Reincarnation World’s Religions

Reincarnation World’s Religions

One of the obvious truths about any religion is that all of us probably have a skewed knowledge of one or more of the world’s religions because of movies and television. In reading about reincarnation, the rebirth of a soul in a new body, it becomes evident that what Hollywood has told us about reincarnation is simplistic and perhaps incorrect. And according to Ernest Valea, in his article, “Reincarnation, it’s meaning and consequences,” (http://www.comparativereligion.com/reincarnation.html#08) reincarnation became something different from the Eastern religions when it was introduced to the western world in the 19th century.

Even in the Eastern religions, Hinduism, Buddhism and Taoism, certain aspects of reincarnation are different. In Hinduism, Valea says that, “The whole physical and mental complex a human being consists of is reconstructed at (re)birth according to one’s karma. At this level, the newly shaped person experiences the fruits of “his” or “her” actions from previous lives and has to do his best to stop the vicious cycle avidya-karma-samsara.”

In Buddhism, “The Buddha answered that only karma is passing from one life to another, using the illustration of the light of a candle, which is derived from another candle without having a substance of its own. In the same manner, there is rebirth without the transfer of a self from one body to another. The only link from one life to the next is of a causal nature.”

The study of reincarnation and the understanding of it within different religions is much more complex. But, the information here in these short descriptions is meant to illustrate the idea that reincarnation is something more than what most, who don’t practice the religions, will ever understand without much study.

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Famous Reincarnation Quotes

Famous Reincarnation Quotes

Reincarnation Quotes

“I did not begin when I was born, nor when I was conceived. I have been growing, developing, through incalculable myriads of millenniums. All my previous selves have their voices, echoes, promptings in me. Oh, incalculable times again shall I be born.” —Jack London




“I have been born more times than anybody except Krishna.” —Mark Twain.

“I feel as though I have lived many lives, experienced the heights and depths of each and like the waves of the ocean, never known rest. Throughout the years, I looked always for the unusual, for the wonderful, for the mysteries at the heart of life.” ― Leni Riefenstahl

“I believe … that the soul of man is immortal and will be treated with justice in another life, respecting its conduct in this.” —Benjamin Franklin

“I know I am deathless. No doubt I have died myself ten thousand times before. I laugh at what you call dissolution, and I know the amplitude of time.” —Walt Whitman

“Reincarnation contains a most comforting explanation of reality by means of which Indian thought surmounts difficulties which baffle the thinkers of Europe.” —Albert Schweitzer

“It is not more surprising to be born twice than once; everything in nature is resurrection.” —Voltaire

Soul Mates, Edgar Cayce and Gnarled Bones

Soul Mates, Edgar Cayce and Gnarled Bones

Edgar Cayce Quote:

“A soulmate is an ongoing connection with another individual that the soul picks up again in various times and places over lifetimes. We are attracted to another person at a soul level not because that person is our unique complement, but because by being with that individual, we are somehow provided with an impetus to become whole ourselves.”

Gnarled Bones Song Synopsis:

Gnarled Bones is a song about a man searching for his soul mate. He carries a sadness from this – which he calls ‘gnarled bones’ – with him throughout his life, sometimes catching echoes of her from a past life with his true love. Follow this man’s journey as he searches . . . and concludes he’s a better man for the journey. Read Lyrics

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Edgar Cayce on Soul Mates

Edgar Cayce on Soul Mates

Gain insights into your life and relationships as you explore the question of soul mates through case histories from the Edgar Cayce readings, plus contemporary examples. It provides unique insights into the dynamics of soul attraction and how relationships develop over time within the framework of ...

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Gain insights into your life and relationships as you explore the question of soul mates through case histories from the Edgar Cayce readings, plus contemporary examples. It provides unique insights into the dynamics of soul attraction and how relationships develop over time within the framework of reincarnation.

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Publisher: A.R.E. Press
Publication Year: 2008
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Reincarnation Themed Music and Lyrics

Reincarnation Themed Music and Lyrics

Reincarnation Themes in Don Whitaker’s CD Gnarled Bones

There are several songs in Don Whitaker’s CD, Gnarled Bones, which deal with Reincarnation themes. As the lyricist of all the songs on the CD, I must admit I rarely miss a chance to weave Reincarnation references into my lyrics. But three songs in particular deal with Reincarnation directly.

Gnarled Bones

Gnarled Bones, for which the album is named, is a song about a man who knows for certain he has not met his soul mate in this life, but has memories of her from prior lives. He catches a glimpse of her in a sales clerk’s eye or the way a waitress’ wrist tilts. He can’t completely enunciate the sadness this memory of her causes, but he knows he carried a sadness in his gut all his life, like gnarled bones.

There’s no way for him to resolve this sadness, as this is not a life where he was meant to be with her. Perhaps this is how he chose to refine his soul in this present life – by learning how to live with such an emptiness. And in the song’s chorus, he concludes he’s ‘a better man for the journey.’

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Variations On Emily

Variations On Emily, a song where I used lines from Emily Dickinson’s public domain pieces, then answer with lines of my own. Concerning Reincarnation, I’ve never come across any documents where Emily discussed her own belief in it, but I’ve often contemplated her last written sentences from her death bed, a short note to relatives: “Little cousins, Called Back.” She also instructed the words “Called Back” be carved on her grave stone. Now where this is a favorite saying of 19th century Christians, I’ve always entertained the reincarnational hope how if one were called back, it surely means you were there to begin with, before this life.

Canterbury Meditations,

Canterbury Meditations, This song uses the trope of Chaucer’s Canterbury Tales to muse about the nature of Reincarnation, how we’re all ‘rocks in the rock polisher’ of life. It follows the struggles of four of Chaucer’s characters: The Nun, The Friar, The Merchant and The Knight, including long instrumentals to give the listener spacious time to reflect upon the characters’ travails.

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Conclusion

Where there’s no scientific proof for Reincarnation, or for any other theology for that matter, the Ian Stevenson books come the closest so far as documenting cases of Reincarnation he directly studied. But a scientist to the end, Stevenson can’t bring himself to claim he’s proven the existence of Reincarnation, although his case studies are extremely compelling.

For any religious belief, it requires a faith on the part of the individual, rather than scientific proof, as no religion offers such proof. For myself, I came to Reincarnation through my 40 years of writing serious poetry. Those of us committed to this art, know poetry is a highly intuitive endeavor, and the more the poet disengages the conscious mind, the better the poem will flow in to the poet. Many years ago I became aware of what was flowing in often concerned the ‘circularity of the soul.’ And this led me to seek literature on Reincarnation. Since I already possessed a firm belief in poetry, it became a short journey to embrace Reincarnation.

Where I don’t recommend all individuals begin a regimen of poetry, I do believe it’s incumbent on all individuals to seek their own answers or faiths. As I wrote in a song “The Secret of Life” by one of our other artists, Joan in the Fires, if you search with a good heart, the answer will eventually pop up and shake hands with you. The answer always comes in the long, sincere search.

history of souls second edition

history of souls by Ward Kelley.

Author, poet, and lyricist Ward Kelley is now offering a second version of "history of souls". This book offers poetry that encompasses a number of themes:

Magical realism: Literature that looks at fables, myths, and allegory in the rational world.

Reincarnation: The philosophical and/or religious concept that the soul or spirit, after death, can begin a new life in a new body to learn new experiences and gain knowledge.

Metaphysics: A traditional branch of philosophy concerned with nature of being and the world that surrounds it.

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