Understanding about death


[1 of 1] Swedenborg (1688-1772, Sweden): primary subject "Death, knowledge about life after" (search under Inner Life/Death, Suffering)": source "Arcana Coelestia, vol.6": detail "Section 4676"
It was said that man's spirit or internal man does not know what old age is; and yet, as said before, it is this spirit that thinks in the body, and from it the body has its life. The reason why this thought of the spirit cannot be communicated to the body, and the man thus know that he lives after death, is that, so long as his spirit remains in the body, he can think only from the principles with which his natural man has become filled. And when the principle and persuasion is that only the body lives, and that when this dies the man dies entirely, the influx in regard to this reality is not received. But still the influx is evident from the fact that most persons are solicitous about their burial and about eulogies after death, and some about their reputation, for which reason they erect magnificent monuments to themselves in order that their memory may not perish. Into such things is the influx from heaven turned to the permanence of life in the case of those who, in other respects, have no belief in it. For, without this influx, they would be utterly indifferent to everything that concerns their memory after death.