Sometimes, many of us get to the point where we are thinking of committing suicide as an escape either now, or later, in the future on the day when “things” might get too much to handle. Whether we think this way because of terminal sickness, whether our love-life ended up on the rocks or whether we are just fed up with life on earth in general, or whatever other reason, I think we all have the thought, or ask the question: “Is this right or wrong?” This might just be the reason why you are reading this right now, or you might have been led here by spirit for your eyes to see.
Because of my studies in esoteric science and philosophy, or metaphysics, I have access to knowledge that are not well known to members of the general public and I intend to share some of it without making the whole subject to complicated.
Frequently, today, lives are preserved in form—both in old age and in infancy—that could be well permitted liberation. They serve no useful purpose and cause much pain and suffering to forms which nature (left to herself) would not long use, and would extinguish. Note that word. Through our overemphasis on the value of form life, and through the universal fear of death—that great transition which we must all face—and through our uncertainty as to the fact of immortality, and also through our deep attachment to form, we arrest the natural processes and hold the life, which is struggling to be free, confined to bodies quite unfitted to the purposes of the soul. Misunderstand me not. I desire to say naught that could place a premium on suicide. But I do say, and I say with emphasis, that the Law of Karma is oft set aside when forms are preserved in coherent expression which should be discarded, for they serve no useful purpose. This preservation is, in the majority of cases, enforced by the subject's group and not by the subject himself—frequently an unconscious invalid, an old person whose response apparatus of contact and response is imperfect, or a baby who is not normal. These cases constitute definite instances of an offsetting of the Law of Karma. [ESOTERIC HEALING p351]
Thus, according to common-sense and as nature dictates in its wisdom it looks like suicide has its place and it might even be normal or necessary under certain circumstances. Why should mercy killings only be done on animals? If God gave us the power to prolong life through Doctors and drugs, then we must also have the power to shorten it to prevent unnecessary suffering or when nature screwed up for whatever reason.
In his Theosophical book, THROUGH THE GATEWAY OF DEATH, Geoffrey Hodson, [who was a Clairvoyant that had the ability to see what he was writing about], had the following to say:
Certain deviations from the normal after-death conditions occur in cases of suicide and sudden and premature death. At the least three varieties of after-death experience follow upon suicide. When committed from unselfish motives [like in the attempt of saving somebody’s live], after the shock has passed which generally accompanies sudden death, the person settles down to the new life under the conditions previously [see later] described. There is generally no coma in these cases, and no time in which the person can become gradually readjusted to the altered conditions of life.
Those who take their lives in order to escape from unacceptable conditions [like sickness] may sink into unconsciousness immediately on leaving the physical body, and remain in that condition until the time of natural death. They then awaken and become subject to the appropriate laws and conditions. It is this fact of awakening when the natural term of physical life would have ended which suggests that, there is a time of natural death fixed—partly by our conduct, of course—for each one of us.
The experience of those who commit the third type of suicide is less enviable still. Gross and sensual, they have ended their physical existence in the full flush of life, driven by passion or fear. Their strong desires then keep them earthbound. They can see the replica in subtle matter of the physical plane and live in a half-world…. between this one and the next. Driven by desires and passions which they cannot satisfy, they seek gratification by entering places of sensual indulgence on the physical plane and trying to unite their consciousness with that of the drunkard or the sensualist indulging there. In this circumstances, the physical plane people experience intensification of their desires so that the relationship, even though they are ignorant of it, can be as harmful for them as for the earthbound souls seeking gratification through them.
To the Theosophist possessed of this knowledge, suicide is always a mistake. It temporarily solves certain problems, it is true, but it also raises new ones; for eventually, every obligation must be met, every debt paid, every pain lived through. “God is not mocked, for whatsoever a man soweth, that shall he also reap”. [Gal. VI.7] It is wiser, therefore, to accept and endure the difficulties, no matter how painful they may be, than to perpetuate and intensify them by attempted evasion and the additional complication of self-murder, the karmic reaction from which may adversely affect successive incarnations.
