June 22, 2009

Question 2 of 10 (Hinduism Today)

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Question 1

Do Hindus believe in reincarnation?
Yes, Hindus believe that the soul is immortal and from our birth to our death, we learn lesson throughout our life and evolve spiritually. Then finally we could be out of physical birth. Carnate means of flesh and reincarnate means to "reenter the flesh". Life and death are only realities for all of us and the soul always remains in life, without death. Physical death is the most natural transition or transformation which survives and is guided by karma. Every person has had been through many lives and they will continue until all the lessons that are to be learned are learned. This is when the person will attain moksha and will be taken out of physical body. You will no longer be born or die. Reincarnation is believed by Jains, Sikhs and Indians of Americas, Pagans, and many other faiths of religion.

At death, the soul leaves the physical body, as stated above. It lives in on a subtle body called astral body. The astral body exists in nonphysical dimension and this is the world that we see in dreams at night when we sleep. Here is where we continue to have other experiences until we are reborn again. Each of these reincarnating soul chooses a home and a family which can fulfill it's learning and maturing life. After each of the life are matured, it follows love, wisdom and knowledge of God. At this situation, there is no longer a need for physical birth and then the soul gets off the liberated and out of the cycle of life which includes birth, death and rebirth. This evolution continues as you don't have to go back to it any more just as if you are going from elementary school to high school.

So, life's unlimate goal are not anything that are materlialistic but transendental. This changes every fear of death from you when you know that your soul is not going to be destroyed. Every reincarnation in the life are for you to same spiritual destiny of God realization.

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