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Wondering About Past Lives?

By Allison Small

It is quite familiar to hear people talking about past lives. This is a phenomenon which depicts that human soul is immortal and passes on from one physical body to another. The concepts or rebirth and reincarnation are ancient as well as popular.

The first and foremost thing about past lives is that it literally means having a number of past lives or births before this present one and naturally refers to the concept of being reborn in a different physical body or in other words being reincarnated. In short, this points to the belief of ancient civilizations and spiritually advanced cultures regarding the immortality of the human soul and its reincarnations.

About past lives, or about reincarnation, it can be said that the human soul is believed to be immortal in nature. Thus, when a person dies or his physical body ceases to exist, the soul leaves the same and thereafter comes back to the Earth in a new born baby. This phenomenon is commonly known as reincarnation or also transmigration of the soul.

There has been numerous research and experiments about past lives by ancient civilizations and religions that are spiritually advanced. The concept of rebirth has been the centre point of religions like Hinduism, Buddhism, Sikhism and Jainism. Even the ancient Greek philosophy had serious researches about past lives. But again major sects of Christianity and Islam have different views regarding the same. Lets have a look at what the Hindu philosophy says about past life.

The Hindus believe that the soul has to travel to a cycle of birth and rebirth which is called samsara. This continues till the soul attains nirvana or the highest level of spiritual wisdom. During the process of birth and rebirth the life it leads, the work it does are termed as karma.

The karma determines the condition and the experience the soul go through in the next rebirth. With every rebirth the soul comes closer to attaining the state of moksha or nirvana. When finally it attains nirvana the soul is set free and attains the much awaited eternal peace and happiness.

The concept about past lives in Buddhism is a bit different. Buddhism does not stress on the immortality of the soul but states that with every reincarnation, the soul gathers something new. It becomes wiser. There is no binding between the past life and the next along with the soul. Rather, in the next birth consciousness evolves. A new personality emerges from the same stream of consciousness.

The civilization of the western world in the past however did not have much belief about past lives. In modern western philosophies, a new wave of thought called theosophy has evolved which is much inspired from the Hindu line of thinking. The school of theosophy is perhaps the first institution to speak about past lives in the western world.

The doctrine of theosophy says that the soul is a formless, all pervasive force. It comes down from the ghostly world to the human world and goes through a simple harmonic process of birth, death and rebirth. Thus, with every birth it gains some experience and at death attains purity. Then it once a gain goes to the sublime planes to have itself cleansed and then waits in its formless and timeless self to be reincarnated again.

Allison Small is a writer for the website. You can enjoy the incredible experience of remembering our past lives and you can try it yourself when you get thirty Free about past lives Binaural and hypnosis mp3 Audios and Videos when you visit here.

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Small, Allison "Wondering About Past Lives?." Wondering About Past Lives?. 7 Jul. 2010. 11 Sep 2014 <>.

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