REINCARNATION THE RELIGION THAT BINDS THE HUMAN RACE
More than 18,000 people in 23 countries participated in a survey conducted by the Global Research Society and the Institute for Social Research (Ipsos). The survey found that 51% of the people believe in reincarnation, while 23 percent believe that we only will ‘cease to exist’.
Bobby Duffy, managing director of Ipsos, told Reuters that ‘this study shows that spiritual life is important to people since half of them said they believed in a supreme being’.
‘Also a large proportion of the remaining population is sure that there is a spiritual explanation to either how we got here or what happens after death.’
According to this worldwide survey, how many people believe in reincarnation? The study found that half of the world’s population believes there is a form of afterlife. The belief in reincarnation is highest in Hungary, where 13 percent say ‘we are ultimately reincarnated’.
People who claim to ‘not know what happens’ after death are mostly located in Europe and Asia. The survey revealed that 28 percent believe in creationism. Creationism is the belief that human beings are created by a spiritual force like God.
According to data released by the Pew Forum on Religion and Public Life (2009 survey) 24 percent of American Christians expressed a belief in reincarnation. This represents a significant deviation from the traditional Judaeo-Christian narrative with which most Americans grew up. ‘You were born. You lived. You died.
GREAT THINKERS ON REINCARNATION
The greatest intellects in history have never questioned the stepping stones of experiencing a life to life existence. They include:
BENJAMIN FRANKLIN (FOUNDING FATHER OF THE UNITED STATES 1706-1790): When I see nothing annihilated (in the works of God) and not a drop of water wasted, I cannot suspect the annihilation of souls, or believe that He will suffer the daily waste of millions of minds ready-made that now exist, and put Himself to the continual trouble of making new ones. Thus, finding myself to exist in the world, I believe I shall, in some shape or other, always exist; and, with all the inconveniences human life is liable to, I shall not object to a new edition of mine, hoping, however, that the errata of the last may be corrected.
CARL GUSTAV JUNG: ‘I could well imagine that I might have lived in former centuries and there encountered questions I was not yet able to answer; that I had to be born again because I had not fulfilled the task that was given to me.’
MAHATMA GANDHI ‘I cannot think of permanent enmity between man and man, believing as I do in the theory of rebirth, I shall live in the hope that if not in this birth, in some other birth I shall be able to hug all humanity in friendly embrace.’
HENRY FORD: ‘I adopted the theory of Reincarnation when I was twenty-six. When I discovered Reincarnation was as if I had found a universal plan I realized that there was a chance to work out my ideas.
Time was no longer limited. I was no longer a slave to the hands of the clock. Genius is experience. Some seem to think that it is a gift or talent, but it is the fruit of long experience in many lives. Some are older souls than others, and so they know more.
The discovery of Reincarnation put my mind at ease. If you preserve a record of this conversation, write it so that it puts men’s minds at ease. I would like to communicate to others the calmness that the long view of life gives to us.’
RALPH WALDO EMERSON ‘The soul comes from without into the human body, as into a temporary abode, and it goes out of it anew it passes into other habitations, for the soul is immortal.’ ‘It is the secret of the world that all things subsist and do not die, but only retire a little from sight and afterwards return again. Nothing is dead; men feign themselves dead, and endure mock funerals… and there they stand looking out of the window, sound and well, in some strange new disguise.’
DR. IAN STEVENSON
(PSYCHIATRIST, REINCARNATION RESEARCHER AND AUTHOR, 1918-2007): ‘Reincarnation, at least as I conceive it, does not nullify what we know about evolution and genetics. It suggests, however, that there may be two streams of evolution, the biological one and a personal one, and that during terrestrial lives these streams may interact.’
DAVID LLOYD GEORGE (BRITISH PRIME MINISTER, 1863-1945): ‘The conventional heaven with its angels perpetually singing etc. nearly drove me mad in my youth and made me an atheist for ten years. My opinion is that we shall be reincarnated.’
FRANÇOIS VOLTAIRE (FRENCH PHILOSOPHER, 1694-1778): ‘It is no more surprising to be born once than to be born twice: everything in nature is resurrection.’
