A couple born with a special child, a person suffering from a ailment, someone loses his job, there is an untimely death in the family, a business gets doomed…there is reason for all this.
IT IS THE RESULT OF ONE’S MISTAKES OR WRONG DOINGS FROM THE PAST LIFE.
From the culture I come from, I have heard the term, Munjanma paapam (Last birth’s sins), many times over. And the person in whose reference this term is used, is tormented beyond limit. He is asked to do poojas, ceremonies, visit temples or worst just accept it as fate and do nothing about it other than brood and sulk over the past life’s sins.
Honestly, I do believe in Karma and re-birth. I also believe that there is an opposite and more than equal reaction to every act of ours. So as much as a good deed done by us comes to us in multi-folds, a bad deed comes back too. Sometimes in the present lifetime and sometimes in the next.
I came to understand a lot of nuances about re-incarnation, life after death and past life regression from Dr. Brian Weiss, whose book Many Lives Many Masters was recommended by a dear friend of mine, while I was fighting the grief of my father’s demise. To say the least, it helped me a lot. It helped me understand life in a different perspective and thus make me overcome many lingering questions in my mind for a very long time.
But after my recent trip to Kerala, I was particularly affected by this term, Munjanma Paapam. I found it very rude and also the kind of effect it had on the person undergoing a trauma was in very poor light. But, there was none who could help me alleviate my doubts.
Coincidentally, I picked up yet another book of Brian Weiss: Through time into Healing. And boy, was I happy to pick up this book. It showed me another perspective about struggles one faces in his life.
Anyone who has read Dr. Weiss would know that all souls can choose what life or birth would they want. Every birth has a reason and every birth is supposed to teach us certain virtues. Some lives go wasted, in the sense that the very purpose for which the birth has taken place, is not fulfilled. And thus arrives future births. Some souls want to learn a certain virtue which requires a specific kind of a life, which happens ahead.
What is interesting is that this book mentions that some souls which are stronger by nature, chose a certain life-time and struggles on purpose. The tough experiences and situations teaches them the lessons they want to learn.
It made far more sense to me now. When I looked back and observed the struggles I had to face at different stages of my life, I realised that every time I learnt some new emotion or virtue. It made me stronger and level headed.
And this approach is definitely better than brooding over past lives’ sins and do nothing about them. It makes us think, get better and move on.