Reincarnation is the belief that a soul will keep being reborn into new bodies. Depending on the belief, the soul can come back as a plant, animal, or another person. Beliefs on reincarnation are different all over the world. Some religions or cultures do not believe in reincarnation at all, but for others it is a very strong part of their society.

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In hinduism how are the ideas of karma reincarnation and moksha connected?

Karma is the concept that says that what goes around, comes around.Basically, it means that whatever you give to society will eventually come back to you.You're going to be treated how you treat others.(you get the idea..) Reincarnation is when a soul is born again in another body, depending on how the soul performed in its previous life. If you were helping and kind, you may return as a human, but if you were greedy and selfish, you might come back as a snake. and moksha is 'mukti' or release from the human body and where you finally come to rest. In all of the human lives, the souls are trying to get 'mukti' or trying to be released from this facade of a body and finally achieve inner peace. They are all connected in a way that they all revolve around the concepts of life and death and their interconnectedness. first karma, then reincarnation and finally moksha

Is reincarnation real?

  1. just because you are Christian doesn’t mean you’re always going to heaven, that’s not how it works.

  2. Reincarnation is real but at the same time it isn’t. If you saw, some little toddlers on YouTube are saying where they died and when, it’s scary honestly.

reincarnation isn’t real at the same time because you can’t die and expect to turn up as a mouse, or a bird, or a wolf. No, besides the toddlers could be saying anything that comes up to their mind.

reincarnation is a belief, it doesn’t matter if you’re Muslim, Christian, atheist. Doesn’t matter, believe what you want to believe.

What is reincarnation?

Some people believe that after we die, that we are reincarnated - which means that our souls are born again into another body. There are diverse theories regarding reincarnation. Some of those views are:

*People who believe in reincarnation believe that after they die their souls go into another body and live another life. In some value systems they live as different types of creatures. Hinduism has as a tenet that if a person has a good karma he will go to a higher form of life until he gets out of the reincarnation cycle but if he has a bad karma, that is, if the sum total of his deeds stacks up on the bad side, he will come back as some lower form of life, a frog, for instance.

*In order to grow up to be like our creator, we have to gain understanding and control of all 144,000 ways of thinking available to us. To think that this can be done in just one lifetime is something I have come to see as a foolish idea, given the amount of time it has taken me to learn about only some of these. This is why re-incarnation is necessary. It allows us to continue our learning which is our only reason for being here to start with.

Theory 2

You go to heaven they reject you and then you got to hell and they reject you so you end up back on earth.

if it is reincarnation, the meaning is life after death (rebirth)

REINCARNATION: 'Reincarnation' is one of the most misunderstood terms in Hinduism.

1. REINCARNATION AS A HINDU BELIEF: Reincarnation is entry of the soul of a dead person into the body of a human being or an animal, making the soul live again.

It is Karma that makes us to reincarnate repeatedly.

Good deeds (good Karma) enables us to be born with a higher Varna and bad deeds (bad Karma) make us to be born with a lower Varna.

Moksha means putting an end to this unending cycles of Reincarnation.


Reincarnation according to Brahmajnana is the transformation of an activity every time it is repeated, making the activity inefficient and unpredictable.

Karma is fluctuations in facilitating/ retarding forces of activities that causes transformation of the activity every time it is repeated.

Moksha is the abolition of fluctuations in facilitating/ retarding forces of activities.


Consider the Rigveda mantra 1.10. 14 - 8

O Spirit of the dead! Go to the highest heaven and meet with Yama and your ancestors.

Carry with you only the good Karmas leaving behind the bad. Seek a body and a new home (reincarnate), and a life of glory.

Yama is not the Hindu god of death. He is god of compulsion. He is the most powerful Hindu god and therefore, activities executed with Yama force often become dead (as a safety measure, get abolished automatically).

Such dead actions,

1. May get abolished irreversibly (go to hell)

2. May get transformed into dreams (go to heaven - to god Indra/ god of dreaming) and recycled. Such recycling is what we call Reincarnation.

Fluctuations in facilitating/ retarding forces of actions (Karma) is the main cause of such abolition.

Since both Yama and Indra are extremely difficult to use, now they are supposed to play a role after our death only.

Reincarnation is the religious or philosophical concept that the soul or spirit, after biological death, begins a new life in a new body.

Does the idea of reincarnation or heaven and hell make more sense?

