Does the cycle of birth, death and rebirth exist?
Everything one does in his life, irrespective of whether he remembers or not, is recorded in one’s soul just like the memory bank of a computer. The images of these records create spiritual waves which resonate the spiritual waves of the others, For example, if you hurt others, irrespective of whether others know that it is caused by you, your spiritual waves will attract and resonate with that of the others, which will have hatred and revenge in them. Unaware of these unseen spiritual waves, the parties involved are nevertheless affected and confined by the force of Karma.
Most people contribute unreasonable problems in their lives to fate and do not understand that the fate in reality is simply the results of the Karma. This undetectable force of Karma is not affected by space or time and follows everyone. It was there in one’s previous lives; it is there in one’s present life; it will be there in one future lives. It will last forever.
There are six paths of reincarnation and four ways of birth. The soul may become a deity, a human, an asura, a preta, a beast or remain in Hell after a person dies. These paths are explained as follows :-
Deities live in the spiritual world. Those who perform good deeds and accumulate a lot of merits through many lives will receive rewards in the spiritual world as deities after they die. They will be worshiped by the common and will not have to be reborn until their rewards are all used up. They will take one of the other five paths when their time comes, depending on their remaining Karma forces.
Human is the second highest level in the paths of reincarnation. It is before the deity but above the asura. There are happiness and bitterness in lives. Birth, aging, sickness and death are the four unavoidable stages in the life of a human being. Everyone receives pressure from the everyday living chores. Because the Karmic forces are different, each person has a distinct appearance, thought, conduct, wealth, intelligence and length of life. Since the deeds and Karmic forces of everyone are different, everyone will go in one of the six reincarnation paths differently.
If one performs good deeds in his lifetime, he can reach the spiritual world after death and enjoy the happiness. However, if such person has not ridden of his rage and likes confrontation he becomes an asura instead of deity. He receives the reward as not confined by Hell, but he does not have the virtues of a deity. There is time limit for being an asura.
Those who remain in hell have done bad deeds when they were alive. They receive their judgement and punishment in hell. In reality, hell is the gravity. Those who are sinful and pursue materialism will be attracted by gravity, and go to hell when they die. The longest and the toughest sentence are being sent to the eighteenth level, a firing infernal that has no exit, until the end of Heaven and Earth.
e) Preta (Hungry Ghost)
A preta is a wondering famishing ghost. When a person is evil in his lifetime, has a lot of desires and does not help the needy, he will become a preta upon his death. A preta wonders around and starves, for it cannot eat or drink anything. There is time limit for being a Preta.
There are different kinds of animals. They are birds, beast, aquatic lives and insects. Those who are evil in their lifetime and have a lot of desires will become animals upon their death. Those who are crooked will become snakes and scorpion. Those with a lot of sins and debts will become insects. Those with lesser sins and debts will become aquatic lives and still lesser sins and debts will become birds. These are generalization to distinguish the four kinds of animals and the reality is much more complicated. There is again, time limit for being an animal.
In the beginning, the human mind was pure and simple. All living beings lived in harmony and were cultivating together. There was hardly any distinction between animals and human beings. Humans continued to reincarnate into humans and animal continued to be animals. As the human civilization developed, the human mind become contaminated and complicated. People started to kill and eat defenceless animals. Then ferocious animals started to kill and eat human beings had become apparent.
Who is willing to be killed and eaten without asking for revenge? Since heaven is just and fair, how can he allow mutual killings between humans and animals to continue without being punished? Reincarnation of human beings is different in many ways from the very fortunate to the very unfortunate. Anything reaches the extreme will turn to the opposite. This is the law of changes. A human exhausts his rewards will reincarnated into non-human. A non-human pays off his debts and repents his sins will reincarnated into a human.
Off all births and deaths, the cosmos is a grand cycle, mankind and other living things are small cycles. There are cycles for good deeds and there are cycles for bad deeds. The path and the way of a person reincarnation safely depend on one’s Karma. Since everyone has different Karma, everyone has a different fate. The cycle of birth, death and rebirth are created by the deeds of each soul and are governed by heaven.