In brief: a spiritual world where every soul goes provisionally after death.
At the basis of natural spirituality, there is a belief: death is not an end; it is a passage into a more subtle dimension of reality, into another world that Bahram Elahi calls the “interworld”.
For the author of Foundations of Natural Spirituality, the concept of interworld is not yet another way of designating the afterlife, thereby fulfilling the human need to believe in the survival of the soul after death. The word is a translation of the Arabic “barzakh” (the “in-between” where souls await the Last Judgment), which points to a necessity intrinsic to the system of successive lives.
The purpose of successive lives is to enable the soul to mature through the process of perfection. Since human beings are spiritually unaware of that fact while they are on Earth, it is hard to imagine how they could ever get out of that state if the transition from one life to the next was instantaneous. In all a likelihood, such a state of unawareness would perpetuate itself from life to life, so much so that the system of successive lives would be pointless. The interworld thus meets the need for an intermediary stage: it is a sort of airlock between two lives which enables human beings to assimilate certain spiritual truths and take them along into their new life so that they may influence their thought and behaviour, hence sustaining the process of perfection.
But there is more. The interworld by itself already fosters our process of spiritual perfection by allowing the soul—provided it has acquired a certain level of knowledge—to live in a space where it can pursue its development in conditions that are more favourable than those on Earth. As Bahram Elahi emphasizes, “remaining in the interworld to complete one’s process of perfection is a tremendous advantage. Since we are more awake and lucid there, we work more easily (individually or collectively) and, consequently, commit fewer errors.” (Spirituality is a Science, p. 136). Thus the interworld does not merely serve as an intermediary between two lives. It is also a privileged place for progress and a transitional stage between the physical world and Perfection.
The following succinct points can be drawn from the two chapters of Spirituality is a Science devoted to the interworld:
- The interworld is a nonmaterial replica of the material world, yet it is more real for our soul than the material world is for our body. It is like the archetype of this world, which is merely a dim reflection of it.
- It is a world where order and balance prevail and where the soul, in most cases, experiences a feeling of lightness and joy: “The joy of returning home and finding one’s loved ones, and the peace of finding a welcoming atmosphere and breathing in love and kindness.”
- It is also a place where sensations are more vivid and more profound than on Earth and where the awareness one has of oneself and of others is more lucid and true. Freed from the body, which could rightly be compared to the heavy protective suit that firemen put on before heading to a fire, the soul not only experiences sharper sensations, it also appears there as it is in reality—thus, being and appearing are one and the same thing.
- Everybody goes into that world just the way they were, and with the same thoughts they had on Earth. In other words, if some spiritual truth has not been assimilated in this world, the mere fact of reaching the interworld will not make any difference; unless, of course, that truth is instructed to us there.
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