"Somewhere, something incredible is waiting
to be known." - Carl Sagan
Book Review : Rahasya Poorv Janmon Ke
By Muni Kishan Lal
Rahasya Poorv Janmon Ke
Published by Raja Pocket Books
"Every book has a soul, the soul of the person who wrote it and the soul of those who read it and dream about it." - Carlos Ruiz Zafón, The Angel's Game
And so the Book 'Rahasya Poorv Janmon Ke' is an incisive study of journey into past life. Here the writer an expert on life science, has traced the history of past life on the basis of documentary evidences in original books .The writer has confirmed that after death reincarnation is certain (Reference p23).
"The language of the experiment is more authoritative than any reasoning: facts can destroy our ratiocination (the process of exact thinking : reasoning) - not vice versa."
So theories of past lives are best interpreted and confirmed and reconfirmed through experiment in this book . Old civilization also confirms rebirth after one wraps up ones life history. The book also refers to the rebirth of saints and spiritualists as Jawahalal Nehru, Dr Rajendra Prasad, Madan Mohal Malviya , Lord, Mahavir and personalities with complete sainthood ingrained in them.
"Science is not only compatible with spirituality; it is also a profound source of spirituality. When we recognize our place in an immensity of light‐years and in the passage of ages, when we grasp the intricacy, beauty, and subtlety of life, then that soaring feeling, that sense of elation and humility combined, is surely spiritual. So are our emotions in the presence of great art or music or literature, or acts of exemplary selfless courage such as those of Mohandas Gandhi or Martin Luther King, Jr. The notion that science and spirituality are somehow mutually exclusive does a disservice to both." - Carl Sagan, The Demon-Haunted World: Science as a Candle in the Dark
"The best way to show that a stick is crooked is not to argue about it or to spend time denouncing it, but to lay a straight stick alongside it" - D.L. Moody. And this best illustrates the veracity of experiment to confirm theories.
"Birth and death: there was the same consciousness of heightened existence and of her own elevated importance" - J.K. Rowling, The Casual Vacancy
So birth and death are two facets of the same coin to be preserved for all time.
"He allowed himself to be swayed by his conviction that human beings are not born once and for all on the day their mothers give birth to them, but that life obliges them over and over again to give birth to themselves." - Gabriel García Márquez, Love in the Time of Cholera
The author of the book has also referred to anger which in its positive way drives a man into renunciation of worldly pleasures.
"Anybody can become angry — that is easy, but to be angry with the right person and to the right degree and at the right time and for the right purpose, and in the right way — that is not within everybody's power and is not easy." - Aristotle
The cycle of birth and death, according to the thinker, is permanent and profound truth but the life is ephemeral awaiting transformation.
Early Tibetan history contains a wealth of literature on the subject of reincarnation and afterlife state. One of the most important sources of ancient Tibetan wisdom about reincarnation and the afterlife state is the 'Tibetan Book of The Dead'. This book was read to those who were dying when their souls were about to vacate their bodies. Also read during funeral ceremonies, the wisdom imparted was supposed to prepare the dying person to make the transition from life to the afterlife state in a smooth manner. It also taught the near and dear ones of the deceased person that they should not hold back the dying person by mourning, but that they should graciously send him on his journey with positive thoughts and emotions.
A lot of cases of Near Death Experiences are reported even in modern times where people are found to return to life after being pronounced dead. These experiences are very similar to early stages of death as described by the Tibetan sages. As the spirits move toward a realm of light, they slough off emotional attachments to their earlier earthly existence. In the process, they may face spiritual beings who guide them, and who present them with a kind of mirror reflecting their life and actions.
Filled at last with peace and contentment, the deceased prepare either to abandon the world altogether or to reenter the cycle of birth and death with higher awareness of the illusory nature of life.
Many Christian mystics have stated that after death, the soul separates from the body and leaves. There are instances of people with Christian upbringing who had 'near death experiences'. They tell us that their spirits entered a 'realm of light' where they were received by 'beings of light'. They were then shown a complete review (somewhat like a movie except that it took no time) of all events of their life and their actions were weighed. This description is very similar to the description given by the Tibetans.