There are so many mysteries out there. It is natural for people to "make-up" Heaven and Hell as a way to calm them in life, so when somebody hurts them they can think "well, when that person goes to Hell they will regret what they did to me." Or it could very well be true to. I personally believe in reincarnation because it makes so much more sense to me. It's hard for me to believe that a God who loves us will send us to Hell for stupid mistakes. "Hell" actually comes from the Greek word "Hel" which simply means "away from the light". Preists started making "Hell" sound worse and worse because people were "sinning" more and they feared they would leave Christianity. There are two main emotions that humans have and they are love and fear.The fear of going to Hell and the love for your family and fearing not to see them in heaven combines to create the Hell fearing God fearing religion of (really strong) Christianity (very very strong Christianity not to insult anybody). I am still a Christian and I go to church but it's very hard for me to believe in a cruel God. I believe in Christianity, (especially) Native American, Eastern, the Jewish story and much more. I am very open and love learning new things. You should really look up Karma (Bhuddism) and Native Americans beliefs, I live by them day by day. My advise to you and to anybody who may be reading this is to follow your heart and listen to what it's telling you. Only YOU know. Everything that I have just said was in MY personal opinion, I don't want to offend anybody because we are all allowed to believe what we choose.


Apparently some Christians continued to believe in reincarnation even after the Council of Nicaea, because in A.D. 553 the Church found the need to single out reincarnation and condemn it explicitly. At the Second Council of Constantinople the concept of reincarnation, bundled together with other ideas under the term "pre-existence of the soul", was decreed to be a crime worthy of excommunication and damnation ("anathema"):


I like a previous answer that hell is the absence of light. Light is awareness. Heaven on earth can be produced by bringing forth into the conscious mind the spirit of the superconscious mind which houses the blue print for us to become whole. Hell is what we create for ourselves by doing otherwise. Heaven or hell is not some far off place at some other time. It is now. We initiate with our intention to seek first the kingdom of heaven and this is within.

Reincarnation is necessary because we must come to an understanding of the 144,000 parts of ourselves, or ways of thinking. Can anyone imagine doing all this in one lifetime?


According to the Bible hell is a place of torment forever removed from God's presence. Reincarnation is forbidden, "For it is appointed once for man to die, then the judgment" and Heaven is God's dwelling place and only he decides how you must qualify to go there.

Now if man was their own god then perhaps they could choose what "existence" they would have after death, however GOD is the one that created the "spirit realm" and governs it his way.

Since "eternity" wasn't created by man but GOD then I will accept GOD'S answer over man's.

Men ARE they're own god.... And we DO choose which existence we choose to actualize into physical reality..... So not only is there reincarnation, but multiple INCARNATIONS...... Many different aspects of our soul focused in different areas....


There is no evidence from the texts or normal observation that reincarnation exists. I think the reason for making up this theory was that human can't simply get the fact that when his body decays and becomes earth again (transforms into its 1ry components which are then reused by plants in the normal life circle) that his very 1ry components could be collected again to bring him back to life after death, or because man believes that his soul and body are one compartment and can't be separated apart, so he assumed that every part of his decayed body carries part of his soul as well.


Without the Quranic scriptures I woldn't get the understanding of this whole issue.

According to what I got from the Quran, man consists of a physical body and a soul, a soul of his own, that soul was present there befor the man's birth, Allah brought all the soules before Him and witnessed them that He is their only God.., they were then preserved there to be placed in bodies when time comes for them to come to life..

172. And (remember) when thy Lord brought forth from the Children of Adam, from their reins, their seed, and made them testify of themselves, (saying): Am I not your Lord ? They said: Yea, verily. We testify. (That was) lest ye should say at the Day of Resurrection: Lo! of this we were unaware;

173. Or lest ye should say: (It is) only (that) our fathers ascribed partners to Allah of old and we were (their) seed after them. Wilt Thou destroy us on account of that which those who follow falsehood did ?

when human gets sleep, his soul is partly taken out of his body, so some see visions that may come true in real life for they have clear transparent souls, and this is why we should wake the sleeping person calmly, otherwise it would affect his internal organs, and weakens his heart.

42. Allah receiveth (men's) souls at the time of their death, and that (soul) which dieth not (yet) in its sleep. He keepeth that (soul) for which He hath ordained death and dismisseth the rest till an appointed term. Lo! herein verily are portents for people who take thought.

As for the 1st answer, I'd like to make a comment.. it's God's justice that obliges questioning every human for all he did, small or big, all is being written in files, but being questioned means punishment, coz when God forgives, He never asks. But, concerning faults done towards others, God would bring the two conflicting humans and urge both to forgive each others and win extra place in heaven, but if this was a big sin, like killing, or accusation of prostitute... etc, the doer of such sins will pay for them some of his good deeds as a price to the other party, but if his good deeds didn't fulfil that price, the remainder would be some bad deeds of the other party to be added to his, that means his fortune of good deeds is out, he'd then dwell to Hell.

All precisely weighed, Subhan Allah!


The idea that resurrection isn't possible isn't a new one. It was something which was even challenged by the Arabs of Prophet Muhammad (Pbuh) time. Quran addresses this issue in various ways. Firstly it asks man with a counter question? To give you an example;

Have they not seen that God, Who created the heavens and the earth and was not wearied by their creation, is able to give life to the dead? Surely He has power over every-thing. (46:33)

Does man think that he will be left to himself uncontrolled (without purpose)? Was he not a drop of fluid which gushed forth? Then he became a clinging clot; then He shaped and fashioned, and made of him a pair, the male and female. Is He then not able to raise the dead to life? (75:36-40)

It reminds humans that you were created from a drop of semen, it ask us to reflect as to what is a more difficult process, creating you from a drop of semen or giving you life when you were dead or just collecting all the remains (minerals, bones etc) and bringing you back into life again.


