From cover to cover I was engrossed in Deepak Chopra's Life After Death - The Burden of Proof. The title is intriguing and none of us can deny mortal death will come, but reading this book in its both logical and spiritual interpretations, including examples from science and many world religions, gives clues that we go on in consciousness without a mortal body.
I love that we are led on a story within the story about the wisdom humankind can learn in the physical and mental incarnation we are currently partaking in. I won't give details and ruin the story line but I think it is worth it to read the book for the various levels of insight presented.
The book is divided into Part One: Life After Death with chapters titled: 1. Death at the Door; 2. The Cure for Dying; 3. Death Grants Three Wishes; 4. Escaping the Noose; 5. The Path to Hell; 6. Ghosts; 7. The Invisible Thread; 8. Seeing the Soul; 9. Two Magical Words; 10. Surviving the Storm; 11. Guides and Messengers; 12. The Dream Continues. Followed by Part Two: The Burden of Proof: 13. Is Akasha Real?; 14. Thinking Outside the Brain; 15. The Mechanics of Creation; Epilogue: Maha Samadhi.
Here is what Dr. Chopra says about meditation in Chapter 7: "But the great spiritual guides of the past wanted to reassure their followers that space wasn't the same as a void. We know this because our own inner silence isn't a void. It doesn't take dying to go beyond thoughts and images. When someone meditates deeply enough, thoughts disappear and leave only the experience of silence."
To me, this is saying consciousness is a viable living condition whether residing in flesh or not and continues without the presence of a physical body. But everyone should come to their own conclusions on this score, and the path while living is accessible through deep meditation.
What Deepak Chopra gives us in this intensive book is many ways to look at life and consciousness, and the seen and unseen universe, and then decide for ourselves what feels right; what makes sense.
My highest recommendation for the serious truth seeker.
Details - 304 pages hardcover; Harmony (October 17, 2006); 9.4 by 6.6 inches; ISBN: 978-0307345785
Review by Susan Helene Kramer