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One look at the cover of my book and you know what the book is all about, there are no secrets here. I am a down-to-earth person, I think logically and this is the product of my research and ideas. This book does not have transcendent or other wordly ideas of Reincarnation or Heaven, instead in my book I look for down-to-earth, logical answers for these concepts. How they may have arisen, what were the conditions that people lived in back in the day that prompted such ideas

Reincarnation is a fascinating concept - at first glance it seems a no contest when matched up against Heaven. It is sort of like asking you to choose between A)going to school for 20-30 odd years, getting a not too exciting 9-5 job, working for 30-40 years and retiring with a modest pension(Reincarnation) or B)10 million dollars as soon as you get to be an adult!(Heaven) The choice is clear right? Of course we all would choose option B - Heaven!

So then why did Hinduism preach Reincarnation? Why has this concept survived for so long? Take a look at the example above once again and you see the glaring flaw in the question, don't you? There is no fool giving away 10 million dollars, is there? No rich guys standing around the corner asking if you want some free money (unless of course, you get one of those get rich quick emails from Nigerian bankers). The fact is that Option A is Reality whereas option B is a Fantasy. Heaven is nothing but a fantasy, do we really think God has nothing better to do than cater to billions of us sitting around doing nothing for Eternity? That is the Grand Plan of God? "Go live on earth a few years, come back and it's easy living for eternity?"

The million dollar question or the elephant in the room question - "What does one DO in Heaven?" - sad to think that such a question has never been asked! NEVER! Just imagine that! For how long have we had civilization, educated, cultured people? For how long have we known that once we grow up, we have to leave the nest, stand on our own two feet, make a living? We cannot be a burden on our parents forever? And yet no  one asks how one will make a living in Heaven? Everyone assumes that God will nicely keep us in comfort, give us the easy life?

That is exactly what Heaven promises - a return back to the nest, to the past, back to childhood and remain a helpless child for eternity! Heaven is a metaphor for the Womb, Childhood, the nest and the Past, whereas Reincarnation stands for Life, Adulthood and the Future. In the Womb, as in childhood, we were happy, in comfort, at peace, sheltered, protected and lived in a bubble. But suddenly we were thrown out of this Eden into a cold, hard world. We feel pain for the first time but that is the signal to us that Life has begun.

 

Heaven is the idea that we can run back to the safety and comfort of the womb, our childhood, never having to grow up and face the world. it is a reflection of our weakness, our cowardice, it says we are old, defeated by life and all we want to do is seek a nice retirement home and rock away in the easy chair for eternity. Reincarnation is asking us to choose Life, a life that comes pre-packaged with pain and suffering. Reincarnation stands for Life, Adulthood and the Future. We cannot afford to live in the past, stay eternal children, it is hard to grow up but grow up we must and that is the teaching of Reincarnation

These are the ideas that I explore in my book. I welcome your feedback and any questions you may have. Please make use of my contact information.

 

Why Reincarnation?

Let's do it! Let's dive right in - here I summarize the main points and we will explore them in detail in the book

1. Everyone knows the first - it's called Responsibility - you made the mess, you clean it up. You took on a debt, pay it back! The concept of begging one's way out by asking for forgiveness is not there in Hinduism. This is treated more like getting an F in a test - no amount of pleading will make the Teacher change your grade and no student should even ever ask for such a change. Retake the test and earn a better grade - that is the Right thing to do

2. This is ALL there is - sadly most religions promise a fantasy land in the sky - all one has to do is die and it is right there waiting for us - the eternal good life. Makes you wonder what was the purpose of life? To make sure you join the "right" religion and pray to the "right" God?

God created this world for us, Religions created Heavens for cowards and the weak, telling them one can run away and hide under the bed. Choose to live in the world God Created for us, one can't live in fantasies or dreams.