Aha. You are very clever to ask such a subtle trick question. Neither reincarnation nor heaven/hell make any sense at all, and that is a crucial point, for both people of faith and for skeptics and non-believers in general. Such concepts belong to a realm that is outside of 'sense'; they are not nor can they be part of our sensory or experiential world. They belong to the realm of faith which is unassailable from the point of view of believers, and irrelevant/unprovable from the point of view of non-believers. These concepts are part of the unseen things hoped for by believers; the essence of faith. If they were provable, and they are certainly not, then faith would be utterly meaningless.


For time immemorial mankind want to find answers for the unanswered questions. Relegions had come forward and tried to provide an answers to such questions. All relegions are started/ by humans intellegent, Charisnatic and Great people ( though almost all claim that they have reveleation from GOD). To all such questions the answer is all powerful, all pervasive GOD. It fills the gap. But it does not satisfies the intellegent mind.So it was natural to show some kind fear and reward( Carrot and stick) . Hell and heaven are these carrot and stick. When asked for proof the answer invariably in all the relegions more or less is " Those who have faith (The Believers) do not question and those who do not have faith (Non Believer) will never get the answer".


I think that it would be a bit of both, because I believe in god and stuff but I don't believe that you could stay in one place for all eternity, because even if you did everything possible to do there it would only be a fraction of a percent of your time there. I think that when you die you get punished for your sins or rewarded for your goodness but when your time is right you return to earth again to keep the cycle growing. You see, if you believe that you have a soul, like many people do, then it would be an energy, which couldn't be destroyed OR created, so you have probably lead many lives before this both in heaven, hell and on earth.


In my opinion, reincarnation makes much more sense. On the other hand, I don't disbelieve in Heaven and Hell. Instead, I believe in a bit of a combination of the two. The idea of karma determining what your next life is like helps this idea, because it would make sense that those who build up a large amount of bad karma spend their next life in a different plane containing "Hell", and if they complete the reincarnation cycle you end up in "Heaven". On the other hand, the Christian/other major religions idea of Heaven and Hell makes less sense, giving you one lifetime to live as you should and if you don't, you are doomed to an eternity of suffering in hell


Well, I bet to Hindus reincarnation. and to Christians (and many other religions) Heaven and Hell. Neither can be proved by science, so neither make much sense. but I like the idea of going to Heaven better than being reincarnated. I mean, I've been on this world once, and once is enough for me. I like the thought of going to someplace so much better than earth better than living on earth again and again.


There's some questions you'll never get the answer for, just believe in what your heart tells you. Also, not to make the last reply sound incorrect(everyone is entitled to there own opinion)but he/she said, "because even if you did everything possible to do there it would only be a fraction of a percent of your time there". Think more positive, like maybe there is an unlimited amount of things to do. If you believe in god then believe that he's active and in positive ways.


Which number is bigger: 100 trillion trillion trillion, or 100 trillion trillion trillion plus one? One number might in fact be bigger, but does the difference mean anything at all? Neither of these approaches to life/death makes much sense at all; if there is any difference in sense it is meaningless. It is a matter of faith, and what you have been taught, what you believe, what you have experienced in life and what you hope for. But if you are looking for something 'sensible', these choices will not do it.


Heaven and Hell, according to the most Biblically-based Christian beliefs, indicate that after death, there are two possible destinations. Either a person's soul goes to join with God, or it doesn't.

Consider the Bible also teaches that each man and woman's soul comes from God, and it seems rather simple to say that the soul comes from God, lives on Earth, then returns to the immaterial super-nature from which it came. It's a single round trip, so to speak.

Reincarnation, according to some Eastern religious beliefs, suggests that a soul starts life as an insect or other tiny creature. It lives and dies, then either moves to a more sophisticated creature or a more humiliating creature, depending on how it lived its life. Eventually, the purest souls are incarnated as humans. If they die having lived a good enough life, they make the final move up to whatever is next. Theories vary, but generally it's a land of gods or pure joy or nirvana or other places that'd be nice to be.

The prospect of Heaven and Hell rely, essentially, on how God deals with His creation (much like how a parent deals with an unruly child).

The prospect of reincarnation rely on the assumption that all souls are trying to better themselves out of some forgotten but instinctually necessary desire to move up in the cosmic ladder of goodness.

Or, to put it in a much simpler way, reincarnation assumes people are generally good while Christianity acknowledges that people are inherently bad.

So look at the world- all of it, from love to hate to greed to selflessness- and decide. Are most people good or bad at heart?


The concept of heaven and hell, as well as reincarnation, both make sense and both exist.

