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Harvard NeuroScientist experiences Heaven


It has been quite some time since I have updated the blog and also I do apologize for being unable to respond to many of the comments.Over the next few weeks will definetly attempt to address some of the comments. Science and spirituality need not be at loggerheads and the latest proof that they can co-exist together comes from a Harvard Neuroscientist who experienced Heaven while he was in Coma and luckily retained his cognitive abilities to describe it in great detail after his return to consciousness.

This story comes courtesy of Newsweek. Image credits also rest with Newsweek.

The good doctor also managed to publish a book with his account of the experience.

Thousands of people have had near-death experiences, but scientists have argued that they are impossible. Dr. Eben Alexander was one of those scientists. A highly trained neurosurgeon, Alexander knew that NDEs feel real, but are simply fantasies produced by brains under extreme stress.

Then, Dr. Alexander’s own brain was attacked by a rare illness. The part of the brain that controls thought and emotion—and in essence makes us human—shut down completely. For seven days he lay in a coma. Then, as his doctors considered stopping treatment, Alexander’s eyes popped open. He had come back.

Alexander’s recovery is a medical miracle. But the real miracle of his story lies elsewhere. While his body lay in coma, Alexander journeyed beyond this world and encountered an angelic being who guided him into the deepest realms of super-physical existence. There he met, and spoke with, the Divine source of the universe itself.


You could definetly read the good doctor’s account in detail in the below link.

There is no scientific explanation for the fact that while my body lay in coma, my mind—my conscious, inner self—was alive and well. While the neurons of my cortex were stunned to complete inactivity by the bacteria that had attacked them, my brain-free consciousness journeyed to another, larger dimension of the universe: a dimension I’d never dreamed existed and which the old, pre-coma me would have been more than happy to explain was a simple impossibility.

1.The Doctor’s experience proves what meditation essentially strives for…Pratyahara or withdrawal of the senses inward.The pausing of the activity in the cortex is a similar phenomenon that occurs in individuals when they are in deep meditation. It feels like a switch has been flicked in the brain which has silenced all thoughts.

The doctor goes on…

Toward the beginning of my adventure, I was in a place of clouds. Big, puffy, pink-white ones that showed up sharply against the deep blue-black sky.

Higher than the clouds—immeasurably higher—flocks of transparent, shimmering beings arced across the sky, leaving long, streamerlike lines behind them.

Birds? Angels? These words registered later, when I was writing down my recollections. But neither of these words do justice to the beings themselves, which were quite simply different from anything I have known on this planet. They were more advanced. Higher forms.

A sound, huge and booming like a glorious chant, came down from above, and I wondered if the winged beings were producing it

2. The doctor like he mentions in the article saw luminous beings whose presence has been proclaimed by many  spiritual paths and the sound he refers to in the post is the Anahata Nada supposed to be heard by serious practioners when they concentrated on the Anahata Chakra ( Heart region )


3.The doctor goes on about his experience and he is able to take in various sights and sounds. But the most important part of the experience he receives these message.

The message had three parts, and if I had to translate them into earthly language, I’d say they ran something like this:

“You are loved and cherished, dearly, forever.”

“You have nothing to fear.”

“There is nothing you can do wrong.”

He also goes on to describe the vast blackness he experienced…

Later, when I was back, I found a quotation by the 17th-century Christian poet Henry Vaughan that came close to describing this magical place, this vast, inky-black core that was the home of the Divine itself.

“There is, some say, in God a deep but dazzling darkness …”

That was it exactly: an inky darkness that was also full to brimming with light.

Also in his own words.

There would be many who would argue the doctor might be imagining things but in the very starting of the article he clearly states his cortex functions were just a little off and not damaged like other Near death experiences. The above experience carries a lot of weight coming from a Harvard Neuroscientist. The debates can rage on forever and I would like to summarize this with a quote…do read the article though, it will prove to you that the ancient Indian sages knew what they were talking about.


To the Faithful No proof is necessary…To the doubtful No amount of proof is sufficient.

One Comment leave one →
  1. ananth rao nedunuri permalink
    02/25/2013 11:01 PM

    Excellently expressed the concept of faith in God….

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