Drug-addicts, online worlds, Heaven - all share a common thread - worlds that are more pleasing, no pain or suffering in such worlds. Reincarnation is simply asking us to wake up and live in the Real World

3. Heaven is not elsewhere, it is right here! When people talk about Heaven, what do they say? Happy, Joyful, no worries or responsibilities! A nice, retired life. Well, my sister's cat does nothing all day, just eats, poops and sleeps. That cat has zero worries and responsibilities! That cat is in Heaven! Heaven means refusing human life and accepting a lower life form, that's all Heaven is! A life as a Tree, a bug or a Pet - what a foolish choice!

 

4. Because Life is a Gift - a Gift from God! A Gift that keeps on giving, savor it and ask for more! Think of the birth of your child - it is a Gift! God has bestowed a Gift on you!

 

5. Heaven is a metaphor for the Womb, Childhood & the Past. Whereas Reincarnation stands for Life, Adulthood and the Future. Other religions teach a way OUT of Pain and Suffering, Hinduism preaches a way IN! Time to get out of the womb, out of Eden and start Life! We experience pain for the first time but that is also how Life Begins!

 

6. Reincarnation is made clear when we leave the nest - we go off to College or a job - we leave the loving home of our parents and strike out on our own. We have it easy, animals face far more dangers. But they know they must leave! Why? Why not stay at home and live in comfort? Because then we wouldn't have a life! If we want a life of our own, we must leave the nest(Heaven)!

 

7. Heaven is for the Retired, those who gave up on life and want a quiet, useless existence. Reincarnation is for those who Aspire. Heaven is for the old, the retired, Reincarnation is for the Young, the Dreamer. The future world depicted in the Star Wars movies will be here soon and it is those who choose to be here, who choose Reincarnation that will make that future world happen. "There's no reason to believe that someone has lived long because he has grey hair and wrinkles: he's not lived long but long existed." - Seneca

8. Reincarnation is for the Warrior. The coward can go hide under the bed, safe and happy(Heaven). Where would you find a Warrior? In the heat of battle, maybe bleeding to death! Warriors don't run away and hide, the move forward, not back. Religions have poured Coward medicine down our throats, imploring us to run away from life, run and hide under the bed, God will keep us safe like a helpless little child, a baby. Time to view Life from the perspective of the Warrior

 

9. God Rama asks, "The Pain is Here, Suffering is here. Where else would you rather be?" Stay in the womb, safe, happy, content(Heaven), the Unborn or be Born, Life begins with pain and suffering, it is part of Life. To wish for a life without pain or suffering is Unnatural, not human

 

10. Choose Real Life(Reincarnation) over a Fake Fantasy(Heaven). Reincarnation because one can't live in dreams. Heaven is a dream, a fantasy. It is nice to think we can live in a nice dream, enjoy a fantasyland, live in a fairy tale but we cannot live there. So many get lost in their online dream worlds today, Heaven was the original online dream world, where people hoped to run away from the harsh realities of life. But in the end, not facing life will only make things worse

 

11. You are the Savior, not the Saved. You are the Knight in Shining Armor, not the Damsel in Distress

 

12. Soup kitchen(Heaven) or Work(Reincarnation)? Be a Giver, not a Taker. Happiness is a by-product of Work. Thru work you find fulfillment, joy, happiness and God.

 

13. Justice(Reincarnation) not Vengeance(Hell). If a child is abducted, raped and killed, does torturing the rapist in hell do anything for that Child? That Child never got to grow up, enjoy parents love, go to school, hang out with friends, first crushes, first dances, college, a career, fall in love, marriage, kids, grandkids! - all the joys of life that she never got to enjoy! Only Reincarnation can do justice

 

14. No more religious hate and division. Reincarnation teaches us that in this life you may be born a Hindu, but in the next life you maybe a Muslim, a Christian or an Atheist. Hate based on religion is difficult to sustain when one realizes this essential Truth - which is one of the reasons Hinduism is known for its tolerance and acceptance.

