Below are the most frequently asked questions and answers about Reincarnation.
Questions about Reincarnation Answered
The relatively old concept of reincarnation is becoming even more popular lately. Books, magazines, internet forum and blogs, movies and literature now discuss it. Today’s younger generation may seem very skeptic, individualistic and materialistic, but the truth is that many still ask and want to learn about this religious theory. Most feel like it is a mysterious and exotic subject that most progressive minded folks apply this concept in their daily lives. Though the Christian communities discard reincarnation, studies show that there is a rising interest in the topic even in a country where there is a large number of Christianity followers.
The concept is still hazy for some and there are a lot of questions being asked about it. The most common thought about reincarnation is that it means life after death and being reborn into this world. These are three of the most asked regarding reincarnation.
The first and foremost asked question about reincarnation – before asking deeper questions about it is:
Is there any Proof of Reincarnation?
Reincarnation seems to be the most logical explanation for many unexplainable events, conditions and experiences that most of mankind experiences or undergoes. In cases where a genius or child prodigy is born from average intelligence quotient parents, reincarnation fits the bill. Constant pain in any part of the body that seems to happen for no reason at all, phobias or illogical fears that surface out of nowhere and even déjà vu are by products of this process of the soul existing before the person it resides in. The experiences of the past life of the soul is revealed or manifested in the present life without stimulus.
Dr. Ian Stevenson (October 31, 1918–February 8, 2007) a biochemist who became enmeshed in the paranormal, conducted a study about the spontaneous recall of past life memories by children. His subject is known because it was conducted using precise scientific methods. He documented the memories of his subjects and cross-referenced them with records of people who really lived and died. The children were mere toddlers who blurted out things like they used to have red hair and had a drawing (tattoo) of this and that. The details of the memories, like physical defects and identifying marks helped Dr. Stevenson prove that his subjects indeed recalled details about the lives of dead people. His study is considered the strongest proof of reincarnation so far.
Second most asked question is:
Can I be Born again as Another Person?
The answer is complicated. It is the soul that gets reborn and not the person per se. The soul transfer to another body after the death of the previous vessel in reincarnation and in a physical sense, becomes a new person.
And the third most frequently asked question is:
How is my next life Determined?
The Bhagavad-gita answers the question through this verse:
Whatever state of being one remembers when he quits his body, O son of Kunti, that state he will attain without fail.
In a nutshell, you and your actions determine you next life. The law of karma is at work in reincarnation. Good or bad karma is determined by the person and no one else.