GENERAL GEORGE S. PATTON (WWII US TANK CORPS COMMANDER, 1885-1945). Patton claimed to remember many past lives as a soldier, one of which was in Ancient Rome, ‘So as through a glass and darkly, the age-long strife I see, where I fought in many guises, many names, but always me.’
GEORGE HARRISON (ENGLISH MUSICIAN MEMBER OF THE BEATLES, 1943 – 2001): ‘Friends are all souls that we’ve known in other lives. We’re drawn to each other. Even if I have only known them a day, it doesn’t matter. I’m not going to wait till I have known them for two years, because anyway, we must have met somewhere before, you know.’
HONORÉ DE BALZAC (FRENCH NOVELIST AND PLAYWRIGHT, 1799 – 1850): ‘The virtues we acquire, which develop slowly within us, are the invisible links that bind each one of our existences to the others, existences which the spirit alone remembers, for Matter has no memory for spiritual things.’
HERMAN HESSE (GERMAN BORN SWISS POET, NOVELIST, AND PAINTER, 1877 – 1962) ‘He saw all these forms and faces in a thousand relationships become newly born. Each one was mortal, a passionate, painful example of all that is transitory. Yet none of them died, they only changed, were always reborn, and continually had a new face: only time stood between one face and another.’
WILLIAM WORDSWORTH (ENGLISH ROMANTIC POET, 1770 –1850): ‘Our birth is but a sleep and a forgetting; The Soul that rises with us, our life’s Star, Hath had elsewhere its setting. And cometh from afar.’
GENERAL CHARLES ‘CHINESE’ GORDON (BRITISH ARMY OFFICER 1833 – 1885): ‘This life is only one of a series of lives which our incarnated part has lived. I have little doubt of our having pre-existed, and that also in the time of our pre-existence we were actively employed. So, therefore, I believe in our active employment in a future life, and I like the thought.’
ORIGEN ADAMANTIUS (SCHOLAR AND EARLY CHRISTIAN THEOLOGIAN, 184 – 253): ‘It can be shown that an incorporeal and reasonable being has life in itself independently of the body… then it is beyond a doubt bodies are only of secondary importance and arise from time to time to meet the varying conditions of reasonable creatures. Those who require bodies are clothed with them, and contrariwise, when fallen souls have lifted themselves up to better things their bodies are once more annihilated. They are ever vanishing and ever reappearing.’
KAHLIL GIBRAN (POET, AND WRITER, 1883-1931): ‘Know, therefore, that from the greater silence I shall return… Forget not that I shall come back to you … A little while, a moment of rest upon the wind, and another woman shall bear me.’
ROBERT BROWNING (ENGLISH POET, 1812-1889): ‘At times I almost dream I too have spent a life the sages way, And tread once more familiar paths. Perchance I perished in an arrogant self-reliance an age ago; and in that act, a prayer for one more chance went up so earnest, so Instinct with better light let in by Death, That life was blotted out, not so completely But scattered wrecks enough of it remain, Dim memories; as now, when seems once more, The goal in sight again.’
PYTHAGORAS OF SAMOS (IONIAN GREEK PHILOSOPHER 570 – C. 495 BC): ‘Souls never die, but always on quitting one abode pass to another. All things change, nothing perishes. The soul passes hither and thither, occupying now this body, now that as wax is stamped with certain figures, then melted, then stamped anew with others, yet it is always the same wax. So, the Soul being always the same yet wears at different times different forms.’
PARAMHANSA YOGANANDA (INDIAN YOGI AND GURU 1893 –1952): ‘Birth and death are doors through which you pass from one dream to another. Someone is born on Earth in France as a powerful king, rules for a time, then die. He may be reborn in India and travel in a bullock cart into the forest to meditate. He may next find rebirth in America as a successful businessman. When he dreams death again, reincarnates perhaps in Tibet as a devotee of Buddha and spends his entire life in a lamasery.
Therefore hate none and be attached to no nationality, for sometimes you are a
Hindu, sometimes a Frenchman, sometimes an Englishman, or an American or a
Tibetan… Each existence is a dream within a dream, is it not?’