Maybe we should take a look at what is a normal death first, before you make up your mind and before we research the matter further. Geoffrey Hodson gave the following information in the same book:
If the existence of the faculty of extended vision be granted—not the negative psychism of the entranced medium, but a positive, trained power under the control of the will, just as is physical vision—then let us assume that we are in the chamber of death, watching with the “seeing eye” the transition from this world to the next of someone dying from old age or disease. We shall at once discover the answer to our question: “were the deceased aware of the immediate approach of death?” The answer is: “Generally, no.” The failure of the supply of blood, and so of oxygen, to the brain brings on unconsciousness, a process which is just like falling asleep. Even if there has been suffering at the near approach of death, that suffering ceases before the end.
What shall we see as the process of dying is directly observed? As the hour of dissolution approaches we shall see the life-force of the body being withdrawn from the extremities and centred in the heart, there to be visible as glowing golden light. After this, sensation in the lower limbs is greatly diminished. Then, as death draws nearer, the life-forces are withdrawn still further into the middle of the head, into the third ventricle of the brain, which is the seat of Egoic consciousness during physical life.
The dying person may or may not still be physically conscious. If unconscious, in a coma preceding death, he will be visible to clairvoyant sight out of the body in his superphysical vehicle. This vehicle is built of much finer latter than the ether, and in outline resembles almost exactly the physical body; it is, its counterpart. It differs in appearance from the physical in that the substance of which it is built is self-luminous, so that it glows as if lighted from within, and it is surrounded by an atmosphere which is visible as light in constantly changing colours.
These colours of the aura, as it is called, correspond to states of consciousness and are seen to vary with every change of feeling and thought. Indeed, there exist a veritable science I may refer to in passing—the science of the correlation of states of consciousness with the colours of the aura. A rush of sympathy for someone in pain or trouble, for example, suffuses the aura with green; intellectual effort floods it with yellow. Blue denotes devotional activity; lilac, spirituality; rose deepening to crimson, love. Red is the colour of anger and irritability; brown, of selfishness—and so on. As stated, these colours are visible to clairvoyant sight, so that by looking at people’s auras it is possible to tell the kind of thoughts and feelings to which they habitually give expression, and thus to discover their temperament and character. Naturally, such a power is not used save by permission and for research purposes.
Thus, the aura will be visible around the dying person who, physically unconscious, is then outside his physical body and floating just above it, but is joined to it by a stream of flowing forces which shine with a delicate silvery light. This current flows between the heads of the physical and the superphysical bodies, thus connecting them. So long as it continues to flow, there is always the possibility of physical awakening. Once it is broken, as at the moment of death, there is no longer any possibility of return. Cases of apparent resuscitation are in reality only reawakenings into bodies that were not dead. This is described in Christianity as Follows: “Or ever the silver cord be loosed, or the golden bowl [the etheric double] be broken, or the pitcher [the physical body] be broken at the fountain, or the wheel broken at the cistern. Then shall the dust return to the earth as it was: and the spirit shall return unto God who gave it.” [Eccles. 12:6,7]
The dying person may return temporarily to his body and, on opening his eyes, may see some of the phenomena of the next world and make reference to people not physically present. When the actual moment of death arrives, the “silver cord” is seen to break and the man himself to rise, as though released from some gravitational pull. Although not absolutely certain, I am inclined to think that the exact moment of death for each one of us is fixed. Whether this is so or not, the moment comes, the cord breaks, the man is free of his body and can awaken in it no more. The signs of death then appear in it; its work is done.
In nearly all cases man is as unconscious of dying as he is of falling asleep. He passes, as it were, upon a sigh from this world to the next. He is generally engaged in a process of review, in which the events of the life just closed pass before his mind’s eye in clear perspective, causes and their effects, successes and their results, failures and their outworkings, being seen and correlated. This process of review is very important, for from it is distilled a certain wisdom—the fruitage of the life just closed. It is for this reason that we should mentally, emotionally and physically be quiet in the chamber of death, lest by an excess of grief we disturb the loved one in this important process. He is now living in his subtler body, the body of feeling [emotional body], and is therefore highly sensitive to the forces of thought and emotion. Calmly and with self-control, our thoughts should rightly be turned in love towards him, and in blessing and aspiration for his progress inwards to the inner worlds. In Theosophy we are taught to dwell not so much upon our own great loss as upon his transcendent gain; and transcendent gain it is to be freed from the physical body and its limitations when once its valuable work is done and not before. Such, then, is the theosophical answer to the question: “Were the deceased conscious of the process of dying?”
