5 Fabulous Stories From People Who Have Near Death Experiences
1. The Indian healer who had two NDEs
When he was 9 years old, the American Indian healer Black Elk (1863-1950) collapsed after his legs, arms and face began to swell. At that moment, he saw two men come out of the clouds saying, "Come on, your grandfather is calling you." He reports that he felt a great deal of grief for leaving his parents, but climbed into the sky until he came to a multicolored door.
There he found no less than six ancestors, who gave him healing powers and wisdom. Two weeks passed before Black Elk regained consciousness on Earth, and he was slow to tell what had happened. It took a healer's help to “rescue” all that he had experienced in his first Near Death Experience (NDE).
Later, in his youth, Black Elk toured Europe with the legendary Buffalo Bill (1846-1917). But he fell ill and was again between life and death. He tells how his spirit traveled across the Atlantic to his homeland in the United States on a path full of horses, eagles and migrating geese.
Black Elk (left) during his 1887 European tour
2. Greek myth or first NDE account of mankind?
The “Myth of Er” is a tale that the philosopher Plato wrote in the book “The Republic”. It tells the story of a warrior left to die on a battlefield but who eventually survived. Er passed mysterious fields in the company of a large group: souls who "rose" or "descended, " according to the judgment they received of their actions on earth.
Afterwards, Er went to a place where the dead went through a draw to determine their new lives. He even drank the water of a river that erased the memories of the past life in order to move on. In the midst of this, however, he was sent back to the living world.
Although officially a fictional tale, many NDE researchers believe that it may have some kind of truth, as it brings together 8 of 16 classic aspects of a modern NDE. This includes the path to the light at the end of a tunnel, purgatory, meeting with a deceased, reviewing one's life, and forced return to the body. The “Er Myth” may be the earliest account of an NDE.
Representation of the "axis of necessity" that appears in Plato's "Myth of Er"
3. NDEs and Islam
For Islam there is Barzakh, which is a kind of deep sleep into which the soul enters while awaiting the resurrection and the final judgment. Exactly what is happening in this state is not known, but believers believe that there may be a kind of foreknowledge of their eternal damnation or ascent to Paradise.
In Western literature, there are few reports of NDEs from Islamic people. It has the story of an Egyptian woman who had a serious car accident and would have seen the throne of God. It would read "Laillahah illalah, Muhamadan Rasussululah, " something like "There is no God but God, and Muhammad is his messenger."
Another story tells of a woman named Suleman who suffered from acute pancreatitis and reportedly died. She reports that she went to a multidimensional place, going through the sixth dimension, very close to what she called the "absolute reality of Divine Light." There she would have seen people of the caliber of Mahatma Gandhi and Martin Luther King.
And it doesn't stop there: in an even brighter place, Noah would be sitting alone, Moses chatting with Jesus, Krishna exchanging ideas with Buddha and Muhammad beside the Virgin Mary! Experts say that Suleman's life experiences may have influenced these views.
Another curious fact is regarding the study of people who have experienced earthquakes: such an event in Pakistan, for example, recorded no NDEs, while an earthquake in China had up to 40% of survivors reporting some afterlife experience. Scholars in the area believe that faithful Muslims may be afraid to tell something like this because it is an affront to the teachings of Islam.
Jesus, Buddha and Krishna gathered for a chat
4. The Hindu view of NDEs
In Hinduism, NDEs are reported to be more bureaucratic than in the West. This was concluded through research from the late 1970s by Karlis Osis and Erlendur Haraldsson. Followers of this religion report encounters with Yamraj, the god of the dead, yamdoots, who are the messengers of this god, and Chitragupta, who is responsible for consulting a book with each person's positive and negative karmas.
Vasudev Pandey's account is frightening: He was dragged by two individuals into the presence of a naked black figure, later identified as Yamraj. In a tone of fury he would have said, “I told you to bring in gardener Vasudev, as our garden is drying up. And you brought student Vasudev! ” Pandey woke up in his bed, surrounded by family and friends - including the gardener Vasudev, who died the next day.
Another man says that he tried to escape this "purgatory" and, therefore, had his legs cut at the knee. When they discovered that his name was not on the dead list, he was ordered to replace his own limbs and came back to life! Unlike western NDEs, where one revises one's own history, in Hindu experiences there is always someone reading a book with these records.
5. The Jewish NDEs
In modern Judaism, many believers do not believe in an afterlife. However, in older generations there are interesting cases of NDEs, usually reporting the judgment of the person who nearly died.
In the Talmud, one of the most sacred Jewish books, there is the story of a man who died and came back to life. He says that “beyond” there is no concept of social status, only some wise figures and some martyrs are most revered. A second account says that God Himself commanded him to return to earth.
Already in the Zohar texts, a man would have gained 22 more years of life after the heavenly army would have heard his son's wailing. The request for grace to happen was made to none other than God Himself!
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