Compiled by Emmanuel Asiedu-Mante

 

In Genesis Chapter 2:7, it is recorded as follows: And the Lord God formed man from the dust of the ground and breathed into his nostrils, the breath of life and man became a living soul.” This statement from the bible indicates that man is composed of both a soul and dust.  At the time of death, the soul takes flight from the physical body and enters the spirit world.  This separation of the soul from the physical body (death) has been viewed as both good and bad by different people with different belief systems and cultures. The question that often arises is what is the best way of disposing of the body?

Over the years, many factors have affected man’s choice of what to do with the body after death.  These factors include the wealth of the family, the status of the individual, the climate of the country, health, sanitation, aesthetics, and religious beliefs.  The afore-mentioned factors contribute to the choices that each individual and family will make with respect to the question of burial or cremation.

Christian views on cremation

Christians have always looked on cremation as a heathen custom.  The broad majority of Christians believe that cremation is a practice of people who do not have the Bible, or else have rejected its authority.  They claim that God’s people have always practiced burial.  Copious Bible passages are cited in support of this stand.

A few examples are given below:

Abraham was buried (Gen. 25:8-10)

“Then Abraham gave up the ghost and died in a good old age, an old man, and full of years; and was gathered to his people.  And his sons Isaac and Ishmael buried him in the cave of Machepelah.”

Sarah was buried (Gen. 23:1-4)

“And Sarah was an hundred and seventy and twenty years old… And Sarah died in Kirjatharba… And Abraham came to mourn for Sarah, and to weep for her.  And Abraham stood up from before his dead, and spoke unto the sons of Heth, saying, I am a stranger and a sojourner with you; give me a possession of a burying place with you, that I may bury my dead out of my sight.”

 

Rachel was buried (Gen. 35:19-20)

“And Rachel died, and was buried in the way to Ephrath… And Jacob set a pillar upon her grave; that is the pillar of Rachel’s grave unto this day.”

 

 Isaac was buried

“And Isaac gave up the ghost and died, and was gathered unto his people, being old and full of days; and his sons Esau and Jacob buried him.”

 

Jacob was buried (Gen. 49:33; 50:4-13)

“And when Jacob had made an end of commanding his sons; he gathered up his feet into the bed, and yielding up the ghost, and was gathered unto his people… And when the days of his mourning were past… his sons carried him into the land of Canaan, and buried him in the cave of the field of  Machpelah.”

 

Joshua was buried (Josh. 24:29-30

“And it came to pass after these things, that Joshua the son of Nun, the servant of the Lord, died being an hundred and ten years old.  And they buried him.”

 

Eleazer was buried (Josh.24:29-30)

“And Eleazer the son of Aaron died; and they buried him in a hill that pertained to Phinehas his son, which was given him in mount Ephraim.”

 

Samuel was buried (1 Sam. 25:1)

“And Samuel died; and all the Israelites were gathered together and lamented him, and buried him in his house at Ramah.”

David was buried(1 Kings 2:10)

“So David slept with his fathers, and was buried in the city of David.”

John the Baptist was buried (Matt. 14:10-12)

“And he sent, and beheaded John in the prison and his disciples came, and took up the body, and buried it, and went and told Jesus.”

Ananias and Sapphira were buried (Acts 5:5-10)

“And Ananias hearing these words fell down and gave up the ghost; and great fear came to all them that heard these things. And the young men arose, wound him up, and carried him out, and buried him… then fell she down straightway at his feet, and yielded up the ghost; and the young men came in and found her dead, and carrying her forth, buried her by her husband.”

Stephen was buried (acts 8:2)

“And devout men carried Stephen to his burial, and made great lamentation over him.”

Joseph was buried (Josh.24:32)

“And the bones of Joseph, which the children of Israel brought up out of Egypt, buried they in Shechem, in a parcel of ground which Jacob bought of the sons of Hamor the father of Shechem for a hundred pieces of silver…”

Scripture mentions many other significant individuals who were also buried, not cremated.

People like Moses (Deut. 34:5-8);

Aaron (Deut. 10:6); David (1 Kings 2:10)

Lazarus (John 11:17-18) 

This is not surprising because the custom of the Jews was to bury.

