Imagination as a Creative Force For Post-Mortem Environments

Sri Aurobindo elucidates another possible location for the soul’s sojourn after death, at least temporarily, and that is to reside in an artificial construct built by either an extremely well formed mental conception or by a strong vital formation developed during the lifetime. Partially these constructs could be reflections of a higher world of mind or life, mirrored in the mental framework of the soul in whatever imperfect transcription is possible in the physical world. Then, the underlying impulsion of karma at subtle levels would guide the soul into these constructed places if there were a strong enough action of imagination, focus upon, or vital imaging of such places. This could in fact be heavens or hells of human making. Or it could be something less dramatic but nevertheless detailed in its organisation and intent. The soul could remain in such an artificial construct until such time as it could finally dissolve and thereby release itself from the hold of these imaginary (but nevertheless quite realistic seeming) locales.

Sri Aurobindo explains: “For the image-making power of the human mind, its imagination, which is in his physical life only an indispensable aid to his acquisition of knowledge and his life-creation, may in a higher scale become a creative force which would enable the mental being to live for a while amid its own images until they were dissolved by the soul’s pressure. All these buildings are of the nature of larger Life-constructions; in them his mind translates some of the real conditions of the greater mental and vital worlds into terms of his physical experience magnified, prolonged, extended to a condition beyond physicality: he carries by this translation the vital joy and vital suffering of the physical being into supraphysical conditions in which they have a greater scope, fullness and endurance. These constructive environments must therefore be considered, so far as they have any supraphysical habitat, as annexes of the vital or of the lower mental planes of existence.”

Sri Aurobindo, The Life Divine, Book 2, Part 2, Chapter 22, Rebirth and Other Worlds; Karma, the Soul and Immortality