Many people say in passing, “you’re only here once, so make the most of it”, but is that really true?
And the truth of the matter is that none of us can for sure, know the answer to that conundrum.
Even those people who have died and been revived cannot for certain know what is and what is not awaiting after the moment when life ceases to vivify the human body a state we normally refer to as “death”.
There are many schools and philosophies of thought about the possibility of reincarnation. Many who disregard the possibility of reincarnation, do so on the basis that it has been created in the minds of mankind, as some sort of comfort to believe in the immortality of the soul. Whatever your views on reincarnation, there are some credible sources who strongly believe in the possibility of reincarnation.
“My life as I lived it had often seemed tome like a story that has no beginning and no end. I had the feeling that I was an historical fragment, an excerpt for which the preceding and succeeding text was missing.” (Carl Jung, Dreams, Memories, Reflections)
“Were an Asiatic to ask me for a definition of Europe, I should be forced to answer him: It is that part of the world which is haunted by the incredible delusion that man was created out of nothing, and that his present birth is his first entrance into life.” (Arthur Schopenhauer, Parerga and Paralipomena)
“As the Spirit of our mortal body wanders on in childhood, and youth and old age, the Spirit wanders on to a new body: of this the sage has no doubts.” (Bhagavad Gita 2: 13)
“But I tell you that Elijah has already come, and they did not know him, but did to him whatever they pleased . … Then the disciples understood that he was speaking to them of John the Baptist.” (Christian Bible – Matthew 17:12-13)
“The soul, which is immaterial and invisible in its nature, exists in no material place without having a body suited to the nature of that place. Accordingly, it at one time puts off one body – which was necessary before, but which is no longer adequate in its changed state and it exchanges it for a second.” (Origen, Contra Celsum)
“Every soul … comes into the world strengthened by the victories or weakened by the defeats of its previous life…. Its place in this world as a vessel appointed to honour or dishonour, is determined by its previous merits or demerits. Its work in this world, determines its place in the world which is to follow this.” (Origen, De Principiis)
“All souls are subject to the trials of transmigration; and men do not know the designs of the Most High with regard to them; they know not how they are being at all times judged, both before coming into this world and when they leave it …. Souls must re-enter the absolute substance whence they have emerged. But to accomplish this end they must develop all the perfections, the germ of which is planted in them; and if they have not fulfilled this condition during one life, they must commence another, a third, and so forth, until they have acquired the condition which fits them for reunion with God.” (Zohar, Vol II, 99)
“I adopted the theory of reincarnation when I was twenty-six. Religion offered nothing to the point … Even work could not give me complete satisfaction. Work is futile if we cannot utilise the experience we collect in one life in the next. When I discovered reincarnation it was as if I had found a universal plan. I realised that there was a chance to work out my ideas. Time was no longer limited. I was no longer a slave to the hands of the clock … Reincarnation put my mind at ease .. Genius is experience. Some seem to think that it is a gift or talent, but it is the fruit of long experience in many lives.” (Taken from an interview with Henry Ford)