Prepare for the next life

We are born here in this world to prepare for the next life.


180. We are born here in this world to prepare for the next life, not become attached to this life, the religions of God tell us: The great question that seems to come to mind when we think about religion is, what must we do to accomplish our objectives in this life; why were we created? And the answer I find in the various books of religion is, we are here to: Jewish symbols star-8pix Judaism: Amos 4:12 “prepare to meet thy God.” We are here to prepare to meet our creator in the next life. We are here to acquire the spiritual provisions we will need for life in the next world, that is why we were created, not for the acquisition of material goods in this life. We need to live this life with our thoughts focused on ascension into the next life and to be prepared for what is coming next in our journey. 1 Samuel 7:3 “Prepare your hearts unto The LORD, and serve Him only: and He will deliver you.” Job 11:13 “Prepare thine heart, and stretch out thine hands toward Him.” Ecclesiastes 7:1 “A good name is better than precious ointment; and the day of death than the day of one’s birth.” the cross-5pix Christianity: Matthew 24:44 “Therefore be ye also ready: for in such an hour as ye think not the Son of man cometh.” Luke 1:17 “Make ready a people prepared for The Lord.” 1 Peter 3:15 “Sanctify The Lord God in your hearts: and be ready always.” Matthew 19:21 “Jesus said unto him, If thou wilt be perfect, go and sell that thou hast, and give to the poor, and thou shalt have treasure in heaven: and come and follow me.”26:41 “The spirit indeed is willing, but the flesh is weak.” 2 Corinthians 4:17 “For our light affliction, which is but for a moment, worketh for us a far more exceeding and eternal weight of glory;” 4:18 “While we look not at the things which are seen, but at the things which are not seen: for the things which are seen are temporal; but the things which are not seen are eternal.” 5:1 “For we know that if our earthly house of this tabernacle were dissolved, we have a building of God, an house not  made with hands, eternal in the heavens.” Galatians 6:7 “Be not deceived; God is not mocked: for whatsoever a man soweth, that shall he also reap.” 6:8 “For he that soweth to his flesh shall of the flesh reap corruption; but he that soweth to the Spirit shall of the Spirit reap life everlasting.” 6:9 “And let us not be weary in well doing; for in due season we shall reap, if we faint not.” 6:10 “As we have therefore opportunity, let us do good unto all men, especially unto them who are of the household of faith.”

Islamic symbol-10 pix ISLAMLetter 21 “Do not let the pleasures of today make you forget the tomorrow. Keep money with you strictly according to your real requirements and give away the rest to the poor so that it may act as a provision for you in the next world. And you cannot dispense with such provisions as to keep you going and to maintain you till the end of the journey the Day of Judgement.” 

(Islam, Ali b. Abi Taalib, Letters 21 and 31, from Nahjul Balaagh) 

Islamic symbol-5pix IslamLetter 27 “O creature of Allah (God)! Fear the inevitable and unavoidable death which is so near to everybody. Be prepared to meet it. Verily, it will come as the most important and the greatest event of your life; it will either carry unmixed blessings and rewards for you or it will bring in its wake punishments, sufferings, and eternal damnation. There will be no chance of its lessening or redemption or any change for the better. It is for you to decide whether to proceed towards perpetual peace and blessings – Paradise, or towards eternal damnation – the Hell. Remember that life is actually driving you towards death which will meet you if you are ready to face it and which will follow you like a shadow if you try to run away from it.” 

