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Book Review : Rahasya Poorv Janmon Ke

By Muni Kishan Lal  

Rahasya Poorv Janmon Ke
By Muni Kishan Lal

Published by Raja Pocket Books
330/1, Burari, Delhi- 110084

"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.

"Life ends with a snap of small bones, a head cracked from its stem, and a spirit unmoored..." ― Sarah Kernochan, Jane Was Here

"Reincarnation is a term we hear frequently, but what does it mean? In short, reincarnation is the religious or philosophical belief that your soul finds life in a new body after your current biological vessel experiences death. It's the central doctrine of several Asian religions.

Some believe that when you die, you're reincarnated into another person until your soul has achieved enlightenment, which is the awareness that frees you from the cycle of death and rebirth. Others believe that your soul will always be reincarnated, but how you lived your life determines what you get to be, whether it's a cow, a grasshopper, a tree, another person, etc.

There's a lot of speculation about looking into the past before our current life to see how we died and what that means for us today.

Some thoughts to poner over:

"Reincarnation isn't something in which I choose to believe but rather a truth I accept. Most people will never know the meaning of their friendships, passions, choices and even challenges. I embrace them, knowing that there's always a perfect correlation between everything, including between us and the ones that love us and betray us at the end. That's how I know I'm almost never traveling somewhere but returning, or not meeting someone but fixing the past, or facing a challenge but ending a karmic cycle. If I was a Buddhist Monk, a Scottish Doctor, a French Monarch, or a Spanish Templar, none of that really matters, not as much as what I experienced and believed during that time, not as much as what I did ten years ago or what I believed during my childhood, not as much as who I am now and what I can do with my life at present time." ― Robin Sacredfire

In Yajurveda 19.47, however, the reincarnation doctrine may indeed be implied:

"There are two paths for the soul. One path Pitryana provides birth again and again through union of father and mother, good and bad deeds, happiness and sorrow. The other path of Devayana frees the soul from cycle of birth and death and provides bliss of salvation. The whole world reverberates with both these paths. And after both, the soul again takes birth as progeny of father and mother."

Atharvaveda 5.1.2 :

"One who conducts noble actions obtains noble lives in next births with strong body and sharp intellect. Those who conduct bad deeds get birth in lower species. To experience the fruits of past actions is natural trait of soul. After death, the soul resides in Vayu, Jala, Aushadhi etc. and again enters the womb to take next birth."

"Have you ever met someone for the first time, but in your heart you feel as if you've met them before?" ― JoAnne Kenrick, When A Mullo Loves A Woman

"Who are we really? Combinations of common chemicals that perform mechanical actions for a few years before crumbling back into the original components? Fresh new souls, drawn at random for some celestial cupboard where God keeps an unending supply? Or the same soul, immortal and eternal, refurbished and reused through endless lives, by that thrifty Housekeeper? In Her wisdom and benevolence She wipes off the memory slates, as part of the cleaning process, because if we could remember all the things we have experienced in earlier lives, we might object to risking it again." ― Barbara Michaels, The Sea King's Daughter

"Life ends with a snap of small bones, a head cracked from its stem, and a spirit unmoored..." ― Sarah Kernochan, Jane Was Here

What you need to know about the past is that no matter what has happened, it has all worked together to bring you to this very moment. And this is the moment you can choose to make everything new. Right now." ― Ajay SADH

"When we get married, we promise a person the rest of our lives, "Til death do us part". But what if in another life we promised someone forever? What if ten lifetimes ago we promised someone lifetime after lifetime after lifetime? Think about it. Maybe that's why marriages fail when they do fail. Because maybe promises are never really broken." ― C. JoyBell C.

"Each form is inadequate, like a graft to be rejected by its intractable and unrelenting host and thus can only serve a brief and momentary purpose coherent to a context rooted in contiguous reason. This unbridled brash Spirit is, to itself, burdensome, yet dynamic, for it sees no flaw in working within the confines of a closed system to achieve ends that extend beyond it. This Spirit is, in fact, self-deceptive for to achieve such ends, it becomes necessary to bound manipulable fragments of the Self with a twine by which these parts can be joined indissolubly and maneuvered adroitly with the skill of a marionettist." ― Ashim Shanker, Don't Forget to Breathe

"You're an old soul, Ava..." he'd begun, his voice tired. "God, Dad... Let's not do this now, please..." "It's true. You are. But that means you have to choose your life… not just react to it." ― Danika Stone, Intaglio: The Snake and the Coins

"I remember him as something left behind upon the road of life—as something I have passed, rather than have actually been—and almost think of him as of someone else." ― Charles Dickens, David Copperfield

"The vision may be the destination but the journey began with a past which will stay connected whatever the sages may say against it - there is always a hyperlink." It reminded him of the truth—who he really was, and the fact that no matter how far he ran, his past would be right there with him." ― Kayla Krantz, Survive at Midnight

"No, I'm serious," he insisted, matching her pace perfectly. "Someone you've never met before… but it seems like you have." Ava slowed slightly and he followed without dropping her eyes. "Like you..." Ava answered. She intended for it to be a question, but it came out as a statement instead, because this was part of what unsettled her about Cole Thomas. The feeling that she knew him somehow, or had known him at some point… and that there was something more to it." ― Danika Stone, Intaglio: The Snake and the Coins

