rest in these burial places, so there has become
established groups of spirits whose task it is to watch over these
areas and try to reach the spirits of those who have died, as the
coffins are committed into the earth.
Remember that you who have knowledge
of these things can send out light unto the spirits of those whom
you know have died in the lonely places of the earth, or whose
bodies were hastily laid to rest in the bosom of the earth itself.
As you send out your thoughts and prayers to them, speed them on
their way in peace.
So will there be an increase in
earth's cleanliness, for some of the illness of your people today
comes about because they are influenced by the spirits of the
departed, who are still attached to the little homes in which they
lived, or to the possessions which once they used. These flats or
rooms in which many of you live - people move in and out, but very
seldom do earth people think to purify the atmosphere, or to
charge the place with light, so that any spirit that may be
hovering there may not affect the new dwellers, as they move into
these little dwelling places.
cremation a good thing?
the life is lived without a true understanding of spiritual truths,
with an undue concentration upon the satisfaction of the desires of
the body, and with a degree of greed in which it tries to attract
toward the body the wealth of the world, then it becomes like a
magnetic centre to which all these things are attracted, and at the
time of death does not suddenly cease. So it is good that such a
body should be submitted to the cleansing element of fire, for fire
will cleanse all these appetites and will destroy all that has
related to the purely physical body and to the purely physical
plane. Then may the soul be freed from its ties with the mortal
world and be enabled to move into the life of the spirit,
unencumbered by the weight of the old desires.
I would also say to you that for
those of you who are concerned with the proper disposal of the body
of those whom you have loved, it is good to remember that the spirit
of the beloveds may hover near to the body for a little season of
time, and therefore you should allow a period of three or four
days and nights before you bring the body to the purification by
fire, otherwise, the departing spirit may not know sufficiently that
death has intervened and has freed it from the bodyself. Many do not
know they have died until they hear the familiar words of your
service of burial and your farewell words unto their soul. So when
one whom you love is dying you should speak to the departing spirit
in your prayerful thoughts or with your own words, saying: “Depart
in peace, look toward the light, look to see your guide or your
mother or father. Go in peace and know that we love you”. In your
thought and in your love lift them unto the thoughts of the Great
Light which is dawning in the after-death state.
Christians subscribe to the belief that when one dies, one remains
in the grave until the day of resurrection - is this true?
is sometimes true. If the individual dies holding within the inner
consciousness the thought ‘this is the end, now I must rest and
sleep until I am awakened’, then that consciousness will remain in
the vicinity of the burying place.
So we have groups of ministering
spirits who, from time to time, will visit places of this nature and
they will bring sometimes a musician, or may even influence an
earthly musician to go to that place to blow or play upon their
trumpet, to create sound which the sleeping one may hear, and will
think ‘this is the great call’ and will go toward the sound; they
can then be led higher by the ministering ones into the places of
greater light and knowledge.
(or paradise), hell, and the day of judgment: are these things
really true, or are they only mythology?
is a certain degree of myth, and there is a degree of truth in such
beliefs. There is the place known as heaven, which we call the
Summerland, or the places of peace. There are also the grey spheres
into which some souls go at the time of their death, because they
are still loaded with their own unsatisfied desires. There is also a
time when, after the death of the physical body, the soul goes
through a time of review in which it may see the happenings of the
mortal existence and will see its successes and the failures, but it
is not judged by any judge, it is judged by its own feeling
of failure or by its own feeling of happiness and joy. The only
judgment that may be experienced may sometimes be in a feeling of
shame in the thought that other minds in the spirit are able to see
the particular result of the experiences, or the failures in the
who have served as mediums, as co-operators with spirits and the
healers, do they fare better when they pass to the spirit existence?
is true that those who have blended their consciousness with that of
spirits of light and of wisdom, when they come to the time of dying,
are (as it were) drawn up by gold chains of spirit love and by
silver chains of spirit inspiration, because the ‘guide’ who has
inspired the medium during the years of earthly serving is always on
a higher plane, and so he (or she) ‘goes before’ and lifts the
medium into a higher state of understanding. Death for the
Spiritualist takes place in knowledge, but death for the
non-Spiritualist takes place sometimes with faith, sometimes with
hope, but it does not take place with the light of knowledge.
