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Some extracts from the Martinus’ book 'Menneskehedens skæbne' - The Fate of Mankind - regarding the death:
everything on the coarce-material level disintegrates and have to be scraped...
Natural death as an event of light
When death occurs in a natural way it is, in reality, an event of light about which there is every possible reason to rejoice. All that has happened is that the so-called "dead" person has been freed from an obsolete or outworn body that was only a shadow of what it had once been and through which his experience of the plane of existence in question could likewise be of course only a reflection of its original purpose, indeed, sometimes even only an experience of twenty to twenty-five per cent instead of one hundred per cent. To mourn such an event, to wish that some being should continue experiencing such an existence is of course in reality to wish evil upon that being, but this must of course be excused because the beings concerned do not know what has actually happened. They have of course no self-experienced or realistic knowledge of the fact that the "dead" being has five other bodies at his disposal, and that one of these at the time of natural death will always be so far advanced that it will be able to promote or sustain the consciousness after death.
In cases of unnatural death things are somewhat different. By unnatural death must here be understood all kinds of death that are not caused by old age. And it cannot be denied that a very large percentage of terrestrial mankind's individuals are still so far in evolution from knowing, and thereby fulfilling, the eternal laws on which the experience of life is based that a shortened physical lifetime must inevitably be the result. As a shortened lifetime is an abnormality it will, just like all other unnatural or abnormal phenomena, involve a certain unpleasantness. But this unpleasantness will be the less the more spiritually developed the being is, and the greater the less spiritually developed the being is. The basic cause of this unpleasantness is precisely this: that in the case of a premature death the spiritual body that should sustain the consciousness of the individual after death has not had time to develop the necessary strength and stability for the purpose. Through a premature death or separation of the physical body the day-consciousness is suddenly transferred to the aforesaid spiritual body. As this body is not yet fully mature for this mission it will in a way be overburdened, which in turn, in the worst cases, can result in abnormal mental states in the first sphere of the spiritual plane of existence. In cases where death is the result of a prolonged prior illness, the maturing of this spiritual body is somewhat precipitated and the unpleasantness of this premature death will thus be correspondingly less.
Suicides and death
For the individual who commits suicide the unpleasantness is further increased by the dreadful disappointment that death is not, as he had believed, a deliverance from his difficulties but that he, on the contrary, in addition to being still fully conscious of them, has now also inflicted upon himself the suffering that he will, to a certain extent, have to endure an abnormal spiritual existence with the prospect of a repetition of these difficulties in his next physical life on earth. He thus witnesses the fact that he cannot run away from his fate. Had he put up with those difficulties until death had occurred of its own accord, his spiritual existence would at least have been more normal and strengthening for his next terrestrial life.
But as all beings, in order to be
born in a new physical body, must pass through all the highest kingdoms of
the spiral, even if of course in rather elementary or latent forms, the
unpleasantness will stretch only as far as the first kingdom after death
and, at that, only as far as its very lowest sphere. This sphere is known
on the physical plane as "purgatory" and has furthermore through
superstition been called "hell". There will thus be a certain unpleasant
zone for all beings with imperfections to pass through after physical
death. But the "eternal fire" or "everlasting damnation" with which the
primitive imagination has equipped it certainly does not exist. It can
still be very unpleasant, but as the unpleasantness can exist only as
effects of the individual's own mistakes, and as the unpleasantness in
turn, as a supplement to physical existence, has as its mission the
stimulating of the individual not to make mistakes, not to commit suicide
again, not to live unnaturally (in other words, it is the guide to a
perfect life or the direction towards God), and as it furthermore in the
form of unpleasantness spans only a very limited sphere in relation to the
whole spiritual zone, which otherwise constitutes an ocean of light and
bliss, it is in its most profound analysis a divine blessing. There will
therefore in reality be no justifiable basis whatsoever for mourning the
unnatural death or departure to another world of friends or relatives.
Death as "resurrection"
As already mentioned, sorrow and
the fear of death or dying are quite unfounded. Besides the physical body
that the individual loses at death, he has five other bodies. From
this point life goes on towards even more perfect planes of existence in
the spiritual regions while the spiritual preparation for the creation of
a new physical body is in process. When the creation of the embryo of the
new physical body is complete and it has thereby become mature enough to
begin sustaining the consciousness, birth occurs and the individual again
begins to become conscious on the physical plane. And the I, incarnated in
the new physical body, finds itself once again able to communicate in the
physical world. But instead of the old, worn out body that it left at the
time of its physical death, it now finds itself, in so far as its death
and spiritual existence have been normal, in a new, glorified body
dedicated to youth and beauty, to love and passion, to life and work.
Terrestrial disharmony gives rise to spiritual development
The eternal existence of the terrestrial human being thus takes the form of alternating physical and spiritual existences. As this being in its evolution still finds itself in the second plane of existence of the spiral zone, that is, the physical world, its physical body will, as previously mentioned, be the most developed; while the bodies for the other planes in the same spiral cycle, on the other hand, are still relatively unfinished or latent. The physical existences therefore also become the most fundamental for the same individual. But gradually, as evolution proceeds, the individual becomes more and more spiritually developed. Since the physical body, as far as the terrestrial human being is concerned, has passed its evolutionary peak, it will therefore be the spiritual bodies of the same being that are under development. In this growth, the body of feeling, the seat for the individual's faculty to sense or experience pleasantness or unpleasantness, will thus be that which is most advanced. Next comes the body of intelligence, the seat for the individual's faculty to define the experiences of pleasantness and unpleasantness or to create knowledge from these experiences. The evolution of terrestrial mankind will thus primarily be based upon the development of feeling and intelligence. As feeling can only be developed through suffering, and intelligence through competition in the struggle for one's daily bread, the earth is extremely well designed for such development, because its citizens, grounded in their primitive or relatively latent level of feeling, do not hesitate to maintain their existence, their pleasure or well-being at the expense of the over-exertion, poverty, sickness, pain, need and even mutilation of their fellow-beings or, in brief, entirely upon the right of these beings to life. In a world where the instinct for self-preservation of the beings is mutually or reciprocally based on such a level of feeling, only the strongest and most insensitive or inconsiderate will, without outside assistance, be able to reach a high physical position, meaning wealth and material prestige, while the less greedy or more sensitive or considerate must of necessity become the vanquished and so the slaves of the victor. The earth is therefore also the scene of many tears, much want and suffering, chaos, need and misery. It is the battlefield for the struggle of the beings for booty. But as such conditions or difficulties inevitably give rise to a growing desire in mankind for ordered relations or harmony, which in turn can exist only as identical with spiritual development, such a form of development can thus be traced in the terrestrial zone. But in order to attain ordered relations in the world, knowledge is essential. The desire referred to then also manifests itself to a great extent as an attraction towards all enlightenment about the eternal facts or most profound causes of life. The most universally known and most realistic result of this development is, as previously mentioned, "science".
Table of Contents for The Fate of Mankind:
http://www.martinus.dk/en/ttt/oversigt.php?bog=1 (links to read the chapters by blue numbers to the left there)