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Is There Life Before Death?

Sean is a teacher who is writing about his spiritual adventures to help other people find balance and self-respect.


The Return of Odysseus

Odysseus managed to avoid, at the last moment, the big truck that had passed at high speed on his side of the road and was heading straight for his car, but the sudden maneuver made him lose control of it. So the car went out of the roadway, flipped over several times before crashing into a tree at the bottom of a big ditch. Odysseus after the first flip and the opening of the airbags had already lost his senses shortly before the crash.

He opened his eyes like he was awakening from a nightmare. He took deep breaths for a while and calmed down. He did not hurt anywhere, and he felt a strange inner euphoria. He looked around and assumed he was in a long, dark tunnel. He stood up and walked toward the light at the end of the tunnel while he was trying to remember what had happened. He exited much faster than he expected, and the spectacle that he saw was breathtaking.

He was in front of the most beautiful scenery he had ever seen, or to be right; it was the most beautiful landscape, he could imagine, even in his most wonderful dreams. A vast garden full of colors, perfumes, and everything that it could delight and calm his senses and his soul. He had never felt so magnificently again. He was entirely sure about that.

A few yards to his right, next to a fountain that well up singing water, he was sitting the only other man to be seen in the landscape. She wore greenish Bermuda shorts, a white shirt, and sandals. No matter how fussy you would be, it could be very difficult to characterize him as something less than "handsome." Their eyes met, and then Odysseus felt the sense of trust. He went to greet him.


"Welcome my friend!" Said the stranger.

"Good morning," Odysseus replied. "Where am I;"

"You do not know?" Asked the man.

"Oh ... Oh ... no," Odysseus said.

"Ok! Do you know where do you come from? "

"I think ..." Odysseus said, trying to bring back to mind what had happened.

"You think! You are not sure about this too! Do you know who are you at least? "

"My name is Odysseus ..."

"I did not ask you your name. I asked who you are. "

"You confuse me, dear sir, and at this moment I think I am a little lost. You know, as if I've just woken up from a long lethargy. What do you mean who I am? And if I'm not rude, who are you? "

"You can call me Azrael. No, I do not know what it means to wake up from long-term lethargy. And I ask you if you know yourself. Your real self. "

"Azrael! Your name reminds me something...". The mind of Odysseus had started to work madly. He was trying to restore old images and memories and the way he came in this place. His brain was working at the highest speed it could. Suddenly he froze. All were connected now. He stayed for a while with his mouth open looking at the empty space. Then he said, "I am in Heaven! ... That's it! ... No, it isn't possible! ... Tell me, am I in Paradise?"

"Why? Where were you before?" Replied Azrael.

"Oh! What do you mean, where I was before? Hmm...! In the ... Earth, ... in the world, ... in the other life."

"In the other life?! Why? What is this life? "Azrael continued in an enigmatic tone.

"I mean life before death. This is! ... I have died, and came to Paradise! But ... but it can't be ...”

"What it can't be? Can't you be dead? "

"No... No. I cannot be in Paradise!" Odysseus replied as he was looking troubled.

"Why?" Azrael asked, astonished.

"Because I know, as they have taught us, that only good people go to heaven, and believe me, I am far from being a good person," Odysseus said as was gripped by grief.

"I appreciate your sincerity, but who are they who have taught you this?"

"The men of God, the priests."

"Aha! The men of God! Let me ask you something; Are there people who are not of God? And what about you? Whose creation are you?" Azrael continued with a more teasing tone.

"Eh...What; You are confusing me more and more," Odysseus replied.

"Good," said Azrael, "let's take it from the beginning to clear it for both of us. Tell me if I'm wrong about what I've understood. You think you know where you came from and you think there was not Paradise. You think you know who you are but you know you are not good and you are not God's man. You think you came to Paradise and you should not have been to it because you have been told so by some people that they say that are God's men. Am I right until now?"

"I think so," Odysseus replied.

"You think, again. I can see a confusion. Let me ask you something; you, though you are not a good man as you say, do you believe in God? "

"Yes, I believe, I believe very much. And I know that for everything that has happened, I cannot blame Him. I was not worthy of His love," Odysseus said with a deep sense of repentance.

"So you believe God gives you His love. You believe that He is the Love."

