the past six years I have read hundreds of books published in the Western world
on Near Death Experiences (NDE), Out of Body Experiences (OBE) remembering past
and future lives through hypnotic regression, research on death and reincarnation, lucid
dreaming, prophecies, ESP, clairvoyance and even on the spirit world as seen by
mediums or through mind's eye of subjects who are in a hypnotized or super
conscious state and who were able to describe what their soul was doing between
lives on earth. What was fascinating to me was the consistency in every single
book about the Purpose of Life, Laws of Karma and Reincarnation, even though
the books were written by different authors, who include physicians, certified
hypno-therapists and ordinary people who claim to have crossed into the spirit
world and returned.
information source can be classified into five broad types. First types are
books that are based on information provided by psychics or clairvoyants such as Edgar Cayce* and Ross Peterson. The second types are books
written by people or mediums who have the extraordinary ability to communicate
with the world beyond. This includes books such as Interview With An Angel,
Messages From Michael, Reaching to Heaven* by James Van
Praagh. Third type are books written totally by a directed force, commonly
known as Automatic Writing, where the source of its intelligence and the
propellant which directs the pencil or typing keys is unperceivable by any of our five
physical senses. These include books such as The World Before and A World
Beyond* by Ruth Montgomery and Conversations
with God by Neale Donald Walsch. The forth type are books based on information
received from hypnosis sessions of thousands of individuals. Notable amongst
these are Journey of the Souls by Michael Newton*
Ph.D., Past Lives Future Lives by* Dr. Dr. Bruce
Goldberg and Many Lives Many Mansions by Dr. Brian L. Weiss. The fifth
type contains books written after extensive research on Near Death Experience (NDE) of
American citizens. According to 1990 Gallup survey, 35% of people on verge of
death experience NDE and 22 million people in USA had NDE. Notable amongst this type
are books written by Dr. Raymond Moody, Dr. Melvin Moarse, Dr. Elisabeth
Kubler-Ross, Dr. George Ritchie, Kenneth Ring Ph.D., PMH Altwater, Craig R. Lundahl Ph.D
(The Eternal Journey*), Betty J. Eadie (Embraced
by the Light*) and Damion Brinkley.
purpose of this paper is to present the summarized version of what I have
learnt on the purpose of our soul’s journey, the laws of reincarnation and
karma, in an attempt to explain why we are here and how we can all better ourselves.
Everyone has a karmic cycle and the better we understand it, the easier our
lives will be.
is not my purpose to try to convert anyone to a belief in parapsychology or to interfere in anyway with
your particular religious or spiritual preferences. I believe that each soul must seek the truth at its own
pace and in its own manner.
"All of us are now on our path of spiritual evolution and
"journey to oneness" with the Creative Force (God). Creation, the
soul, past lifetimes, and reincarnation are all linked together"
2. WHO OR WHAT IS GOD?
The First Cause, the Universal
Force, the Creative Force-these are some of the terms Edgar Cayce used under
trance to communicate the essence of God. This is consistent with the big bang
theory advanced by the scientists to explain the origin of cosmos: a huge burst
of energy that started the whole works in motion. Something had to be the First
Cause; otherwise the solar system, us, and life itself wouldn’t be existent. If
everything that exists comes from and is part of this Original Creative Energy,
then life and consciousness, including self-awareness emerged from it too. And
from this conception flows Cayce’s simple definition of life itself: Life is
the consciousness of existence.
God is the core of the universe from
which all else flows. He is truth and
energy. He is the matter and spirit and all things of heaven and earth. He is
eternity itself, wise and knowing. It is His total harmony that holds together
the whole universe. He is life itself. God is total awareness. God is
The source of many of our problems
as human beings is that we have allowed ourselves to separate from the First
Cause. We have become detached from it, and our basic job is to rejoin it completely,
the way we were before we came into consciousness. We need to retain our self
awareness but align our purpose to the greater design of the universe.
The roots of guilt and fear in a man
can be traced to our separation from God. Fear came to man because of this
separation, because human begins have set the satisfaction of physical urges as
our top priority, over our connection with God. The result of this choice is guilt, which adds not only to one fear but also
to our self-hatred. We can all handle guilt and fear by steering ourselves
toward harmony with the Creative Force.
God created the universe and created
billions of centers of consciousness (souls) in his own image for companionship
and to share his joy. Each soul was once a pure spiritual entity, in which was embedded a spark of divine
fire. In this cosmic drama, God chose to individuate Himself. He divided himself in
separate entities whose purpose was to pass through this world of time and
space to learn lessons. The destiny of each soul is "To return to thy
source." He gave every soul free will, freedom, choice, and power to make decisions
and ability to take action. God made the promise that he would not intervene in
our lives unless we ask him.
earth was still cooling from its fiery birth; the division of land and water
had followed. Then came the emergence of animal life from its amoeboid origins.
The only solid matter the souls had ever known was now manifesting itself on
the earth proper and the earth itself conformed to the laws of density and
Hovering above the earth, the souls
had been following the evolutionary progress with fascination, and now, with
the division of animal life into male and female species, their curiosity
tempted them to digress from their own evolutionary path and assume mortal
Because it had never been God’s
intent that souls should ever manifest themselves on the earth in human bodies,
there was yet no division of the souls into male and female. Therefore, the
animal’s means of reproduction was inaccessible to them. Their only alternative
was to "occupy" the animal bodies, much as a hermit crab might occupy the
empty shell of another specie, except that this case, the shells were already
Thus two entirely alien forms of
life were attempting to share a common physical heritage. The hazards were
obvious. Nevertheless, a few of the bolder souls employed their free will to
intrude in the denser vibration of animal matter. The wiser and more prudent
souls hesitated and did not enter.
