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Questions tagged [rebirth]

After the biological death of one, the soul takes birth again in a new bodily form.

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“Cows are sacred” & at the same time “It's only a sinful soul which gets born as an animal” - How to deal with this apparent contradiction?

On one hand we have the cows considered as the most sacred in the scriptures. All deities, pilgrimages, Rishis are said to be found in it's body. Giving it pain is considered as an offence. Killing ...
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Past life of Revati

This wikipedia link Revati mentions that Revati wife of Balarama elder brother of Sri Krishna was Jyotishmati in her past life. Googling that name does not bring any Puranic references to that name. ...
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In a family, does the birth of a son vs daughter, signify anything with respect to Pitru-s (ancestors)?

Scriptures suggest that, a person himself gets reborn as his own children, whether boy or girl. Bhishma said, 'The son is even as one's own self, and the daughter is like unto the son. How, ...
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Using hypnotism as a mean to access past or future lives?

In the books 'Same Soul Many Bodies' and 'Many Masters Many Lives' by Brian L Weiss there are many cases where he used hypnotism as a tool to either regress or progress the patients past/future lives ...
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Does number of souls increase? [duplicate]

When an jiva attains moksha, it leaves the earth and doesn't take any further birth. So, by this process of attaining moksha, the number of souls on earth decrease. But, in these days the population ...
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Do Vaishnavism and Shaivism differ on whether all souls ultimately achieve liberation (moksha)?

There is a very short, one paragraph-long Wikipedia article on nitya-samsarins, or eternally transmigrating souls, as classified by Sri Madhvacharya. Sri Madhva also classifies souls into mukti-yogyas ...
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Does the fragmental Atman travels?

Shankara in one of his verses gives the definition of jiva -""When the omnipresent Atman is limited or embodied by the mind,ego of subtle body, it is called jiva"". I think what he means is, once the ...
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If I born as male in this life can my soul transmigrate and became female in next life? [duplicate]

I have this question in my mind since when I knew about soul, can a person who is male and his soul in next life can be female? I hope its pretty clear, if not please let me know. My english might ...
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In non-dualism does Atman reincarnate or transmigrate?

I've read that a small portion of the infinite spirit Brahman, becomes embodied. This embodied portion is called Atman. So does Atman reincarnate or goes from one body to another? Again, if Brahman ...
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What was the previous life of lord Krishna? [duplicate]

I've heard little accounts of Shri Krishna's past life, such as - he was Shri Rama in his past life. I recently heard he could have been Lakshmana (Rama's brother), in the previous incarnation too. ...
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When does a soul lose its memory of its previous birth?

I have studied in our texts that a soul will have the memory of its previous births after death, and before birth. My question is when does the soul lose its memory when entering into a body for a ...
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How does the concept of reincarnation fit in with heaven and hell? [duplicate]

I am trying to understand how the concept of the 7 heavens and 7 hells fits in with reincarnation in Hinduism. It was my understanding that a person with Sattvic qualities would be reborn to Sattvic ...
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How does the Yogi Remember his previous births?

The Yogi has the knowledge of all incarnations. How does he dissolve the veils of separation from one incarnation to the next?
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Has Lord Krishna ever reincarnated or appeared in his ethereal body in this phenomenal world?

Since Krishna's death has he ever reincarnated or appeared in his ethereal body in this phenomenal world? Have there been any recorded sightings or visitations. I am not asking about other Vishnu ...
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What is the Soul’s journey after death [duplicate]

What is the soul’s journey after the death? Where and how long does it travel? If a person was chanting Lord Rama’s name an hour before all his consciousness shut down and dying, where does his soul ...
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Has Balaram ever reincarnated in this world?

Scriptures say Balaram the older brother of Krishna departed this world whilst in a mediative state and the white spirit snake left through his mouth, and not through Brahmarandhra. Does that mean he ...
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In Mahabharat who were Dhitrashtra & Pandu incarnations of? [duplicate]

The Sambhava Parva of Mahabharat mentions which gods and demons incarnated on earth at the time of Mahabharat giving details about even obscure kings. Curiously enough it does not mention anything ...
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Is Guru-Shishya relation carry forward across multiple births? [duplicate]

Rebirth, a major tenet of Hinduism, is when the soul, which is seen as eternal and part of a spiritual realm, returns to the physical realm in a new body. There are multiple mentions of rebirth in ...
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The 100 Kauravs were incarnations of Asuras but what about their sister?

The Sambhava Parva of Mahabharat gives the details of the who's who in Mahabharat and who were they the incarnations of. It has been covered at many places but my question is specific to Dhritrashtra'...
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Do our parents in this birth will be our parents in every birth? Does this cycle revolves?

I want to know if our parents will only be our parents in every birth cycle ?
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Is Vayu identical to Pavan in Dvaita philosophy?

Is the Vayu deva (Mukhya Prana) in the Devata taratamya of Acharya Madhwa identical with Pavan deva or is he someone different?
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Are there scriptural references that rebirth is not possible if lineage is finished?

Many times I have heard elders saying that lineage must be continued so that Pitris/ancestors can born again as human. Are there any scriptural references about it?
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What is the purpose of sending a soul to Svarga or Narka?

What is the purpose of sending a soul to Svarga or Narka? if ultimately it has to return back to Earth to get over whatever Karma it did in the previous lives. Link from Wikipedia here says: Yama ...
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How concept of Moksha and Amar (Immortality) can exists together? [duplicate]

Moksha - Once you are dead you'll get rid of Life Cycle (Jeevan Chakra), you become an absolute and pure energy traveling across the Universe. No need to reincarnate again, take birth as Fly or Human ...
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Is it true that the next life depends on our thoughts while dying?