"Yes! Yes! I am sure!" Odysseus answered with confidence, "I believe God is pure Love. I wish I could return Him, even a little of the love He has given me. "

Azrael reached out and grabbed Odysseus's shoulders. He looked deeply into his eyes and said,

"I will ask you some things, and you will have all the time to think about them and answer me some other time, not now. How can the God of Love create a place that is not Paradise? How can a child of God not be worthy of His love, no matter what it has done? How can a child of God not have the right to return home, to his Father, who is waiting for it, as it was His only child? How can anyone need an intermediary to contact his Father? And finally, please consider this. Is it possible that the fall and the departure from Paradise that they have taught you, be nothing but the illusion that you have gone from it? What if you never left Paradise?"


"Move away!" Yelled the paramedic, and right after 300 volts hit the Odysseus' heart, putting it back into normal operation again. He opened his eyes and smiled. He had all the answers already in his mind.


Only the light of Truth and Love can help us to see the whole beauty and colors of Paradise, in this life.

— Sean Dragon

A Short Explanation for a ...Long Story

Since I was a young boy, I often listened the grownups around me talking about the issue of death, and the conversation always ended up to the famous big question:

"Is there life after death?"

While I was growing up, I found that in essence, this question is equivalent to another great mystery of man:

"Is there God?"

It is logical that if we answer to one of them, we will respond to the other one too.

Those questions were one of the reasons that led me to study Physics at the University. I wanted to see if I could answer them through science. This study, combined with a series of incidents (many of them for me were miracles of all meaning of the word) that I experienced, really helped me to find an answer, not perhaps what I was expecting, but a response that for now, I am fully satisfied with it. In essence, the answer came through another question that began to form in my mind until it got its final form when I saw it written somewhere else. And this is:

"Is there life before death?"


I think it is much more important to answer this question and then, perhaps the original ones will answer themselves when we are ready. Let me explain my logic.

Unfortunately, we spend our days without really living them. Lost in our problems, our selfishness, our nagging, our sadness, our loneliness, we forget to enjoy every moment of this wonderful miracle called life! And when we realize what we do, that we are wasting our time, instead of changing the way we are living we choose to hope for a next life, just to fool ourselves with the thought that we are going to live that one. So we struggle to prove the answer that will give us this hope!

Do you know how it looks to me? As someone has offered us an invaluable gift and we are destroying it with our behavior, while we are hoping that he will give us another one! And I ask: Why should he do it? After we have shown that we are not able to appreciate this gift why to be offered to us again?

So I decided to show respect for this wonderful gift. I decided to fill my days with acts of love and offering and so to illuminate every one of them with the light of the souls that I have helped. I choose to try to appreciate every minute, every breath. I choose to use them to find the miracles, small and great, that are around me and enjoy them. I choose to thank for everything I live, even for the difficulties that will make me wiser and stronger. I choose to live my life as if there is no other, and so I have to offer as much love I can offer now, because "now" is all have. If I live my life this way, when this life will end, it will be alright to me. And when I am in front of God, because I know that God exists, I will be proud to say that I have used His gift rightly and I will deserve every other life that will offer me!

And to those who will ask, what will happen if I eventually find that there is no God and another life, I will answer with a smile:

If there is nothing after, then I will have no problem since I will not exist anywhere! But I won't have wasted my only opportunity in this case. I will have lived my life happy, and smiley, full of love and experience and I will continue to live for a long time in the hearts of those I helped. So, what a miracle it will be! I will live a second, at least, life in their hearts!

Every moment I live in Him, in His loving embrace, so every moment I live in Paradise. I never left!

— Sean Dragon

© 2018 Ioannis Arvanitis


Ioannis Arvanitis (author) from Greece, Almyros on October 07, 2019:

Oh! My dear Lora, I am so much obliged by your beautiful comment! You have described the core of my story in a few lines! I fully agree with you. Thank you for your feedback and encouragement.

Love over time!


Lora Hollings on October 06, 2019:

A beautiful parable of making our lives count now and living the life that our Creator wants us to live right now, in the present! A great lesson, Sean, that God is here with us right now, if we just open our eyes and see that validation in all the beauty that he has created right here! This is paradise. We have never left and He can be here right with us if we choose to follow his light and open our hearts to love all mankind and all our fellow creatures too! I loved the concept expressed in your story. Great job! Thank you for sharing.

Ioannis Arvanitis (author) from Greece, Almyros on October 06, 2019:

Happy to know you liked my approaching, my dear Mary! Thank you for reading and for your beautiful comment!



Mary Norton from Ontario, Canada on October 06, 2019:

I love this idea that living our life here on earth like being in heaven, being in God is the best to do rather than worry whether we will go to heaven or not. Heaven is right here and we often fail to see or live it.

Ioannis Arvanitis (author) from Greece, Almyros on June 11, 2018:

My dear brother, Kenneth, thank you so much for your kind words! Calling you "an Amazing Writer" someone that you admire as a writer is the best reward I could have! I know that you agree with the topic, I can see it!

