I got this smart picture sent from India – that is an excellent piece of humour 🙂 I enjoyed the picture so much that I felt inspired to write a post on this truly mysterious topic.
Reincarnation, literally “to be made flesh again”, is a metaphysical belief that some essential part of a living being (in some variations only human beings) survives death to be reborn in a new body. This essential part is often referred to as the spirit or soul, the “higher” or “true” self, “divine spark”, or “I”. According to such beliefs, a new personality is developed during each life in the physical world, but some part of the self remains constant throughout the successive lives.
Belief in reincarnation is an ancient phenomenon. This doctrine is a central tenet within the majority of Indian religious traditions, such as Hinduism (including Yoga, Vaishnavism, and Shaivism), Jainism, and Sikhism. The idea was also entertained by some ancient Greek philosophers. Many modern Pagans also believe in reincarnation as do some New Age movements, along with followers of Spiritism, practitioners of certain African traditions, and students of esoteric philosophies such as Kabbalah, Sufism and Gnostic and Esoteric Christianity. The Buddhist concept of Rebirth although often referred to as reincarnation differs significantly from the Hindu-based traditions and New Age movements in that there is no “self” (or eternal soul) to reincarnate.
Rebirth or reincarnation has become a popular topic since last decades in the West. That is a bit surprising, because the overwhelming majority of mainstream Christian denominations reject the notion of reincarnation and consider the theory to challenge basic tenets of their beliefs. However some modern Chrisitans try to find the missing link. Apparently reincarnation was taught by the early Christian church, but due to bias and mistranslations, these teachings were lost or obscured.
Interestingly, the Bible contains passages in the New Testament that could be interpreted to allude to reincarnation. In Matthew 11:10-14and 17:10-13, John 1:21, the Jews ask John the Baptist if he is Elijah and John replies clearly that he is not, implying that Jesus’ reference was meant in a figurative sense (which is what most Christians accept). It should be noted that Elijah never actually “died,” but was “captured” in a chariot of fire. Furthermore, the prophetic texts stated that God would send Elijah back to Earth, as a harbinger of Jesus Christ. As cousins they were born respectively to barren Elizabeth and Zacharias; Jesus, firstborn of Mary and Joseph, was the first to rise from the dead visibly demonstrating his power over death…
I can not say I “believe” in reincarnation/rebirth, because I don`t see anything here to blindly believe in.Reincarnation seem to me to be the only logical explanation, why people, especially born from the same parent and grown up in the same life conditions are so totally different in the talents, skills, interests and nature. Some people have such eyes – when I look into them I think there are thousands of years behind…Very ancient eyes…. Some people are incredibly wise and knowledgeable about many things which they actually can not know…
At the same time I believe that knowing the past life will of not help anyone,that is why we “loose” this memory. At the most, it will give us a feeling of guilt if we committed a crime or a big ego if we happened to be some great well known personalities. So, take it easy 🙂