Eric Dubays page
Great site here
Watch these videos for a good understanding
Be sure to all parts of this amazing video.
A LITTLE BOY
Glenn Ford - mysterious language abilities
There are now many recorded cases where under hypnosis a subject has not only recounted details from what appears to be a previous life, but also spoken a foreign language of which they claimed to have little or no previous knowledge.
A notable case of this is the famous Hollywood actor Glenn Ford. Under hypnosis, he recalled five previous lives - one in particular as a French cavalryman under Louis XIV. The astonishing part was that though Ford said he knew only a few basic phrases in French, under hypnosis he spoke French with ease while describing this life. And when recordings of his regression were sent to UCLA (University of California), they discovered that not only was Ford speaking fluent French, he was in fact speaking the Parisian dialect from the 17th century.
There are many many more case studies in books and on the internet, I would suggest reading some, but what's really interesting, is that all of the ancient scriptures mentions reincarnation, even the bible, but this is kept hidden from Christianity, you will see the bible verse later on down the page.
Reincarnation is a fact, and anyone that does their homework, will walk away with the same conclusion. In fact reincarnation is Karmic justice, so be very careful what you do and say in this life, because you just might find yourself in a sticky situation in the next one. Of course we as adults do not remember our past lives, as many children do, because as the bible says, we all have drunk from the stream or waters of forgetfulness.
Reincarnation explains why prodigy children exists, these are old souls, they have been around the block (through the heavenly abodes) constellations.
It's not uncommon for one of these children at age 3 or 4 to sit down at a piano say, and start playing Mozart or Beethoven, without ever having seen a sheet of music, how is that possible? Because they did it in a previous life, and there's still residual knowledge of these things.
Reincarnation, literally "to be made flesh again", is a doctrine or mystical belief that some essential part of a living being (in some variations only human beings) survives death to be reborn in a new body. This essential part is often referred to as the Spirit or Soul, the 'Higher or True Self', 'Divine Spark', 'I' or the 'Ego' (not to be confused with the ego as defined by psychology). According to such beliefs, a new personality is developed during each life in the physical world, but some part of the being remains constantly present throughout these successive lives as well.
Belief in reincarnation is an ancient phenomenon. This doctrine is a central tenet within the majority of Indian religious traditions, such as Hinduism (including Yoga, Vaishnavism, and Shaivism), Jainism, and Sikhism.
The idea was also entertained by some Ancient Greek philosophers. Many modern Pagans also believe in reincarnation as do some New Age movements, along with followers of Spiritism, practitioners of certain African traditions, and students of esoteric philosophies such as Kabbalah, Sufism and Gnostic and Esoteric Christianity.
The Buddhist concept of Rebirth although often referred to as reincarnation differs significantly from the Hindu-based traditions and New Age movements in that there is no "self" (or eternal soul) to reincarnate.
During recent decades, a significant minority of people in the West have developed a belief in reincarnation. Films (such as Kundun and Birth), contemporary books by authors such as Carol Bowman and Vicki Mackenzie, as well as popular songs, regularly mention reincarnation.
According to Hinduism, the soul (atman) is immortal, while the body is subject to birth and death. The Bhagavad Gita states that:
Worn-out garments are shed by the body; Worn-out bodies are shed by the dweller within the body. New bodies are donned by the dweller, like garments.
The idea that the soul (of any living being - including animals, humans and plants) reincarnates is intricately linked to karma, another concept first introduced in the Upanishads.
Karma (literally: action) is the sum of one's actions, and the force that determines one's next reincarnation.
The cycle of death and rebirth, governed by karma, is referred to as 'samsara.'
Hinduism teaches that the soul goes on repeatedly being born and dying. One is reborn on account of desire: a person desires to be born because he or she wants to enjoy worldly pleasures, which can be enjoyed only through a body.
Hinduism does not teach that all worldly pleasures are sinful, but it teaches that they can never bring deep, lasting happiness or peace (ananda). According to the Hindu sage Adi Shankaracharya - the world as we ordinarily understand it - is like a dream: fleeting and illusory. To be trapped in Samsara is a result of ignorance of the true nature of being.
After many births, every person eventually becomes dissatisfied with the limited happiness that worldly pleasures can bring. At this point, a person begins to seek higher forms of happiness, which can be attained only through spiritual experience.
When, after much spiritual practice (sadhana), a person finally realizes his or her own divine nature - i.e., realizes that the true "self" is the immortal soul rather than the body or the ego - all desires for the pleasures of the world will vanish, since they will seem insipid compared to spiritual ananda. When all desire has vanished, the person will not be reborn anymore.
In ancient Egypt, The Egyptian Book of the Dead mentions the travel of the soul into a next world without coming back to Earth. As it is well known, the ancient Egyptians embalmed the dead in order that the body might be preserved and accompany the soul into that world.
This rather suggests their belief in resurrection than in reincarnation. Likewise, in many cases of ancient tribal religions that are credited today with holding to reincarnation, it is rather a belief in the pre-existence of the soul before birth or its independent survival after death that is taught. This has no connection with the classic idea of transmigration from one physical body to another, according to the demands of an impersonal law such as karma.
The Buddha taught a concept of rebirth that was distinct from that of any Indian teacher contemporary with him. This concept was consistent with the common notion of a sequence of related lives stretching over a very long time, but was constrained by two core Buddhist concepts: anatta, that there is no irreducible atman or "self" tying these lives together; and anicca, that all compounded things are subject to dissolution, including all the components of the human person and personality. At the death of one personality, a new one comes into being, much as the flame of a dying candle can serve to light the flame of another.
Since according to Buddhism there is no permanent and unchanging self (identify) there can be no transmigration in the strict sense. However, the Buddha himself referred to his past-lives. Buddhism teaches that what is reborn is not the person but that one moment gives rise to another and that that momentum continues, even after death.
