Knowing More about Reincarnationby Psychic Medium Sherrie Ellen on 09/23/13
Many a time, you might have come across discussions about reincarnation, most of which end up leaving you confused about the facts and myths related to it. Here, let us try to get an idea of what reincarnation really is and the truth about it. This was a term that was quite unfamiliar to the people in the West for quite a long time. But later on, with the many analytical and scientific researchers conducted by people like Dr. Ian Stevenson, reincarnation began to be accepted widely, as an existing fact.
The reason for the ignorance about reincarnation was mostly the religious forbiddance on reading and learning more about it. This forbiddance passed on from one generation to the next, thereby keeping people totally ignorant about the facts of reincarnation. But today, things have changed. Numerous people believe in reincarnation, though they cannot explain their stand with solid proof.
Reincarnation or rebirth is considered to be the return of the human soul to the earth, in some other human body. Rebirth is believed to be the result of karmic debts that are still to be fulfilled and every human soul is believed to reincarnate. It is the Buddhist and the Hindu religions that firmly believe in the concept of reincarnation of the human soul. According to their religious views, our deeds and thoughts during this lifetime are the deciding factors that determine where and who we would be reborn as. That is, reincarnation can occur as a reward or a punishment, based on your deeds in this life! Apart from this religious belief, the universal doctrine about rebirth is that every soul undergoes reincarnation as it has an eternal or god-like nature.
There is a myth that reincarnation occurs when a person dies and the soul passes on to a just-born baby in some other place. The fact is that reincarnation or rebirth doesn’t occur soon after the death of a person. Based on Theosophy, it is believed that the soul takes some time to reincarnate, sometimes even hundreds of years, depending upon the good deeds or bad deeds done in the former life. Paramhansa Yoganada was a major pioneer on the topic.
A bold scientific research on reincarnation was the one put forward by Dr. Ian Stevenson, a psychiatrist. His studies were focused on young children who had near death incidents in their lives or those who claimed to remember their former lives. He tried to correlate these memories with the details of certain deceased people, thereby trying to find if reincarnation is possible. Though he came up with the studies that reincarnation is not a total myth, most of the scientific community rejected his ideas. His research results were counted as mere coincidences, rather than proof for reincarnation.
Reincarnation, a concept that is considered to exist, is believed to come to an end when the soul has purified itself and settled all the Karmic debts that were remaining from the former life. This condition of non existence or “Nirvana”, as termed by the Hindus and Buddhists, is what one should be trying to obtain in life, with their good deeds and thoughts.