The review ended, there generally follows a period of complete unconsciousness which may last from thirty-six to forty-eight hours, varying with the individual. Then awakening occurs and the deceased, frequently still TPH, Adyar] deputed to this particular work of assisting new arrivals. They welcome newcomers, explain the change, and help them to settle down to it as comfortable as possible. Few, if any, in these days enter that world without some hand being stretched forth to welcome and to assist them in the first stages. Such is the theosophical answer to the question: “How is the life after death entered?”
What will be the nature of this Life? At this point I am going to say something which will perhaps be difficult to believe, but since I know it to be true and of great importance, I must state it. The world to which our friends have gone, and to which we will all go when our time comes, is no strange land; for we go there every night whilst our physical body sleeps. Sleep has aptly and truly been called the twin brother of death. We may go further and call them the same thing; for whilst the body sleeps we are awake in the body which we shall use after death. Our dreams are, in part, the confused memories of our life in that world which we bring back on awakening, such as, for instance, the pleasant, poetic, floating motion by which we move, thought-propelled, in the superphysical worlds. Hence quite naturally, the world of the life after death proves to be a familiar place. The difference between sleep and death lies in the fact that, in sleep, “the silver cord” which links us to the body is not broken. In death the cord is broken and, as we then have no link with the physical body, we can return to it no more.
The superphysical world and state of consciousness entered at death consist of two divisions or planes of Nature, the emotional or astral, and the mental. The former, the emotional, contains human and angelic inhabitants, and scenery and other forms visible to the deceased. The latter, the mental, also has its own inhabitants and phenomena, but the experience of the departed whist living there is more subjective and individual.
The next general principle which I wish to advance is that the conditions in which a person finds himself after death depends largely upon his temperament, and upon the nature of the life he has led on the physical plane. We each see the world around us through the windows of our temperament. The sunny-natured, friendly individual awakens after death to a sunny, friendly world; whilst the gloomy, self-centred hypochondriac may awaken to a dull, gloomy and somewhat lonely world—not because that world is lonely, but because the self-centred individual does not inspire and is unable to give friendship. Happily, the pain, the boredom and the isolation which such people unconsciously created for themselves, spur them into changing their attitude towards life.
We will stop here and go back to our topic - Suicide.
We can see from the above that we might have an excuse to commit suicide because of terminal illness or because we inhabit bodies that do not give us a productive life anymore, or in some cases never did, through no fault of our own. Everything in life should have a purpose for being, a working part in a great machine.
When we live healthy and normal lives, the reason not to commit suicide, is the reason why we are here on this planet in the first place. That is the reason. Think about this one.
We came to do a task and we do not want to leave unless we have finished our work. What is it that is so important and necessary, that our souls voluntarily come to this world to help us to go through all this hardships to play a role in our and the world’s evolution? To answer this question, is what this website and Esoteric Science or the Ageless Wisdom Teachings are all about and at our stage of unfoldment, we cannot grasp the whole and complete answer but only parts of it.
As long as you have the mental capacity to read this you are still playing a role in evolution just by being alive. Yes, we are being told that just by being alive we are participating in evolution and of processes that we are not even aware off. Each human being is a sell in the body of the planet and on a smaller scale you are the microcosm of the macrocosm where every sell and organ of your physical body as well as your etheric and spiritual bodies are dependent on your evolutionary cycles for their evolutionary unfoldment. As you unfold, so do they; and this is your first responsibility, your own body where you are the God. So while you are alive, they are alive. Your soul, our bodies, the human kingdom, all animals, the animal kingdom, all plants, the plant kingdom, all minerals, the mineral kingdom; each has his own path of evolution and we play a big role in these evolutionary processes. Just by reading this [or sending out good thoughts], your thoughts are playing a part in the mental development of humanity as a whole where our thought are working to build up an “internet” system on the mental plain that everybody can tap into once he knows how, or even without him being aware of it. Our thoughts form a giant thoughtform on the mental plain; good and bad thoughts......This is the norm under normal circumstances.
