Reincarnation & Serge Benhayon – An Interview with Sandhya Mistry

Sandhya explained her understanding of reincarnation in an interview.

“Having grown up in suburbia in the UK as part of a Hindu family, the concept of reincarnation, stories of children being able to recount past lives with an amazing degree of accuracy, and people doing readings or being possessed by entities or spirits is nothing new.

“I recall many occasions where I saw a so-called Aunty become possessed by a ‘deity’ who could give readings about people, perform ‘healings’ and predictions. On another occasion at a family wedding I witnessed my own Father, a very straight-laced, devout Hindu man, become taken over by someone who people recognised by many as a deceased relative. No one questioned it or thought it to be that unusual. My Father has no recollection of this but the video footage that was taken of the occurrence speaks for itself.

“I was raised under the auspices that I had to live a good life otherwise I would come back as something or someone unpleasant in my next life, or that my next life would be harsh and cruel. My understanding of reincarnation was that it was linked to Karma, meaning that your actions in this life would directly determine your next. The process of Rebirth allows you to offset that Karma or complete an unfinished task, fulfil a debt, or undergo sufferings to make amends.

“I was taught that we reincarnate because of the desire to be in a body but after many births we become dissatisfied, so seek higher forms until we realise that the true self is the immortal soul rather than the body. At this point all desires for the pleasure of the World are said to vanish and the person will not be born again, having attained a state of liberation where they would be set free from the wheel of rebirth.”

Reincarnation as the concept that the soul or spirit, after biological death, begins a new life in a new body depending on the moral quality of the previous life’s actions is a central tenet of the Indian religions, including Buddhism, and is a belief that was held by historic figures including Pythagoras, Plato and Socrates, and by pagan religions such as Druidism, Spiritism and Theosophy, and in many tribal societies around the world.

No line of research has conclusively demonstrated the existence of reincarnation – or disproved it.

Reincarnation research, a branch of parapsychology, has been lead by psychiatrist Dr Ian Stevenson from the University of Virginia School of Medicine. He investigated many reports of young children who claimed to remember a past life in the finest detail, so much so that it could be linked to the actual life of the person they claimed to be. He conducted more than 2,500 case studies over a period of 40 years and published twelve books on the subject. Sceptics and the scientific community in general consider reincarnation research to be pseudo-scientific and felt that Stevenson’s work fell short of providing proof of reincarnation, nevertheless, they observed that Stevenson had produced a number of studies that were “hard to explain” conventionally.

Reincarnation is at the core of Buddhism and the Dalai Lama himself is claimed to be the reincarnation of the previous thirteen Dalai Lamas and is revered the world over. Yet when others claim that they are reincarnated or can recall a past life or lives, they are ridiculed in our Western society or told reincarnation simply cannot be true despite the fact that many religions and cultures teach it. The following is an excerpt from the Dalai Lama’s statement on reincarnation:

“There are two ways in which someone can take rebirth after death: rebirth under the sway of karma and destructive emotions and rebirth through the power of compassion and prayer. Regarding the first, due to ignorance negative and positive karma are created and their imprints remain on the consciousness. These are reactivated through craving and grasping, propelling us into the next life. We then take rebirth involuntarily in higher or lower realms. This is the way ordinary beings circle incessantly through existence like the turning of a wheel. Even under such circumstances ordinary beings can engage diligently with a positive aspiration in virtuous practices in their day-to-day lives. They familiarise themselves with virtue that at the time of death can be reactivated providing the means for them to take rebirth in a higher realm of existence. On the other hand, superior Bodhisattvas, who have attained the path of seeing, are not reborn through the force of their karma and destructive emotions, but due to the power of their compassion for sentient beings and based on their prayers to benefit others. They are able to choose their place and time of birth as well as their future parents. Such a rebirth, which is solely for the benefit of others, is rebirth through the force of compassion and prayer.” (1)

So basically stated, what is being said in this excerpt is that we come back over and over until we reach a “higher realm” from where we are able to choose to come back for the benefit of others.

“This is essentially no different to what Serge Benhayon and the esoteric wisdom presents,” Sandhya shares with me.

“I know there are those who ridicule Serge for his references to reincarnation and the felt livingness of past lives, for example Leonardo Da Vinci, but how can we prove or disprove that? Is that he is able to remember and recount details of previous lives different to the children Dr Stevenson studied or the stories and events that I heard or witnessed growing up?”

In science there is no ‘proof’, only evidence for or against proposed theories. There is always enough evidence to satisfy those who are willing to believe and never enough evidence to sway one who is not willing to believe. Despite the popular misconception that science has all the answers, at this present time it is unable to answer the question of whether we reincarnate or not.

Ancient myth and fable, tribal memory, lingering belief among adherents of the great religions and some archaeological discoveries, all testify to ages when reincarnation was a commonly accepted law of life.

So is it possible that reincarnation may exist? Sandhya states:

“As reincarnation is so familiar to my upbringing it is not a leap of faith or a stretch of the imagination when someone like Serge Benhayon talks about these topics. However, what the Esoteric presents makes more sense than the version offered by Hinduism.

