In recent years, it seems, many countries of the world, have developed an interest in reincarnation. Contemporary films, books, and popular songs frequently mention reincarnation. In the last few decades, academic researchers have begun to explore reincarnation. Published reports of memories of past lives have appeared in peer-reviewed journals and books.
I've compiled a short list of books that I think make the complex issue of Rebirth/ Reincarnation easier to understand. This is by no means a complete list but some of these books are more than one hundred years old.
The ”Hidden Side of Things” by Charles Leadbeater was written in 1913. I also like reading about Edgar Cayce and his insight into the past and future. The Jane Roberts series of books about “Oversoul 7”are good for their simplicity in explaining/ understanding the complex issue of simultaneous rebirths. She is a great storyteller. The most popular book I listed is “Illusions” by Richard Bach. It’s a great uplifting story!
I’m sure some people have thoughts about it and come to a conclusion, as to their belief or non-belief on the subject. If you are a definite non-believer, I would like to offer blessings to you and your families!
If you are not sure, curious or definitely believe, I invite you to read any of these books for yourself. A good asset for obtaining the earlier literature is the Theosophical Society. They have a good selection of earlier works, like the Leadbeater books. There is a lot out there about Edgar Casey, too.
Thank you for reading my thoughts. Please feel free to submit your comments.
We truly are all related!
(In no particular order)
Lama Karma Samten
Living with Death & Dying -Teachings on the 6 Bardos
Charles W Leadbeater
The Hidden Side of Things
The Souls Growth through Reincarnation –
Reincarnation: The Cycles of Necessity
Past Lives, Present Problems
Reincarnation and Immortality
Discover Your Past Lives
How We Remember Our Past Lives
Death – The Door to the Future
Many Lives, Many Masters, Through Time
into Space; Only Love Is Real;
Messages from the Masters
Same Soul, Many Bodies; Mirrors of Time
Lifetimes: True Accounts of Reincarnation
Twenty Cases Suggestive of Reincarnation
Reincarnation in Christianity
Here and Hereafter
Mary Ann Woodward
Edgar Cayce’s Story of Karma
Life After Life
Elizabeth Clare Prophet
Reincarnation: The Missing Link in
Education of Oversoul 7 ; Further Education of Oversoul 7
Museum of Time
Edgar Cayce: The Sleeping Prophet
John Van Auken
Past Lives, Present Relationships: How
Karma Affects Your Relationships
Please understand that this is only a small sampling of the vast amount of literature available on rebirth/ reincarnation topic. I invite you to do your own research on the subjects. I hope this helps.
Blessings to All!
It seems the Buddhist concept of reincarnation differs from others in that there is no eternal "soul", "spirit" or "self" but only a "stream of consciousness" that links life with life. The process of change from one life to the next is called punarbhava in Sanskrit. In Tibetan the word "bardo" means "intermediate state" or "transitional state" or "in-between state". Some English-speaking Buddhists prefer the term "rebirth".
In the Tibetan Buddhist tradition, the six realms of existence are:
1) beings born by the force of hatred in hell
2) being born by the force of miserliness as hungry ghosts
3) being born by the force of stupidity as animals
4) being born by the force of attachment as humans
5) being born by the force of jealousy as demi-gods
6) being born by the force of pride as gods