Most early Christians actually believed in reincarnation. An early Christian leader in the third century named Origen espoused it. In the sixth century, the head of the Christian Church was Emperor Justinian, who could and did overrule the papacy. Pope Vigilius and Emperor Justinian had a disagreement as to whether the teachings of Origen should be part of official Christian theology. Justinian condemned Origen, had Pope Vigilius arrested and put in jail for refusing to sign a papal decree condemning Origen's teaching on reincarnation, and ordered all references of reincarnation omitted from the Bible - including an entire chapter devoted to it.

From that point on, anyone caught teaching the doctrine of rebirth faced governmental prosecution. However, minor references to it still remain in the Bible. With the Church desiring greater control over the masses, they wanted people to think that they only have one shot at salvation - only through the Church - and that there is no chance to have another life later on. Free-thinking individuals who espoused reincarnation were thought of as a threat to Church control and were suppressed. This is the real reason why reincarnation is not part of official Christian theology and is not taught in Christian Sunday school and in seminary today. Not because it was ordained that reincarnation doesn't happen but because a long-dead emperor wanted to gain more control over the masses.

Evidence for the validity of the doctrine of rebirth is found in past-life regression studies as well as within near-death experience research. It is suggested to do an online search on these topics.

As is confirmed by near-death experience research, when we cross over into Spirit, we face a nonliving, infinite, higher power known as The Breath of God, The Light of God, and simply The Light. This higher power judges us according to our application of The Golden Rule, our selflessness (or lack thereof), and by our ability to love genuinely and deeply. How we have lived our life dictates how far we can go into The Light. The higher the plane, the greater the expansion of consciousness and the more powerful the dimension of energy.

Within Islam, Judaism, Catholicism, Hinduism, and other metaphysical philosophies around the world, there is the concept of seven heavens or seven planes. The basic idea is that the more spiritually principled after death ascend to the higher planes while those who are on a path of evil are indirectly forced to reside on the lower planes as inferior spirits. The first plane is thought of as the most emotionally painful place to exist while the seventh plane is where individualistic saints reside in The Light.

Past-life regression studies point to everyone having a choice to incarnate and that there is a period in-between lives whereby the soul exists as a disembodied spirit. This is in contrast to the Hindu conception whereby the soul automatically incarnates into another body right after death. What really happens is that there is a period in-between lives whereby the soul has a chance to heal and learn. The more advanced souls take time to reflect and prepare for their next incarnation. Most do not come back for the noble reasons of serving others and spiritually evolving, which is why the world is the way that it is - for now anyway.

Another contradiction of past-life regression studies to the Hindu paradigm is that souls who were human do not go back to being an animal. I recall a past-life regression case whereby a person was regressed back to being a pampered large house cat in an Egyptian palace. But not everyone can be regressed back to having been an animal. Generally speaking, the more intelligent souls prefer and stay humanoid in their incarnations.

Regression studies and near-death experience research also point to cosmic justice panning out not in the flesh but in the Spirit. Reward and punishment is traditionally not found in a future life. Evil people are not forced to become insects. What really happens is that the soul is forced to emotionally feel the pain and suffering that was unfairly caused to one or more innocents. For example, suppose a murder is committed and not one that was conducted out of self-defense. The perpetrator, after death, will be forced to feel all the pain he caused, not only to the victim but also to those left behind: the widow, children, etc. Thus, the true nature of cosmic justice is to directly experience on an emotional level the ramifications of one's actions, and emotional pain can be much worse than physical pain. No one ever truly gets away with anything. It only appears that many do on This Side because we do not see what they go through on the Other Side.

Thus, heaven and hell, as well as reincarnation, are both valid metaphysical concepts that have been in operation for eons.

What is the difference between the Hindu idea of reincarnation and the Buddhist idea of rebirth?

Answerthe difference is this:

In Buddhism there is no eternal soul to be reborn--Straight from textbook

AnswerThe difference between the reincarnation of Hinduism and rebirth in Buddhism is that the former involves a soul transmigrating from one life to another; the latter does not. Buddhism teaches that there is no soul to be reborn. Answer

Hinduism teaches that you have an internal soul that continues in a process of reincarnation while inheriting the karma of your past life. Whereas Buddha describes reincarnation as transmigration. Based on his no soul doctrine,the Buddha compared it to lighting successive candles using the flame of the preceding candle. Although each flame is causally connected to the one that came before it, it is not the same flame.

Buddha taught that we are a fine mesh of our physical form and are mental consciousness. This fine fabric, which we call self, is always changing and learning. So technically we are reborn every moment. When we die, our physical form dies. All that we claim we are dies along with it. But the energies associated with our consciousness keep flowing along with our karma. Just as the energies of our body are refused back into the earth, so is the fate of our conscious energies. Those energies are then propelled out the same direction we were headed when we were alive. Thus being used again by another life.

What is breaking out of the cycle of reincarnation called?