For a strange reason, your previous comment was considered as a spam, so I saw it with your new one. Thank you for both!

I wish His Love fills your days!


Kenneth Avery from Hamilton, Alabama on June 10, 2018:

Hey, Sean -- got to read your amazing hub again and I must confirm that You are such an Amazing Writer that I am humbled to know you.

And I agree with you about the topic of your hub.

Keep in touch.

Kenneth Avery on April 26, 2018:

Hi, Sean -- you are always welcome. Just keep yourself in the Will of God and in His presence and allow Him to mold you into the instrument that He can use you for His glory and to touch the lives of those around you.

Ioannis Arvanitis (author) from Greece, Almyros on April 26, 2018:

My dear brother, Kenneth, thank you for giving me such encouragement with your comment. I like so much your profile photo, I can see a kind heart behind this smile.

Much Gratitude.


Kenneth Avery from Hamilton, Alabama on April 25, 2018:

Sean -- a very moving; very touching hub. Loved every minute. Thanks so much for sharing such a solid truth.

Keep up the fine work and never look back.

Ioannis Arvanitis (author) from Greece, Almyros on April 14, 2018:

Hello, my dear Li-Jen. I am glad you've got the "heart" of my story. Thank you so much for your wish! I thank God every day because He has blessed my life with so many miracles! My beloved wife and my four sons are some of them. So indeed, I enjoy my life and I wish better to you.

Love bless you!


Li-Jen Hew on April 14, 2018:

Hello Sean. Your story has a cute ending "He had all the answers in his mind" and I hope you are enjoying yourself now since you have said you have chosen to "live your life". Keep up the good work. Thanks for sharing. :)

Ioannis Arvanitis (author) from Greece, Almyros on April 08, 2018:

Thank you, my friend, Robert. Thank you for your comment, because that was my intention, to provoke positive thoughts.

Best wishes to you and your beloved

and my love to beautiful Northen Virginia.


Robert Sacchi on April 08, 2018:

A thought provoking short story.

Ioannis Arvanitis (author) from Greece, Almyros on March 16, 2018:

The Evil is the great excuse for our choices. We choose where we want to live. The Paradise is always open for us. Love can remind us this truth.

Deartháir grá mór

Liam D OConnor from Cork on March 16, 2018:

"What if you never left Paradise?"

What if we are in Paradise and we live our lives pretending that we have been cursed by the Evil, only to justify our choices?

Ioannis Arvanitis (author) from Greece, Almyros on March 11, 2018:

My dear Audrey, your words are a great honor to me.

I admire your work and your pure passion for teaching people how to find the artist within. I believe, like you, that honoring the artist within, we praise His Presence in us. I am confident that anyone has an artist within. We have to find and free him or her to LIVE, every second, in His Love!

Thank you so much

Much Love


Audrey Hunt from Pahrump NV on March 11, 2018:

A very inspiring message blooms forth through your words. I find myself inhaling such wisdom from your writing.

Each day is a gift to be savored, treasured and lived to the fullest. With each beat of my heart, a sweet sigh of gratitude emerges. My Heavenly Father has allowed me yet one more breath. Love, compassion, peace and supreme joy are mine to share with my fellow men.

Peace and love to you loannis,



Ioannis Arvanitis (author) from Greece, Almyros on February 20, 2018:

You know how important is this for me my brother Liam, to make all of you proud! I'm looking forward your remarks.

You know I'm always by your side.

... as High as the Sun.

Liam D OConnor from Cork on February 20, 2018:

A tremendous article!!! Maybe the best I've ever read about this topic! For now I only will say that I am proud for you brother, WE are proud! I'll be back for more conversation soon.

Fly High...

Ioannis Arvanitis (author) from Greece, Almyros on February 19, 2018:

Oh! Dear brother Tim, you've got the charisma to make someone to feel special! This is Love in action! Thank you brother, thank you so much.

I know that I have a lot to improve. One of these is undoubtedly the problem of the language. As English is not my native language and there are many differences with the Greek language (for example the word Love is female in Greek) I have to try a lot. But your words give me a lot of courage to fight on.

God bless you, Tim.

Tim Truzy from U.S.A. on February 19, 2018:

Agreed, Sean. Jesus is my best friend and taught love to the point of self-sacrifice for our sins. Keep writing my brother. Your stories are inspirational and the wisdom He uses to guide your pen comes through in every syllable. Amen.