"My past lives alone. That's why my loneliness wants to live in the past"

"Everybody's got skeletons in the closets. Every once in a while, you've got to open up the closet and the let the skeletons breathe. Half the time, the very thing you think is gonna destroy you or ruin you is the very thing that nobody cares about. My advice to people with skeletons is to dust them off every now and then-- as long as your closet's aint full of them. It's not good to have more than two or three." ― Tyler Perry

"Have you ever met someone and felt like you've known them forever?" ― Michelle Madow, Remembrance

"The way our fingers intertwine feels so natural and right; as if our hands hold memories of meeting in a thousand other lifetimes." ― John Mark Green

"Many of the people in this world that you will see and that you will meet, are the versions of themselves that have come about as a result of the things that have happened to them in life. When people laugh at you, you develop a layer of skin for that and when you lose people, you develop a different layer of skin for that and when you are hurt during the times you are vulnerable, there is another special layer of skin for that; so on and so forth. We become covered in layers of different kinds of skin that we never asked to have and that we would never want to have! But there we are, underneath all of that; we walk around and we don't see ourselves, we don't see each other, we can hardly remember anything about who we are! It takes someone to look through all of that skin, to remember yourself on behalf of you. A person can give you the set of eyes that were used to view the real you, in some distant past, in some different lifetime! Then when you see them looking at you like that, you remember who you are and that's when the layers of unwanted skin begin to peel and through that peeling you become a newborn." ― C. JoyBell C.

"The poetry of history lies in the quasi-miraculous fact that once, on this earth, once, on this familiar spot of ground, walked other men and women, as actual as we are today, thinking their own thoughts, swayed by their own passions, but now all gone, one generation vanishing into another, gone as utterly as we ourselves shall shortly be gone, like ghosts at cockcrow." ― G. M. Trevelyan

They stared at each other. Every ocean, every river, every minute they had walked together was in their gaze. He said nothing and she said nothing. She kneeled by him, her hands on him, on his chest, on his heart, on his lungs that took air in but could not move air out, on his open wound; her eyes were on him, and in their eyes was every block of uncounted, unaccounted-for time, every moment they had lived since June 22, 1941, the day war started for the Soviet Union. Her eyes were filled with everything she felt for him. Her eyes were true." ― Paullina Simons, The Summer Garden

"I felt like I was living two lives. One in the present and one in the past." ― A.B. Shepherd, The Beacon

"It was as if she would never be whole until the secrets of the past were exposed." ― Rachel Abbott, The Back Road

"If the stock market exists, so must previous lives." ― Margaret Atwood, Good Bones and Simple Murder "Achala, worrying and scheming about your next life, before you have even completed this one, is not a good practice." Rinpoche" ― Daniel Prokop, Taking It with You

"After I was in Idaho, I started to ask my personal Angel, which I believe mine to be Archangel Ariel for a vision of my past life. Before I had a chance to barely finish the sentence, I saw a terrifying image. I saw an Indian woman from the knees down wearing loose pants, running in terror from someone or something. A great fear came over me so strong, I had to stop the image, and almost started shaking. When you remember past life events, you have what they call Cellular Memory. So the fear that I felt was me reliving that moment" ― Jennifer Underwood, The Road to Sedona-All Paths Lead to You: How One Woman's Past Life Can Shape the Future

"Don't cut too deep in your first prints." "But what if we do dig too deep?" a girl in the front asked. "What happens then?" Giulia reached out to the side, pulling up a print stained with inky shadows, but within its depths, the faint outlines of something else. An echo of what it had been still visible in the second plate. "Cut too deep," she said, "and your image will keep coming back again and again, no matter how many times you rework it." ― Danika Stone, Intaglio: Dragons All The Way Down

"He made me feel unhinged . . . like he could take me apart and put me back together again and again." ― Chelsie Shakespeare

What does the Bible say about reincarnation?

The whole thrust of the Bible opposes reincarnation. It shows that man is the special creation of God, created in God's image with both a material body and an immaterial soul and spirit. He is presented as distinct and unique from all other creatures—angels and the animal kingdom alike. The Bible teaches that at death, while man's body is mortal, decays and returns to dust, his soul and spirit continue on either in a place of torments for those who reject Christ or in paradise (heaven) in God's presence for those who have trusted in the Savior. Both categories of people will be resurrected, one to eternal judgment and the other to eternal life with a glorified body (John 5:25-29). The emphatic statement of the Bible, as will be pointed out below, is that "it is appointed unto men once to die and after that the judgment" (Heb. 9:27). This statement and the concept that mankind's creation in God's image is unique from the animals and even angels stand totally opposed to the idea of reincarnation—dying and coming back as another person or in the form of an animal or insect. The claim of some that they have information of past history is nothing more than some kind of encounter with demonic powers who have been present throughout history.

"And only the enlightened can recall their former lives; for the rest of us, the memories of past existences are but glints of light, twinges of longing, passing shadows, disturbingly familiar, that are gone before they can be grasped, like the passage of that silver bird on Dhaulagiri." ― Peter Matthiessen, The Snow Leopard