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Rebirth - Choice or Compulsion? (Paranormal Part-7)

Updated on January 25, 2013

Look around! Do you see anyone?

The other day I was enjoying a light conversation with my friend over a cup of coffee when, unexpectedly, the focus drifted to a subject which I intentionally avoid indulging in----rebirths and reincarnations. I was trying to manoeuver my way through coffee cups and donuts laid out on the table only to reach my favorite muffin lying at the far end of the table when that embarrassing moment struck. I am guessing it was my bracelet that did the honors. (LOL) As I stretched my hand to grab the muffin, the bracelet dangling from my wrist apparently gave a slight push to my coffee cup and (whoops) in a split second the hot liquid was all over the table, drowning those tiny glazed donuts and mouth-watering muffins. I witnessed the rampage for a few seconds with my eyes wide open with amazement; I couldn’t believe that I could be so clumsy. I looked around the restaurant but couldn’t see anyone who could help us to clear the mess.

Damn! There’s not even a single soul here.” The words just popped out of my mouth. It was quite unlikely to see an empty restaurant on a busy street of New York on a pleasant summer evening.

“That’s what you say! I can see many souls around. One is just standing right next to you.” My friend quipped. Startled, I looked in the direction where she was pointing but couldn’t see anything.

“Ok! That’s enough.  I haven’t gotten over the damage yet.” I was starving until the fateful thing happened but suddenly I wasn’t hungry any more. The coffee stains on my dress made me feel sick.

“Come on! Don’t sulk now. I’ll get you something to eat.” She got up from her chair and while taking out her wallet from the handbag, she whispered in my ear, “I think the lady didn’t want you eat these donuts.” She, again, had that mysterious look in her eyes when she glanced over my shoulder. I knew she was just trying to scare me. She had been always good at such things. 

Life after Death

That one sentence, which I had blurted out unintentionally, triggered off an hour long conversation about souls caught up between two worlds. I didn’t know that I could talk that much about a subject for which I had no evidence to substantiate. I couldn’t believe myself saying that “Souls can be more confused than human beings. Imagine the trauma they have to undergo by being stranded in no man’s land and without a body to carry out God’s purpose. Imagine that you, so desperately, want to be heard by people around you but they don’t see or hear you and pass right through you as if you were nothing but thin air. How would you feel? Picture your predicament! Wouldn’t you get tired and weary of your existence as a wandering soul? Don’t you think that coming back to the earth in human form would seem like a better option than roaming aimlessly for ages without a purpose?” All what I said was absolutely without any premeditation but it did make sense to both of us. Although my friend always made a mockery out of the entire spirituality and paranormal thing, yet she, surprisingly, happened to agree with me. Perhaps it was easier for her to give her consensus as my theory was based more on logic rather than ‘paranormal’. After all it does not matter which way you choose to achieve your goals; it’s only the end result that counts.

Souls trapped between two worlds

I wonder what happens to souls which are forced out of their bodies before time like in case of people committing suicide or being brutally murdered. (What happens to souls who are ripped off their bodies against their wishes? I’m sure some of these souls can be responsible for interfering with the lives of living people mainly due to the anger they retain in their psyche). In case of those who take their own lives in an attempt to get rid of their chronic miseries and agonies, they intend fleeing from this world but unknowingly get caught in an equally painful situation. However, it does not take long enough for them to realize that the pain which had seemed so overwhelming while in the living form, appears to be trivial and insignificant from where they stand. It just amounts to looking at the matrix from outside. Since they cannot get the luxury of being united with the Higher Self for the sole reason of leaving their karmic obligations unfulfilled, they are left with no choice but to wait, in absolute vacuum, for the moment when they can start their journey afresh and complete the cycle of ‘Karma’ designated for them. The waiting period can sometimes last for hundreds of years. It’s scary. Isn’t it?

Rebirth by Choice

Does it mean that a soul chooses to be born out of its own free Will and that there is nothing like Heaven or Hell where such precarious decisions are made? Again a logical inference! As per Hindu philosophy, a soul keeps coming back to the earth in a living (not necessarily a human) form until it attains liberation (‘Nirvana’ in Buddhism and ‘Mukti’ in Hinduism). The ultimate purpose of being blessed with life is to be able to attain liberation and to merge with the Higher Self; if the purpose cannot be achieved until all the Karmic obligations are done with, what sense does it make to give up life before the designated time? In any case the departed soul has to come back and start the journey right from the scratch (not mentioning the psychic imprints which help in paving way for spiritual upliftment) so why get into the hassle of entering the cycle of life and death over and over again? Why not pay attention to Karma and surrender before the wishes of Almighty without showing any resistance so that the journey through life becomes relatively easier and the path to spiritual transformation seems easier to walk on.