Breaking out of the cycle of reincarnation of death and rebirth is known by different terms. The Buddhists call it Nirvana, but it came out of the Hindu term of Moksha or Mukti. In the western world, it is referred to as Salvation, that comes from Enlightenment, that comes from the realization of the Truth. What is breaking out of the cycle of reincarnation? It is the realization that we are not the body, because the body dies and returns to ashes. We are not even the mind and ego that carries its Karma and is reincarnated, we are the Divine Soul, the life that leaves at death, the Spirit, the Atman, the consciousness. This realization that we are the Divine Soul liberates us from the cycle of reincarnation as we are united with the Divine.

What rhymes with reincarnation?

There are many words that rhyme with reincarnation. These are just a couple. Information. Application. Education. Incarceration. The list can go on and on.

How do you use 'reincarnation' in a sentence?

The basis of the Hindu and Buddhist afterlife is reincarnation, or recycling of one's spirit or soul into another body.

How do hindus believe karma effects reincarnation?

Hinduism, Buddhism and Jainism very clearly understand that everybody who lives does Karma or action, and these actions have to be redeemed. Just like if you plant a seed, the fruit will come, so when you plant a deed, the destiny has to come. But we die - death is a part of this drama call life, then what happens? Then we are reborn based on our Karma. Thus, the Hindus, the Buddhists and Jains believe that Karma is directly affecting our rebirth. A child is born blind not because of God, not because of bad luck, the child is born blind because of Karma. It is the Law of Action and Reaction, it is the law of the boomerang - what goes around, comes around. But we must realize this Truth.

What do Hindus believe about reincarnation?

  • Three-fourths of the world's population believe in the concept of reincarnation.
This number includes numerous individuals from a divergent selection of religious organizations or churches, whose majority members might well NOT believe in it.

Belief in reincarnation is held by adherents of almost all major religions except Christianity and Islam. In addition, between 20 and 30 percent of persons in western countries who may be nominal Christians also believe in reincarnation.It appears to many that reincarnation is equivalent to a true universal justice, and perhaps the ONLY one. People who have unfortunately failed important moral/ethical trials in the current life and have not the time nor the inclination to rectify their transgressions prior to death would have the sanctuary and safe harbor of another chance to learn love and compassion before a decision from on high was made as to the disposition of their souls.

An obstacle to belief in reincarnation is that we are not given much information on our experiences in prior lives. About the only clues we receive would be, for example: If for some unknown reason, we are dreadfully terrified of fire, or heights, or water, we might assume that in some previous reincarnation, we were overcome or killed by such means.

Many people believe that the feeling we sometimes get of "deja vu" is an indication that the sense of repetition of some act, or meeting a person who seems unusually familiar to us but whom we've never met before, is definitely telling is that we have indeed experienced the situation is another lifetime. A rather commonplace example would be a person visiting new friends in a strange house who has known from the minute she entered, the precise layout of the entire house, including placement and type of furniture, even down to the color of the bath towels and an apparent instant mutual knowledge of a house worker.

  • The Brahman is one of the three gods in Hinduism, but is now considered a lesser god and one not worshipped faithfully. Reincarnation would be considered imperative to continuation of the Brahman's existence, the reason being that the lifespan of Brahma is limited. At the end of His lifespan, there will be a gap, after which another Brahmā or creator will begin the process of creation anew. This cycle is thought to repeat without end.
  • The Hindu religion is the world's third largest. As in every other sect that believes in reincarnation, the Hindu premise is that reincarnation and karma are inevitably intertwined. Karma also seems to be an integral part of many other sects and fear of its possible consequences often determines human actions.
  • The Hindus believe that life is not determined or limited to one birth and one death, but is instead a circle of migration, ALWAYS DETERMINED BY THE LAW OF KARMA. In short, human life is a transmigration of the soul according to the INEVITABLE LAW OF RETRIBUTION, which would make reincarnation a requisite tenet of the Hindus. A belief in reincarnation is not the basic teaching or the end of their religious cult and practices. Instead, the goal is, instead, deliverance from the claim of reincarnation and karma to reach "moksha," which is the final goal of every Hindu belief and practice.

If it's true that every great philosophy or religion has a similar thread of truth running through them, the above tenets are a good example.

  • They believe the soul is immortal and takes birth time and time again.
  • superstitious people belive all those stuffs living of a dead soul in a person.........but the basic of Hinduism doesnt speak of it .... but there is a concept that each soul will take 7 birth in this you are now a human you could have been a bird in your previous birth or you could be born as a ...say horse in your next birth......they say it depends on the "paavam and punnyam" which means the good things you do and the sins you do....
  • Ban of changing Varnas: In the early days of Hinduism, a Hindu could change his Varna whenever he needed. However, since the enormous flexibility it resulted in made, both his life and the society he lived in, highly unstable. Thus, changing of Varnas was banned. A Hindu had to select a Varna that best suited him for his entire life and use it till his death.