Knowledge sheds a clear and a beautiful radiance, by means of which
the newly-born spirit, who leaves the body through death, can tread
safely and securely through all the different aspects of experience
and through all the different regions of knowledge.
can one help those who take their own lives?*
can help them by realising that what they mostly need is your
recognition and light, for those who end their lives in what is
termed “suicide” do so because of some great shadow of fear and
loneliness. It is a greyness in the soul and, therefore, as the body
dies and the soul is freed, often it will find itself in a place
that is grey and cold, where they may feel very alone and sometimes
afraid. As they are still nearer to the earth plane than to the
spirit plane, a person wishing to help should speak the name of the
departed one, sending prayers of love and encouragement, saying:
“Look for the light! Look for the light!” The soul will receive your
thought and begin to look for the light in the plane wherein they
find themselves. Always there will be nearby a ministering spirit
who radiates light, and as they look toward that spirit then that
ministering one may come to give aid or comfort to the one in the
state of lonely greyness.
Some commit suicide because they
have been oppressed by oppressors, or reach starvation because there
is an insufficiency of nourishment, some simply see no reason for
continuing to live, and some do this deed because they are unable to
continue to face the difficulties of the mortal world, or because
they are ashamed of something they have committed. Those who calmly,
quietly and prayerfully decide that they can no longer continue with
a disease, or a starving or an ageing body, may commit this suicide,
but because the physical body has already been lightened of its
energies through their illness or starvation or agedness, then they
can rise rather rapidly because the ethereal bodies are not so
There are always exceptions and many
reasons why earth's people come to the termination of their mortal
experiences, and we wish that you would not send out to them
thoughts of despair and horror, but rather lift them on prayers of
light and thoughts of encouragement.
*This theme has also been
The Wisdom of Ramadahn.
retribution is there for the instigators of the last war and the
tyrants who killed so many people in gas chambers - and what was the
reason these people had to die?
reason they had to die was because there was a great massing
together of the great laws of cause and effect. But those who
brought about the deaths of those many people will - when they come
to their own time of death - inevitably have to face the vision of
what they did and the results of their deeds in the lives of those
who followed after. Therefore, they are those who are running and
running through the lower spheres, seeking to escape the realisation
of that which they did.
But there are some who obeyed
orders, because if they did not obey, then their families would be
destroyed; therefore, for the love of their families they obeyed the
laws of the land of that time, and committed those deeds. So, for
them some part of the law of love will be operating and there will
not be, as you would term it, a total retribution for them, because
the circumstances by means of which these deeds were done were also
part of the great karma of their time.
Many have asked about the soul known
as Hitler. This soul retreated into the very dark shadows, but he
had a mother who loved him, and his mother spirit does not cease to
love her son, no matter what he may have done. So that mother
undertakes a ministry of love and from time to time will go, with
the aid of other spirits, into the place of shadows and try to show
him some manner in which he may heal the many wrongs which occurred
during his life's experience. As with him, so is it for many others.
In your mortal world there is no
soul who is not loved by at least one spirit, and even if such a
soul refused to admit the presence of such a one because he is so
involved with his own shame, still we have our own ways of
penetrating through the shadows. Unto some we would take a simple
animal soul, from whom the person has experienced some devotion at
some time, and when that animal comes close, then often we see the
lightening in recollection by the one who is enclosed in his
darkness, and a reaching out to the comfort and the companionship
which the animal may bring him. Then, slowly, the ministering
spirits may be enabled to approach him or her, and draw them upward
through giving service, or through love, or understanding, into the
places of goodness and of light.
happens to someone who is an agnostic and does not believe in
religion or an afterlife - where would he go?
