Reincarnation are we born againDocument Transcript
Reincarnation-Are we Born Again?By Sacha TarkovskyWhat does reincarnation mean? This is an age old question often discussed, and often considered by theworlds greatest minds, and most of the worlds religions.The meaning of ReincarnationSimply put, reincarnation means the rebirth of the soul in another (new) body. Reincarnation (from theLatin meaning the taking on of flesh again) is the occupation by the immortal soul of a new body afterthe death of the former body.Reincarnation & HinduismHinduism has reincarnation as a basic tenet of their belief, and espouse that the human spirit returns tothis life again and again as it strives for perfection.The idea that the soul reincarnates is intricately linked to the principle of karma (see below).Hinduismteaches that individual souls, known as jivaatmas pass from one plane of existence to another, and carrywith them samskaras (impressions) from former states of being.These karmic memories (like data on a hard disc) on the soul are taken to the next life and result in acausally-determined state of being.In Hinduism and other religions, liberation from samsara, or the cycle of death and rebirth, is consideredthe ultimate goal of our earthly existence. This liberation is known as Moksha, and once reached, thesoul ceases to reincarnate.KarmaActivity that has become destiny is Karma.This means Karma can be considered the total effect of a persons actions and conduct during thesuccessive phases of that persons existence, regarded as determining the persons destiny.Actually, there are three types of karma:Sanchita karma, or the sum total of past karmas yet to be resolved; then prarabdha karma, that portionof sanchita karma that is to be experienced in this life; and kriyamana karma, the karma that humans arecurrently creating and will bear fruit in the future.
Other Religions & ReincarnationThe principle of reincarnation is found in almost all religions of the world. It was a prominent feature ofChristianity until about the 6th century.An early Church father, Origen was an adherent of reincarnation. Origen taught the pre-existence of thesoul -- the concept that the human soul existed already before birth. "The soul has neither beginning norend... [They] come into this world strengthened by the victories or weakened by the defeats of theirprevious lives" (De Principiis). The Bible also still has many direct references to reincarnation (Mt 11:14and 17:12f and John 9,1 ff, ie.) . Jesus identifies John the Baptist as the returning prophet Elijah inMatthews 11:14. In the Old Testament, , David writes in Psalms 51:5 (NIV) Surely I was sinful at birth,sinful from the time my mother conceived me.The universal acceptance of reincarnationReincarnation is prominent in Judaism and the Kabala (gilgul, Ibbur). In fact, in all oriental religions suchas Buddhism. Jainism, and Zoroastrianism, reincarnation forms a basic building block of their sacredtexts.In ancient times, Classical Greek Philosophy (especially with Pythagoras) and as part of the ElysianMysteries, reincarnation was a central theme akin to the Hindu thought.In fact, reincarnation, when viewed in broad terms, appears a universally accepted fact of our lives.But if we lived before, why cant we remember it?In literature as well as religious thought, the major objection to the principle of reincarnation is thatpeople cannot recall having lived before.A simple answer to that (taken from Swami Vivekananda) is that we do not recall our infancy; yet itexisted. Also, there are many books and therapists today that can assist one in remembering a past life.Taken simply, there is a universal belief that we are all rays out of the divine, and having ourselves thedivine quality of free will, we have experienced life in its many forms.When we contravened the natural rules, we created karma, and until those contraventions arecorrected, and realized, we are obliged to incarnate again and again.If you need more information you could find Best Reincarnation book here.