Reincarnation in Hinduism and Buddhism: Life after Death

Reincarnation in Hinduism

Reincarnation in Hinduism is a discovery of ancient yogis about life after death. Nothing happens in this universe without a reason. Even there is a reason for life after death.

The Reason behind life after death and rebirth:

The main reason to take rebirth and reincarnation is due to the desires that are not fulfilled in this life. Everybody dies with unsatisfaction and that causes the rebirth and the seeking of the womb. The soul needs a body to fulfill his desires.

The man who dies with dissatisfaction has a lot of desires unfulfilled, and those desires are energies that accumulate in the soul. Because of those extra unfulfilled energies, the soul wants to come back to life again through a body. So it starts searching for the womb.

Desires are nothing but extra negative energies possessing in a soul. So, such souls cannot easily remain in the universe. It needs a body to come back again into the game.

The Mystery of life and rencarnation:

You don’t know the real meaning to live a life because every second you are surrounded by death. All your achievements and the money becomes meaningless to you when you take your last breath. Then you realize that nothing was mine in spite of being so much rich and famous.

On the contrary enlightened or spiritually awakened people dies with a great achievement. They know the inner being, the soul. We all are the soul but we have a materialistic body and everyone thinks “I’m the body”. It’s the mistake that everyone is doing.

Enlightenment and reincarnation in Hinduism:

The enlightened people lose all the worldly attachment and desires. When you die consciously and with full-satisfaction of life then you go to the ultimate peace and ecstasy after death.

That’s why enlightened people never claim that they will bear again in future until they want to.

According to Hindus, reincarnation is the wheel of life and death, and it never stops until you get Moksha – the enlightenment.

The enlightened people die so peacefully, so consciously that they become identified with the universe, and they are in a totally blissful state. They never take rebirth. Only the compassion may cause the rebirth for them, otherwise, they don’t want to disturb their bliss.

Higher consciousness waits for many years to get the next birth because of lack of suitable womb.

The normal people get a lot of wombs so they find wombs within three days to one year.

Lastly according to reincarnation in Hinduism, the evil people also suffer difficulty in life after death to find proper womb for them, till then they exist as a ghost.

Reincarnation in Buddhism:

Gautam Buddha used to believe in reincarnation and past lives. He used to tell his past life stories to the disciples. According to reincarnation in Buddhism, we are not the result of one life. Many past lives were present behind us. Nothing happens without any reason. We have done something in past lives so we are here and the current life decides the upcoming lives.

Buddha had taught the ways to go back to the past life to treat the current problems. According to Buddha, everything happens due to some reasons; if you are in a problem, it means you have done something wrong to face the problem, without any reason nothing occurs.

Similarly, if something good happens then it means we had done something good earlier. Buddhism and reincarnation have deeper relations. Buddhism is a religion that teaches us a way to live a life. We have forgotten something very important i.e. our past lives.

We have born so many times but still repeating the same mistakes, there is no progression in life. We are still in the same place. So Buddha decided to teach the people to know their past lives so that you will not repeat the same mistakes that you have done is the past lives.

If you see your past lives repeating the same things, it will make you a different person. You will be enlightened. Buddhism believes there is no reincarnation if someone becomes enlightened. This was the research of Gautam Buddha on reincarnation and life after death.

Also, Buddhism says the last thought before you die impacts your next birth. Your thought works like the laws of attraction. The soul seeks the proper womb according to your current consciousness level.

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Gautam Buddha’s past life story

Gautam Buddha had told one of his past life stories:

Buddha was an elephant before his first human life. There was a jungle where many animals and the elephant used to live. Once the destruction of the jungle happened due to the fire. All the creatures and the elephant started to run faster to refrain from fire. The elephant got tired so stopped running to rest a few seconds. At that moment a rabbit came under the elephant thinking that I will be safe here, it is the better place to hide my body. Gradually fire started to come near the elephant. But the elephant couldn’t move due to his grace towards the rabbit. And waits when the rabbit will move, then I will move. I cannot leave him alone in the jungle to die. Rabbit didn’t move because he thought the elephant is not also moving and this is the safe place to hide my body. Finally, fire comes to them and the elephant and the rabbit both of them die.

Gautam Buddha later mentioned that I had not moved due to compassion and sacrificed my life for someone, and that why I got my first human life. Human life was the result of my past karmas.