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Where did the idea of reincarnation come from?

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There are a lot of people who buy into this. But why? Its the most farfetched belief that has a countable sum of followers. There is no basis (that ive found) for why someone might think this happens. Just a whim and a guess. How the hell would my soul end up in some lady's uteris right when the egg got fertilized anyway?
Wait...what soul?

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People are just afraid of dying.

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the Chinese.

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Someone had a dream and it made them think it was about their past life. It's really no more farfetched than all the other beliefs out there.

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Satan inspires all false teachings.

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it's that dejavu thing. but if reincarnation was real them evil will increase. Why won't a bandit with a messed up criminal record wish a quick death so they can surface again in hopes of having a better chance?

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It came from the same place as any other afterlife myth comes from: fear, denial, and ignorance of what happens after death.
It is no more or less ridiculous than thinking people go to "heaven."
It seems almost impossible for human beings to comprehend that their lives will end and that they no longer exist. Surely, they must go somewhere, right? Reincarnation is just one of the stories people have come up with to explain something beyond human comprehension.
Edit: Prince, then this must be why suicide is a sin, to keep people from killing themselves to escape their miserable lives on earth and go to heaven, right?

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To me it's a lot more feasible than heaven and hell, but both are pretty far fetched. People just want to believe that after this life, they continue to exist for eternity. I can understand that desire. Also it can explain to people why some people are born with genetic deformities.

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Despite this historical problem, it seems quite certain that the idea of reincarnation had its origin in the ancient speculative philosophies of India. Although some Hindu scholars insist that the oldest of the Hindu scriptures, the Samhitas, teach reincarnation, no clear statement of the doctrine can be found in them. The majority of experts agree that the pervasive teaching of the Vedas is that of resurrection and immortality with the gods, similar to that which is found in other polytheistic religions of the time. On the whole, it would seem fair to suppose that if the early Vedas do not specifically define or speak of reincarnation, the idea was not taught by the early Aryans, who wrote these first Hindu scriptures.

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I think that this notion comes from past leaders in history seeing those around them not learning the lessons of life before they die. Even today it is sad that we do even come close to learning everything life has to offer. It seems that even today most Christians are upset if you don't learn greed the way they know it. It must feel hopeless to leave the planet without a second chance.

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People who came back and told about their previous lives.
Seriously, it is a widespread belief in many parts of the world, and the Hindus have been around longer than the Jewish people, at least with a written scripture of some kind.
All people look for some way to explain what happens after death. I guess that's one way to explain it. Also people who believe in reincarnation believe they make up for their mistakes in the past life, a way to deal with guilt. It is sort of like Catholics believe they go to Purgatory for unforgiven sins, but they don't lead a whole life there.

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in India about 500 B.C.E. According to Buddhist tradition, an Indian prince by the name of Siddhārtha Gautama, who came to be known as Buddha after receiving enlightenment, founded Buddhism. Since it sprang from Hinduism, its teachings are in some ways similar to those of Hinduism. According to Buddhism, existence is a continuous cycle of rebirth and death, and as in Hinduism, each individual’s status in his current life is defined by the deeds of his previous life.
9 But Buddhism does not define existence in terms of a personal soul that survives death. “[Buddha] saw in the human psyche only a fleeting series of discontinuous psychological states, which are held together only by desire,” observed Arnold Toynbee. Yet, Buddha believed that something–some state or force–is passed on from one life to another. Dr. Walpola Rahula, a Buddhist scholar, explains:
10 “A being is nothing but a combination of physical and mental forces or energies. What we call death is the total non-functioning of the physical body. Do all these forces and energies stop altogether with the non-functioning of the body? Buddhism says ‘No.’ Will, volition, desire, thirst to exist, to continue, to become more and more, is a tremendous force that moves whole lives, whole existences, that even moves the whole world. This is the greatest force, the greatest energy in the world. According to Buddhism, this force does not stop with the non-functioning of the body, which is death; but it continues manifesting itself in another form, producing re-existence which is called rebirth.”
The Buddhist view of the Hereafter is this: Existence is everlasting unless the individual attains the final goal of Nirvana, liberation from the cycle of rebirths. Nirvana is a state neither of eternal bliss nor of becoming one with the ultimate reality. It is simply a state of nonexistence–the “deathless place” beyond individual existence.
As it spread to various places in Asia, Buddhism modified its teachings to accommodate local beliefs.
Resurrection should not be confused with reincarnation, which finds no support in the Holy Scriptures. Reincarnation is the belief that after a person dies, he is reborn in one or more successive existences. According to this belief, one may be “reborn” either as a human or as an animal. That is quite in conflict with what the Bible teaches.
the person is restored in either a human body or a spirit body; yet he retains his personal identity, having the same personality and memories as when he died.

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The laws of karma and reincarnation are man made and wretched.
If you travel to a places in the world where people truly believe, you will find the true nature of it and how it holds people in it's grip.
Thanks to lack of education and with the help of men like Deepak Chopra,
Westerners have a very watered down idea of it.
Take for example a person that has caused much destruction - Hitler, for example, as his name always comes up. Karma and reincarnation teaches that upon his death, the bad karma he accumulated goes on into another life but the recipient has no idea of the weight they are carrying. Hitler's soul could be reincarnated into another person, animal or insect. There are some people that wear mouth and nose coverings to avoid breathing someone in. (I'm not joking.)
In countries where karma rules the day and homeless children roam the street, other citizens do nothing to help them. Not because they are cruel but because the child has accumulated bad karma and they believe the sooner the child dies he can begin again. I saw a news article a few years back about a heartbroken mother that had lost her 13 year son to an early death. Just after the funeral, an iguana walked into her home. The photo showed her with tears rolling down her face as she held it - because she was convinced it was her son reincarnated.
I strongly suggest the book by Ravi Zacharais called "Jesus Among Other Gods". He was raised in India and has a clear understanding of these things - and he takes strong offense to the tripe dished out by Deepak Chopra

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If the journey of soul is considered to be a continuous cycle of birth and death, then the theory of heaven and hell has to be false.
For a moment, if we consider that both these theories are partially right, then the theory of ghosts and dead people coming in dreams has to be false.
All these theories cannot be right at the same time. But, people these days believe that all these theories are partially right. These theories totally fail in answering even the basic questions of spiritual laymen about life after death! They lead to total confusion and
confusion is never from god. Therefore, it is obvious that there exists some anti force that is against truth and against god that has blind folded the spiritual eyes of the people.
Confess your sins. Seek god with all your heart and I'm sure all will know the truth about our sole creator.

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