ARTHUR SCHOPENHAUER (GERMAN PHILOSOPHER, 1788-1860): ‘Every newborn being indeed comes fresh and blithe into the new existence, and enjoys it as a free gift: but there is, and can be, nothing freely given. Its fresh existence is paid for by the old age and death of a worn-out existence which has perished, but which contained the indestructible seed out of which the new existence has arisen: they are one being.’
FREIDRICH NIETZSCHE (GERMAN PHILOSOPHER, POET AND COMPOSER, (1844-1900): ‘Live so that thou mayest desire to live again – that is thy duty – for in any case thou wilt live again!
MARK TWAIN American Writer and Philosopher (1835 – 1910): “I have been born more times than anybody except Krishna.”
ADOLF HITLER ARGUABLY THE MOST POPULAR SOCIAL REFORMER IN EUROPEAN HISTORY: (1889 – 1945) ‘At the time of supreme peril I must die a martyr’s death for the people. But after my death will come something really great, an overwhelming revelation to the world of my mission. My spirit will rise from the grave, and the world will see I was right.
By the sacrifice of our soldiers, by my comradeship with them right to the end, has been sown the seed which will spring forth in the history of Germany and of Europe in the resurrection of National Socialism together with a nation truly united.’ ~ Adolf Hitler, Last Will and Testament April 29, 1945.
JACK LONDON: “I did not begin when I was born, nor when I was conceived. I have been growing, developing, through incalculable myriads of millenniums. All my previous selves have their voices, echoes, promptings in me. Oh, incalculable times again shall I be born.” —Jack London, The Star Rover
LUTHER BURBANK :”The theory of Reincarnation, which originated in India, has been welcomed in other countries. Without doubt, it is one of the most sensible and satisfying of all religions that mankind has conceived. This, like the others, comes from the best qualities of human nature, even if in this, as in the others, its adherents sometimes fail to carry out the principles in their lives.” —Luther Burbank, a friend of Jack London and Yogananda.
JOHANN GOETHE: “As long as you are not aware of the continual law of Die and Be Again, you are merely a vague guest on a dark Earth.” —Johann Wolfgang von Goethe.
JULIUS CAESAR: “The Celts were fearless warriors because “they wish to inculcate this as one of their leading tenets, that souls do not become extinct, but pass after death from one body to another…” —Julius Caesar.
FREDERICK THE GREAT: “Though I may not be a king in my future life, so much the better: I shall nevertheless live an active life and, on top of it, earn less ingratitude.” —Frederick the Great.
WALT WHITMAN: “I know I am deathless. No doubt I have died myself ten thousand times before. I laugh at what you call dissolution, and I know the amplitude of time.” —Walt Whitman.
WILIAM WORDSWORTH: “Our birth is but a sleep and a forgetting; The Soul that rises with us, our life’s Star, Hath had elsewhere its setting. And cometh from afar.” —William Wordsworth.
SOCRATES: “I am confident that there truly is such a thing as living again, that the living spring from the dead, and that the souls of the dead are in existence.” —Socrates.
LEO TOLSTOY: “As we live through thousands of dreams in our present life, so is our present life only one of many thousands of such lives which we enter from the other more real life and then return after death. Our life is but one of the dreams of that more real life, and so it is endlessly, until the very last one, the very real the life of God.” — Count Leo Tolstoy.
HELENA BLAVATSKY: “That which is part of our souls is eternal. . . Those lives are countless, but the soul or spirit that animates us throughout these myriads of existences is the same; and though “the book and volume” of the physical brain may forget events within the scope of one terrestrial life, the bulk of collective recollections can never desert the divine soul within us. Its whispers may be too soft, the sound of its words too far off the plane perceived by our physical senses; yet the shadow of events that were, just as much as the shadow of the events that are to come, is within its perceptive powers, and is ever present before its mind’s eye.” —Helena Blavatsky, Secret Doctrine, Vol. II, p. 424.
KORAN: “God generates beings, and sends them back over and over again, till they return to Him.” —Koran.
JESUS: “`But I tell you, Elijah has already come, and they did not recognize him, but have done to him everything they wished. In the same way the Son of Man is going to suffer at their hands.’ Then the disciples understood that he was talking to them about John the Baptist.” —Jesus, (Matthew 17:12, 13).
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