Is rebirth possible?

Nov 8, 2022

Thoughts behind the transmigration of the soul
Is it possible for the soul to transmigrate into another creation?

When religions teach an unproven subject like life after death, they could have taught their followers not to abuse the blessings of nature to the disadvantage of the next generation. Such teachings may save the believers from a self-induced punishment upon their rebirth if the canon of the rebirth has any rationale.

Rebirth is an engrossing and fascinating thought that all individuals nurse in their subconscious minds. This human engrossment has created a huge follower base for all religions holding the dogma of life after death as one of their scriptural teachings. The replanting of a soul in another body, being an unproven subject, induces curiosity in the human mind. Some religions make their fatalist followers believe that the soul of each individual continues to subsist after death. That means religions teach their followers that death does not necessarily mean the end. They believe in reincarnation and that the soul is immortal as it keeps transmigrating from one body to another until what is called moksha. The belief in reincarnation, called punarjanma, is predominant in India.

When mysteries enshrine a faith, more people become curious about the mysteries. That is one of the reasons religions retain their followers. Life after death is unproven and inconclusive.

So religions preach the philosophy of rebirth. Selling an unknown ‘truth’ attracts many buyers, as they are always curious about knowing the unknown. Religions exploit this insatiable human tendency to consolidate their followers’ bases. The followers believe that their religion is always right, daring them not to question even questionable issues.

Influential religions can teach their followers many other more important lessons, like how to save the earth. The devastation of the earth ensures the destruction of everything, including religious establishments.

Humans are mistaking the advantage of nature’s blessing for the disadvantage of the next generation. We have no guilt for dumping waste everywhere and don’t even care about the ensuing trouble for our growing-up children. We consider money more important than life and save as much as possible for the future financial safety of our children. But is money the ultimate solution for the next generation? Is there something else more important?

Going by the dictum of life after death, our soul returns to life through a rebirth. By that equation, the destruction that we leave behind in our craze for making money will remain intact to haunt us upon our rebirth in the same world. The sufferers would be none other than ourselves. Is our rebirth on the land we destroy a self-induced punishment?

Science and biology do not believe in rebirth. Nor do they accept the canon of transmigration of the soul. Scientists have a rational approach to all the matters they deal with. They believe the human body consists of trillions of cells. These cells make up life. These cells make sensory organs and drive control units from the brain. The cells support the eyes, tongues, skin, nose, ears, numerous internal organs and proteins which control our desires, actions, feelings, etc. After death, these cells, in the process of decomposition, generate enormous amounts of bacteria. In the decomposition process, many new lives are generated. That means after we die, our body cells are still useful to other living organisms, which, indeed, means there is not one life but many lives living on our cells.

After death, we can believe that there is a rebirth as we are actually a host of 100 trillion microbes. The human body is a microbiome. And the human body after death is decomposed by necrobiomes, the organisms that thrive on our bodies once we die. So, we are not dead when we die; we still live as a support system for other lives on earth. There is no need to be sad as this life is not an end but only a beginning. The organisms living on our bodies are living over our deaths.

What religions teach, science discovers, and nature does, accidentally, culminate into one. One thing is sure: the earth will have uncountable living organisms forever. Life on earth will go on in any form, maybe to the disadvantage of humans if humans fail to care for the planet. When we are alive, we should leave an imprint by doing something better to save the earth.

Religions have a vast audience to listen to sermons. Let all the religious sermons be for the betterment of tomorrow through saving the earth to provide a better place for rebirth.

The key to correcting ethical perceptions lies in accepting ordinary human life as real. The organic ecosystem supports ordinary life with harmony that can help future generations. Life is not a test to get into heaven. There is no easy way out to attain a better reincarnation. We need to start thinking about ways we can choose for a better afterlife.