          (Islam, Ali b. Abi Taalib, Letters from Nahjul Balaagh) 

Islamic symbol-5pix IslamLetter 31 “Remember my son, that before you is a long and arduous journey (life). The journey is not only very long, exhausting and onerous but the route is mostly through dismal, dreary and deserted regions where you will be sadly in need of refreshing, renovating and enlivening aids and helps and you cannot dispense with such provisions as to keep you going and to maintain you till the end of the journey – the Day of Judgement.” “But remember not to overload yourself (do not entrust yourself with so many obligations and duties that you cannot honorably fulfill them or with such luxurious life as to be wicked and vicious).” “Because if this load is more than what you can conveniently bear then your journey will be very painful and tiresome to you. If you find around you such poor, needy and destitute people who are willing to carry your load for you as far as the Day of Judgement then consider this to be a boon, engage them and pass your burden on to them. (Distribute your wealth amongst the poor, destitute and the needy, help others to the best of your ability and be kind and sympathetic to human beings). Thus relieve yourself from the heavy responsibility and liability of submitting an account on the Day of Judgement of how you have made use of His Bounties (of health, wealth, power and position) and thus you may arrive at the end of the journey, light and fresh, have enough provision for you there (reward of having done your duty to man and Allah in this world).” “Have as many weight-carriers as you can (help as many as you can) so that you may not miss them when you very badly need them (when your sins of commission and omission will be balanced against your good deeds you must have enough good deeds to turn the scale in your favour). Remember that all you give out in charities and good deeds are like loans which will be paid back to you. Therefore, when you are wealthy and powerful, make use of your wealth and power in such a way that you get all that back on the Day of Judgement, when you will be poor and helpless. Be it known to you, my son, that your passage lies through an appallingly dreadful valley (death or grave) and extremely trying and arduous journey.” “Here a man with light weight is far better than an overburdened person and one who can travel fast will pass through it quickly than the one whose encumbering forces go slowly. You shall have to pass through this valley.” “The only way out of it is either in Paradise or in Hell. Therefore, it is wise to send your things there beforehand so that they (good deeds) reach there before you, prearrange for the place of your stay before you reach there because after death there is no repentance and no possibility of coming back to this world to undo the wrong done by you.” 

          (Islam, Ali b. Abi Taalib, Letters from Nahjul Balaagh) 

Islamic symbol-5pix Islam: 223. “Do some good act for your souls beforehand; and fear Allah (God), and know that ye are to meet Him (in the Hereafter), and give (these) good tidings to those who believe.” 

          (The Qur’an (Yusuf Ali tr), Surah   2) 

Islamic symbol-5pix Islam: 18. “O ye who believe! Fear Allah, and let every soul look to what (provision) he has sent forth for the morrow. Yea, fear Allah: for Allah is well-acquainted with (all) that ye do.”  

          (The Qur’an (Yusuf Ali tr), Surah  59) 

Zoroastrian symbol-12pix ZOROASTRIANISM: “Now, when a man sets out on a journey, he takes provisions with him. If it be for one day’s march, he takes provisions for two days. If it be for two days’ march, he takes provisions for three. If it be for ten days’ march, he takes provisions for fifteen; And he thinks that he will come back in health to his well-beloved friends, parents, and brethren. How then is it that men take no provisions for that unavoidable journey, On which one must go once for all eternity?” 

          (The Zend-Avesta, Avesta Fragments) 

Hindu symbol-10pix HINDUISM: “Seek for me a higher duty and prepare for life more fair. Calmly from his father’s empire and his home prepared to part.” 

          (Hindu, Ramayana (R. Dutt, abridged tr)) 

Hindu symbol 5-pix Hinduism: “This treasure I present to the Brâhmanas: I prepare for myself a road that leads. to the Fathers in the heavens.” 

          (Hindu, Vedas, Atharva Veda) 

Buddhist wheel symbol-10 pix BUDDHISM: 18. “You are now like a withered leaf; the messengers of death have come near you. You stand at the threshold of your departure. Have you made provision for your journey? Make yourself an island; work hard; be wise. When your impurities are purged and you are free from guilt, you will enter into the heavenly world of the noble ones.” 

