Where does the soul go?
Religion tells us that the body is only the receptacle of the spiritual principle of man, that is, his true living essence. After the “shell” dies, the soul continues to exist, but in a different incarnation. In what exactly - our article will tell.
Where does the soul go after death
We will talk about how this issue is viewed by major religions.
Christianity and Islam
Despite the significant differences between these two world religions, on the issue of the life of the soul after a man’s death, they are in many respects in solidarity.
So, the soul after death in Orthodoxy goes to heaven, to the afterlife, which is considered the main one. The life path on earth is only a preparation for the main stage. After the death of a person, after 3 days after burial, the soul goes to heaven, where after it begins preparing for the Last Judgment. At its end, the soul enters either in Paradise or Hell. Then a new life, infinite, opens up before it.
And in the Middle Ages, Christians believed that a sinner’s soul, while staying in Purgatory for some time, could atone for its sins, be cleansed, and go not to Hell, but to Paradise.
In Islam, there is also a main afterlife - Ahiret.Being on earth is, in the understanding of this religion, only a preparation, allowing one to find out what fate in the afterlife is worthy of the soul of each individual person. The sinner, according to the ideas of Islam, dies in grave agony, and a spiritually pure person easily and quickly. After the soul is met in heaven, two angels - Munkar and Nakir. They send terrible punishments to sinners. The most important and just court is Allah. According to Islam, this will happen after the end of the world.
Buddhism, Hinduism, Jainism
In Hinduism and Jainism it is said about the transmigration of souls, taking place according to the will of the Highest world order. And although a person is not able to regulate this process, how the soul will manifest itself in a new incarnation completely depends on it. The better the deeds of man and his thoughts, the happier he will be in the new incarnation.
In Buddhism, there is no idea of reincarnation, but there is a conviction that a person goes through several forms of existence, the highest of which is nirvana. The latter is a detachment from the earthly burdens and sufferings and a departure to a parallel reality, where harmony, happiness, and spirituality reign in its best manifestations. Death is also perceived only as a transition of the spiritual principle to another state.And in many respects, where the soul goes after death, to which new state, incarnation, is determined by karma (the relationship of actions and their consequences). The better a person lives, the brighter his karma will be and the faster he will achieve nirvana.
As in Christianity, the soul is considered to be a body independent entity, God-given to man. It fills the body with life, and life with meaning. The soul itself is immaculate, but the evil that is in man is determined by the presence of both good and evil principles that constantly compete with each other until one gains the upper hand.
In addition, some currents of Judaism are absorbed into themselves from the beliefs of ancient Egypt, Buddhism. On the question of where the soul goes after the death of the bodily shell, Judaism leans towards the version of rebirth. Moreover, reincarnation will occur as many times as necessary in order for the soul to reach the highest limit of spiritual purity, to be cleansed of all that is bad, which prevents it from becoming perfect. In addition, new trends (which, by the way, are becoming increasingly popular today) suggest that after the death of a person, the soul of the righteous disintegrates into three components: Nesham, Ruach and Nefesh.The first receives a divine "kiss of love" and is sent to the source of "Divine Light." The second moves to the Garden of Eden for all sorts of pleasures and joys. The third hovers above the body until it turns to dust, and then also finds peace and tranquility in the depths of eternity.