Friday, November 6, 2015

Glimpsing Heaven & Bawal Tumawid, Nakamamatay!


"the stories and science of life after death"

Noong nabasa ko ang tagline na ito sa isang librong isinulat ni Judy Bachrach na may titulong Glimpsing Heaven (2014) agad akong nakaramdam ng masidhing interes na mabasa ito ng buo. Kamakailan lamang ay sumulat ako ng maikling kuwento na tumatalakay sa parehong topic: near death experiencers (that this book prefer to coin it as death travelers). Bawal Tumawid nakamamatay ang pamagat ng maikling kuwentong aking isinulat na mababasa sa http://tulalangpinoy.blogspot.com/2015/10/bawal-tumawid-nakamamatay.html bilang kalahok sa Saranggola Blog Award, 2015. 

I don't know, I have been asking ever since, what's next after all our sufferings here on earth, all our dreams, all our achievements, all our ALL here on earth. And that makes me terrified of the word DEATH. 

An excerpt from my short story Bawal Tumawid, Nakamamatay:

Mas lalong lumakas ang ihip ng hangin. Ang mga iyakan ay lalong sumidhi. Nakikita ko sa di kalayuan ang aking katawang pinapalibutan ng mga kalalakihang muslim.
      Ad te suspiramus, gementes et flentes
      In hac lacrimarum valle.
Patuloy din ang pananalangin sa loob ng Masjid Al-Dahab.
      “La ilaha illallah
       Muhammad rasulallah
      ‘Alayhi salatullah…
Sabay-sabay itong umalingangaw sa buong lugar ng Quiapo habang bumabalot ang dilim at pasidhi ng pasidhi ang iyakan ng mga kaluluwang hindi pa nagawang makatawid sa kanilang paroroonan.
      Eia ergo, Advocata nostra,
      illos tuos misericordes oculos
      ad nos converte.
      Et Iesum, benedictum fructum ventris tui,
      nobis, post hoc exsilium ostende.
      O Clemens: O pia: O dulcis
      Virgo Maria.

Bigla kong naramdaman ang paghigop ng aking kaluluwa. Huminga ako ng malalim at muling nag-init ang aking katawan. Unti-unti kong naramdaman ang kirot sa aking tagiliran. Nawalan muli ako ng malay at sa muli kong paggising ay nakahiga na ako sa loob ng umaandar na ambulansiya.

This is definitely fictional. But surprisingly, SCIENCE is telling me that it really happens. Read Glimpsing Heaven and discover why.

This is the excerpt from Glimpsing Heaven:

            
 Anthony Cicoria, a back surgeon, was struck by lightning while speaking on a pay phone. He saw his body lying on the ground, then, transforming into a ball of light that he knew was pure energy, he moved to a nearby building where he watched his children having their faces painted. When Cicoria was brought back to life, his wife confirmed that the children were in fact having their faces painted while he lay dead on the ground outside the building.


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