Cremation, on the other hand, has been seen by Christians as a sign of God’s curse.  In addition, they believe that it was considered to be a dishonor not to have a proper burial.  Again, Christians believe that the body belongs to God and that it is not ours to “destroy” by fire or any other means.  Above all, they crown their argument by saying that the Lord Jesus, who they look up to as an example, was buried.

According to Christians, if Jesus was “buried” then that is the right example to follow.  Even though it is a recorded fact that Jesus’ body was laid in state in a cave and not buried in the ground.

Interestingly, scripture says nothing about the required disposing of the body for either believers or non-believers.  However, burying the body was the standard practice among the Israelites in the Old Testament and Christians in the New.

There were a few exceptions through.  In Sam. 31:8-13, both Saul and Jonathan were cremated, and their ashes were buried because their bodies had been mutilated by the Philistines.  Another instance is cited in Josh. 7:5 when Achan and his family were cremated after being executed for sinning against Israel. 

Individuals who favour burial

People who prefer burial to cremation claim that:

  1. Funerals for those to be buried afford dignity and also the burial process assert that the body belongs to God and therefore man has no right to destroy it.
  2. They also assert the sanity of the human body and the fact that burial keeps the body intact.
  3. And finally, they claim that burial is less “final” to its advocates and afford those left behind the chance to remember the person either at a grave site or vault.

Some data on cremation will be appropriate here:

 

 

 

1960

1980

2005

USA

3%

10%

30%

INDIA

100%

100%

100%

JAPAN

100%

98%

97%

 

Cremation has been practiced for thousands of years and was a method that was used by the Greeks and the ancient empires.  When the Romans eventually adopted Christianity as their state religion, Cremation was replaced by Christian burial.  Early Church saints did not practice cremation because of its pagan influence.

Cremation was even prohibited by the Catholic Church in the late nineteenth century.  Some other ancient cultures such as the Egyptians carefully embalmed their precious dead in preparation for an afterlife.

During the new millennium however, cremation has become popular.  Cremation seems to be a sensible answer to the limited number of available gravesites and rising cost of burial.

As can be seen from the table above, the Hindus in India have no problem with cremation.  Similarly, the Shintoists and Buddhists of Japan have no problem with cremation.  It is only Western Europe and America (i.e. Christian community) that have problems with cremation.  The situation is gradually changing in the USA as can be seen in the table above.

The question is why is cremation becoming a more preferable method of disposing of the body these days.  Those who favour cremation talk about several benefits:

First, they contend that the entire process of cremation, whether or not it includes a service or just the incineration of the corpse, is far cheaper than burial, even though a coffin or a container is used.

Secondly, they contend that the process of cremation offers a quick purifying process.  This helps people to banish the thought of the body lying for decades in the ground while suffering slow decay.

Thirdly, they contend that the ashes can be kept at home in a container or urn, thus offering the family the opportunity to remember their loved one on a daily basis.

Proponents and believers in either cremation or burial have strong views on why cremation or burial is the appropriate means of disposing of the remains of a deceased person.  Most of these strong views are derived from superstition, prejudices and outright misinformation.

The Ascended Masters and their chelas prefer cremation for several reasons.  These reasons may be categorized into two broad groupings  i.e.

  1. Terrestrial reasons
  2. Celestial reasons

 

Terrestrial Reasons:

It is a biblical fact (see Genesis 2:7) that  the soul dwells in a human/physical body.  The soul which is part of God dwells in the physical body from time of conception till the time of death when it exits.  1 Corinthians 3:16 “Know ye not that your body is the temple of God and that the spirit of God dwelleth in you”.

Psalm 82:6 “I have said, ye are gods and all of you are the children of the Most High.”

These and many more quotations from the bible give ample evidence to the fact that the physical body serves as a dwelling place for the soul during the soul’s journey on the physical plane.  At the time, what happens is that the soul extricates itself from its shell (the physical body) and flies off to the spirit world which is where it came from in the first place and which is also the “home” of the soul.  If a person has lived a long life i.e. above 55 years, the soul would have gotten used to the physical as its “home” and feels attached to the physical body.  What burial does is that it delays the flight of the soul to its original and permanent home in the spirit world.