The original way of attaining Moksha:

Originally, a Hindu could attain Moksha by preventing reincarnation or transformation of an activity every time it was executed. The aim was to make the activity involuntary so that ultimately the entire life could be made involuntary.

Thus, originally a Hindu could attain Moksha in his present life only.

Redefined Moksha:

Varnas are invisible and a temporary change in Varna to get undue advantage couldn't be detected. Thus, Moksha, that enables a Hindu to change his Varna, was redefined.

In the new definition of Moksha, the word 'activity' was replaced by the word 'life'. This meant that one couldn't attain Moksha and change his Varna till his death.

Changing Varna in next life:

In the present life a Hindu could only become acceptable to the next higher Varna by his good Karma (good deed) to them. His next generation could use a higher Varna.

Therefore, every Hindu believes in Reincarnation to abolish his effort to change his Varna in this present life and thus stabilize his life and the Hindu society.

  • In Hinduism there is a difference between the inner soul and outer body. The inner soul is the real person and outer body is only a container.

One classic story explaining the duality ... A master asks his student "what is that?" pointing to something he is holding in his hand - the student answers "My pen". Master says "Ok - you say so because that belongs to YOU." then the master asks "What is holding the pen?" Sudent answers "My hand" Master goes on - "What makes you think? " Student-"My brain", Master- "What makes you live?" Student-"My Heart" . Finally master says - "Like the Pen you treat all the others as something which belongs to you - what is that YOU". The student has no answer.

Hinduism calls that YOU as the ATHMA - the inner soul. All other things including the body is just outside YOU. Hindus believe that the soul is separate from the body and it will reincarnate when the body is no more able to live in this world. The soul will rest or join the ultimate soul (PARAM-ATHMA) when it is ready to leave itself. It is believed the soul is ready when it has relieved itself of all earthly pleasures - which are all induced by this body (love, pain, hurt, ego, sex etc).

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  • Aupmanyav adds: My friend here has given you the religious take. I am an atheist hindu. Here is my take on reincarnation:

It was a strategy to make people engage in good deeds because they got you better next birth. At the same time, it discouraged people from engaging in evil deeds as they could be reincarnated as worms. It was a social strategy.

Whether one takes seven births or 8,40,000; the idea is that you are given a chance to improve your performance by doing good deeds. If your balance of bad deeds is nullified, you go to heaven or merge with God as a pure soul.

What is the difference between reincarnation and incarnation?

Many people belief in mythology, and they believe that God is reborn only as specific people. When somebody is born as an incarnation of God, they believe it is God appearing as this person on earth. But this is mythology. Some people believe in reincarnation, reincarnation is the belief that everybody who dies is reborn based on Karma. The body dies but the Mind and Ego, the ME, carries its Karma or its past actions and is reborn. Even this is only partly the Truth. Neither must we believe in incarnation nor reincarnation. We must go in quest of self-realization to realize that we are the Divine Soul, that we are all manifestations of God, that we are all Divine entities - that is the goal, to be liberated and unite with the Divine.

Do you believe in reincarnation?

Reincarnation as in being made of flesh again after death in this world, is a very essential part of belief in God. We all agree that God has power over all things, right? The concept of reincarnation is important because some people say that this life is the only life there is. Enjoy it to the fullest. Do whatever you want. That's because they believe that when they die, their bodies will become dust and that's the end of the story. If that was really true, we would not have to feel guilty about the sins we commit because once dead, we cannot be answerable to anyone.

If this is the way people believed, then the whole world would sin to their heart's content without fear of being brought back to life and being answerable for their deeds. On the day of judgement, every human being from the beginning till the end will be raised up from their deaths and brought back to their original flesh and bones body form, because God CAN DO IT.

We have to go somewhere to live for eternity in the same flesh and bones body. And the bad people will have to taste the fire of hell on their skins and feel the burns and the torture. And after their bodies have been burned and lost their sensitivity, they will be brought back to their original sensitive skins and then again given that same torture. This will happen till eternity.

If people think they are going nowhere and this life is the be all and end all of everything, then they would feel free to kill each other, rape women, and do all sorts of horrible sins. God created Adam from dust, and when we are all dust, he will create us again to face Him. Without the concept of reincarnation, there is no point of this life. We cannot say "can God do it?" God can do anything he wishes to. Otherwise Job 7:9 7:9 As the cloud is consumed and vanisheth away: so he that goeth down to the grave shall come up no more. What the Bible say about Reincarnation Job 1:21 And said, Naked came I out of my mother's womb, and naked shall I return thither: the LORD gave, and the LORD hath taken away; blessed be the name of the LORD.

John 8:58 Jesus said unto them, Verily, verily, I say unto you, Before Abraham was, I am.

John 9:2 And his disciples asked him, saying, Master, who did sin, this man, or his parents, that he was born blind?

Matthew 11:13-14 For all the prophets and the law prophesied until John. And if ye will receive it, this is Elias, which was for to come.