 

15. 3 ways to deal with Pain and Suffering

         a) Run Away & Hide (Heaven)

         b) Cut all Desires

         c) Face it, Fight it! Defeat it! Make the world a better place! Make God Proud!(Reincarnation)

 

16. Nobody said making God Proud would be easy. A parent has two kids - one sits at home, doing nothing, good for nothing except indulging in self-gratification(Heaven). The other goes out into the world doing great things - fighting poverty, trying to find a cure for disease, fighting climate change, animal abuse, sexism, racism, Terrorism, is reaching for the stars with Science, is reaching for the Hand of God! God looks down and says, "That's my Child!"

 

17. As we saw as there are different ways of dealing with pain, there are different joys in life as well

 

         1. The joy of sitting around doing nothing! My sister's cat does that - eats,

 

Sample Chapter

KARMA and REINCARNATION

What is Karma? Why is it linked to Reincarnation? We all know what Reincarnation is—being reborn in another body, starting over as a new life.

 

The meaning of the word Karma, which is a Sanskrit word, is Action or Work. That’s it! It’s not a spiritual payback system, as it is popularly understood in the West. So, when Hindus say they are defined (not judged—wrong word to use in Hinduism—a parent does not judge their children) by their Karma, it means we are defined based on what we accomplished in life, our actions, our character, conduct, morals—religion does not matter, belief does not matter.

 

Funny thing: this is exactly what you hope for in real life—when you apply for a job or are up for a promotion, do you not expect to get that position based on your accomplishments, achievements?

 

It is pretty simple. When you choose Karma and Reincarnation, you choose to come back and work for a bright future for this planet, for all humanity and all the other forms of life that share this blue planet with us. You choose to participate in the future.

 

By choosing Karma and Reincarnation, you are saying that you are an adult. You determine your own future, choose your own path, stand tall, stand firm and blaze your own trail. You also choose to follow in the footsteps of the greats that have gone before (sadly most of them unknown) who have sacrificed their lives so that we may have a better future.

 

Are you one of those who looks at your life as an unfinished saga? Much, much more left for you to do, so many more worlds to conquer? Do you love life? Do you intensely feel the plight of others? Are you a dreamer? Are you excited about the future and want to be a part of it? Do you still want to work, to contribute? Hate the idea of being put out to pasture? Then Karma and Reincarnation is for you.

 

This is how Karma works: as you lead your life, you make choices, you work, and you commit to certain values, ethics and principles. These choices, these actions, of yours affect not only yourself but also others close to you. Sometimes they benefit you as well as others.

 

When, through your actions, your Karma, you do good things that lead to the benefit of others, you accumulate good Karma. Obviously, when you do bad things, you accumulate bad Karma; and it is this bad Karma or debt that you must repay. This is one of the reasons you come back.

 

Assume you are a student—you work hard, sacrifice good times, study till late at night—will this help you get good grades or marks? Yes, definitely. And if you do the reverse? Will you be surprised to get bad grades or marks? Drive at break-neck speeds on slippery icy roads—might that lead to an accident? How about while driving drunk? This is Karma in action—“As you sow, so shall you reap”—unfortunately this simple idea has been misunderstood as some kind of magic being sitting upstairs and delivering punishments for wrong-doings.

 

We miss the real picture—responsibility! Basically Karma urges us to take responsibility for our actions—it is because we did not study that we got bad grades or marks—quite simple when you take the metaphysical part out of it and look for a rational down-to-earth explanation.

 

Let’s also make the idea of Reincarnation really simple: you take a day off from work or are on a holiday—what do you want to do? Well, you could just laze on the couch, watch TV all day, the big game, and enjoy yourself—Heaven!

 

OR

 

You could spend the time at a homeless or animal shelter—maybe one of the homeless tries to attack you in a drunken rage or a dog might bite you, but you don’t let that deter you—you continue your work because you feel you are doing God’s work—helping make this a better world—Reincarnation!

A Chinese proverb: “Teachers open the door. You enter yourself.”

