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Buddhism, Taoism, or any religion with the belief in reincarnation?

I am have a question about how existing religions with reincarnation beliefs explain the population growth we have had over the past 100 years thru-out the world. If we are reincarnated has there been a shift from the number of people that were coming back as insects or is there a different rational? If this is the case then how is it determined what you come back as. If it were believed you had to live a “good” life to come back as a person or something positive and not just a roach would the population explosion we have had over the past 100 years suggest the rules to come back might have also changed?

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  1. Your question presumes there are a finite number of souls created in the beginning and that no new souls can ever be created. Perhaps new souls are simply coming into existance.

  2. have you ever met some people who have absolutley no common sense ? .. or who are brain dead ?
    maybe those are the new souls .. or came from insects ..

  3. Not necessarily.
    All souls could be one soul, shuttling up and down the time line. There’s no reason a soul would be subject to time restrictions, and could only move from one life to a future life. It’s entirely possible a soul could live 1900 – 1978, then decide its growth requires a jaunt from 1247-1274.

  4. 1) Reincarnation in the material world is for those that have a resultant Karma.
    2) Pure devotee of Lord Krsna is not under the laws of Karma he goes back to Vaikuntha/ Goloka planets in the spiritual world. Pure devotee of Lord Krsna’s karma is burnt out.
    3) There are innumerable planets in the universe and due to karma(fruitive reaction) the living entities are in a transition from one planet to another aside from one species of life form to another.
    SB 4.29.48 P Talks Between Narada and King Pracinabarhi
    Generally people are not aware of their interest in life–to return home, back to Godhead. People do not know about their real home in the spiritual world. In the spiritual world there are many Vaikuntha planets, and the topmost planet is Krsnaloka, Goloka Vrndavana. Despite the so-called advancement of civilization, there is no information of the Vaikunthalokas, the spiritual planets. At the present moment so-called advanced civilized men are trying to go to other planets, but they do not know that even if they go to the highest planetary system, Brahmaloka, they have to come back again to this planet. This is confirmed in Bhagavad-gita (8.16):
    abrahma-bhuvanal lokah
    punar avartino ‘rjuna
    mam upetya tu kaunteya
    punar janma na vidyate
    “From the highest planet in the material world down to the lowest, all are places of misery wherein repeated birth and death take place. But one who attains to My abode, O son of Kunti, never takes birth again.”
    If one goes to the highest planetary system within this universe he still has to return after the effects of pious activities are finished. Space vehicles may go very high in the sky, but as soon as their fuel is finished, they have to return to this earthly planet. All these activities are performed in illusion. The real attempt should now be to return home, back to Godhead. The process is mentioned in Bhagavad-gita. Yanti mad-yajino ‘pi mam: those who engage in the devotional service of the Supreme Personality of Godhead return home, back to Godhead. Human life is very valuable, and one should not waste it in vain exploration of other planets. One should be intelligent enough to return to Godhead. One should be interested in information about the spiritual Vaikuntha planets, and in particular the planet known as Goloka Vrndavana, and should learn the art of going there by the simple method of devotional service, beginning with hearing (sravanam kirtanam visnoh). This is also confirmed in Srimad-Bhagavatam (12.3.51):
    kaler dosa-nidhe rajann
    asti hy eko mahan gunah
    kirtanad eva krsnasya
    mukta-sangah param vrajet
    One can go to the supreme planet (param vrajet) simply by chanting the Hare Krsna mantra. This is especially meant for the people of this age (kaler dosa-nidhe). It is the special advantage of this age that simply by chanting the Hare Krsna maha-mantra one can become purified of all material contamination and return home, back to Godhead. There is no doubt about this.
    We request you to chant HARE KRISHNA HARE KRISHNA, KRISHNA KRISHNA HARE HARE, HARE RAMA HARE RAMA, RAMA RAMA HARE HARE, and your life will be sublime.
    Best book for you to read – Srimad Bhagavatam – all you ever want to know is there—and more.

  5. On the buddhist side, it is not all buddhist branches, that has beliefs.
    Thing is, that in buddhism there is a teaching that explains about “internal” and “external” world. Many branches of buddhism today are practising the external world, which includes reincarnation and such things. But as buddhism is an induvidual practise, where it is recognised that every individual has his/hers own unique combination of sufferings, it is also the internal world (the mind) which needs to be practised. Having a goal also means expectations, and expectations leads to suffering.
    Last I would like to quote the kalama sutta, which in these times has become an increasingly important teaching;
    ” Do not believe in anything(simply) because you have heard it.
    Do not believe in traditions because they have been handed down for many generations.
    Do not believe in anything because it is spoken and rumoured by many.
    Do not believe in anything(simply) because it is found written in your religious books.
    Do not believe in anything merely on the authority of your teachers and elders.
    But after observation and analysis, when you find that anything agrees with reason and
    is conducive to the good and benefit of one and all then accept it and live up to it.”
    Buddha (Anguttara Nikaya Vol I, 188-193 R.T.S. ED)
    Ajahn Patisallano

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