Those souls which entered now found themselves
entrapped in their flesh prisons and unable to extricate themselves. They
became hopelessly entangled in the procreative processes. Thus came on earth an
anguished hybrid, neither human nor animal-a half-man, half beast-unable to
conform or to escape from the laws of animal evolution. This brought contempt,
hatred, bloodshed and those impulses that build for self-desire, without
respect for another’s freedom.
The souls who had remained free were
unable to come to rescue. They could only look on, helpless and bewildered.
It was this that caused God to
create a perfect physical mold, or flesh body, into which the "rescue-souls" could
incarnate with safety. Symbolized in Genesis as the creation of Adam, man
appeared in his present form at five different places on the earth, ethnically
distinct from the others. The five races of humans developed different
pigmentation to cope with the varying rays of sun, and color to harmonize with
his environment. The five separate race categories of white, black, brown, red,
and yellow pigmentation built up their separate civilizations on continents now
destroyed or altered beyond recognition by subsequent earth changes. Blacks acquired their hue for
protection from the tropical sun and to provide camouflage in the darkness of
African jungles. Whites appeared in cooler regions of winter snows where little
pigmentation was required for protection from the slanting rays of the sun.
Brown was assigned for those in the semi-tropical areas of wind swept Pacific,
Red to harmonize with the red clay of Atlantis and America, and yellow for the orient with its
sun-kissed topography and yellowish soil. After human souls were separated into
male and female so that they could produce their own kind, God introduced the
Divine law that like produces like, making it impossible for human beings to
produce offspring as a result of cohabitation with any other species.
covers the submerged continent of Atlantis, the cradle of the red race, and the
Pacific covers the sunken continent of Lemuria. It was man who gradually
limited himself to three-dimensional consciousness, which is his present form of perception.
It is now man’s task to reunite with God.
4. WHO ARE WE? WHAT IS SOUL?
We are essentially spiritual beings
who are experiencing temporary incarnation in the physical world. At our core,
at our spiritual center (the superconscious), we have the same will and desire
as the Creator of the Universe because we are part of the Creative Force or
God. And yet, as souls created by God, we have been given the divine gifts of
free will and a creative mind. Our free will empowers us to direct our creative
mind in any direction we desire, creating crimes or miracles. We even have the
power to defy the will of God. It’s all up to us. But we pay a price for
defying the will of God. Discord, guilt, and fear naturally results when we act
contrary to the nature of Creative Forces within us.
is the being we know as I. The personality, the memories and uniqueness are the
I. It is that which reincarnates again and again and constantly battles to
overcome the flesh and get strengthened. The spirit is the essence of the
creator, which we draw for our spiritual growth. Jesus called it the Holy Ghost or
Holy Spirit and without which we would revert to animalism in the flesh. The spirit is
drawn to the soul and the soul harmonizes itself with the spirit or God force
so that it will improve in the path ahead. Everyone would draw only the etheric
spirit, which harmonizes with this own stage of spiritual development. Subconscious
mind of all individuals is interconnected. What is known to one is accessible
to all. Super conscious mind is the level at which each individual soul is aware of its
relationship to God. At super conscious level one can get access to the Akashic
record, a universal chronicle of everything that has ever been thought, said and
done by everybody who has ever lived. It can be read by anyone after making
proper attunement. Edgar Cayce had the ability to tap into the Akashic Record.
the great journey of lifetimes from incarnation to incarnation, we are learning
to awaken our will and to align it to the will of the Creator. This is the
essential purpose of our lifetimes-our current incarnation and the others we
The immortal soul contains not only the wisdom of the infinite, but also
our full spiritual heritage-our thoughts, actions and desires throughout
5. WHAT IS KARMA & REINCARNATION?
terminology for Karma is "Action." Christians believe that a man
reaps what he sows.
always has free will. God promised not to interfere in Soul's choices, unless asked. Karma is simply
cause and effect of those choices. All of the things we have or have not done in this
and all of our past lives will generate certain effects in this life and in
future lifetimes. It is not the purpose of Karma to reward and punish. Laws of
Karma are perfectly just. Karma's purpose is to educate the subconscious, to
purify it. Once the subconscious is purified, it no longer needs the Karmic
Karmic cycle is the chain of lives we live to work out all the negativity (hatred,
revenge, jealousy, pettiness, anger, attachment, greed etc.). Discord, fear,
and guilt are born of the law of consequences in that they are the consequences
of "errors" in attitude or action. They can also be healed by the
same law that created them. Sowing and the reaping may occur in different
is really one "sin" or "error," and that is selfishness.
Our true spiritual nature, flowing as a natural consequence of our being part
of the Creative Force, is to be selfless to nurture, help and support all
creation, and to be filled with unconditional love as God is. When we go
against this impulse and instead concentrate on self, discord, guilt, and fear
naturally arise. Logically then, we should find joy, peace, and freedom from
fear when we become truly more concerned for others beyond just ourselves.
is the mechanism by which Karma works. Karma is the force,
which leads to reincarnation.
ultimate purpose of life is soul (consciousness) development. Death is another
step in the process of soul development that continues until we achieve oneness with God.
gives us the opportunity to continue that development by providing us a
lifetime to act. The subconscious mind survives death and retains all the
causes in a perfect memory bank. In addition all lessons and deeds are recorded
in the entity's Akashic Records which are used to determine each new life.
between earthly incarnations, we are able to analyze and perceive our soul's
development up to now and assess what work still needs to be done.