Matthew 17:12-13 But I say unto you, That Elias is come already.... then the disciples understood that he spake unto them of John the Baptist.

Mark 9:13 But I say unto you, That Elias is indeed come, and they have done unto him whatsoever they listed, as it is written of him. A Different Answer My interpretation of the question is that it asks about reincarnation in another body, presumably a human one, although the Hindus believe that a human can also live again as an animal or a plant. I do not definitely believe in this alleged phenomenon, but I do not definitely disbelieve, and I have found nothing in the Bible to say that it definitely happens or does not happen. The first answer is an argument for the immortality of the soul, and I think that was not the question asked. In my studies of history, there are certain time periods that I have a great affinity for, especially the Western Roman Empire in the 5th Century, as if I am remembering things I forgot instead of learning them for the first time. I could use these as a basis for a belief in reincarnation, but rationally I know they might be caused by other things, such as learning and forgetting again, or perhaps they are part of what Carl Jung called the Collective Unconscious. I would suspect people who claim to have been someone famous in a previous life like Napoleon, Caesar, Katherine the Great, or Cleopatra. If reincarnation is real, then it is possible, but I think these cases are likely delusional. Religion - Reincarnation - Evolution - Pendulum Dowsing. Reincarnation is part of our social development. My research via a dowsing Pendulum revealed many things that relate to reincarnation. Learn from my related link below titled: ''Religion Reincarnation Evolution Dowsing Pendulum'' - who we are, what we are, why we are here and how we relate to the spirit world and why our Awareness [conscious mind/spirit] reincarnates. Learn also how to make and work with a dowsing pendulum in a simple logical way.

as a Christian, i do not believe in re incarnation for there is only one life which God has given us and we have no other life that we are going to exist in this world

Answer also: Jesus never uttered the word "reincarnation" and never mentioned such a concept. (See "Does the Bible Teach Reincarnation?" on page 22.) Rather, Jesus taught the resurrection of the dead. During his earthly ministry, he resurrected three people-the son of a widow in Nain, the daughter of the presiding officer of a synagogue, and his close friend Lazarus. (Mark 5:22-24, 35-43; Luke 7:11-15; John 11:1-44) Psalms 146:4 "His spirit, breath goes out, he returns to the ground. On that very day his thoughts do perish."Genesis 2:7 states: "Jehovah God proceeded to form the man out of dust from the ground and to blow into his nostrils the breath of life, and the man came to be a living soul." Notice that the man himself was the soul; the soul was not immaterial, separate and distinct from the body. "The soul that is sinning-it itself will die." (Ezek. 18:4, 20) And a deceased person is referred to as a "dead soul." (Num. 6:6) At death, "his spirit goes out, he goes back to his ground; in that day his thoughts do perish." (Ps. 146:4) So when someone dies, the complete person is dead; there is nothing that remains alive and that could pass into another body. (For further details, see the main headings "Soul" and "Death.")

Eccl. 3:19: "There is an eventuality as respects the sons of mankind and an eventuality as respects the beast, and they have the same eventuality. As the one dies, so the other dies." (As in the case of humans, nothing survives at the death of an animal. There is nothing that can experience rebirth in another body.)

Eccl. 9:10: "All that your hand finds to do, do with your very power, for there is no work nor devising nor knowledge nor wisdom in Sheol, the place to which you are going." (It is not into another body but into Sheol, the common grave of mankind, that the dead go.)

According to the Bible, the soul is the complete person. Even though a person may have done bad things in the past, if he repents and changes his ways, Jehovah God will forgive him. (Ps. 103:12, 13) When a person dies, nothing survives. Death is like a deep, dreamless sleep. There will be a resurrection of the dead. This is not a reincarnation but a bringing back to life of the same personality. (Acts 24:15) For most people, the resurrection will be to life on earth. It will take place after God brings the present wicked system to its end. Sickness, suffering, even the necessity to die, will become things of the past. (Dan. 2:44; Rev. 21:3, 4)

How did reincarnation affect the caste system of India?

in reincarnation they believed that purple cheese was as powerful as a french unicorn.

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Why do Hindu's believe in reincarnation and Christians do not?

You could also ask why Christians believe that people go to Heaven or Hell after they die, and Hindus do not. You would think that if people are reincarnated, that would be very easy to verify, since people would remember their past lives and would be born already knowing how to speak, and so forth (at least they would have such knowledge if they had been human beings in their previous life; Hinduism includes the idea that some incarnations are in the form of animals). Yet it is accepted that people forget their past lives, due to the trauma of death. So in either case we have claims about life after death that have never been verified. People claim these things because they have had some kind of divine or supernatural revelation.

Well, the gods are indecisive. They tell one person one thing and then tell something else to other people. The reality of life after death, whatever it may be, is something that you will never know while you are alive. However, you are free to believe what you like.

