This explains the reality that we are eternal and that this life is not the first one, nor the last one.
The soul is eternal but the body is temporary. Thus when the body is finished (death), the soul must continue to exist in another body.
If a person kills and soon after dies himself. How can he be punished unless he takes birth again? If a sinner is sent to hell forever then how can God be merciful and forgiving unless he is given another chance?
Once you had the body of a baby and now an adult. The baby body is gone but you still exist. This is reincarnation, changing bodies.
Just as you change bodies in this life, you will also change bodies after this life. Is this hard to accept?
Reincarnation is the passing of the soul from one body to the next. Life is truly a circle of birth, death and re-birth. We never die; we merely change our physical form. There are 8.4 million different forms of bodies; we have been through them all. Being Human is the highest form of Life on this planet.
So why do we keep coming back to life? We are re-born to exhume our Karma. We build our Karma during our life and we must come back to face the reactions to all our actions.
So you still don’t believe in reincarnation?
Well, if you do not believe in reincarnation, then it means that you believe that we are only born once, right? If we are only born once, then surely everyone should be born equal. By believing in God, we accept that God must be fair, and thus everyone would be born equal if we only have one chance of life. Well, is everyone born equal?
Why are some born healthy and some diseased?
Why are some born more fortunate than others?
Why are some born ugly and some good looking?
Why do some children suffer from birth and die at very young age?
Why are some born poor and some rich?
Now that you accept everyone is not born equal. So how does God decide on the above matters for us? Well, God’s decisions are based on knowing our history, our previous lives. God is very fair, God does not make us happy for no reason, and God does not make us suffer for no reason. Based on our Karmic actions, some people are happy because they have good Karma and are now facing good reactions to their good actions taken in their past. Some people suffer because they have bad Karma and are now facing bad reactions to their bad actions taken in their past.
A person is born again and again to reap the fruits of his or her own actions. This cycle of birth and death continues until the person attains moksha or freedom from the cycle of birth and death. Moksha can only be achieved through Krishna consciousness.
Sanatan Dharma is the only religion, which preaches the reincarnation and Karma theories. There is scientific evidence to prove the reincarnation and Karma theories.
“Never was there a time when I did not exist, nor you, nor all these kings; nor in the future shall any of us cease to be. As the embodied soul continuously passes, in the body from childhood to youth to old age, the soul similarly passes into another body at death. A sober person is not bewildered by such a change.” Lord Krishna (Bg. 2.12-13)
“As a person puts on new garments, giving up old ones, the soul similarly accepts new material bodies, giving up the old and useless ones.” Lord Krishna (Bg. 2.22)
“When one dies in the mode of goodness, he attains to the pure higher planets of the great sages. When one dies in the mode of passion, he takes birth among those engaged in fruitive activities; and when one dies in the mode of ignorance, he takes birth in the animal kingdom.” Lord Krishna (Bg. 14.14-15)