          (Buddhist, Dhammapada – Sayings of the Buddha 2 (tr. J. Richards)) 

Dharma wheel Buddhist symbols-5pix Buddhism: 18. “Your life has come near to an end now, To the presence of Death you are setting out. No halting place is there for you on the way, And provision for your journey you have none. Make a refuge unto yourself, Quickly strive and become wise. Purged of taint and free from stain, To birth-and-decay will you not come again. By gradual practice, From moment to moment, And little by little, Let the wise man blow out His own impurities, Just as a smith removes The dross of ore.” 

          (Buddhist, Dhammapada – Sayings of the Buddha 3 (tr. J. Richards)) 

Mandaean symbol-15pix SABEANISM“Be no son of the House, the world.” “Adam, look upon the world which is a completely unreal thing. It is a unreal thing, in which you can put no trust.” “Well is it for thee, soul that departed from the world” “Sunday, and Kushta and Oblation,” “I am provided and provisioned,” (Sabeanism, Instruction of Adam and Ginza Rba- chapter 74)

Mandaean symbol1 Sabeanism: “I am provided and provisioned: ‘Uthras of light equipped me. I am provisioned; for Life (Haiyi, God) provided for me. And I am equipped by ‘uthras of light. They provided me with provision of Truth.” “I lifted mine eyes to heaven and my soul waited on the house of life. and the life who heard my cry sent toward me a deliverer. the deliverer who came to me brought me that which was lovely; he opened out a robe and showed me its radiance and I cast off the stinking body. he grasped me with the palm of his right hand and led me over the waters of death. over the waters of death he brought me and led me onward; in the likeness of life he supported me. life supported life, life found its own. its own self did life find and my soul found that for which it had looked. renowned is life and victorious and victorious the man who went hence.” (Sabeanism, Ginza Rba- chapter 96)

The shrine-17pix BABI RELIGION: “The soul of man is immortal; it survives physical death. The goal of the individual during his life should be to develop those spiritual qualities and attributes which will enhance the soul in its eternal journey. Heaven is thus interpreted as the state of possessing those qualities and Hell as being bereft of them.”

(Moojan Momen, The Babi  and Baha’i Religions, p. xxiv)

The shrine10 pix Babi Religion“Your faith must be immovable as the rock, must weather every storm and survive every calamity. Suffer not the denunciations of the foolish and the calumnies of the clergy to afflict you, or to turn you from your purpose. For you are called to partake of the celestial banquet prepared for you in the immortal Realm. Great will be your reward, and goodly the gift which will be bestowed upon you.” and thus “The devotee prepared to enter ‘undreamt of worlds’ and ‘a new, a boundless, and eternal life.”

(The Bab – The Herald of the Days, p. 28 and The Babi & Baha’i Religions, p. 110)

 the greatest name-12pixBAHA’I FAITH: “As the usefulness and powers of the life (of a child) were not seen in that dark and narrow world (of the womb), but when it is brought into this vast world, all the use of its growth and development becometh manifest and obvious in it, so likewise, reward and punishment, paradise and hell, and the requital of deeds and actions done by it in the present life become manifest and evident when it is transferred to the world to come — which is far from this world! Had the life and growth of the child in the womb been confined to that condition, then the existence of the child in the womb would have proved utterly abortive and unintelligible; as would the life of this world, were its deeds, actions and their results not to appear in the world to come.” 

(Bahá’í Faith, Abdu’l-Baha, Tablets of Abdu’l-Baha v3, p. 644) 

the greatest name 8 pixBaha’i Faith: “Man has two powers; and his development, two aspects. One power is connected with the material world, and by it he is capable of material advancement. The other power is spiritual, and through its development his inner, potential nature is awakened. These powers are like two wings. Both must be developed, for flight is impossible with one wing. Praise be to God! Material advancement has been evident in the world, but there is need of spiritual advancement in like proportion. We must strive unceasingly and without rest to accomplish the development of the spiritual nature in man, and endeavor with tireless energy to advance humanity toward the nobility of its true and intended station.” 

(Bahá’í Faith, Abdu’l-Baha, The Promulgation of Universal Peace, p. 60)