The Argument for Reincarnation in Hinduism

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The concept of reincarnation is related to karma, karma deals with a system of rewards and punishment based on the actions of the individual (Oxtopy & Segal 266). Due to bad karma by the individual, it takes many lifetimes for the karma to be worked out; reincarnation also known as samsara in Hinduism is an ongoing cycle of death and rebirth. To be released from the cycle of samsara, to achieve moksha one must reach enlightenment (Oxtopy & Segal 266-267). In the Bhagavad Gita, Krishna, an incarnation of the ultimate deity as a personal god in the Hindu religion, explains three ways to moksha: the way of action, the way of knowledge, and the way of devotion. The Gita also made it clear that one should strive for moksha in everyday of our life as long as we act without attachment (Oxtopy & Segal 274). Reincarnation a concept widely receive by Hindu’s around the world, there are evidence to support the truth of this concept. J. W. Dunlap, an educational specialist and a medium, in her article “REINCARNATION AND SURVIVAL OF LIFE AFTER DEATH,” defines reincarnation as life being eternal and with a purpose that each individual will experience and continue to experience after death. The belief in reincarnation is universal in certain aspect of the world; based on the lives of Africans and Native Americans there is a strong belief in the concept of reincarnation from past human history (Dunlap 157-170). Looking at some Africans, they have a strong belief in ancestral rebirth; they do not believe that once an ancestor died they will never see them again; they believe that it is just a separation and only temporary (Dunlap). Some Native Americans have a different view; they have a spiritual, philosophical view with regards to reincar... ... middle of paper ... ...ers guide their subjects to having memories of past life. There will always be those that will deny the evidence that is shown to their face, it is up to each individual to accept or reject the evidence provided. Based on the research provided through Ian Stevenson, a psychiatrist, and the arguments presented, reincarnation cannot fully be rejected. Works Cited 1. Dunlap, J. W. (2007). REINCARNATION AND SURVIVAL OF LIFE AFTER DEATH: "IS THERE EVIDENCE THAT PAST LIFE MEMORIES SUGGEST REINCARNATION?". Journal Of Spirituality & Paranormal Studies, 30157-170. 2. Mysore Nagaraj, A., Bevinahalli Nanjegowda, R., & Purushothama, S. M. (2013). The mystery of reincarnation. Indian Journal Of Psychiatry, S171-S176. doi:10.4103/0019-5545.105519 3. Oxtopy, W., & Segal, A. (2007). A concise introduction to world religions. (1st ed., p. 258). New York: Oxford University press.
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