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Reincarnation Survey Results

"Do you believe in Reincarnation?" was the last very interesting survey we ran here on Mastery of Meditation, Yoga & Zen, and those results are now in.  The results were a little surprising, as I did not anticipate sure strong support for the existence of Reincarnation and Past Life Laws.  Before I discuss more details on this intriguing subject, let me first give you all the details of these results.

Reincarnation Results
Value Count Percent %
Yes 79 75.24%
Unsure 18 17.14%
No 8 7.62%

 

Reincarnation Results Chart:


Reincarnation Research World Response Map:


 

Reincarnation Results Analysis:

So from the results above you can see that 75% of you felt that reincarnation and past lives do exist and of the remaining 25%, only about 8% felt there was no such Universal Law of Reincarnation, while the other 17% were open to the possibility, but were as of yet undecided.  Furthermore, you can see that the responses pretty much spanned most of the globe, with readers from all 5 continents chiming in and providing their input.  So from the point of view of global belief, the answer was a resounding yes, that Reincarnation and Past Lives do exist. 

A big thank you to all of you who did participate, this survey received a very good response, which of course gives us more data to go on.

Reincarnation & Past Life Laws & Models:

There are several models for Reincarnation & Past Life cycles, and as some readers commented, many of these can be found throughout Hindu, Buddhist, Christian and other scriptures and literature.  Overall, with regard to such higher laws of the universe, you can read about my general approach to them in the article Secrets of the Universe, which uses a Zen story to illustrate my ideas.  But, with regard to reincarnation and past lives in general I would like to give you a particular Hindu model for this system which I find to be quite interesting and thought provoking.

Hindu Model for Reincarnation:

For sure there is more than one view of reincarnation and if you read Tantric literature you will find a great many accounts of past lives of humans that traversed both the plant and animal kingdoms (specially if you read Agora texts).  So the model I am proposing is certainly not the only one in existence, but it is certainly a very appealing and comprehensive one.

Although an entire book could be written (and many have been) on this model, I am going to summarize it’s essence for you here.

From Param Bhraman (or Supreme Godhead) comes forth Souls.  These Souls exist in "Creation", where everything is non-dual and all can merge and emerge from each other without boundaries.  From Creation, a Soul descends into "Existence" and begins it’s journey of life and death to experience all levels of manifestation.  Here in "Existence" duality is encountered.

In order to participate in "Existence" the Soul is provide bodies in the following order.  Upon descending, they first acquire a mental body and enter into "Swahah", the mental plane.  These bodies are very subtle and at a high rate of vibration, and this vibration is the key to determining the experience that the Soul is going to have.  From this plane, as the rate of vibration is lowered, a second body is acquired, an emotional/astral/psychic body and the Soul can then descend into Bhuvah.  Finally, to experience manifestation at an even lower rate of vibration, a physical body is acquired and the Soul can descend into Bhuh.  The lower the rate of vibration, the lower the emotions, thoughts and bodies one feels and has.

The journey of the Soul thus starts at the highest rate of vibration and experiencing everything, descends into the lowest rate, from where it then begins it’s journey back towards Creation. Along the way, Karma is generated in the form of intentional harm that one does, and this Karma has to be worked off in order to proceed back to the higher planes and finally to Creation.  The decision to descend is purely voluntary and it is just to play in manifestation for a while and then return back to merge with Creation.

This journey can take a very long time, or if the Soul is eager to return, they can find ways to work off the Karma faster (through Yoga/Meditation/Sadhana) and work their way back sooner.  In this model, the Soul or Higher Self is ever available to assist in the journey back and building the lines of communication with one’s Higher Self is of course then very helpful.  Finally, in this model of reincarnation, the Soul never takes on any animal or plant body and only acquires human sheaths (mental/astral/physical).

So from the above model of reincarnation we can learn the following.  The return to Creation is inevitable and you are just here to play.  So smile, relax and enjoy your journey .  Also, if you are familiar with the all important Vedic Mantra, the Gayatri Mantra, it should allow you to see it in a new light now.  After all the first 4 words in that mantra are, OM BHUR BHUVAH SWAHAH (Creation & the 3 Planes of Existence ).  Here is a link to download this mantra if you like…

Free Gayatri Mantra MP3 Download

Final Thoughts on Reincarnation & Past Lives:

Here are some more articles regarding Higher Self, Reincarnation, Karma etc, which you might find interesting.

