What is reincarnation?
Random House College Dictionary:
1. The doctrine that the soul, upon death of the body, comes back to earth in another
body. 2. The rebirth of the soul in a new body.
Who believes in reincarnation?
People and Natives of: Ancient Egypt and Greece, North and South America,
India, Tibet, Japan, Australia, Africa, Russia, and many more.
Plato: "The Soul is older than body. Souls are
continuously born over again into this life."
(also see Plato’s
William Wordsworth (1770 – 1850)
"Our birth is but a sleep and a forgetting:
The soul that rises with us, our life’s star,
Hath had elsewhere its setting, And cometh from afar."
"A little while, a moment of rest upon the wind, and another woman shall bear
Pythagoras said that he remembered his transmigrations.
Plotinus, in "The Descent of the Soul", claimed to
have knowledge of the Soul and its origin.
Salvador Dali said that he vividly remembered his previous
existence as St. John of the Cross.
"Allah hath caused you to grow from the earth, and afterwards He maketh you
return therto, and He will bring you forth again."
Matt. 17:12&13: "I tell you that Elijah has already come and people did not
recognize him … Then the disciples understood that he (Jesus) was talking to them
about John the Baptist."
Matt. 11:14: "..and if you are willing to believe their message, John is Elijah,
whose coming was predicted. Listen, then, if you have ears!"
John 3:6 Jesus: "A person is born physically of human parents, but he is born
spiritually of the Spirit."
John 9:1 The disciples asked Jesus: "Teacher, whose sin caused him to be born
blind? Was it his own or his parents’ sin?" (How could his fault be considered when
he was born blind?)
Note: History shows that early Christians generally
accepted the belief in reincarnation until the teachings of Origon became unpopular and
the belief in reincarnation was banned.
(see Counsel of Nichaea 325 A. D. and of Constantinople 553 A. D.)
Origon, theologian, teacher, and founder of the early Catholic church, made
it quite clear in his books (De Prindipiis and Contra Celsum) that he believed in the
prenatal existence of the Soul.
Here we find the concept mentioned in form of the "Gilgul".
Malachi 4:5: "Behold, I will send you Elijah the prophet before the coming of
the great and
dreadful day of the Lord."
The Bhagavad Gita:
2:22 "Even as a person casts off worn-out clothes and puts on others that are
new, so the
embodied Self casts off worn-out bodies and enters into others that are new."
4:5 Krishna: "Many a birth have I passed through, and so have you. I know them
all, but you know them not."
Is there any Proof for Reincarnation?
1. It makes more sense when we consider the system of cause and effect, of
sin and punishment, and of justice.
2. Weight is added when we consider the general agreement between the many nations and
3. We have a weak form of proof from hypnotic regression.
4. We have strong suggestive case collections by Dr. Ian Stevenson, M.D.,
a professor of psychiatry. For more than 30 years he has collected and analyzed thousands
of cases, all strongly supporting the existence of reincarnation.
5. Confirmed memories of various people.
Examples can be found in Ian Stevenson’s books. In his "Twenty Cases
Suggestive of Reincarnation," Stevenson describes cases from Ceylon, India, Brazil,
Alaska, and Lebanon where small children were describing their previous lives, property,
people they knew, their killers, etc. At times, these children even spoke in their
previous language. All these stories were checked out carefully and found to be correct,
leaving us with some very impressive cases and a hard time to find any other logical
conclusion other than Reincarnation is a fact. Of course, Reincarnation does not go on
forever. Reincarnation finds its conclusion when Evolution has led the Soul back to its