Near Death Experiences
Posted April 25, 2005
Hare Krsna! All glories to Srila Prabhupada, Sri Krsna & all His Devotees! My name is Brsabha Dasa & I was initiated by Srila Prabhupada in 1972 at Bhaktivedanta Manor when aged 22 years.
I am interested in NDEs or Near Death Experiences and i would like to hear from anyone else who might have experienced anything similar to my own?
My own NDE happened in 1970. Then i was a spiritually indifferent hippy interested only in drugs, pop music, and the opposite sex, in that order. I had, at that time, no knowledge of the existence of Srila Prabhupada what to speak of his teachings.
It was in that year of 1970 that my friends and myself shared a house together. The 4 or 5 of us spent our days conning people into thinking our paintings were originals and thus paying inflated prices for them. (another of my many regrets in life)
Most evenings we would spend smoking cannabis or taking other drugs like Speed & Mandrax and then listening to pop music, etc. Twice before i had taken LSD tabs and twice before i had bad trips and that last evening was no exception. My world became my own personal hell for the hours i was under the drugs inflences,which i have never forgotten to this day! Unfortunately i was left alone to wander the house that evening (probably because everyone one else was too stoned to notice). Thus during my hellish wanderings i fell down the stairs that led up to the bedrooms. (this i only found out later).
What happened next was finding myself in the midst of a glorious brilliant white light! I knew i had left my body behind but i did not care at all. I felt so wonderfully happy! I sensed but could not quite make out other beings all around and above and below where i was. They appeared to be indifferent to me or maybe they were unaware of me, i am not sure. Even so, everything felt so warm and blissful floating in that lovely light, i believed then i could have stayed there forever! Then i heard spoken three words 'Come to me.' They had no apparent source. Maybe they came from inside me or outside me? That i am still unsure of. It was a male voice. Oh, but what a lovely voice! It sounded so sweet and so full of love for me. I was overjoyed and in ecstasy! Each word had so much meaning to it. I can only say that i recognised that voice. It was the voice of God!
How did i know? The only example i can think of is how we recognise our parents voices when they are close by but not visible to us. However, i could not reply because i then awoke on the hospital trolley in a hallway and alone. I think i left the hospital without informing anyone or leaving my name.
My large family still do not know of this event, or my hospital visit, and i still feel they will not believe me and would probably say i was hallucinating. Thus i am somewhat averse to broadcasting it to all and sundry. And so i have told only two groups in person. In our sankirtan van with four devotees present and once in a lecture at Bhaktivedanta Manor. My other place was anonymously about a year ago on the IANDS website.
As a postscript, from then onwards i have never once doubted the existence of God or Krsna nor do i fear death itself except for going to hell for my many sins. But even there i would still try to learn to love Him as much as He loves us all.
So, to repeat my humble request. If anyone could kindly email me their story i would be very grateful and would protect their anonymity if so desired.
My email address is: Briankrsnad@aol.com. Many thanks.