Vedicology Center for Spiritual Empowerment, India presents an awareness program on Reincarnation and Samsara. Vedicology India team members Mr.Praveen Saanker, Mr.Eashwaran Namboothiri, facilitates this program. Vedicology team explains the ongoing cycle of birth, death, and rebirth endured by human beings and all other mortal beings, and from which release is obtained by achieving the highest enlightenment.
As the real self (atman) remains unchanged through life, it continues after departure. This soul is carried within the delicate (astral) body to its destination. The precise nature of the new body is determined by the state of mind at death and is primarily influenced by (1) the person’s desires, and (2) his karma.
Samsara refers to the procedure for passing from one body to another during all species of existence. Hindus consider that consciousness is present in most life forms including plants and fish. However, although the soul is present in all species, its potential is exhibited to different degrees. In aquatics and plants, it is most”covered”, almost asleep, whereas in humans it’s most alert. This progression of consciousness is manifest during six broad”types of existence,” namely (1) aquatics, (2) plants, (3) reptiles and reptiles, (4) birds, (5) animals and (6) humans, including the residents of paradise. Most Hindus believe samsara fundamentally painful, a cycle of four recurring issues: birth, illness, old-age, and final departure.
The soul passes into another body during and after the process of death.
It’s carried within the subtle body.
The next body is set by the condition of mind at death, and by the desires and deserts of the soul along with the karmic balance.
The inherent nature of the soul remains the same whichever body it resides in
Samsara — passing through the six categories of lifeforms — is deemed debilitating for the eternal spirit.
The Hindu rites of passing after the funeral, during and at the passing ceremony, would be to make sure the peaceful passage of the soul. There are elaborate procedures to prevent the individual being “held up” in his or her spiritual development, and particularly to avoid the potential for staying in subtle form as a spirit or ghost (trapped in the emotional mind without passing through or getting a new physical body).
In fact, many belief systems in Hinduism indicates all rites of passage as preparation for Inevitable death.
The course on Reincarnation and Samsara explains the journey of the soul. The body dies, assert the Hindu philosophies, but not the soul which is the only truth that is eternal and bliss. Everything and all existence is connected, cyclical and composed of two things, the spirit or soul and the human body or matter. This eternal soul called Atman never reincarnates, it does not change and cannot change in the Hindu spiritual belief system. The body and personality can change, constantly keep changing and the cycle continues. Current karma impacts the conditions in this lifetime, as well as lives’ future forms and realms. Dharmic intent and actions lead to great future, bad intent and actions lead to a bad future, as per the Hindu philosophies. The facilitators quote various Hindu scriptures and present their views in a simple, easy to understand manner for the participants.
Hinduism asserts that actions consistent with dharma, along with a virtuous life bring about a better future, while in this life or future lifetimes. The aim of all spiritual pursuits, whether it be via the course of bhakti (devotion), karma (work), jnana (knowledge), or raja (meditation) is self-liberation (moksha) from Samsara. The awareness program explains these in greater detail.
The Upanishads, primarily focus on self-liberation from Saṃsāra. The Bhagavad Gita discusses various paths to liberation. The Upanishads offer many pathways and the objective of human life is to get on to a continuous journey to self-perfection and self-knowledge so as to end Saṃsāra.
The aim of this program on reincarnation and samsara is to motivate the participants to follow the spiritual pursuit as per Upanishadic traditions and take a step forward to locate the authentic self within and to understand one’s soul, a state that it considers leads to blissful state moksha, of liberty.
The awareness program on Reincarnation and Samsara is conducted at the Vedicology Centre for Spiritual Empowerment in Chennai.