365 days Writing Prompt: Karma Chameleon

Reincarnation do you believe in it?

Do I believe in,”Reincarnation?” I cannot say yes or no, simply because I don’t know.

I know “Reincarnation” is the religious or philosophical concept that the soul or spirit , after biological death can begin a new life in a new body.

Majority of sects such as Judaism, Christianity, and Islam do not believe that individuals reincarnate.

In Latin reincarnation means, “entering the flesh again.”

There is no word in Pali or Sanskrit  which corresponds exactly to rebirth, transmigration or reincarnation.The process  that gives rise to the cycle of death and rebirth  governed by Karma is referred to as “Samsara”.

Samsara is a Sanskrit word which means “a wandering through”.The concept of Samsara is closely associated with the belief that the ignorant person continues to be born and reborn in various realms in the form of a human, animal, or other being, even plants and rocks(depending on Karma) but most philosophic traditions of Hinduism and Buddhism maintain that plants and rocks cannot be included since they lack the possibility of experience(bhoga)and,hence of karma.

Tagore in his song titled “forever me” clearly indicates that he’d be reincarnated , his words,” who says I won’t be there, I will be there  as a new person with a different identity,” which in my mind  means he’d be born again.

Whether I believe in reincarnation is something I did not think of, so I cannot give a definitive answer!



DP Daily Prompt: Proud

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When was the last time someone told you they were proud of you.

As far as my memory goes I cannot remember someone saying , they were proud of me. Then again sometimes there are people who are proud of you but do not know how to express themselves.

I took the job of teaching in a new school. I was responsible for forty two boys, they were six years old, but were a group no one was able to control, in two months five teachers quit their job. I was told by a boy who was one of the pupils.

It was my first year teaching in a, “Residential School,” one day  the principal quietly came to see how I was doing on my first week in his school.He was surprised he didn’t have to come to the classroom to discipline these overactive boys, which was the case before I took the job.

My door was closed he signaled  me to come out, he didn’t care to look if the kids were in the classroom,he asked,”where are the boys?”

“In the classroom I said.”

He told me then, “you know everyday I have to come out from my office to make them quiet, how did you do it?”

Of course he did not say he was proud of me I was able to control the little rascals, I’m sure it was on his mind. Our superiors hold off praising us because they do not want to make us overconfident.