Advantages of Laws of Karma:
It offers an understanding of frustrations and obstacles to those who don't
seem to deserve this environment.
It offers explanation of the teachings of religious leaders including Christ.
Acts as a deterrent to selfish, thoughtless and harmful actions.
It facilitates the belief in an orderly universe, one in which law and order and a sense of moral
PERSPECTIVE OF REINCARNATION
Soul & Body: According to the Bhagavad-Gita, Lord Krishna said man's real self or soul is
immortal and independent of the body, it neither kills nor is killed. It is
indestructible, imperishable and inaccessible to the sufferings, which afflict the body. Eternal,
omnipresent, fixed, immovable, everlasting is He (the human soul).
laying aside worn-out garments, a man takes on other new ones, so laying aside
worn out bodies, the embodied (soul) enters into other new ones. Rebirth is
under the control of karma or "actions" and salvation is through
ultimate release from the round of rebirths. All creatures are composed of two
distinct elements, namely soul and body. The body including what are called
"psychic" elements, is material; is
subject to evolution, devolution and changes of all sorts; and consists of
a blend of various elements or qualities. The material body, upon other
material bodies or substances performs all action. The soul neither acts nor is
affected by action. It has only contemplative powers. The enlightened man
realizes the true distinction between soul and body.
Action & Rebirth:
Any action, good or bad, must normally have its effect in continued existence
for the doer. According to Gita, this is due not to the action as such, but due to desire underlying the
action. Acts performed with indifference to results, without interest in the
outcome, have no binding effect. We cannot refrain from action. Man must do his
duty, without desire or fear of the consequences. Gita reminds us that in the
back of action lies desire or passion (either positive or negative, that is
love or hate). It is the passion that leads to action. Since desire or passion
is more fundamental than action, it is desire rather than action, which is man's enemy.
Book of the Dead" was written thousands of years ago by monks and states that
a soul passes through many nonphysical worlds before reincarnation on earth.
with Hinduism: Buddhists feel there is no permanent soul, just pulsating
subconscious that goes from life to life learning lessons until enlightenment.
Three fires of craving, ill will, and ignorance cause rebirth. Extinguish these
fires to achieve nirvana. Hindus believe in a permanent soul.
quote in Koran is "God generates beings and sends them back over and over
again until they return to him". The Sufis did the most to preserve the
reincarnation thoughts in the East. Under Islamic influence, Spain was a great center of philosophy.
Avicebron, a Spanish Jew, brought Plato's teachings (who believed in a soul) to
was the accepted mechanism of reincarnation. After a person has died, he or she
would reincarnate as an animal for as long as 3000 years until purified. Only
then, he or she will return to human form. The Books of Hermes states
"From one soul of the Universe are all souls derived. The soul passes from
form to form".
was the founder of Greek theology. Pythgoras & Plato used him as a source
for their own philosophies. Pythagoras (582-507BC) stated and recalled many
memories of his soul's incarnations (in Troy etc.). Plato (427-347 BC) stated
every soul is immortal. In every succession of life & death you will do and
suffer what like fitly may suffer at the hands of like.
were three sects of philosophy among the Jews. The Sadducees believed that the
soul died with the body. The Eggenes and Pharisees believed in rebirth. The
Kabala is a sacred text representing Hebrew scriptures. Reincarnation often
appears in the Kabala.
to these teachings all human souls have a common origin from Adam Kadmon. Adam's
original sin brought higher and lower souls into confusion. As a result every
soul passes through a series of incarnations before returning to God. Ancient
Jews believed that Moses was the reincarnation of Abel, the Son of Adam. The
Messiah was the reincarnation of Adam himself, who had already come a second
time as David.
poet Ennius introduced Karma to the Romans. In his "Annals", he tells
how Homer appeared to him in a dream and told him their two bodies had the same
soul. Virgil (70-19 BC) in the Aeneid says, "All souls return again into
Christianity & Bible
early Christian philosopher Origen (AD 185-254) is considered as one of the
most prominent of all of the Church fathers. In his Contra Celsum he states that soul
enters into a body according to its former actions and then changes body. St. Augustine (AD 354-430) in Contra Academicos
said that the message of Plato's reincarnation is the purest and most luminous
of all philosophy.
AD 529 Emperor Justinian closed Neo-Platonic School in Athens and banished those teachings. Before this, the early
Christians, including St. Augustine accepted the concept of
reincarnation as a matter of course. In the sixth century, the Second Council
of Constantinopole condemned these teachings because it seemed easier to
control the masses if they believed that they had but one lifetime in which to behave before facing the
Judgment Seat. That council was not even attended by the Pope of Rome and St.
Francis of Assisi and many other famous catholic
monks. Bishops and Christian theologians have publicly espoused reincarnation
in the centuries since then.
nearly 1000 years the concept of reincarnation disappeared from Christian
Europe. In 15th century in Florence, Italy, under the protection of the House
of Medici, the teachings of Plato & concept of reincarnation revived.
1875 Mme H. P. Blavatsky, Col. H. Scott, William Judge & others founded the
Theosophical Society in New York. It was first widespread movement
in modern world to investigate and study reincarnation & related concepts.
Theosophists regarded reincarnation as the universal law of evolutionary
progress. Thus one would never outgrow the need for new cycles of rebirth.
7. EARTH LIFE
Earth is not our natural home. It is
a school for us to learn, to experiment
and to make mistakes. Our sojourns here on earth create educational
opportunities through which we learn the best ways to develop the soul and develop
attributes that we lack.