Another reason why cremation is preferred over burial is that burial results in waste of land.  Here in Accra, I have seen cemeteries moved from James Town to Awudome to Odorkor to Mile 11 on the Kasoa road to Osu Cemetery.  This is in addition to other burial sites (cemeteries) at Labadi, Teshie Nungua, Tema, Achimota, Amasaman etc.  Mankind needs land to be able to accommodate the ever-growing population of the world.

It is also a known fact that most people die of one illness or another.  Dead bodies could be infected with germs and viruses or deadly diseases like HIV/AIDS, Ebola, Covid-19 etc.  These germs and viruses could seep through water bodies and create health problems for the living if infected bodies are buried.  It is common knowledge that many people have contracted all kinds of diseases and sickness through drinking water from streams and rivers.

Celestial Reasons:

There are many righteous people in all faith-based religious groups; Moslems, Christians, Buddhists, Schintoists, Hindus, Hare Krishnas, Bahais who while in physical embodiment have been prayerful, meditative and devotional.  Such people have over the years on earth garnered a lot of light into their physical bodies.  They have walked the earth and filled their bodies with light through their devotion, prayer and invocation of God’s light.  This light needs to be taken up into higher and permanent vehicles.  If it is left in the cells of the body, then the astral entities may come and steal the light that has been garnered in one’s entire spiritual life. It is therefore prudent to demagnitise the cells and atoms of the body that contain light.  What the cremation fire does is that, it releases the light trapped in the cells and atoms of the body and enables it to return to the Holy Christ Self of the individual.

 

Another important reason why cremation is preferred has to do with the astral ka, otherwise known as ghost.  The astral ka is the double of oneself which can go out to do harm in one’s name thereby creating karma for the soul even though the soul is no longer part of the shell.  For this reason, it is important that the ka be consigned to the spiritual fire.

Finally, it is a known fact that there are grave-diggers in Ghana and in almost all societies in the world.  There are those who exhume dead bodies from graves and steal body parts for rituals.  There are those that exhume bodies from graves to steal jewelry, ornaments and other precious metals like gold, silver etc.  And there are astral entities that also act as gravediggers.

As stated earlier, dead bodies of devout people contain light and the light bears the imprint of the deceased.  If a grave digger succeeds in cutting and using any part of the body of the deceased for rituals, the karma created will be huge.  The sad part is that the karma so created will go against the soul of the deceased person because the energy used in the rituals bears the imprint of the deceased.  It is therefore of the utmost importance to subject the body to fire so that all the light trapped in the physical body of the deceased will be released to go with the soul into the etheric world.

Mother's Welcome Address at The First African Summit Conference, Accra. 1972

Elizabeth Clare Prophet

 

Opening Invocation

In the name of Almighty God, we call to worship to the Christ Self of all mankind, to the Christ Flame upon the altar of each one. We call to the seven Mighty Elohim, the spirits who brought the creation in the beginning. We call to full power of the seven beloved Archangels, the mighty Chohans of the Rays and the entire Ascended Hosts of Light. We call to beloved Lord Gautama Buddha, the Lord Maitreya. We call to all angels of light, the mighty Seraphim and Cherubim, legions from out the Great Central Sun to gather with us in this forcefield and by the authority of Alpha and Omega, we consecrate and dedicate this service to the victory of the light upon this continent and in this nation and in the hearts of the people. By the authority of the Divine Mother, we call for the protection of the light for all those who serve the light, all who desire the light and all who are coming into the light. In the name of Jesus the Christ, let the Cosmic Cross of White fire, let the Cosmic Cross of White fire, let the Cosmic Cross of White fire be established here to keep the way of the tree of life in the hearts of all mankind and in this place. We call for the covering Cherubim who guard the flame of the Ark of the Covenant to guard our going forth and our coming in from this time forth and even forevermore. We call for the legions of blue lightning angels for their protection in the name of Archangel Michael, the great Defender of the Faith, around each one destined to receive the Christ illumination during this conference. We call to all souls who are caught in the astral plane to be quickened now by the power of Jesus the Christ and drawn into the Christ consciousness. We call to all those who are coming into embodiment and all those who are in the retreats and the etheric cities. Let there be one heart, one mind, one service, one dedication to the Will of God. In the name of Jesus the Christ and the entire Spirit of the Great White Brotherhood, we accept it down now with full power.

