Before answering it, let us get to know death. And before that, life.
So, what is life, afterlife, and death?
Is life a magical, an illogical ‘out of the air’ crappy nonsense given us by a fair-skinned, white-bearded, senile old man sitting somewhere up there in an illusory biblical heaven – a mere six thousand years ago, with us having nary a say?
Or is life nothing but a non-life chemical interaction, of dead matter playing footsie with each other, after a teeny-weeny big bang a few billion years ago – as the modern so-called scientific and an atheistic lot assume sans, an apology or a prayer, hey?
Are life and death separate from each other?
Alternatively, are they all inseparable or one, as the mystics say.
That life is not a few thousand years old, is proven. Hence, it may be said that the fancy of a biblical god Jehovah or the Islamic deity Allah, do not hold sway beyond this time little table. And since via carbon dating etc., life or existence has now been scientifically proven to be billions upon billions of years old, the Judeo-Christian-Islamic lore and lord may well be a figment of imagination of limited minds, and closed hearts.
As far as popular science and its pompous atheist fans are concerned, it is their blind belief that life or existence or this universe that we see here with our physical senses, it presumably originated owing to a little ‘big bang’ about 14 billion years ago.
However, it has been brought out in the open by the Nobel laureate, physicist Hannes Alfvén, that the ‘big bang’ was just a far fetched fancy of a Catholic priest, Abbe Georges Lemaître, who was also a scientist. And that it was just an imaginative theory taken out of thin air, and magically put forward as a scientific fact. This confession was taken out by Alfven from Lemaitre, at the very place and point when this abracadabra was fancifully brought out in front of the public by the latter.
Thus, science too has no answer, as to from where life comes, or whither it goes.
In fact, science has no definitive answer, or a confirmatory clue about life actually is!
Now, that leaves us with only the freemystics of the world, especially those from India, who insist this universe or existence is an endless oneness, and it only seems to be this or that owing to a misinformed and because of amisguided dual-consciousness.
“There is no rational reason to doubt that the universe has existed indefinitely, for an infinite time.” ~ Hannes Alfven [Nobel Physicist]
That all ‘this’ that we are witnessing ‘here’ and presume to be ‘that’ somewhere ‘out there’, is but an endlessness of a unified whole sans the possibility of divisibility. So is the assertion of the sages of India.
What it means is that the name-form that we think we are, or assume, and are empirically aware that the ‘others’ too are, similarly so – well, all are seen to be separate entities owing to a persistent illusion of the senses, within the confines of One Consciousness.
It is self-discovered, within the consciousness, in higher meditation by the sages, yogis, sufis and other such freemystics that the life-composition or the soul-substratum or the quintessence of all things, sentient or insentient, is but One.
“ There is no kind of framework within which we can find consciousness in the plural; this is simply something we construct because of the temporal plurality of individuals, but it is a false construction.” ~ Erwin Schrodinger [1933 Nobel Prize Physicist]
Thus, at the end of Self Realization, the whole of existence is found to be an infinite indivisibility.
All a Whole is. And this whole-some unbroken oneness is without a second.
In short, an immanent ‘One’ – a Singular Conscious Alive-ness is self-realized to be the everything-ness and all-ness of the Whole. Is the essential vital-essence of all existence.
An ever-alive oneness, an eternally unified ‘IS-NESS’ is the Essence of All That Is.
Simply put, there is no life or death at the End.
Just One Whole is. As say, the waves in the ocean eventually are nothing but the source – water itself. Similarly, there is no this-that-ness in the absolute truth and in the ultimate reality.
A primordial permanence is the immanence at Beginning and the End.
From this One Infinite Consciousness of a Unified Whole, the dual-consciousness of being a this or a that or ‘i-me-you-them’ emanates.
As an illusory shadow of the Source.
Seek the Source, and the shadow disappears. As if it never was. Akin the snake in the rope, that in the night seemed like a serpent. But on awakening, in the light of the day, it is found to be an illusion.
So is this life. Similar is death. An illusion. Seen just in duality, gone in unity.
“I regard consciousness as fundamental. I regard matter as derivative from consciousness.” ~ Max Planck [Nobel Prize in Physics, 1918]
Now, regarding feeling or not feeling pain in death – well, in duality-consciousness, the pain is felt.
In unity-consciousness, nothing but an eternity of peaceful oneness.
From self-experience of the freemystics, it may be told that during the paranormal and supra normal metaphysical ‘happening’ – of the separation of the ‘is-ness’ of life from the body-consciousness of being the seeker – no pain is felt.
In fact, it is a wondrous experience. As say, one would feel in one’s normal everyday life while witnessing a magical moment – of a sudden appearance of a beautiful mountainous terrain, a heavenly holy site, or a spectacular scenery etc.
The “coming back” from One Conscious Wholeness of Allness of Oneness – that is, from the Buddha self-experience of the END REALITY – is similarly painless.
Again, and in fact, is peacefully priceless!
This is why one must seek and so find, then, live and then so die in Oneness. Only in such a scenario one could imagine death to be painless, in its aftermath too.
For, having not self-realized Oneness, the dual-consciousness of the name-form entity seeks to birth again. And therefore, may well stay open to the duality ridden experience of pain, after death too.
Seek the Grace of That Which Is.
In so doing, this ‘It’ of All That Is may well rid one of this vicious circle of life, death, and rebirth. Of pain, sorrow, happiness, and then again, sadness. ~_~