Skip to main content

Questions tagged [rebirth]

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

Filter by
Sorted by
Tagged with
29 votes
4 answers
42k views

What were the previous births of the characters of Mahabharata?

There is a very interesting story about Karna being an Asura named as Dambhodbhava. Quora: Who was Karna in his previous birth?. Arjuna-Krishna being Nara-Narayana kids, who fought with Dambhodbhava. ...
iammilind's user avatar
  • 19.8k
27 votes
4 answers
9k views

What is the life cycle of a soul (atma) in Hinduism?

I am confused about the life cycle in Hinduism. What is the starting point of a soul? Yes, a soul exchanges bodies, but when does a soul take birth and how will fate be written to it (as it has no ...
Avis's user avatar
  • 1,567
17 votes
2 answers
12k views

Are new souls created? [duplicate]

According to Hinduism, Reincarnation (Rebirth) does occur, but it is somewhat related to Karma. Also, I felt that Human is ultimate species in Hinduism, so now the question arises that does god create ...
Mr. Alien's user avatar
  • 7,099
16 votes
5 answers
3k views

How can heaven-hell concept and rebirth concept both be true?

In the heaven-hell concept, pious go to Swarga (heaven) and sinners go to Naraka (hell). However, if one has good/bad karma, the rebirth concept says that he/she will enjoy/suffer in their next births....
navster's user avatar
  • 161
29 votes
2 answers
11k views

Does the karma from the previous life affect the current life?

I was reading this post recently where @jabahar explains about Are people always reborn as people? where user answers as — Depending upon karma a jivatma (spirit) may reborn in the body of ...
Mr. Alien's user avatar
  • 7,099
38 votes
5 answers
62k views

In which month of pregnancy does a soul enter a new body (foetus)?

When I was going through this question and this question I found out that after the death of a body, the soul has three choices: heaven, hell and moksha. It is said that if soul/atma left the body ...
LightAchala's user avatar
  • 4,274
20 votes
6 answers
5k views

Can animals attain moksha?

Can animals attain Moksha or do that have to take human birth to attain Moksha ? There is this story of Gajendra Moksha where an elephant gets Moksha. Is it just a special case or is it possible by ...
Bharat's user avatar
  • 6,920
13 votes
3 answers
1k views

Is there heaven/hell in between death and rebirth?

According to Hinduism, What happens between death and rebirth? Does the soul go to heaven/hell in between? If so, does rebirth occur irrespective of whether the soul went to heaven or hell?
user13107's user avatar
  • 609
9 votes
2 answers
4k views

Why do bad things happen to good people?

I have seen many instances where bad things have happened to good people. And to make it worse, the bad people prospered and progressed while the good people seemed to struggle every day for their ...
S thangley's user avatar
8 votes
2 answers
4k views

Does Karma (going from a higher life-form to a lower one) only apply to humans?

As most of you might know that in Hinduism, it is believed that you and every other living thing consist of two things one is "a soul" which is indestructible, true and reality. No harm can be done to ...
LightAchala's user avatar
  • 4,274
24 votes
6 answers
2k views

Does rebirth or reincarnation occur in Hinduism?

How is the concept of rebirth or reincarnation handled in Hinduism? Does it occur? Will everyone be reborn? Are people always reborn as people?
James Jenkins's user avatar
17 votes
3 answers
4k views

How can one know about their previous births?

How do I know what I was in my previous births? There are many stories in Hindu mythology that mention the previous births of people. But my question is, even in those earlier times and in this ...
prem30488's user avatar
  • 12k
12 votes
2 answers
4k views

Did Vasishta's brother sage Agastya have a previous birth?

Most people only know about the fact the famous sage Vasishta, guru of Rama, was one of the mind-born sons of Brahma. What's not as well-known, however, is the fact that Vasishta is no longer the son ...
Keshav Srinivasan's user avatar
7 votes
1 answer
3k views

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 ...
user avatar
3 votes
2 answers
2k views

Are there any proof of Moksha [duplicate]

Moksha is a concept, just like life after death & re-birth. We have various incidents where some child remembers things about previous life. Looking at these incidents we conclude that there may ...
SudipS's user avatar
  • 33
15 votes
5 answers
5k views

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 ...
Karmanya Nanda's user avatar
14 votes
3 answers
6k views

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.
user avatar
13 votes
3 answers
6k views

Is Life after Moksha possible?