It is a more subtle concept than the usual notion of reincarnation, reflecting the sophisticated Buddhist concept of personality existing (even within one's lifetime) without a "soul". Buddhism never rejected samsara, the process of rebirth, but suggests that it occurs across six realms of beings. It is actually said to be very rare for a person to be reborn in the immediate next life as a human.
However, Tibetan Buddhists do believe that a new-born child may be the rebirth of some important departed lama.
The Buddha has this to say on rebirth. Kutadanta continued:
"Thou believest, O Master, that beings are reborn; that they migrate in the evolution of life; and that subject to the law of karma we must reap what we sow. Yet thou teachest the non-existence of the soul! Thy disciples praise utter self-extinction as the highest bliss of Nirvana. If I am merely a combination of the sankharas, my existence will cease when I die. If I am merely a compound of sensations and ideas and desires, whither can I go at the dissolution of the body?"
Said the Blessed One: "O Brahman, thou art religious and earnest. Thou art seriously concerned about thy soul. Yet is thy work in vain because thou art lacking in the one thing that is needful."
"There is rebirth of character, but no transmigration of a self. Thy thought-forms reappear, but there is no egoentity transferred. The stanza uttered by a teacher is reborn in the scholar who repeats the word."
Buddhism denies the reality of a permanent self, together with all things pertaining to the phenomenal world. The appearance of human existence is generated by a mere heap of five aggregates (skandha), which suffer from constant becoming and have a functional cause-effect relation:
Classical Greek philosophy
Among the ancient Greeks, Socrates, Pythagoras, and Plato may be numbered among those who made reincarnation an integral part of their teachings. At the end of his life, Socrates said, "I am confident that there truly is such a thing as living again, and that the living spring from the dead." Pythagoras claimed he could remember his past lives, and Plato presented detailed accounts of reincarnation in his major works.
In the Hermetica, a Graeco-Egyptian series of writings on cosmology and spirituality attributed to Hermes Trismegistus - Thoth the doctrine of reincarnation is also central.
Plato stated the pre-existence of the soul in a celestial world and its fall into a human body due to sin. In order to be liberated from its bondage and return to a state of pure being, the soul needs to be purified through reincarnation. In stating these beliefs Plato was strongly influenced by the earlier philosophical schools of Orphism and Pythagoreanism. The first important Greek philosophical system that adopted a similar view on reincarnation to Hinduism was Neo-Platonism, born in the 3rd century AD, under certain Eastern influences.
Research indicates that a person's previous (parallel) incarnations can apparently shape certain aspects of their emotional dispositions as well as their physical body. For example Burmese children who now remember previous lifetimes as British or American air force pilots shot down over Burma during World War II. All of them have fairer hair and complexions than their darker colored siblings.
Some people still bear marks or scares from other lifetimes. Some people have fears and phobias as results of past life experiences. It is as if the template of the modern body remembered the experiences of the former body and reformed a new body with the old problems and physical markings.
Thomas Huxley, the famous English biologist, thought that reincarnation was a plausible idea and discussed it in his book Evolution and Ethics and other Essays. The most detailed collections of personal reports in favor of reincarnation have been published by Professor Ian Stevenson, from the University of Virginia, in books such as Twenty Cases Suggestive of Reincarnation.
Stevenson spent over 40 years devoted to the study of children who have apparently spoken about a past life. In each case, Professor Stevenson methodically documented the child's statements. Then he identified the deceased person the child allegedly identified with, and verified the facts of the deceased person's life that matched the child's memory. He also matched birthmarks and birth defects to wounds and scars on the deceased, verified by medical records such as autopsy photographs.
In a fairly typical case, a boy in Beirut spoke of being a 25-year-old mechanic, thrown to his death from a speeding car on a beach road. According to multiple witnesses, the boy provided the name of the driver, the exact location of the crash, the names of the mechanic's sisters and parents and cousins, and the people he went hunting with -- all of which turned out to match the life of a man who had died several years before the boy was born, and who had no apparent connection to the boy's family.
Stevenson believed that his strict methods ruled out all possible "normal" explanations for the child¹s memories. However, it should be noted that a significant majority of Professor Stevenson's reported cases of reincarnation originate in Eastern societies, where dominant religions often permit the concept of reincarnation.
There are many people who have investigated reincarnation and come to the conclusion that it is a legitimate phenomenon, such as Peter Ramster, Dr. Brian Weiss, Dr. Walter Semkiw, and others, but their work is generally ignored by the scientific community. Professor Stevenson, in contrast, published dozens of papers in peer-reviewed journals.
Some scientists, such as Paul Edwards, have analyzed many of these accounts. In every case they apparently found that further research into the individuals involved provides sufficient background to weaken the conclusion that these cases are credible examples of reincarnation. Philosophers like Robert Almeder, having analyzed the criticisms of Edwards and others, suggest that the gist of these arguments can be summarized as "we all know it can't possibly be real, so therefore it isn't real" - an argument from lack of imagination.
The most obvious objection to reincarnation is that there is no evidence of a physical process by which a personality could survive death and travel to another body, and researchers such as Professor Stevenson recognize this limitation.
Another fundamental objection is that most people simply do not remember previous lives, although it could be argued that only some, but not all, people reincarnate. Certainly the vast majority of cases investigated at the University of Virginia involved people who had met some sort of violent or untimely death.
Some skeptics explain that claims of evidence for reincarnation originate from selective thinking and the psychological phenomena of false memories that often result from one's own belief system and basic fears, and thus cannot be counted as empirical evidence. But other skeptics, such as Dr Carl Sagan, see the need for more reincarnation research.
Undisturbed since their concealment almost two thousand years ago, these manuscripts of Christian mysticism rank in importance with the Dead Sea Scrolls. These writings affirmed the existence of the doctrine of reincarnation being taught among the early Jews and Christians.
