There is really but very little difference in the general Intelligence or spiritual attainment of the soul, before or after death. Soul progress is gradual, in or out of the body. The disembodied soul is practically the same in general intelligence and understanding, in and out of the body. In and out of the body are but successive phases of its continuous life, succeeding each other like day and night, summer and winter. Therefore, what is true of a particular soul's feelings and emotions in earth-life is almost equally true of the same things in its life in the Astral.
The Spiritual Writings of Yogi Ramacharaka