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

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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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Does Rig Veda 10.59.7 talk about rebirth?

Rig Veda 10.59.7 May Earth restore to us our vital spirit, may Heaven the Goddess and mid-air restore it. May Soma give us once again our body, and Pūṣan show the Path of peace and comfort. ...
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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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Can one know what he was in his previous life? [duplicate]

Is it possible to know what a person was in his previous life. Male, female , person's likes and dislikes, his interests and what was his good and bad karma??
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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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How does one know that how many births he/she is yet to take? And is his/her present level of conciousness?

As per the book Immortal talks, every soul has a level like T12 or T13; T14 being the highest. How do we know which level soul are we?
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What are the factors that determine the next birth? Between karma and last thoughts before death, which one is more relevant? [duplicate]

What are the factors that determine the next birth? Between karma and last thoughts before death, which one is more relevant? King Bharat was so worried about his pet deer that he was re-born as a ...
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Previous births of Indrajit and Meghavāhana

Just then a muni, named Aprameyabala, who had four kinds of knowledge, came to the garden Kusumāyudha. In that same place at night his brilliant omniscience appeared and the gods held an omniscience-...
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How do the Hindu scriptures explain spiritual communication through a medium?

My understanding of karmic responsibility keeps me from understanding how a soul can be free to communicate through mediumship. Can someone please direct me to resources that explain the afterlife ...
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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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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 ...
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What is the difference between Avatar(Incarnation) and Punarjanma(Rebirth)?

What is the difference between Avatar(Incarnation) and Punarjanma(Rebirth)? Does the first only apply for Swarg Lok and the second apply only for Mrutyu Lok? I mean Avatar happens only with Gods/...
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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 ...
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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 ...
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In which month of pregnancy a soul enters in to a new body(foetus)?

When I was going through this question and this question came across that, after the death of a body, the soul has three choices that is heaven, hell and moksha. It is said that if soul/atma left the ...
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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....
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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, ...
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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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Do souls (jeevas) meet or associate even before their first physical encounter?

As said by one of the famous writers the important encounters in our present life have been planed by souls even before the bodies (in control of these souls) have met each other. Is it true that our ...
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Soul, rebirth, humans and animals

For human the soul is child of supreme soul. Soul takes birth and leave the body until it gets MOKHSA. But what about animal's soul, will they always take birth as animal and who is supreme or manager ...
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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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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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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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Is it true that one who put ash to their forehead will go for Kailas after death?

Is it true that one who put ash to their forehead will go for Kailasa after death? This belief is trusted by smartha brahmins community
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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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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. ...
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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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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 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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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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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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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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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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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, ...