Friday, September 27, 2013

Many Lives, Many Masters

I recently read a book by Dr. Brian Weiss titled Many Lives, Many Masters. The book is about a prominent Yale Psychiatrist who lives a very scientific life, his depressed young patient Catherine, and the past life regression that she goes through to heal her of the present life anxieties and phobias.
Reincarnation presupposes a Godward life energy which as the Bhagavad Gita puts it "does not die when the body dies." It is a concept that the soul, is reborn into new lives. Depending on the religion or philosophy, the soul can appear incarnate in humans, animals or plants as it works its way toward an eventual escape from the cycle of birth, death and rebirth. Reincarnation is considered the path to purity and salvation.
Karma is a Sanskrit word which literally means "Action". It operates in the universe as a continuous chain reaction of cause and effect. It is believed that actions affect the quality of life and the quality of future lives. Good deeds create good karma and evil deeds create negative karma. Karma's effect can manifest immediately, later in life or after multiple lifetimes. Karma is the law that governs reincarnation.

                      

Not so much of a spiritual person myself, I have always believed in Karma and Reincarnation. A firm believer in doing good and being a good and fair person, not only on the outside but from within too, I do not believe in atoning for one's sins by fasting, visiting temples or offering sacrifices.
Many a times we get a feeling of deja-vu, which literally means "already seen". Some researchers interpret these feelings based on reincarnation. At times we feel a strong connection with people we have just met, or even with people who are already in our lives. That is because we know them from a previous lifetime and are brought together again in this life too.
What was an eye opener in this particular book were the messages that Catherine could channel while in between life stages from the "Masters" about how to live life (make good karmas). These teachings of the Master Spirits ("We are not to kill.....Only God can punish", "Charity, hope, faith, love....we must know all these things," and "Our body is just a vehicle for us while we are here. It is our soul and our spirit that last forever"), are restatements of the traditional religious views that I have been brought up and thoughts that have been instilled within to make us better people.
I would definitely recommend this book to those who are open minded about the concept of Reincarnation and those who enjoying thinking about and talking about the ephemeral. It sure made me feel more at peace about my purpose on earth and about life after death.

                                                                  We are what we think. 
                                                     All that we are arises with our thoughts. 
                                                      With our thoughts we make the world.

                                                                                               - Buddha





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