unspoken wrote:I think I read a commentary about when a person dies, theres a possibility that they will stay around there for 7 days/49days. How many days doesn't matter. The question is, since the person stays here to look at the ones he/she loved for that time of a period, what they appear as??? They are certainly not a hungry ghost, not a soul since anatta. And are they some conscious that remain here that sometimes those who closed to the passed away ones can see them?
With metta and curiosity
I was just listening to Bhikkhu Bodhi's Majjhima Nikaya series and he talks about this in this talk, from 1:05:55 forwardhttp://bodhimonastery.net/courses/MN/MP ... MN-057.mp3
The "spirit" thing is based on this sutta (MN-38):
Bhikkhus, with the coming together of three things a descent to the womb comes about: Here the mother and father come together. It is not the season of the mother. The one to be born
does not attend Then there is no descent to the womb. Here, mother and father come together. It is the season of the mother. The one to be born does not attend. Then there is no descent to the womb. Here mother and father come together. It is the season of the mother and the one to be born attends. Then there is a descent to the womb.http://www.metta.lk/tipitaka/2Sutta-Pit ... ta-e1.html
"The one to be born" or "gandhabba" is some sort of an "disembodied being" or "stream of conciousness" and Ven. Bodhi tells a rebirth story he had read where someone remembers the time after death, can see the family, the sister wasn't aware of it but the dog sensed it and barked, later the "spirit" followed some women and then descented to the womb when "the mother and father came together". Or something like that...