LIFE AFTER DEATH - atheism
Each atheist can have a different idea of what happens after death: the only thing atheists have in common is not answering "yes" to the question "goes a god exist".
There's nothing else that makes atheists atheists, and there's no "head atheist" whose word is taken as gospel.
That said, many atheists agree on what they think happens: nothing. Your body decays, and that's it. The things that make up "you" cease to be. Of course, this isn't everyone, but merely the opinion I've found of a decently large group of atheists. To begin, we found that people 50 and over tend to be downright conventional in their basic beliefs: nearly three quarters (73 percent) agree with the statement "I believe in life after death.
" Women are a lot more likely to believe in an afterlife (80 percent) than men (64 percent).Two thirds of those who believe says that their confidence in a life after death has increased as they've gotten older. And while 88 percent of people believe they'll be in Heaven after they die, they're not so sure about the rest of us. Those responding said 64 percent of all people get to Heaven. And many think the percentage will be a lot smaller than that. Atheism being a lack of belief naturally has no doctrine or dogma associated with it and therefore makes no claims nor speculates on what happens to a person when they die.
The sentiment of atheism is echoed across a wide spectrum of belief-and disbelief. Atheists celebrate life, but they know death is a reality. Atheist believes the only afterlife that a person can hope to have is the legacy they leave behind-the memory of the people who have been touched by their lives.
"Heaven doesn't exist, hell doesn't exist. We weren't alive before we were born and we're not going to exist after we die.Accordig to atheism they are not happy about the fact that that's the end of life, but can accept that and make their life more fulfilling at present. For all that many religious people claim that belief in life after death is a comfort to them for people of any kind of consciousness after death is profoundly disturbing.
A lot of that is down to the grotesque images of eternal torture with which the religions have tried to coerce belief over the millennia. It is almost certainly true that consciousness is more highly developed in humans than in even the most intelligent of other animals, the mechanisms of life and death are no different in us. There is no reason why greater consciousness should mean we don't "really" die the way other animals do. The only difference is that we're more able to reflect upon it - and, unfortunately, worry about it. Consciousness ceases once the brain stops functioning so you will not be aware that you are in a dark urn as you will no longer be. The end of our consciousness is similar to the lack of consciousness before our birth. To be mortal, means we die. To die means that our life is over. The atheist asks a questions, were we dead before we were born and the answer is in a way, we were. So we are just returning to that unborn state once again, that is, the state of not being alive and conscious.
The atheists in simple terms states death as when someone's heart or brain has permanently stopped working and they do not think people have souls or anything supernatural that transcends our physical selves therefore when a person dies that is it, they are dead and nothing else. Even though the body is still around the person has essentially ceased to exist any longer as they previously did. No longer existing is sometimes not a very easy concept for people to grasp. They dont talk about the physical body of the person or other's memories of the person but instead about what they feel truly makes up a person and makes them who they are, their mind.
Nothing left of the person but a dead body that will begin to decompose like anything else that has died. Atheists believe that humans do not have souls nor an afterlife. Even though it is a naturally parallel concept to atheism shared by many rational people it is not necessarily a common belief to all atheists and is no way a claim of atheism itself. Atheists encourage others to quit worrying about what happens after death and enjoy and make the best out of the lives they have. Many people are curious what atheists think about the essence of life, what happens when we die, and other related issues. Atheist's belief in a soul depends on what each one mean when they use the term "soul". Many people seem to use it as a placeholder for the entire collection of an individual's thoughts, feelings, memories, and emotions.
But the fact of the matter is, all of these things are ultimately just chemical processes in the brain. Modern science is slowly mapping the brain and its processes, and while we don't understand everything about how it works, we do understand a great deal. Atheists do not believe that the soul is a real thing; that is, something that exists outside of normal brain chemistry. As atheist does not believe in a soul, they also do not believe that any of these things survive beyond the moment of death. There is simply no evidence in reality to believe that some sort of mystical entity known as a "soul" somehow exits the body and moves to another plane or dimension of existence also for which there is no evidence. While it might be more comforting in some cases to believe this, atheists realize that reality isn't always ideal. Humans try to protect their children from some of the harsher aspects of reality, but eventually we must all grow up and throw away childish notions. This allows us to be more productive here and now, and to make decisions in our life that make the most sense.
Atheism is a complete absence of religious and superstitious beliefs. They hold no more belief in any supernatural forces of evil than we do in supernatural forces of good. Instead atheists choose to let logic and reasoning is the methods that are used to guide their actions, and take full responsibility for those actions. It's common for people to point to so-called "out of body" experiences as evidence that our minds are separate things from our bodies. They claim that minds are immaterial and fundamentally different from our physical bodies. What they cannot explain by this is how such experiences can be produced at will through purely physical means like drugs and electrodes. A very common, but not entirely universal, component of Near Death Experiences is the image of bright light at the end of a dark tunnel.
