“Suicide is the worst of crimes and dire in its results.” – H.P. Blavatsky
“… the greatest of all living crimes – Suicide.” – Master S.B.
“Suicides are not dead but have only killed their physical triad … The suicides, who, foolishly hoping to escape life, found themselves still alive, – have suffering enough in store for them from that very life. Their punishment is in the intensity of the latter.” – Master K.H.
Because suicide is not natural death but a highly unnatural form of death – self-induced death which, although very tragic and in many cases understandable and worthy of all our compassion, is still spiritually unlawful – the process is different from that which applies in the case of ordinary and naturally occurring death, which has been outlined in the article Death and The Afterlife and also When We Die.
The individual who commits suicide remains fully conscious, trapped in the Kama Loka (the psychic or astral atmosphere surrounding and to some extent interpenetrating the physical plane), able to see and witness everything that’s going on on Earth in regard to the situations and people from which they have severed themselves, and having to remain there for the destined duration of what would have been their life had they not killed themselves.
For example, if the person was destined by their Karma to have lived for 90 years in that lifetime but killed themselves at the age of 20, they will have to remain within Kama Loka for 70 years and cannot progress any further until then. They are not able to undergo the complete death process and enter into the state of Devachan – or “Heaven” – until then.
In this regard the Master K.H. explained that “That particular wave of life-evolution must run on to its shore.” They are well and truly trapped and the suffering caused by being in that state is far worse than the suffering they tried to escape from on Earth.
This fact of having to remain in Kama Loka for the entire remaining duration of the life they had been destined to live is not in any sense a form of “punishment” doled out by a Higher Power or Divine Being. It is merely due to the fact that each human being is comprised of seven parts or components (generally called the Seven Principles in the teachings of Theosophy) and the unchangeable Laws of Nature require that these separate from one another in the right way, the right order, and at the right time, in order for everything to proceed naturally and normally at the moment of death and beyond.
The person who dies a natural death does so because their Principles have gradually and naturally run their entire course of destined duration and, of their own accord, ceased to cohere with one another. But this is obviously not the case for the person who has murdered himself or herself; the one who has taken their own life.
They find themselves just as alive afterwards, only now without the outer shell of the physical body and in even more of a “trapped” state than before. Often filled with regrets and longing to get back in touch with Earth life, it is relatively easy for them to either initiate contact with a medium or for a medium to seek them out.
But this is the worst thing they can do, as it is spiritually unlawful for individuals to reinitiate contact with the life of which they have purposely deprived themselves. The Masters and Madame Blavatsky taught that the suicide victim who does this will often lose their soul forever as a result, when their natural life term finally reaches its end. A dark fate will also naturally be in store for the medium who enabled and consented for such a thing to happen, as they will have created terrible Karma for themselves.
If only people would leave departed souls in peace and allow them to progress on their eventual upward way! After describing some of these things, the Master K.H. poignantly wrote, “And now you may understand why we oppose so strongly Spiritualism and mediumship.”
At the end of the 19th century, when the teachings of Theosophy were given out to the world, the concept of NDEs (Near Death Experiences) was unknown. It is only much more recently – and increasingly so over the past few decades – that awareness and serious scientific study of such things has come about.
It is interesting to note that the nature and description of almost every Near Death Experience in our modern times is in perfect harmony with the explanations and details provided by Theosophy. We refer here to the original and genuine Theosophy – that of H.P. Blavatsky, William Quan Judge, and the Masters – and not that of later “Theosophists” such as C.W. Leadbeater, Annie Besant, and Alice Bailey, since their explanations and teachings regarding death and the afterlife are profoundly different from those of original Theosophy and are not supported or validated by contemporary research into NDEs or other similar phenomena.
Compare the Theosophical teaching about the experience in store for one who commits suicide (which we have outlined above) with what Dr Raymond Moody has to say in his famous and highly regarded book “Life After Life.” With regard to interviews he had conducted with people who had had a Near Death Experience as a result of a suicide attempt from which they either survived or were medically resuscitated, Moody writes:
“These experiences were uniformly characterized as being unpleasant. As one woman said, ‘If you leave here a tormented soul, you will be a tormented soul over there, too.’ In short, they report that the conflicts they had attempted suicide to escape were still present when they died, but with added complications. In their disembodied state they were unable to do anything about their problems, and they also had to view the unfortunate consequences which resulted from their acts. A man who was despondent about the death of his wife shot himself, ‘died’ as a result, and was resuscitated. He states: ‘I didn’t go where [my wife] was, I went to an awful place. … I immediately saw the mistake I had made. … I thought, ‘I wish I hadn’t done it.’ Others who experienced this unpleasant ‘limbo’ state have remarked that they had the feeling they would be there for a long time. This was their penalty for ‘breaking the rules’ by trying to release themselves prematurely from what was, in effect, an ‘assignment’ – to fulfill a certain purpose in life.”