 

Before we get started, we need to define some issues. A coward doesn’t see things the same way as a warrior or a hero. The lazy person has a different view of life from the strong go-getter. Religions have shaped our views of God through the lens of the weak, and it amazes me that millions of highly educated people keep falling for outdated, primitive views of God.

 

Most religions see God more like a king/master to be obeyed unconditionally. Unfortunately people end up obeying the edicts of their religions, and these religions end up infantilizing their followers.

 

These religions originated in ancient or medieval times when kings ruled. Have they simply elevated their local king to a God level, God made in the image of a king? It certainly seems so.

 

The king/master demands absolute loyalty, and there is no place for disloyal people (atheists, people of other faiths) in his kingdom. Followers in the presence of their king get down on their knees, shaking with fear, swearing undying loyalty (belief in today’s religions), and begging for mercy. Non-followers get threatened with dire consequences and must obey or else.

 

When you view God as a king, a master, you hear and use words like commandments, beg, obey, submit, humble, judge, mercy, punishment, wrath, reward, rule, forgive, Fear —all slave/servant words. When you view God as a parent or a teacher, the terminology changes: ethics, values, principles, dreams, hopes, achievements, responsibility, pride, compassion and Truth.

 

Hinduism is a parent/teacher faith.

A Chinese proverb: “Teachers open the door. You enter yourself.”

 

Before we get started, we need to define some issues. A coward doesn’t see things the same way as a warrior or a hero. The lazy person has a different view of life from the strong go-getter. Religions have shaped our views of God through the lens of the weak, and it amazes me that millions of highly educated people keep falling for outdated, primitive views of God.

 

Most religions see God more like a king/master to be obeyed unconditionally. Unfortunately people end up obeying the edicts of their religions, and these religions end up infantilizing their followers.

 

These religions originated in ancient or medieval times when kings ruled. Have they simply elevated their local king to a God level, God made in the image of a king? It certainly seems so.

 

The king/master demands absolute loyalty, and there is no place for disloyal people (atheists, people of other faiths) in his kingdom. Followers in the presence of their king get down on their knees, shaking with fear, swearing undying loyalty (belief in today’s religions), and begging for mercy. Non-followers get threatened with dire consequences and must obey or else.

 

When you view God as a king, a master, you hear and use words like commandments, beg, obey, submit, humble, judge, mercy, punishment, wrath, reward, rule, forgive, Fear —all slave/servant words. When you view God as a parent or a teacher, the terminology changes: ethics, values, principles, dreams, hopes, achievements, responsibility, pride, compassion and Truth.

 

Hinduism is a parent/teacher faith.

What does this mean? It means we are the children of God and that we belong by Her side, not down on the ground. Students sit in front of their teacher. They do not go down on their knees. It means that there are certain rules and obligations that we devotees as students and children of God must follow.

 

It is unseemly to kneel to a parent or to a teacher. You can greet and show your respect in other ways than to kneel down and lower yourself to a slave/servant level. It is the servant who hangs his head down. It is the slave who gets down on his knees. Today we have terrorism and the stupid insistence that evolution is wrong, based on this blind-obedience mentality.

 

One has to understand how life was for our ancients to fully understand Pascal’s wager. Life was different then—there was no democracy, kings were masters of their land. Innocent persons could be put to death, evil rapists or murderers could walk free—simply because the king said so, and his subjects living within the kingdom accepted it. What I find strange and disturbing is that we, who live in modern times of democracy and individual rights, blindly support primitive ideas of God, the master.

 

master is always right. In a king/master religion when God says the sky is green, all the servants and slaves will hurry to agree. In a teacher faith, every follower must disagree. This explains why so many horrific acts have been committed in the name of God, acts justified by using words drawn right from their holy books!

 

In a master religion it does not matter what you think and it does not matter what you do with your life, only the king’s opinion matters. In a teacher faith, it’s all about you. You take responsibility for your actions, your conduct, and you decide whether you want to be with God (truth) or not.