These Christian mystics, referred to as Christian Gnostics, were ultimately destroyed by the orthodox Church for being heretics. Their sacred writings were destroyed and hidden with the belief that they would be revealed at an appropriate time in the future.
The discovery in 1945 yielded writings that included some long lost gospels, some of which were written earlier than the known gospels of Matthew, Mark, Luke and John.
The quote from Jesus from the Christian Gnostic gospel, the Book of Thomas the Contender, describes Jesus teaching reincarnation:
"Watch and pray that you may not be born in the flesh, but that you may leave the bitter bondage of this life." (Book of Thomas the Contender 9:5)
"When you see your likeness, you are happy. But when you see your images that came into being before and that neither die nor become visible, how much you will bear!" (Gospel of Thomas, saying 84)
"This soul needs to follow another soul in whom the Spirit of life dwells, because she is saved through the Spirit. Then she will never be thrust into flesh again." (Secret Book of John 14:20)
All people have drunk the water of forgetfulness and exist in a state of ignorance. Some are able to overcome ignorance through the Spirit of life that descends upon them.
These souls "will be saved and will become perfect," that is, escape the round of rebirth. John asks Jesus what will happen to those who do not attain salvation.
They are hurled down "into forgetfulness" and thrown into "prison", the Gnostic code word for new body. The only way for these souls to escape, says Jesus.
THE SCARY PART of REINCARNATION
The Gnosic texts explains differences in fate as the effects of past-life actions.
A "man who curses" is given a body that will be continually "troubled in heart".
A "man who slanders" receives a body that will be "oppressed".
A thief receives a "lame, crooked and blind body".
A "proud" and "scornful" man receives "a lame and ugly body" that "everyone continually despises." Thus earth, as well as hell, becomes the place of punishment.
Makes you wonder why some peole are born with all manner of afflictions of body and mind.
THE GOOD PART
"a man who has committed no sin, but done good persistently, but has not found the mysteries?" The Pistis Sophia tells us that the soul of the good man who has not found the mysteries will receive "a cup filled with thoughts and wisdom."
This will allow the soul to remember its divine origin and so to pursue the "mysteries of the Light" until it finds them and is able to "inherit the Light forever." To "inherit the Light forever" is a Gnostic code for union with God.
"People who say they will first die and then arise are mistaken. If they do not first receive resurrection while they are alive, once they have died they will receive nothing." (Gospel of Philip)
Proof that the resurrection is something that happanes while you're alive, a living principle, within you.
"Watch and pray that you may not be born in the flesh, but that you may leave the bitter bondage of this life." (Book of Thomas the Contender)
"When you see your likeness, you are happy. But when you see your images that came into being before and that neither die nor become visible, how much you will bear!" (Gospel of Thomas)
Now, as for Jesus, what was his opinion ?
In Matthew 11:14, Jesus, in speaking of John the Baptist, said, " This is Elijah who was to come, if you have ears to hear, then hear."
In Matthew 17:11, Jesus said " Elijah shall truly come. In Matthew 17:12, Jesus said, " Elijah is come already ". Then in Matthew 17:13, it says that the disciples understood that he meant, John The Baptist.
There is a very interesting scripture in Matthew 14:2. Obviously there must have been a strong belief that John the Baptist was a reincarnated spirit of another, because here King Herod says, "This is John the Baptist, "he is risen from the dead.".
All of this in the Bible certainly would lead us to , at least, accept the fact that there is room to discuss the subject, and no simply brush it away, as has main line Christianity.
In Matthew 16:13, Jesus says, " who do men say that I am ?".
The answer is interesting because the people were saying that Jesus was a reincarnation of others.
Matthew 16:14, some said Jesus was a reincarnation of John, (who had died), others said that he was a reincaniation of Elijah, others said that He was a reincarnation of Jeremiah, and others were saying that He was a reincarnation of one of the prophets.
Now notice that Jesus did not go into a tirade against the subject of reincarnation. He did not say that this was nonsense, and he could not be the reincarnation of these others. He did not make an issue of it other then to say that he had risen above all that was flesh and blood, and was an incarnation of the Christ
Take a look at John 9:2, A Man Born Blind.
Notice the question, it touches on the subject of reincarnation and Karma. The question is " who sinned, that this man was born blind, THIS MAN, or his parents?
If the disciples of Jesus, did not believe in reincarnation, how could they ask if a man could have sinned before he was born?
Jesus answer was not a put down. He did not say, "how could this man sin before he was born". He did not say that such a thing could not happen.
So, we all must overcome the blindness of this physical birth, that is brought upon us by Karma and our previous experiences before this incarnation. As Jesus said in John 3:7
John asks Jesus what will happen to those who do not attain salvation. They are hurled down "into forgetfulness" and thrown into "prison", the Gnostic code word for new body. The only way for these souls to escape, says Jesus, is to emerge from forgetfulness and acquire knowledge.
A soul in this situation can do so by finding a teacher or savior who has the strength to lead her home. "This soul needs to follow another soul in whom the Spirit of life dwells, because she is saved through the Spirit. Then she will never be thrust into flesh again." (Secret Book of John)
As Paul passes through the fourth heaven, he sees a soul being punished for murder. This soul is being whipped by angels who have brought him "out of the land of the dead" (earth). The soul calls three witnesses, who charge him with murder. The soul then looks down "in sorrow" and is "cast down" into a body that has been prepared for it.
"And when the UNCLEAN spirit has gone out of a man, it roams and seeks a new house freshly swept and garnished and enter therein with seven more spirits worse than the first"
Do you the soul will enter into a new house (a pregnant human mother) and enter that fetus. And then it says" And it will enter in with SEVEN more spirits worse than itself"` reincarnation? Yes!!!!!! Under the control of the negative forces of the animal nature, under the seven seals.