Is it possible to re-enter the birth and death cycle of life after one has achieved Moksha/Nirvana ?
Bhavin's user avatar
  • 4,915
12 votes
5 answers
4k views

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 ...
Say No To Censorship's user avatar
11 votes
2 answers
4k views

Do any scriptures say that the hunter Jara was a rebirth of Vali?

As I discuss in this answer, Krishna departed the Earth after he was shot by a hunter named Jara. Now there's a popular story that this Jara was actually the next birth of Sugriva's brother Vali, ...
Keshav Srinivasan's user avatar
4 votes
2 answers
351 views

What actually transfers during rebirth?

Consider the concept of rebirth in Hinduism. Is there any established definition for rebirth in Hinduism? Hinduism supports the idea of rebirth. As per my understanding, in general, the following ...
hanugm's user avatar
  • 31.8k
23 votes
3 answers
2k views

Why do we need Yamalokam?

Given that Karma and punarjanma (rebirth) are the prime beliefs of Hinduism, why do we need Yamalokam and punishment in it? I mean, through Karma, the fruits of both good and bad deeds are obtained ...
tpb261's user avatar
  • 332
10 votes
1 answer
2k views

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 ...
Kuhan's user avatar
  • 261
8 votes
2 answers
6k views

Why previous births are only known to God and not to humans?

As clearly said by Krishna to Arjuna in Bhagwat Gita, that, "I remember all my previous births but you don't". Then question arises is why God only has that Extra privilege, and why normal human ...
AADHinduism's user avatar
  • 3,561
8 votes
2 answers
2k views

According to Hinduism, what do we carry into afterlife and next birth?

In our life we accumulate many things like memories, beliefs, knowledge, etc. But after death what do we actually carry from current life into afterlife, and what things will fill the next body after ...
user avatar
6 votes
1 answer
226 views

What does the word "birth" means in Brahma's seventh birth.?

Vaishampayana while narrating Hayagriva story, details how Brahma worshipped Narayana. The Mahabharata, Book 12.: Santi Parva.: Section CCCXLVIII.: In that Brahma says as follows.: As regards myself, ...
Kanthri's user avatar
  • 3,277
20 votes
2 answers
5k views

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 ...
Agamas Tantras's user avatar
13 votes
4 answers
5k views

Do children accumulate karma? At what age are you responsible for your karma?

If I do a bad karma without knowing or realizing properly will I receive fruits for that or not? What about children? Do they accumulate karma too? Don't they make lot of mistakes unknowingly? At ...
Ratul's user avatar
  • 139
13 votes
1 answer
677 views

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?
Frank Hestermann's user avatar
11 votes
5 answers
2k views

Why man is mortal irrespective of good or bad activity?

Why man is mortal? Suppose one person is very religious and very responsible family person as well.He is very much dedicated/ respectful to god and he loves his family very much and he don't want to ...
Gopal Biswas's user avatar
10 votes
1 answer
3k views

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 ...
Devanshi's user avatar
  • 101
9 votes
6 answers
4k views

Is there any incarnation of God currently living among us?

Sri Ramakrishna Paramahansa and Swami Vivekananda are said to be incarnations of God. Is there any such incarnation currently living among us?
user5155835's user avatar
  • 2,883
8 votes
2 answers
4k views

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 ?
Astha 's user avatar
  • 81
6 votes
3 answers
1k views

Why is the concept of Divine judgement not given much importance in Hinduism?

Divine judgement and the concept of the soul going to either heaven or hell based on actions on Earth is present in many religions. But this concept is conspicuously absent in Hinduism - rather ...
amarprabhu's user avatar
6 votes
1 answer
851 views

When does Sanchitha Karma becomes Praarabdha Karma? What decides its transformation?

