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Life After Death

By Michael English
Originally printed in the JULY-AUGUST 2006 issue of Quest magazine. 
Citation: English, Michael. 'Music of the Spheres: Our Relationship with the Anonymous Dead.€' Quest  94.4 (JULY-AUGUST 2006):145-149.
The Music of the Spheres is an ancient Pythagorean concept, wherein Pythagoras was fascinated by the harmonics of a vibrating string on a Greek instrument-the lyre. He discovered an amazing correspondence between the order of musical intervals and the spacing of planets. For Pythagoras, there appeared to be a direct mathematical relationship between music's vibrational frequency and the corresponding position of planetary bodies; it seemed that the order of notes on vibrating strings were, somehow, an intrinsic property of the whole universe. 

Death And After Death States

Theosophy teaches that after a person dies, the Ego and its non-physical bodies undergo a process consisting of multiple stages before reincarnating.


“For long ages, one generation of Adepts after another has studied the mysteries of being, of life, death, and re-birth, and all have taught in their turn some of the facts so learned.”
H.P. Blavatsky, The Key to Theosophy
“He who holds the keys to the secrets of Death is possessed of the keys of Life.”
Master K.H.
“The end of birth is death; the end of death is birth.”
Krishna, The Bhagavad Gita
Q. I have always been afraid of death and dying. What will happen to me when I die, according to the teachings of Madame Blavatsky and the Masters presented in Theosophy? What did they say about it?
A. First of all, there is nothing to worry about. You will never die. The only part of you which will actually die when the change or transition commonly known as “death” takes place is the physical body…and this is nothing more than your outer shell anyway.
The famous poem by Mary Elizabeth Frye says in part – “Do not stand at my grave and weep; I am not there, I do not sleep…do not stand at my grave and cry; I am not there, I did not die.”
The true “I” of your being will never die.

I am not the body that has served me for so long.

I am the Spiritual Self of Light.


I am not the emotional nature that has caused such sorrow.

I am the Spiritual Self of Love.


I am not the mind that has entangled me with its goals.

I am the Spiritual Self of Light and Love and Power.

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