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Namaskar sir,
         Suppose person is enlightened and God-realised. Suddenly he faces accidental death and at that time he did not able to remember God. What would happen to him, liberated or again rebirth for his last consciousness?


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Dear Jagat,

Thank you for your question.

If a person is enlightened and God-realized, the manner of death has no bearing on what happens after death. The essence of the enlightenment experience is realizing that the phenomenal self (jiva) is not the locus of identity. Thoughts and karma all pertain only to the jiva, not to the Atman or Self. The enlightened person has realized the Self and knows himself as the Self of all things.

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Brother William

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I can answer questions about Vedanta philosophy, Patanjali Yoga philosophy and practice, Tantra, Bhagavad-Gita, Upanishads, Vivekachudamani (Shankara`s Crest-jewel of Spritual Discrimination), Advaita (non-dualism), the Ramakrishna-Vivekananda tradition, Goddess worship, meditation practice, Hindu monasticism (sannyasa), and Sanskrit.

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I've been studying and practicing Vedanta and Tantra since 1969.

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I'm the founder and spiritual director of Ashram West, a gay spiritual community based on traditional Hindu Tantra. I have been a member of the Vedanta Society of Southern California since 1969.

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I have three books in print: GAY TANTRA, ESSAYS ON GAY TANTRA, BLOOD OF THE GODDESS.

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I hold a B.A. in Sanskrit (UC Berkeley 1975) and an M.A. in clinical psychology (Antioch University 1986).

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