Rebirth and Creation
By Joey Kurian
This not a religious article but an explanation from research about the life cycle of human souls. Rebirth refers to a person’s mind taking one body after another. Our body and mind are separate entities. The body is made of matter and atoms while the mind refers to all our emotional cognitive experiences and is formless. When the body and mind is linked we are alive, but at death they separate. The body becomes a corpse and the mind continues on to another body.
How do our minds begin?
Who or What created our minds?
Each moment of the mind is a continuation of the previous moment. Who we are and what we think and feel depends on who we were yesterday. That is why we can remember what happened to us in the past. One moment of our mind is caused by the previous moment in our mind. This continuity can be traced back to our childhood and even to our mind when we were a foetus inside our mother’s womb.Even before the time of conception our mind stream has already existed. It’s previous moments were linked to another body. There was no beginning to our mind. The continuity of our mind is infinite. This maybe a difficult concept to grasp initially, but if we use the example of the number line it becomes easier. From the zero position looking left there is no first negative number and looking right there is no last highest number, one more can always be added on. We have all had an infinite number of past rebirths and our minds will continue to exist infinitely. However by purifying our mind stream we can make our future existences better than our present one. In fact it would be impossible for our mind stream to have a beginning that would mean that the first moment of our mind had no cause or it was caused by something else besides a previous moment of mind. But both of these alternatives are impossible for the mind can only be produced by a previous moment of mind in its own continuation.
What connects Life with the next life? Is there a soul, self or real personality that goes from one life to another?
Our minds have gross and subtle levels. The sense consciousness that see,hear,smell,taste and feel tactile sensations.The gross mental consciousness which always so busy thinking this and that, function actively while we are alive. At the moment of our demise these functions stop working. They are absorbed into subtle mental consciousness. This subtle mind bears with it all the imprints of the actions we have done. It is this subtle mind which leaves one’s body and enters the intermediate state. Finally it is reborn in another’s body. After the subtle mind is joined with another body at the moment of conception-the gross mental consciousness reappears and he person again see, hears and thinks. This subtle mind which goes from one life to the next is a constantly changing pheonomena.Thus for this reason it not considered to be a soul, self or real personality.
Why can’t we remember our past lives?
At the moment our mind is obscured by ignorance, making it difficult for us to remember the past. Many changes occur in our body and mind when we die and reborn making recollection very difficult. However the fact that we do not remember something does not mean it does not exist. Sometimes we cannot even remember where we left our car keys? Nor can we remember what we ate for dinner a month ago? What are the proves of the rebirth of human souls? It is not possible to substantiate rebirth, on the other hand ,it’s not possible to prove the non-existence of rebirth either.