condition, beloved one, would depend on the manner of life in which
such a one lived on earth. If that one lived with the thought of
enriching and beautifying the world by giving goodness and
companionship and love to those who surrounded him, or to
beautifying some part of the planet, then this would be regarded as
a symbol of worship, for he would be expressing from within himself
some part of his inner creativity. But if a man had no thought or
belief beyond himself, and created simply a shell of inner
selfishness or self-concern, then on leaving the mortal body he
would come into the first plane of spirit existence, where he might
remain for what in your earth term is a considerable time, contained
within his own shell, until realising his loneliness and isolation,
he endeavoured to come out of that, to try to reach others who might
But I would say to you, progress in
the regions of the spirit is not founded upon belief, but it is
conditioned by what the belief brings forth in the soul of
the person. Therefore, if your belief, or your religion, brings
forth from within you an appreciation of the beauty of your planet,
and engenders within you a compassion for the persons who are around
you, and increases love within your heart, then your religion, or
your belief, is good.
the fear of death lessening in the world?
the minds of those who are aged in years, who dwell within their
lonely place, no longer able to meet with minds or listen to the
communications through the mediums, we see that these souls wait
quietly without fear to the time when the body shall dissolve, and
their spirit shall be free, and they may come with joy into the
great new life of the spirit. It is not good that men and women
should leave the body with the cloak of fear drawn close around
them, for when they do so, often they become immersed within the
shadowed places near to the earth, and we cannot easily draw them
out into the great high places of light and of joy. So we would say
to you, go on spreading your silent influence wherever you may go.
Wage your war upon man's fear of death. To those who are coming to
the end of the journey and who are afraid, say: “Fear not, death is
not a door that leads to darkness, it is a door that leads to
freedom and to light”.
are children who are born, live for a Little while, and then
suddenly die for no particular reason. Can you pleas give some
explanation of this?
may come for a little while and be unable to maintain their hold
upon the physical body, either because of some fault within the
etheric body, or sometimes because of changes that are taking place
in the atmosphere of the earth itself. There are changes that are
being brought about by the usage of very subtle instruments in your
earth. You are sending forth radiations of sound through your
broadcasting machines, radiations through the creation of your
picture machines (television), and even radiations through your food
preparation machines. All of them combined together are altering the
actual ethereal structure of the world, and sometimes- this may
weaken the etheric body of a child or an infant, and then you will
have this which you call a sudden death.
I visit my child's grave does her soul know that I am there?
will not know that you are at the grave, beloved one, but she will
know if your loving prayer and thought goes forth to her. The soul
does not remain with the body which is within the grave, but moves
on into the regions of the spirit and will often be with you in your
home, instead of when you visit the grave. From time to time in your
home environment, you may see what is like a little spark of light,
flashing through your vision occasionally - is this not so? (That is
true!) This spark of light is the soul light of your child coming to
visit you, and so when you behold it you may send your love and
special prayer to that infant and renew the contact.
thalidomide children, who have been born without arms and legs,
given a whole spirit body and made normal again?
but apart from the importance to your mind of limbs, that spirit
gains strength through the wish to master and use the imperfect
body; it gains patience since it cannot do all that it would wish to
do. Therefore, try to learn to look at such a person with the eye of
understanding, saying to yourself. ‘This is a soul who is undergoing
a difficult life experience, but what richness it will gain at the
end of its journey’.
the case of abortions do the children have special nurseries to go
to, because often they do not have loved ones?
assuredly; if the soul has conjoined itself to the body of the
potential mother and then has been rejected, that soul is taken into
a home in the spirit world and loved by those who, during their
earthly life, had great love and compassion for infant and child
souls. Having touched the earthly atmosphere the soul is, as it
were, anchored into that atmosphere and then it will grow and
develop in the ethereal world near to your earth.
age would it be when it stopped growing?
do not have age, beloved one, but you may think of a child growing
to maturity, and you may think of the very aged becoming younger
until they gain the age of maturity.
There are many things which occur
here in the life of the Spirit that is for the healing of earth's
children. There are the flowery fields of the spirit, the great open
meadows wherein grow all the semblance of the tiny blossoms that
make your earth so beautiful. These meadows of healing are those
places into which we will take the child souls who, because they
have been hurt and ill-treated by earth's dwellers, are too
frightened to open themselves to the love of the serving spirits. So
we lift them gently and take them unto these meadows of peace, and
set them down there so that they may for a season rest and be still.