 

ADDRESS

On behalf of the entire Spirit of the Great White Brotherhood, we should like to welcome you to this three-day conference that has been brought about by the faithful efforts by the students in Accra, Ghana, under the direction of Mr. Herbert Krakue and his wonderful assistants. We are grateful that our first conference in Africa could take place in Ghana because Ghana focuses the heart of Freedom for the entire continent through the retreat of Portia, the divine complement of Saint Germain. Saint Germain, as you know, is the master and representative of freedom to this planet. And so, at the invisible level, at the spiritual octave over Ghana is the focus of his divine complement of the feminine ray. From her retreat comes forth the flame of justice. And from Saint Germain comes the flame of freedom. And so Freedom and Justice are the twin flames of these representatives of the Father Mother God. It is then not by coincidence that the motto of Ghana is Freedom and Justice. But it is by divine law, and by the invincible pattern that is in the ethers, that is the pattern of God and of the destiny of Ghana to bring the pattern of freedom to the African nations.

It is written in the prophecy of the Pyramid that on July 23rd, 1972 all nations should bow to the Christ. Our interpretation of this prophecy is that the many peoples, the many nations of Africa, the many strains, the tribes, and the origins of man in the far distant past that occurred upon this continent are receiving the true teachings of the Christ in their receptivity to the truth. They are the elect of God because they have elected God. The chosen people of God are always the people who choose to do the will of God. It is not that any group of people are more significant or more special in the universe, for God created all people equal. And therefore if there are those people among people of the world who rise to a more than ordinary and extraordinary position in the spirituality of the race, it is because they have chosen God, and because they have chosen God, God has chosen them.

This then is the opportunity of freedom and justice. It is because the people of this land have chosen freedom and justice that freedom and justice has chosen them. I would like to tell you about the ancient cultures of light that existed upon this continent thousands of years ago. You know scientists reckon the origin of man with the discovery of many different skeletons and forms right in the African soil. What they do not realize is that beyond the creation of those forms was a mighty civilization of light, and that those relics that the archeologists have discovered represent the lowest level to which civilization fell. Not its origin. For there were three great golden ages thousands and thousands of years ago upon this planet, upon the lost continent of Lemuria and Atlantis.

From these civilizations came forth the teachings that we are bringing to you again today by the authority of the Great White Brotherhood. And so, on this continent, there was a mighty civilization of light and there were two focuses, focuses of Alpha and Omega, who represent the beginning and the ending. Alpha is focused in the blue ray from the heart of God, for this is the first ray of the dawn. And so there was a blue race that was dedicated to the will of God, and their skin actually had a hue of deep sapphire blue. The ray representing the Omega, the motherhood of God was called the violet race, and the skin of this people actually had a violet hue. And so the beginning and the ending of the law and of the golden age teachings was brought forth upon this soil.

These civilizations were destroyed by the same priests who destroyed the continent of Lemuria, by their rebellion against the law, by their rebellion against perfection, their desire to taste the fruit of the tree of the knowledge of Good and Evil, brought forth the manifestation of imperfection, the fall of civilization, and the misuse of the knowledge of the law for the purveying of darkness. And so evil began as an energy veil in the mind of man. And this is how the densification came to be a mass that hid the true light of the Christ within the hearts of the people. And so even their bodies took on a densification and their skin no longer reflected the Father-Mother God, the light of the blue and of the violet. They became more and more dense, and instead of the rhythm of the divine music of the spheres, the priests of the sacred fire began to distort the beat into a voodoo beat, and into a practice that was able to actually bring death upon their neighbours at will. Some of the remnants of these practices still exist in Africa but they do not have any power before the light of God, before the light of the Christ.

