im comfortable thinking that my consciousness is the same one as yours but my awareness or my soul is different. i guess that would me that when i die i will no longer exist as this person, but will be reborn as a new person. who knows huh
when i say consciousness i mean the ultimate consciousness as in the god head. i dont believe the soul is an infinite thing. once i die my soul dies with me and my expierences get added to the god head. it makes sense to me cause i dont think i could live in everlasting bliss for all of existance. which is a very very long time. when i thought about this infinitie as a kid it made me cry, cause i just cant be aware that long i guess. when i die my soul has done its job of giving me the expiernce of life and my expierences will be part of the collective memory or the godhead. at least thats what im starting to believe.
In the cosmic system truth remains the same for all. One may agree or not… it is immaterial! Our soul atman within the body is the spirit that we cannot see but only feel its presence in the heart. Reincarnation does not exist in the cosmic system. Why am I stating so is that soul does not take rebirth… it just manifests a body to work out its karma… to remove the impurities, the dross within! Had it taken rebirth… it would be termed as reincarnation!
Life to life… form to form… the manifestation of the soul atman continues. It is a chain of 8.4 million manifestations… an earthly life cycle of 96.4 million years. The complete cosmic journey is covered by the soul atman in a single life span… hence the question of rebirth or reincarnation does not arise. As the metal within an ore cannot purify itself on its own… the soul atman also requires a body to purify itself.
The cosmic journey starts with the soul atman manifesting the form of an amoeba (single cell formation)… the first manifestation, subsequently it evolves into multi-cell formation, then insect life, plant life, animal life and finally the form of a human being. It is only as a human being in the last leg of life… the 8.4 millionth manifestation… the soul atman within liberates itself from the cycle of birth and death.
The release of the soul atman from the chain of manifestations becomes possible after the human being reaches the stage of enlightenment (kaivalya jnana) and finally salvation (moksha). Having gained its pure pristine original form… it is a straight journey by the soul atman to the kingdom of God (aka Baikuntha in Hinduism)… a point of no return!
Karma is the connecting link between one manifestation and the next. As is the residual balance of karma of the previous manifestation… so shall be the next manifestation. If the residual balance of karma demands one be born in the house of a laborer… it is simply cannot be that the soul atman manifests the form of a Princess. More on Reincarnation – http://www.vijaykumar.com/regeneration_through_reincarnation.html