In popular imagination this is supposed to be an image of heaven that a person is moving towards, but medical science can not only explain how this image is created naturally, but also predict when it will occur as well as when it won't. It cannot be ruled out, that when approaching death, you may experience "dreams" your own conscience has created. So before death, it is indeed possible to enter a sort of heaven, and that being your final experience, may set a certain mood or feeling before your total annihilation of 'being'; which will come without pre-existing knowledge. Some atheist may even believe in some form of "recurrence" (such as eternal recurrence). Such beliefs that our conscience can exist again in some amount of incomprehensible time of universe birth and rebirth, or that our conscience exists at the same point in every so called 'cycle' of the universe. Personally I have not ruled out the possibility of existing again in an incomprehensible amount of time, but the idea itself is mind troubling if thought about in too much detail.
The same thing that happens to anyone else when they die. Believing that one can escape death hard enough doesn't change this fact. We cease to be because our body can not function without a living mind. We simply decompose and become part of the matter that helps many other forms of life survive. There is still no evidence on whether we live in another form. No one knows what happens after the death. Atheists can also have "deistic" beliefs on what might happen after they die. Atheists do not have "deistic" beliefs; anyone who believes in a deity cannot, by definition, be considered an atheist. Most atheism is based on science. Pretty much every atheist would like to believe in an afterlife but there is just no proof. When we die, our physical bodies cease to exist and become decomposed into the matter that makes up the biosphere of nature.
That is the scientific view. No afterlife experience has been reported. But, that does not mean that it is not possible. Most all cultures of the earth, from the primitive to the modern, include state of being that is beyond the death experience. Many religions have been developed to address this innate 'intuitive feeling' that many people have in the belief in the afterlife. What the true answer may be just a personal revelation at the time of death. The same thing that happens to everyone else. No one knows what there is after death; that is, if there is anything at all. So really, it all depends on the variables. If the Christian faith is true, atheists will burn in hell. The list goes on and on. But, we know for a fact that our physical bodies will cease to exist, and will decay and become part of the earth again.
Pilgrimage is not mandatory in Hinduism, though many adherents undertake them atleast once in a lifetime before death. Hindus recognize several Indian holy cities, including Allahabad, Haridwar, Varanasi, and Vrindavan. Notable temple cities include Puri, which hosts a major Vaishnava Jagannath temple and Rath Yatra celebration; Tirumala - Tirupati, home to the Tirumala Venkateswara Temple; and Katra, home to the Vaishno Devi temple. The four holy sites Puri, Rameswaram, Dwarka, and Badrinath (or alternatively the Himalayan towns of Badrinath, Kedarnath, Gangotri, and Yamunotri) compose the Char Dham (four abodes) pilgrimage circuit. The Kumbh Mela (the "pitcher festival") is one of the holiest of Hindu pilgrimages that is held every four years; the location is rotated among Allahabad, Haridwar, Nashik, and Ujjain. Another important set of pilgrimages are the Shakti Peethas, where the Mother Goddess is worshipped, the two principal ones being Kalighat and Kamakhya.
Respect for elders is a keystone of Hindu culture where each an every person of the religion should follow from birth to death. This genuine acknowledgment of seniority is demonstrated through endearing customs, such as sitting to the left of elders, bringing gifts on special occasions, not sitting while they are standing, not speaking excessively, not yawning or stretching, not putting one's opinions forward strongly, not contradicting or arguing, seeking their advice and blessings, giving them first choice in all matters, even serving their food first.
Hindu society recognizes and values interdependence. According to Vedic theology, society can meet everyone's legitimate needs if the various individuals perform their respective duties. These duties embody the ideal of extending God's shelter to others. For this purpose, the system of varnashrama-dharma allocated specific duties to each varna and ashram.
For example, the vaishyas were considered responsible for the animals; women were especially entrusted with nurturing children; kshatriyas were obliged to ensure the physical safety of citizens; and sannyasis were required to remind everyone - especially householders - of their spiritual duties.
The obligatory duties prescribed in the scriptures must be followed by one and all without expectation of result but unfortunately in modern times it has become common to perform any act only with some intention. These prescriptions, which are basic to the practice of Dharma in daily life, have been designed for the welfare of the entire world and hence there should not be any personal motive in discharging these duties.
They can be likened to breathing, which is essential for sustaining life. Hence these prescriptions are termed as Svadharma because they are expression of one's essential nature. But these mandatory practices differ according to one's station in life.