The Minnesota State Patrol identified Tushar Gupla, 46, after he committed suicide by stepping in front of a semitrailer traveling on 35E, Wednesday night. Gulpa was apparently, the third person to commit suicide by stepping into metro-area traffic in the past three months, according to the St. Paul Pioneer Press, 12-23-11.
Many authors have posited that as punishment for committing suicide, the soul of the person will again experience, in the next life, whatever motivated the suicide, but more intensely the next time around. In a sense these authors posit suggest that these souls are set up for possible failure the next time around.
I disagree with the authors who posit such consequences. There is no punishment for suicide, I believe. People who experience severe depression (or any painful illness or disease,) are not punished for taking their own life. It is no different than to have an illness such as aids or cancer, take a life. A loving God would not punish someone for something he or she could not control on his or her own.
My belief does not condone suicide but rather respects that people are human and though they may try their best, they may not be able to overcome some obstacles. God is all loving and God is all-powerful; as such, God would not “set someone up for failure”. We are not punished for being so depressed we end our life. We are not punished for accidentally overdosing on drugs or alcohol. We are not punished for feeling so overwhelmed by a situation or life itself we end our life. These people, who have committed suicide, have learned a soul lesson about the value of each life and what works and doesn’t work.
Sometimes children or adults will learn through negative behavior, or go for “negative attention.” Should it be any different for these souls? They learned what didn’t work. At this point a person cannot go back and change their actions. These souls may have learned just how valuable a life is, when they see the aftermath of their actions of suicide, on their loved ones and friends. I believe these souls do grow enormously; just most of their growth comes after their death. It is their soul that grows and not their personality. They “lived” more after they passed on (their soul), and saw with regret, the subsequent devastation their actions had on their family, friends, and loved ones, than possibly when they were alive.
The belief of the soul or individual not being punished in the afterlife or subsequent life, due to suicide, does not negate the ramifications of interconnectedness or karma, however. Those individuals that commit heinous crimes or hurt another in any way and then commit suicide before they are caught by the authorities still have to deal with these issues and their actions within the framework of interconnectedness or karma.
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