Here is one man who’s convinced he went to the edge of hell and back, and the experience changed his life forever. Dr. Rajiv Parti was focused on being successful in life—making lots of money and having all the nice things in life; in other words, he led a very materialistic life. He was a doctor, the head anesthetist at Bakersfield Heart Hospital in California.
Near death experiences (NDEs) are reported by around 200,000 Americans each year, so what are they really? Does life after death exist? Are there other realms of experience that transcend the corporeal world?
Occasionally, patients would describe to him out of body experiences after surgery, but he never took much notice; that is until he experienced his own near death experience.
Nine years ago, Dr. Parti was on death’s door after he was given a diagnosis of having prostate cancer. After a number of unsuccessful surgeries for his cancer, he became seriously ill and was rushed to hospital, where he underwent further surgery.
It was during this operation that he had the experience of going to hell with an out of body experience.
He was able to see himself being operated on, and could even later relate a joke the operating doctors had told while he was unconscious.
“When I left my body I saw the surgery happening on me, I could smell the infection and hear everything the surgeons were saying,” he said. “The anesthetist told a dirty joke, and when I was in the recovery zone, I repeated the joke to him.”
“The surgeon said he thought perhaps my levels of my anesthesia may have been too light, and I was partially awake during surgery. But I felt no pain, so I know that wasn’t the case.”
When Dr. Parti experienced the horrible scenes from the brink of hell, he asked himself, “‘Why am I here, what have I done?’ I’d arrived at the gateway to hell.”
“I can easily relive all of the events of my near-death experience, from my meeting with my departed father on the rim of Hell to the past lives that explained my problems with ego and prescription medicine, to the glorious meeting I had with Guardian Angels—Raphael and Michael—coming to me out of a field of flowers that glowed with the ineffable power of pure love,” he wrote in his book, Dying to Wake Up.
His dad, who had treated him cruelly as a boy had appeared, and led him to a “tunnel of light,” where he then experienced “the light of a thousand suns that did not hurt the eyes.”
Dr. Parti reflected on his near death experience, during which angels warned him to change his ways. “I was a very selfish person,” he said. “While I was a good technical doctor, I didn’t have sensitivity to my patients.”
“I was not kind to my patients. When I met someone, I always asked myself, ‘What can I get from this person?’”
“It was there, in this heavenly place, that they gave my life new direction, saying, ‘Now it is your time to heal the diseases of the soul: addiction, depression, chronic pain, and cancer.’”
The reformed doctor then made it his life’s mission to tell others of his experience in hell, and what he learned. “Teaching these truths has become my life’s purpose,” he said.
“I have only had this experience once, but after my near-death experience, it opened myself up to more spiritual experiences. I went for a deep meditation escape after my surgery, and I have communicated with angels through meditation.”
He related his story in a book titled, Dying to Wake Up: A Doctor’s Voyage into the Afterlife in order to help many others who are suffering in life and looking for answers.
Perhaps many of us would like to think there is life after death, and we would certainly hope such an afterlife would be pleasant. Perhaps this is one reason why some people believe in doing good deeds and trying to avoid hurting others. Indeed throughout history, many cultures believed that doing good deeds begets good returns while doing evil begets evil ones.
Whether it be the Christian belief that doing good leads to Heaven; or whether it be the Buddhist belief that accumulating good karma by doing good deeds leads to spiritual perfection; or whether it be that common saying among ordinary people that, “what goes around comes around,” both ancient and recent wisdom advises us to be virtuous, and never malevolent.