- May 19, 2018
Yes, I agree that the number of times a word is mentioned doesn't matter and that context is key. Like I said to Harry ji, in the contexts that i have read so far, reincarnation is not flatly rejected as false. The caste system is the thing that is rejected, not the belief in reincarnation. I don't infer any uneasiness on the part of Bhagat Trilochan with the concept of reincarnation in the shabad I posted. I don't infer uneasiness with the concept on the part of Guru ji when we are told how to escape the cycle.It matters naught how many times a word is repeated in the SGGS, reincarnation in this case. The important thing is to see why it is mentioned and in what context. In this particular case, the history shows that even the Hindus who came 100's of years before Guru Nanak were also uneasy with this blind belief of reincarnation in the cul de sac of life.
The fact is that if one is spiritually poor because of the caste system, reincarnation has been the weapon to be used as a curse by the stiff upper lip honchos of Hinduism against those who were designated as low castes hence poor spiritually and shall remain so for many lives to come as per the belief.
In other words, reincarnation has been used in India to suppress even more the suppressed.
I realize that belief in reincarnation throws a wrench in the idea of absolute nonduality. How can the One Source of All be the only thing that truly exists if we are bound by our past actions and reborn 8.4 million times? This is still not clear to me. Perhaps we are in some sort of in-between state, and we only escape this state once we begin on the path of realizing oneness? I don't know. I'll think about it. I'm still green. It will become clearer with time.