Decades ago, when a famous spiritual figure died, his followers said – Osho did not die. He appeared on the Earth from date of birth to date of passing. For the first time, I was introduced to the idea that maybe, just maybe death is not the end but an event in the journey of the jiva. And that too through an innocuous news magazine headline!.
The jiva, as we know, is the Atma who identifies with the body-mind and considers oneself to be limited.
In the Vedic vision, when the body dies the following possibilities exist –
Rebirth may happen soon after death
The jiva may go to svarga or naraka for some time before rebirth on earth.
The jiva may linger around like a preta sharira
There is no more rebirth if the person has gained wisdom. The person had just appeared.