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What is your opinion on reincarnation?

I’m writing a research paper for a class. I’m looking into reincarnation and I wanted to see both sides of the topic. I know there are definitely believers out there as well as non-believers. I want to see different opinions on the topic so please help me out. I want you honest opinion. Thankss!

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  • theory of reincarnation was started from veda and shastras of hinduism.reincarnation is truth.this philosophy was first give by ancient hindus,who are also known as inventor of yoga and ayurveda.
    gita is the book in which reincarnation was most highlight. about 5000 ages ago lord krishna answers the queries of arjun about spirit in the battle of kurukshetra.he tells that human body is nothing,it is the only way of action,spirit is nether created nor be destroy ,he is only transfer from one body to another. this statement is equivalent to einsteins law that energy never be created nor be destroys,it is always converted from one form to another form.

  • For evidence along scientific lines, such as the serious research of Ian Stevenson, among others, consider brilliant scientist and tireless skeptic of the paranormal, Carl Sagan. On pg 300 of his book “Demon-Haunted World: Science as a Candle in the Dark” Sagan wrote [emphasis mine]: “At the time of writing there are three claims in the ESP field which, in my opinion, deserve serious study: … (3) that young children sometimes report the details of A PREVIOUS LIFE, which upon checking turn out to be ACCURATE and which they COULD NOT HAVE KNOWN ABOUT IN ANY WAY OTHER THAN REINCARNATION. I pick these claims … as examples of contentions that MIGHT BE TRUE.” Sagan’s admission alone that reincarnation is possible is a clear indication that there is a certain amount of actual evidence for it.

    Reincarnation is the foundation of our existence because we are eternal, each one of us a tiny fragment of “God” (or the Cosmos: everything that is). And every one of us, as little pieces of the divine, has free will, with which comes the ability to achieve wholeness and perfection, through our experiences of many, many lives of Earth. In a sense all life collectively is sort of like a portion of “God.” That essence of the divine is the real you, the whole you… the you who can see eternity and knows everything that ever happened to you in all your lives.

    Our little amnesiac human brain, which can’t remember 99% of the lives we’re living now, is not capable of knowing more than glimpses about lives lived in other bodies. From a religious view, it’s amazing how much can be found in ancient scriptures that whisper the truth of reincarnation, if we are open to recognize it. For example, the “me/I” in this long biblical quote that follows is this portion of “God” I’m referring to. It is the eternal soul of all beings, which existed virtually always at the side of “God”, and which eventually became “mankind”:

    “The LORD brought me forth as the first of his works, before his deeds of old; I was appointed from eternity, from the beginning, before the world began. When there were no oceans, I was given birth, when there were no springs abounding with water; before the mountains were settled in place, before the hills, I was given birth, before he made the earth or its fields or any of the dust of the world. “I was there when he set the heavens in place, when he marked out the horizon on the face of the deep, when he established the clouds above and fixed securely the fountains of the deep, when he gave the sea its boundary so the waters would not overstep his command, and when he marked out the foundations of the earth. “Then I was the craftsman at his side. I was filled with delight day after day, rejoicing always in his presence, rejoicing in his whole world and delighting in mankind.” -Proverbs 8:22-31

    Here is our university of higher learning, right here in the physical realm. This is where “God” “lets go” and lets us make our own way, a little like the mother bird nudges her young out of the nest when they’re ready to survive on their own. We choose to become incarnate beings because we want to experience independence and learn and perfect ourselves through this independence. (You can see the analogy in the ‘Garden of Eden’: Two little beings who choose to leave the protection of their divine world of the spirit and become autonomous individuals, struggling and learning in a physical world. Not surprising, as reincarnation was an ancient truth long before Genesis was written.)

    Ancient Judaism understood the “mysteries” of reincarnation, as it has always been a part of Judaism. There’s no doubt that Jesus was a Reincarnationist too, but a few centuries after his death the Roman-based “Christian” council determined by vote what “Christianity” should be, according to what would best serve their purposes: A mix of Jesus’ ministry and the pagan religions of Rome and Greece. In distorting Jesus’ truest and most profound message – about the spiritual world and resurrection of the soul in a new physical body, the church gave itself supreme authority over the salvation of all mankind.

    Whether we accept or reject the truth of reincarnation matters very little. We still return, and we still learn. Aware of it consciously or not, we still continue this wonderful, enlightening and exciting adventure called life.

  • My opinion is that if we do have a soul that is separate from our physical body, and if that soul continues to exist beyond our physical death, reincarnation makes as much sense as any other theory about what happens to that soul.

    From my personal spiritual perspective, the process of reincarnation and renewal (birth/death/rebirth), is a powerful spiritual truth, and I’m not terribly concerned with whether or not it is literally what happens when we die. Whatever happens after physical death will eternally remain a mystery to the living.

  • There are many religions and cultures that believe in reincarnation. As a gnostic and ancient Christian I accept it as part of the over all scheme of the journey of mankind. Man must develop spiritually to liberate himself from matter and attain spiritual oness with the Divine. This will take many lifetimes to accomplish. God does not wish that any die, but that all live. We will be purified by the fire of the trials of many lives.

  • i believe that we have a destination not necessarily heaven or hell but that we go to someplace. but I do not deny the fact that we could seize to exist.

  • It would be rather cool if it was real. But there is no evidence to support it. Famous cases, such as the Bridey Murphy hypnosis thing, usually fall flat (the Bridey Murphy woman allegedly got all the details from her neighbour). Like Heaven, it is a recognizably human fantasy.

  • Traditional Orthodox Judaism has always had reincarnation. We dont have that heaven/hell thing, or Original Sin, that’s Christian not Jewish.

    google “Judaism reincarnation” for more information if you’re interested.

  • As there is no evidence for consciousness being able to exist without a brain, there is no reason to assume reincarnation is even possible.

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