It means that when the spirit returns to earth in a newborn babe, it will enter in again under the lower control of the SEVEN seals or chakras, we will have to relearn everything over again, until we get this.
The THREE natures of the human being must go into the FURNACE, so that the FOURTH (Christ) will appear, then your spirit will be cleansed by the purifying fire of God, the burning bush, etc.
Then your life will be PRESERVED by god, and not until then. The Universe has thousands and millions of years to wait for you to see the LIGHT, in meditation.
What happens to "a man who has committed no sin, but done good persistently, but has not found the mysteries?" The Pistis Sophia tells us that the soul of the good man who has not found the mysteries will receive "a cup filled with thoughts and wisdom."
This will allow the soul to remember its divine origin and so to pursue the "mysteries of the Light" until it finds them and is able to "inherit the Light forever." To "inherit the Light forever" is a Gnostic code for union with God.
For the Gnostic Christians, resurrection was also a spiritual event - simply the awakening of the soul.
They believed that people who experience the resurrection can experience eternal life, or union with God, while on earth and then after death, escape rebirth.
People who don't experience the resurrection and union with God on earth will reincarnate. Jesus states the following the Gnostic Gospels:
"People who say they will first die and then arise are mistaken. If they do not first receive resurrection while they are alive, once they have died they will receive nothing." (Gospel of Philip)
Paul writes in several places that resurrection involves a spirit body. Such a definition corresponds with spiritual resurrection and reincarnation:
There you have it.
"Do not lie to each other, since you have taken off your old self with its practices and have put on the new self, which is being renewed in knowledge in the image of its Creator." (Colossians 3:9-10)
In the above passage, taking off the old self and putting on the new is a code for the resurrection, which, again, is described as a present-life event, IN THE FLESH.
The Gnostic manuscripts present a clear, simple and strong vision of the resurrection. First, the Gospel of Thomas disabuses people of the notion that the resurrection is a future event:
"His followers said to him, 'When will the rest for the dead take place, and when will the new world come?' He said to them, 'What you look for has come, but you do not know it.'" (Gospel of Thomas)
"MARVEL NOT, THAT I SAID, YOU MUST BE BORN AGAIN".
"No honest theologian therefore can deny that his acceptance of Jesus as Christ logically binds every Christian to a belief in reincarnation - in Elias case (who was later John the Baptist)
"God generates beings, and sends them back over and over again, till they return to Him." Koran.
Reincarnation is the only way, that the universe (god) can allow the soul to grow, and come to fruititon and overcome the darkness of the the lower natured mind. It is the only way!!!!
And it is a reality, as described and shown to you by the Christian bible, The koran, The Upanishads, Buddhism, Hinduism etc......It is in all the worlds spiritual books. Are they all wrong?
Look at what some famous said about reincarnation.
"And his disciples asked him, saying, Master, who did sin, this man, or his parents, that he was born blind?" The Disciples of Jesus, John 9:2
They were among the most knowledgeable men of Christian doctrine in history because they got it straight from the Master; and yet these learned men asked if the man was born blind because of a previous sin.
"`But I tell you, Elijah has already come, and they did not recognize him, but have done to him everything they wished. In the same way the Son of Man is going to suffer at their hands.' Then the disciples understood that he was talking to them about John the Baptist." Jesus, (Matthew 17:12, 13)
"Souls are poured from one into another of different kinds of bodies of the world." Jesus Christ in Gnostic Gospels: Pistis Sophia
"I did not begin when I was born, nor when I was conceived. I have been growing, developing, through incalculable myriads of millenniums. All my previous selves have their voices, echoes, promptings in me. Oh, incalculable times again shall I be born." Jack London, The Star Rover
"I have been born more times than anybody except Krishna." Mark Twain. Funny line but the jokes on him. Krishna ascended long ago. Mr. Clemens has reincarnated far more times than Krishna. Editor Reverse Spins.
"The Celts were fearless warriors because "they wish to inculcate this as one of their leading tenets, that souls do not become extinct, but pass after death from one body to another..." Julius Caesar
"Live so that thou mayest desire to live again - that is thy duty - for in any case thou wilt live again!" Freidrich Nietzsche
"The soul comes from without into the human body, as into a temporary abode, and it goes out of it anew it passes into other habitations, for the soul is immortal." "It is the secret of the world that all things subsist and do not die, but only retire a little from sight and afterwards return again. Nothing is dead; men feign themselves dead, and endure mock funerals… and there they stand looking out of the window, sound and well, in some strange new disguise." Ralph Waldo Emerson
"Though I may not be a king in my future life, so much the better: I shall nevertheless live an active life and, on top of it, earn less ingratitude." Frederick the Great
"I look upon death to be as necessary to the constitution as sleep. We shall rise refreshed in the morning." Benjamin Franklin
"He saw all these forms and faces in a thousand relationships become newly born. Each one was mortal, a passionate, painful example of all that is transitory. Yet none of them died, they only changed, were always reborn, continually had a new face: only time stood between one face and another." Herman Hesse, Siddhartha
"I know I am deathless. No doubt I have died myself ten thousand times before. I laugh at what you call dissolution, and I know the amplitude of time." Walt Whitman
"No honest theologian therefore can deny that his acceptance of Jesus as Christ logically binds every Christian to a belief in reincarnation - in Elias case (who was later John the Baptist) at least." Robert Graves
"There is no death. How can there be death if everything is part of the Godhead? The soul never dies and the body is never really alive." Isaac Bashevis Singer, Stories from Behind the Stove
"Reincarnation contains a most comforting explanation of reality by means of which Indian thought surmounts difficulties which baffle the thinkers of Europe." Albert Schweitzer
"Our birth is but a sleep and a forgetting; The Soul that rises with us, our life's Star, Hath had elsewhere its setting. And cometh from afar." William Wordsworth
"My life often seemed to me like a story that has no beginning and no end. I had the feeling that I was an historical fragment, an excerpt for which the preceding and succeeding text was missing. I could well imagine that I might have lived in former centuries and there encountered questions I was not yet able to answer; that I had been born again because I had not fulfilled the task given to me." Carl Jung
"I am confident that there truly is such a thing as living again, that the living spring from the dead, and that the souls of the dead are in existence." Socrates
"Learn thou! the Life is, spreading life through all; It cannot anywhere, by any means, Be anywise diminished, stayed, or changed. But for these fleeting frames which it informs with spirit deathless, endless, infinite, They perish. Let them perish, Prince! and fight! He who shall say, "Lo! I have slain a man!" He who shall think, "Lo! I am slain!" Those both know naught! Life cannot slay. Life is not slain!" Krishna - Bhagavad Gita (The Song Celestial: 2)
"Impenetrable, unentered, unassailed, unharmed, untouched, immortal, all-arriving, stable, sure, invisible, ineffable, by word and thought uncompassed, ever all itself, Thus is the Soul declared! How wilt thou, then,- Knowing it so,- grieve when thou shouldst not grieve?
