Reincarnation

Reincarnation: Something to Contemplate

Paul J. Dejillas, Ph.D. - July 27, 2022

 

Reincarnation is also known by other names—rebirth, metempsychosis, transmigration, re-embodiment, or born again. There are some conditions that need to be met for reincarnation to be real and authentic.

First, it is essential that the nature, essence, and consciousness (or spirit) of the person occupying the new body must be the same as the one residing in the previous body before its physical death.

Second, the spirit that resides in the higher dimension must decide whether or not it wants to be born again. It’s a decision that the spirit alone can do for some underlying reasons. But it need not reincarnate itself.

Third, the spirit must likewise choose which form of physical body to take, for example, rock, stone, bacteria, earthworm, honeybee, plant, tree, animal, human, or some other extraterrestrial entity.

There are two extreme views about reincarnation.

(1) Buddhists believe in a wheel of rebirth, where souls are born again into different bodies depending on how they conducted themselves in their previous lives.

This belief is connected to “karma,” which refers to how a person's good or bad actions in the past impact them in the future. What it does, it reaps. Bad karmas need to be repaid by good deeds. Once the two are balanced, then, reincarnation may no longer be necessary. But learning lessons continue in the higher realms.

While the vast majority of Buddhists accept some notion of rebirth, they differ in their theories about rebirth mechanism and how events unfold after the moment of death.

Generally, Buddhist teaching views life and death as a continuum, believing that consciousness (the spirit) continues after death and may be reborn. Thigh Naht Hanh, the most authoritative and strongest follower of Buddhism likens human life to the coming (birth) and going (death) of a cloud that goes in a continuing, cyclical fashion. According to him:

“Even when the cloud is not there, it continues always as snow or rain… There’s no beginning and no end. You don’t need to wait until the total dissolution of this node to continue—you continue in every moment.”

(2) The other strong believers of reincarnation include Hinduism, Jainism, Spiritism, Kabbalism, Theosophical Society, Scientology, and Brahma Kumaris, as well as some Christian sects like the Bogomils and the Cathars, and gnostics.

(3) Manicheans believe that some people are given a second chance via reincarnation, while good people will directly ascend upward into the Milky Way.

(4) Sikhism believes in transmigration. People committing evil actions and sinful deeds will be reincarnated in “lower” life forms. It believes that the soul is passed from one body to another until liberation.

(5) Quantum Physics doesn't use the term "reincarnation" freely. The closest terms that approximate its meaning are "reappearance," "re-manifestation," "re-embodiment," "rebirth," "re-created," or "reborn."

In the quantum world, when particles like electrons meet, they cancel out each other and vanish into nowhere, becoming invisible to the naked eye, but reappear in its original form from out of nowhere and then, disappear again in a seemingly endless fashion.

The following religious beliefs do not believe in reincarnation.

1. Christianity (Catholics especially) does not believe in reincarnation. (When asked , a Christian always has a ready answer: “I believe in resurrection”). Christianity believes that when a person dies their soul would sleep in the grave along with their corpse. This soul continues to sleep.

After some period of time (as in hundreds and thousand of years), they will rise (physical resurrection, then, spiritual ascension to heaven, hell, or purgatory) on the second coming of Jesus, during which Jesus will reign on Earth for some period of time to render judgment on nations and humanity.

This Christian belief on reincarnation is quite tricky. Is not the Second Coming of Christ a rebirth or reincarnation?

(2) Islam does not also believe in reincarnation. The Qur'an rejects this concept, though it preaches the existence of a soul. Its principal belief is that there is only one birth on this earth.

The Doomsday comes after death and the soul will be judged once and for all whether it goes to hell or it be unified with God.

What’s my take?

Every creature is Consciousness, varying only in form, shape, size, weight as well as level of frequency and vibration. Call this Self, soul, spirit, God, or Energy, it is this that incarnates and reincarnates by taking on another body.

I am a strong believer of reincarnation. I know I am a reincarnation of my former Self. I was a rock, a stone, a one-celled organism, an insect, plant, an animal, or even an invisible earthly spirit.

I passed all these forms of physical bodies. After all, I am much older than 13.7 billion years. And it is because I have passed through all possible forms of manifestations that I am what I am today.

