“I cannot think of permanent enmity between man and man, and believing as I do in the theory of reincarnation, I live in the hope that if not in this birth, in some other birth I shall be able to hug all of humanity in friendly embrace
What is reincarnation?
The re-appearance of life in Gross Physical forms, whether animal or human form is called as Reincarnation.
In our Physical gross body, we have another finer body called as subtle body which consists of Mind, Intellect and the ego. Ego means the “I” sense. This subtle body has the impressions of the various past lives, which is called as Samskaras. Our destiny is not governed by any supernatural force, but our own thoughts and actions. What we sow we reap. This reaping can happen in the same life time or can be carried to another life time.
In Chapter 2 (13) of Bagavad gita, Lord Krishna says,
“Just as Boyhood, youth and old age are attributed to the soul through this body, even so it attains another body”
You are not yet fifty years old,” the Jews said to him, “and you have seen Abraham!”
“I tell you the truth,” Jesus answered, “Before Abraham was born, I am!”
Evidences of reincarnation:
There are areas were modern hereditary science cannot find their answers especially on certain peculiarities and characteristics of individuals.
For example, Mozart, the great musician could repeat a sonata when he was four years age and when he was eight years of age he wrote an opera.
Kamlesh Kumari Devi alias Gita Murti started preaching Gita from the age of two and half years. She was born on 12th December 1939. This incident had been recorded by Swami Sivananda of Rishikesh.
There are various cases such as Adi Shankara, who mastered Vedas at a very young age and was self realized too, and this does not support his family hereditary.
Now our natural question would be, why is it that we do not remember? The answer to this is that our memory is not in its pure state, our mind is also not focused enough to penetrate into the past. A self Realized Yogi has the power to remember all his past life. Also the memory of even our present life is not that powerful to remember all the events in our child hood.
Features of Reincarnation:
Ø More then 80% of the cases keep up the same gender.
Ø Similarly the personality traits also will have trace of previous life times.
Ø The Souls that Reincarnate into similar environment or family set ups. Couples often come together in a life time to live together again. At times we come across Love at first sight, which then becomes highly emotional and both cannot live without each other.
Ø Souls prefer to reincarnate in similar location and family environment where it lived in the past life. Same time it depends on the deeds (Karma) that is done in the previous life time and the desire.
Ø Reincarnation into a birth of animals is very rare unless a person possesses high brutal tendencies and animalistic behavior or at times a strong attachment towards an animal can also cause birth in animal form. But generally the evolution of soul is upwards.
Role of Karma (deeds & Action) in reincarnation:
A human Birth is a mixture of Karmas. When good karma’s outweigh the bad ones, one gets birth as a demi god , angel or a Gandharva in a different plane and after the merits are exhausted they come back to earth and take birth as Human beings. When evil Karma’s out weigh good karma’s they take birth as Animals and when good and bad karma’s are similar then they take birth as Human beings and suffer and enjoy in this world.
Nature of next birth:
The last thought of the mind during death determines the next birth. If for example the thought of cinema comes, you may become a cine star or any thing related to cinema in the next birth, but if you do not have good Karma’s stored then you become an ordinary actor or actress, but if you have good karma’s stored then there chances of becoming a superstar in your next birth.
Where is the end of Reincarnation?
The end of reincarnation means liberation from both birth and death. In vedic litreatures it means Moksha. This is what happens after Self realization. The Liberation should be worked out during this life time. When liberation takes place an individual soul ( Jivatma) merges with the super soul ( Paramatma ) called God. After liberation we become free birds and if we wish we can incarnate on earth for helping others, similar to various yogis and paramahamsas. During this incarnation on earth we are fully conscious right from the birth onwards on our mission and here we remember all our previous births also.
My message of the above essay is that , let us not worry about what our future life will be but, being born as human beings let us take advantage of this birth and let us free from Bondage of birth and death cycle in this incarnation itself. This can be done by surrendering to the feet of lord and by renouncing desires and of course by doing selfless service to all beings. As Master Jesus said “Kingdom of God is within you”, which is same as in Vedanta, “aham brahmasmi” or God is within you