Reincarnation - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia
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Transmigration of the soul or reincarnation, anyone interested or believe in this?
I've got to say that its mainly a literary interest for me, it does in some ways in the buddhist belief reflect a state of being which I would describe as purgatory, ie being unable to break a cycle of death and rebirth and experience the after life, however the buddhists suggest that there is no personal survival in death, so that once you die, if you succeed in breaking the cycle you cease to be altogether so I dont know how that is reconciled.
PKD's treatment of it is not the only one I'm familiar with, there was another in which the souls of deceased holocaust victims where reborn into Aryan bodies after a Nazi victory in WW2 which was interesting aswell and based upon a Hindu idea that suffering in a present life is caused either by trauma or wrong doing in another.
It also interests me the manner in which a sould is conceptualised, in any case these spiritual accounts describe the soul as being something which is you and a body just something which you temporarily possess, athiestic and agnostic accounts seem to turn that on its head, the body IS you and you either do not or may not possess a transcendent soul.