Karma, Reincarnation, and You

The Concept of Reincarnation

lady justiceThe concept of reincarnation is a joyous one! Understanding that the soul is a continuum and has more than one opportunity to get it right – gives us hope. We come to understand that there is not ONE opportunity to enter the portals of heaven but many.

This concept of reincarnation is essential to understanding the teachings of the Ascended Masters which are given for our soul’s victory. Likewise, the Law of Karma (the Law of Accountability), as we discussed before (see The ‘BE’ Attitude), proves that more than one lifetime is necessary to make amends. Let’s talk further about these two teachings.

The Concept of Reincarnation is Ancient

The soul is a continuum, incarnating lifetime after lifetime on Earth as often as necessary to attain self-mastery and become One with God. The Buddhists call this the wheel of rebirth from which we escape only after achieving nirvana.

The concept of reincarnation (and karma) is ancient and widespread. Hindus, Jains, and Sikhs all believe in the need for the soul to reincarnate. Hindu theologians teach that you achieve liberation from the round of rebirth through the realization that the individual soul is one with the Absolute, or Ultimate Reality, called Brahman.

According to some scholars, statements made by the first-century Jewish historian Josephus indicate that even the Pharisees and Essenes believed in reincarnation.

When Jesus gathered his disciples around him, they discussed the teachings of re-embodiment freely and with familiarity. An example is when Jesus and the disciples were speaking of the coming of the prophet Elijah. To the disciples the word coming meant the coming of the soul into manifestation, or being born.

Jesus teaching the massesThe scriptures say that a forerunner having the spirit of Elijah the Prophet would precede Jesus’ coming. The disciples were speculating as to whether or not Elijah had been born. Jesus answered them, “I say unto you, that Elias [Elijah] is come already, and they knew him not, but have done unto him whatsoever they listed….” Then the disciples understood that he was speaking to them of John the Baptist.

Clearly, the disciples believed in reincarnation, as they said to Jesus: “Rabbi, who sinned, this man or his parents, that he was born blind?”  They were asking if in another incarnation, someone caused the man to be born blind. Jesus’ response was, “Neither this man nor his parents sinned, but this happened so that the work of God might be displayed in his life.”

From Hebrews 7:10, we have this statement, “…when Melchizedek met Abraham, Levi was still in the body of his ancestor.”

In Jeremiah 1:45, we all read a passage suggesting the belief in reincarnation: “Now the word of the Lord came to me saying, ‘Before I formed you in the womb, I knew you; and before you were born I consecrated you, and I appointed you a prophet to the nations.’”

There is much evidence that Jesus taught about reincarnation and that it was a common belief. See Mrs. Prophet’s book, Reincarnation: the Missing Link in Christianity.

Karma

karmaThe Ascended Masters tell us that the soul is a continuum, always evolving from one life time to another in order to make amends for their karma.

Hinduism and Buddhism teach that the law of karma is a universal law of cause and effect that affects everyone. As Newton’s Third Law of Motion states: For every action there is an equal and opposite reaction. The law of karma operates automatically and without prejudice. According to the Eastern teachings, karma necessitates rebirth because you have not balanced all the effects of your negative karma.

Reincarnation provides us the opportunity to make up for our karma of wrong thoughts, actions, and deeds. It also allows through a balancing action the chance to learn important spiritual lessons from life’s circumstances, situations, and relationships.

As we grow from our mistakes, we garner more Light in our causal body (the subtle, finer body which surrounds us in which all of our good deeds are stored). The causal body is what Paul the Apostle was referring to when he said, “One star differeth from another star in glory.” This means that our causal bodies are individualized.

Elizabeth Clare ProphetThe Jains believe that you can destroy karma through purification, penance and austerity. Hindu texts advocate the practice of different yogas as ways to attain union with Brahman. They teach that to surrender to God the dissolution of bad karma and the creation of good karma can help free the individual from the bondage of karma and rebirth.

Gautama Buddha taught that in order to be liberated from the cycle of rebirth, called samsara, you must extinguish craving, or desire which creates karma. He said inordinate desire is what causes all suffering and the negative karma that results in rebirth. (See Ordinate Desiring)

The Messenger, Elizabeth Clare Prophet says, “According to Eastern teachings, karma necessitates rebirth because you can’t reap all the effects of your karma in a single lifetime. This is true. There is simply not enough time in one lifetime to experience the return of, or the compensation for, all the good or the bad you have done.

There is a misunderstanding among some in the West that the Eastern concept of karma is fatalistic. People say to me, “Oh, you believe in karma and reincarnation. You’ll be taking another million years before you get to God!

And I say, ‘Oh no, that is not my concept of karma. I also believe in the grace of my Lord and Saviour Jesus Christ and I expect to balance my karma in this life with his help.’”

Jesus on Reincarnation

For Further Study

Karma and Reincarnation by Elizabeth Clare Prophet and Patricia R. Spadaro
Reincarnation: The Missing Link In Christianity by Elizabeth Clare Prophet and Erin L. Prophet
The Story of Your Soul: Recovering the Pearl of Your True Identity by Elizabeth Clare Prophet