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!



6 thoughts on “365 days Writing Prompt: Karma Chameleon

  1. Dear Ranu,

    Thank you for this interesting post.

    We believe there is value in forgetting our past lives…if past lives are even a reality at all. It’s enough to become awake in *this* life.

    Mawlana Rumi speaks somewhere about how life progresses from a Source, through the mineral kingdom, vegetable kingdom, humanity, and then into angelic realms, and perhaps beyond. In whatever way it may be set up by the Creator (who knows!), may we all continue to evolve, in life and beyond.

    All good wishes,


  2. Thank you both of you for these interesting perspectives on reincarnation. The concept itself is quite interesting, and used to haunt me at one point in my life 🙂

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