Each soul, by his own choice, passes through many earthly
sojourns and is given a chance to develop spiritually. In the process, mistakes may
also be made, and actions may be taken that move us farther away from God; but
in each lifetime we are also free to act so
as to make up for those errors.
It is through our actions that we
create many of our own rewards and punishments. Of course, it is up to us to
alter or redirect our lives at any time. It is through various experiences that
we grow and develop. All experiences are for our good and sometimes it takes
what we would consider a negative experience to help develop our spirits. We chose many of our weaknesses and
difficult situations in our lives so that we could grow. We were very willing,
even anxious, as spirits to accept all of our ailments, illness, and accidents
on earth, to help better ourselves spiritually. Our most sever challenges will one day reveal
themselves to be our greatest teachers. Grief is growth. Soul cleansing can come through
illness. We should not consider ourselves to be the unfortunate victims of the
circumstances we are in. Some of us have come to earth to unite in a cause to change certain things, some to
strengthen a course already set and to pave the way for those who may follow.
Some come to earth for a short time, living only hours or days after birth.
Each lifetime is another opportunity to
move the transmigration of our soul forward through the accumulation of
positive Karma. We must strive over onward through many cycles until we achieve sufficient perfection to rejoin
God. It is the law, for no imperfect thing will ever have the opportunity to
become a part of Godhead.
8. PURPOSE OF EARTH LIFE
purpose to come to earth is:
- To love, understand, forgive,
and serve others
- To gain knowledge
- To grow spiritually
- To fulfill one’s life mission
until we learn to love others, without hating anyone, is he or she able to
progress toward the light. In this highest plane, love is light, light is love.
Divine love is the one great power that moves the universe.
on earth are all collectively bonded to each other, united in one supreme
purpose of learning to love one another. You cannot love unless we have
accepted forgiveness and the deeper our experience of forgiveness is; the
greater is our love.
Love is law of God. You live that you may learn to love. You love that
you may learn to live.
person’s knowledge goes with him or her at the time of death. Acquisition of
knowledge continues even in afterlife. The more knowledge a person acquires
here, the further and faster he or she will progress in the next world.
earth, everything is done for the growth of the spirit. We are given
opportunities to learn and grow spiritually. A religious person follows the teachings of his church or temple, whereas the spiritual
person follows the guidance of his soul.
person’s thought lead to actions and it is those thoughts and actions that
shape the character of a person.
A Life Mission:
Everyone has a great mission to
fulfill, lives to touch, children to bear and/or raise. Our lives affect many
individuals here on earth and those yet to come to earth in ways we cannot
imagine. Adversity has a purpose. Through adversity we can develop compassion,
empathy, and tolerance. To accomplish our mission we need others just like they
need us. We are sent to earth to realize and learn to share more love, to
discover that most important things are human relationships and love and not
materialistic things. Materialism can inhibit spiritual growth.
In truth, one lifetime is very small period of time in the grand scheme of existence.
Marriage affords the greatest
opportunities for spiritual advancement. The essence of marriage is not
physical, but the merging of minds, hearts, personalities, and, in rare cases,
souls. It can also be most rewarding.
Marriage gives rich opportunities for spiritual growth
because it is the most trying situation that can be experienced in the flesh.
The greatest sin in marriage is the
desire of one partner to dominate the other and in so doing to rob him or her
of their individuality.
Regard marriage as an agreement to
share the rest of your lives together. But encourage each other to be as independent as
possible, yet so loving and compassionate that you can depend upon each other in a time of storm or crisis.
One of the worst possible sins is to
stay in marriage when love has died. This kind of situation is soul-destroying.
In some cases divorce is not a sin, because it is inevitable.
Abortion as per readings from
Akashic records, is a minor sin, if indeed it were a sin.
From conception, there is within the
embryo a form of consciousness-what could be termed as subconscious. This is
only a small part of entity and it is like a mechanical recording device that
functions until the infant is delivered. This recording device is not
soul; likewise, the embryo is not a human being in the true sense, until
the soul enters this vegetative being in the womb.
While the physical vehicle is being
created within the womb, the soul hovers around the body of the mother. The
time of ensoulment, when the embryo or fetus becomes a living soul, a true
human being, varies greatly. The soul generally enters the body within a day after
the child is delivered from the womb.
Sometimes it does not enter until two or three days after the child is delivered. Sometimes a soul
will enter the body and find it not to its liking and withdraw.
Therefore, if you were to take the
life of an embryo or fetus before the soul has entered its body, you have only
denied the soul an opportunity to enter that body at that point in time. But
the soul is eternal and has plenty of time. There is no sin or crime in
destroying a mere recording device.
11. THE PROCESS OF REINCARNATION
11.1 What happens at the time of death?
At death, we are aware that we are more than just our physical bodies. At the time of death the spirit
body is released from the physical body. A flexible silver cord attaches the physical body to the astral
body much like an umbilical cord connects a
newborn baby to its mother. In a near death experience the cord is not severed,
but on permanent death the cord breaks. The spirit floats above the physical
body and observes what is happening around it. In near death experiences (for
example accident, surgery, heart attack etc.), people usually hear someone
pronounce them dead, whether it is the doctor in the emergency room or the
police at the scene of an accident. Feeling as if they are floating, they can
see their physical body and observe the activity around it. Soon he begins to
hear a ringing or buzzing noise and at the same time feels he is moving very
rapidly through a long dark tunnel. He starts seeing a bright light at the end
of the tunnel and soon the beautiful light envelops him. Language can not
express the wonderful emotion the soul feels in this sacred light and
vibration. He glimpses the spirits of relatives and friends who have already
died and a loving warm spirit (a being of light) appears before him. Intense
feeling of joy, love and peace overwhelms him and he does not want to return. A
person with near death experience is told that it is not yet his time, that he
still has work to do and that he must return to the physical life. Almost
everyone with near death experience returns to the body quickly. Most of them
do not have time nor are allowed to view a panoramic instantaneous play back of
major events of his life or view parts of the spirit realms. But there are
certain people with near death experience who are allowed to see the playback
or view parts of the spirit world.
