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Reincarnation of soul

Reincarnation

Reincarnation is the religious or philosophical concept that the soul or spirit, after biological death, begins a new life in a new body that may be human, animal or spiritual depending on the moral quality of the previous life's actions. This doctrine is a central tenet of the Indian religions and is a belief that was held by such historic figures as Pythagoras, Plato and Socrates. It is also a common belief of other religions such as Druidism, Spiritism, Theosophy, and Eckankar and is found in many tribal societies around the world, in places such as Siberia, West Africa, North America, and Australia.
Although the majority of sects within the Abrahamic religions of Judaism, Christianity and Islam do not believe that individuals reincarnate, particular groups within these religions do refer to reincarnation; these groups include the mainstream historical and contemporary followers of Kabbalah, the Cathars[citation needed], and the Shia sects such as the Alawi Shias and the Druze and the Rosicrucians. The historical relations between these sects and the beliefs about reincarnation that were characteristic of Neoplatonism, Orphism, Hermeticism, Manicheanism and Gnosticism of the Roman era, as well as the Indian religions has been the subject of recent scholarly research.
In recent decades, many Europeans and North Americans have developed an interest in reincarnation. Contemporary films, books, and popular songs frequently mention reincarnation. In the last decades, academic researchers have begun to explore reincarnation and published reports of children's memories of earlier lives in peer-reviewed journals and books.

 

Reincarnation is the belief that the soul is reborn repeatedly. It is the belief that the soul come back to learn more, to develop itself and hence the soul has lived many lives.

It involves our soul's cyclical return to this planet or other planes until we have developed ourselves in such a positive state that all our negative karma is gone and we once again can re-unit with the source - the source of all creation.

Both the religion of Buddhism and Hinduism believe in reincarnation.

 

Reincarnation : the philosophical basis of this belief is the consideration that if individual souls ( jivas ) are eternal, where did they come from?

    The spriit is independent of the body and the situation the spirit is in.
      Passage from the Gita :
      "Worn out garments are shed by the body; worn out bodies are shed by the dweller."

      1. At the subhuman level the passage is almost automatic up the chain of being.

      2. At the human level comes consciousness which implies freedom, responsibility, and effort.

      3. The consequences of your past decisions have determined your present state.

 

 

Buddhism teaches that every soul is reincarnated after death in another bodily form.

What type of rebirth that arises at the end of one life is conditioned by the Law of Karma.The karmas (actions of body, speech and mind) of previous lives will determine the rebirth type.Good karmas will yield a happier rebirth, bad karmas will produce one which is more unhappy.

Also according to Hinduism, the soul (atman) is immortal, while the body is subject to birth and death.

Hinduism teaches that the soul goes on repeatedly being born and dying. The idea that the soul of any living being with a consciousness -including animals and humans goes through reincarnation is intricately linked to karma.

Also people not practicing Hinduism or Buddhism believe in reincarnation, but most people do not.

We identify with our bodies and not with our soul.However - we are not our bodies even though this is what most of us think.

Reincarnation of our soul - rebirth

Talking about reincarnation or rebirth is automatically talking about the life cycles of the human soul : Long time ago, our souls left their divine origin to gain some experiences in the material world. It was clear from the very beginning that the souls would eventually return back to their divine origin, however. Therefore all our souls have the strong desire to return back to where they originally came from, respectively to their original divine state.

A return to the divine origin will only be possible when the souls have reached a state of wholeness again similar to the above mentioned divine state. Concretely, this state is about personality traits, which are best described with unconditional love, (self-) honesty, happiness, modesty, humbleness, etc. Alternatively, you can describe this divine state with respecting the basic rights of existence .

Through our living in the material world (previous incarnations), the above mentioned traits have been at least partially unlearned and replaced with striving for power and prestige, financial wealth and selfishness. After the death of a human being in the material world, the soul scrutinizes whether it has reached its divine state again. If not all of the above mentioned traits have been acquired or with other words, if the basic rights of existence were not fully respected, then this stage has not (yet) been reached. Most likely, the soul will decide sooner or later to reincarnate (rebirth) on the Earth to continue its education. That is because those traits which have been unlearned in the material world (on the Earth) can also most efficiently be retrained in the material world.

Our living on Earth can therefore be described as a training camp to regain personality traits like unconditional love, self honesty, happiness, modesty and humbleness (see also our text about the development of human beings ). Family, friends, acquaintances and "coincidental" encounters are our training partners for the souls on their way back to the divine origin.

The description of the non-incarnated state of our souls is deliberatively kept vague because such states or realms are very difficult to understand for incarnated beings. Intellectually or even scientifically, these concepts are absolutely impossible to understand (you could say the price you pay for being incarnated is the partial loss of understanding our relation to other realms). However, the essence of this discussion is to recognize the motivation of our souls for reincarnation (rebirth) and to hopefully draw conclusions for the personal life (being the current incarnation).

Mellen-Thomas Benedict on Reincarnation

Mellen-Thomas Benedict had a Near Death Experience (NDE) in 1982. He is the most studied "Near-Deather" in the world and has devoted much of his time to scientific research after his NDE.After he "died" he was taken to the light and he goes on to explain:

I was rocketing away from the planet on the stream of Life. I saw the earth fly away. The solar system, in all its splendor, whizzed by and disappeared. At faster than light speed, I flew through the center of the galaxy, absorbing more knowledge as I went. I learned that this galaxy, and all of the Universe, is bursting with many different varieties of LIFE. I saw many worlds.

About reincarnation he says this: "Reincarnation is for real -it is a natural process. It is inevitable to our evolution and we all do reincarnate.

He goes on to say:After dying, going through my near-death experience and coming back, I really respect life and death. In our DNA experiments we may have opened the door to a great secret. Soon we will be able to live as long as we want to live in this body. After living 150 years or so, there will be an intuitive soul sense that you will want to change channels. Living forever in one body is not as creative as reincarnation, as transferring energy in this fantastic vortex of energy that we are in. We are actually going to see the wisdom of life and death, and enjoy it. As it is now, we have already been alive forever.

His is story is remarkable, but relating to the concept of reincarnation and re-birth is understandably not easy to accept when you look at it from a "My body - my identity" perspective.

However if we look at it from a perspective where everything is energy - incl. my body, my mind , my soul - it is easier to grasp. When we leave this Earth to pass over we are then "changing channels" to use Mr. Benedicts words. We are going through reincarnation.

However - why are some only born to stay here a few weeks, a few months, a few years while other stay on and live to be 100. Some die in the womb and others live to be more than a 100 years old.

If reincarnation is true why are some people born only to die after a short time on this earth?Is it by chance or is it a universal law?

The Law of Karma that governs it all - the Law of Cause and Effect


 



 
 


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