Reincarnation is a rebirth of a self in a new body, a way by which the soul finds its new abode. However, Buddhism has a different take on this altogether. Unlike Hinduism or other religions, Buddhism does not believe in the transmigration of an entity to a self. Buddhists do not think reincarnation as in terms of entities or self but the experience and stream of consciousness that is passed down to the new birth.
Interesting Facts About Reincarnation
Reincarnation is a highly infused word in the dictionary of religion and even movies across the region. It has got into the tongues of the people through popular culture. There are many facts and interesting things about reincarnation that you can know about.
Reincarnation For Unfulfilled Desires
According to Hinduism and Buddhism as well, the body is just a container and soul is the essence of life. Just like we wear cloth, soul wears the body. There are many reasons given in the religious texts for reincarnation and one major reason is not being able to fulfill the wishes in one’s lifetime. the desire does not let the soul reach an impasse and it takes birth again to fulfill it.
Memories Never Die
Hindu sages believe that our soul can keep the memories, but it is stored in the unconscious self. We are not capable of remembering from our unconscious and that is why we forget our past lives. In burning rituals, dead is beaten up with bamboo sticks so that it forgets its past in the next birth.
Role Of Karma
Both in Hinduism and Buddhism, the concept of karma exists. We need to understand that karmic law is the law of nature and we get what we give. If you have done something bad and you are not getting what you deserve, you will take the reincarnation in as a next birth and you will face the consequences of your action.
The Third Eye
We have not been able to see our past karma because we do not have a third eye. According to ancient scriptures, we all have the third eye, but we are not able to open it. It takes years of Sadhna or meditation to be able to open this eye of enlightenment. This is how Gautama Buddha had been able to achieve Nirvana.
The Cycle Of Reincarnation
Your karma will define whether you are going to take the rebirth and there is no way to determine how many lives your soul must go through to complete what it needs to do. The reincarnation is not an immediate thing and a soul can take years and even decades to find a perfect body to reincarnate.
Nirvana Is The Goal
Even though the soul goes through the cycle of rebirths, but it is not the ultimate goal of a soul. We all must achieve a state of salvation when we no longer take rebirths. This is named differently in different religions. Hinduism calls it Moksha whereas, Buddhists name it Nirvana. Thus reaching Nirvana, a soul achieves salvation.