Proses reinkarnasi Pada saat jiwa lahir kembali, roh yang utama kekal namun raga kasarlah yang

rusak, sehingga roh harus berpindah ke badan yang baru untuk menikmati hasil perbuatannya. Pada saat memasuki badan yang baru, roh yang utama membawa hasil perbuatan dari kehidupannya yang terdahulu, yang mengakibatkan baik-buruk nasibnya kelak. Roh dan jiwa yang lahir kembali tidak akan mengingat kehidupannya yang terdahulu agar tidak mengenang duka yang bertumpuk-tumpuk di kehidupan lampau. Sebelum mereka bereinkarnasi, biasanya jiwa pergi ke surga atau ke neraka. Dalam filsafat agama yang menganut faham reinkarnasi, neraka dan sorga adalah suatu tempat persinggahan sementara sebelum jiwa memasuki badan yang baru. Neraka merupakan suatu pengadilan agar jiwa lahir kembali ke badan yang sesuai dengan hasil perbuatannya dahulu. Dalam hal ini, manusia bisa bereinkarnasi menjadi makhluk berderajat rendah seperti hewan, dan sebaliknya hewan mampu bereinkarnasi menjadi manusia setelah mengalami kehidupan sebagai hewan selama ratusan, bahkan ribuan tahun. Sidang neraka juga memutuskan apakah suatu jiwa harus lahir di badan yang cacat atau tidak. Akhir proses reinkarnasi Selama jiwa masih terikat pada hasil perbuatannya yang terdahulu, maka ia tidak akan mencapai kebahagiaan yang tertinggi, yakni lepas dari siklus reinkarnasi. Maka, untuk memperoleh kebahagiaan yang abadi tersebut, roh yang utama melalui badan kasarnya berusaha melepaskan diri dari belenggu duniawi dan harus mengerti hakikat kehidupan yang sebenarnya. Jika tubuh terlepas dari belenggu duniawi dan jiwa sudah mengerti makna hidup yang sesungguhnya, maka perasaan tidak akan pernah duka dan jiwa akan lepas dari siklus kelahiran kembali. Dalam keadaan tersebut, jiwa menyatu dengan Tuhan (Moksha)

However. an animating force that was believed to be counterpart of the body. Metamorphosis is roughly the changing of one life form into another life form. This soul was pictured as vapors that entered and left through the nostrils and mouth. especially when applied to humans. the Greek philosopher and mathematician. and the one which did not. They thought the soul transmigrated from body to body and this was a reason why they embalmed the body in order to preserve it so that it could journey along with ka. However reincarnation is not accurately synonymous with either metamorphosis or resurrection. pre-existence. did not have life. The terms reincarnation and transformation of the soul. If they were not sophisticated enough to understand the concept of a soul. if through its transmigrations the soul continues doing good and eliminates the bodily . After the soul has completed this series of rebirths is becomes so purified that it can leave the transmigration or reincarnation cycle. About the first definition of soul transmigration came from Pythagoras. are about synonymous. This helped to explain family resemblances. who taught that the soul was immortal and merely resides in the body. Certainly long before ancient Egypt peoples believed in transmigration of the soul. which would accompany it in the next world or life. there is a difference. In Plato's view of the transmigration of the soul from body to body.REINCARNATION It is known that the Egyptians believed in reincarnation or the transmigration of the soul. in the Christian sense. An individual or object which moved had life. means the rising again of the body after death. Between death and rebirth the soul rests and is purified in the Underworld. therefore. It was also thought the soul left the body during sleep. however. Resurrection. it survived bodily death. The belief is thought to have been an necessity among primitive peoples. This establishes the dating of the concept of reincarnation back to the ancient Egyptian religion but many think it dates beyond antiquity. shared similar views as Pythagoras in that the soul of man was eternal. then they may have simply called it life. or enter an animal of a lower life form. Later grew the notion the soul transmigrated to an infant of one of dead person's kin. another Greek philosopher. His further teachings held the soul goes through a series of rebirths. Gradually the concept of a soul developed with a further realization that the soul departed the body at death and entered the body at birth. Ka might be considered equivalent to the term of soul. Soon it was thought the soul leaving a dead body would seek another body to enter. Plato claimed the soul tends to become impure during these bodily inhabitations although a minimal former life knowledge remains. Plato. This is analogous to the belief of animism. and wholly spiritual.