I heard from many preachings that whatever the person thinks while dying, will eventually decide the persons next life. Is it true?
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How many rebirths does a soul go through?

I heard that an Atma (soul) will take 7 births on the earth. Is it true? If it is true, then seven janma-s apply only for humans or animals or combinations of them?
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Why and how are the no of souls n population of world increasing ? From where new souls are getting created ? Any guidelines in scripture [duplicate]

If souls reincarnate, why their no are increasing. Is there any scripture that has pointers on it.
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If all my sufferings are due to my previous life's karma I did, then what is the evidence that in my previous life I did bad karma?

Hindu puranas and scriptures says all sufferings and happiness are due to the karma we did in our previous life. If so, then what is the evidence about my previous life' s karma. How can I blindly ...
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Is there any hindu sect which does not believe in rebirth?

There are so many diverse practices and sects in Hinduism. Every kind of possible beliefs are available in one sect or another. This is conceptual richness of Hinduism. Now, every Hindu sect/...
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How many souls are there in our universe?

When Lord Krishna was advising Bhagavad Gita to Arjuna, Sri Krishna told that no one dies if we kill them.Those who are killed, start their journey as jiva and these jiva cannot be destroyed or ...
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Does gender change during reincarnation in Hinduism? [duplicate]

Can a man be born as woman or vice versa in their next birth?
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Why is rebirth considered as a curse?

Why do the scriptures consider enlightenment as the state when one is not born into the mortal coil once again? While the mortal form does endure a lot of sufferings, being able to live and breathe is ...
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What is the story of Shankchood? Was he an incarnation of Lord Vishnu?

Some people are spreading stories (online) about Shankhchud being an icnarnation of Visnu. Quote 1: There was a demon named Dambh. He prayed to Lord Vishnu because he wanted Vishnu as his son. A ...
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What will happen to a youth who wants to enjoy life as well as continuing spiritual efforts?

Maya is very treacherous. No one knows it better than a youth perhaps, who feels a strong attraction towards young life (fun, party, entertainment, sex, food, clothes, ...); Basically all materialism, ...
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Good and Evil and Reincarnation

I'm a day new to Hinduism. Does Hinduism teach that your God is the creator of good and evil? The Bible infers this, that God is working everything according to his will. I have a suspicion that ...
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Why did gods follow rule of Hinduism?

There is a main rule in Hinduism with the idea that everybody is born, everybody lives and then dies. This was the case for humans. My question is: Why did Brahma, Vishnu and Shiva follow this rule? ...
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Why am I being held accountable for my karma in this or next life?

If I am not the doer, I am in control of Triguna Sattva, Rajas and Tamas, and these Gunas fashion the work I do, and if whatever I will do in my life is already predefined. Then why am I accused of ...
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Is reincarnation or rebirth mentioned in the Vedas (Samhitas)?

Reincarnation is a concept of Hinduism mentioned in the Upanishads, Puranas, Bhagavad Gita, but I could not find its mention in the Veda Samhitas. Is it mentioned in the four Vedas, that is in the ...
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Is there an end to suffering? [duplicate]

We have met in the past Yuga. We are meeting again in this Yuga. We will meet again in next Yuga. And so on... Is there an end to this suffering , in general not just my own ,of taking birth and ...
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Does prayer remove bad deeds of past lives?

If this birth is based on the deeds of our previous life, then our destiny is pre-determined. So, there is no need for god unless prayer offered to him will erase the bad deeds.
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Could reincarnation be intergalactic?

According to any scripture, is the process of reincarnation within Samsara always intra-galactic (the self stays on Earth and reincarnates as people or animals), or are there any texts which could be ...
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Is there any ancient story in which individuals are born in the opposite sex in the rebirth?

Hindus believe in rebirth. We have several ancient stories on that. In many of our stories, if a male or a female dies, he or she takes rebirth in the same sex. Is there any story in our mythology in ...
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Why did Gandhari, a re-incarnation of Mati and a model wife, have to suffer so much?

All the characters of the MHB cast and reap karma--whether from a past life, or their present; but I cannot find a reason that Gandhari should have to suffer so much when she was the ideal wife and ...
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What happens to the soul if a womb is aborted?

What happens to a soul if the womb is aborted? Does the soul take another birth or it attains salvation?
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Can someone kill Rama or Ravaan or Krishna?

Since hinduism believes in transmigration of souls, if someone kills a chicken or sheep or mosquito, is it possible one has killed ram or raavan or krishna?
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Does Karma of our previous lives determine the lifetime of our present birth?

Karma gives the situation, parents, physical body,etc,... to a soul according to type of Karma that it accumulated. Living beings face untimely death and face unexpected problems in which they didn't ...
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Karma & Rebirth: If you're too attached to your pet and are reborn as that pet, what happens to your karma?

According to Śrīmad-Bhāgavatam a.k.a Bhāgavata Purāṇa, King Bharata a.k.a Jaḍa Bharata was reborn as a deer at some point because he was too attached to the deer which he adopted when it was still ...
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Who or What was Swami Vivekananda in his previous births? Why was he silent about his past lives?

Who (or what) was Swami Vivekananda in his previous births? This answer to Why don't we remember our past lives? says: Swami Vivekananda said he remembered all his past lives. Patanjali says in ...
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How many times jeeva gets human birth?

As per Hinduism we get 84 lakh yoni time birth on this earth. So how many times we get birth as human being ? is it true that we get human birth only once out of 84 lakh yoni ? Please let me know If ...
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Why some deeds are experienced in hell and heaven and some in earth?

We will go to heaven for our dharma activities and hell for adharma activities and experience them for a while. Affter that we will take birth and experience a life also according to the dharma and ...