7. Who Are You, Human? Part 3.

Reincarnation. Old Myth Revisited

If consciousness has an eternal nature, and the body is temporary, what happens to the consciousness at the moment of death of the body?

According to the energy conservation law, it should not disappear. Where does it go? What body does it get and why?

 So, here arises a question on Reincarnation.

 Reincarnation is not an Indian belief of transmigration of the soul, but a manifestation of the energy conservation law on the moral and spiritual level.

 If in this life the soul has attained a certain level of development, it must be preserved, so that the soul would be able to continue the path of perfection in higher forms of life.

Similarly, if consciousness is degraded, the lower forms of life must give pain to such a living entity by teaching a lesson of fate.

Which means, that reincarnation formalizes a particular match between a certain level of consciousness and a gross body.

It is difficult for people to accept the idea that the soul can get into a new body after death.

To help us understand the external reincarnation we must look at the internal reincarnation, which happens to us every second. What does it mean?

This means that we change our bodies multiple times, even during a single lifetime. To see it, just look at photos of yourself over the years.

 

 Science says that every seven years each cell in our body is gradually being replaced by new ones. This is due to metabolism.

 With each breath, every sip of water, every piece of food, a new matter is ingested into our body, and the old matter goes out through the excretory system.

This process of constant renewal of cells makes the body like a slow stream. When we look at the river, it may seem like it’s the same river, but there is always new water coming from the mountains.

Similarly, the full exchange in the fatty tissues of the body occurs every month. The mucosa of the stomach is updated every 5 days. The skin becomes new every five weeks, etc.

Practically, this means that the body as something permanent does not exist. But as the changes occur very slowly, we simply do not notice. The flame of a candle, too, seems to be fixed to our imperfect eyes, but if you look at it with eyes of knowledge, it turns out that at every moment some flames are extinguished, and others appear.

The impression that “I” remains the same is only because of the constant nature of consciousness.

The flow of material particles of the body wraps around the soul, changing our external shape every few years. This is called internal reincarnation, that is, the change of the body in one life.

In fact the child’s body does not look like the body of an adult, and adult human body is different from the body of a decrepit old man. Thus, the inner reincarnation is the observed fact of life for the discerning man.

And what is the case with external reincarnation?

In the ancient Vedic treatise “Bhagavad Gita ” it is stated the following:

“Just as the soul in one life passes from the child’s body into the body of a young man, and then to the old man’s body, and at the time of death, it goes into a new body. Such changes do not disturb those who have realized their spiritual nature. Bhagavad Gita 2.13

 

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Thus, an external reincarnation is the process of the same nature as the transition from the child’s body into the body of a young man.

To see an external reincarnation is quite difficult, but it is sometimes possible.

The most obvious example would be a caterpillar, which almost right before our eyes, transforms into a butterfly, after having spent some time in the cocoon.

As for the human reincarnation, at the scientific level there is an American professor of psychiatry at the University of Virginia, Ian Stevenson, who has been studying this subject matter for nearly a quarter of a century.

He has hundreds of documented cases of reincarnation, which have been scientifically tested. ( You may watch this documentary available in the VIDEO section of this website http://mcknowledge.info/scientific-evidence-for-reincarnation-by-dr-ian-stevenson/)

One of the examples is a case of Shukla, a daughter of a Bengali train driver. Her favourite game was to swing a pillow in her arms, calling her by name Meena. The girl related to Meena as her daughter and told everybody about Meena’s father and his two brothers.

According to Shukla, they lived in the city Bhatpar and that’s why she constantly asked her parents to take her there.

Shukla’s father found out that in Bhatpar there really lived a woman named Mana, who died several years ago and had a little daughter named Meena. That fact convinced Shukla’s father that his daughter was this woman – Mana in her past life. When the family arrived in Bhatpar, Shukla unmistakably took everyone to the house where Mana had previously lived.

Then, among 30 strangers, she unmistakably recognized Mana’s husband, her mother-in-law, brother-in-law, and daughter Meena.

All these details have been carefully checked and confirmed.

Another case occurred with an American patient of Ian Stevenson, who in a hypnotic regression state spoke in an unknown language.

This speech has been recorded and played back to linguists. Experts said that it was one of the dialects of Swedish spoken by the inhabitants of a certain area. In this lifetime, this woman had never been to Sweden, did not study foreign languages and was not interested in the culture of Sweden.

This phenomenon, when people begin to speak in foreign languages, which they did not learn in this life, is called a xenoglossy phenomenon.

The only adequate explanation for this phenomenon is the assumption that in her past life as a soul, (the carrier of consciousness) she lived in Sweden.

After that, obeying the law of cause and effect, she has received a new body in America.

Naturally, the language of her past life has been rendered useless because of having gone into a sub consciousness state, but under certain conditions it has been activated. Other reasonable explanation of the xenoglossy phenomenon does not yet exist.

The Bhagavad-Gita compares the reincarnation process with a change of clothing.

“Just as person discards old clothes and puts on new ones, so the soul leaves the old and worn-out body and acquires a new body.” Bhagavad Gita  2.22

 

 The question naturally arises, “Why don’t we remember our past lives?”

The answer is simple.

If we would remember all our past lives, or at least one of them, we would have a personality split. We would not understand who we were and what we needed to do.

If you run too many apps on your computer simultaneously, it will freeze because of not having enough memory to cope with them.

Similarly, if we are given a memory of all our past lives, we would fall into a stupor.

Therefore, the Paramatma (super consciousness in the heart) gives us only as much memory as necessary for normal functioning of this body.

Along with disappearance of our previous body, the memory associated with that body is also lost.

However, not all is lost without a trace. Those programs that we have not completed in the past life are transferred into this life and manifest as natural talents in particular areas.

According to this factor, we can understand what we did in our past life, and what program we have not yet completed.

For example, Mozart said that he did not write music, but just remembered it. Already in his childhood he had revelations of musical compositions.

From the perspective of reincarnation, he simply broadcasted the musical experience of his past life.

The logic of reincarnation is simple: as today, we continue doing what has not been finished yesterday, remembering about it after an overnight break, similarly after death, which is a break between incarnations, we get reminded by Paramatma of what we need to do.

 

To be continued…

 

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