Ancient Egyptians believed in reincarnation. They believed that it took 3000 years to complete all lives that one had to live. All this goes to prove that the ancient Egyptians strongly believed in life after death and reincarnation.
Reincarnation was not an unknown concept to the ancient Greeks. Noted Greek philosophers like Pythagoras and Plato believed in reincarnation and they have also explained about it in their teachings. Pythagoras is believed to have remembered and described many of his past lives. Some of the lives that he recounted were as: a Trojan warrior, a prophet, a peasant, a prostitute, and a shopkeeper.
Though reincarnation has been studied scientifically only during recent times, the possibility that we live many lives has been accepted on faith since ancient times. If one studies the ancient indigenous cultures of Africa, Asia, North America, South America and Australia, one would find ample evidence that reincarnation was one of their core beliefs. It can be seen that evidence of the belief in reincarnation can be found in people of diverse cultures, from different parts of the world and even people from vastly different time periods (modern, medieval, ancient, prehistoric etc.).
" The opposite of a correct statement is a false statement. But the opposite of a profound truth may well be another profound truth." - Niels Bohr, And the profound based on the outlined premise is life and death.
samsāra (Sanskrit: संसार; "flow") — refers to the phenomenal world. Transmigratory existence, fraught with impermanence, change and cycle of reincarnation or rebirth. The cycle of birth, death and rebirth; the total pattern of successive earthly lives experienced by atman (the Self).
"For the first time in my life I tasted death, and death tasted bitter, for death is birth, is fear and dread of some terrible renewal." - Hermann Hesse, Demian: Die Geschichte von Emil Sinclairs Jugend
According to the Vedas, the atman is bound in a "cycle", the cycle of life and death. Endlessly the atman transcends from possessing one form to the next, this is the concept of samsāra (reincarnation). So the logical inference is that the aim is to make free! Freedom from every constraint is the aim of life, the aim of all the Hindu teachings.
The atman (inner Self) is immortal, while the body is subject to birth and death.
The Bhagavad Gita states that:
|A journey into past lives|
" Worn-out garments are shed by the body;
Worn-out bodies are shed by the dweller within the body.
New bodies are donned by the dweller, like garments.
The idea that the soul (of any living being - including animals, humans and plants) reincarnates is intricately linked to karma, another concept first introduced in the Upanishads. Karma (literally: action) is the sum of one's actions, and the force that determines one's next reincarnation. The cycle of death and rebirth, governed by karma, is referred to as samsara."
"After your death, you will be what you were before your birth." - Arthur Schopenhauer
The atman goes on repeatedly being born and dying. One is reborn on account of desire: a person desires to be born because he or she wants to enjoy worldly pleasures, which can be enjoyed only through a body. Hinduism does not teach that all worldly pleasures are sinful, but it teaches that they can never bring deep, lasting happiness or ānanda (peace).
According to the Hindu sage, Adi Sankaracharya — the world as we ordinarily understand it - is like a dream: fleeting and illusory. To be trapped in Samsara is a result of ignorance of the true nature of being.
"Hinduism contends that the cause of suffering and inequalities must be sought not in what happens after death, but in the conditions before birth, and puts forward the doctrine of rebirth. Rebirth is the necessary corollary to the idea of the soul's immortality. Death is a break in the series of continuing events known as life. Through death the individual soul changes its body: "Even as the embodied Self passes, in this body, through the stages of childhood, youth, and old age, so does It pass into another body. " A knower of the Self can witness the passing of a soul from one body to another at the time of death: "The deluded do not perceive him when he departs from the body or dwells in it, when he experiences objects or is united with the guna; but they who have the eye of wisdom perceive him."
"I am forever walking upon these shores,
Betwixt the sand and the foam,
The high tide will erase my footprints,
And the wind will blow away the foam,
But the sea and the shore will remain forever."
"If the stock market exists, so must previous lives." - Margaret Atwood, Good Bones and Simple Murders
And this is the everlasting interplay of atma , cycle of birth and death , karma , reicarnation or rebirth as eternal truth.
Finally, the writer has ingeniously put his enlightening thoughts on theories of life and death and mystery of reincarnation or rebirth through experiments in the book.