Truth about reincarnation

Updated on Apr 22, 2004 05:41 PM IST

When the Bible does not mention reincarnation at all, what is it that makes you such a strong believer in the 'reincarnation' theory? Veena Minocha answers...

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This question and answer series will help to clear your inner-soul confusion on all matters that are demanding your spiritual attention. Spiritual teacher and Healer Ms Veena Minocha will endeavour to clear the 'fog within' by answering all questions sent to her at veenaminocha@hotmail.com

You keep telling us, in your articles about 'karma', which obviously presupposes that there is life after death, and that we have reincarnated many times over, in human lives.

Tell me, as I am confused about this point, when the Bible does not mention reincarnation at all, what is it that makes you such a strong believer in the 'reincarnation' theory? Where is the proof that we have to come back over and over, to this planet to work out our karma?

Would it not be more logical to suggest that all the good and bad actions of our lives are rewarded and punished in this life only, and that is the purpose of our life here, to live as beautifully and do God's will according to the Ten Commandments, and the Bible? If our own holiest text, the Holy Bible does not mention karma and reincarnation at all, then why should we believe in this theory?

Margaret Samson from Ohio, USA

Veena Minocha answers: Dear Margaret, thank you very much for asking such a deeply thought out, intelligent question, as I am sure many readers will also benefit by this answer, and clear a lot of doubts about this hugely important topic.

You live in a great continent called America. The natives have lived there for centuries, yet it was only when Christopher Columbus discovered this huge continent by accident, did it become known to the rest of the world. Tell me, just because it had not been discovered earlier, did that mean that it did not exist, for as many billions of years as Europe or Asia? Similarly, it is our own dramatically limited vision of life that prevents us from seeing the vast reality, or accepting the possibility of 'rebirth'.

Practically all religions, even Christianity, until the Middle Ages, believed in the theory of reincarnation. Origen, one of the most influential church fathers wrote in the third century, "Each soul comes to this world reinforced by the victories, or enfeebled by the defeats of its previous lives."

Although the New Testament does not talk about reincarnation, there is a strong belief, even among Christians, that the chapters relating to the topic were deliberately removed from the Bible, so that the Power of the Church to judge humans actions, and award or punish, was kept untarnished.

If the theory of reincarnation was allowed to be taught, then humans would no longer look to the priests for forgiveness of their sins, but would seek a direct connection to God through their own actions.

Doesn't it make more sense to ask instead, "What proof is there that there is no life after death? After all, there has been scientifically documented evidence about children recalling their previous births precisely! Why do you think all major religions give credence to the reincarnation theory, and have been doing so from time immemorial? Were all religious sages deluded into believing a fantastically worked out plan?"

As you go on in your spiritual practice, plumbing the depths of different dimensions, the true nature of the soul becomes so crystal clear, that the 'karmic reincarnation' story becomes more and more plausible. As we open up to the hitherto unopened areas of the powers of our minds, all our thoughtless assumptions become questions, to be answered from the depths of our souls!

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