How, if thou hearest that the man new-dead is, like the man new-born, still living man- One same, existent Spirit- wilt thou weep? The end of birth is death; the end of death is birth: this is ordained! and mournest thou, Chief of the stalwart arm! for what befalls which could not otherwise befall… What is there sorrowful herein, dear Prince?" Krishna - Bhagavad Gita (The Song Celestial: 2)
"As we live through thousands of dreams in our present life, so is our present life only one of many thousands of such lives which we enter from the other more real life and then return after death. Our life is but one of the dreams of that more real life, and so it is endlessly, until the very last one, the very real the life of God." Count Leo Tolsto
"It is not more surprising to be born twice than once; everything in nature is resurrection." Voltaire
"The will is not free - it is a phenomenon bound by cause and effect - but there is something behind the will which is free." Swami Vivekananda
"It can be shown that an incorporeal and reasonable being has life in itself independently of the body, then it is beyond a doubt bodies are only of secondary importance and arise from time to time to meet the varying conditions of reasonable creatures. Those who require bodies are clothed with them, and contrariwise, when fallen souls have lifted themselves up to better things their bodies are once more annihilated. They are ever vanishing and ever reappearing." Origen
"All pure and holy spirits live on in heavenly places, and in course of time they are again sent down to inhabit righteous bodies." Jewish historian Josephus who lived around the time of Jesus
It is very hard to separate heavenly Paradise from earthly Paradise and that is because besides being a distinct place in heaven, Paradise; Nirvana, is a state of mind that can also be reached here on Earth.
This is no wonder since matter and energy, or spirit in essence are the same. The closer you get to the Light, the more you approach the highest state of consciousness; the more you approach Heavenly Paradise.
Nevertheless, in our physical reality, we may assume that the closer you get to the source from which everything originated with a Big Bang, the closer you get to God.
But you cannot take your luggage with you and you have to go through fire and water to get there. Figuratively speaking, (mentally) here on Earth, being tempted by earthly pleasures and distracted by illusions like fear and complexes, greed and fanaticism.
Literally you have to go through fire to reach the light of which all matter was made since the Big Bang, the gigantic fireworks at the beginning of times, still sparkling in the waters of heaven as the stars and Galaxies we see at night.
Nor in this world nor in the next, do the wise find rest; they go from strength to strength until they appear before God in Sion. Talmud; Berakot.64a.
From Brahma's world down, the dwellers of all the worlds are subject to repeated birth and death. But, after attaining Me, one does not take birth again. Bhagavad-Gita 8.16
In my Father's house there are many abodes; were it not so, I had told you: for I go to prepare you a place. Joh 14:2 DBY
And I will make the third part go through the fire, cleaning them as silver is made clean, and testing them as gold is tested. Zec 13:9
A twist on the reincarnation karma problem
If the virtuous man who has not done any evil act in this birth suffers, this is due to some wrong act that he may have committed in his previous birth. He will have his compensation in his next birth.
If the wicked man who daily does many evil actions apparently enjoys in this birth, this is due to some good Karma he must have done in his previous birth. he will have compensation in his next birth. He will suffer in the next birth. The law of compensation is inexorable and relentless.
(Swami Shivananda, Practice of Karma Yoga, Divine Life Society, 1985, p. 102)
Although it may seem that the mechanism of karma and reincarnation is the proper way to realize social justice, there are two main objections which contradict it:
1) As long as suffering (or the reward for good deeds) can be experienced only at a personal level (physical and psychical), and man ceases to exist as person at physical death, it implies that another person, generated in another physical body, will actually bear the consequences dictated by the karma of the deceased person.
The impersonal self (atman or purusha) which reincarnates has nothing to do with suffering; it is a simple observer of the ongoing psycho-mental life. If, at the moment of death, there is no more karmic debt left, the separation of the self from the illusory involvement with the physical and psycho-mental world is permanent, and this represents liberation.
If not, the self is forced to enter a new illusory association with personhood until all fruits of past lives are consumed. In order to realize this, a new person is born each time the self enters a new human body. The new person will bear the karma produced by the previous persons inhabited by the same self.
This mechanism, of one person accumulating karma and another bearing the consequences, is rather unfair, fundamentally contradicting the idea of realizing perfect justice. This is why natural disasters, plagues and accidents that affect innocent people cannot be explained away as being generated by karma.
For this reason, the saying "a man reaps what he sows" cannot be used as a way of expressing one’s reincarnationist ideas. (Actually this saying is taken from the New Testament, Galatians 6,7, but there it has a different meaning.
