The Tibetan “Book of the Dead” (Bardo Thodol) says:
You have been unconscious for the last three and a half days. As soon as you recover you will have consciousness...
What happened? Well, at this moment all Samsara (the phenomenal universe) is in revolution. Admission to the Electronic and Molecular Worlds at the moment of death is a tremendous test for man’s consciousness. The Tibetan “Book of the Dead” states that at the moment of death all men fall into a faint that lasts three and a half days. Max Heindel, Rudolf Steiner, and many other authors sustain that in these three and a half days the disincarnate ego sees its whole life pass in the form of images, in retrospective order. The said authors state that these memories are contained in the vital body. This is true, but it is only a part of the truth. The images and memories contained in the vital body and its retrospective vision is only an automatic repetition of something similar in the Electronic World.
At the moment of death and during the three and a half days following death, our consciousness and inner judgment are liberated by an electronic discharge. We then see our whole life pass in a retrospective form. The discharge is so strong that it makes a person fall into a state of coma and incoherent dreams. Only those who possess what is called Soul can resist the electronic discharge without losing consciousness.
When the three and a half days have passed, the Essence enters a state of Lunar-type consciousness. At the moment of death we re-live our life in a retrospective form, under electronic discharge, but in a very rapid and terrible way; in the Molecular World we again re-live the life that has just passed, but in much slower form, because time in the Molecular World is slower than in the Electronic World.
Under the Lunar influence, we re-live our life from old age to childhood and birth. Then the disincarnate visit all those places in which they related. They re-live each scene of their life, saying and doing the same as they did in life, feeling joy for the good works and profound moral pain for the bad.
It is clear that when the retrospective work is finished, we have full awareness of the final result of the life that has just passed. It is then, and only then, that all those who are not definitively lost make the decision to correct their errors and pay their debts. Only those who are completely lost do not respond to the terrible impact of the Molecular and Electronic Worlds. In fact, those beings are already so materialized that they return to the mineral world. This is the Christian hell, Ammit, the Egyptian monster, devourer of the dead, with its giant crocodile jaws, the devourer of hearts, the cosmic vultures that consume the waste and left-overs of humanity, the Roman Avernus, the Hindustan Avitchi, etc.
All the planes of existence mentioned by Theosophy may be perfectly synthesized in four regions: Hell, Earth, Paradise, and Heaven. That is to say: Mineral World, Cellular World, Molecular World and Electronic World.
The Final Judgment is what decides the fate of the disincarnate. When the retrospective work is finished, we have to present ourselves before the Tribunals of Karma. In these tribunals we have to answer charges. The ruling of the Judges is definitive. It is incorrect to say that all beings pass to the regions of Paradise or to celestial-type states of happiness after Judgment. In fact, only a very small minority of beings pass to the ineffable regions mentioned by Theosophy. The Final Judgment divides the disincarnate into three groups:
- Those who return immediately;
- Those who rise to paradisiacal and celestial states and return much later;
- Those who enter the mineral kingdom (Hell).
This chapter is from The Book of the Dead (1966) by Samael Aun Weor. It is included in the print and ebook editions of Beyond Death by Glorian Publishing (a non-profit organization), which are illustrated to aid your understanding, and include features like a glossary and index. Buy the book, and you benefit yourself and others.