A Question That Could Change the Course of Your Life
This kind of self-interrogation is much more important than it may seem, because the ‘way’ in which we die, and whether or not we survive after death, has a direct impact on the way we choose to live our present life.
If you adopt the position of one of the great monotheistic religions (Judaism, Christianity, Islam) you tend to think in a linear fashion. You’re born, you live, and then you die. But if you embrace a belief in past lives, then you think in a more cyclical fashion. You’re born, live and die, then you’re reborn, live again, die again, and so on.
You can see you will not live your life in the same fashion if you think you only live once, then die and disappear. In this case, you believe that after death comes either nothingness, or your entry into Paradise or hell (or their equivalents).
How Many Lives Can We Have?
If you think in terms of reincarnation, then you believe you have many lives. But how many, and until when?
In principle, the number of times you can be reborn and return to Earth is not infinite. It depends on your ability to attain what is called enlightenment – Nirvana, Samadhi, the body of light, the clear light, etc. In short, a state of absolute perfection, where you are completely liberated from all human conditions. When you reach that point of spiritual evolution, there’s no need for you to reincarnate and return to Earth, unless you choose to come back voluntarily, out of compassion. That is the choice made by some, among them saints and other great spiritual masters, to help their fellow human beings who are still on the road to perfection.
Do We Live More Than Once? The Answer: Maybe Yes, Maybe No!
My own opinion is that we have many lives, but I would never try to force anyone to accept that point of view, since the answer depends on each one of us.
Any opinions we may have on this question are a matter of faith and belief. If you believe we only have one life, you’re right! If you think we have many, you’re also right!
As with any belief, nothing (or almost nothing) about it can be proven. It’s simply a matter of personal conviction.
The most important thing: believe in something!
It isn’t important to give credence to any one theory over another. But it is crucial to believe in something, something that helps you live better, make progress, improve yourself, and do good to others.
Both hypotheses (one life or many) are acceptable, as long as they help you improve your life-experience, and be happier here on Earth. Our most precious possession is the life we have now. Whether we live many lives or just one, we can be sure of only one thing: we are alive right now! The past is over, the future hasn't arrived yet, and only the present moment counts.
Whatever you believe in, live your life as best you can right now. Always try to improve yourself, be happy, and help others. In other words, you should try to lead a merry, tranquil existence, sheltered from material need. Live this life as if it were your last or the only one.
Proving the Existence of Past Lives
As far as past lives are concerned, there are a number of disturbing facts. Over the centuries many people have claimed to have lived other lives, and provided various disconcerting but verifiable facts to prove it.
These people say they had one or more lives here on Earth, usually in different countries and in different eras, with different families. Either they earned a living doing something very different from what they do now, or there is a continuity with their present life. Some even claim to have belonged to the opposite sex – men said they’d been a woman, and vice versa!
What Do You Believe In Now?
I’m not forcing anyone to believe anything. It’s up to you to form your own opinion. Whatever you finally choose to believe, the most important thing is what it brings you. If a conviction helps you live better, adopt it. You’ll have all the time you need to verify whether it’s true or not… once you reach the Other Side!