Many & Various Definitions of Reincarnation
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1. the belief that the soul, upon death of the body,
comes back to earth in another body or form; 2. rebirth of the soul into
a new body; 3. a new incarnation or embodiment, as of a person; 4. re
(return) to incarnation (another life); 5. a series of successive,
different past lives, as in a cycle of reincarnation (or
These are definitions of reincarnation which come from various dictionaries
and try to capture the core essence of reincarnation.
1. The belief that after you die you can be born again as a different person.
2. The belief that a dead person's spirit returns to life in another body.
3. A reappearance or revitalization in another form; a new embodiment.
4. A new, considerably improved, version of something from the past.
5. A rebirth of a mental capacity (soul) in a physical life form (body).
6. The specific belief or doctrine on how a rebirth into a new body occurs.
7. The combination of "re" (back again) plus "incarnation" (new life).
These are definitions of reincarnation which describe reincarnation in
terms of its relation to other metaphysical concepts.
The driving force behind reincarnation. Rebirths in a
succession of lives allows an individual to experience the universe from
a 360° viewpoint so that they can become a fully realized CoWorker
with God. These viewpoints include gender, race, religion, ethnicity,
national origin, sexual preference, and so on.
The end of the cycle of rebirth into the
lower worlds of karma and reincarnation where the soul takes up
permanent residence in the inner worlds.
Wheel of 84:
The wheel of births and deaths caused
by reincarnation. The wheels continue to spin - around and around -
from one life to the next - until you have learned all that life has
to teach you. Each past life spins the threads of future ones.
You get off the wheel when you ascend.
These are definitions of reincarnation which describe the time aspects of
reincarnation: how it operates and progresses over time.
the apparent inequality in the circumstances
of one's life and birth exists in the context of one lifetime. Reincarnation
ensures that everyone will have all experiences over the span of many
lifetimes and that perfect equality exists inside the full span of an
individual's cycles of reincarnation.
the apparent injustice in the circumstances
of one's life and birth exists in the context of one lifetime. Seeming
injustice in one life (what one reaps) is a balancing of seeming injustice
in another life (what one has sown).
the apparent incapacity in the circumstances
of one's life and birth exists in the context of one lifetime. Incapacity
from inception (birth), injury (accident), or illness (disease/disorder)
is a cycle of direct (cause-effect) karma and indirect (experience) karma
administered over many cycles of reincarnation.
These are definitions of reincarnation which describe how the principles
of reincarnation apply directly to individuals' lives.
Reincarnation effects how you manage
your energy (introvert-extrovert), your cognition (thinking-feeling),
your sensory processing (sensing-intuition), and your organizational
Reincarnation effects your future outlook style
(optimistic-pessimistic), your leadership style (leader-follower),
and your sensory processing style (visual/sight-auditory/hearing-
Reincarnation effects your style
of reasoning (action on what is "feasible and realistic" versus the "vision
of what is possible"), your source of reasoning (trusts information more or
trusts people more), and your focus of reasoning (must see the big picture
or must trust key details).
Reincarnation effects your
preferences as to continuity (preferring sameness or difference), as
to nature (preferring conservatism or progressivism), and to action
(jumps right in or thinks about it first).
These are definitions of reincarnation which are catch phrases in the
popular imagination: these are often how reincarnation is best known.
1. Reincarnation is making a comeback.
2. What you bring hate into, you will reincarnate into.
3. The world goes around in circles.
4. People coming back to life after quitting time.
5. Reincarnation is deja vu all over again.
6. Reincarnation is cool because you have a chance to come back as a lizard.
These are definitions which religions use to describe the effects
of reincarnation: their belief system about reincarnation.
the series of rebirths that drive the entire cycle of
"samsara" (cause and effect driving reincarnation).
the doctrine that there is no eternal "soul", "spirit",
or "self" but only a "stream of consciousness" that links one life with
the next life.
"John the Baptist... if you are willing to receive
it, he is [the Old Testament prophet] Elijah [Elias] who is to come."
to "end one's life for benevolence" and "give one's
life for righteousness", improves their cycle of life and rebirth, says
the doctrine that an individual may be reborn successively
into one of five classes of living beings (god, human, animal, hungry ghost,
or denizen of hell) depending on their own actions in past existences.
"And you were dead, and He brought you back to life.
And He shall cause you to die, and shall bring you back to life, and in the
end shall gather you unto Himself." (Surat Al-Baqarah - Koran 2:28)
the doctrine that all people are caught in a cycle of
birth, death, and rebirth that can only be broken by good karma.
the doctrine of reincarnation (samsara) is that life
destinies are determined by the accumulation of one’s good and bad deeds (karma).
Taoism: the doctrine that there is always a "continuity of existence
without limitation" (birth is not a beginning and death is not an end).
the doctrine that individuals are repeatedly are reborn
taking up another life using another body and with a different "personality".
These are definitions of reincarnation current in the mainstream which define
reincarnation without using the "reincarnation" word.
1. "Genius is experience. Some seem to think that it is a gift or talent,
but it is the fruit of long experience in many lives." (Henry Ford)
2. "All you do is get the heck out of your body when you die. My gosh,
everybody's done it thousands of times. Just because they don't remember,
it doesn't mean they haven't done it." (J. D. Salinger)
3. "The soul is not born; it does not die; it was not produced from anyone.
Unborn, eternal, it is not slain, though the body is slain." (Ralph Waldo
4. "The soul is not the body and it may be in one body or in another, and
pass from body to body." (Giordano Bruno)
5. "No honest theologian therefore can deny that his acceptance of Jesus
as Christ logically binds every Christian to a belief in reincarnation -
in the Elias case (who was later John the Baptist) at least." (Robert Graves)
These are definitions of reincarnation current in the scientific community
which support the concept of reincarnation.
1. Matter cannot be created or destroyed, it may be rearranged in space and
changed into different types of particles. (Conservation of Matter)
2. Energy can neither be created nor destroyed: it can only be transformed
from one state to another. (Conservation of Energy)
channeled information. Note: the Tibetan Auspicious Knot (see image by Secular)
symbolises the nature of life where everyone and everything is deeply
interrelated and only exists as part of reincarnation and its effects.