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Chair Pundit

Heaven and Hell Dependant on Our Internal State?

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Having turned 24 years old, I realised only recently how terrible my psychological base line truly is.  All my life I've tended to self-sabotage by engaging in acts of self-deprivation as a child, and this has manifested itself, especially in adulthood, through my inability to approach anyone and socialise. To the rest of the world, I am pretty much non-existent as I have no social life whatsoever. I struggle to break out of this mental chamber of horror and to have myself deprogrammed from this stagnant, negative mindset that I've carried with me all my life. At times I honestly feel like it's simply too late and I become woefully despondent. 

In relation to the question in the title, I wonder how a person who is internally depressed and unfulfilled is actually able to experience a state of joy and ecstasy in the afterlife? If I were to die at this very moment, how would my religious belief help me to avoid hell when I am already experiencing it internally? Does it not make sense that we eternally reap in the afterlife what we mentally sow in our transient life? Why would my dense, trapped energy manifest itself as anything other than hell?

What are your thoughts on this matter?

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Allah has created such feelings only for this life, to put us to test and see whether we turn to him.

Do you know how the people in Syria are literally going through hell, do you really think they will get eternally doomed for this or rewarded for their patience??

I do hope your situation improves.

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We can compare this feeling to any other person or atrocity happening in the world however that does not negate the fact that OP is facing an extremely tough journey and seems to have a hard lifestyle.

Religion to me is not a way to protect yourself from depression, it's a way to overcome it. A very strong believer can feel like absolute nothingness to a point of self-oblivion but Allah will provide a means of surviving in a suffering state no matter what the case is. It's a work in progress OP and you as a believer, with the help of Allah, should believe that any troubling matter can be overcome with Trust in God and focus onto a more self-enlightened future. 

hard work will pay off and you deserve to feel happy

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2 hours ago, mesbah said:

What does it mean?

"He who fights with monsters should be careful lest he thereby become a monster.

And if thou gaze long into an abyss, the abyss will also gaze into thee."


The tormentor becomes the tormented.
People become what they love and hate, because their mind focuses on it. 
The hall of mirrors folding in on itself.
Madness

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Personally, whenever i feel depressed or frustrated because of worldly things, i first of all think about the calamities that Ahlulbayt (AS) went through and how they dealt with it, with patience and faith in Allah. That in it of it self is enough for me to determine that my "problems" are nothing compared to what they(AS) went through, and secondly i read dua Kumayl or Quran. In some cases it could be an absolute hopeless situation where you would need immediate help, then always rely on the one who is here with us and hears our calls for help, the Imam of our time (AJ) read dua tawassul and pray for a relief in your situation. with the help of Ahlulbayt (AS) AllahÓÈÍÇäå æÊÚÇáì answers us. 

There are clear guidelines in Quran and hadith which tell us what to do when depressed

Do not let your difficulties fill you with anxiety after all, it is on the darkest nights that the stars shine more brilliantly ~Imam Ali (AS)

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15 hours ago, Chair Pundit said:

Does it not make sense that we eternally reap in the afterlife what we mentally sow in our transient life? Why would my dense, trapped energy manifest itself as anything other than hell?

salam

then pray you dont die in this state.

Know that countless men and women have gone through the problems you are going through. some less dire, some worse. The path to bettering yourself starts with niyye(intention). and the first good thing you have done is realizing you have a problem. 

being 24 you are still in the beginning of your journey inshallah. imagine a 75 year old man has lived 3 times your life.. that means if you were born today and lived your whole life again you are still younger than alot of men in their 50s.

dont despair. 

And your Lord said, “Call on Me, I will respond to you.” —The Holy Quran 40:60

Say: “My servants, you who have transgressed against yourselves, do not despair of the mercy of Allah. Truly Allah forgives all wrong actions. He is the Ever-Forgiving, the Most Merciful.” –The Holy Quran 39:53

 

Therefore remember Me. I will remember you. Be grateful to Me and never show me ingratitude.–The Holy Quran 2:152

If you give thanks, I will give you more…The Holy Quran 14:7

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16 hours ago, Chair Pundit said:

Having turned 24 years old, I realised only recently how terrible my psychological base line truly is.  All my life I've tended to self-sabotage by engaging in acts of self-deprivation as a child, and this has manifested itself, especially in adulthood, through my inability to approach anyone and socialise. To the rest of the world, I am pretty much non-existent as I have no social life whatsoever. I struggle to break out of this mental chamber of horror and to have myself deprogrammed from this stagnant, negative mindset that I've carried with me all my life. At times I honestly feel like it's simply too late and I become woefully despondent. 

In relation to the question in the title, I wonder how a person who is internally depressed and unfulfilled is actually able to experience a state of joy and ecstasy in the afterlife? If I were to die at this very moment, how would my religious belief help me to avoid hell when I am already experiencing it internally? Does it not make sense that we eternally reap in the afterlife what we mentally sow in our transient life? Why would my dense, trapped energy manifest itself as anything other than hell?

What are your thoughts on this matter?

I don't think anyone is aware of precisely what state we will be in, in the afterlife. But regardless, I see no reason to believe that your current state would indefinetly exist if you were to pass away. I suspect that your mentality could certainly change in this life as well. I know Atleast a couple people who, in the past, have experienced depression. But they overcome. Times change, experiences change, and people change. We learn and grow.

best of luck.

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