Like all earth's children, after a little time they will look around
and see some tiny blossom growing near, will reach out their hand to
touch it, and finding that it does not hurt, they will then look and
see other blossoms in the meadows of healing. Slowly the child soul
will rise to its feet and move amongst all these blooming flowers
and gather to themselves the perfume, the healing and the peace, and
eventually be ready and unafraid to meet the ministry of the
So, if you in your sadness know of a
child soul who has come to the end of life through the cruelty of
man or woman, send out your thoughts, saying to that little one -
“Look for the blooms, go to the flowery meadows”. Eventually your
thought will reach that little one and they will indeed go unto the
meadows of healing and of beauty.
Again: if a child in the earth life
had love and desire for some creature, for some dog, cat or horse,
or lion, then in the fullness of time this wish may be granted, for
in the great open lands of the spirit the creatures do not harm or
hurt each other (they dwell in peace and have a time of joy); if the
child so wishes, an animal will come in gentleness and in trust so
that the child may have what you would call in your earthly
language, a pet or beloved creature, within its care - this, too,
will add to its joy and strengthen it in healing and in its growth.
So, in all ways and in all things,
the children are cared for, and loved; and children are sought by
those who are the ministers of light, who go into the places of
shadows to find the lost, the lonely and the tearful, to lift them
into the places of peace.
what stage of death is the silver cord broken?
cord breaks when the etheric body finally separates from the
physical body, for the cord which ties the ethereal atoms of the
ethereal world to the physical body is the last to be dissolved.
There are some occasions of sudden death when the higher part of the
soul body may be separated and the etheric body may still remain
enmeshed in the physical being. But when there is natural death,
with a gradual withdrawal of, firstly, the spiritual body and then
the etheric body, that is when the cord dissolves.
the silver cord sometimes severed by a spirit surgeon, in the same
way as the umbilical cord on earth is cut?
on rare occasions, and it is not always silver because silver has a
gleaming light, and the cord which ties the two bodies together may
be grey or white, depending on the illness or the condition of the
dying body. But there may be some occasions when the etheric body is
tied very firmly to the physical, and when the spirit is unable to
relinquish or withdraw, then we send out a call to one who, when on
earth, was skilled in surgery, so that he may sever the cord and
release the soul from its attachment to its physical counterpart.
in the human body is the life-cord of the soul attached?
is attached to a little cell, not exactly in the cavities of the
heart but just behind the cavities of the heart. But with
those who have reached a high degree of enlightenment there is also
a cord that is at the base of the human brain, and so there may be
two cords, depending on the degree of development of the individual.
there a pre-planned time for the passing of a spirit?
is a certain pattern of experience for each soul, but there is not
necessarily a pre-determined length of time. In the things of the
soul, what is important is the learning of the lessons of
experience, instead of the time which may be taken in doing so. So
some can grasp or develop a quality of the soul in a period of
twenty years, which may take another soul a period of seventy years
before they come to the same understanding.
happens when there is a tragic catastrophe, involving a large number
of people passing suddenly? Were these people not meant to go at
were not all intended to die at that special time. The life
of an individual is like a chain and, as in all chains, there are
certain links that are weaker, and times when the chain is stronger.
In a life's experience there may come a time when there is a
weakened link causing that individual to come very close to an
accident, to illness, or to some happening that brings about a
breaking of the chain. If we are able to, we of the spirit will
sometimes try to bring a warning to earth's beloveds, saying that
extra protection, extra healing, is needed at a certain time in the
life experience. Then that individual may come very close to an
ending of the life, or may just evade it, either through treatment
for an illness or by responding to the warning. If they can by-pass
that weakened time then their life may continue for a considerable
It is true to say that, whenever
there are these tragic happenings, there are always some who avoid
or emerge from them, because the link in the chain of life was
strengthened through the loving prayers of a true lover of such a
one, or sometimes by the influence of a spirit who was able to draw
near sufficiently to warn or to guide that one. But in your earthly
world many, many people are indifferent to the warnings which are
given, and are so involved in the pursuits of their own pleasures
that they are unresponsive when we try to reach them through dream