According to the reincarnation mechanism one person sows and another one reaps, since no personal characteristics can be preserved from one incarnation of the impersonal self to the next. In Buddhism, where the very idea of a self who transmigrates is rejected, the idea of sowing and reaping is even more absurd. See for instance the following text:
If it be that good men and good women, who receive and retain this discourse, are downtrodden, their evil destiny is the inevitable retributive result of sins committed in their past mortal lives.
By virtue of their present misfortunes the reacting effects of their past will be thereby worked out, and they will be in a position to attain the Consummation of Incomparable Enlightenment (Diamond Sutra 16).
Who will actually work out the effects of his past? A new distribution of the five aggregates? Or who will actually attain enlightenment? A certain configuration of those impersonal five aggregates? How could this process render perfect justice? Perfect justice for whom? For an illusory personhood that disappears at physical death?
2) A second objection concerns the actual possibility of attaining liberation from karma and reincarnation. Normally it is supposed that the person who is living out the consequences of his karma should do it in a spirit of resignation and submission.
But this ideal is far from reality. Instead of adopting a passive attitude concerning the hardships that have to be endured, man almost always reacts with indignation, and so accumulates a constantly growing karmic debt.
Common human experience proves that evil almost always generates evil and therefore a balance between good and evil cannot be reached. As a result, a vicious cycle is generated in which karmic debt is constantly growing.
This happens with most people of our planet, as it is said that most of us live in ignorance (avidya). From one generation to the next, the sum of karmic debt is always growing and this situation can never be solved. What kind of a justice is that which starts more problems than it solves?
If it is most likely that one will always accumulate new karma instead of getting rid of it, probably the best solution to attain liberation from reincarnation would be the Jain fasting to death, as stated by Mahavira:
If this thought occurs to a monk, "I am sick and not able, at this time, to regularly mortify the flesh," that monk should regularly reduce his food; regularly reducing his food and diminishing his sins, he should take proper care of his body, being immovable like a beam; exerting himself he dissolves his body....
This is the truth: speaking truth, free from passion, crossing the samsara, abating irresoluteness, knowing all truth and not being known, leaving this frail body. Overcoming all sorts of pains and troubles through trust in this, he accomplishes this fearful religious death.
Even thus he will in due time put an end to existence. This has been adopted by many who were free from delusion; it is good, wholesome, proper, beatifying, meritorious. Thus I say.
(Acaranga Sutra 1,7,6)
This should be the logical solution for anyone trying to escape his karma. However, this radical solution is far from being accepted by most adherents of reincarnation.
But even if they would literally fast to death, it still could not guarantee the decrease of mankind’s karmic debt, as one accumulates more karma till the moment he adopts this kind of "holy" mortification than he could annihilate by using it.
Let’s take an example and see how the two objections actually work in the case of a real person. If we take the case of Adolf Hitler, the results are astounding. (For a detailed study of this case and other important aspects of reincarnation see Mark Albrecht’s book Reincarnation - InterVarsity Press, 1982.)
There is no doubt that all adherents of reincarnation agree that many lives are needed for consuming his karmic debt. Hitler died in 1945 and had to reincarnate as a child in order to bear the harsh consequences of his monstrous deeds. The two objections can be stated as following:
1) The person of Hitler ceased to exist at the moment of his physical death. Only the impersonal self will reincarnate, accompanied by its karmic deposit. However, there is no continuity between the person of Hitler and that of the individual who has to endure the hardships imposed by Hitler’s karma.
The newborn person doesn’t know that he has to work out Hitler’s karma. After the cruel life and death of this person, other millions of reincarnations will succeed with the same tragic destiny.
The most disgusting fact is that the person of Hitler, the only one who should have endured at physical and psychical level the results of his foolish deeds, was dissolved at his physical death, while other persons, totally unaware of this situation and innocent, have to work out his bad karma.
2) As a result of the hardships that have to be endured by the new incarnations of Hitler, it is almost certain that they will react with indignation instead of resignation to their situation, and thus will accumulate a growing karmic debt.
Each new reincarnation of Hitler becomes a source of newly acquired karma, initiating a new chain of individuals who have to pay the consequences. The same happened in the case of Hitler himself.
Whoever he was in a previous life, he made his karma a lot worse during the years of The Third Reich. Therefore, instead of solving the puzzle of global justice, the problem worsened.
Starting with a single individual such as Hitler, we reach a huge number of persons who pay his karma and accumulate a new one. This is just one case of human history. Any attempt to imagine what happens at a larger human scale would reveal a catastrophe impossible to ever be solved.
As a result, karma and reincarnation cannot provide any kind of justice. Reincarnation cannot solve the problem of evil but only amplify it, leaving the original evil unpunished. If reincarnation were true, Hitler will never be punished for his deeds because he ceased to exist, right before any human person or circumstance of life could truly punish him.
Even if disagreement persists in accepting the growth of evil as an effect of karma and reincarnation, at least its conservation should be admitted in human history. This results from analyzing the links that exist between people and their karma from a global perspective. There are two points to be made here.
First, there is a moral issue involved. As suffering is the result of one’s bad deeds performed in previous lives, a possible way of reacting consistently with the law of karma might lead to a total lack of compassion toward people who suffer.
One might think that the person who suffers deserves to be equitably punished, and anyone who dares to help him interferes with the unrolling of his karma and consequently is gathering bad karma for himself.
Second, the man who is the instrument of karma’s punishment records bad karma for himself and therefore will have to be punished at his turn, in a next life. Then the next person who acts as the instrument of karma will have to be punished in his turn, etc.
A possible solution to this endless cycle would be that the one who acts as the instrument of karma in another one’s life should do it in a completely detached manner, without any interest in the results, according to the demand of Krishna in the Bhagavad Gita (2,47; 3,19; etc.). In this case it is considered that he doesn’t acquire new karma.