the time of real death we may be met by highly evolved entities called Masters
or Guides. These Masters and Guides have completed their karmic cycle many centuries
ago. Their main purpose is to help us adjust to our death and to lead us to the
white light that will take us to the realm of the soul plane. If you do not
enter the white light for any reason (such as strong attachment to family members, desire for
revenge, strong desires or addiction to worldly goods and possessions etc.),
you will remain on the astral plane as a troubled spirit. Mostly these troubled
spirits find comfort in the last surrounding they inhabited on the earth plane.
Thus, they may stay around their house or apartment. Some of their family
members may be made aware of their presence and would interpret this as a ghost
haunting their house. Eventually these troubled spirits are persuaded to enter
the white light and their destination is the soul plane.
The journey continues through the process of death. Death is just
another natural process of life.
11.2 Soul plane
Upon arrival in the soul plane, souls are either met by their personal guide
(also called guardian angel) or greeted by dead relatives, close friends or old
classmates. After the initial greeting, the souls are made acquainted with the
laws, which govern their transport and
telepathic conversations in the soul plane. Your guide will spend as much time as necessary to explain the
nature of reality to you and your present purpose on this plane.
soon as the transition is made, all the events of your past life will pass
before you as on a fast moving screen. You will review every episode of your
life from the moment of your birth. During this review you see your actions and
feel the emotions of the recipient of your actions. For example if you insulted
or hit someone, you feel the pain that person felt. If you did a good act, you
feel the good or the gratitude the recipient felt. This review is for you to
recognize your actions and face the facts. As you realize that the purpose of
life is growth, you can not feel guilt. Surely, there are events in our lives
that we wish we could change. We have eternity to improve ourselves since we live
not just one but many lives. We will return to earth until we have perfected
ourselves. During this review you remember your aims at that time and begin to
assess the life and see why you failed to accomplish certain portions of it. Orientation
conferences with our guide and a council of elders allow us to begin the long
process of self-evaluation between lives.
11.3 Placement in the Spirit World
has a designated place in the spirit world. Group placement is determined by the
level of development of the soul .The souls in one group are intimate old
friends that have about the same awareness level. Depending on the spiritual
awareness level, every soul generates a specific color aura. Individual
vibration wave pattern represents each soul's aura. Thus a beginner soul
emits white aura, an intermediate soul emits yellow, an advanced soul emits
light blue and highly advanced soul (master guide) emits dark bluish-purple
aura. Soul members study and network by the use of criticism and acclaim as each strives towards common goals.
11.4 Life selection
comes a time when soul must once again leave the sanctuary of the spirit world
for another trip to earth. Training sessions with our counselors or guides and
peer groups have provided a collaborative spiritual effort to prepare us for
the next life. Our karma of past deeds towards humanity and our mistakes and achievements has all been evaluated
with an eye toward the best course of future endeavors. The soul then has to
* Am I ready for a new physical life
* What specific lessons do I want to take to advance my learning and
development and pay the karmic debt?
* Where should I go, and who shall I be in my next life for the best
opportunity to work on my goals?
the soul always has free will, it is our decision to either never be born or to
be born at a certain time and place. Many souls have never entered physical
body. It is our decision to choose our parents, friends, lovers and enemies. We therefore
cannot blame other people or bad childhood or marriage for problems in earthly lives. We
are directly responsible for our lives because we have chosen the environment.
do not just reincarnate individually. Our own karmic cycle is intertwined with
many others. Our relatives and friends have been with us in a variety of
relationships in our previous lives. Parents are sometimes reborn as children of their former children. Sisters may have been
mothers, children, aunts or friends. Brothers
may have been fathers, children, uncles, or friends. We learn to live with love and
accept others in a variety of relationships under many different circumstances.
Children do not always think as their parents do. Each person comes into a particular life
with their own past experiences; peculiar thought patterns and ways of
reacting. All individuals have their own unique histories and personalities.
These differences show up in children and cause different kind of behavior.
11.5 Choosing a new body
is a very complicated process and group karmic consideration must be met. That
is, you have to consider the karmic cycle of dozens of other souls before you
can finalize your plans. These other entities must agree with your plans
because they also have free will. If the soul has earned the right to select
his own parents, he will begin looking about for those souls whom he has
perhaps known in previous lifetimes in the flesh, those with whom he has some
karmic ties, either good or bad. There can even be competition for certain
bodies. If another soul entity desires to enter the body of same unborn child, then the various qualifications
and history of both souls are entered into a so-called heavenly computer, which automatically selects the more
souls have the option to enter the future body anytime during the pregnancy,
from the time of conception through the time of actual birth. The soul also has
the option to be in and out of the body during pregnancy. Most often the soul
enters the body within 24 hours of birth, either before or immediately
thereafter. There are almost as many candidates for the deformed or mentally
afflicted bodies as for the healthy normal ones, for this is an important
lesson, which is learned here. The greater the obstacles in the physical body, the
more are the opportunity for a soul to pay off karmic debts and achieve more rapid spiritual growth.
