"Those who delight in sin, destitute of compassion and righteousness,
attached to the wicked, averse from the
true scriptures and the company of the good,
self-satisfied, unbending, intoxicated with the pride of
wealth, having the ungodly
qualities, lacking the divine attributes,
bewildered by many thoughts, enveloped in the
net of delusion,
reveling in the enjoyments of the
desire-naturefall into a foul hell."
-The Garuda Purana
-An Account of Life of a Sinister After Death-
In this post I will write about how the miseries of this world accrues to the sinful, then how they having passed through death, meet with torments in hell. Having experienced the outcomes of the good and bad actions he did in his life, he gets the award/punishment of his actions in accordance to his Karma (The Principle of Karma will be explained in detail in my next post.) and former earning, then as a result of the sinful actions of his life, one day finally some disease arises. A powerful death unexpectedly like a serpent approaches him and he, stricken with physical and mental pain, still anxiously hopes to live. He remains like a house dog, eating what is ungraciously placed before him, diseased, with failing digestion, eating little, moving little, with eyes turned up through loss of vitality, with tubes obstructed by phlegm, exhausted by coughing and difficult breathing, with the death rattling in his throat, lying encircled by his sorrowing relatives and when spoken to he does not answer, he being caught in the noose of death. In the last moment, swooning with intense pain he dies amidst his weeping relatives. And at that last moment, a divine vision arises.... all the worlds appear as one and the dying man does not attempt to say anything. Then, at the destruction of the decayed senses and the numbing of the intelligence, the messengers of Yama (The God of Death) come near and life departs. When the breath is leaving its place, the moment of dying seems an age, and pain like the stinging of hundred scorpions is experienced. Now he emits foam, and his mouth becomes filled with saliva, while the soul of the sinful departs from the body out of the lower gateway (i.e. below the waist region of the body). Then seeing the two terrifying messengers of Yama; who are of fierce aspect, bearing nooses and rods, naked with grinding teeth, as black as crows, with hair erect, with ugly faces, with nails like weapons; seeing whom his heart palpitates and he releases excrements. The soul, which is the size of a thumb is dragged out from the body by the servants of Yama and it then looks at its own carcass. Then the servants of Yama put his soul in a body of torment (The soul is immortal and no one can destroy it. It is a part of God itself. And therefore it was there since the beginning of time and will be there for eternity. Soul cannot be cut by a sword, it cannot be drowned in water, it cannot be destroyed by fire and it cannot be buried under the soil. A soul therefore, is beyond the clasp of Time and Sufferance. It cannot feel pain. It is pure. It is not the souls which is sinful but the mind of the body. Soul is always innocent. It is pure. The "Mind" is the reason because of which some people go to hell and some to heaven. The "Mind" of the body always deceives and is responsible for the destruction of oneself, while the "Soul" always try to show the path of liberation and truth. I will, describe this concept in detail but at a later time. However, for the time being just learn that as the soul cannot feel pain of the torments, the servants of Yama therefore put it into another body which is just like a normal human body but invisible to the living. On the other hand, humans, or the living beings more precisely, can feel pain and that too to a great extent (Something that I need not to explain) ) and they bound nooses about his neck and then they forcibly lead him a long way, like the king's officers a convict. While thus leading him the messengers menace him and recount over and over again the awful terrors of the hells. And he is beaten by the servants of Yama with clogs, rods and whipped countless times in the back, the sinful thus remember his misdeeds and cries on his way to the abode (Palace) of Yama.
Its not possible to write everything on a blog. If you do so you will only make it worse. Simply speaking, no one likes to read, be it big or small. But yeah we read something that fascinate us. I can be anything. However, This was just the starting of his awful journey to hell. And believe me its long... very very very very long. There are so many things to be talked about and yet i managed to bring out a slight essence of this great book, from a small part of this book, out of a long complex concept of the aforementioned case. If you read it in it's entirety you will be enlightened; and i can very well promise that. It's like the journey of a prisoner to the penitentiary, but it is so horrifying and violent that it is beyond imagination for a normal person. The Garuda Purana talks in detail regarding to these punishments and its application on the body of the sinful. For example, one such punishment is the Kumbhipakam, in which a person is roasted in big wok (a round bottom cooking vessel) in hot bubbling oil. Then when the person dies the servants of Yama put his soul inside a mortal body again so that he could be tormented again and again until his bad Karma ceases to exist and after that once again he is born on earth. But now, in a different form, like an animal, insect, bird etc or he can even be a human again if god is pleased from him. One important thing to be noted is that the human life is given only when one passes from 84,00,000 lakh forms of life (like pig, elephant, ant, parrot, dog etc.). Thefore one should not waste this life on materialistic things and one should only focus on god and only him. If you are unsatisfied with this post please let me know. I will explain everything, just need a time to blog it down ! It is a hard work really, to write things in way that people understand it the way I want them to and also there are questions like what things should be left aside for the present and which one I should proceed with. It's a very tedious task. Thanks for reading! My next post will be on "Born in a Human Flesh". Don't miss it.