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1. Belief in continuity of life. As per Hinduism religion… as per the sacred scriptures of Hinduism… the form of a human being is not the ultimate essence of life! There is something more than meets the eye… something that needs unveiling by fathoming the depth of wisdom contained in sacred Bhagavad Gita of Hinduism.
As per sacred Bhagavad Gita… the doctrine given to mankind by Lord Krishna… the human form is but a sojourn… in the vast expanse of cosmic life that every soul atman undergoes. Hinduism firmly believes in the existence of a soul atman… the spirit within that has manifested the human form to work out its karma… remove the dross impurities within!
The continuity of life as enumerated in Hinduism is different from the concept of reincarnation rebirth as understood by most in the West. Reincarnation is the most grossly misunderstood concept world over. The concept of reincarnation… rebirth is not difficult to understand! The fact of the matter is… when something does not die… how it can take rebirth in a new body! As stated in Bhagavad Gita… the entire life of a soul atman is one single span of life… a span consisting of 8.4 million manifestations… an earthly life cycle of 96.4 million years!
Does it mean the life cycle of every soul atman consists of a journey of 96.4 million earthly years… yes, the truth is so! In its life every soul atman which is indestructible by nature… that which cannot be created or destroyed starts its cosmic journey as an amoeba (single cell formation)… The first manifestation in the cosmic life cycle!
It further evolves into multi-cell formation… then insect life, plant life, animal life and finally the form of human beings. Does it mean before reaching the stage of human beings… we as human beings have already crossed the stages of insect, plant and animal life… yes, the truth is so! The prime reason why human beings sometimes behave like insects, plants or animals!