Sometimes they are deliberately assigned to such bodies as means of atonement for
abuses committed in previous lives. Other times, if they are truly repentant of
serious sins, they will voluntarily select such a body.
soul itself is both male and female, or more aptly, neither but simply a unique
ego, the completeness of a whole, rather than a divided sex. Most often, the
soul continues to chose a sex that he has preferred in previous lifetimes, but
sometimes he selects the opposite sex in order to learn certain qualities which are more easily understood by one
sex than the other. Gentleness: A man who has been brutal will sometimes elect
to become a woman in next physical life in order to undergo gentling qualities
and situations which require gentleness. Bravery: A cowardly little woman for
many earth lives may then chose the body of a man child in order to overcome physical
woman with palsy (paralysis) in a physical life may wonder why she should have
to undergo such hardship when her present life seems to her nearly blameless. In the
Akashic records one can find that in a lifetime in ancient Rome she was a cruel soldier who
delighted in frightening others until they trembled with fear. He would turn
wild beasts loose on tortured Christians to see them shake and tremble. To
atone, this soul returns as a weak trembling woman to make spiritual advance.
Sometimes a soul which has been a male or female in the past say 10 lifetimes
return as opposite sex and carries strong tendencies still of the sex of
previous lifetimes. Other times, souls return to physical bodies with sexes
confused, or when they were not able to decide whether they wished to return as
man or woman and had such poorly defined urges one way or another, that they retain
some of the confusion. These souls in the new physical bodies may display
11.6 Free Will
the soul always has free will, it is our decision to be born at a certain time
and place. It is our decision to choose our parents, friends, lovers, and enemies. We
cannot blame other people or bad childhood or marriage for our present problems. We are
directly responsible for our lives because we have chosen the environment. You will
preplan the basic framework of your new life, but you can’t plan every
situation. Not only does your soul have free will, but so do all the souls that
you will come in contact with in this new life. The main point is that you have
chosen the tests.
11.7 Akashic Records
Akashic records are kept on the casual plane. They contain a file on each soul's growth and development
throughout its many lives. The information imprinted on the Akashic records
include your actions, thoughts, desires, hopes, dreams, all of your lives and
your reactions to them. This includes past lives, what they were and what they
were supposed to be, the present as it is and as it is destined to be. It also
includes the probable futures that you have and the destiny purposes for them.
The records show the soul's progression through its karmic cycle, what is has
done or has to do, what it has learned and not learned. These records are
three-dimensional. They serve as a most valuable aid for the soul to review and
study during its life (between lives) in the soul plane, to contemplate the
sort of karmic debt it most needs to shed and to decide which qualities are most needed for
further development, and thereby select a new life on earth. We keep our own
books in that way and we are our own judge and jury.
11.8 The Planes
karmic cycle is worked out on lower planes, which includes the earth plane. The earth
plane or the physical plane is by far the most difficult level. The greatest
amount of karmic debt can be erased or added on this plane. The amount of time
spent on lower planes will depend entirely on the soul’s achievements and remaining karmic
debts. Depending on the level of consciousness of the soul, each soul has a vibration rate. In order
to go to a higher plane, your vibration rate (or level of consciousness) must
increase. The higher planes are therefore higher degree of consciousness. The
ultimate goal of each soul is to keep moving upwards to the highest plane, or God
plane. On the God plane the essence of all of us reside.
11.9 Time Between Reincarnation
one is forced to return to the physical form on the earth plane. If a soul so chooses, it is permitted to remain on
the soul plane throughout eternity, although it is harder to advance. On the
spirit or soul plane it seems so simple and easy, you blend in harmony with
those of similar interests and vibrations. Here you do not need food or shelter
of face the struggles of the physical plane. But earth is a big classroom for
practical experience. When we return to the flesh we are thrown into contact
with those who are not in harmony with us or we with them. That is when the
testing and learning begins.
we choose deliberately to join family or
friends or coworkers with dissimilar tastes than our own; for only by adjusting
to fellow human beings or working a selfless, harmonious pattern of life that
refrains from hurting others, loving others, do we advance spiritually. The
time between lives in physical body can be a thousand or a hundred years or a
few hours or days or weeks or years. Some souls need desperately to make amends
and return quickly to another earth life. On the other hand, some that are
tired of earthly woes or hard life or physical pain want a long period of resting.
Time is needed to review and
contemplate he Akashic records, to discuss with peer group members and master
guide, to determine and prioritize the specific karmic debt to pay and lessons
to learn, to select and plan the new life with the group of intertwined souls
11.10 Cycle of Lives
plays a major role in deciding a time period for your next life. The exact
time, place and date of birth will be very important. If you have artistic
lessons to learn and sensitivity is to be experienced, then coming back as a
Pisces would be indicated. Learning lessons on power as an executive or leader
might dictate coming back as a Scorpio, Capricorn or Leo. Of course, the other
planetary influence such as moon, ascendant, Mars, Mercury, Venus etc. must be carefully
addition to astrology, "sub-cycles" must also be taken into
consideration before any decision concerning the overall karmic cycle can be
made. Within our karmic cycles, these smaller sub-cycles such as certain emotional, intellectual,
creative and physical tasks, when completed finish a certain phase within the
total karmic cycle. Every twelve lives makes up a sub-cycle. These twelve lives
correspond to the zodiac sign in astrology. Theoretically, we choose a different astrological sign
in each of these twelve lives to complete
the cycle. Each of the planets in our solar system has specific energies. For example,
Mars has the vibration of mental and warlike attitudes, while Venus has the
vibration of beauty, art and love. Our Earth is blessed with energies for
growth, including humans. The particular energy that speeds human growth and
evolution is called Kundalini (Sanskrit for "circular power"). This
energy causes people to evolve at a much faster rate than they might on
other planets. This makes earth a valuable place to embark on for more intense
have to have a series of lives in order to explore all aspects of a particular
quality. For instance, a person (soul) may be working on power. You may spend
some lives being the power behind the throne, some in power, some in misuse of
power against others, some powerless until you understand all aspects of power
including physical, emotional, mental and spiritual levels. If a person were in
a cycle of healing, the lives would include some with illness (treated or
untreated), healing others, studying causes of illness or developing healthier
bodies. These lives will not necessarily be in chronological order.