In his subsequent book “Reflections on Life After Life,” Moody says:
“All of these people agree on one point: they felt their suicidal attempts solved nothing. They found that they were involved [in the other world] in exactly the same problems from which they had been trying to extricate themselves by suicide. Whatever difficulty they had been trying to get away from was still there on the other side, unresolved. One person mentioned being “trapped” in the situation which had provoked her suicide attempt. [It was] repeated again and again, as if in a cycle.”
In Sylvia Cranston’s excellent book “Reincarnation – A New Horizon in Science, Religion, and Society” she relates some of the observations and experiences of the American psychiatrist George Ritchie during his own Near Death Experience. We quote here a particularly relevant and tragic passage from that book, which includes excerpts from Ritchie’s own book:
“According to psychiatrist George Ritchie, one of the worst fates of a suicide is that after death he can see the misery caused others by his act of self-destruction. Among the places Dr Ritchie was taken by his celestial guide during his own near-death experience was a house where a younger man was following an older one from room to room. “I’m sorry, Pa!” he kept saying. “I didn’t know what it would do to Mama! I didn’t understand.” But though Ritchie
could hear the young man clearly, it was obvious that the man he was speaking to could not. The old man was carrying a tray into a room where an elderly woman sat in bed. “I’m sorry, Pa,” the young man said again. “I’m sorry, Mama.” Endlessly, over and over, to ears that could not hear. In bafflement I turned to the Brightness beside me. But though I felt His compassion flow like a torrent into the room before us, no understanding lighted my mind. Several times we paused before similar scenes. A boy trailing a teenage girl through the corridors of a school. “I’m sorry, Nancy!”
“Then there was a middle-aged woman begging a gray-haired man to forgive her. Ritchie turned pleadingly to his guide: “ ‘Why do they keep talking to people who can’t hear them?’ Then from the Light beside me came the thought: They are suicides, chained to every consequence of their acts. This idea stunned me, yet I knew it came from Him, not me, for I now saw no more scenes like these, as though the truth He was teaching had been learned.”
It is thus very apt that the Masters refer to suicide victims as “earth walkers”!
In his article “Suicide Is Not Death,” William Q. Judge (a close colleague of H.P. Blavatsky and co-founder with her of the Theosophical Society) expressed the matter like this:
“The fate of the suicide is horrible in general. He has cut himself off from his body by using mechanical means that affect the body, but cannot touch the real man. He then is projected into the astral world, for he has to live somewhere. There the remorseless law, which acts really for his good, compels him to wait until he can properly die. Naturally he must wait, half dead, the months or years which, in the order of nature, would have rolled over him before body and soul and spirit could rightly separate. He becomes a shade; he lives in purgatory, so to say, called by the Theosophist the “place of desire and passion,” or “Kama-Loka.” He exists in the astral realm entirely, eaten up by his own thoughts. Continually repeating in vivid thoughts the act by which he tried to stop his life’s pilgrimage, he at the same time sees the people and the place he left, but is not able to communicate with any one …”
Suicide rates are increasing dramatically in the 21st century and have been ever on the rise since around the 1950s or 1960s. People had just as much opportunity and ability to kill themselves in the many centuries before then but they didn’t. What does this tell us about our boasted modern “civilisation” in which science is man’s God, materialism and sensuality his creed, the television his talking Bible, and the internet his playground?
True spirituality is not fantasy or delusion, as the scientists and atheists would like people to believe. It is the revelation of FACTS and REALITIES. The basic foundational premise of Theosophy is that Truth exists and that there are “Those who know.” H.P. Blavatsky knew exactly what she was talking about, as did Mr Judge, and the Eastern Masters of whom they were the devoted pupils and disciples.
“Theosophy is for those who want it,” wrote Robert Crosbie, a student and associate of Judge and founder of the United Lodge of Theosophists. Yes, the Truth is here – the answer to every question and the solution to every problem you may have – if you are willing to receive it.
WE DEDICATE THIS ARTICLE TO ALL THOSE PRECIOUS SOULS
WHO HAVE ALREADY CHOSEN TO END THEIR OWN LIVES AND TO
THOSE WHO ARE STILL WITH US BUT STRUGGLING WITH DARK AND DEPRESSIVE THOUGHTS AND CONTEMPLATING SUICIDE.
MAY THEY ALL FIND PERFECT PEACE.