What’s the Significance of the Hinduism Reincarnation Belief?
In Hinduism, reincarnation is one of the steps towards Moksha, which means a kind of release that appears when the circle of death and rebirth is finished. Moksha is one of the four main aims in people’s lives, so every reincarnation takes a person a bit closer to the logical end of life and final accomplishment.
Hinduism is the fourth largest religion in the world, and reincarnation is one of the primary concepts of it. It states that when one physical form is biologically dead, a soul (or the non-physical essence) begins a new life in a different physical form, generating a circle of rebirths and deaths.
In other words, reincarnation is a new chance for life, due to which a soul is supposed to get knowledge and wisdom and, consequently, correct its previous mistakes or atone for them. Therefore, reincarnation cannot be considered as a gift or divine intervention. It is just a step in a circle by going through which not only must a soul educate itself, but it also must get closer to absolute freedom as one of the results of release.
Thus, in Hinduism, death is seen not as a cause for mourning, but rather as a reason for celebration, since the dead are not going to a different world. Conversely, they are thought to head to a new beginning, one step closer to the primary purpose. Due to a similar reason, Hindus are cremated after death, as it is believed that burning the physical form (or body) helps to release a spirit and, therefore, it is easier for it to continue its circle.