Everything has its time and cycle and when we get to the point where doctors are keeping us alive, then we have passed our expiry date. Of organ transplants, I don’t even want to talk about; what is more materialistic than that? We all know when our time is at an end. Trust me; you will know the call of nature. Decide for yourself
The Tibetan Master and Alice A. Bailey did not have a lot to say about suicide, but I did manage to get the following references in their writings:
We are now going to study the mode whereby these phases of work upon the astral plane are carried forward: first, the individual learns to use the light of the mind, generated by the soul as it becomes closely related to the personality and impulsed by the intuition. By means of this light the disciple learns to dissipate his personal and private glamours. I mention this because I would have you appreciate the extent of the task a man undertakes when he consciously sets about ridding himself of glamour preparatory to extended service. He is in conflict then with the whole glamour of the entire plane and is apt to be overwhelmed by a realisation of what he is facing. This is one of the causes of the deep depression and those profound inferiority complexes which render some people completely futile or lead eventually to suicide. Their own personal glamours tie them in to national or planetary glamour and thus condition their life expression and their thinking. I would ask you to remember this as you deal with people and find them set in their ideas and unable to see the truth as you see it. They are as they are because their individual glamour is fed by the greater glamours, and this is as yet too much for them.
It is not my intention to deal specifically with particular glamours but to give you a formula which—with slight changes and additions—can serve the individual and the group in the task of eradicating glamour. I would begin by saying that the first need is for the man to realise that his reactions, ideas, desires and life experience, as far as his emotional nature is concerned, are conditioned by some one glamour or glamours, that he is the victim of several glamours, engendered over many lives, deeply rooted in his past history, and to which he instinctually reacts. The time, however, comes when the probationary disciple becomes aware of these instinctual glamours and recognises them on appearance, even when reacting to them; he seeks to free himself, working at first spasmodically, trying to use the mind to rationalise himself out of them and alternating between temporary success, when he can with deliberation act as if free from glamour, and long periods of defeat when he is overwhelmed, can see no light anywhere and acts like a blind, bewildered person. This indicates that he is drawn as by a magnet (the force of accumulated ancient glamour with its karmic effects) into the midst of the very glamour he would seek to avoid. Later comes the stage (a result of this alternating process) when the pull of the soul begins to offset the pull of these glamours: he aspires to free expression and to liberation from astral plane control. The balancing process then takes place. [Glamour, p207]
Sorrow. The greater the refinement of the human vehicle, the greater the response of the nervous system to the pairs of opposites, pain and pleasure. As a man progresses and rises on the ladder of evolution in the human family it becomes apparent that his capacity to appreciate sorrow or joy is greatly increased. This becomes terribly true in the case of an aspirant and of a disciple. His sense of values becomes so acute and his physical vehicle so sensitized that he suffers more than the average man. This serves to drive him forward with increasing activity in his search. His response to outer contacts is ever more rapid and his capacity for pain, physical and emotional, becomes greatly increased. This is apparent in the fifth race [Aryan race] and particularly in the fifth subrace [Anglo Saxon] in the increasing frequency of suicide. The capacity of the race to suffer is due to the development and refinement of the physical vehicle and to the evolution of the body of feeling, the astral. [THE LIGHT OF THE SOUL, p175]
I would like to stop here and point out that the foundation of the new psychology must inevitably be built upon the premise that this one life is not man's sole opportunity in which to achieve integration and eventual perfection. The great Law of Rebirth must be accepted and it will then be found to be, in itself, a major releasing agent in any moment of crisis or any psychological problem case. The recognition of further opportunity and a lengthened sense of time are both quieting and helpful to many types of mind; its interpretative value will be found illuminating as the patient grasps the fact that behind him lie points of crisis wherein it can be demonstrated by his present equipment that he achieved integration, thus guaranteeing to him victory in his present point of crisis and of difficult conflict. The light which this throws on relationships and environment will serve to stabilise his purpose and make him comprehend the inevitability of responsibility. When this great law is understood in its true implications and not interpreted in terms of its present childish presentation, then man will shoulder the responsibility of living with a daily recognition of the past, an understanding of the purpose of the present, and with an eye to the future. This will also greatly lessen the growing tendency towards suicide which humanity is showing.
