After death soul takes a gaseous body containing all the sys
  • sridatta1 March 2008
    After death soul takes a gaseous body containing all the systems like respiratory system
    178. Pitaro dhumatanavah shruteh praanamayaadayah.

    Translation: The souls escaping human gross bodies have gaseous bodies containing all the systems like respiratory system, as per the Veda.

    Explanation: The state of angel is completely different from the jivatman escaping the gross body after death. The jivatman is surrounded by the gaseous body as mentioned in the Veda (Manomayah praanashariara…). This jivatman is associated with digestive and respiratory systems, which are also subtle. The subtle nervous system also exists as in the case of angels. This gaseous body is referred to as smoke or dhuma in the Gita. These souls travel to the hell and suffer without food along with the horrible torture. Of course, the souls going to a little higher and better Pitru Loka, in the same line, get the food from the moon. This state is intermediate between the lower human beings and the higher angels.
  • Could the gaseous body be otherwise described as the etheric web?
    The subtle body containing the nadis & chakras in which the physical body exists. In a healthy person the etheric web insulates us from negative influences. Similar to a force field keeping the demons and disease at bay.