However, such a solution would be limited, at best, to the few "detached" people that actually follow this rule, and thus has no significance on the larger scale of human society. Most people are far from considering themselves as detached executioners of karma in their neighbor’s life.
Let’s examine these two points in the case of the millions of Jews who were killed in gas chambers by the Nazis during World War II. First, it would seem absurd to have any feeling of compassion towards them, because they deserved to be killed like that, as a result of crimes done by them in previous lives.
One could conclude that, after all, the Nazis did the right thing against the Jews, according to the dictates of karma. Using this reasoning any conceivable crime of the past or present could be justified, without bothering about moral values. This opens a horrifying perspective on the past and future of mankind, with implications difficult to grasp.
Second, the killing of millions of Jews requires that their executioners should be killed in their turn, in a similar way, in further lives. But this implies that the executioners of the reincarnated Nazis will be killed in their turn, etc., etc.
The cycle would never end. The same reasoning could be used also back in time, which would require finding in each generation those millions of people executed and their executioners.
An objection to this could be that killers may be punished (killed) in turn by other means, not necessarily by involving other new acquirers of karma. Natural calamities such as earthquakes could be the instrument of karma.
However, this option doesn’t work because karma is generated not only by the actions themselves, but also by the desires that lead to the actions. The desire to kill has to be rewarded as well, not only the killing.
Therefore, if reincarnation were a logical concept, it would imply that it has neither a beginning nor an end. This cannot be a solution for justice, but only a kind of eternal circus.
A further analysis of karmic justice proves that the basic principle of Hindu morality, that of non-killing (ahimsa), is absurd. According to this principle we should not participate in the killing of any living being, otherwise we will reincarnate in order to pay the consequences. (This is the basis of eastern religious vegetarianism.)
For instance, the butcher who slaughters a pig will have to reincarnate as a pig in order to be slaughtered in his turn. However, the very principle of reincarnation contradicts the meaning of ahimsa and proves it to be futile.
The pig had to be slaughtered, because he probably was the reincarnation of another butcher, who had to be punished that way. Neither in this case can the vicious cycle be stopped by natural means (i.e. the pig dying of a disease) because the butcher’s desire to kill the animal (for food or to earn his salary) also generates karma.
Therefore the infringement of the non-violence principle becomes a necessity in order to fulfill karmic justice. The butcher was at the same time the instrument of working out one’s karmic debt and the generator of a new one for himself.
In a strange and contradictory way, the fulfilling of karmic debt requires the punishment of its executioners. In other words, karma paradoxically acts through condemning the executioners of its "justice".
In conclusion, the concept of reincarnation stands in contradiction with logic, social justice, morality and even common sense. Looking beyond the apparent comfort it provides to this life by promising further lives in which perfection may be attained, belief in reincarnation cannot bring any beneficial result, but only resignation and despair in facing fate. Why then accept it as a major spiritual belief?
Reincarnation is a fact of life, and karma as understood ny the eastern thiught is not exactly right.
One can break the chain of reincarnation and karma by entering into meditation and receiving the light. And gaining cosmic consciousness. this is the only soulution to the problem
" For that which was yesterday, is today, and that which is today will be tomorrow, there's nothing new under the sun" says the bible.
Before we determine the results of our physical demise it would seem to be reasonable to look at the very reason for our existence in the first place.
That brings up the word that has been getting so much attention in New Age Circles.
The general idea is that we are here to work out past misdeeds in order to gain in our evolutionary cycle, a place in the realms of higher consciousness.
In other words Karma (as it is interpreted for us) says that we have to work out some bad stuff before we can go on to the higher places.
But wait just a minute.
That is not the original meaning of Karma which is essentially the Wheel of Life that continues to turn in realms of positive and negative on a universal basis.
Indeed there are negative things which have infected life from the earliest times, but are these your fault?
Must you bear the brunt of having to straighten them out.?
You have 46 chromosomes that are the deposits into your account from every human failure in your family tree from the earliest possible time.
When you are born you take these 46 deposits of hell and mix into them your family traditions, the instructions of your parents, your church, your school, your friends, your job and the social order you were born in. Here it's the United States.
Neurons are firing in your brain in response to genetics and all of the insanity that has been heaped upon you by all of the surrounding entities listed above.
Now given all of this, how can you in any way feel that this is your problem to work out.
It is a universal Karma of tradition and doctrine that must be broken and turned around.
All of us must find the place of higher consciousness that we may separate from all of the traditions that have come from the Kings of the Earth, and break them.
If you take the traditional Karmic viewpoint.
What happens when you work hard to break the negative Karma of the past life and then you are born into a new family in the next life who provides you with a Karmic tradition that is far worse then your last.
You must separate.
You must totally turn yourself to the light that you may be part of the Kingdom of Light that has no part in the things of the earth. Then and only then can you finally break the thought patterns that have authored what we call Negative Karma.
Meditate. Turn off the family, friends, church, government, school, and all the rest. Touch the light through the Pineal and you will have broken the Karma that up to this time has broken the world.
It is not your fault that you are as you are.
But it is your responsibility to say, enough and turn away from the darkness to the brightness of the light. You are of the light but you have accepted the illusion which is your family, or your religion, or your nationality.
Reject that and become one with the light so you may at the same time become one with all life. Then you will have overcome the Karma which up until this point may truly have overcome you.
See wheel of Samsara
Religion, Reincarnation and Karma
Religion is derived from re-ligare which refers to the "binding back" of the Soul to God. The Soul emanates from God and returns eventually to God, on reaching a perfected state. By definition 'death' in the bible does not refer to the cessation of life, but the death of the lower self.
But this does not mean the extinction of consciousness. On the contrary the removal of the dense veil of physical matter, which has held the Soul in the prison of the physical body, leads to a freeing of the powers of the Soul.