12. Documented Proof of Reincarnation
with all of the documented cases, no matter how many facets of a case check out, there will always be
skeptics who will try to explain the results by coincidence or some other
answer. Still when a child reports information during a hypnotic regression, using
the vocabulary of an adult or speaks in a foreign languages that he or she has
never been exposed to, or describes events, one must consider it as a plausible
proof of reincarnation.
most publicized and documented case of a previous lifetime was published in
1956 as "The Search for Bride Murphy". This book documents the results of
six tape-recorded hypnotic regression of Mrs. Virginia Burus Tighe of Pueblo, Colorado in 1952-53. In trance, Mrs. Tighe
described her life in Belfast, Ireland in the 1800's as Bride Murphy. Mrs.
Tighe had never visited Ireland but many details provided by her in
a throaty Irish accent checked out.
The Research of Dr. Ian Stevenson
1957 to 1967 Dr. Stevenson was chairman of neurology and psychiatry at the University of Virginia
Medical School. Much of his research has been on
"reincarnation" and he is recognized as one of the world's foremost
authorities on reincarnation. His book entitled "Twenty Cases Suggestive
of Reincarnation" deals with his personal research and interviews with children whose memories very strongly
suggested reincarnation. For example, the case of a five-year-old Lebanese boy
named Imad Elawar, who in 1964 lived in the village of Kornayal, provides an interesting case of
documented reincarnation. Imad claimed to have been in his last life Ibrahim
Bouhanzy, who died of tuberculosis on September 8, 1944 at the age of twenty-five. Imad
could recall his former family and the place where he lived. Of the fifty-seven
claims, fifty-one proved to be correct. Fraud was eliminated after careful
analysis of collected evidence. Neither family stood to gain and both stood to
lose by lying.
Cayce was born in Kentucky in 1877 and died in 1945. He is one
of the worlds best known psychics and twentieth century’s most outstanding mystic and
seer. He was gifted with a unique clairvoyance. Since age ten he read bible
once for each year of his life. At an early age he could see and converse with his
grandfather who had died when he was four. Later he could sleep with his head
on his schoolbook and learn their entire
content. He lived on the family farm and one-day when alone in the wood saw a
beautiful lady, who appeared and later disappeared in front of him. This lady
asked him what he would like as a gift. He said he wanted to be able to help
others. Since that day, he gained an amazing ability. His specialty was in
diagnosing medical conditions of people he had never met. When placed in
hypnotic trance, Cayce would not only correctly diagnose the patient's medical
problems, but would recommend correct treatment in over 99 percent of cases he
handled. With no formal medical training, Cayce healed thousands of people who
had previously tried conventional medicine without success. He would receive a
letter from someone he did not know and just from patient's name and address,
would recite the diagnosis and prescription. At the time of his death in 1945
Cayce had given more than 14,000 telepathic-clairvoyant readings, all of which were either recorded in short hand
or on tape recorder. 2,500 of these are called "life readings". These
"life readings" traced the past karmic lives of individuals and aided
them greatly in understanding their present problems. These discourses are kept
in the library of the "Association for Research and Enlightenment" at Virginia Beach.
13. Regression Hypnotherapy
are multitudes of experiences from past lives that can negatively effect our
present daily lives. The use of past life regression is finding increased
acceptance in eliminating the causes of other habits, phobias and negative
tendencies. A fear of water can be the result of drowning in a past live. A
woman, who died in a desert sandstorm when she was a nomad in her last life,
now has an unusual fear of wind. Insomnia was treated in a middle-aged woman by
revealing a previous lifetime as a male civil war sentry from the South who
fell asleep at his post. Union soldiers killed the sentry and his fellow
soldiers, so the karmic association of going to sleep and death was well
established. Fortunately, reliving that lifetime removed the insomnia. An
overweight man starved to death in a past life. Another man wondered why he was
such an overprotective father until he
found out that he had deserted his family in two previous incarnations. A workaholic
in this life witnessed his family starving to death in Greece hundreds of years ago because he
was not able to adequately provide for them. By overworking himself in this
life, he was subconsciously preventing that from ever happening again. Fortunately
for him, his past life regression removed his workaholic compulsions
permanently. A woman suffering from frigidity in this life found out that her
husband in a past life rejected her because she was raped. Her husband in this
life was the same entity as her husband in the past life. By being frigid, she
was repaying him for his actions. Today, she is a no longer frigid thanks to
past life regression therapy.
14. RESEARCH ON NEAR DEATH EXPERIENCES
Scientific research on the "Near Death
Experience" or the NDE phenomenon is now in its third decade. This research was initiated in 1975 with the
publication of the best-selling book Life after Life by the psychiatrist Raymond A. Moody Jr. It has
since been followed by many research projects by many prominent doctors
According to the 1990 Gallup Poll,
22 million Americans, or one person in every eleven, has had a NDE.
