Is reincarnation true?
If we start to examine the basic
views of the New Age movement and the Oriental religions, it is good to start
with reincarnation. This doctrine is in the background of almost all teachings
of the New Age movement and it is also the basic belief of the Oriental
religions like Hinduism and Buddhism. It is estimated that approximately
25% of people in the Western countries believe in reincarnation, but in India and
other countries of Asia – where the origin of this
doctrine are – the percentage is much higher. Mainly
in India and
other countries of Asia they have taught this
doctrine for at least 2000 years; it was generally accepted
about 300 years before Christ, not much before that.
People who believe in reincarnation believe that life is a continuous cycle;
each person is born on the Earth again and again and again, and will always get
a new incarnation depending on how he has lived in his previous life. All
bad things that happen to us today are only the result of earlier events. We
must now reap what we sowed during earlier lives. However, if we do not
experience enlightenment and at the same time gain freedom from this cycle (achieving
moksha), this circular life will continue forever.
In the Western world, achieving
moksha is not very important. Instead, in the Western world reincarnation is
seen in a positive light, mainly as a possibility to develop and grow
spiritually. It does not have the similar negative nuances.
But what should we think about reincarnation: Is it really true?
Is it worth believing in? We will try to address these questions in this
1 - Do we reincarnate again and again?
2 - Examining reincarnation
3 - Reincarnation or eternal life?