What is reincarnation ?
Reincarnation is the return of the spiritual principle into a new carnal envelope. For a human being, this envelope is always a human body. But someone can reincarnate on the same planet where the past life was lived or on an other planet.
No amount of time can be given before to restore a material body, neither can we be given an amount of time for a terrestrial life. Some people will only spend three years on earth while some others will spend there ninety years. If we would say that a man live on earth for thirty years, we would be betting like a statistics amateur, and not like an observer of the real laws.
The spirit must enter a new body, but this is done bit by bit and won't be complete before birth. Some spirits change their minds after they started that re-birth because they are so scared of that same re-birth that miscarriage and dead-born babies can occur.
In general, young children of two or three years old often get vague recollections of their past lives. The memories fade around seven or eight years old, when the child is more integrated to its terrestrial life.
Some of our skills can disappear from one life to another, or be like hidden, when the spirit wants to learn other skills. But the first ones never really disappear and can blossom in a further life.
A retarded spirit might have chosen an advanced family to evolve - this is a test for the chosen family - whereas an evolved spirit can incarnate itself in an unpleasant environment, even in a disabled body, to experience a trial needed to improve its missing qualities.
We have to specify that before to reincarnate on a planet, a spiritual being has to loose the memory of its past lives. Reincarnation has, in fact, been taught like an esoteric mystery in all of the Antic initiations.
Reincarnation and religions
Since the beginning of all religions, reincarnation has been considered as an alternative to death.
The first who have talked about it were the Egyptians, though it is not acknowledged by the official Egyptology, but many passages of The Book of the Dead mention it.
More known are the Buddhism and Hinduism, that perpetuated the idea of reincarnation till nowadays.
In Tibet, when it comes to reincarnation, we undeniably think of the dalaļ lama who is thought to be the first dalaļ lama actual reincarnation.
In Greece, at the 7th and 6th century before Jesus Christ, the "orphism", a theological doctrine, admitted the soul's immortality. The impure soul was put through successive reincarnations.
In the Gospel, the Christ used references to past lives many times :
"I tell you the truth: Among those born of women there has not risen anyone greater than John the Baptist; yet he who is least in the kingdom of heaven is greater than he. From the days of John the Baptist until now, the kingdom of heaven has been forcefully advancing, and forceful men lay hold of it. For all the Prophets and the Law prophesied until John. And if you are willing to accept it, he is the Elijah who was to come. He who has ears, let him hear. " (Matthew XI 11:15)
"In reply Jesus declared, "I tell you the truth, no one can see the kingdom of God unless he is born again." (John III, 3)
"About a born-blind person, Jesus, who has been asked about the reasons of his blindness: "Neither this man nor his parents sinned..." (John IX, 3)
Let's keep in mind that until the year 553 of our era, reincarnation was part of the Christian religion, but it has been put aside after the Constantinople council simply because, as the rumour says, the concept of reincarnation bothered the EmpressTheodora (who had a lot to blame herself of!) and she didn't want to accept that she could be of an inferior rank in a future life. So this belief has been banned, but not totally forbidden, and it has never been declared anathema.
In the Zohar : " Every soul is subdued to the trials of transmigration"
The Kabbalah state that the rebirths of human beings helps purify themselves.
Closer to us, in the 13th century, the Cathars says : " We have come too soon ; we will come back in 700 years."
Concept of reincarnation
It is interesting by its idea of divine retribution. It also permits to understand and to accept the worst ordeals.
In spite of all the proofs found, Reincarnation has a lot of enemies because, for centuries, we have been taught that we own only one life to gain Paradise, otherwise Hell would have its doors wide open for us. But how to achieve perfection within only one existence? Based on that belief, a lot of people wouldn't be saved.
Why not to admit other lives, other tests for those who are not perfect yet, to make them think about their past mistakes and to give them the chance to correct their mistakes?
The new incarnation of a soul on earth depends on the degree of evolution acquired in the past lives.