Some time ago we talked about how the Vedas, the ancient teachings of India, describe us ultimately as spiritual beings (the post is called ‘The Science of Knowing Who You Are‘). The non-material self is called atma and is separate from our body. Atma does not die when the body does – atma is by nature eternal and full of bliss and knowledge. At death the atma moves on to another body, according to its karma and desire.
For many this realization sounds very natural. Actually, I saw a poll in a newspaper recently saying that 82% of Americans believe in some form of an afterlife. I’ve met many people who told me that they intuitively knew they were not their body since they were a little kid. But many are also confused as to what they should do with this knowledge and how to apply it in their every day life.