Ioannis Arvanitis (author) from Greece, Almyros on February 19, 2018:

Dear Sister in God, I love all the great teachers of Love, but Jesus is my brother, my company, my best friend, is the Love of my life! My spirit sings the miracles that learned by His side! He always said that we have to live in Love every moment and like the servant of Mathew 25-14 we have to use wisely our gifts. So it is His message, I am just a channel of it. But I think you are far more clear channel than me!

Thank you for your comment, it is so important for me.

With my love and best wishes,

God Bless you


Dora Weithers from The Caribbean on February 18, 2018:

Your message comes through clearly and you encourage us not to "spend our days without really living them."

Ioannis Arvanitis (author) from Greece, Almyros on February 18, 2018:

Robbin, as I have told before, I love the breathtaking way of writing that you have. Even in your comments may someone enjoy this!

So I am happy to know that it touched you because this is very me!

Best wishes


Robin Carretti from Hightstown on February 18, 2018:

I just love this mystical insight. I was deeply touched by your words and the pictures came so spiritually alive but not knowing where you are and your existence can be horrifying but this Godly earth holds the key to make the world more loving

Ioannis Arvanitis (author) from Greece, Almyros on February 18, 2018:

I agree with you, dear Nikki. I entirely agree, and this is the reason which made me write this story. I believe too that we have to live our life in Love to prepare our Soul for the afterlife.

Thank you for your comment.

God Bless you and your lovely family.


Nikki Khan from London on February 18, 2018:

All religions say God is one and every religion has concept of life after death.I believe in that as soul never dies.It gets freed after death and goes to another world waiting for it.

There it answers for all doings in this world and that’s called world of examination.

Tim Truzy from U.S.A. on February 17, 2018:

I believe all religions are one, God is one, and all of mankind is one as well, my friend. I don't get caught up in the Christian posturing if the philosophy of love is not practiced by that church. That's why I'm glad I have friends who are Buddhists, Muslims, Waccans, and many, many others because love is the ultimate religion.

I remember watching a video about a man who had a near-death-experience, Daniel Brinkley, who spoke with beings in the afterlife who said love, imagination, and hope are what we should be practicing daily.

For this reason, Sean, my friend, I really believe we are spiritual beings having a "human experience." I recognize the indestructible nature of the soul because that is in keeping with the God of Love.

I share your possession by love. Peace be with you, brother.

Much respect,


Ioannis Arvanitis (author) from Greece, Almyros on February 17, 2018:

I am much obliged, my Brother Tim, your great words are a big honor to me. This is not my wisdom, is His wisdom, the wisdom of Love, that speaks through my writings. So all the credits go to Him. I thank God every day for blessing me with this writing gift. But to be honest, when I read what I write, I don't believe they are mine, though I love them all as my children. I think that I am "possessed."

"Possessed" by Love! Ha. Ha.

I believe there is only one religion that includes all, and this is Love.

Love is my religion!

I appreciate your knowledge and wisdom!

My best wishes to you and your wife.

God bless you both.


Tim Truzy from U.S.A. on February 17, 2018:


Your story is beautiful and the videos were splendid, to say the least. God created this universe out of love; all religions become so entrenched in their perspectives that they miss that point.

You are certainly mature spiritually and you possess wisdom which others, like myself, learn from and treasure.

Thought provoking, inspiring, and possessing a spiritual awareness, your article leaves me hopeful for our humanity.



Ioannis Arvanitis (author) from Greece, Almyros on February 17, 2018:

My dear Brother, Manatita, your magnificent words are a great honor to me. The most of them though are too much for me. I know that I have a long way to walk on the path of Light to deserve them, but I accept them as a priceless treasure for the Divine me that I am trying to liberate.

For now, I keep a significant phrase to me "You are easily on my wavelength."

This one is my medal for now. Thank you so much, because, to me, you are a Human Instrument of God as I wrote in a comment at your latest hub.

You have my Love, my prayers, and soon enough you will have more evidence for the cause of my admiration...


manatita44 from london on February 17, 2018:

What a beautiful story and conclusion! They say that Rumi never wasted a single word and I see from your many Hubs, that you are trying to do the same. Guruji bless your noble Heart.

You are easily on my wavelength. I've said here a hundred times that I am a servant. I try to serve, to inspire, to motivate ... to illumine ... to reach the Heart. You do this in silence and you do it so well.

I feel that you have discovered the supreme secret, that God and the devotee are eternally one - like a tree and its branches - needing each other in this game of life, to serve, love ... elevate hungry or aspiring souls. Buddha bless your wisdom - life and purity-Heart. Excellent Hub!!

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