Reincarnation, a New Opportunity
For centuries, great Indian and Egyptian philosophers talked about the transmigration of the soul, the immortality of the soul, and the reincarnation and plurality of existences.
Later, Pythagoras also discussed these topics in his Metempsychosis. And two thousand years ago, our Divine Teacher Jesus said to us, “That which is born of flesh is flesh, and that which is born of the Spirit is spirit. Do not marvel that I said to you: You must be born again.”
What is Reincarnation?
It is the rebirth of the Spirit in the physical plane. Allan Kardec, the Father of Spiritism, uses the term Plurality of Existence to better define it. It is based on the immortality of the soul and its constant evolution through millennia of existence.
Why do we reincarnate? Have you thought about how unfair it would be if we only had a few years to exist, to develop, to love and be loved, to strive to be better? And how unjust that all this effort would end abruptly with death?
Where would God’s justice be if it were truly that way?
The Law of Reincarnation is the only one that corresponds with the idea human beings have of God. It offers us both the chance to make amends for our errors and also new opportunities to reach happiness and learn from our mistakes, while improving in all areas of our lives.
Would it serve us to strive for so much in life, to study, work, and reach the highest spiritual level if this level will only get lost after a time along the destruction of the body?
Just imagine how unfair it would be to a person who has had a life of hardships and deficiencies, full of pain and sickness if his life ended just like that, without him ever experiencing the rewards of so much sacrifice.
The life of the Spirit exhibits the same phases we see in our corporeal life. It gradually goes from conception to the embryo state. From there it moves to infancy, then adolescence. It continues going through periods of evolution until it reaches the phase where it becomes an adult and eventually attains perfection. But unlike the evolution of our body in one stage on Earth, this spiritual evolution takes place over different incarnations and places, as we continue advancing on our evolutionary path.
Our being does not change; what changes is the “vehicle.” In other words, our soul is immortal and stores each and every experience lived in all our past lives.
These experiences are written in the “ Book of Life.” Only we, with our actions, can write that book, in which nothing is erased but entries are modifiable.
Logic and Justice of Reincarnation
The same way as a good, forgiving father always leaves the door open for his children to repent, God has given us reincarnation as a means to learn from our mistakes and to improve in every way.
We have the opportunity to not only make amends for our mistakes, but also to “repay” outstanding debts even from our distant past.
We have mentioned that our process always moves forward, and the way to achieve this is through the tests in our corporal life. Divine Justice allows us to continue through new existences, where we can complete what we did not do or finish in a past life.
Only an unjust God would continuously punish His children by giving them such difficult tests as the ones we see everyday around us. Can you imagine such a thing?
If our fortune were to be permanently decided after the death of the body, this would mean that God is not impartial. And this is impossible, for He is kindness, love and compassion.
Reincarnation is the only rational explanation of our future and our hopes to reach increased levels of peace and happiness, because it provides us with the means to repair our errors through our individual tests. This is comforting for those who are in challenging situations.
How many times have we heard an older person who, reaching the end of his life, complains about not having acquired the experience he has now in his earlier years? They always say: “If only when I was young I had known what I know now, I would have made far fewer mistakes and my life would be different.”
Let me tell you that even though this experience has been acquired at the end of the physical life, it will be used advantageously in the following life.
Wonderful, isn’t it?