May 27, 2020


Since ancient times, humans have tried to fathom the mystery of life. Is our allotment to existence so brief and purposeless in that we come from nothingness, exist for a short time, then again return to nothingness? Are we getting any closer to solving the riddle?

Awakening of the Heart: Essential Buddhist Sutras and Commentaries

Human, animal, and nature

When we look into a human being, we see human and animal ancestors. If we look deeply, we can also see plant and mineral ancestors. The human is made of non-human elements. We see that we are at the same time a rock, a river, a cloud, a squirrel, and a rose. If we take away all the non-human elements, there’s no human being left.

You have to see yourself as nature, as being one with nature.

Time, life, and death

We believe that time is linear, that we are born at a certain point in time and that we shall die at another point in time. We believe we’ll only spend seventy, eighty, ninety, or one hundred years on this planet. After that, we’ll be gone. This is what we believe. But as we look deeply, we see that this is a notion, a wrong perception. Birth is a notion, and death is also a notion. It’s not reality.

If we look deeply we see that the nature of the cloud is also the nature of no birth. The cloud does not come from nothing. It has come from the water in the river and the ocean. It has come from the heat of the sunshine. You know that the birth of a cloud is a poetic image. The cloud is simply a new manifestation. Before being a cloud, the cloud has been many other things.

Reincarnation and Resurrection

Where does the soul go? Does it reincarnate or resurrect? What will happen after the end of the universe?

The Christians believed in reincarnation until the fourth century. A shocking claim suggests the Bible once contained evidence of the concept of reincarnation but was purged of such “blasphemy” thousands of years ago by the Catholic church. According to Catholic teaching, belief in anything other than the resurrection of the body is completely incompatible with a Christian theology and anthropology of the human person.

Somehow, I can understand why the Church Fathers removed the concept of reincarnation. From my opinion, reincarnation might be true, but only for those who don’t believe in salvation. Why we are here now is because in the previous life before this reincarnation, we don’t belong to Christ. They who belong to Christ will not reincarnate after they die, while they who don’t belong to Christ will reincarnate after they die.

To be continued - The Mystery of Life part II (Reincarnation)

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