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      anjalichugh 8 years ago from New York

      Jim: Yes, I keep my eyes (and mind)open for everything going around in this universe. I really appreciate your kind words. Thx. You want to discover the truth with me? Ok, lets walk the talk! :) :)

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      Jim 8 years ago

      Hi Anjali,

      Yes you are right! Who really knows with these matters? I always love how you have an open mind and can see things from many perspectives. If Steven Hawking with his brilliant inquisitive mind doesn't know for sure if God is running the universe how would anyone ever figure this out? I still would relish walking this path with you in hope of discovering the truth.



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      anjalichugh 8 years ago from New York

      my-success-guru: Welcome back! It's been a long time. We all missed you. Regarding past life / future lives, no one knows the complete truth. This world is full of people like us (who somewhat believe in this)and those like Steven Hawking (who have been questioning the existence and necessity of having God to run the Universe). Does anyone who's right? No one. Let's walk this path with a desire to find truth and we might come face to face with it one day. God bless.

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      my-success-guru 8 years ago from Upstate NY

      Hi Anjali,

      That was a funny scene with the coffee! LOL

      I wasn't raised to believe in Karma or a preplanned life but I keep feeling a strong sense that I was here before and my soul wants to break free from the shackles of my past life. I yearn for more peace and want to become more the person I know I am.

      Take Care of Yourself,


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      anjalichugh 8 years ago from New York

      Jayb23: Precisely! That's how it works. At least that's what our scriptures say. No matter how much (we think) we know about reincarnation, there are some gaps which are yet to be bridged. As seekers we can only make an honest endeavor to find out the 'Truth' of our existence and keep our minds open for any valuable information. Thx for taking time to read this hub and your overly generous comments.:)

      Buddhkist: I too feel many times that everything has been preplanned for us but I try to avoid inclining myself to this school of thought as it tends to create inertia. If you know that everything that occurs in your life is predestined you might tend to let go of certain things which might in turn affect your urge to work harder for achieving your goals. I might be wrong but I've seen some hard core fatalists who just leave everything to destiny under the belief that things would be taken care of on their own. I'm not sure how far those kind of people are correct in their approach. I only wonder if it affects their 'Karma' if the get into some sort of inertia. Thx for sharing your views with the rest of us.

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      buddhkist 8 years ago from State of Somewhere

      Great hub! The subject of reincarnation fascinates me! I kind of go back and forth on the whole thing. Sometimes I truly believe everything has already been decided or mapped out. Other times I choose to deny such things. I feel there may be a balance between the two spectrums. I have read up on other subjects such as quantum mechanics and physics. There are a few scientific theories which attempt to explain the reason for our existence. One such theory is called "String Theory". And there are also physicists such as Stephen Hawking who have been trying to create/formulate a "Theory of Everything".

      There is not much I choose to believe in. But I do believe in the value of science. :-)

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      jayb23 8 years ago from India

      Awesome Anjali, just awesome. Rebirth is one topic which facinates me big time and at the same time confuses me too. As it has been said in Bhagwad Geeta that human undergoes multiple cycles of birth and death till he actually attains nirvana which ofcourse u have explained above. So many times we end up saying that a particular person was born to do a certain thing. Eg- Sachin tendulkar was born to play cricket. It so happens that some desires are left unfulfilled and the person is reborn so that his/her desires are met.

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      anjalichugh 8 years ago from New York

      Nancy's Niche: I appreciate your kind comments. Thx so much.

      Hi Marie: I'm glad I made you smile. That coffee incident was really embarrassing for me. The only saving grace was that there was no one around. :)

      Although I can't claim to know the 'Truth', yet, there is a place for 'timely' and 'untimely' death in Eastern philosophy; both have been explained with instances. I guess we have to depend on scriptures to a large extent when it comes to seeking / knowing 'Truth'. I too would like to believe that everything is predetermined but there is lot of material contrary to this school of thought. As you are aware that I'm always open for discussions and never draw a conclusion, I would want more readers to come in and post their views. You never know..someone might be able to unravel this mystery to some extent. Take care. (Hugs)

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      VioletSun 8 years ago from Oregon/ Name: Marie

      Anjali: You wrote about one of my favorite topics, death and reincarnation and spirits all in one. :::thinking out loud::::: I wonder if death, even if its by murder ( I am thinking of the young Yale Asian student who was killed by a lab technician)is not predetermined. I can't seem to wrap my mind around any death being untimely (even if it seems so) but pre-determined, except in suicide.

      As for karma, I would love to be free of it, so I don't have to come back, so I am doing my best to live a karma free life- meaning not incurring too much karma while in this one but I am far from perfect.

      Thanks for writing this hub, and making me think, and smile at the coffee incident. I have been known to drop a plate of salad on the floor while in a NY salad bar, and making a loud crashing sound while all eyes were on me. LOL.


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      Nancy's Niche 8 years ago

      Excellent article and I’m glad to see your open enough to write on death, after life and rebirth…