Adyar Gopal Parivar
Rebirth.
REBIRTH OR CYCLES OF BIRTH
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Dear Mr. Kamath,

                 I do not believe in rebirth or cycles of birth which is the basic contention of this article. Many
Hindu Shastras try to tell us how to escape from the cycles of birth so that we do not come back again and
again to go through the problems in life.

                 Also, I do not think life is something to be avoided, or a curse that makes us go through the
travails we face. Life is beautiful and anyone would like to live a healthy life for even one hundred years.  

                 No one would like to live in a drab and monotonous 'mukthi' place where there is no end to
happiness. Pleasures all the time might bore us to death.  But we can not even die in 'nirvana' to put an end
to such boring pleasures.

                 There is no such thing as a 'free soul' outside the body.  Soul exists only in relation to a healthy
body.  Our soul dies along with the body when we die.  

                 Our soul is the life that is transferred from our mother to us as we grow inside her womb. This life
is transferred from the mother to the offspring as a continuous action to sustain life on earth. It happens in
all the living forms. It is part of the property of nature.

                 All the heavenly bodies have their individual properties. There is no need for another Almighty
power to run these properties of the heavenly bodies. All of them collectively form the Almighty if any. These
heavenly bodies that together form an Almighty power do not respond to what we say or do apart from their
natural processes.  They do not answer our prayers, for example.

                 There is no account kept of various bad deeds and good deeds for us to either enjoy or suffer.  
We might suffer even after our good deeds.

                 A man or a woman can not be truly happy since he or she is basically glued to nature. Nature is
imperfect and unpredictable, irregular and unclean.

                 By avoiding roads that lead to ill-health and hunger a man can make himself as near to happiness
as nature can provide. Man can enjoy happiness through his body and mind by steering clear of dangers
encountered in nature.

                 In the social set-up that we have in the world today, we are better placed to enjoy our life more
fully than in the set-up we had about 60 years ago. Childhood diseases have been all but eliminated, and
epidemics of small-pox, plague, cholera are contained or very infrequent. Or none at all.

                 We have harnessed the earth's resources as if we are its quarter-masters (masters of our
quarters) and got ourselves comforts and easiness like never before.

                 There is no need for us to imagine that we are suffering this life; quite the contrary everyone is
enjoying this life to the extent he can utilize the resources towards that end.  Many young minds are being
mislead by the kind of stories that are printed in Shastra books. No young person with reasonable modern
education in science will agree with the contentions placed in the Shastra books for the general public to
read.

                 Of the goal of life the Shastra books say, 'the problem before us is not to find out a solution of our
present life but for all lives that we may henceforth have. In the wider sense it covers the entire existence of
soul in various forms, gross or subtle at different times till the time of Mahapralaya (final extinction).'

                 The authors of Shastra books presume that there is 'mahapralaya' which is the end of all life. These
imaginations are unscientific and superstitious. They instill fear in the person who reads these books that
describe hell as a house of torture.

                 There is no such thing as heaven or hell in which the soul will either be happy or suffer torture,
and all happiness and sufferings will come during one's life itself, here on earth.

                 We are fooling ourselves by these tall talks about soul, rebirth, nirvana, mukthi, total freedom from
pain etc.

                                                                                                                                       Yours sincerely,

                                                                                                                                       Dr. Mohan Shenoy
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