You will recall then that when Jesus rose from the dead on Sunday morning, when he was resurrected, those who were closest to him in life did not recognize him. Mary at the tomb thought he was the gardener until he spoke to her. He said, ‘Woman, why weepest thou?’ And she said they have taken my Lord and they have placed him I know not where.’ And he said again to her, ‘Mary.’ And she looked up and saw the light of the Christ and said, ‘Rabbonai.’ Jesus then went on and met the disciples on the road to Emmaus. And they walked all the way with him and they did not know him. Why did they not know him? Because he was resurrected, because his body was full of light, he had overcome death and yet they still walked in death and darkness. He was transformed, he was alive and they were not yet quickened. And so the differential between their consciousness and his was enough to make him unrecognizable.

This is significant for us today. For we realize that the teachings of the Christ, the true teachings are shrouded in darkness in men’s consciousness, in the world that even in the sacred scriptures, there are omissions and deletions so that the true Christ is not recognizable. And when he comes into our midst and brings the true teachings, people do not recognize that true teaching for they yet walk in darkness. 

And so, as we welcome you in the name of the entire Spirit of the Great Brotherhood, we do speak to the heart of a continent and yet that continent does not recognize the presence of the light. ‘The light descended into the darkness and the darkness comprehended it not.’ But only for a time, for soon as the leaven which the woman took and hid in the three measures of meal, when that leavens the whole lump of mankind’s consciousness, then they are quickened, then they receive the initiation of the transfiguration and the resurrection. And when their consciousness is resurrected, then they receive the resurrected teachings of the Christ.

And so our welcome to you is to receive these teachings and to tell you that you must not be dismayed or concerned if people do not recognize the risen teachings for they did not recognize the risen Christ. But as you become transformed by the renewing of your minds, you will then manifest the resurrected teachings and people will recognize the teachings because they see in you the outpicturing of those teachings and the fulfillment of the Law.

And so the torch is passed to you this day by the Great White Brotherhood from our hand to your hand. The torch is the torch of knowledge, of illumination and of the restoration of the lost teachings of the Christ. These, we give to you freely, gladly in our lectures and in the dictations—seven dictations—which will be forthcoming from ascended beings, masters who have returned as Jesus did to heart of the Father in ritual of the ascension.

We will explain many important points of the Law and if you are interested to pursue these teaching, please, realize that it is a vast study. And that if you are in the first grade of understanding, do not be discouraged if you hear concepts discussed which are taken from the college level. For religion is not altogether simple. People expect that they will have to study music or mathematics when they come to the university and they have patience with themselves that they will have to take four or five years to complete the course. Realize that the great ancient wisdom of the Great White Brotherhood is just that. It is ancient. It has been drawn together and compounded over thousands of years. Until these last centuries, it was released only in the inner retreats of the Great White Brotherhood to which only the initiates who had passed extreme tests of hardship and deprivation were allowed to enter. And when they were allowed to enter there, they still had more tests to pass until they are given the first morsel of truth. You will remember the school of Pythagoras that he required of his disciples five years of silence before they will begin to learn the law that he taught. This is the type of discipline that mankind previously had to undergo before they could be given the knowledge of the Sacred Fire—the fire which is the creative power in man.

Today, the dispensation has gone forth from the retreats of the Brotherhood that all mankind should have equal opportunity to receive this knowledge and this truth which Jesus taught to his disciples but which was not entirely recorded.

And so, we have come to the place of the calling and the election. It is those who choose to accept this advanced teaching, this resurrected teaching, who will be the servants of God and the avant-garde of the golden age culture upon the continent of Africa. Those of you who choose to make this teaching your own by eating the little book must remember that it is sweet in the mouth and bitter in the belly. It is bitter in the belly because you practise the law, the alchemy transforms you and in the process of putting behind the old man and putting on the new, there is a feeling of pain that comes to the carnal mind that does not want to surrender to the divine mind. But when the surrender is made, the harmony of being is restored.

And so, the first volume of that little book that was prophesied in the Book of Revelation is with you. We have come because it is complete. Those of you who wish to pursue the teaching should purchase a copy of the book and avail yourselves of the opportunity to follow precept upon precept, line upon line of the teachings. Also the Keepers of the Flame Lessons and Pearls of Wisdom are available to all. And you can inform yourselves of these through Herbert Krakue and his group.

We say then, In the name of the entire Spirit of the Great White Brotherhood and the resurrected Christ, welcome to the teachings of the Ascended Masters.’