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However reincarnation is not accurately synonymous with either metamorphosis or resurrection.
533, reincarnation was declared a heresy by the Council of Constantinople.
The reason reincarnation was repudiated was because of the eschatological teachings of death and judgment which were established as orthodox Christian doctrine.
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Reincarnation is the belief that when one dies, one's body decomposes, but something of oneself is reborn in another body.
Reincarnation does seem to offer an explanation for some strange phenomena such as the ability of some people to regress to a past life under hypnosis.
Reincarnation could explain why bad things happen to good people and why good things happen to bad people: they are being rewarded or punished for actions in past lives (karma).
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 Comparative Religion - Reincarnation in world religions
On the other hand, reincarnation is a way of rejecting the monotheistic teaching of the final judgment by a holy God, with the possible result of being eternally condemned to suffer in hell.
The reincarnation of an entity which is the core of human existence (atman or purusha) in a long cycle that implies many lives and bodies, is not so old a concept as it is claimed today.
In the Samkhya and Yoga darshanas, the entity that reincarnates is purusha, an equivalent of atman.
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 Blavatsky text
Sylvia Cranston is a leading expert on reincarnation with decades of study and research on this subject and on Theosophy.
Background: The idea of reincarnation was first brought to the West and popularized in the latter part of the nineteenth century by Madame Helena Blavatsky.
Blavatsky claimed to have been taught details of reincarnation as an integral part of a larger fragment of the ancient perennial philosophy by masters of this knowledge who had preserved the ancient knowledge intact.
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 Reincarnation, Transmigration of the Soul - Crystalinks
Reincarnation, literally "to be made flesh again", is a doctrine or mystical belief that some essential part of a living being (in some variations only human beings) survives death to be reborn in a new body.
The doctrine of reincarnation is absent in the Vedas, which are generally considered the oldest of the Hindu scriptures.
Reincarnation was a basic tenant of the Catholic church until the fourth century AD when the Roman Emperor Constantine decided to tailor it to his specifications.
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Reincarnation is the belief that the soul is reborn repeatedly.
Reincarnation is also referred to as the transmigration of the soul or rebirth.
Reincarnation is easier to grasp if we understand that we are not our bodies.
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The closest the Second Council of Constantinople came to addressing reincarnation was, in one sentence, to condemn Origen, an early Church writer who believed souls exist in heaven before coming to earth to be born.
New Agers confuse this belief in the preexistence of the soul with reincarnation and claim that Origen was a reincarnationist.
Thus, it is said, there is nothing absurd in supposing that John, ‘in the spirit and power of Elijah,’ turned the hearts of the fathers to the children and that it was on account of this spirit that he was called ‘Elijah who is to come’" (ibid.).
www.catholic.com /library/Reincarnation.asp   (1402 words)

 Ian Stevenson - Reincarnation research
Stevenson's research into birthmarks and congenital defects has such particular importance for the demonstration of reincarnation, since it furnishes objective and graphic proof of reincarnation, superior to the - often fragmentary - memories and reports of the children and adults questioned, which even if verified afterwards cannot be assigned the same value in scientific terms.
In the most unusual scenario, it is possible that someone who believed in reincarnation expressed a wish to be reborn to a couple or one partner of a couple.
Believing in reincarnation, as most of them do, they are nearly always content to attribute the lesion to some event of a previous life without searching for a particular life with matching details.
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 "Reincarnation" by Leoline L. Wright, Theosophical Manual   (Site not responding. Last check: )
It is through reincarnation alone that we can bring out, and use and perfect, the fullness of that hidden wealth of power and capacity of which we are all conscious in some measure.
This distortion of the law of reincarnation referred to as the transmigration of the soul is a misapplication of a fact anciently known and now again brought forward by theosophy -- the transmigration of the life-atoms.
Objections to reincarnation spring as a rule from unfamiliarity with the teaching and its innumerable close applications to the problems and situations arising in life.
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 FST: Spiritual Teachings: The Question of Reincarnation
Opponents of reincarnation who fall upon this argument state that if a person does come back to the Earth plane, he or she does so in a different body, with a different brain; therefore, a different person is involved, and that person has not technically experienced reincarnation.
Through reincarnation, we are given the opportunity to come back with another soul, or group of souls, to make good that which may be bad, or to make even better that which is already good.
Through reincarnation, we are given the opportunity to become all that we are capable of becoming, rather than remain where we are.
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 A Basic Buddhism Guide: On Reincarnation
The common misunderstanding is that a person has led countless previous lives, usually as an animal, but somehow in this life he is born as a human being and in the next life he will be reborn as an animal, depending on the kind of life he has lived.
The doctrine of reincarnation is often understood in this light.
Reincarnation is not a simple physical birth of a person; for instance, John being reborn as a cat in the next life.
www.buddhanet.net /e-learning/reincarnation.htm   (996 words)

