The Moment of Death

When I was growing up I was taught that our thoughts at the moment of our death matter. That moment is the one that will set you on the course for whatever comes next, whatever kind of life you'll move to next.For this reason, I don't want to die in my sleep. I want to be aware and in control when death comes for me. As scary and upsetting as it may be, I hope to have the presence of mind to meditate, to think of God, and to turn my trust over to the universe, at the very least to focus on … [Read more...]


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Why Be Motivated If You’re Coming Back?

This is a question that is often asked of religious people of all types. What keeps you motivated in this life if you're thinking about the next (whether that's reincarnation or the idea of heaven)?I believe in reincarnation. I tried not to once but I just couldn't. It makes too much sense to me! So believing that my soul will return, why do I work hard in this life?I work extremely hard at self improvement and barely give myself a moment's rest in the quest for enlightenment. How can … [Read more...]


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More Myths About Reincarnation

A friend on Facebook sent me an article apparently written by the founder of the Baha'i faith that is meant to take down reincarnation. I had no idea the Baha'i don't believe in reincarnation, so that was educational. The article itself, however, just reminded me again of how much misunderstanding there is around the theory of reincarnation. Those who don't believe in it tend to have some very strange ideas about what those of us who do believe in it think it means!So I wanted to address … [Read more...]


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Heaven Is For Real

Heaven Is For Real is the title of a book that was written based on the real life story of a little boy who had a near-death experience. He apparently reported to his family that heaven was real and that he had met long-dead relatives. The book is now a movie and Brad and I were subjected to a preview for it when we were in North Carolina.I'm a little saddened that this story and the experience of this little boy is being turned into Christian propaganda. The book and the movie, from what … [Read more...]


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Reincarnation: The Truth About Past Lives

I think whatever afterlife belief you learned young, from parents or friends or the culture around you, it becomes very deeply ingrained. It's very difficult for me to imagine any other possible scenario for after death than reincarnation. Yet for many people growing up in America, the default is heaven and hell, but they know there's this neat and exotic idea out there about living again.Clearly people want to believe that life continues in some way after death. It is a rare and strong … [Read more...]


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Cloud Atlas: Does a Movie with Reincarnation Succeed?

I was intrigued by the previews for Cloud Atlas, which seemed to promise a story of reincarnation, but I heard mixed things when it came out.I rented it recently and I am really glad that I did. I absolutely loved it. Just the weaving of the stories alone was masterful. Take it from a trained novelist, that is not easy to do!The same actors played different embodiments of the same soul and there was variety in those experiences as well as some behaviors that were prevalent in all that … [Read more...]


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On Death

This might be the biggest subject religion ever has to tackle. Death as the ending of a cycle gives purpose to our lifespan and yet it is also an incredible unknown (and heading into something unknown is, frankly, terrifying).There's a lot that Hinduism has to say about death...Death is an illusion. Our real selves are immortal. Death is like going back stage after a show before coming out for the next one. Time is an illusion and all things that have ever been, are now. Death is … [Read more...]


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