“Simply put, the way I am today affects how I am tomorrow and thus the way I live this life affects what will be my next. For many it is challenging and hard to accept, however, we are not being asked to accept that reincarnation is true but to be open to it as a possibility, and to consider that we come back over and over under the Law of Karma, which is not a punishment as I was taught as a child, but something that allows us to return to harmony and our natural state or soul.

“With this in mind, it makes sense for me to live in a way whereby I make choices that are responsible, more loving, caring and respectful to myself and to others. These choices include the way I am with myself and my body, my relationships with others, the foods that I eat, how I exercise, when I sleep or rest and all that I do in my daily routine so as to live in a way that ensures a more loving, caring way of being when I return my next life.”

And if reincarnation doesn’t exist?

“Then at least I am living a life that feels honouring of my body and who I am.”

By Rachel Hall

References:
(1) http://www.dalailama.com/news/post/753-statement-of-his-holiness-the-fourteenth-dalai-lama-tenzin-gyatso-on-the-issue-of-his-reincarnation

Related Reading:
What is an Esoteric Understanding of Reincarnation?
Universal Medicine on Re-incarnation and Karma
Reincarnation

135 thoughts on “Reincarnation & Serge Benhayon – An Interview with Sandhya Mistry

  1. I love the simplicity of what is shared here and how reincarnation is simply part of life in the Hindu faith. There seems to me a very clear truth here that we all know, because we have all experienced it, but want to deny it through not wanting to be equal to others. Humanity tends to use the differing views on reincarnation as one of many ways to divide us, yet it is one thing that in truth brings us all together.

  2. The word reincarnation is laced or loaded like the word religion. It has a widely common meaning already defined by religion or religions. It’s interesting to note how different religions have defined what the meaning of not only reincarnation is but what many words are.. This is deeply ingrained in the subconscious of people’s reality – to me that explains the many lives that people have lived and now not aware where their certain beliefs come from even though they say they do.
    The body holds the truth of not only reincarnation but all that is true. Unfortunately what is in people’s bodies is a whole lot of untruths as well. Through this mix-up in your body what supported me is feeling from another what is their lived truth in their body – this is why Serge Benhayon makes sense a whole lot of sense. I have not one cell that questions reincarnation in my body or what this man presents. Why? His presentations is a one-unified truth for all that he lives in equalness to all.

  3. “There is always enough evidence to satisfy those who are willing to believe and never enough evidence to sway one who is not willing to believe.” This is interesting. I understand reincarnation to be true and fact because of listening to the presentations of Serge Benhayon and feeling and knowing it to be true in my body. That is the difference and what science should study – ‘the knowings in the body’ where truth resides.

  4. It is beautiful to consider we can evolve to the degree we can actually choose to come back to support our fellow man towards their own eventual return.

  5. Thanks Sandhya and Rachel, this makes loads of sense to me, “Simply put, the way I am today affects how I am tomorrow and thus the way I live this life affects what will be my next.” I’ve also had a very clear knowing of one of my previous lives, and it was just so normal at the time I remembered. We can put so many things in the way of us remembering and knowing so much about life from an energetic level.

  6. I love that whether we believe in reincarnation or not its going to happen anyway! For me it’s not a matter of believing it or not. I know it is true for I feel it to be so. I don’t need any so-called ‘proof’.

  7. Thank you for this sharing on reincarnation, ‘the way I am today affects how I am tomorrow and thus the way I live this life affects what will be my next.’ Absolutely agree.

  8. It’s fascinating. I was also brought up in a culture that was open to reincarnation. Just like the Hindu, I was told that if you do bad, you would come back as something/someone and your life would be horrible – and a lot of times I actually felt like I was having to live the consequences of my previous life, being punished! It never occurred to me that how I then live now would make difference to how it would be the next time, I just wanted this punishment that I am experiencing as my current life to end and never to come back again. It was through Universal Medicine I started to understand the enormous love that reincarnation offers and how that makes sense of everything.

  9. This is really beautiful to read, thank you for writing down this wisdom that is unmistakenly coming from a place that is sharing the truth of our existence that we all in essence know, but won’t recognise, as it asks our responsibility to be lived day in day out.

  10. Reincarnation and the cycle of lives just make sense of why we are here and the true purpose of living in a human body to learn to return to the Divine love we come from.

  11. Brilliant sharing Rachel and Sandhya! This blog really lays it all out and shows the ridiculousness of ridiculing reincarnation. For as you state . . . ” And if reincarnation doesn’t exist? “Then at least I am living a life that feels honouring of my body and who I am.” ” . . . what’s there to lose?

  12. Reincarnation makes sense and gives purpose to life, life after life and ongoing until we get out of here. For millions of people worldwide reincarnation and karma are second nature and not ever questioned but when Serge Benhayon presents on the topic, those who cannot leave him alone find it opportune to ridicule and abuse what is energetically untouchable, unalterable and cannot in truth be tainted.

  13. I grew up in a tradition that accepted reincarnation and ‘karma’ was not an unfamiliar term but my understanding of it didn’t stretch much beyond living with a fear of possible punishment that awaits at the end of life and a feeling that I had already failed and there was nothing I could do to make amends – hence the recklessness and waywardness I continued to live. I so love what you/Sandhya say at the end. Even if there’s no reincarnation, why choose to live less? Living in a way that is worth coming back to – even just for the very next day’s sake makes so much sense.

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