I also believe that if I had not learned enough lessons in my former lives, I will be reborn again. For example, if I have not learned to be patient enough as a stone, then, I will reincarnate as a stone.

As a symbol of oneness with others, I can also reincarnate in many different forms and shapes all at the same time. I can even make myself conscious or recall to memory of this multidimensional state of existence now or anytime. This is tantamount to living in several worlds instantaneously and simultaneously.

This is what makes my life exciting, rather than be given no chance or one chance at all to redeem myself.

Reincarnation: Take It or Leave It

Paul J. Dejillas, Ph.D. – July 27, 2021

 

After physical death, the spirit lives on but many believe that the same spirit can be reincarnated at some future time and in some place by taking on another body.

The new body may be human, animal, or spiritual depending on one's individual progress. But it is essential that the person remains the same, while occupying a new body.

Reincarnation is also known by other names like rebirth, metempsychosis, transmigration, re-embodiment, or born again. Various religious beliefs, however, differ in their views and interpretation on reincarnation.

1. Christianity does not believe in reincarnation. Christians believe that when a person dies their soul would sleep in the grave along with their corpse. This soul sleep continues until a time in the future known as the “last day” or also known as the “final judgment.” they will rise again on the second coming of the Lord Jesus.

However, Christian sects such as the Bogomils and the Cathars, profess reincarnation. So with other gnostic beliefs, like the Manicheans.

2. In Islam, the Qur'an rejects the concept of reincarnation, though it preaches the existence of a soul. The principal belief in Islam is that there is only one birth on this earth. The Doomsday comes after death and the soul will be judged once and for all whether it goes to hell or it be unified with God.

3. Hinduism believes in reincarnation.

4. Jainism believes in transmigration and rebirth.

5. Buddhism does not believe in eternal soul, spirit or self but only a “stream of consciousness” that changes from one life to the next life. Consciousness then is in the process of becoming.

6. Sikhism believed that the soul is passed from one body to another until liberation. If we perform good deeds and actions and remember the creator, we attain a better life while, if we carry out evil actions and sinful deeds, we will be incarnated in “lower” life forms. Reincarnation is due to the law of cause and effect.

7. Modern Neopagans, followers of Spiritism and students of esoteric philosophies such as Kabbalah believe in reincarnation.

8. Recent religious movements like Theosophical Society, Eckankar, Scientology, Meher Baba, Sai Baba, Brahmakumaris, and Osho believe in reincarnation.

Quantum Physics doesn't use the term "reincarnation" freely. The closest terms that approximate its meaning are "reappearance," "re-manifestation," "re-embodiment," "rebirth," "re-created," or "reborn."

In the quantum world, when particles like electrons meet, they cancel out each other and vanish into nowhere, becoming invisible to the naked eye, but reappear from out of nowhere and, then, disappear again in a seemingly endless fashion.

Atoms are alive; they have souls, animated by the breathe of the Holy Spirit. In quantum physics, matter (m) is frozen Energy (E) or spirit manifesting itself in a lower vibrational frequency, but still moving restlessly in all directions at the speed of light (c^2) in the tradition of Einstein's E=mc^2.

Every spirit needs matter to manifest, without matter it is just still in pure being. Vice versa, every matter needs spirit to be alive. Spirit and matter in atoms are two sides of the same coin. They are embodied spirits then. They are also referred to as transcendental spirits in philosophy.

This cyclical and spiral behavior in the quantum world also happens in the macro world:

- summer, autumn, winter, spring

- birth, growth, decay, death

- Big Bang, inflation, big freeze or big crunch

Whatever the name is, this cyclical pattern in the quantum and macro worlds is what Religion and Mysticism allude to as "reincarnation." It stands to reason then that science and religion are talking of the same thing using their respective parlance, beliefs, and points of views.

Reincarnation is a quantum event, although its interpretation differs among religious beliefs. But it's a fact that cannot just be ignored, being an essential part of the entire cosmic evolutionary process. It is a phenomenon that is as real and true as you and me. It's happening within us. It's happening outside of us. It's happening everywhere and every moment in time.

Nevertheless, you can still take it or leave it. I am taking it wholeheartedly. I am a reincarnation of my former Self who may have been taking on several body forms in my journey towards spiritual transformation and growth.