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The Life After Death

Mrs. S. asked some questions with reference to the conditions of existence
in the next world, and the life after death; she said that having recently
lost a very near relative, she had given much thought to this subject.
Many thought that re-union with those we had loved, and who had passed on
to the future life, would only take place after a long period of time had
elapsed. She wished to know whether one would be re-united with those who
had gone before immediately after death.

'Abdu'l-Baha answered that this would depend upon the respective stations
of the two. If both had the same degree of development, they would be
re-united immediately after death. The questioner then said, how could
this state of development be acquired? 'Abdu'l-Baha replied, by unceasing
effort, striving to do right, and to attain spiritual qualities.

The questioner remarked that many differing opinions were held as to the
conditions of the future life. Some thought that all would have exactly
the same perfections and virtues; that all would be equal and alike.

'Abdu'l-Baha said there would be variety, and differing degrees of
attainment, as in this world.

The question was then asked as to how it would be possible with no
material bodies or environment to recognize different entities and
characters, when all would be in the same conditions and on the same plane
of existence.

'Abdu'l-Baha said if several people look into a mirror at the same moment,
they behold all the different personalities, their characteristics and
movements; the glass of the mirror into which they look is one. In your
mind you have a variety of thoughts, but all these thoughts are separate
and distinct. Also you may perhaps have hundreds of friends; but when you
call them before your memory you do not confuse them one with another:
each one is separate and distinct, having their own individualities and

Replying to another questioner, he said that when two people, husband and
wife for instance, have been completely united in this life their souls
being as one soul, then after one of them has passed away, this union of
heart and soul would remain unbroken.

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