 

In a king/master religion one is judged by their allegiance, loyalty (Religion). In a teacher faith, one is defined by their Karma—actions, conduct. One can serve only one master, hence the one God, hence the hate against other religions, the threats directed at others. Think how dictatorships function: those who support the dictator enjoy the good life and they will make life miserable for those opposed.

 

The goal of the follower of a teacher faith is not a place (Heaven), but a state of mind (Moksha). Moksha is the awakening of the mind, heart and soul. Moksha is to be touched by the hand of God.

 

Not much is expected of a servant: keep your head down, await orders and complete them pronto. If the master says, “Stay, don’t move,” the servant blindly obeys. If your ultimate goal in life is to sit on your behind and do nothing for eternity, enjoying the pleasures of the flesh, this doesn’t say much about you.

 

All a master expects/demands/requires from a slave/servant is loyalty, obedience—that is all that is required, hence religions endlessly preach belief! Believe and be rewarded, they cry—yes, wag your tail and get the bone! The standards are so low they are literally non-existent.

 

Much is expected of a child/student of God. Parents and the teachers wait eagerly and expect their child/student to do great things and to surprise them, to make them proud, to reach for the stars! The child/student is encouraged to be the next Einstein, the next Mozart, the next Gandhiji, or the next Joan of Arc.

In life we learn that nothing is free, there are no shortcuts in life. You can believe all you want that you are the best, but much, much work needs to be done before you get to prove it.

 

Just as you learn to beware of the Bernie Madoffs, the Charles Ponzis of the world, please beware of religions offering the easy way out.

 

“My cousin has a huge beach house sitting empty, he wants you to go live there rent-free, all expenses paid for, TV, Internet, a chef will come daily to fix your meals, free use of his boat and car and a million dollars in your bank account! All you have to do is join my religion!”

 

How many of you will hasten to join his religion?

 

Tell me, do you expect to get top grades or marks without hitting the books? Get that top job without any qualifications? The car dealer will just give you the nice car that you want even if you don’t have any means to pay? Then why oh why do we think the nice afterlife will be just handed down to us?

 

You can believe that you will win the race, the gold medal or ace the test, but a lot of hard work went into building that belief, did it not? Would you not be insulted if someone said you won because you cheated or gained an unfair advantage, that the teacher favored your paper, etc.? You worked hard for your win, to ace the test—please don’t drop your morals and ethics now that you are in front of God! Never ask to be given anything, earn it!

 

How many of you have seen the likes of Michael Jordan and Lebron James break down crying helplessly after they have won the title? And these were super-talented people but yet had to fight tooth and nail to make their dreams come true. Nothing was handed to them and neither did they expect a hand-out and neither should you.

 

We teach our kids that they must learn to earn what they want. Whether you want that A, or a place on the team or your school’s play or that top job or success in life, it must ALL be earned! Being given something for free means it must be worthless; either that, or only a worthless person takes something without paying for it.

 

One of the reasons why there is so much turmoil in some countries is that they keep hoping if they do this or that, a magic being in the sky will be pleased and will rain down riches on them—they keep hoping to be given riches instead of working or earning them. Life teaches us that it must be built, the riches have to be earned; successful countries were built! Nothing comes easy, we all know that and yet fall for the easy Ponzi-promises of certain religions.

 

Another lesson that we learn in life and what defeats most people is the length of time it takes to succeed, to make our dreams come true. Most people want the good things in life with just a snap of the fingers, but real life rarely works that way, does it? The good things

in life come after a long, long time of putting in enormous amount of work, not backing down when the inevitable setbacks come our way.

 

This is where again Heaven differs from Reincarnation—Heaven is quick, easy—pray to the “right” God, join the “right” religion, just a few tears of remorse and it is the good “life” for eternity! Reincarnation, just like succeeding in life, says becoming a God will take several lives, maybe thousands; do we have the patience and the perseverance to make that a reality?

THE KING AND THE TEACHER

FAILURE TO LEARN LIFE'S LESSONS

 
 

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