Dear Always Good Madam
What is Rebirth and Reincarnation?
Most people use the terms вЂњrebirthвЂќ and вЂњreincarnationвЂќ as the same concept. вЂњRebirthвЂќ simply means to reborn. Rebirth is the re-linking process after death. This process is like when you strike a billiard ball, the first ball will knock against the next one, and the next one will knock on another ball. Although the next ball is not the same as the previous one, the movement was caused by the previous ball. вЂњRebirthвЂќ is therefore a process of вЂњcontinuingвЂќ another life. вЂњReincarnationвЂќ is a process of вЂњbecoming againвЂќ of the same life.
Why we are reborn?
Hinduism sees our life as a series of actions which have consequences – everything we do is part of a web of consequences which affects others, and thus every action has a ‘reaction.’ Our life is about living out the effects of these reactions, and we are reborn having to continually live out the debts that come with negative actions, until we end the cycle of birth and death by bearing out our karma. Dharma, then, or ‘duty,’ is simply that which we must do in each life in order to restore the rightful balance of karma.
Therefore Sri Krishna suggests to Arjuna:
Whatever you do, whatever you eat, whatever you offer or give away, and whatever austerities you performвЂ”do that, O Arjuna, as an offering to Me (Lord Sri Krishna).":
(Bhagwat Gita: Chapter Nine verse 27)
1) (i) Bhagavad-Gita Chapter 2, verse 22:
‘vasamsi jirnani yatha vihaya
navani grhnati naro ‘parani
tatha sarirani vihaya jirnany
anyani samyati navani dehi’
‘As a person puts on new garments, giving up old ones, similarly, the soul accepts new material bodies, giving up the old and useless ones.’
As Krishna says in the Bhagavad-gita (2.13), dehino вЂsmin yatha dehe kaumaram yauvanam jara. tatha dehantara-praptih: вЂњAs the embodied soul continually passes, in this body, from boyhood to youth to old age, the soul similarly passes into another body at death.вЂќ
2) Karma theory and cycle of rebirth
According to the Upanishads and Vedanta philosophy, the entity that reincarnates is the impersonal self (atman). As a necessary aid in explaining the reincarnation mechanism, Vedanta adopted the concept of a subtle body (sukshma-sharira) which is attached to atman as long as its bondage lasts. This is the actual carrier of karmic debts.
Brihadaranyaka Upanishad (4, 4, and 5): ":According as one acts, according as one behaves, so does he become. The doer of good becomes good. The doer of evil becomes evil. One becomes virtuous by virtuous action, bad by bad action.": Reincarnation (samsara) is the practical way in which one reaps the fruits of one’s deeds. The self is forced to enter a new material existence until all karmic debt is paid: ":By means of thought, touch, sight and passions and by the abundance of food and drink there are birth and development of the (embodied) self. According to his deeds, the embodied self assumes successively various forms in various conditions": (Shvetashvatara Upanishad 5, 11).
Srimad-Bhagavatam, a Vedic scripture, says that by the trauma of birth a child forgets his previous life.
In the Srimad Bhagavatam there are instances where devotees have remembered their past lives. Like Jada Bharata could remember his past life as a deer and King Bharata. He could even remember his previous life when he was in the body of a deer.
The laws of karma and rebirth are easier to accept scientifically, if one has an open mind.
We are believed to be a unique substance in the universe, take different living forms in the cycle of birth, death, and rebirth. This cycle has been going on forever, the universe has no beginning or end, and it has always been and always will be. The ultimate goal is to get rid of one’s karma on their soul so that they may end this cycle. Once this goal is reached their soul has attained all knowledge and it rests in the heavens forever (Nirvana). Karma theory is about actions and the results they bring to the soul’s path. It is the simply the law of cause and effect with respect to the soul.
Religions that believe in Rebirth Theory
Buddhism, Jainism, Hinduism, Sikhism some African religions etc are the religions which believe in rebirth. Muslims firmly believe that there is just one life here and then itвЂ™s all over.
Within Christianity, the resurrection can be viewed as a rebirth. The major difference within the concept of reincarnation is that one is reborn into the mortal world, whereas in Christianity, one is reborn into an immortal state.
Many people who accept reincarnation in the West today claim that it can be scientifically proven.
They usually ground their belief on past-life recall experiences.
Our body itself is a proof of rebirth: while some cell die, new cells are generated in our body, meaning while we are dieing, and we are reborn again.
( Need more space to explain this question)
Soul possess our body and our body exhibits the emotions, our body is just a media to express the emotions of our soul and death is nothing but exit of emotions from the body. So always birth is the presence of emotions which varies in quantity and quality in every birth, so it is called rebirth, but no such quantity and quality variation happen in death, hence there is no such term re-death.
Re death is a birth principle of, ‘I’
It is a part of the game in the universal space.
Whatever knowledge you collect is
bound to disappear.
Only one truth in this world and
that is that everything is unreal.
I am the Un manifested talking through the Manifest.
When the body, mind and breath drop off
No knowledge is called for to understand this truth,
because that knowledge is innate.
The death that follows a rebirth is the re-death.
Adi shankara put it neatly in his verse
":punarapi jananam, Punarapi maranam,
Punarapi Janani jathre sayanam":
meaning being born again and again and meeting death in every birth and going back to the mothers womb to be reborn again. It is not necessary that a human being will be reborn as human being only. There are 84 lakh species and any one can be born in any one of the species.You can see animals exhibiting human nature and human behaving like an animal.
Re death can not be more then once, like birth. So each time you are born, your death too is certain.
Every birth is re death and ever death is re birth. It is clever linguistic terminology.
Still nice question stirring our intelligence.
I do not know how much I could convince you.
There are no rebirths and re-deaths, as they are your imaginations.
Re-death ? LOL
Re-death can be happened to few people only. Do you want to know who are they ? They are the people who read this question. They’d died almost after reading this question and they may experience the death second time in their real life when their chapter completes. That may be re-death.
@praveen : ok ?
Death of a rebirth is Redeath……..May be.
I heard about Nodeath but dont know what is Redeath.