How to Discover Your Higher Self or Soul

9 Day Spiritual Test to Burn Karma

Saint of Suffering – A Spiritual Story

The Time I Met God – Good News & Bad News

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6 replies
  1. Anmol Mehta
    Anmol Mehta says:

    Akemi/Ed/Komang/Nile,

    Thanks to all of you for contributing to this very interesting topic indeed.

    More on it in the future for sure. I am specially interested in the “research” aspect of it.

    Best,
    Anmol

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  2. ed
    ed says:

    Excellent article Anmol.

    here’s an article with the “edgar cayce perspective” on reincarnation:

    Just what is reincarnation? It is the belief that each of us goes through a series of lifetimes for the purpose of spiritual growth and soul development. Cayce’s approach does not include the concept of transmigration, which states that it is possible for human beings to be born again as animals. From the standpoint of the Cayce material, souls only occupy human bodies through their spiritual growth and developmental process.

    from this standpoint, it appears that Edgar Cayce’s readings (while in a trance) do coincide with the Hindu model of reincarnation where souls take on human form instead of an animal’s (there is one reading that Cayce did where he stated that before the human species came into existance, souls occupied animals but when humans came into being souls occupied humans).

    From Cayce’s perspective, the reason for believing in reincarnation is not so that we can dwell upon the past or brag about the possibility of once having been someone famous, instead it is to enable a soul to understand the consequences of previous choices and to know that each individual is ultimately responsible for shaping and creating his or her life in the present. From the Cayce readings’ perspective, the past merely provided a framework of potentials and probabilities. An individual’s choices, actions, and free will in the present would determine the actual experience lived this time around. Rather than being a fatalistic approach to life, it is much more one of nearly limitless opportunities.

    Cayce had also explained about the Akashic records in other readings and that the life that a souls enters is somewhat dictated by karma and taht resolution of this karma is necessary for the soul to learn. Cayce had also stated in other readings that there are souls who volunteer to reincarnate in order to help other souls but that many souls are reincarnated since they are in need of spiritual growth.

    I should note that when Cayce performs a reading he is unaware of what he says and is more often startled about the contents of his readings when he reads it afterwards. Cayce did not believe in reincarnation as he was brought up following christian doctrine that dictated that there is only one life to one soul (which is totally contradictory to what gnostic christian believed, Gnosticism is what Cayce stated was the real form of christianity that Jesus taught) instead of reincarnating over and over.

    here’s an article by John Van Auken of the Edgar Cayce Association for Research and Enlightenment explaining more about the Edgar Cayce reincarnation perspective:

    However, the influences of past-life actions are rarely so clear cut. Often those with whom we have had many good lives and relationships are the same people with whom we have had many problems and disagreements, a mix of “good” and “bad karma,” so to speak. In fact, it’s rare that a past-life relationship has every aspect of life in good, clear focus. Those positive, well-developed aspects from our past lives will give us much pleasure and support in the present. Conversely, those aspects which we did not have in proper focus will give us opportunities for pain and growth in present relationships. Avoiding these influences is simply not possible. Whether we like it or not, the Universal Law of Karma constantly brings before each of us the meeting of our past use of free will and consciousness. Thus, what we have done to other souls and they have done to us is reflected in the circumstances surrounding our present relationships and the basic, innate urges, attitudes and emotions we feel toward each other.

    it is hard for all of us to clearly prove that reincarnation do happen and is part of the Universal Law. it often has to be defined by faith whether or not to believe in it, but once we leave our physical form we will all know the truth about it until the next cycle of our physical incarnation takes place again.

    one thing that is coming out often in all of the materials I’ve uncovered about yoga, mediation, reincarnation, spirituality is that there is a central theme of karma, reincarnation, higher self, enlightenment and that all are inter-related.

    peace!

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  3. nile
    nile says:

    Many years ago, i had a dream. In that dream, I saw my past life personal ripped apart by an exploding landrover somewhere in an Arabic country. I felt everything in that dream, i felt the flesh leave my bones and the most incredible pain as my spirit was ripped from the body. So do i believe in re-incarnation? Believe no, know yes.

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  4. Akemi - Akashic Record Reading
    Akemi - Akashic Record Reading says:

    I like your description of how a soul descends voluntarily to this physical plane. I’ve been researching Ascension (the way back to creation, in your way of saying) and for me, the exciting thing is more and more souls seem to be doing this recently.

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