Friday, August 11, 2006

Life After Death: Reincarnation or Resurrection?

Death, a bitter truth about human life, follows us like our own shadow and has a hundred percent success rate. It is the greatest leveller - it stalks the rich and the poor, the educated and the uneducated, the young and the old, and the religious and the irreligious. It is no respecter of race, color or creed and brings all to the same level. Many are terrified by death and die many times in life with the fear of death, before they actually die. Many others do not even like to think or talk about death. But when some dear one dies, we are all forced to think about it. Solomon, a man of great wisdom said, “It is better to go to a house of mourning than to go to a house of feasting, for death is the destiny of every man; the living should take this to heart.” Job asked, “If a man die, shall he live again?” This question should be taken seriously, because if there is nothing beyond the grave, death becomes our final destiny and life becomes meaningless. That is why there is longing in our hearts for life after death. Our ancestors in India cried out saying, “Mrithyorma Amrithangamaya,” which means “From death lead me to life or immortality” (Brihadranyaka Upanishad, I. iii. 28). But are there any good reasons and evidences to believe that there is life after death?

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