Scriptural reason why Christians do not believe in reincarnation:Hebrews 9:27, 28 - And as it is appointed for men to die ONCE, but after this the judgment, so Christ was offered once to bear the sins of many. To those who eagerly wait for Him He will appear a second time, apart from sin, for salvation.[NKJV]

How are good and bad behavior related to reincarnation in Hinduism?

it is believed that if you were a perfect person, you would spend the after life in the form of a human. if you led a bad life, you spend the after life as an animal. this encourages people to be as good people as possible.

How does reincarnation happen?

The body dies but the one who was alive in the body doesn't die, he leaves the body and moves on. What is reincarnation? To settle our past actions, we have to be born again in a new body. Therefore, when a child is born rich or poor, healthy or sick, it is not luck, it is reincarnation based on Karma. It's the simple Law of Cause and Effect, the Law of Action and Reaction. A law that states - as you sow, so shall you reap; if you plant mangoes you will get mangoes. Therefore, if you have planted some deeds and you die, how will you get the fruits? You will get the fruits through reincarnation. Reincarnation is an automatic system, a law created by God, the Law of Cycles that makes us die but death is not the end, it's a bend. We finish one chapter of life and we come back in a new chapter, a new role - such is the drama called life, until we finally realize we are not the body and mind, we are the Divine Soul. Then we are liberated from reincarnation.

Do Jehovah's Witnesses believe in Reincarnation?

No, the belief that an intangible "soul" is reborn in one or more successive existences, which may be human or animal is believed to be reborn in another body is not considered a bible teaching by Jehovah's Witnesses. Jehovah's Witnesses believe that at death a person ceases to exist.

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Do the Chinese believe in reincarnation?

Buddhism came to China with ideas and beliefs vastly different from those of native Chinese religions and its acceptance was a process of accommodation on both sides. Four main differences between Buddhism and Chinese ideas are: the Buddhist belief in reincarnation compared to the Chinese belief in a single life; the Buddhist insistence upon leaving society and entering the homeless celibate life of a monk or nun compared to the Chinese emphasis on family and continuing the descent line; the Buddhist belief in the non existence of a soul compared to the Chinese belief in both heavenly and earthly souls and the continuation of these souls' ability to influence events after death; the Buddhist belief in the independence of the monastic community compared to the Chinese insistence that all institutions are under the government. In all of these areas, Buddhism adjusted to Chinese society. Thus, the Chinese came to believe both in reincarnation and in the deceased becoming an ancestor; Buddhist temples became repositories for spirit plaques and memorial services to ancestors.

Does God forbid the supernatural?

if there was a god, he wouldn't have given you latent powers which you cannot use. What we consider supernatural powers for higher beings is like watching a fat kid making a lout and wet fart...nothing that special...The imagination of ALL religious cult is dead and they believe in a concept that a baby can understand and comprehend straight up without repetition. heaven hell - believe in my religion you go here - don't believe you go there.... the most untalented book writer or movie producer can think of a more complex and interesting scheme then that, but those fanatics ascribe such a childish concept to god....but then again what is the god of the 3 Abrahamic religions? they say he created earth...that's it...not the planets around earth, not the solar system not the galaxy and certainly not the universe and other universe and the multiverse etc etc... The bible mentions the stars but it refers to them as something smaller then earth and just to light up the dark nights...really? Supernatural is not forbidden by's your duty to reach your highest potential and you will be rewarded for that no doubt. But if you follow the slave cults(Christianity, Islam, Judaism) you will be a slave in this life and after death until you understand and break out of this mentality death trap.

What game do Hindus use to teach people about their beliefs of reincarnation?

No game, just science.... Its even proved that the body has been completely reincarnated every 7/8 years you live.

How are the ideas of Karmma reincarnation and Moksha connected?

Karma will lead to constant reincarnations until the person reaches the state of changeless bliss which is moksha

Is there reincarnation or is that a myth?

Hold that thought.....I'll come back and let you know in sixty years.

Does the Greek Orthodox believe in reincarnation?

No, but the Orthodox Church does believe in the Resurrection from the dead at the end of time.

Does Taoism believe in reincarnation?

Taoism is not a religion it is a way of life,Thus it has no stand on the subject.


Chinese Taoism openly teaches reincarnation. An important scripture of Taoism, the Chuang Tzu, states:

"Birth is not a beginning; death is not an end. There is existence without limitation; there is continuity without a starting point. Existence without limitation is space. Continuity without a starting point is time. There is birth, there is death, there is issuing forth, there is entering in. That through which one passes in and out without seeing its form, that is the Portal of God"

Chuang Tzu 23

Taoism does not directly prescribe how or if reincarnation occurs or what if anything reincarnation is. However, i think it is clear that you woke this morning. And so you can assume you will awake again. And i think it is clear that you will fall asleep this evening. And so you can assume you will fall asleep again.

Was purandara dasa a reincarnation of narada?

Yes.. Sri Raghavendra Swamy had clarified it when he went to Pandara pura.