Imminent FulfillmentImmortality,  Safety, Empowerment, Equality, KnowledgeUnity, Society

Intelligent, reasonable men of good will SHOULD be able to agree on things that matter.

"There are a thousand hacking at the branches of evil to
  one who is striking at the root."
- Henry David Thoreau
Site Sections, Subject List, Reading Sequence, and Article Synopses

Paradigm Aspect Links

Arp & Galileo
Bicameral Mind Paradigm
Catastrophe Paradigm
Catastrophe Paradigm Lockout
Creator Paradigm
Electric Universe Theory
Gospel Paradigm
Holographic Universe
Holographic World
Human Destiny
Jesus as Paradigm
Love Paradigm
Many Worlds Paradigm
New Paradigm
Paradigm List
Paradigm Lockout
Paradigm of Evil
Paradigm Shift
Paradigm of Solipsism
Paradigm Speculation
Philosophy Paradigm
Reincarnation Paradigm
Sin Paradigm
The Paradigm Conspiracy
The Third Story
The Universe as Organism
Turkey-Day Paradigm
What-If Paradigm

Introduction Material
Introduction Articles
Word Definitions
Human Condition

Christianity Material
Bible/Canon Issues
Christendom Analyzed

Jesus Material
Jesus' Teachings
Aspects of Jesus
5 Gospels Canon

Philosophy Material
Paradigm Material
Philosophical Issues
Psychological Issues
Sociological Material
Theological Issues

Cosmology, Creation,
Geophysical Material

Cosmology Material
Creation Issues
Geophysical Material

Reconstruction &
Mythology Material
Chronology Revision
Misc Ancient Myth Material
Modern Mythology Material
Psycho-Catastrophe Articles
Saturn-Jupiter Material
Symbol Development
Venus-Mars Material
1994 Velikovsky Symposium

Miscellaneous Material
Book Critiques Links
Misc Biology Links
Misc Issues/Conclusions
Poetry & Fun Material
PDF Download Files
Lecture & Video Links
Spiritual Products online store

"Human beings are perhaps never more frightening than when they are
convinced beyond doubt that they are right."--Laurents van der Post

Paradigm-Multiple Reincarnation
Updated: 03/11/2020

Reincarnation, sometimes referred to as "multiple reincarnation" (MRI) is the idea that the soul reincarnates through death and birth into different forms and bodies until the soul becomes perfect and then can become one with the great undifferentiated divine God.

Questions that can and/or need/must to be asked:

Who set up this system? What is the purpose of this system? And am I caught up in some ineluctable, eternal cycle of being reincarnated whether I want to or not? Will I ever be reunited with the ones that were so meaningful to me in my life? Do I ever even get my dog back, much more importantly my family and friends?

Supposedly there is this "Great One" that set up this whole process because, well, because of...why? Either people are pre-existing "parts" or "pieces" of the eternal "undifferentiated one" that unintentionally broke off (a non-sequitor) and took on physicality, or they are intentional new creations of this creator. Doesn't MRI bespeak a Creator who can only solve some ostensibly indefinable problem or create some ostensibly good thing by some incredibly messy, bizarre, protracted and evil method?

Why doesn't MRI solve the problem of suffering but only increases and exacerbates it?

Why doesn't MRI solve the problem of aging, dying and death, but only exacerbates it by repetition, possibly for ever?

Why doesn't MRI solve the problem of the tyranny of time?

Does MRI have facts and evidence that demand it? Doesn't the evidence that fits it fit other belief systems equally as well or better?

Why doesn't MRI have a wonderful and inspirational revelation or demonstration supporting it?

Why is MRI so very nebulous as to what to do to help or speed up the process?

I realize that the pertinent merit of this system of thinking is that this life is not the end. Beyond that naked and singular concept, the merit of this thinking escapes me. The best possible support for this line of thinking (if it can be called thinking) is that it fits some of the "mystical" experiences of past life memories, and these experiences have a better explanation. Other than being "good" in this life and thus qualifying to migrate in the right direction, why are we simply left as victims of a system over which we have absolutely no control, input, personal value, other than the concept that somehow we can plan our next appearance?

Can I reasonably and justifiably choose any other paradigm or belief system that would be better, more satisfying, more comfortable, less fearful, make the world a better place, etc.? I can understand why one might go down this avenue ONLY if there were absolutely no evidence of any alternative answers.

What is the primary evidence used for thinking such a thing as MRI, and can it be better explained in some other way?

Why don't I, ostensibly one of the most open-minded and reasonable people, have any memory or awareness of any past life? Why doesn't this violate the principle of personal continuity? See: Principle of Personal Continuity

Given that I have actually made such a mess out of this life, what has happened to all the lessons learned, the wisdom gained by me in past lives? Where was it when I needed it?

Because I have no awareness of doing this now and no plan to do it, if I design or choose my next life form, when do I do this? In between lives? And how can I do this intelligently when I have no real knowledge of how the future world or environment is going to be?

How is this paradigm consonant with an ever increasing population of humans on earth? How long has it been going on? And how is that compatible with the current, rampant perversity, superstition, and confusion of the human race?

How does this paradigm explain the elephant in the living room, evil? Does it ever even offer us a chance to ascend above or eliminate suffering?

No matter in what form or how advanced I might be, will I not again be exposed to evil, even if it is ONLY to be aware of or witness the suffering of others? Do I ever get to  graduate out of this grim cycle? And if so, to what?

How is this system of thinking 1) not violating and 2) capable of being supported by my rationality, logic, and reason?

Text from Hindu site:

"Today, belief in reincarnation is gaining ground among many people from all over the world and from diverse religious backgrounds. A few reasons are worth mentioning for this development. Firstly, a great mass of evidence has accumulated over the years in favor of reincarnation in the form of personal experiences and recollection of past lives with great detail. These people were able not only to recollect their past lives, but also point out the places and the people with whom they lived in the past."

Commentary: The "fact" that it maybe "gaining ground" is hardly worth considering. Lots of other nonsense are "gaining ground". The "reasons" can all be explained not only by the failure and falsity of other belief systems  and by the human search for SOME way to believe that oblivion is not our destiny, but by the creativity of the mind in the fabrication of details and events. This conclusion is based on and around things that are known today about hypnotism, dreams visions, and other supra-normal experiences.

"Secondly, hypnotic regression made it possible for people to travel back in time in their subconscious minds and unearth the hidden memories of their past lives."

Commentary: This is basically a recasting of the first reason given. A close look at the accounts shows some disturbing aspects, such as when the subjects talk in the language of their previous lives, they do not use the dialect of the time but the modern one.

"Thirdly many people, endowed with psychic abilities, like Edgar Cayce, confirmed beyond doubt that reincarnation was not just a theory or imagination, but a real phenomenon that could be conclusively proved through psychic means and even used to cure some physical and mental ailments."

Commentary: This is just and only a pretentious claim.

Negation of self identity and self worth

To speak of having past lives is a fundamental negation of self identity and self worth. If I had a past life with a different name, family, personality, memory, gender, characteristics, etc., it wouldn't be ME, and likewise, any future life of such wouldn't be ME either. "I" am here NOW, with infinite and eternal value! The real "ME" MUST have continuity. Even if this continuity is broken by death, in any "resurrection" it must be picked up exactly where it left off! All such spiritual paradigms that fail this criterion violate this fundamental principle, and are rubbish!

Home   Site Sections   Article Map   Contact   Store   Contributions   Survey