Monday, 25 August 2014

Eternal Recurrence, Reincarnation and Deja-Vus

Very long ago when I used to be a child, one fine sunny morning my grand -uncle was talking to me. He said to me " You and I have lived many times before but we just don't know." The idea which crossed my mind was that like amor fati of Nietzsche--that everything which has happened to me, or, is happening to me or will happen to me--is fixed and has really occurred in the history of universe(I was not familiar with parallel universes by then!) infinite number of times. 

I did not realize that my great uncle was repeating the reincarnation theory in the fashion of Krishna, who said to Arjuna--the warrior " Don't think that you me and others present here were not there earlier or will not be there again; we have taken many births, I remember all of them but you don't." Later on I became familiar with Bhagvad Gita--the song of Krishna and with the reincarnation theory and law of Karma etc. but the thought of eternal recurrence stayed with me. 

When I grew up and started having many Deja-vu experiences--I thought that they were because of some dreams which reveal about future places and people and it's just that I cannot remember them well enough--but later on I started to feel that it's because of the practice of meditation that I sometimes got tuned-up with source of totality of existence--due to that tuning up--some of the key persons or places in this life(which is of-course a 'pattern'  ) strike me as if I have known them before and that is with great striking intensity.

I don't fully buy the idea of Nietzsche's eternal recurrence because at one point or another a soul which is trapped in this material universe in body consciousness-will get liberated and wil never return from the source of infinite joy and peace. But there is a possibility that there would be a life-story  exactly similar to that of mine--because same set of life-events keep on repeating in infinite number of universes. It's not that there would be a soul having all incarnations same as there were mine--but there would be many souls who would have exactly same lives as I had in some of the incarnations---what it means can be understood by an example---If I was born in 1888 and lived for 100 years and then got liberated from the cycles of birth and death---there might be someone who would eventually get liberated in the same fashion---i. e. he would be born in 1888 and live for 100 years and then get liberated in another cycle of this universe or in a parallel universe. But what is important to note is--it's not necessary that the incarnations which I had previous to the one I had in 1888--in which I was preparing for final incarnation; would match with the other person who had a similar final incarnation.

Therefore what I mean is--there is eternal recurrence of event-sets in cosmos but not for the same person. 

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