believed in reincarnation. The Greek writer Diordus Siculus (c. They were difficult to destroy. When asked by college students why Christianity does not teach reincarnation Patricia Crowther. However. and the Carthari." Even Julius Caesar wrote of the Celts "They wish to inculcate this as one of their leading tenets. and this can be proved by the words of Saint Gregory. In simplicity this doctrine states man has just one life in which to merit his eternal reward or damnation. the fear of death being disregarded. Such a doctrine also strengthened the Church. reincarnation was declared a heresy by the Council of Constantinople. ". that souls do not become extinct." Elsewhere Caesar complained the Druids were a troublesome people.The early Christians taught it (reincarnation). and they think that men by this tenet are in a great degree stimulated to valor. a witch. "Don't you know that Christianity embraced reincarnation for three hundred years. until the Roman influence expunged it after the Enmperor Constantine recognized the Church? What do you think the early Christians were thinking when they asked . The teaching occurred among the early Christians. But. answered. In an interview the author Jess Stern asked a lady who had previously seen the late American mystic Edgar Cayce "Why do you now find it so important to believe in reincarnation -. Manichaeans. The reason reincarnation was repudiated was because of the eschatological teachings of death and judgment which were established as orthodox Christian doctrine." The Greek philosopher Strabo (c..21 AD) observed the Druids believed that "men's souls and the universe are indestructible. especially the Gnostics. It was around the first century AD that both the Greek and Roman writers were surprised by the fact that the Druids. This appears to be an origination of both the concept of karma and the Christian concept of hell. in AD 533.impurities it will eventually return to its pre-existence state. 63 BC . a place of eternal damnation. although at times fire and water may prevail. believing in the message of God through Christ be sufficient to get you into Heaven?" She answered plainly.wouldn't just being a good Christian. Bishop of Nyssa: 'It is absolutely necessary that the soul shall be healed and purified. a priestly caste of the Celts (see Druidism). but was later repudiated by orthodox Christian theologians.. if the soul continually deteriorates through its bodily inhabitations it will end up in Tartarus.'" Later. but pass after death from one body to another. and that after a definite number of years they live a second life when the soul passes to another body. it must be accomplished in future earthly lives. There is little evidence of reincarnation among the early Hebrew people but it later became a part of the Kabbalistic teaching. many Christians still believe in reincarnation because they think it was taught by Christ.30 AD) noted that the Druids believed "the souls of men are immortal. and if it doesn't take place in one life on earth. 60 BC .

to Eliphas Levi who died on the same day as Crowley was born. In winter the earth rests. "If you thought of reincarnation as rebirth. but never returns as a lower life form. This is Odinism. Blavatsky. flowers bloom. so does the spirit. that's what. that was at the heart of everything he said or did. man may return as a lower life form such as a plant. tree. She replied. that is. Aleister Crowley believed he traced his reincarnations from Pope Alexander VI. the co-founder of the Theosophical Society. race. "Christ was not interested in show. The rationale of such a belief is that the soul has to experience all aspects of life. The witch Sybil Leek thought she had been Madame Helena P. The Christian lady speaking with Stern referred to reincarnation as a learning experience. In the spring the trees give birth to new leaves. Continuing back further Crowley believed he had been Ankh-fn-Khonsu. who had come before? They were think reincarnation. but this purification comes through opportunities to learn more in life if the soul is willing. or occasionally hypnotic regression. Many occultists have attempted to retrace their past lives or reincarnations by dream analysis. or animal. Don't you remember Christ saying. . Here is a division of thought concerning reincarnation. Most occultists and witches believe reincarnation is a cycle of birth. new foliage springs up. This is the earth's lifecycle which many believe symbolizes the spirit's." Most occultists and witches would certainly agree with their Christian friend. Others believe reincarnations only occur within a tribe. As to the exact cyclical process there are divergent views. to Cagliostro. Some hold a view similar to the Buddhists the individual personality disintegrates at death with its characteristics forming in a pool with other traits which come together in new reincarnations.Christ whether he was Elijah. he cannot enter the Kingdom of Heaven?'" Stern told her he thought the was a reference to baptism. Some would say by the Mother Goddess. the assistant of the Elizabethan occultist and magician John Dee. or family. Just as the earth has a constant rebirth. To many reincarnation is taught by nature herself. to Edward Kelly. 'Unless man is reborn. meditation. everything is dormant." She continued. I think you could understand it better. Each reincarnation not only purifies the soul more. death. In summer and fall the crops are harvested. Western thought of reincarnation is that man just reincarnates to higher spiritual levels of life. and rebirth. but substance. In Western philosophy it is also held if man does not reach a higher spiritual level he must repeat the cycle until he does. renowned for his love of physical pleasures. Just as the earth is renewed so is the spirit or soul which knows no death. an Egyptian priest of the XXVIth dynasty. Another view is that there is a resting period between reincarnations where the soul rests in a state of bliss in the astral plane called Summerland before it passes into the next reincarnation. Reincarnation is rebirth. Eastern religions such as Buddhism and Hinduism teach each reincarnation may be different. Certain sects of Gnosticism held this belief too.

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