  About Reincarnation   (Site not responding. Last check: )
Stevenson’s most recent contribution to studies of cases of the reincarnation type is an examination of cases in which birthmarks or birth defects seem to correspond to physical features of the "former person," often to fatal wounds.
And that leaves an open-minded inquirer free to be persuaded by the considerable strengths of the Vedic view that the conscious living being is indeed a separate entity, transmigrating from one lifetime to the next.
Reincarnation and Biology: A Contribution to the Etiology of Birthmarks and Birth Defects
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  Reincarnation - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia
Reincarnation, literally "to be made flesh again", as a doctrine or mystical belief, holds the notion that some essential part of a living being (or in some variations, only human beings) can survive death in some form, with its integrity partly or wholly retained, to be reborn in a new body.
Belief in reincarnation is an ancient phenomenon; in various guises humans have believed in a future life since the ancient Egyptians, perhaps earlier, and ancient graves containing both people and possessions may testify to beliefs that a person would have need for their treasured possessions once again despite physical death.
Beliefs in reincarnation or transmigration are widespread amongst religions and beliefs, some seeing it as part of the religion, others seeing in it an answer to many common moral and existential dilemmas, such as "why are we here" and "why do bad things sometimes appear to happen to good people".
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Reincarnation and pantheism are the central doctrines of Hinduism and occultism, variations of which have grown popular in the Western world in recent decades.
Reincarnation in John 3:3: Jesus tells Nicodemus that to see the Kingdom of God one must be "born again." Here, many reincarnationists declare that Jesus is supporting the idea that a series of rebirths is necessary to achieve life cycle "perfection." Of course, one must read the entire passage to understand the complete context.
Reincarnation is a myth, which teaches that "salvation" will ultimately come to those who have perfected themselves at the end of their Karma-based life cycle.
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 Probe Ministries - The Mystery of Reincarnation   (Site not responding. Last check: )
Reincarnation literally means, "to come again in the flesh." World religions author Geoffrey Parrinder defines reincarnation as "the belief that the soul or some power passes after death into another body."{1}
Reincarnation is a major facet of the eastern religions of Hinduism and Buddhism.
John came not as the reincarnation of Elijah, but in a metaphorical sense as Elijah in that he was filled with the same spirit and power as Elijah.
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Reincarnation unfortunately implies some form of intelligience, such that the matter that made you up, is rebuilt/used in some other life form in an orderly/controlled/purposeful manner,..
Such evidence is like saying that some lady has been born with marks on her hands and feet, and a mark at the side and therefore this proves that she has somehow reflected the wounds of Jesus and therefore this is proof that Jesus Christ existed.
In my opinion, reincarnation was defined because there were so many children with this ability in the past, when they were born and left alone, played with themselves on the field..
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Reincarnation, also called transmigration of souls, is the rebirth in another body (after physical death), of some critical part of a person's personality or spirit.
For them, reincarnation was a negative concept: Gnostics believed that the material body was evil, and that they would be better off if they could eventually avoid having their 'good' souls reincarnated in 'evil' bodies.
Critics who claim that reincarnation is impossible often espouse the alternate theory that a large number of mental phenomena such as memory and ability are already accounted for by physiological processes; and may point to moral and practical inconsistencies in the various theories of reincarnation.
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Reincarnation is not a teaching from God, but from the same serpent that said to Adam and Eve you shall not really die way back when in the garden, and continues to be a good lie to promote to the public because no one really wants to die
In reincarnation life is an illusion, yet, all our ills and phobias are from a past life, so if one is afraid of water, they might have drowned in another life, at least this is what the past-life hypnotherapists tell us.
If ignorance of reincarnation or a real spiritual life is true and ignorance is what hinders our spiritual progression, why would the soul, prior to its inhabiting a body, cause itself to forget what it did in the past and hinder the very progress its trying to attain.
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 Of Reincarnation -- The Ocean of Theosophy Chapter 8
Therefore as to reincarnation and metempsychosis we say that they are first to be applied to the whole cosmos and not alone to man. But as man is the most interesting object to himself, we will consider in detail its application to him.
And reincarnation provides for that, since we are given by it many opportunities of slowly, one by one, killing off the desires and passions which mar the heavenly picture of the spiritual man.
Reincarnation does not mean that we go into animal forms after death, as is believed by some Eastern peoples.
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 Hinduism and belief in reincarnation of soul   (Site not responding. Last check: )
Firstly, a great mass of evidence is gathering in favour of reincarnation through the personal experiences of many who chanced to remember their past lives and were able to record their experiences in stunning details for the posterity.
The Hindu concept of reincarnation is based upon the logical notion that life on earth did not emerge suddenly, but evolved gradually, involving great epoch of time and a vast multitude of beings.
That the theory of reincarnation is not a mere theory, but an actual fact is being now established beyond reasonable doubt.
hinduwebsite.com /reincarnation.htm   (1876 words)

 Theosophy : Reincarnation by Annie Besant : AnandGholap.net
Reincarnation and Karma are said by a Master to be the two doctrines of which the West stands most in.
As the period for reincarnation approaches the causal body, or reincarnating Ego, builds a new mental and a new astral body, while the Lords of Karma provide a mould suited to express the Karma to be worked out, and after this the.
It is the final certainty of the truth of reincarnation to the person whose memory bears this witness to his own past; its value to the hearer must depend on that hearer's opinion of the intellectual sanity and moral worth of the speaker.
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 I believe in reincarnation, so why do I need Christianity?
Also, reincarnation negates the necessity of the Cross because reincarnation teaches you can have different lives in which to try and "get it right." Not so in Christianity.
Reincarnation works with karma, the idea that your past lives "goodness" or "badness" affects the quality and position of your next incarnation.
The purpose of reincarnation is to help you develop perfect karma by which you might then achieve a union with the divine consciousness after you have learned whatever it is you are supposed to learn.
www.carm.org /questions/reincarnation.htm   (572 words)

 Reincarnation and Jewish Tradition
The purpose of reincarnation is generally two-fold: either to make up for a failure in a previous life or to create a new, higher state of personal perfection not previously attained.
Reincarnation is mentioned in numerous places throughout the classical texts of Jewish mysticism.
The fact that reincarnation is part of Jewish tradition comes as a surprise to many people.
www.aish.com /literacy/concepts/Reincarnation_and_Jewish_Tradition.asp   (2499 words)

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