Dr. van Lommel provides scientific evidence that the near-death phenomenon is an authentic experience that cannot be attributed to imagination, psychosis, or oxygen deprivation. He further reveals that after such a profound experience, most patients' personalities undergo a permanent change. In van Lommel's opinion, the current views on the relationship between the brain and consciousness held by most physicians, philosophers, and psychologists are too narrow for a proper understanding of the phenomenon. In Consciousness Beyond Life, van Lommel shows that our consciousness does not always coincide with brain functions and that, remarkably and significantly, consciousness can even be experienced separate from the body.
One such person whose paternity has long been a source of speculation was Mona Pratt, whose mother, Laurie Pratt, or Tara Mata, became a devotee of Yogananda's in 1924 and who remained a larger-than-life presence in the organization until her death in 1971. Laurie Pratt was one of Yogananda's most trusted disciples, heading the organization's publishing operation and serving for many years on the SRF's board of directors. Like Faye and Virginia Wright, who joined up with Yogananda a few years later, she was from a prominent Mormon family. (Daya Mata's and her sister's ancestors are said to have been among the original Mormon pilgrims to the Great Salt Lake Valley. Their father, Abraham Reister Wright, was an architect of the temple in Salt Lake City, Daya Mata told a Utah newspaper years ago in what may have been the only interview she ever granted to the secular press.) Laurie Pratt's grandfather, Orson Pratt, was among the founders of the Mormon Church, a contemporary of Joseph Smith and Brigham Young, and one of the most prolific Mormon theologians of the 19th century.
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When I moved to the U.S. I was impressed with the number of total strangers who visitedmy home to wish me well...they all sold insurance! One day my visitor was talking aboutthe necessity to be prudent in the preparation for all possibilities. "If somethingshould happen to you, Mr. Briscoe--" he started to say, but I interrupted with,"Please don't say that. It upsets me." He was a little startled, but triedagain, "But with all due respects, sir, we must be ready if something should happento us." "Don't say that," I insisted. He looked totally bewildered andsaid, "I don't understand what I said to upset you." "Then I'll tellyou," I replied. "It upsets me that you talk about (Life's) only certainty as ifit's a possibility. Death isn't a possibility, it's a certainty. You don't say"if," you say "When," whenever death is the subject."
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While providing many accounts of NDEs from men, women, and children of all ages and backgrounds, Lessons from the Light is much more than just an inspiring collection of NDEs. In Lessons near-death expert Kenneth Ring extracts the pure gold of the NDE and with a beautiful balance of sound research and human insight reveals the practical wisdom held within these experiences.
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Today that house stands as more than a tourist attraction. It is a silent witness tothe dread of death that holds millions of people in bondage (Heb. 2:15).
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The consequences of Erskine's being able to prove that he is Yogananda's son -- if indeed he is -- are potentially huge. Even the specter of opening the long-sealed crypt poses potential problems. An alleged eyewitness account from a cemetery official (who died long ago) posits that the body was in "immutable" condition, without having decomposed, as late as three weeks after Yogananda's death, when the crypt was permanently sealed. At least some of the faithful who believe that the body still has not decomposed might be shocked should reopening the crypt demonstrate otherwise.
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Not long after the swami's death, Erskine says, his mother blew up in anger at one of his half sisters. Although married, the sister had moved back home, and his mother threw her things out of the house. "When my stepfather got home, he was livid. He said, 'Well, I know what to do about that.' And he took her to Norwalk to a mental hospital and had her committed." Erskine calls it "a pure act of spite. She was a brilliant woman. There was nothing wrong with her. But a few days after she was taken there we got a phone call saying that they had given her electroshock treatments. And it was the end of her." Upon coming home soon afterward, he says, his mother "was ruined emotionally" and scarcely uttered a word. In fact, after she was admitted to a nursing home in the mid 1950s she hardly spoke during the last four decades of her life, relatives say. When his mother's mind started to go, Ben Erskine went to Texas to work as a roughneck in the oil fields. After getting married, he moved to Utah, where he was a millwright at a salt mine before settling in the Pacific Northwest. In the 1970s, he became a Mormon, like his mother had been before she met the swami. All of his children have grown up in the understanding and belief that Yogananda was their grandfather. "It's something we've always been taught to be proud of," says Melissa Simpson, 38. Never wishing to do anything to damage his "father's" reputation as a celibate and a saint, Erskine says he deliberately chose not to speak of Yogananda outside a circle of family and friends.