It will be apparent to you, therefore, that the time element can enter into the problem most helpfully and it is here that a real understanding of the Law of Rebirth, or of the Law of Opportunity (as I would prefer to call it) will be of definite usefulness. Above everything else, it will bring into the attitude of both psychologist and problem case, the idea of hope, the thought of fulfilment and of ultimate achievement. [ESOTERIC PSYCHOLOGY, p431]
My third point is to suggest to you and to all engaged in the healing art that much of the so-called disaster, involved in disease and in death (particularly the latter) is to be found in a wrong attitude toward death, and to an overestimation of the beneficence of form life. The release of a soul through disease and death is not necessarily an unhappy occurrence. A new and better attitude to the phenomenon of death is essential, is possible and near. Upon this I need not here enlarge. But I do seek to give you a new slant on the subject of sickness and of death.
Will you be astonished also if I state that under the Law it is quite possible to "interfere with karma"? The great Laws can be transcended and frequently have been in the past, and increasingly will be in the future. The Law of Gravitation is frequently offset and daily transcended when an aeroplane is in flight. The energy of faith can set in motion superior energies which can negate or retard disease. The whole subject of faith, and its vital significance and potency, is as little understood as is the Law of Karma. This is a tremendous subject, and I cannot further enlarge upon it. But I have said enough to offer you food for thought.
As regards the lengthening of the span of life during the past century of scientific attainment, I would point out that true techniques and the possibilities of organised soul action are always parodied and falsely demonstrated on the physical plane by the earlier scientific activities which are right in motive but which are only a symbol, on the outer sphere of life, of coming and usually future soul action. The life span will eventually be shortened or lengthened at will by souls who consciously serve, and use the mechanism of the body as the instrument whereby the Plan is served. Frequently, today, lives are preserved in form—both in old age and in infancy—that could be well permitted liberation. They serve no useful purpose and cause much pain and suffering to forms which nature (left to herself) would not long use, and would extinguish. Note that word. Through our overemphasis on the value of form [Page 351] life, and through the universal fear of death—that great transition which we must all face—and through our uncertainty as to the fact of immortality, and also through our deep attachment to form, we arrest the natural processes and hold the life, which is struggling to be free, confined to bodies quite unfitted to the purposes of the soul. Misunderstand me not. I desire to say naught that could place a premium on suicide. But I do say, and I say with emphasis, that the Law of Karma is oft set aside when forms are preserved in coherent expression which should be discarded, for they serve no useful purpose. This preservation is, in the majority of cases, enforced by the subject's group and not by the subject himself—frequently an unconscious invalid, an old person whose response apparatus of contact and response is imperfect, or a baby who is not normal. These cases constitute definite instances of an offsetting of the Law of Karma. [ESOTERIC HEALING]
What is there to fear about death?
That I can say to you with my last breath?
Like every life I had before this day
I shall leave this one today
For death, if we could but realise its qualities
Is one of our most practised activities
Death on one plain is birth on another plain
And this will happen again and again
Just as long as we are identified with the form aspect
Death will hold for us its ancient terror and respect
But as soon as we know ourselves to be souls in incarnation
We shall no longer know death or its fabrication
For it is not the cataclysmic end, involving the termination
Of all human relations, physical activity, love and sensation
And the passage into the unknown cold and dark night
Dreaded, alone and terror stricken without a light
Daily sleep and occasional dying are nearly identical
In sleep the magnetic thread is preserved and stays integral
Ensuring the path of return stays open
While in death, this life thread is broken
Thus the conscious entity that cannot return
Is home again, free and ready to learn
And experience the spiritual-life
While preparing for another earthly-life
Because death is undertaken at the direction of the higher-self
The process works automatically for the lower-self
For when the soul withdraws its attention
The physical body goes into disintegration
The man knows himself to be as he was before incarnation
And although there is no more sense communication
Astrally and mentally the interplay can be more sensitive
Because freed from the body there is no more negative
One day there will be understanding of the laws of abstraction
That will enable the one who is making the transition
To withdraw consciously and in full waking awareness
Out of the physical body into a higher consciousness
I wish you to remember these words at your release
"Lord, now lettest Thou Thy servant depart in peace."