Furthermore, Gallop’s findings also suggest that approximately 35 percent of
those persons who have come close to death undergo NDE. It is therefore a
widespread phenomenon. NDE has spanned many centuries, across all continents
and religious groups, including prominent individuals such as the writer Ernest Hemingway and
the psychologist Carl Jung.
implication of NDE research on thousands of subjects is:
- That we lived as full-grown
spirits in another realm before our earth life. The main purpose of
pre-earth life is for personal development and preparation for earth life.
Among our pre-earth life activities were volunteering to come to earth,
making agreements with spirits to come to earth as family and friends,
selecting our missions and positions for life on earth, and preparing for
the test and experiences of life on earth. In the pre-earth life, we
associate with many souls for eternities.
- That earth is not our natural
home but is a school for us to learn to love, to experience, to gain
knowledge, and to develop spiritually through the accumulation of positive
- That death is nothing but a
transition from the physical world to the spirit world. At death, guides,
escorts or guardian angels that may be deceased relatives or friends help
our transition to the next world. At death one’s personality continues
unaltered from earth life. Everything we do, say, and think is stored as part
of our unique identity that accompanies us into the next life.
- In the spirit world the
individual has a spirit body which lacks any disabilities and
deformations that plagued the physical body. The spirit body has no
restrictions from the force of gravity or dense matter. It retains the
senses and sensations of the mortal body but has increased capacities such as the ability to move with
the speed of light, increased mental abilities, increased power of sight,
and ability to communicate telepathy.
- Depending on the soul’s
developmental level, it is assigned to a higher or lower realm (or plane)
in the spirit world. Each realm has cities of light, which are bright and literally
emanate light. No sun or extra source of light is needed. The cities of
light are filled with beautiful gardens, flowers, shrubs, and trees that
perfectly compliment their physical structures of walls, gates, streets,
houses, and various buildings with their magnificent exteriors, interiors,
and furniture. The inter-city travel is permitted from higher to lower
realms but not vice-versa. The higher realm city has greater grandeur than
the last one.
- That everyone in the spirit
world or the City of Light has something meaningful to
do, knows how his or her work fits into the greater scheme of things, and is willing
and happy to perform any assigned duties. Nobody is forced to do anything
that they do not want to or accept anything that they are taught. A
council of elders or a panel of judges hears all petitions. Each soul is assigned a guide or
- The main purposes of post earth
life are to gain knowledge, teach others, and serve others.
should be glad of another death."
----- T. S. Eliot
ABOUT THE AUTHOR
Bubna was born in 1944 in India where he obtained his Bachelor Degree in
Mechanical Engineering. In 1967 he
obtained his Master Degree in Mechanical
from University of California, Berkeley. His entire professional career was
working for Kaiser Engineers (last position Group Senior Vice President), Bechtel
(Vice President) and M.I.M. Corp. of Australia (vice President & Project
He also resided in Brazil (9 years), Portugal (4 years) and Argentina (3 years).
a Project Director he managed the design and construction of many large
projects in Brazil, Portugal, and Argentina. He is married, has three daughters
and resides in Fremont, CA.
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International Gita Society's editorial note:
Lord has made Karmic laws as the controller of all living beings. Therefore,
one must learn to gladly endure all that fate imposes by taking refuge in Him.
The Vedas declare that Lord, using Karma, makes us dance as a juggler would
make his monkey dance. Without the laws of Karma, the scriptural injunctions,
prohibitions as well as self-effort would have no value at all. Karma is the
eternal justice, and the eternal law. As a result of working of the eternal justice
there could be no escape from the consequences of our deeds. We become the
product of our own past thinking and action. Therefore, we must think and act
wisely at the present moment using the scriptures as a guide.
doctrine of Karma and reincarnation is also found in the following two verses
of the Koran: Allah is He who created you and then sustained you, then causes
you to die, then gives life to you again (Surah 30.40). He may reward those who
believe and do good works. No one is able to escape His law of consequences
(Surah 30.45). People cannot escape from the consequences of their deeds; for
as we sow, so we reap. Cause and effect cannot be separated because the effect
exists in the cause as the fruit exists in the seed. Good and evil deeds follow
us continually like our shadows.
Bible also says: Whosoever shedeth man's blood, by man shall his blood be shed
(Genesis 9.06). It is recorded that all references to Karma and reincarnation
were taken out of the Bible during the fifth century with the noble aim of
encouraging people to strive hard for perfection during this very life. Those
who believe in reincarnation must avoid laziness and procrastination, stress
intense spiritual discipline, and try their best to get Self-realization in this
very life as if there is no reincarnation. Live as though this is your last day
on this earth. One cannot achieve anything through laziness and procrastination.
Law of Karma means that each individual (soul) is the maker of his or her own fate. If
the individual soul is eternal and has the freedom of choice, then together with the freedom
comes the responsibility for one's actions. And the eternity of soul means that
we continue to get better and better life after life till the perfection of
nirvana is achieved. There is no Karma in the animal or the plant kingdom, because
they do not have the freedom of choice. Those who deny the universal law of Karma are
also denying that spirit or soul is eternal and it has freedom. Such persons should come up with an
alternate theory to explain the inequality in the world, and among the family
members, without implicating the creator who cannot be unjust.
England's top soccer coach, Glenn Hoddle, is kicked out of a
US$575,600 a year job for comments on Karma, because, reincarnation isn't a
Christian doctrine. (Source: Hinduism Today, May 1999)