There are three karmas: Sanchitha, Praarabdha and Aagaami. It is my understanding that how and where we are born and other things happen in a particular life is based on the Praarabdha Karmas, which ...
Ravi's user avatar
  • 61
6 votes
2 answers
271 views

Do people have same preferences and liking towards everything in this world or are they wiped like a clean slate after reincarnation?

I have no doubt that whether reincarnation occurs and also that rarely people have any memory of their past life, but I have a serious concern. I have a great liking of music that too specially for ...
MK Singh's user avatar
  • 161
2 votes
1 answer
280 views

The verse which particularly says that it's the same Lord Brahma who takes birth from Lord Vishnu's navel everytime.?

I saw a screenshot of a verse in Quora last year or so, in some answer or comment where Lord Vishnu says to Lord Brahma that "It was you only who took birth from my navel last 7 times or so and ...
Viṣṇu _Deva _Śrī.'s user avatar
11 votes
1 answer
915 views

Is human the ultimate species according to Hinduism?

Is human the ultimate species according to Hinduism? This is somewhat related to karma, hence is it considered ultimate to be reborn as a human? An individual can be reborn as any species based on ...
Mr. Alien's user avatar
  • 7,099
9 votes
2 answers
12k views

Unlimited reincarnations before moksha or only 7?

I believe most learned Hindus understand re-incarnation as a continuous process till the Jivatma attains the qualifications required for Moksha. But there seems to be some traditions within Hinduism ...
Naveen's user avatar
  • 3,760
7 votes
3 answers
447 views

Is the Moksha achieved after getting slayed by the Supreme Lord impermanent as in the case of Jaya and Vijaya's first two births?

As per this QnA, anyone killed by the Supreme Lord achieves Moksha. Then why is it that the cursed Jīvātman of Jaya & Vijaya (the door keepers of God Vishnu's Vaikuntha) had to be re-born not ...
Vivikta's user avatar
  • 13.4k
7 votes
4 answers
5k views

What happened to Pandavas in future lives?

Did the Pandavas eventually take rebirth? If they did, who were they and what happened to them?
user3547's user avatar
  • 493
6 votes
3 answers
2k views

Karma for the very first birth [duplicate]

It is explained in the Bhagavad Gita that every life is governed by deeds and actions from past life which is why some people are blessed with a silver spoon in their mouth while some suffer, which ...
user1232138's user avatar
6 votes
2 answers
400 views

Do Vedas have these concepts?

Karma, Maya, Atman, Brahman, Moksha, Reincarnation and Indriya Nigraha (Sense Control) are they present in Vedic Samhitas? (Not Upanishads only Samhitas)
Sethu Srivatsa Koduru's user avatar
4 votes
1 answer
1k views

What happens to the soul when someone commit suicide?

What happens to the soul when one commits suicide? Does the rebirth takes instantly? Do the suicide soul try to make contact with family and friends? Is it true that the suicide soul has to stay in ...
Pre's user avatar
  • 41
4 votes
5 answers
315 views

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?
hanugm's user avatar
  • 31.8k
3 votes
2 answers
424 views

To attain moksha, must you be born as a Hindu?

Imagine that a person is living in the USA or anywhere in the world like Africa is peaceful, loving, and worships God but does not know anything about moksha. Will he get moksha or he will again be ...
Hindutvadi 's user avatar
3 votes
5 answers
552 views

Question related to karma and rebirth

A Christian once asked me this question when I was explaining him about karma and rebirth philosophy in Hinduism. I told him that if anything happens in anybody's life, it is the result of their karma ...
Sanatan Darshan's user avatar
1 vote
0 answers
117 views

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 ...
Dheeraj Verma's user avatar
16 votes
6 answers
706 views

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, ...
Curious Seeker's user avatar
11 votes
4 answers
70k views

Does re-birth take place immediately after death according to Hinduism?

I would like to know if re-birth take place immediately after the death according to Hinduism? Some people say, if the man has done some good karma, he will be gone to heaven and then enjoy the ...
user12458's user avatar
  • 4,357