The concept of immortality of soul!!

@ram_cv (16515)
India
December 5, 2007 8:14pm CST
One of the underlying principles of Hinduism is the immortality of the soul. As per Hinduism the soul is immortal, but resides in a mortal body. The soul survives death and goes to live in another mortal body. The actions that a person performs are attributed to the mortal body. Soul is like a weapon and mortal body is like the arm that wields the weapon. So depending on the characteristic of the mortal body people use or misuse the weapon in their hands. The concept is to hate the bad habit and not the person in question as his soul is the same one that someone else who did not have the bad habit also had at some point in time. Does any other religion have a similar concept? Cheers! Ram
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@lecanis (16661)
• Murfreesboro, Tennessee
6 Dec 07
My religion, Celtic Reconstructionist Paganism, also has a concept of immortality of the soul. Instead of necessarily being immediately reborn though, instead the soul continues into the Otherworld, where the path it will take is decided between the soul itself and the Gods. It can be reborn, or continue in the Otherworld as a sort of spirit guide, or if it's ready, go on to a sort of "afterlife" where it can live peacefully.
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@ram_cv (16515)
• India
7 Dec 07
Sounds a good concept. But when you say that the path is chosen by the soul and the Gods, is it based on the actions of the past life or is it just a choice to be made? Regards, Ram
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@urbandekay (18308)
7 Dec 07
I wait with bated breath for your answer to that question Lecanis all the best urban
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@urbandekay (18308)
7 Dec 07
I'm still not clear if some kind of negotiation takes place or whether where you go is determined for you? all the best urban
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• Canada
6 Dec 07
This may not have anything to do with your discussion exactly but after reading through what is said this is what I feel like saying so I am saying it....In all honesty it doesn't matter what any of us believe! It is what God believes that counts as he is the one who put all this in motion in the first place. There are many religions but only One True God. Many of these religions ultimately believe in the one true God but have different ideas on finding their way to him or working out their religious belief. So we are all like chickens running around with our heads cut off trying to work it all out and thinking we know the way and our way is better. We complicate the issue and make it difficult for anyone to want to believe in God. If God is who He says He is then the truth is simple enough for everyone to understand so that we all have an opportunity to know Him. God is truth! To know Him is to be a lover of truth; and truth will find you and indeed you will know Him because you will desire to know Him because you will desire to know truth. We can seek all we want leaning on our own understanding to find this truth but until we stop and ask God the creator of this universe to reveal truth to us we may never find out. The only way to do this is to open your heart to truth if you dare to put your own sense of self aside for the truth of God to enter in! Truth will find you if you want Him too!
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@ram_cv (16515)
• India
7 Dec 07
You are right!! Unfortunately none of us have seen the God, nor know anyone who has seen the God. It is only scriptures and manuscripts that tell us anything about the God and we have only this to go by for what God wants!! The immortality of the soul is a concept supposed preached in Hinduism by Lord Krishna in his sermons compiled as a scripture called Bhagvad Gita. So in a way, it is a concept supposedly from the mouth of God himself. Since there is no way to prove or disprove this, the question becomes more of belief as to whether you believe it or not. Cheers! Ram
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• Canada
7 Dec 07
Ram, I have tried to respond to all that you said. When one is a seeker of truth and meets truth, he knows that he/she has met with God. There are many people in this world that have met God. It is not quite true that we have only scripture's to go by as when we decide to accept the truth of God our spirits are born into that truth and what we once thought possible we now know as the living truth who is God creator of the entire Universe. I dont' think I could accept blind faith just because some person who once walked the earth said so and certainly if God can reveal himself to one person then why not me or someone else. I could never put my trust into another human being to lead me down any path in life. Unless it be God himself. So really the question becomes, do you believe there is one true God of this universe that can bare witness to your soul of who He is just as he could to the men and women of old that we have read about. If God is God certainly He is no respector of persons and wants all mankind to know Him in Spirit and in Truth.
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@ram_cv (16515)
• India
7 Dec 07
What you say is true that you cannot take the word of anyone that walked on this world? But, then you end up believing no one. When you are young you do believe in your parents don't you. As you grow up you do believe in your friends and your co-workers and probably a lot of others. So as they say God is a belief and usually they are called beliefs and not facts, because there is no proof associated with that!! Cheers! Ram
@urbandekay (18308)
7 Dec 07
What makes me me is nothing but the sum total of my instances and my memory of those instances. I am the sum of my actions, thoughts, feelings, memories, experiences, etc. This is my identity; who I am. What then of the me can survive reincarnation? So, if the soul passes from one body to another but has no memory of that former life (And as I understand it there has never been any authenticated instance of a person remembering any details of a past life) Then in what sense is that the same person, I think by common sense, it is not. I think the idea is wrapped up with a confused notion that we are somehow like the driver of a car. That the me is the driver and my body is the car but that, thinks I, is just a misconception of ourselves. We, body, mind, spirit, however you like to call it are an integrated whole not really capable of being separated into component parts. For these reasons I think the concept of reincarnation fundamentally incoherent all the best urban
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@ram_cv (16515)
• India
7 Dec 07
I don't think the soul recollects any solid remembrance of the past life. It is more like it gains from the inferences of the past life without having access to the context. It is more like the knowledge we get from the history books or the moral stories, where in we gain knowledge without actually being protagonists in the actual act!! Cheers! Ram
@pilbara (1436)
• Australia
6 Dec 07
I couldn't say for sure as I was raised in the Christian faith and that is not part of our theology. Maybe buddhism is similar as they believe in reincarnation. I would like to think that our souls are immortal and that we continue to develop over many lives continually learning and perfecting our selves. However with the way that many people seem to be these days it is doubtful, unfortunately I see a lot more greed, selfishness, inconsideration, bad manners etc than I think there has ever been.
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@ram_cv (16515)
• India
7 Dec 07
You are right about the greed, selfishness etc. But again these are driven by materialistic desires which are driven more by the bodily requirements rather than the soul. The soul looks for peace and tranquility. Unfortunately it is hidden deep within a body!! Also, in Hinduism the concept of the soul is closely linked with the activities of the body. As such depending on the activities that a person does in one incarnation his next is decided. It is supposed that a human birth is the most responsible one as a human has 6 senses and has been given the ability to think over and above his natural instincts. So it is more like getting promoted in life to become a CEO. From there you can either retire peacefully or fall from grace and go to some lower posts!! Cheers! Ram
@Pose123 (21660)
• Canada
3 Apr 08
Hi ram, Thank you for this, as I know very little about Hinduism. There are many people who believe in reincarnation, but I don't know if it is taught in many religions. Blessings.
@ram_cv (16515)
• India
7 Apr 08
The concept of re-incarnation is very old. Only that most religious mix it with superstitions and then the concept becomes very murky. Cheers! Ram