Host Michael Vara is joined by Mark Mirabello, Ph.D., who is a professor of history at Shawnee State University in Ohio. He has appeared on Ancient Aliens and America’s Book of Secrets. In the second half, he discussed beliefs from many different cultures on the soul, heaven, hell, and reincarnation and other aspects of the afterlife. Mirabello began by stating that he “doesn’t really doubt” that we survive bodily death. He looks to the eastern religions for what he believes are more accurate versions of what happens when we die. He said that the ancient Greeks believed that birth was the most terrible experience in life, while death was actually easy or even pleasurable. Mirabello described the Jainist religion in India, which looks at our existence as eternal, while the Western religions see a beginning at birth and life in the hereafter as an end.
He discussed the instructions for passage to another realm during death as listed in the famous Tibetan Book of the Dead. The main idea, Mirabello said, is that the soul takes 49 days to complete the process of dying and being reborn. During his time, we supposedly pass through many realms that are either heavenly or frighteningly hellish. The point is to remain calm and detached through this process so that the soul may pass into its next incarnation. We must remain “alert, awake, and focused” through the entire experience, and Mirabello suggested that narcotics or painkillers are not recommended for this process because they could dull awareness when it is needed the most. He believes that the universe and reality are created by our expectations and that people probably experience death as their faith or expectations dictate.
Dr. Mark L. Mirabello, author and a Professor of History at Shawnee State University, has served as a Visiting Professor of History at Nizhny Novgorod University in Russia. He has appeared on the History Channel, discussing “deadly cults” in the series called Ancient Aliens (and in America’s Book of Secrets), and he has appeared with Professor Noam Chomsky in M.A. Littler’s maverick film on freedom, the Kingdom of Survival.
Mirabello’s area of expertise is the “outlaw” history on the “frontiers and margins” of human civilization. He lectures on Death and Afterlife Concepts, Alternative Religions and Cults, Secret Societies, Terrorism and Crime, “Banned Books,” Fascist Europe and Nazi Germany, Myths and Legends, Intellectual History, and other subjects. Mirabello has a Ph.D. from the University of Glasgow (Scotland) and an M.A. from the University of Virginia (U.S.A.)
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