Since this experience occurs on each octave of vibratory matter, thus forming the multiple bodies of the Soul, it is vital that we learn to spiritualize matter, thus transforming our inner nature. This can only take place over a series of lives.
Thus we are reincarnating entities. In each life we create karma by our thoughts, words and deeds. The Bible teaches that we are entered in the Book of Life. This is the karmic record of our past lives.
Ordinarily, the pace of advance of the Soul is relatively slow. The process is speeded up when the Soul awakens to its real nature. Then the life is oriented towards the spiritual quest.
We often forget that our planet Earth is also evolving and is dependent on spiritual radiations. For instance, in Punto Arenas in southern Chile there was direct experience of the effects of an ozone hole over a period of three days: the livestock were extremely affected. Direct radiation can be harmful without adequate protection.
Your consciousness descends through successive octaves of increasingly denser matter until it reaches your physical brain.
This is the precise reason why you cannot die. The death of your physical body simply frees your mind from the physical body and allows it to consciously inhabit your astral and mental bodies.
You should use your mind to spiritualize the atoms of your body, thus speeding up your incarnations. It is vital that you remember who you are spiritually as soon as possible in this incarnation
Primitive human psychology contains numerous theoretical flaws because it has failed to take into account our links with the universe in which we live.
Let me give a simple example. The Church maintains that the human Soul is created for the first time at its birth. Such teachings ignore the procreated spiritual bodies which the Soul possesses, and fail to accept the teaching of multiple incarnations to perfect the qualities of the Soul.
Hindus strive to be released from repeated incarnations through the practice of yoga, adherance to the Vedic scriptures and devotion to a guru. The divine trinity in Hinduism representing the cyclical nature of the universe begins with Brahma, the creator, Vishnu the preserver, and finally Shiva, the destroyer. Krishna explains in the Bhagavad Gita, “Just as the self advances through childhood, youth and old age in its physical body, so it advances to another body after death.
The wise person is not confused by this change called death. Just as the body casts off worn out clothes and puts on new ones, so the infinite, immortal self casts off worn out bodies and enters into new ones.” For Hindus, there is no way to retain any conscious memory from one life to another, because its domain belongs to the world of illusions and dissolves at death.
That’s one of the arguments used against the idea of reincarnation our inability to remember our past lives. But how much of childhood do we remember? Usually our memories of childhood are vague and widely separated from each other. It is difficult for the average adult to recall specific facts or instances that occurred twenty years ago, so basing an argument against reincarnation on lack of memory is weak.
Many western scholars have openly professed their belief in reincarnation. Pythagoras believed that he was blessed with superior knowledge because he could remember everything he’d learned in his past lives.
Henry Ford, George Bernard Shaw and the scientific, keen analytical mind of Sir Arthur Conan Doyle found truthfulness in the doctrine of reincarnation. In his last interview, Doyle said he believed the soul is born and reborn many times. Perhaps the soul is like a book we write our life lessons in and if we’re lucky, we get to take our notes to the next class
Soul Evolution - The evolution of the soul, or the ability of the soul to retain the lessons of life is accepted by both eastern and western schoo
Most ancient cultures believed in reincarnation and a majority of the world still do. Buddhists, Hindus, Celts, Maya, Inca, Egyptian and Jewish cabalists and Gnostic Christians all held to the doctrine of reincarnation.
Modern Christians reject the notion, but the contemporary followers of Jesus and the Apostles believed in reincarnation. In a collection by Saint Augustine called “Origen De Principiis,” Jesus is attributed with saying, "Every soul comes into this world strengthened by the victories or weakened by the defeats of it's previous life.
It's place in this world as a vessel appointed to honor or dishonor, is determined as it's previous merits or demerits. It's work in this world determines it's place in the world which is to follow this." Although the actual word doesn’t exist in the bible, the concept does.
It was the Second Council of Constantinople in the year 553 AD when the definition of of reincarnation was declared heresy.
The powers that be were convinced that people would obey laws and get with the program much quicker if they thought they only had one shot at getting into heaven.
And the impoverished masses wouldn’t have as much motivation to fatten church coffers.
HERMES STANDING UPON THE BACK OF TYPHON.
Hermes, as the personification of Universal Wisdom, is here depicted with his foot upon the back of Typhon, the vanquished dragon of ignorance and perversion. To the Egyptian initiates Typhon, the devourer of souls, signified the lower world which swallows up the spiritual nature of the individual who, being imperfect, is forced to descent from the higher spheres and be reborn into the physical universe. To be swallowed by typhon therefore signifies the process of rebirth, from which man can only release himself by vanquishing his mortal Adversary.
In one hand Hermes carries the Caduceus, a winged rod with two fighting serpents entwined about it; in the other, the immortal Emerald, upon whose surface was inscribed in raised letters the sum of philosophy. The figure wears the ancient Egyptian Masonic apron according to the pattern discovered by Belzoni, the eminent Egyptologist.
The two small circles contain the forms and symbols most closely associated with Hermes. In the upper circle is the ibis, whose curious characteristics have caused it to be particularly associated with the medical art. In the initiation ceremonies the Egyptian priests wore masks in form of the ibis head to signify that they represented the attributes of Thoth, or Hermes.
The lower circle contains the dog, an animal always associated with Hermes because of its intelligence and devotion. Upon the forehead of Hermes appears the uræus, the secret symbol of the constellation of Scorpio, which represent the regeneration of the same power that in the form of a dragon lies helpless under his foot.
The scarab over the heart of Hermes represent the presence of the spiritual and regenerative light within his own soul; the collar typifies by its circles the orbit of the heavenly bodies. The three points of the tail of Typhon which end in arrows indicate the three destructive expressions of universal energy - mental, moral, and physical perversion. The entire diagram signifies mastery through the regeneration of the body, the illumination of the mind, and the transmutation of the emotion.
-Manly P. Hall, The Secret Teachings of All Ages.